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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/14/2018

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):

The House That Jack Built (2018): A serial killer recounts his career using an architectural metaphor. Nothing really suggests to us that this is weird (as opposed to shocking/provocative/extreme), but the fans in our audience will be interested. The House That Jack Built official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Prisoners of the Ghostland (2019?): If you thought Nicolas Cage and Panos Cosmatos was a match made in, er, Hell, then what about this one: Cage and ? Cage reveals that his next (well, one of his next, since he makes about 20 movies a year) role will be in Sono’s English-language feature film debut. Nic will star as a man tasked with rescuing a woman kidnapped and held in a country ruled by ghosts. At a festival in Macao, Cage told the crowd that it “might be the wildest movie I’ve ever made, and that’s saying something.” Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for the heads up.

The Show (2019?): Alan Moore, original author of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and other graphic novel adaptations, produces his first feature script. The synopsis describes a detective visiting a haunted English town where he encounters “dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women,” played with a tone of “hallucinatory austerity.” The first release image shows a fanciful character with crescent moon hairdo sitting on a crescent moon, playing a ukulele. Mitch Jenkins, who worked with Moore on the related short film anthology Show Pieces, directs. Paste has the most detailed write-up.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

“De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films”: Three countercultural Sixties satires from a director and star destined for greatness: the b&w farce The Wedding Party; 1968’s x-rated draft-dodging comedy Greetings; and Hi, Mom!, with De Niro now a vet involved in radical politics. Considering it’s three discs with a ton of extras, this is a reasonably-priced gift idea from Arrow Video. Buy De Palma & De Niro: The Early Films.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988): Read our capsule review. Not such a weird movie, but this 30th anniversary edition may be a sign of things to come for the constantly-rereleased catalog: stacked Blu-ray+exclusive soundtrack release+commemorative booklet. Sorry, but Amazon warns that orders placed now will not arrive before Christmas. Buy My Neighbor Totoro.

Snowflake (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. A remarkably scripted German fantasia with hitmen, angels, superheroes, and fascists battling it out, and an amateur dentist screenwriter directing the action. This release is DVD only; if you want a Blu-ray, wait a week (it drops on the 18th). Buy Snowflake.

The Wild Boys [Les garcons sauavges] (2017): Five boys (all played by girls) are exiled to an island due to crimes they commit while under the influence of a mystical being called TREVOR. This French film has sat in the reader suggestion queue for months, awaiting an American home video release that has finally arrived. DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy The Wild Boys.

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:

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984): Read the Certified Weird Entry! Watch Buckaroo, the famous neurosurgeon/superhero/rock star, take on Dr. Lizardo and his alien allies, in all its 80s camp glory. Listed as “leaving soon.” Watch The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension 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 5 more movies to Certify Weird! You may attempt to guess the remaining titles in the comments if you wish.

A chill is in the air, egg nog is in the glass, and weird movie reviewers are typing through the sneezes as they bang out columns under the influence of NyQuil. It’s that time of year again! Next week, Alfred Eaker begins his countdown to Christmas with Rankin/Bass‘ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Then, we continue cleaning out last year’s releases to make room for 2019, as Shane Wilson tackles the hallucinatory social media satire Like Me and G. Smalley takes a deeper look at Masaaki Yuasa‘s whimsically weird anime Night Is Short, Walk on Girl. Finally, it wouldn’t feel like the holidays without a little pious blasphemy and nunsploitation, and so it’s time—finally—for  Ken Russell‘s The Devils.

And now it’s time for our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought users to the site. We always see a lot of bland movie searches that aren’t worth commenting on, but “that weird movie with the weird creatures ” is so generic that it becomes a little bit weird. Then there’s “old animated movie of conceited man becoming a swan trapped in a spinning,” which would be slightly odd even if it didn’t cut off suddenly. But there’s no question what the official Weirdest Search Term of the Week is: “60 old hairy p*ssies idea dead body on the rubber to men.” There’s so much strangeness packed into those 45 characters, but we’ll only comment on the fact that when you’re searching for geriatric necrophilia, there’s probably no need to be coy about using dirty words—just spell ’em out next time.

And finally, it’s time for our weekly cut n’ paste disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (although we will pick out the occasional title), you can consider this a list of “honorable mentions” for your own perusal and amusement. That out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius (1996); Adventures of Picasso; Charly: Dias de Sangre (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/7/2018

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):

Clara’s Ghost (2018): A ghost prompts an actress to confront her dysfunctional family. Starring Chris “Cabin Boy” Elliot and his family (it was written and directed by and stars his youngest daughter, Bridey Elliot). Clara’s Ghost official site.

Mountain Rest (2018): A daughter and granddaughter visit their estranged matriarch, an aging actress, at her mountain cabin. Pitched as a “surreal drama.” Mountain Rest official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Completed?):

Eyes of the Sun (2019?): The following trailer dropped into our in box the other day. It’s for an “artsy adventure film” from Sweden, about a man seeking revenge for a cult kidnapping his sister. I think you can see why it caught our eye. Eyes of the Sun official Facebook 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.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON SHOUT FACTORY TV:

Fantasy Mission Force (1983): Read the Certified Weird review! “[A] pulp surrealism masterpiece, set in a previously undiscovered movie universe at the conjunction of the Shaw Brothers, , and the Three Stooges.” Watch Fantasy Mission Force free on Shout Factory 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 6 more movies to Certify Weird! You may attempt to guess the remaining titles in the comments if you wish.

Next week, Alfred Eaker will be taking care of some academic business, which means a reprint column from him. As far as new material goes, though, we’ll bring you new release coverage as 2018 winds down: G. Smalley looks at the romantic comedy Relationtrip and the cannibal documentary Caniba, while Alex Kittle gives you the scoop on the Criterion Collection edition of ‘s True Stories.

We’re back to the point where we’re seeing plenty of search engine results in our logs; and yet, they are not as strange as we would like, making our survey of Weirdest Search Terms of the Week a confounding exercise. Maybe our standards are just too high? For example, something like “name of the film about an asian girl killed by a cow from the sky” would be a weird search to show up on a different site, but for us, it seems like a completely reasonable question. And “world of tomorrow the burden of other popes thoughts watch online” would be completely unexceptional, save for a single weirding typo. Out of a pretty ordinary batch, we’ll take “girl puts red nail polish on pad to conceal pregnancy goes into labor in bathroom and taken to hospital” as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Hint to girls trying to conceal a pregnancy: don’t follow the advice in this movie. Put nail polish on a pad and you’ll only end up in the hospital.

And finally, it’s time for our weekly cut n’ paste disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (although we will pick out the occasional title), you can consider this a list of “honorable mentions” for your own perusal and amusement. That out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius (1996); Adventures of Picasso; Charly: Dias de Sangre (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/30/2018

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):

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ mini-review. A teen musical-zombie-Christmas movie is a reasonable seasonal choice for our type of reader. Anna and the Apocalypse official site.

Ghostbox Cowboy (2018): A Texas entrepreneur/scam artist goes to China, where he finds he may be out of his depth. Are we the only ones getting a 21st century Midnight Cowboy-as-cybercomedy vibe? Ghostbox Cowboy official site.

Sicilian Ghost Story (2017): A teenage girl goes after her missing crush in this magical realist story set in mafia country. A lightly weird, critically acclaimed work that has garnered some comparisons to the work of . Sicilian Ghost Story American distributor site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Brewster McCloud (1970): Read our review. Warner Archive gives ‘s bizarro comedy about a man who dreams of flying on the Astrodome on a set of homemade wings a bare-bones release, but at least it’s in circulation. On DVD-R, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy Brewster McCloud.

True Stories (1986): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. The Criterion Collection takes on ‘s whimsical look at a quirky Texas town; a bonus soundtrack CD (previously unreleased) comes with the Blu-ray (but not with the DVD). Buy True Stories.

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:

Payday (2018): The movie G. Smalley worked on as a PA, wrote about here, and appeared in (as “the cook”) is now out on DVD. It’s a microbudget hostage thriller. 90% of the time you see flashing police lights in this film, G. Smalley is the one who flipped the switch on the cruiser. Buy Payday.

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 7 more movies to Certify Weird! You may attempt to guess the remaining titles in the comments if you wish.

Next week Alfred Eaker plans to look at Dennis Potter’s 1969 teleplay Son of Man, a controversial (at the time) retelling of the Passion. Then, Giles Edwards goes Japanese with Vampire Clay, the eerie story of, well, vampiric clay. G. Smalley brings you Apocalypsis, the psychedelic Christian conspiracy theory thriller you did not see coming, as well as a second look at the 1985 Soviet antiwar nightmare Come and See. Come and see us all next week! The countdown is in full swing.

Now’s the time when we bring you our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site this week, a feature we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” We’ll start off with the return of an old favorite: the ultra-mysterious “friends boring strangers,” which has been showing up on the list for years now (though it hadn’t been spotted for months). Next up, we’ll mention “movie with guy who cant take his glasses off because of eye lasers.” But for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “woman pretends to be pregnant and eats men through vagina movie.” Not sure why she would have to pretend to be pregnant—unless it’s to hide the evidence?

And finally, it’s time for our weekly cut n’ paste disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (although we will pick out the occasional title), you can consider this a list of “honorable mentions” for your own perusal and amusement. That out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius (1996); Adventures of Picasso; Charly: Dias de Sangre (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/23/2018

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:

Holy Motors (2012): Read the Certified Weird review! The Shout! Select “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray of ‘s surreal anthology improves on the old Indomina release; the complete “Merde” segment from Tokyo! is a major bonus feature. Buy Holy Motors [Collector’s Edition].

“Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema”: If you have a couple hundred bucks to spend and Thirst for more in your home video collection, it would be a Shame to pass up this historic set sure to bring you many Smiles on a Summer Night. The Criterion Collection’s Bergman set includes an astounding 39 films on Blu-ray (naturally, both Hour of the Wolf and Persona make the cut, along with rarities like 1955’s Dreams), plus more than five hours of bonus features. Buy “Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema”.

Luciferina (2018): A novice Argentinian nun travels into the jungle with her sister seeking ayahuasca, but instead finds a devil-worshiping cult. Ayahuasca, a semi-legendary shamanic preparation, has been a trendy movie subject in recent years; this horror film mixes the drug with Catholic-pagan conflict. DVD or Blu-ray, scheduled to hit VOD outlets on 12/4. Buy Luciferina.

Umbilical World (2018): 366 “Saturday Short” regular creates a feature-length film composed of new and old material “stitched together to form a single stream of nightmare consciousness.” The DVD contains a “making of” featurette and director’s commentary, but is only available from UK sources; also available for on-demand rental via Vimeo. Umbilical World order link.

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:

Dead Leaves (2004): Read the Certified Weird review! A man with a television for a head and a woman with mismatched eyes wake up with amnesia, are imprisoned on what’s left of the moon, lead a revolt, have a baby, and kill lots and lots of people in this speed-metal anime that doesn’t slow down for a second. Watch Dead Leaves 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.