Surreal/Absurd/Psychedelic/Experimental/ETC Films & TV Series

by funkybrother65 | created - 16 Sep 2011 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

These are my personal favorites. New titles been added, when I find something new that I like. Open for suggestions.

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1. A Nightmare (1896)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Horror

In this fantastic scene, a man who is eager to retire has a difficult time finding peace, as his nocturnal illusions come to life out of thin air.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,187

2. A Trip to the Moon (1898)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,019

3. A Mysterious Portrait (1899)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

A magician has a picture frame set up. He then proceeds to make a second version of himself appear inside it.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 385

4. Oh! What a Night; or, The Sultan's Dream (1900)

3 min | Short, Fantasy

The picture opens with the Sultan lying down to rest on his luxurious cushioned couch. The scene changes to the grounds around the palace. An odd-looking tree appears in the foreground and ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 273

5. A Fantastical Meal (1900)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short

A man and two women sit down to eat dinner, but several unexpected surprises prevent them from their repast: the legs of the table grow, the table disappears into the floor, and a ghostly spirit appears and takes possession of the man.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 269

6. The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match (1901)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Comedy

Right in front of our very eyes, two attractive and feminine women metamorphose into two professional wrestlers who begin a no-holds-barred wrestling match.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 821

7. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 39,772

8. Faust in Hell (1903)

6 min | Short, Fantasy

Scenes. 1. The Route to the Depths of Perdition (a Dazzingly Sensational New Effect.) 2. The Fantastical Ride. 3. The Gloomy Pass. 4. The Stream. 5. The Entrance to the Lower Regions. 6. ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 240

9. The Ballet Master's Dream (1903)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

A ballet master dreams of ballerinas.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Zizi Papillon

Votes: 165

10. The Magic Lantern (1903)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

In this brief "trick film" two clowns assemble an enormous magic lantern which first projects moving images, then emits dancing girls.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 576

11. Alcofribas, the Master Magician (1903)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short

A prince is in need of a fiancee, so he visits a well-known sorcerer and asks for help. However, the prince does not exactly get what he bargained for.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 148

12. Alice in Wonderland (1903)

8 min | Fantasy, Short

Alice dozes in a garden, awakened by a dithering white rabbit in waistcoat with pocket watch. She follows him down a hole and finds herself in a hall of many doors. A key opens a small door... See full summary »

Directors: Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow | Stars: May Clark, Cecil M. Hepworth, Blair, Geoffrey Faithfull

Votes: 2,165

13. The Voyage Across the Impossible (1904)

Not Rated | 24 min | Short, Action, Adventure

Using every known means of transportation, several savants from the Geographic Society undertake a journey through the Alps to the Sun which finishes under the sea.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Fernande Albany, Jehanne d'Alcy, May de Lavergne

Votes: 2,862

14. The Clock Maker's Dream (1904)

Not Rated | 2 min | Short, Fantasy

A weary clock-maker dozes off in a chair. While he is asleep, three women suddenly appear in the midst of his shop. They proceed to show the sleeping clock-maker some new kinds of clocks that they know how to make.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 162

15. A Moonlight Serenade; or, The Miser Punished (1904)

3 min | Short

Pierrot comes to a miser's house to serenade his lover but he kicks him out. The lady on the moon offers him her hand. He serenades her till the greedy miser comes out and attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 163

16. Decapitation in Turkey (1904)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

In a public place in Constantinople at the corner of a bazaar, the executioner is seated upon a stone and is resting from his daily labors while eating a crust of bread. Suddenly there come... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 353

17. The 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Two travelers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 817

18. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)

Not Rated | 7 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge.

Directors: Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter | Star: Jack Brawn

Votes: 1,559

19. A Crazy Composer (1906)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

A composer alone in his music room has a better imagination while asleep than awake.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 232

20. The '?' Motorist (1906)

3 min | Fantasy, Short, Comedy

A British trick film in which a motorist ends up driving around the rings of Saturn.

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 848

21. The Mysterious Retort (1906)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Mystery

Sound asleep in his comfortable armchair next to a high-pressure retort, a mystic silver-haired alchemist can't even notice the strange manifestations emerging from the vessel's bottom. Is this a dream, or a cornucopia of secreted desires?

