Grotesque movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant grotesque movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out grotesque, weird, cult film, surreal, allegory and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with surrealism, storytelling, catastrophe, death, brutality, loneliness, female nudity, nudity (full frontal - brief), dialogue and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
grotesque movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as grotesque: Black Mirror (2011), Swiss Army Man (2016), Down House (2001), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Edward Scissorhands (1990), The Balcony (1963), Woman in the Dunes (1964), Marketa Lazarov? (1967), The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973), Querelle (1982).

List of grotesque movies

Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: philosophical, thought provoking, serious, bleak, clever ...
Audience: teens
Plot: twists and turns, technology, distopia, alternate reality, human nature, social decay, media satire, society, computers and web, media, satire, dark humor ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
Is relevant ?
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new ...
Style: surreal, buddy comedy, touching, absurd, humorous ...
Plot: surrealism, corpse, hallucination, magic realism, friendship, loneliness, imagination, island, dark humor, life & death, stranded, adventure ...
Time: contemporary
Is relevant ?
Down House (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The plot is set in modern Moscow, in the 1990s, with "New Russians", Hummer H1 SUVs, bribery, violence, truck fulls of tinned stew as a dowry, etc.
Style: surreal, not serious, humorous, suspense, parody ...
Plot: mentally unstable, social decay, love triangle, society, fall in love, bribery, doomed romance, romantic relationship, cannibalism, drugs/alcohol
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: russia
Is relevant ?
The Belly of an Architect (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The American architect Kracklite arrives in Italy, supervising an exhibiton for a French architect, Boullée, famous for his oval structures. Tirelessly dedicated to the project, Kracklite's marriage quickly dissolves along with his health.
Style: art house, sexual, talky, sexy, gloomy ...
Plot: architecture, architect, artist, art, infidelity, obsession, painter, tragedy, paranoia, insanity, cancer, melancholy ...
Time: 18th century, 80s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, surreal, fairy tale, atmospheric, dark fantasy ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, family outing
Plot: loneliness, goth, surrealism, love, romance, freak, social misfits, christmas, love and romance, inventor, castle, snow ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 90s, 50s
Place: usa, florida
Is relevant ?
The Balcony (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Shelley Winters is the madame of a house where customers play out their erotic fantasies, oblivious to a revolution which is sweeping the country. When her old friend, the chief of police (Peter Falk), asks her to impersonate the missing queen in ...
Style: political, sex comedy, sexy, grotesque, hot
Plot: dominatrix, sex, revolution, brothel, madam, satire, surrealism, soldier, police, judge, sexual fantasy, clergy ...
Is relevant ?
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, philosophical, sexual ...
Plot: existentialism, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, trapped, isolation, surrealism, samurai, mental disorder, love and romance, redemption, identity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
Marketa Lazarov? (1967)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Mikolás and his brother Adam rob travelers for their tyrannical father Kozlík. During one of their "jobs" they end up with a young German hostage whose father escapes to return news of the kidnapping and robbery to the King. Kozlik ...
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, mind bending, romantic ...
Plot: brother sister incest, medieval, winter, rape, sexual assault, magic realism, crusader, catholic, existentialism, folk, kidnapping, lord ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: eastern europe, czech republic, central europe
Is relevant ?
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Valerie, a Czechoslovakian teenager living with her grandmother, is blossoming into womanhood, but that transformation proves secondary to the effects she experiences when she puts on a pair of magic earrings. Now seeing the world around her in a ...
Style: fairy tale, surreal, suspenseful, disturbing, gothic ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: innocence, sexual awakening, coming of age, grandmother granddaughter relationship, supernatural, menstruation, teenage girl, surrealism, seductive behavior, older man younger woman relationship, wedding night, occult ...
Time: 19th century
Place: central europe
Is relevant ?
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Poland
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is beset by soldiers from the past, colonial black mercenaries, ...
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, dark, disturbing ...
Plot: metaphysics, female nudity, surrealism, mental disorder, time travel, existentialism, jewish, world war two, parallel universe, magic realism, existential crisis, exploitation ...
Time: 20th century
Is relevant ?
Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Here is the story of a beautiful, proud and tough loner, a sailor named Querelle, whose commanding officer Seblon worships and desires him from afar. Querelle turns on his drugs-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel ...
Style: sexy, art house, sexual, stylized, philosophical ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, lgbt, murder, sex, serial killer, lgbtq, betrayal, surrealism, homosexuality, crimes, gender ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, france
Is relevant ?
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In a small American town, a diabolical circus arrives, granting wishes for the townsfolk, but twisted as only the esteemed Mr. Dark can make them. Can two young boys overcome the worst the devil himself can deal out?
Style: gothic, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, macabre ...
Audience: teens, horror for children
Plot: good versus evil, witch, circus, boy, small town, supernatural, youth, carnival, coming of age, greed, friendship, temptation ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 80s
Place: illinois, usa
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the ...
Style: serious, cerebral, philosophical, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: post apocalypse, ecology, environmental, steampunk, giant insect, insect, nature, female protagonist, death of father, teenage girl, distopia, apocalypse ...
Time: future, year 1984, middle ages
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
Lust in the Dust (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A group of unscrupulous characters seek buried treasure in the old west.
Style: funny, semi serious, humorous, sex comedy, parody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, treasure map, lgbtq, transvestite, buried treasure, saloon girl, exploitation, dying during sex, gold, small town, drag, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: latin america, chile, new mexico, ireland
Is relevant ?
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The eccentric and childish Pee-wee Herman embarks on a big adventure when his beloved bicycle is stolen. Armed with information from a fortune-teller and a relentless obsession with his prized possession, Pee-wee encounters a host of odd characters ...
