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Only 30 movies left to Certify Weird

Having finished with his Batman TV miniseries, Alfred Eaker turns his attention to the latest offbeat iteration of the Caped Crusader: the 2018 superhero/anime crossover Batman Ninja. Sticking with recent releases, G. Smalley will discuss the new-on-video-on-demand psychological horror Inheritance, while Ryan Aarset surveys the incendiary Heredity. Then, Giles Edwards re-works entry on the stop-motion nightmare “Street of Crocodiles” (regular readers can probably guess why).

Now is the time when we highlight the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to this site (with our usual disclaimer that this survey is a shadow of what it once was thanks to privacy filters blocking search terms). First, we have to mention the search for “billy cook saddles.” These are real things, but they have absolutely no relevance to us whatsoever—what’s weird about it is the thought that some searcher looking for horsewear passed over all the relevant Google results on the first page, and decided to visit a weird movie site instead. More typical of the type of searches we see nowadays is “i’m looking for a horror movie that was made in the 80s it have indians in it and have an alien having sex with a woman”. A bizarre request by normal people’s standards, sure, but we’ve gotten used to seeing weirder. Since we have nothing better to spotlight, we’ll go with the moderately amusing “movie with bad guy getting punched in the face with a puppet” as our Weirdest Search Term of the Week. But try to do better in the future, Googlers!

Before reprinting the ridiculously-long -and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue, let’s point out something that may seem obvious in retrospect: with only 30 movies left to Certify Weird, all of the hundreds of suggestions listed below can’t possibly make it, or even receive a fair hearing. These movies are currently listed in order of submission, but at this point we are ignoring that order and reaching deeper into the queue for the few films we feel, for one reason or another, merit coverage. So, Genius Party has been sitting in the first position for quite a while; but as it’s an anthology film that’s not easily accessible in the U.S., we keep passing it over—and will probably continue to. In other words, you can’t trust this queue for insights into what will be reviewed in the immediate future. That’s bad if you are rooting for something near the front of the queue to see its day in 366 court, but good if you’re a fan of a film buried deeper in the list.

With that out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long -and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/15/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

“Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy”: Three rare films of the late Japanese New Wave: This Transient Life (1970) involves brother/sister incest, Mandara (1971) concerns a pro-rape cult, and Poem (1972) stars a young boy caught up in a plot to sell his ancestral home. Arrow Academy promises that these little-seen films are all stylized, experimental, erotic and spiritual. Blu-ray set only. Buy “Akio Jissoji: The Buddhist Trilogy”.

Curse of the Cat People (1944): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. A strange childhood fantasy film with little relation to its Cat People ancestor; a few people prefer it to the horrific original, though. Out on Blu-ray for the first time from Shout! Factory. Buy Curse of the Cat People.

Edward II (1991): ‘s experimental, queered-up version of Christopher Marlowe’s play. It’s in our reader-suggested queue, and now out on DVD, VOD and Blu-ray (for the first time) from Film Movement. Buy Edward II.

Inheritance (2017): A carpenter inherits a northern California villa from the biological father he never knew; the place is haunted by family secrets. Not to be confused with Hereditary; review (of both?) coming next week. VOD only. Buy or rent Inheritance.

King of Hearts (1966): In World War I, a private is mistaken for a bomb expert and sent to a French town deserted by the locals, but now occupied by the escaped inmates from a local mental asylum. This British anti-war cult favorite has long been hard to see in the U.S.; the Cohen Film Collection releases it on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy King of Hearts.

Vidar the Vampire (2017): A Norwegian farmer is vampirized by a bloodsucker claiming to be Jesus Christ. Debuts in the U.S. on various streaming and on-demand outlets; check the official site for details.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Only 31 movies left to Certify Weird

Alfred Eaker starts us off next week by finishing up his miniseries on TV’s “Batman” (start with part one here). Then, after Shane Wilson types out the full title of The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade [AKA Marat/Sade], we’ll see if there’s any room left for an analysis of this 1967 film adaptation of the 1963 play. Pete Trbovich chooses to go a different direction with the briskly-titled Zachariah, the 1971 counterculture Western written by the Firesign Theater. That leaves G. Smalley crawling through this site’s early archives, coming up with a fresh appreciation of the anarchic 1941 musical comedy Hellzapoppin!