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 511

22. The Luny Musician (1906)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy

Professor Do-mi-sol-do is trying to practice music, but his instruments and music stand begin to provoke him.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 125

23. Chimney Sweep (1906)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short

A young enslaved chimney sweep named Jack finds a box of jewels in a chimney which restores his well-being.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Emile Gajean, Georges Méliès, The Ping-Pongs

Votes: 128

24. Japanese Magic (1907)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short

This subject presents n remarkably clever series of illusions in which a Japanese lantern, several dolls, chickens, mice and grasshoppers play a very prominent part. Mystifying and highly ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 52

25. The Eclipse: Courtship of the Sun and Moon (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

As the clock strikes twelve, a weary astronomer attempts to answer the impertinent enquiries of his young students by scrutinising an impending lunar eclipse, as an effeminate and delicate moon caresses the mighty sun's hungry cosmic rays.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Mlle. Bodson, Manuel, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,028

26. Sightseeing Through Whisky (1907)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short

John is one of a group of sightseers who loves the bottle a little too much. Too drunk to follow the party, the reeling drunkard remains on a ruin site where he starts having hallucinations... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Fernande Albany

Votes: 194

27. The Skipping Cheese (1907)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short

A group of passengers are enjoying their ride on a trolley when a cheese-seller climbs aboard. The odor of her wares are so strong it disturbs the passengers, and when they find the source ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 134

28. A Fantasy (1908)

2 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

The first all-animated film in history, a series of scenes without much narrative structure, but morphing into each other.

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 1,963

29. The Puppet's Nightmare (1908)

Not Rated | 2 min | Animation, Short

The nightmare of Émile Cohl's chalk animation is one of unreliable appearances. Fishermen catch fish which eat them whole. Ladders transform into coils which just as suddenly take the form ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 149

30. Hallucinations pharmaceutiques ou Le truc de potard (1908)

Not Rated | 13 min | Short

An alchemist owns a pharmacy for the rich. His assistants play a trick on him and put a drug in his medicine, leading to ghostly visions experienced by the alchemist, who goes to a wizard ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 121

31. The Dream of an Opium Fiend (1908)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short

The opium fiend is seen in a den, puffing on this terrible narcotic. He then falls fast asleep and dreams that he is at home with his wife. He asks for something to drink and he is given ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 138

32. The New Lord of the Village (1908)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Fantasy

A rich lord is led by a gypsy to a cave, where a spirit makes him poor and the two poor men that accompanied him are made rich. Later the lord is spared and turned back to his former rich self.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Fernande Albany, Mlle. Bodson, Georges Méliès

Votes: 98

33. Affairs of Hearts (1909)

Not Rated | 4 min | Animation, Short

A near-abstract animation telling a simple romantic story through drawings almost entirely composed of heart shapes.

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 76

34. Princess Nicotine; or, The Smoke Fairy (1909)

Unrated | 5 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

A smoker falls asleep, and two mischievious fairies play with his pipe. He discovers this, and imprisons them in a cigar box. He removes a flower from the box, which contains a fairy ... See full summary »

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Paul Panzer, Gladys Hulette

Votes: 800

35. Magic Cartoons (1909)

3 min | Short

An old and learned doctor discovers the secret of spontaneous generation and makes a microscopic germ which in its growth gives birth to the following people who dissolve into one another ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 38

36. A Bad Case (1909)

5 min | Animation, Short

This subject will give rise to unrestrained laughter and will infect your entire audience with the jovial microbe. A learned man is seen in his laboratory studying microbes. His friend ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 114

37. Next Door Neighbors (1909)

Not Rated | 5 min | Short

Two nosy neighbors who drill a hole through their wall to spy on the canoodling couple next door get more than they bargained for when the man discovers their plan and casts a magic spell. ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 57

38. Les transfigurations (1909)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short

A showman invites patrons to step up to his Kinetoscope-style magic box and glimpse the answers to their most burning questions. Émile Cohl's irreverent animation takes over from here, ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 58

39. The Man in the Moon (1909)

4 min | Short

Two lovers perform a fandango dance. A jealous quarrel follows and the heart-broken swain decides to end it all. He throws himself from the window of his room, but instead of being killed ... See full summary »

Directors: Étienne Arnaud, Émile Cohl

Votes: 106

40. X-Ray Glasses (1909)

5 min | Animation, Short

Grandfather gets a pair of magic spectacles, which he claims to possess the miraculous power of showing the tastes and inclinations of the person who puts them on. There are present at the ... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 52

41. The Hasher's Delirium (1910)

5 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

Four customers are having a peaceful game of cards in a quiet café. The atmosphere bring heavy, the waiter falls asleep and has a beautiful dream in which two angels come and play to him on... See full summary »

Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 370

42. Rêves enfantins (1910)

6 min | Animation, Short

A young girl dreams her teddy bear comes to life.

Director: Émile Cohl | Star: Alphonsine Mary

Votes: 35

43. The Comedy-Graph (1910)

5 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Émile Cohl

Votes: 52

44. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)

Not Rated | 13 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Short

An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

Director: Otis Turner | Stars: Bebe Daniels, Hobart Bosworth, Eugenie Besserer, Robert Z. Leonard

Votes: 1,283

45. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1910)

10 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Alice and her big sister are sitting on the side of a hill overlooking the lake, the big sister busy with her book. Before long we see the little girls eyes grow heavy and she finally ... See full synopsis »

Star: Gladys Hulette

Votes: 54