It’s been said that horror is possibly one of the most formulaic
genres in filmmaking and that wouldn’t be too far from the truth. There’s so
many established tropes in horror production – the frequent jump scares, the
final girl, the indestructible killer – that watching horror movies can all too
often be a pretty predictable experience.
But every so often there comes along a horror movie so trope-defying,
so weird and so removed from the realm of formulaic genre films that even us
horror fans who think we’ve seen it all are left scratching our heads.
The films coming up are those types of horrors – those twisted
mind-benders so perplexing and bizarre they leave us wondering what the hell
just assaulted our senses.
Just a head’s up: if power drill penises, cannibal pianos and god
disembowelling himself is too weird for you, maybe turn back now.
10. Beyond The Black Rainbow
mad scientist Dr Barry Nyle runs the Arboria Institute – a quasi-futuristic,
New Age facility apparently dedicated to the pursuit of happiness but actually
a front for his nefarious experiments on a young psychic woman named Elena who
he keeps captive in a prison-like compound underneath the institute.
As the psychedelic, synth pop backed film unfolds and Elena tries
to escape the facility we learn that both she and Dr Nyle are the product of a
drug experiment gone wrong conducted by the institute’s founder Dr Mercurio
Arboria in the 1960s designed to make them achieve transcendence that made Nyle
Hell It Means
Trippy, incredibly slow-paced and practically plotless, Beyond the
Black Rainbow has been dismissed as pretentious arthouse twaddle but director
Panos Cosmatos has stated that it’s actually a critique of the Baby Boomer
generation’s ideals and its attempts to establish alternative belief systems
which Cosmatos views as having corrupted subsequent generations.
So, basically it’s a two-hour long mindf*ck indictment of the
generation that buggered up the economy and ruined the planet which is okay by