Out of all the movie genres, horror allows the freest rein when it comes to seriously weird crap; it's difficult to imagine The Human Centipede as, say, a romantic comedy. But chances are the horror movies you've seen are actually firmly at the sane end of the spectrum. Especially when compared to...
A group of schoolgirls goes to visit a lonely old lady at her isolated property, when suddenly God has an acid flashback.
Why It's So Weird:
We'll start with the young lady who, partway through the movie, gets eaten by a piano. That's nothing, you say -- you see one "young girl getting eaten by a piano" scene, you've seen them all. Well, what about one where she doesn't really seem to mind?
The rules of cause and effect simply do not apply anywhere inside this particular movie universe. Hausu is less a plotted story and more a movie adaptation of the mental state an Alzheimer's patient achieves on heavy doses of LSD: Not only is logic totally fucked, but nothing is even connected chronologically, and just as soon as you think you're making sense of things, it's 1920 again and that dog is your husband back from the grave. For example, early in the film, a girl goes out to a well to fetch a watermelon she'd placed in there to keep cool. You know, a well-melon. The young woman gazes happily at the sky while retrieving her dank fruit and doesn't even bother looking at the spherical object until -- tada! It's revealed to be her friend's severed head. And then the senility kicks in: Instead of screaming and running away, she stands entranced as the head giggles, raises itself into the air and does this:
Meanwhile, another Japanese schoolgirl is attacked by a pile of possessed firewood, which she fights off with a martial arts display, losing her skirt in the process. She remains in her underwear for the rest of the movie, until being eaten by a lampshade while the rest of the house floods with spewing human blood. Shit, that's nothing. That probably happens so frequently that it's practically a cliche in Japanese cinema now.
It's not just women who suffer insane deaths: The sole male character is turned into a pile of bananas near the end of the film. This has nothing to do with the haunted house (the man is elsewhere) or the film's main villain; it's as if the movie-makers just wanted to throw in a warning about fruit-based sorcery after reading about it in the newspaper that week and becoming concerned.
If an alien who had just landed on Earth cornered you one day and asked, "Hey, what's with all the Internet jokes about Japan being really weird?" you could show him this movie and he would say, "Oh." Then he would leave planet Earth forever.