Style: funny, surreal, road movie, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: bicycle, road trip, man child, surrealism, nightmare, chase, tour guide, family, adventure, hitchhiker, postmodernism, truck ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: austin texas, california, texas, usa
Is relevant ?
When the Wind Blows (1986)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II
Style: adult animation, realistic, touching, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: nuclear war, cold war, nuclear threat, nuclear holocaust, tragedy, post apocalypse, countryside, war, chaos, distopia, world war two, apocalypse ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
Is relevant ?
Poison (1991)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what Richie was like and what led up to the shooting. In the ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, avant garde, enigmatic, sexy ...
Plot: gay, surrealism, prison, lgbt, life is a bitch, social misfits, riddles and clues, body horror, homosexual, experiment, violent, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo
Is relevant ?
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Madeline is married to Ernest, who was once arch-rival Helen's fiance. After recovering from a mental breakdown, Helen vows to kill Madeline and steal back Ernest. Unfortunately for everyone, the introduction of a magic potion causes things to ...
Style: satirical, gothic, humorous, funny, cynical ...
Audience: chick flick, kids
Plot: dark humor, immortality, love triangle, rivalry, obsession, supernatural, zombie, afterlife, magic, death, fountain of youth, body horror ...
Time: future, 90s, 70s, 80s, 2020s
Place: los angeles, beverly hills, california, usa
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: When a sprite named Crysta shrinks a human boy, Zak, down to her size, he vows to help the magical fairy folk stop a greedy logging company from destroying their home, the pristine rainforest known as FernGully. Zak and his new friends fight to ...
Style: fairy tale, touching, humorous, colourful, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens ...
Plot: fairy, good versus evil, environment, adventure, magic, jungle, imaginary kingdom, environmental, forest, love, toxic, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
Is relevant ?
The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A town cursed with barren women and famine is saved by a miracle birth to an old, ugly woman: the Mother. Immediately afterwards, the old woman's Daughter (Ormond) claims to have delivered the baby herself in a virgin birth. She imprisons the ...
Style: disturbing, avant garde, surreal, serious, stylized ...
Plot: bishop, baby, virginity, religion, church, death, dismemberment, surrealism, hypocrisy, violence, seduction, brutality ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france, europe
Is relevant ?
The City of Lost Children (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Style: surreal, gothic, atmospheric, stylized, disturbing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: steampunk, friendship, good versus evil, distopia, french, children, adventure, cyberpunk, mad scientist, escape, surrealism, childhood ...
Is relevant ?
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Paris. 1830. In the heart of the town, Vidocq, a famous detective, disappeared as he fights the Alchemist, an assassin that he has been pursuing for a few months. His young biographer, Etienne Boisset, decides to have revenge on Vidocq's death ...
Style: suspenseful, surreal, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: serial killer, steampunk, investigation, crimes, who done it, alchemy, alchemist, female nudity, law enforcement, criminal, mystery, uncover truth ...
Time: 19th century, 1830s, victorian era
Place: france, paris france, europe
Is relevant ?
Cecil B. DeMented (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: An insane independent film director and his renegade group of teenage film makers kidnap an A-list Hollywood actress and force her to star in their underground film.
Style: cynical, satirical, absurd, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: filmmaking, kidnapping, hostage, heroin, perversion, dark humor, actor's life, nothing goes right, lifestyle, showbiz, delusion, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: maryland, california, baltimore, usa
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After escaping from jail, two teens flee to Tijuana and stay with one's childhood protector, a man masquerading as a nun.
Style: disturbing, realistic, semi serious, witty, humorous ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: serial killer, lesbian, prostitute, escape, coming of age, violent, nudity (full frontal - brief), monster, woman with a gun, lgbt, prison life, murder ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico, latin america, tijuana mexico
Is relevant ?
Angel's Egg (1985)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 71 min.
Story: A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
Style: gothic, avant garde, adult animation, dark fantasy, surreal ...
Plot: egg, girl, surrealism, post apocalypse, minimal dialogue, flood, angel, little girl, religion, cyberpunk, distopia, nightmare ...
Place: europe, japan
Is relevant ?
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Canada, UK, Latvia, USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.
Style: surreal, humorous, witty, adult animation, feel good ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: dog, french, adventure, tour de france, chase, friendship, escapades, rescue, very little dialogue, old woman, riding a bicycle, championship ...
Time: 1930s
Place: france, paris france
Is relevant ?
The Suicide Shop (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Musical
Country: France, Canada, Belgium
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A city where suicide is the only growing business. A shop where you can get everything to cater this urge. In the hand of one family for centuries.. till they get a happy baby. And he has to power to make all around him happy as well.
Style: adult animation, humorous, realistic, semi serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide attempt, family business, dark humor, changing lives, family problems, life turned upside down, depression, family relations, suicidal thoughts, dysfunctional family, workplace, hopes ...
Place: france
Is relevant ?
Song of the Sea (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as ...
Style: touching, colourful, emotional, fairy tale, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, date night
Plot: adventure, young heroes, folklore, supernatural, supernatural ability, children, celtic, getting home, curses spells and rituals, lighthouse, ocean, legends and myths ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, europe, ireland, tokyo
Is relevant ?
Crimson Peak (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and ...
Style: gothic, dark fantasy, atmospheric, gothic horror, macabre ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, incest, murder, psychopath, brother sister incest, betrayal, estate, old mansion, ghost story, female protagonist ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, edwardian era, 1890s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, usa
Is relevant ?
Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain, Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Birdboy and his animal friends plan their escape from an ecologically devastated island in this surreal, animated fantasy.
Style: suspense, psychological, captivating, gloomy, disturbing ...
Plot: stranded, death, escape, nightmare, murder, friends, hallucination, monster, island, chase, violence, coming of age ...
Is relevant ?
Related movie lists