8 Most Confusing Movies Nobody Understands

WTF did we just watch?

Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling

In a world where blockbuster action movies dominate the Hollywood headlines, it doesn't hurt to take in a film with a bit of substance every now and again. Although the majority of new releases tend to be sequels, remakes or the latest addition to a cinematic universe, there are thought-provoking movies out there, if you know where to look.

Tackling weighty subject matter and challenging the audience is all well and good, but some movies take this too far and become impossible to wrap your head around. Directors like David Lynch and his many imitators have made careers out of this.

Certain films are difficult to grasp because they're steeped in ambiguity, while others are impossible to follow unless you have a masters degree in an obscure subject like theoretical physics or quantum mechanics. Either way, the audience leaves the cinema with WTF written all over their faces.

There are movies which start to make sense from the second viewing onward, after you've boned up on wikis and fan theories, while others remain enigmatic and open to interpretation for all time.

8. Eraserhead

Only God Forgives Ryan Gosling
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David Lynch is a master of surrealism, ambiguity and downright weirdness. Depending on your point of view, he's either a tortured genius or certifiably insane. After watching his feature-length debut Eraserhead, people tend to agree it's a bit of both.

Like many of Lynch's films, Eraserhead plays out like a nightmare. It follows a man named Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) as he attempts to care for his mutated baby, facing all kinds of bizarre obstacles and challenges along the way.

The narrative is murky but the imagery this movie throws at you permanently embeds itself in your mind's eye. There's a weird woman with bloated cheeks who lives in a radiator, giant sperm cells, and some darkly disturbing dream sequences.

Everything about Eraserhead is surrealist and abstract, but Lynch has never been one to explain the content of his movies. Some believe it's a commentary on sexuality or the fear of parenthood, while others have dismissed it as pretentious nonsense.


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