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It’s a somewhat funky week upcoming on 366 Weird Movies. Alfred Eaker starts us off with a castle-themed 1964 drive-in double feature of Horror Castle and Castle of the Living Dead. Giles Edwards is busy at the Fantasia Film Festival and will be bringing us his weekly check-in, plus a bonus review and interview (or two). Finally, G. Smalley brings in the promised funk with reviews of the blaxploitation parody/soft porn feature Black Devil Doll and, on a more positive note, Melvin Van Peebles’ extravagant 1971 experiment Sweet Sweetback’s  Baadasssss Song.

Speaking of funky, it’s time for our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought people to the site this week, a feature we call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” First off, we think it’s obvious that the guy who searched for “(((incest drama))) online” early in the week and the guy looking for “((incest film))) 1979 mubi” on the weekend are the same person. Right? Or is putting incest search terms inside multiple parentheses a thing now?[1]) [Ed. Apparently “triple parenthesis” are a “thing”; see the comments section.] We also noted other perverts with bad spelling searching for “japanes house keeper with ownar lebens sex .com”. But we’ll give the official award for Weirdest Search Term of the Week to “sex parody hit femors movies.com,” which we like to think is a search for x-rated parodies of hit movies about femurs.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Black Devil Doll (next week!); Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 7/21/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

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

IN THEATERS (WIDE RELEASE):

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017): Two space operatives investigate a mystery in a city that serves as a galactic cultural crossroads. ‘s latest attempt to crack the U.S. blockbuster market has gotten mixed reviews, but also drawn some complaints/plaudits for its “trippiness.” Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets official site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

The Girl Without Hands [Le Jeune Fille sans Mains] (2016): Animated version of the Grimm fairy tale about a girl who loses her hands to the Devil. Looking more like a series of overlapping art canvases than a traditional animated film, this one is drawing universal praise. The Girl Without Hands U.S. distributor site.

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Kuso (2017): It looks like a psychedelic cable access variety show set in the aftermath of an L.A. earthquake. The grotesque bodily fluid imagery mixed with narrative incomprehensibility inspired many a walkout during its not-quite-succès de scandale debut at Sundance. Kuso official site.

The Untamed (2016): Erotic Mexican horror about an unhappy marriage and some sort of creature in the woods. It made enough of a splash on the festival circuit to earn a limited release; we hope it’s not too tame. The Untamed official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Buster’s Mal Heart (2017): Read Alex Kittle’s review. A hermit ranting about “the Inversion” has a couple of other possible identities in this mindbender. Buy Buster’s Mal Heart.

Stalker (1979): Read the Certified Weird review! The Criterion Collection releases ‘s newly-restored, mesmerizingly ambiguous sci-fi feature; special features (mostly interviews) are on a second disc. Buy Stalker.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Buster’s Mal Heart (2017): See description in DVD above. Buy Buster’s Mal Heart [Blu-ray].

Stalker (1979): See description in DVD above. The movie and bonus content fit on one Blu-ray. Buy Stalker [Blu-ray].

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 75 more titles left to Certify Weird!

Next week starts off at the drive-in as Alfred Eaker considers a 1960 double feature of Horror Hotel (with ) matched with Germany’s contribution to the disembodied head genre, the memorably titled The Head. Then, Pete Trbovich sails over Dark Waters to consider the nunnery-set horror of the title. Next, Giles Edwards brings us his first report from 2017’s Fantasia Festival, with possible bonus content to drop unpredictably through the week. Finally G. Smalley takes on ‘s surreal anti-fascist screed Viva la Muerte! (Long Live Death!) It’s a highly cosmopolitan and international week from the well-traveled (virtually and otherwise) crew here at 366.

Now is the time you wait all week for, when we survey the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site this week in a feature we sensibly designate “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” We’ll start with one we’ve seen before, which still mystifies us: “friends boring strangers” (we could maybe understand “friends boning strangers,” though that would still be an odd thing to search for). A bit weirder was “french language film bicycle ride policeman vagina.” (We’re guessing the last item on the list is the one the searcher is really interested in).  Still, it’s no match for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week: “while stranded on an island this baby doll bit the head off a lizard and drank the juice.” We especially like that this query is stated so matter-of-factly, as if it came up naturally in conversation over coffee: “say, did you hear about the time…”

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Dark Waters (next week!); Viva la Murete (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Black Devil Doll; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); No Smoking (2007); Gahjini; One Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 7/14/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

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

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Endless Poetry: ’s second installment in the psychoautobiographical project that began with the Certified Weird The Dance of Reality, now concerning his experiences as a young bohemian artist in Santiago. We were shocked by how little Jodo had lost when Reality came out after a 21-year hiatus from filmmaking, making us even more excited for this second installment. Endless Poetry Indiegogo page.

