No wrong answers. What do you think has been the strangest mainstream movie to ever actually make it all the way to cinemas? Not movies that were meant to be eccentric (to say the least) like 2001, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN or BRAZIL, but movies that were meant to appeal to general and wide audiences, but turned out to be way too weird.
For a few examples, another Gilliam movie famously fits the bill (even this trailer seems predicated upon the idea that the studio had no idea how to sell it):
And of course, in retrospect, his TIME BANDITS was absolutely not the sort of “family film” we’d think would fly today (though it ended up being extremely successful):
Even his most popular movies THE FISHER KING and TWELVE MONKEYS are “strange” of course and we’ll probably not see their like for a long time, but they still don’t really match the blinking, “e before i” weirdness of Munchhausen or Bandits.
However, for my money (of which I’ll give you nothing! Not one red Indian cent!), I think the strangest movies to ever be made for a mainstream audience generally have Jim Henson involved.
But the one that stands out in my mind has to be a film that seemed almost intentionally designed to scar children (by being more faithful to the original material, mind you):
And Jim Henson’s son Brian was one of the puppeteers, so there is a Henson connection.
Though Return to Oz must be the all time champ of big, mainstream movies that were just too weird for audiences, there must be more.
What do you think? HOWARD THE DUCK? LEGEND? TWILIGHT?