Strange Encounters

Strange Encounters - Street Trash

Fandor’s Content Team has the daunting task of reviewing, prepping, encoding and publishing each and every film that makes its way into the Fandor library. They’re the dedicated individuals working behind the scenes to process incoming media assets (which arrive on our doorstep in an assorted mix of varied, occasionally head-scratching, formats) and get them ready for home viewing. Collectively, they’ve handled thousands of movies, adding new titles to the service every day.

Given the broad, eclectic nature of the Fandor library, they’ve come across some particularly, let’s just say, unusual specimens in the course of their work that are just too fantastic not to call out. For your amusement, they’ve picked twelve of these oddities and listed them below, along with animated .GIFs to better illustrate just how strange we’re talking.

King Dinosaur (1955) directed by Bert I. Gordon, 63 minutes
“This legendarily low-rent movie features numerous hilariously unconvincing special effects, from masses of stock footage to a lengthy slow-mo alligator-iguana fight. The one that easily takes the cake though is our intrepid team of Earth scientists firing and then fleeing from a completely ordinary and indifferent armadillo.”

King Dinosaur

Ninja vs. Shaolin Guards (1984) directed by Mai Chen Jsai, 87 minutes
“This amusing early 80s Hong Kong romp moves along in typical chopsocky fashion for most of its duration, but breaks into the realm of weird at the very end: with seconds on the clock, our hero snaps the villain in half and briefly mugs into the distance. And never since has a better movie ending been filmed.”

Ninja vs. Shaolin Guards

Serpent Island (1954) directed by Tom Gries, 62 minutes
“For a movie that clocks in at barely over an hour, there seems to be no rush to get to the island, let alone deliver on the serpents. King Kong at least spent the time on the boat building tension, while Serpent Island treads water with an extremely troublesome love triangle (and a lot of voice over narration). Amazingly, this cheese-fest ended up with one of most comprehensive user reviews, which places the film in a whole new light.”

Serpent Island

Acid Redux (2009) directed by George Kuchar, 4 minutes
“Anything from the Kuchar Kanon is reliably odd (see also Sins of the Fleshapoids) and lacking in taste, but this one stands out in that it also lacks plot and dialogue. If you never thought you could “WTF” for four minutes, you haven’t seen Acid Redux. Includes cameos by Allan Kaprow’s son and the keyboard player from Felix Sarco.”

Acid Redux

On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Owen Land in the Film On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious, or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed? (2009) directed by Stephen Crompton, Jonathan Crylen, Dan Faltesek, D. Oscar Harvey, Michael Hetra, Carina Johnson, Sofia Karatza, Evan Meaney, Chris Renaud, Zardon Richardson, Florina Titz, Sasha Waters Freyer, Ryan Watson, and Craig Webster, 17 minutes
“Obviously. This remake of a 1977 experimental structuralist film by Owen LandOn the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and its Relation to the Unconscious or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?—only becomes a bigger mouthful, the kind of title that would never ever fit on a marquee, and could break a website’s layout. Click past the title and you’ll find that the remake (revolving around pandas, prostitutes, and Japanese plums) is just as hard to parse out.”

On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Owen Land in the Film On the Marriage Broker Joke as Cited by Sigmund Freud in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious, or Can the Avant-Garde Artist Be Wholed?

Uninvited (1988) directed by Greydon Clark, 90 minutes
“Two decades after winning an Academy Award®, George Kennedy hits rock bottom (and hard). If you ever find yourself thinking about cinema history’s great unmade films—Kubrick’s Napoleon, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Welles’ Don Quixote—just remember that Uninvited got funded, finished and distributed. Perspective.”

Uninvited

la cobra (2004) directed by Jim Finn, 3 minutes
Jim Finn provides this psychotronic homage to the Ice Cube star vehicle Anaconda. See love, loss, and the need for a tan coalesce in a bathtub.”

la cobra

Sasquatch Birth Journal 2 (2011) directed by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner, 4 minutes
“A prescient examination into the birthing rights of the Native American hominid known as Bigfoot. Long before the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization and Finding Bigfoot television show, the Zellner Brothers were hard at work capturing the migration of Sasquatch from its northern climes to Texas. Here the loss of habitat and climate change reveal a miracle never before seen.”

Sasquatch Birth Journal 2

Rescued from an Eagle’s Nest (1908) directed by J. Searle Dawley and Edwin S. Porter, 7 minutes
“This is a turn of the century silent film about a tiny baby getting kidnapped by an eagle while his dad is at work cutting down trees. It made us wonder, was eagle baby-kidnapping a pressing issue at the time?”

Rescued From an Eagles Nest

Seytan (1974) directed by Metin Erksan, 100 minutes
Seytan is a nearly shot-for-shot remake of one of the most famously terrifying movies of all time (The Exorcist). Somehow the addition of a 1970s Turkish language soundtrack, atrocious subtitle translation and little production value make this film all the more deeply unsettling.”

Seytan

Knuckleface Jones (1999) directed by Todd Rohal, 16 minutes
“Perhaps more quirky than odd, this short from award-winning filmmaker Todd Rohal is about a romance gone slightly askew. It reminds us that sometimes you have to spit in someone’s cereal to really let them know it’s over.”

Knuckleface Jones

Street Trash (1987) directed by Jim Muro, 101 minutes
“Leaving political correctness in its gooey wake, Street Trash fits firmly into the vein of classic 1980’s cult horror-comedies. As screenwriter Roy Frumkes stated: “I wrote it to democratically offend every group on the planet”. He wasn’t kidding. Depicting the U.S. homeless problem was never more messy than it is here.”

Street Trash

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