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Next week, for reasons that don’t directly concern our readers, head honcho G. Smalley will be away from his desk (and no, sadly he won’t be working on the overdue 2016 Weird Movies Yearbook). Hopefully the only slight hiccup you may notice is comments being slow to be approved, and all of the upcoming content will autopost smoothly. What is that upcoming content, though? Well, Pete Trbovich brings us a look at the rare bug-apocalypse anime Twilight of the Cockroaches (1989); Scott Sentinella gapes at the disco-musical disaster Xanadu (1980); Giles Edwards buys the new 2015 Blu-ray of David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) as an excuse to cover that one again; and Alfred Eaker marches ahead in his chronological exploitation survey to 1973, the year that brought us Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and Brian De Palma‘s Sisters. That should be enough to keep you kids busy until G. gets back from his secret mission.

For reasons hinted at above, today’s trip through the weirdest search terms of the week will have to be rushed. In fact, we’re only going to spotlight two terms this week: the hopefully-misspelled runner-up “sexy black putty movie.com” and this week’s truly deserving winner of the weirdest search term of the week, “and i cannot feel the palace where his car is in the a** nailed it till 1 or little one i am searching everywhere hindi.” That bizarre string of verbiage, complete with unnecessary self-censoring, would have dominated a more competitive week.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Twilight of the Cockroaches (next week!); Grendel Grendel Grendel; Indecent Desires; Daughter of Horror [AKA Dementia]; Beauty Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/24/2017

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

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Fri, Mar. 24-Apr. 6):

“The Films of David Lynch”: IFC dips into their closet for a Lychstravanganza! Every one of Lynch’s feature films (and many shorts) are featured during this mini-festival; check following link for showtimes. The Films of David Lynch.

SCREENINGS – (Copenhagen, DEN., Cinamateket, Fri, Mar. 25):

Pink Flamingos (1972): Read the Certified Weird entry! We rarely highlight European one-off events, but this was a weird lineup we couldn’t pass up. ‘ trash classic about the filthiest people in the world will be sandwiched in between screenings of screen tests and ‘s repulsive Pig. That’s one filthy lineup for perverted Danes! Andy Warhol: Screen Tests + Pink Flamingos + PIG.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, The Vista, Thurs., Mar 30):

Donnie Darko (2001): Read the Certified Weird Entry! will be in person, and if he’s answering questions from obsessed fans who’ve come up with their own pet theories about the plot, we feel for him. Sponsored by Cinefamily,this is the first stop in a series of screenings of this restored Certified Weird classic. Donnie Darko restored.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

“Spring Breakers” digital series: A startup digital platform called Blackpills has purchased the rights to release a series based on the hedonistic satire Spring Breakers in “an unconventional digital format.” will not be involved, nor, we suspect, will any of the original cast. No details beyond those, but you can read up on it at Screen Daily.

NEW ON DVD:

Evolution (2015): described it as “subtle sci-fi mystery about an island of pale-faced women who have found a way to propagate without men” while warning it “definitely isn’t for everyone.” ’s long-gestating third feature finally arrives in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. Buy Evolution [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

Multiple Maniacs (1970): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. The Criterion Collection presenting a film is like the Academy Awards nominating a movie; the onetime scabrous provocateur has survived long enough to become part of the establishment. Buy Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection].

Other Madnesses (2015): A NYC tour guide definitely NOT named Travis Bickle turns vigilante after a series of nightmares about an abducted girl. One of the only existing reviews, from The Hollywood Reporter, is generally positive and mentions the “surreal-leaning screenplay.” Buy Other Madnesses [DVD-R].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Evolution (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Evolution [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

Multiple Maniacs (1970): See description in DVD above. The Blu contains the same extra features as the DVD, including a Waters commentary and interviews with surviving Dreamlanders. Buy Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection Blu-ray].

Other Madnesses (2015): See description in DVD above. Be aware that these discs come on the cheaper burn-to-order DVD-R and BD-R formats, which are supported by most but not all players—do your homework. Buy Other Madnesses [BD-R].

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

Next week, Rafael Moreira takes a look at ‘s 1992 update/sequel to Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer. Can it live up to the weirdness of the original? Also, last week’s DVD/Blu-ray release gives G. Smalley the opportunity for our first official look at The Love Witch (a movie that we already ranked #10 on 2016’s Weirdest Movies, and that also earned the enchanting Samantha Robinson a “Weirdest Actress” nod). And even more erotic (sort of) is El Rob Hubbard‘s review of the legendary 1975 underground horror parody/hardcore sex absurdist comedy Thundercrack! And Alfred Eaker takes a break from his yearly exploitation survey to look at another pair of horror anthologies: 1973’s Tales That Witness Madness and 1987’s From a Whisper to a Scream. We usher in Spring in the usual way: with another slate of crazy under-the-radar movies.

