Shipwrecked sailors on a deserted island eat mushrooms, become mushrooms.
Why It's So Weird:
Imagine a version of Reefer Madness whose purpose was to warn about the dangers of magic mushrooms instead of marijuana. Now imagine it was made in Japan, so that instead of innocent teens descending into a life of crime, the people who try the hallucinatory drug turn into giant penises and begin kidnapping young women. There -- you have an approximate picture of Matango.
With the survivors trapped alone on an island with dwindling supplies, their society slowly begins to fall apart as they struggle to find food. This is despite the fact that their "we're stuck on an island" problem is largely due to the fact that only one of them is working on fixing their storm-damaged sailboat, while the rest walk around having conversations about the human condition.
WORK ON THE FUCKING BOAT.
Inevitably, despite the other survivors' warnings that he will be kicked out of school and lose his college football scholarship, one guy gets hungry and eats the island's plentiful mushrooms. Immediately he goes crazy and starts trying to shoot people. After this fails, he and his newly acquired slutty girlfriend resort to offering other people the 'shrooms. So what? That just sounds like a heavy-handed 80s PSA, right? But then it gets all Japany: When another character succumbs to the mushroom pitch, we watch from his point of view as the drugs kick in. Everything turns sparkly (awesome) right before the girlfriend tells him he is going to turn into a mushroom, too (still kind of awesome), and then he's attacked by a group of giant lumpy penis-men who are immune to bullets (less awesome).
But rather than resisting, running or at least getting in some last-minute pre-mortem dick jokes, the other survivors just calmly resign themselves to their fate. "They're half mushroom now," says one character casually, referring to the others who had already eaten the deadly fungus. His tone implies he's kind of disappointed, actually; like they were expecting something even weirder to happen, and the appearance of violent mushroom people attacking is just kind of a letdown when you're used to giant radioactive moths and tentacle monsters.
2Long Weekend (Australia)
Australian couple tries to resolve their marital problems by shooting Nature in the face; Nature wins.
Why It's So Weird:
Fear lurks deep in the human heart whenever the words "Australia" and "nature" are mentioned in the same sentence, but no one seems to have told that to Long Weekend's protagonist Peter, who spends the first two-thirds of the film in an inexplicable violent frenzy against the natural world. He runs over native wildlife in his Jeep, starts wildfires, and chops down random trees just for the goddamn hell of it. Telling his wife he is going fishing, he wanders off and then starts shooting his rifle wildly into the ocean.
It's such an inordinate amount of rage; it's like nature slept with his wife, killed his father, disgraced his sensei and stole his dog all at the same time. Meanwhile back at camp, his wife smokes pot, masturbates and runs around naked, because she's shooting for first prize in a "most likely to die in a horror movie" competition. It works, because the movie abruptly switches from "slow but artsy character study of horrible assholes" to "The Birds with affirmative action." Everything gets a whack in at the couple: They're attacked by falling trees, ducks, possums, a large growling wombat (just to prove it's Australia) and even a dugong -- you know, those manatee-like creatures that look like dolphins with Down's syndrome -- which pursues them out of the water on its adorable, floppy little flippers.
Long Weekend is what would happen if An Inconvenient Truth damaged the part of its brain responsible for understanding subtlety while simultaneously augmenting the part of its brain responsible for awesome dugong murder scenes. We can only assume the movie failed to achieve box office success due to confused foreign audiences mistaking it for a boring nature documentary about Australia: Nature's Murder Continent.