The best weird and wacky movies to watch on Tubi

We don’t know about you, but our discovery of Tubi and its inspiring catalogue of questionably epic titles has made our week. Forget latest releases, forget award-winning masterpieces – we’re talking about Atlantic Rim, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Titanic II – the real masterpieces.

We know titles like these make it tricky to decide on a movie to watch on family night, so we’ve done you a favour by narrowing down 10 of the strangest – and possibly greatest – movies that Tubi has to offer.

But first, what is Tubi?

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Tubi is a niche entrant to the Australian streaming market, having launched here in Oz in September 2019. Launched back in 2014 in America, Tubi sets itself apart through not only its (awesome) movie collection, but the fact that it’s completely free.

Free you say? Surely there’s a catch (when is there not) – and that catch is advertisements. According to Tubi, they “stay free by showing short ad breaks at 12-15 minute intervals” which, if you can muster up the strength to make it through, isn’t actually a bad compromise in return for a free Ants on a Plane viewing.

10 best movies on Tubi

  • The Sand
  • Titanic II
  • The Curse of Humpty Dumpty
  • World War 4
  • Attack of the Mushroom People
  • Ants On A Plane
  • Satan’s School For Girls
  • Head of the Family
  • Atlantic Rim
  • Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

We didn’t make these names up. Seriously.

The Sand

Heading to the beach with mates always promises to be a good time, with the sun, surf and sand enough to wash away your troubles. But what if the sand was your troubles?? That’s what a group of party-kids soon learn out, as their raging beach kegger turns into the stuff of nightmares, as they learn that something is pulling them to their deaths through the sand. But what is it? Well, it turns out to be some type of giant squid, because why not, and the teenagers must do anything to survive. Definitely an interesting take on the ‘floor is lava’, that’s for sure.

Titanic II

When you mention the film Titanic, people no doubt think of the award-winning 1997 film from James Cameron, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Well, those people are idiots, as obviously the second film is always better. Titanic II is set 100 years after the first trip of the Titanic ship, with a second boat, surprisingly names the Titanic II, is about to set sail on the same course as its predecessor. What could possibly go wrong? Well, everything apparently, as the second Titanic doesn’t fair much better than the first, but at least this film isn’t as long as the first one.

The Curse of Humpty Dumpty

Creepy dolls and seemingly innocent nursery rhymes are the bread and butter of horror films, so it makes sense that Humpty Dumpty has been given the horror-film treatment, although it’s surprising that it took until this year for a film around the titular character to be made. The Curse of Humpty Dumpty follows a family that tries to get back on its feet in a creepy old house, only to be reunited with the creepy old door, and you get guess, there’s something creepy old goings on as soon as they step foot through the door. And of course, there’s an evil legend associated with the doll, because you can always find anything on the internet.

World War 4

Skipping past a whole world war that we haven’t had yet, World War 4 goes for the jugular and dials it up to 11, throwing nuclear war straight in our face. There’s not really much to say about this one, it’s just America going to war again, with a husband and wife seemingly in the middle of it (and still able to discuss military tactics over a normal phone?), but the title alone should have your attention.

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Back to Tubi movies

Attack of the Mushroom People

This movie is pretty much exactly how it sounds – it’s an attack, by mushroom people. The 1963 Japanese horror, which also goes by the name Matango, is about a group of castaways who are lost at sea until they stumble upon a deserted island. You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah yeah, the mushroom people come and eat them’ – but oh no, it gets better than that. The castaways are starving and desperate for food, with the mushrooms that grow apparently the only thing the survivors can eat. But what they don’t know is that the mushrooms transform those who eat them into the mushroom people. What a plot twist.

Ants On A Plane

Alternatively named “Destination: Infestation”, Ants On A Plane is kind of like Samuel L. Jackson’s Snakes On A Plane – only this time, it’s ants. A US passenger plane returning from Colombia has been hijacked by an army of mutated bullet ants whose sting is described as “the most painful of all insect stings” and also, “deadly”. As the ants begin to attack, the pilot requests an emergency landing – which is denied by the government for fear that the ants will invade in United States. Luckily (and coincidentally), there is a female entomologist on board (who would’ve thought). Dr. Carrie and the plane’s hot sky-marshal work together against the clock to stop the ants before the ants stop them.

Satan’s School For Girls

This is a major cult classic that, despite a remake in 2000 starring 90210’s Shannan Doherty, stands alone as the second best female witchcraft movie Of All Time (Practical Magic as no.1, duh). The 1973 OG film, Satan’s School For Girls, follows Elizabeth, who enrolls at an all-girls college in New England after she has suspicions of her sister’s suicide at the school. While she’s undercover, girls from the school are continuing to disappear and show up dead from ‘suicides’ – and Elizabeth is slowly being lured into an evil cult who are desperate to have her as their fifth member.

Head of the Family

This is, quite possibly, one of the weirdest movies ever made. Head of the Family is unfortunately, taken even more literally than the title suggests. The 1996 black comedy begins following Lance and Loretta, a Southern couple who are having an affair unbeknownst to the woman’s husband, the biggest thug in town. Lance needs Howard dead – and lucky for Lance (I guess), he accidentally uncovers a hidden secret of the local family of weirdos. Income the Stackpools; quintuplets, but who only possess one trait each. One has super strength, one is smoking hot, one has incredibly well-developed senses, and one has super intelligence. The one with intelligence is literally just a giant potato-styled head, but he holds all the power as he is able to psychically control and inhibit his other siblings. We’ll just let the trailer speak for itself on this one.

Atlantic Rim

A cheap mockbuster of the Warner Bros Pacific Rim, or one of the greatest action movies of our time? It does come with a rating of 1.6/10 on IMDB, but we’re going to go ahead and say a confident both. Following the same plot as Pacific Rim, Atlantic Rim follows monsters and giant robots doing battle – you guessed it – in the Atlantic Ocean. While it might be hard to topple Transformers off the top of the ‘giant robots fighting’ genre, Atlantic Rim certainly gives it a red hot go.

Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

Much like Head of the Family, we do believe this one is successful in relaying its major plot through the use of the clever movie title. Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus is essentially – well not essentially – it is, a battle between two larger-than-life prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for “supremacy of the sea”. As a result, the monsters begin to destroy the Californian Coast until someone can figure out how on earth they can make them go away. As we watch two giant creatures who have come out of being frozen in ice to fight each other, when really they should be living peacefully together, it’s hard not to draw parallels with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. At least that one ends a little better. And if you’re keen for a movie marathon, Mega Shark makes a few appearances, with plenty of equally mega-sized opponents to take care of.

Now we’re not saying you have to watch these movies, but let’s be honest, you know you want to. So grab some snacks, settle in on the couch, and get ready to laugh, cry and cringe all at the same time with some of the best (worst) movies available on Tubi. This list isn’t much, but it’s honest work. Thank us later.

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