Even in otherwise slack weeks for weird search terms, the porn searchers never let us down, giving us something to survey in our weekly look at the Weirdest Search Terms of the Week. We’ll start out with the horndog who impressively managed to misspell every single word in his four-term search: “comade cartun groop sax.” Hot blonde cave women bally stob porn,” starts out promisingly, but quickly goes downhill. Normally, “her odd testes film” would be the strangest search term we saw all week, but this week we have to give the award for Weirdest Search Term of the Week to “bırovniyan movement incest.” It superficially looks like “Brownian movement incest,” which wouldn’t make any sense, but what’s even weirder is that “bırovniyan” isn’t a word in any recognized Earth language (and also, “ı” isn’t a letter).

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Thundercrack! (next week!); Grendel Grendel Grendel; Twilight of the Cockroaches; Indecent Desires; Daughter of Horror [AKA Dementia]; Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); Parents; Aqua Teen Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/17/2017

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

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Sat., Mar. 18):

Orpheus (1950): Read the Certified Weird entry! Director Adam Curtis hosts this screening of ‘s poetic Surrealist rendering of the Greek underworld myth. Orpheus at Cinefamily.

FILM FESTIVALS – Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI, Mar. 21-26):

Ann Arbor is the destination of choice for experimental filmmakers whose work is too academic, obscure and/or weird to screen at mainstream film festivals. As usual, we recognize almost none of the featured titles (almost all of them are shorts). One exception is the March 22 screening of the silent Japanese avant-garde classic A Page of Madness, about a man who takes a job as janitor at an insane asylum to be near his committed wife. It screens with a live score played by “Little Bang Theory” on toy and handmade instruments. We’re sure some of the shorts are worthwhile, but some adventurous Michigander will have to check them out for us and tell us what’s worth tracking down.

Ann Arbor Film Festival official site.

NEW ON DVD:

The Love Witch (2016): A California witch who casts magic spells to seek out her true love finds that her lovers keep dying in this tribute to 1960’s Technicolor spectacles. Samantha Robinson was the surprise winner of the 2016’s Weirdest Actress for her enchanting performance in the title role. Buy The Love Witch.

The Lovers on the Bridge (1991): Read our capsule review. This early “amor fou” romance has a few weird moments and lots of fans. Buy The Lovers on the Bridge.

Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vamyros Sexos (1988): Two rarities from Austrian underground filmmaker Carl Andersen: Mondo Weirdo is like “Alice in Menstruationland,” while Vampyros Sexos [AKA I Was a Teenage Zabbadoing] is a hardcore vampire punk musical. Director/Cult Epics distributor Nico B. named these two of his top 10 weirdest movies of all time. Buy Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vampyros Sexos (1988) [Blu-ray/DVD combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Ghost in the Shell (1995): Read our capsule review. Anchor Bay re-releases this classic philosophical anime on Blu to capitalize on the upcoming live-action remake; they just put out (widely criticized) versions in 2015 and 2016, but this is an “o-ring” (??) release. Buy Ghost in the Shell [Blu-ray].

The Love Witch (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy The Love Witch [Blu-ray].

The Lovers on the Bridge (1991): See description in DVD above. Kino Lober throws in a featurette and a booklet essay (the same features are on the DVD). Buy The Lovers on the Bridge [Blu-ray].

Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vamyros Sexos (1988): See description in DVD above. The pack includes a DVD/Blu-ray and the punk soundtrack CD. Buy Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vampyros Sexos (1988) [Blu-ray/DVD combo].

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.

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Next week, we’ll bring you a look at two new(ish) releases as Shane Wilson covers the latest in the now-sprawling Death Race franchise, Death Race 2050, and G. Smalley peeks at the slightly-surreal coming-out story Closet Monster. We’ll also dig into the reader-suggested review queue for Nuit Noire, an almost indescribable film set in a nocturnal world where the sun only shines for 15 seconds per day. Meanwhile, Alfred Eaker has reached the year of 1972 in his survey of the golden age of the exploitation picture: expect to see Dracula A.D. 1972, Vampire Circus, and The Thing with Two Heads featured.