The Persian Connection: A “neon-noir fever dream” set in the Persian and Russian gangster underworlds of L.A.. This drug, sex, and violence cocktail was originally titled The Loner when it played the Tribeca Film Festival. The Persian Connection Facebook page.

FILM FESTIVALS – Fantasia Festival (Montreal, Quebec, 7/13-8/2):

As its name implies, Montreal’s Fantasia Festival originally began as a showcase for fantastic films from Asia; it has since morphed into a major event on the genre cinema calendar. Not that they’ve let mainstream success get to their heads; there’s still more rare weirdness to be found at Fantasia than at just about any film festival on the globe. We make watch lists from Fantasia’s programming, and we’re always saddened when less than half of the most daring films find meaningful distribution in the U.S. (We’re still awaiting release of the video-art black comedy She’s Allergic to Cats, never mind the completely bizarre and incomprehensible Atmo HorroX). Because of the large number of entries, we’re highlighting only films here that are debuting at Fantasia or that are totally new to us. We’ll mention that the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, Casey Affleck’s A Ghost Story‘s WFT The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio, the surreal Estonian fairy tale November, and the Filipino Town in a Lake are also playing, while ‘s big-budget epic Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets gets an early screening at Fantasia. Also of note are revivals of God Told Me To (and other movies from Lifetime Achievement Award honoree ), a rare screening of Rape of the Vampire, and the debut of the restored print of the Certified Weird Suspiria, which will be touring North America in late summer.

  • Animals – Black comedy/horror about a couple whose vacation becomes a surreal nightmare after their car hits and kills a sheep. Screening July 16 & 18.
  • Assholes – This incestuous anal sex themed comedy with a butt monster aims to be the grossout ticket of the year. See it Aug 1, if you dare.
  • The Endless – Bored by life on the outside, two apostates return to the UFO death cult they had abandoned. Screens Aug 1.
  • The Honor Farm – High school seniors decide to take an after-prom shroom trip in an abandoned prison; bad idea. July 15 & 17.
  • Infiltration [Le Problème d’Infiltration] – A wealthy reconstructive surgeon’s life falls apart after he is threatened with a malpractice suit. World premiere Aug. 2.
  • Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is UnbreakableTakashi Miike opens the festival once more with this manga adaptation that pits a hero with bizarre hair against a serial killer. Debuted yesterday, with an encore screening July 23.
  • The Laplace’s Demon – Eight researchers are trapped in a castle in this retro B&W feature exploring concepts of chance and free will. See it July 21 or 23.
  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl – Anime about a college student following his dream girl through a surreal all-night used book store. July 30 & 31.

As a special treat, 366’s own Giles Edwards is in attendance and will be bringing us updates weekly (perhaps more frequently) on the Fest’s biggest and weirdest contenders. Fantasia Festival home page.

NEW ON DVD:

Pulse (2001): Read our review. Arrow Video’s release of ‘s apocalyptic millennial J-horror comes with a ton of extras for fans, including a collectible booklet available with this pressing only. Buy Pulse [Blu-ray/DVD combo.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Fifth Element (1997): Read our review. ‘s cult-y sci-fi epic upgraded to a 4K presentation; no extra features are listed. The Fifth Element Blu-ray.

Pulse (2001): See description in DVD above. Buy Pulse [Blu-ray/DVD combo.

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 YOUTUBE:

Maximum Shame (2010): Read our review of ‘ “apocalyptic fetish horror musical chess sci-fi weird feature movie.” You can watch it on YouTube or embedded on the director’s personal site.

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 76 more titles left to Certify Weird!

Next week starts off with unstuck-in-time Alfred Eaker jumping to 1955 for a fantasy double feature of the / collaboration Bride of the Monster (paired with The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues on the bottom half of the bill). After that, Pete Trbovich gets philosophical with an essay on “What Makes a Weird Movie Weird?,” Giles Edwards goes underground for a look at the experimental art flick Suggestive Gestures, and G. Smalley swings back around to officially consider 3-Iron (nominated for the List by way back in 2011—this gives you some idea of how far we may be behind!)

It was a slim week for weird search terms used to locate the site, but we’ll bring you the oddest queries we noted in our periodic survey of Weirdest Search Terms of the Week. First off: we have no “bestiality thunder,” so don’t bother looking here. “weird chick uses her boy doll as her sex partner to eat” was an even stranger search, although even taken literally we’re sure it appeals to someone, somewhere. Our official selection for Weirdest Search Term of the Week is “angel came to earth and sex with farmer with her stick comedy movie,” however. Now, that’s comedy!

Here’s how our ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Black Devil Doll; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); No Smoking (2007); Gahjini; One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 7/7/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

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

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

A Ghost Story: Casey Affleck (under a sheet with eye holes) stars as Rooney Mara’s deceased hubby, helplessly watching her from the afterlife. A slightly surreal Sundance hit reuniting David Lowery with the stars of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. A Ghost Story official site.

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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 77 more titles left to Certify Weird!

It’s a long Independence Day weekend here in the USA (USA! USA!), and what could be more American than the drive-in, which is where Alfred Eaker will be (in spirit) on Monday for a 1944 drive-in double feature (featuring that great naturalized American, !) The only thing more quintessentially Americany than that would be a 1970s proto-slasher film about teenagers whose car breaks down in a rural area where they are tormented by the local weirdo, as Pete Trbovich relates in his review of Tourist Trap. But by July 5 we’re done with all of that Americana crap, as G. Smalley takes us to Japan for ‘s 1966 pop-art yakuza masterpiece Tokyo Drifter, then off to Spain for Skins, Eduardo Casanova’s 2017 debut feature film about the love lives of the deformed (among other grotesque and unpatriotic topics).

Speaking of grotesque topics, it’s time for our weekly survey of weird search terms that brought people to the site. In case you’re new to this feature, these searches usually involve people looking for a “naked movie explanation,” or maybe looking to connect with “rubber lover loving people.” More on-theme for our site is the quest for “love-366 streaming”—we’ve been considering streaming our love, though current technology isn’t quite up to the task. We’ll award a runner-up weird search medal to “brother wear string satan sexy porno videos.com,” which would have been a fairly typical search term around these parts, until they decided to throw string Satan in there for no good reason. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “a movie where flying vagina things land on heads”—because we think this movie probably exists (and it’s probably Japanese), and we want to see it, too.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Tourist Trap (next week!): Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Black Devil Doll; Vermilion Souls Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/30/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

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

It’s a lean week for cinematic weirdness, unless you happen to live in the NYC area (where you can always catch something odd). Stranger days are coming, hopefully…

FILM FESTIVALS – New York Asian Film Festival (New York City, NY, 6/30 – 7/16):

Now in its 16th year, the NYAFF (hosted by Lincoln Center) somehow finds high quality pan-Asian movies overlooked by other festivals. A number of strange-sounding features here, plus a surprise film (presented by a surprise guest) screening on July 15th to unofficially close the festivities. There’s a definite “memory” theme to this years offerings: at least three features involve the ability to remove or implant memories, usually via a helmet.

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  • Battle of Memories – Chinese sci-fi thriller about a novelist undergoing a future brain procedure who is accidentally implanted with a serial killer’s memories. Screens July 1st only.
  • Happiness – A mysterious wanderer brings a helmet that allows the wearer to relive happy memories to a small Japanese town. Screening July 14.
  • Jane – A transgender angel takes a misfit teen under her wing in this arty strangeness from South Korea. July 13, with the director and actors on hand for a Q&A.
  • Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back – This fantasy/comedy spectacle is already out on DVD, but here’s a chance for New Yorkers to catch it on the big screen on July 8.
  • KFC – The fast food giant won’t be using this “sick” Vietnamese omnibus film, featuring cannibalism, in its ads anytime soon. July 6.
  • The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio – Fest programmers are playing up the weirdness in ‘s latest (that’s a phrase we type about three times a year), calling it “delirious” and “WTF.” See it July 14.
  • Suffering of Ninko – A Japanese Buddhist monk is cursed to be irresistible to members of either sex; Variety promisingly called it “beyond weird even by Japanese standards.” Screens July 9.
  • Town in a Lake – A “Twin Peaks” like town in the Philippines hosts moral corruption while supernatural beings haunt the surrounding forest. Screening July 6.
  • The Village of No Return – Period Taiwanese martial arts weirdness with multiple plot strands including a Taoist priest with a helmet that removes memories. Catch it July 2.

New York Asian Film Festival home page.

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.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

The Salt Lake City band Visitors is anchored by the bass playing of one Cameron Jorgensen, better known in these parts as your dedicated Saturday Short curator. Visitors is on the move—they’re the first band on the new label Formant Records. They’re releasing the EP “Vortices, a Foreword” in July, with a full-length album tentatively scheduled for February 2018. “Mutineers” (video below) is the teaser single. If hard progressive rock is your bag, give ’em a listen (and a purchase). More Visitors songs and merchandise are available at Formant Records or their Bandcamp page.

Now prepare yourselves to rock.

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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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/23/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

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

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

The Bad Batch (2016): ‘s much-anticipated followup to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night features and and was originally pitched as “a dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.” Critics didn’t like it much, but then again they hated Southland Tales when it first came out, too. The Bad Batch official site.

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Blood Feast (2016): Faud Ramses wants to host an Egyptian feast to raise Ishtar, which will require lots of gore and cannibalism. This remake of ‘ classick pioneering gore feature is understandably drawing little attention (you can’t hope to top ‘s interpretation of the same material, after all). Blood Feast official Facebook page.

The Ornithologist (2016): While searching for an elusive black stork in Portugal, an ornithologist gets lost in the forest and experiences events that mimic the story of St. Anthony of Padua, with a gay twist. An arthouse festival favorite that’s been at the edge of our radar screen for a while now. The Ornithologist U.S. distributor site.

NEW ON DVD:

Tag (2015): Someone or something is killing schoolgirls in Japan. You may have seen viral videos of the notorious bus scene, or you may have noticed ‘s gory black comedy sitting in our reader-suggested queue. Buy Tag.

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 YOUTUBE:

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004): Read our review. A mute male slave’s involvement with romance and rebel pornographers lands him in trouble in a sex-free future ruled by a totalitarian matriarchy. Watch FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions free on YouTube or on Carlos Atanes’ personal site.

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

79 more titles to Certify Weird!

Next week, Alfred Eaker takes a break from summer blockbusters to indulge in exploitation nostalgia, as he starts his survey of the 1979 scene with an article featuring Return of the Bionic Boy. Then we’ll look at a couple of recent reissues: Giles Edwards tackles the 1969 Euro-thriller Obsessions (out on Blu-ray for the first time ever) and G. Smalley unpacks Arrow’s recent 3-disc release of Takashi Miike‘s Dead or Alive trilogy. Finally, we’ll knock another one out of the reader-suggested queue with a review of the underground nastiness of 2002’s Reflections of Evil.

On to our weekly review of the weirdest search terms used to locate the site this week. A word of explanation is here: in older times, we used to see lots and lots of weird search terms every week, but due to the increasing use of privacy controls, we are privy to less data every week. For example, 7,056 of the 7,537 search terms that brought us hits this week are hidden from our prying eyes. That leaves us with few queries to consider, most of them coming from developing countries where masking Google porn searches isn’t at the top of the list of social priorities. We’ll continue to report what we see (when it’s publishable—you wouldn’t believe some of the truly sick perversions some of these people are looking for), but most weeks you should expect this column to be full of mostly weird, often misspelled kinky searches. That explains why “putting milk on boobs of curly hair women old movie scene” makes this list the week. The search for “gay@366” may or may not be part of this trend; we actually have no idea what was in the searchers mind. And “alaskan bed in why him movie” appears to buck the trend discussed above.  Fortunately, our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week,  “www.free man sleep with goat porn movies.com,” confirms our thesis. (A note to entrepreneurs out there: if you want to register the domain “www.freemansleepwithgoatpornmovies.com,” it’s currently available, and you’ll have at least one customer guaranteed).

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Reflections of Evil (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Black Devil Doll; Vermilion Souls (depending on Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE