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Only 21 movies left to Certify Weird!

Next week Alfred Eaker completes his humiliating obligation to review summer blockbusters by allowing The Meg to chew on his tender artistic sensibilities for a while. How often do you get a read a first-hand report from someone who survived a shark movie attack? Then, Pete Trbovich takes on another microbudget underground movie in The God in My Ear, Shane Wilson dives into the reader-suggested review queue and fish out an 80s beauty in the experimental documentary Koyaanisqatsi, while G. Smalley revisits another favorite from the age of Reagan: the New Wave alien orgasm-hunting oddity, Liquid Sky, finally on Blu-ray! We’re all over the map, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

It’s time once again for our survey of the Weirdest Search Terms that brought visitors to the site (with the usual disclaimer that privacy settings make 95% of all searches invisible to us). First we’ll mention “movie where actor speaks to his arm,” which sounds as dull as it is strange (unless that arm is one great conversationalist). Next up is a query proving that word order matters: “skinemax movie where old man tries to have sex with a girl with a huge erection she runs away.” I’d say the old man dodged a bullet there. Meanwhile, our official Weirdest Search term of the week would probably be offensive if it wasn’t so incoherent: ‘internacials banging at the border area where frida got poundent hard torrent.” That’s it, and remember to disable those privacy settings when you’re searching for weird movies!

Time for our weekly disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (though we will pick out the occasional title, as you’ll see this week), 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: Koyaanisqatsi (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/17/2018

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:

“12 Monkeys, Season 4”: The expanded, TV version of the Certified Weird Terry Gilliam classic (Gilliam was not involved). Since we just inaugurated the film version onto the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies, we feel it’s only appropriate to  mention the home video début of the final season of the series, available on Blu-ray or as a VOD purchase. Buy “12 Monkeys, Season 4”.

Army of Darkness (1992): Read our review. Evil Dead III: Evil Goes Medieval (our suggested title, they should have used it) is now available in a new Blu from Shout! Factory, the same as the “Collector’s Edition” but with cool new artwork and in the popular steelbook format. Buy Army of Darkness.

Atmo HorroX (2016): Read our festival review. This self-described “experimental satire psychedelic horror” with no comprehensible dialogue earned our “weirdest!” badge, and is for seasoned weird-movie watchers only; it’s finally up for digital purchase (only). Buy Atmo HorroX.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2018): Read our review. This punk/alien/John Hughes mashup flopped at Cannes and made about $14 in theaters, but it’s not as terrible as some suggest, and may find a small audience among weirder teens and nostalgic ex-punks on home video. DVD, Blu-ray or streaming in Amazon Prime. Buy How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

Lifeforce (1985): Read our review. Another Shout! Factory steelbook, this time for the nutty nude space vampire epic that was a favorite of teenage boys everywhere during the VHS era. Buy Lifeforce.

Tideland (2005): Read the Certified Weird entry! This Arrow Video Blu-ray includes the same special features as Capri’s two disc DVD release but adds a few new interviews with the cast and some additional B-roll footage to the package. Buy Tideland.

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 WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Cube 2: Hypercube (2002): Read our review. Obviously inferior to the original, but if you liked the randomly-slaughtered small-cast paranoia dynamic there, get ready for more. Watch Cube 2: Hypercube 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 22 more movies to Certify Weird!

With in the books, we get back to what passes for “normal” around here. First up it’s Alfred Eaker, who finds two movies forced upon him in the sadistic “send Alfred Eaker to a summer blockbuster” contest opening in the same week. Will he choose to suffer through the big shark movie The Meg or the Internet-meme horror The Slender Man first? And will he ever forgive readers for forcing these indignities on him? You’ll have to tune in Monday to find out. On a more positive note, Pete Trbovich check’s out YouTube cinephile celebrity Rob Ager‘s sole directorial effort, 2012’s Turn in Your Grave. Then we clean two arty titles out of the reader-suggested review queue: Rafael Moreira will discuss Paul Schrader’s Expressionist biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, while G. Smalley tackles ‘s mysterious parable, Werckmeister Harmonies.

As usual of late, there’s not much in the way of weird search terms to report this week (privacy settings, yada yada). Nevertheless, we soldier on by bringing the somewhat unusual “fat lady blows up basement movie” to your attention. There’s also “charisma yarn,” which, it turns out, is a real brand of yarn—but why would someone searching for it end up here? (Knitters accidentally ending up on 366 Weird Movies may want to check out this, though.) And finally, although we’re loath to give it an official Weirdest Search Term of the Week designation—we think this is another “no award” week—we’ll mention “movie wsre girl disappears from motel and everything is still there.” What’s weird about this one is the searcher’s insistence on clarifying that “everything is still there,” to distinguish it, I guess, from a movie where a girl disappears from a motel and everything else in existence does, too.

Time for our weekly disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (though we will pick out a few, as you’ll see this week), 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: Mishima: Life in Four Chapters (next week!); Werckmeister Harmonies (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/10/2018

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):

Madeline’s Madeline (2018): Read G. Smalley’s positive review and Giles Edwards’ less positive mini-review. This experimental drama about a mentally unbalanced teenage girl in a theater troupe split our reviewers, but no one denies it’s a breakout work for director and rising star Helena Howard. Opening this week in New York city, then on to Los Angeles and other major cities in the late summer. Madeline’s Madeline official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Lowlife (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ List Candidate review. Shout! Factory picked up this festival hit that’s a little like Pulp Fiction, but with luchadores; now on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy Lowlife.

Zama (2017): A Spanish official posted to a remote South American colony longs for reassignment in a “subtly surreal and bizarre” film festival programmers said “often feels like it was made to purposefully confound the viewer.” Strand Releasing makes it available on all the usual platforms, including Blu-ray. Buy Zama.

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:

Cube (1997): Read the Certified Weird review! Existential horror; a pulpy Exterminating Angel in a cube. Watch Cube free on Tubi.tv.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

House of Shadows: Although it won’t be open until October, Alfred Eaker is already hard at work on the murals for the scare shack that bills itself as “Oregon’s Most Extreme Haunt.” Here’s a preview of his work, featuring a character some of you may recognize. Mark your calendars, Portlanders and other Oregonians! The House of Shadows website.

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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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Only 23 more titles to Certify Weird!

Next week, Alfred Eaker continues your cinematic education with the third part of his series on ‘s Gothic serials with Fantômas (1913). Then, Giles Edwards delivers his eulogy on the just-concluded , with another slice of mini-reviews and coverage of the Fest’s big closer, -fueled revenger Mandy. And Pete Trbovich wraps us up with one from the reader-suggested review queue: Terry Gilliam‘s time-traveling brain twister Twelve Monkeys.

As far as weird search terms go, we’re once again frustrated by privacy filters. Basically, we saw no—none, nada—Google (or other engine) searches this week that would merit consideration as Weirdest Search Term of the Week. The closest we could come up with was “coco shop under the bed at end of shop is a large secret room thats driving me crazy what is in there?” That one’s more badly phrased than weird—we have no idea what the questioner is asking about. We guess is it’s a video game for which they neglected to share the title, assuming Google is omniscient and would know what the hell they are talking about. It’s a good reminder never to assume that everyone’s frame of reference is the same as yours; but, sadly, not that weird of a search term. Well, on to next week, when we hope stranger spirits will move our searchers.

Time for our weekly disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will probably not be getting to many of these (though we will pick out a few, as you’ll see this week), 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-and-once-again-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: 12 Monkeys (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/2/2018

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):

Revengeance (2016):  A comic biker noir about a “low-rent” bounty hunter hired to recover an item stolen from “Deathface,” a former pro-wrestler turned U.S. Senator. Indie animation legend  completed this feature in 2016 (with the aid of a Kickstarter campaign), but it’s debuting this week in NYC, with a screening next week in LA (with DVD and/or VOD presumably soon to follow). Revengeance official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Piranha II: The Spawning (1981): A scuba diver tries to figure out where all these mutant flying piranha (!) are coming from. Debuting director was fired from this picture after just one week, arguably making a hopeless project even worse—but it still gets a “collectors edition” Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory. Buy Piranha II: The Spawning.

UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) [IMAX]: Although prints of Stanley Kubrick‘s weird sci-fi classic have been touring all summer, Warner Brothers will be re-releasing a -supervised remastered version of 2001 specifically for IMAX theaters beginning on August 24. The reason we mention it now is that, although the film will screen in 350 locations in the U.S. and Canada, there will be only be four IMAX theaters screening it in 70mm: Universal Citywalk (LA), Lincoln Square (NYC), Metreon (San Francisco), and  Ontario Place Cinesphere (Toronto). Tickets for those four venues go on sale today, and are sure to sell out. You’re on your own finding tickets (hint: try Google), but you can’t say we didn’t give you a heads up. Here’s Warner Brothers’ full press release.

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 24 more movies to Certify Weird, and that’s not counting the one that will be unofficially named at midnight EST tonight when the final reader’s choice poll closes. (Right now, it looks like it will be ‘s psychedelic anime Mind Game, with ‘s perverse Singapore Sling in long-shot striking distance.)

As far as next week’s business goes, Alfred Eaker starts us off, as always, with the next installment of his series on ‘s trilogy of strange silent serials (will it be Judex or Fantomas? You’ll have to check in to find out.) Then it’s back to Giles Edwards‘ coverage of the final week of : look for writeups of the animated oddity Violence Voyager, an interview with Drew Barnhardt of the PSTD-themed indie Rondo, along with his third slice of mini-capsules of everything else. Finally, G. Smalley caps things off with a selection from the reader-suggested review queue: the surreal 2004 Japanese family dramedy The Taste of Tea. No summer vacations for chroniclers of the weird, it seems.

Despite the privacy filters blocking about 95% of all search queries used to locate the site from our prying eyes, we still saw some remarkably weird ones this week. What wondrously strange queries would we uncover if we could see them all? We can at least be thankful that we were able to espy “movie where frogs go under a car off a cliff,” which is a pretty odd conceit. Stranger still, however, was the slightly ominous “weird movie prime leather mouth spreader prison feeding” (why is “prime leather” important to the searcher? Best not to wonder.) Still, for surreal Googling, nothing we saw compared to this week’s official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, “full sin’s hops by woman’s 1 child another man full story movie.” “Full Sin’s Hops” sounds like a great name for an IPA, doesn’t it?

Time for our weekly disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will probably not be getting to many of these (though we will pick out a few, as you’ll see this week), 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: The Taste of Tea (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 7/27/2018

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):

Dead Night (2017): A vacationing family finds a mysterious woman passed out in the snow and takes her back to their cabin; supernatural hijinks ensue. A bit of a weird long shot, but a couple of critics have independently mentioned its “strangeness.” In “select theaters” and simultaneously debuting on VOD (where you’re more likely to find it). Dead Night official site.

Good Manners [As Boas Maneiras] (2017): A poor nurse takes a job as nanny to a pregnant rich woman, but is there something strange about the unborn child? This Brazilian art-horror reportedly has werewolves, lesbianism, and musical numbers, which sounds like a solid mix. Good Manners official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Beyond Re-animator (2003): Read our review. The prison-set and typically excessive third installment of the Re-animator franchise gets a Blu-ray upgrade from Vestron Video. Buy Beyond Re-Animator.

Dagon (2001): A boating accident finds a young couple stranded on an island of Dagon-worshiping villagers. An overlooked sibling of ‘s adaptations (though better regarded than Castle Freak, at least). Another Vestron Blu-ray. Buy Dagon.

In the Mouth of Madness (1994): Read our review. Shout! Factory joins Vestron in the Lovecraftian Blu-ray re-release sweepstakes with ‘s tale of a novelist whose books drive men mad. Restored, and with a new (and an old) Carpenter commentary and new (and old) featurettes. Buy In the Mouth of Madness.

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 MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Lifeforce (1985): Read our review. Astronauts discover a naked space vampire and wrecks London. This bizarro B-movie is an all-time favorite of 14-year old boys everywhere, and is listed as “leaving soon” on the service. Watch Lifeforce 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.

ULTIMATE (AS IN ‘FINAL’) 366 WEIRD MOVIES READER’S POLL

With only 25 spots left open (!) on the List of the 366 Weirdest Movies, last week we opened up nominations for readers to submit movies they could not bear to be left off the List. This is the last chance for readers to directly vote movies onto the List, although as always, we can be moved by bribes. So what you see below is now officially the Ultimate Readers Choice Poll. (There is also a prize involved, but only for those whose nominations were chosen—you can remind yourself of those rules here, if you so desire).

You may vote your favorite from the list below, and you may only vote once per day. We trust you are an honorable bunch so no shenanigans, please. The poll includes a short quote from the reader who nominated the film or seconded the nomination (or from the IMDB if they added no commentary). You are encouraged to continue to campaign for your favorite in the comments on this post. Voting closes on July 29 at midnight, U.S. Eastern Standard time. Enjoy!


Direct voting link (use if you cannot see the poll or if your browser does not support javascript)

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

With only 25 movies left to Certify Weird, we’re entering the final stretch. Please stay tuned for your final chance to directly effect the shape of the List, following very soon after this post.

It’s another busy week here at 366 (though perhaps not as busy as last week). Alfred Eaker starts us off with a look at Louis Feuillade’s seminal 1915 silent serial Les Vampires. Giles Edwards takes us into the present day with his continuing coverage of , including reviews of Aaron Schimberg’s Freaks update Chained for Life, David Robert Mitchell‘s weirdo noir Under the Silver Lake, a full slate of mini-reviews, a couple of interviews, and who knows? Maybe even more. Finally, G. Smalley takes a second look at Neil Jordan‘s shcizophrenic child-murderer comedy The Butcher Boy (remember that one?) And, don’t forget to vote every day in the upcoming Final Reader’s Choice poll—we expect to see those traffic numbers up, up, up!

Once again, we don’t have very many queries to share with you for our Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest. (Privacy settings, yada yada…) There was “cartoon where boy is sleeping in car going through flowers movie,” which sounds kind of cool, but is it really weird? Fortunately, we did find one phrase meriting the title “Weirdest Search Term of the Week”: “mobile · … early 1990’s or late 80’s. it was a cartoon. the movie began with … 80’s, it’s a cartoon where there was a young boy that was … world through mirror …” The advanced use of random ellipses turns what might have been a perfectly normal search for a 1980s animated film into a legitimately bizarre mess!

The suggestions page is temporarily shut down while we focus on the final reader-suggested contest. And now, it’s tme for our weekly disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below. Since we will probably not be getting to many of these (though we will pick out a few), 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 and temporarily-paused reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE