Truly imaginative worlds
- Way out there:
- The Dark Crystal - everything about this world is impressively original. The amount of thought that must have gone into creating every single one of those creatures must have been amazing.
- The Labyrinth - like the Dark Crystal, but not quite as impressive. The Escher-inspired room made for a memorable movie scene.
- Beetljuice - Tim Burton's unique brand of weird reaches fever pitch in this movie. Even the hallways of the office for the recently deceased are demented. Truly bizarre genius.
- The Nightmare Before Christmas - another quirky Tim Burton film. Highly worthy of this list. Claymation lends itself very well to Tim Burton's style. A very engaging world to get lost in for 2 hours.
- Less so, but still really cool:
- Dark City - a really neat idea in a really cool and atmospheric setting.
- Alice in Wonderland - (thanks UncRoger) the original bizarre world...I can't believe I forgot this one to begin with! I would put this on the upper section, but I still really think of this one as a book.
- Legend - I will have to see this one again to remember what is so special about this world. It may get moved up after I see it again. (Thanks to pbrice.)
- Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - Same reasons as Alice. (thanks UncRoger)
- Batman - Tim Burton, the master. Not as impressive as some of his other work, but the absolute best of every Batman attempt. (thanks snoozer)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (& Cool World) - Neat juxtaposition of real and cartoons worlds. (Thanks UncRoger)
- Wizard of Oz - One of the originals. (thanks UncRoger)
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - (Thanks Snoozer)
The criteria for this list is that the world itself be the product of an imaginitive mind. Worlds that are replicas of this one, with only a few strange elements thrown in do not qualify. Hence, the 7 1/2th floor in Being John Malkovich does not make the list, although that space was quite original. By this criteria, I suppose that The Labyrinth and Beetlejuice don't exactly qualify, since they both partially take place in a real world setting. However, there is a world separate from the real one, with different rules, etc. In Tim Burton's case, though, even the real world is a little warped (the designer of the house post-Delia is pretty original).