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):
Mangoshake (2018): No-budget absurdist spoof of coming-of-age films, featuring a group of “teens” who open a stand selling mango shakes, and a jealous rival who hawks chow mein. Talk about “limited release:” this is only playing at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, for two more nights: June 14 (tonight!) and 17. We’ll have a rare Sunday afternoon review of this one. Mangoshake at Spectacle Theater.
“The Deadly Ten”: Halloweed Night & Necropolis: Legion: As we mentioned previously, Full Moon Studios has a unique promotional gimmick for their next ten films: they’ll be live-streaming behind-the-scenes footage as the movies are being produced. The first title, the stoner horror/comedy Halloweed Night, has already begun filming (although it appears the live-stream promotion won’t begin until after midnight tonight at 12:30 AM; some archived content is available). When Halloweed is in the can, next up is Necropolis: Legion, described as “a surreal, Eurotrash-tinted companion film to the classic 1986 Band-produced Empire Pictures exploitation film.” That sounds potentially up our alley. If your curious, sign up for the streams at Deadly Ten.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie (1975): A crazy sounding Dutch sex-horror about bisexual nude models who may also be vampires. The script boasts five writers, including producer/Eurosex pioneer Malpertuis); Cult Epics’ Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes three sexy period shorts. Look for a review in the near future. Buy My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie.and (
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Austin, TX, 6/19 – Rubin & Ed (1991). At the Alamo Drafthouse (South Lamar).
- Boston, MA, 6/14 (midnight) – House [Hausu] (1977). At Coolidge Corner Theatre.
- Boston, MA, 6/15 (midnight) – A Field in England (2013). At Coolidge Corner Theatre.
- Dallas, TX, 6/20 – The Love Witch (2016). At the Texas Theatre.
- Kitchener, Ont. Canada – Alice [Neco Z Alenky] (1988). At the Apollo Cinema.
- Los Angeles, CA, 6/14 & 15 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the New Beverly Cinema.
- Los Angeles, CA, 6/20 – Phantom of the Paradise (1974) with Phantom of the Opera (1989) (double feature), Dwight H. Little in attendance. At the Aero Theatre.
- New York City, NY, 6/14 & 15 – Weekend (1967). At the Quad.
- New York City, NY, 6/14 & 15 (midnights) – Eraserhead (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 6/14 & 15 (midnights) – The Holy Mountain (1973). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 6/14 & 15 (midnights) – Suspiria (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 6/19 – True Stories (1986). At the Quad.
- Portland, OR, 6/17 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At the Hollywood Theatre.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 6/20 – The Apple (1980). At the Royal.
- Tuscon, AZ, 6/16 – Eraserhead (1977). At the Loft Cinema.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada – Mandy (2018). At the Rio Theatre.
NEPOTISM CORNER: There’s a reason Alfred Eaker has been late covering his summer blockbusters (and other movies) this year: he’s been at hard at work putting the finishing touches on his upcoming novel, “Brother Cobweb.” It’s the hallucinatory story of a young man raised in a restrictive Pentacostal denomination, haunted by the metaphorical title character. It now has an approximate release date: Easter season, 2020. The novel will be followed by a limited release book of Alfred’s art and a graphic novel adaptation/spnoff, “The Brother Cobeweb Chronicles.” More info as we get closer to release date. Alfred made the official announcement on his Facebook page, with previews of the artwork (by Alfred and Todd Coe).
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: As mentioned above, next week we’ll start with a rare Sunday review of Mangoshake (for the sake of any Brooklyners who might be interested in catching its final screening at Spectacle Theater). We’ll follow that up with some small screen coverage, as Shane Wilson brings you a review of Netflix’s “Russian Doll” and Gregory J. Smalley does the same for Hulu’s new “Catch-22” miniseries adaptation. And of course, we’ll announce the first three titles in our new list of Apocrypha movies (there’s still time for you to vote for your picks until Wednesday). Onward and weirdward!
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.