Here we go again with our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site. Despite the inhibiting effect of anonymizing privacy settings, we still managed to find a few strange queries this week, starting with a search for a movie-we’d-like-to-see: “horror movie mansion carpet eats woman.” Even odder is the “film where a house is chaced by another.” Still, for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “kids playing violin abandoned house turns into birds in the”. With the kids playing violins in an abandoned house, it was already developing weirdly before the searcher was either interrupted or just lost interest in typing the rest of it, leaving us in suspense about whether the kids turned into birds, or the house turned into birds, or just what the hell actually happened with the birds.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-obviously-impossible-to-complete reader-suggested review queue stands: Marat/Sade (next week!); Zachariah (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/8/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

FILM FESTIVALS – Annecy International Animated Film Festival (Annecy, France, June 11-16):

Anncey is a big deal for world animation (including television animation), although it does tend to favor Western-style works. The big boys from the major Hollywood studios will be there again this year, with previews (usually not the complete films) of Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3, and Wreck-it Ralph 2. But there’s plenty of room for small, independent, and weird works here, too, as you can see from the highlights below:

    • Insect – Legendary Surrealist animator Jan Svankmajer‘s latest (and, he insists, last) film features the actors metamorphosing into insects. A very rare (and presumably packed) screening on June 13 only.
    • Seder-Masochism mixes her musical retelling of “Exodus” with Goddess mythology; we’ve featured a preview scene from this one on these pages. In development for alomost ten years and frankly, we were a little worried it might never be completed, so to see it show up now is a thrill. Catch it in competition June 11-15.
    • The Wolf House [La Casa Lobo] – A woman escapes from a religious cult and finds herself in a nightmarish house.  Screens in competition from Jun 11-15.

Annecy International Animated Film Festival home page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

As the Gods Will (2014): Read our festival review with Miike Q&A. Aliens stage bizarre elimination contests to kill teenagers in this violent (but not ultraviolent) sci-fi effort. In a DVD/Blu-ray/digital combo pack. Buy As the Gods Will.

Greaser’s Palace (1972): Read the Certified Weird review! ‘s blasphemous, absurdist, satirical retelling of the story of Christ set in the wild west. A new release from Doppelganger Releasing (a new arm of Music Box films), there are no special features advertised, but it does mark the film’s debut on the popular Blu-ray format. Buy Greaser’s Palace.

Satellite Girl and Milk Cow (2014): A satellite transforms into a cyborg and romances a brokenhearted man who has metamorphosed into a cow; the animation style resembles with a more surreal bent. On DVD, Blu-ray and VOD from GKIDS. Buy Satellite Girl and Milk Cow.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Beyond Re-Animator (2003): Read our review. Dr. Herbert West continues his experiments in re-animating the dead, now from inside a prison, with typically over-the-top black comedy results. Listed as “leaving soon.” Adults only. Watch Beyond Re-Animator free on Tubi.tv.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Only 33 movies left to Certify Weird

While still awaiting his next summer blockbuster assignment, Alfred Eaker kicks off next week with a “KAPOW!” with the second installment of his “Batman” series (read the first here). While we’re waiting for Al to kick at tentpoles, G. Smalley is planning to check out the non-blockbuster, wannabe cult film How to Talk to Girls at Parties this week. Shane Wilson checks in with a review of ‘s 1989 occultist romp Moon Child (which recently debuted on Blu-ray). Smalley returns later in the week for a second look at ‘s Phantom of Liberty (and experienced readers can probably figure out why that is).

It’s time again for our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought users to the site this week, with our usual caveat that this feature seems doomed due to increased use of privacy filters that prevent us from seeing over 95% of searches. But as long as we can, we’ll continue to spotlight the strangest queries from the 5% we do see. Stuff like “movie where kid shrimks and hangs on vagina hair80s” (a query we actually know the answer to: do you?) There’s also “the life of warrior prostitutes,” which sounds weird, sure, but refers to an actual media property (though one we’d prefer not to promote). For our weirdest search term of the week, we’ll go with one we don’t recognize and don’t want to recognize: “the movie in which girls do party and one fat girl climb on a boy and the boy died then they find to keep him somewhere.” Bad grammar, rambling syntax, and an enigmatic conclusion; just enough bizarre elements for us to declare it our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/1/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Best F(r)iends Vol. 2 (2018):  and Greg Sestero continue their post-Room adventures in this comic roadtrip movie; Sestero stars as a drifter and Wiseau is a mortician. Some say Vol. 2 is weirder than Vol. 1, and can be followed even if you missed the first episode. Screening June 1 and June 4 only, so you’ll need to check the Best F(r)iends home page to see if there’s a screening near you.

The Texture of Falling: Parallel stories of artists in love, with one set playing around with S&M. Bills itself as “unlike any film you’ve ever seen,” but early critics who chimed in didn’t see that as a plus. The Texture of Falling official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Annihilation (2018): Read our review. Femme-friendly sci-fi about a mysterious alien presence is pretty damn weird by Hollywood standards, and a good flick by anyone’s standards. Out on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy (or rent) Annihilation.

A Good Dream (2017): The sparse plot description explains its about a 20-something gal suffering from dreams/hallucinations of a creepy demon bunny. There’s not much info available on this straight-to-VOD horror/psychological thriller, but the trailer actually looks pretty creepy. Rent or buy A Good Dream.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

YOU LINK US! YOU REALLY LINK US!:

The weirdest movies we’ve ever seen: 366 gets a shout-out (naturally) in the Cinebuds podcast sponsored by Milwaukee’s noncommercial 88.9 radio. The episode is actually a great introduction to the genre, especially for newbies. One complaint: they credited (and linked) the compendium of the List hosted on Mubi, rather than the primary source (that would be us). Any publicity is good publicity, but let’s get the url correct next time, please!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

THE 2017 VERSION OF THE 366 WEIRD MOVIES YEARBOOK IS (FINALLY) HERE!

Every year we promise to get the previous year’s Yearbook out sooner, and every year it ends up debuting sometime in the middle of the following year. We did manage to get it out a few days sooner this time, in May, at least. Longtime readers and collectors have learned to live with these delays. Fortunately, the movies examined herein are still fresh and weird.

As always, the recycled ad copy speaks for itself:

Covering everything weird, from art house surrealism to next-generation cult movies to so-bad-they’re-weird B-movie atrocities, 366 Weird Movies has been meeting all of your weird movie needs since 2009 with a combination of sly humor and serious insight. This is our annual Yearbook covering all the weird movies released and re-released in 2017, from “The Bad Batch” to “We Are the Flesh”, with 35 full-length reviews, extensive capsules and supplemental listings, and exclusive interviews with gore maestro Yoshihiro Nishimura (“Tokyo Gore Police” and the upcoming “Kodoku Meatball Machine”), the director and crew of the genre hit “Lowlife,” and others. If it’s weird, it’s a movie, it’s from 2017, and 366 Weird Movies covered it, you’ll find it here!

You can buy the 366 Weird Movies 2017 Yearbook here. Don’t forget that it’s also available (for a mere $3.49!) in a Kindle version.

All profits derived from your kind purchase will go towards paying our hosting costs. Any leftover monies will be wasted on G. Smalley’s relentless and desperate pursuit of hedonistic excess: an ocean of gin, a parade of cheap floozies, and impulsive weird movie purchases that leave him feeling physically spent, but empty and soulless. Good times!

Next year, let’s aim for an April 2019 release! Even though we say this every year, next year it’s doable!

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Only 33 movies left to Certify Weird

…and stay tuned for an announcement later today, after this update posts.

Next week, Alfred Eaker starts a new miniseries  on the campy/odd 60s incarnation of “Batman,” perhaps with a few bat-extras thrown in. Meanwhile, El Rob Hubbard gets caught up with last years “The Collection” box set release, Pete Trbovich tangles with Neil Breen’s revelatory I Am Here Now, and G. Smalley considers ‘s much-requested breakthrough psychedelic stick figure animation, It’s Such a Beautiful Day. All great suggestions to cure you of the Avengers-induced summertime movie blues!

Here are the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site this week, with the ongoing caveat that Internet privacy settings continue to get (from our voyeuristic perspective) worse and worse, hiding more than 90% of all searches from our prying eyes. First up it’s the so-generic-it’s-weird search for “an old man” (outside chance this is a person searching for info on Alfred Eaker). Next, we’ll go with the blasé “tv show monster in stone take dad girl in wheele chair and boy has to find him” (because we feel like we’ve got to feature something as a runner-up). This week, we’ll go with “human being milked” for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week. But we’ll also point out that we see a search term like this about once every two weeks; it’s pretty run-of-the-mill ’round here.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: I Am Here Now (next week!); It’s Such a Beautiful Day (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/25/2018

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece (2018): An ex-porn star becomes a kickboxing avenger in this 80s action throwback. The trailer makes it look desperately over-camped, but check out the cameos: , kickboxer Cynthia Rothrock, kickboxer offspring Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, wrestlers Bill Goldberg and Tiny Lister, Last Dragon Taimak, and of course, Ron Jeremy. Fury of the First and the Golden Fleece official site.

The Misandrists (2017): A fugitive male hides out at a lesbian separatist boarding school. This is the widest release we’ve ever seen for a Bruce LaBruce movie (the director started out making underground gay porn movies and has gradually moved into slightly more mainstream transgressions). The Misandrists official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973): An ancient Incan ritual turns a dead woman into an avenging angel. Arrow Video is pitching this supernatural giallo as “surreal,” but just the fact that it’s sleazemaestro directing and would make it worth our notice. On Blu-ray only. Buy Death Smiles on a Murderer.

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985): An expressionistic portrait of the life of the Japanese author, told in flashbacks and stylized recreations of his fiction. This Criterion Collection Blu-ray upgrade may give us an excuse to knock this one out of our reader-suggested queue. Buy Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.

Sequence Break (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. The Cronenbeg-ish story of a young man absorbed (literally) by a mysterious video game. Streaming exclusively (for the time being, at least) on Shudder beginning on May 24.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

A Boy and His Dog (1975): Read the Certified Weird entry! Don Johnson roams a post-apocalyptic wasteland with his telepathic dog, looking for women to rape. Upstart Tubi has a surprising number of weird (Certified and otherwise) titles in its catalog. Watch A Boy and His Dog free on Tubi.tv.

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Only 33 movies left to Certify Weird

Next week Alfred Eaker takes us to the end of ‘s career (and perhaps of our coverage of him) with a review of the Swede’s 1982 swan song, Fanny and Alexander. Then it’s into the reader-suggested review queue as Shane Wilson debates whether we should let the modern vampire classic Let the Right One In in, while G. Smalley looks into the eye-opening mindbender Open Your Eyes. We’ll end our weekly slate of reviews with a second look at ‘s semi-silent 1999 essay in Expressionism, Tuvalu.

Privacy settings make it harder and harder for us to find truly weird search terms each week, but until they dry up completely,  we’ll continue to list the weirdest searches that brought people to the site each week. This week we begin with one that goes in the “we’d actually like to see that” file: “child is found dying and turned into elf in foreign movie”.  Next up is the search for “366weirdmovies hillary clinton” (we aren’t aware of any movies Hillary’s made, weird or otherwise, but if she’s taken up filmmaking in her retirement, we’d be willing to take a look at them). We guess we’ll pick “80s-90s movie eat goo an change” for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week (is it about people eating goo and change—the weirder option—or about people who eat goo that makes them change?)

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Let the Right One In (next week!); Open Your Eyes (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; I Am Here Now; Sir Henry at Rawlinson Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE