Vernon, Florida may be one of the most brilliant movies ever. Or at least the most bizarre.
"He said shooting himself would be the last thing he ever did. Which it was."
"This second effort by Errol Morris, originally titled "Nub City," was about the inhabitants of a small Florida town who lop off their limbs for insurance money ("They literally became a fraction of themselves to become whole financially," Morris commented.) but had to be retooled when his subjects threatened to murder him. Forced to come up with a new concept Morris created "Vernon, Florida" (1981) about the eccentric residents of a Southern swamp town."
(From filmmaker Errol Morris' website)