It wasn’t a prosperous week in terms of weird search terms used to locate the site, which is why we are sharing the simplest amusing spelling errors possible with you: “adult insects movies online” and “banned insect movies” (although if those aren’t misspellings, then they really are some of the weirdest search terms we’ve ever seen). Sticking with examples of hopeless spelling, we’ll bring you “alian woves hooliybood hot sex full movish.” But the official Weirdest Search Term of the Week doesn’t rely on misspelling at all: “threesome with crestfallen manga sluts.” Of all the sexy words in the English language, “crestfallen” may well come in dead last.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands (note: we moved Frank Zappa’s unfinished Uncle Meat to the “currently unavailable” holding pen): Nuit Noire (next week!); Grendel Grendel Grendel; Twilight of the Cockroaches; Indecent Desires; Daughter of Horror [AKA Dementia]; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

With the 2016 Weirdcademy Awards completed and the 2017 movie season not yet in full swing, we have some free time to dig into that reader-suggested review queue. To that end, look for Simon Hyslop to give you the low-down on Rodrigoi Blass’ short fantasy Alma (2009), El Rob Hubbard to try out the bad acid trip horror Blue Sunshine (1977), and G. Smalley to give a second (and final) opinion on ‘s dry comedy The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeousie (1972). Also, Alfred Eaker will explore the year in exploitation film circa 1971 with a triple feature of Tombs of the Blind Dead, Werewolves on Wheels, and Willard. That should hold you guys over for a week, while we devote our rare bits of spare time to finalizing the print version of the 2016 Weird Movies Yearbook.

It’s time once again for our survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site this week, a feature we descriptively call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” All of this week’s contestants revolve around mangled movie memories, so let’s get right to them. First off is “movie where a guy bands his head and says dummy!” (OK) and “movie with girl eyeball falling out of head and then gets hit by ay train” (ouch!) In the next strata of weirdness is “2011 movies in which female actor wears a vagina face mask,” which we appreciate because the searcher seems to think there was more than one movie released in 2011 where an actress wore a vagina face mask. Even stranger is the rambling request for “alien beautiful girl meet cowboy and love with her get knowledge of how to drive car and horse ridings only by touching also a animal with her running like tyre movie english name.” There’s such a thing as too much detail in a Google search, dear. Our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, is “dr’s was seman transfer in buffalo 3d videos,” which is completely bizarre in at least three different ways (can you find them all)?

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: “Alma” (next week!); Blue Sunshine (next week!); The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (next week!); Uncle Meat; Nuit Noire; Grendel Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

AND THE WINNERS OF THE 7TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARDS ARE…

In just a few hours, the telecast of the Oscars (or, as we refer to them, the “Weirdcademy Awards for squares”) will begin. We are happy to steal the Academy’s Thunder by announcing cinema’s weirdest winners of 2015 now.

In the category of “Weirdest Short Film,” the winner is ‘s impossibly complicated street performance “Metube 2: August Sings Carmina Burnana”:

(Note: this was the only race where ballot-stuffing was involved, as “Metube” beat out -backed favorite “This House Has People in It” by an unlikely vote of 162-43. Of course, ballot-stuffing is perfectly legal in the Weirdcademy Awards voting. If Adult Swim wants an award next year, they can send their fans the voting link!)

In the category of “Weirdest Scene,” the Weirdcademy Award goes to Swiss Army Man for the scene where Paul Dano escapes a deserted island by using ‘s flatulent corpse as a jet ski.

(Naturally, this clip contains scatological humor).

In the category of “Weirdest Actress,” the Award goes to the dark house, Samantha Robinson, as the titular Love Witch, seen in this salacious clip preparing one of her erotic spells (although we do not see her collecting some of her more unusual ingredients)…

(Understandably, this clip contains adult situations).

In the category of “Weirdest Actor,” the Award goes to Daniel Radcliffe, as a dead dude who can do much more than just pass gas.

And capturing almost 40% of the total vote in the ten movie field, the award for Weirdest Movie of 2015 goes to The Lobster, ‘ absurdist parable about a future dystopia where single people are housed in a hotel and given thirty days to find a suitable mate, or be turned into an animal of their choice.

Thanks to all members of the Weirdcademy, and see you again next year!

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Coming later today: results of the 2016 Weirdcademy Awards. You have until 1:00 PM EST time to get in your final votes.

Coming next week: our (slightly late) review of A Cure for Wellness. Bottom line: something this weird is not going to stay in theaters for very long, so if you have any interest in seeing a strange, eel-infused Hollywood-financed horror/psychothriller/surrealist hybrid on the big screen, you better make plans to get out there quickly. We’ll also look back at older movies, as Scott Sentinella reflects on Apocalypse Now Redux and Giles Edwards spends time in ‘s City of Women (both of those titles come from out of the reader-suggested review queue). And of course, Alfred Eaker will finish off his miniseries on Amicus horror anthologies with a look at the last three entries in that cycle.

We’re in a bit of a hurry to get to counting those Weirdcademy ballots, so we’re going to rush through the Weirdest Search Terms of the Week (we did not see much that was spectacularly strange this week, anyway).  Also-ran “howard the doc” amused us for some reason, but it’s not that weird of a search. Runners-up this week include “film with a man and a woman with a moustache fight mutated pigs” and “movie where everyone in a room qith laswers.” From a weak field we’ll take the torturously-phrased “give the names and penis lenth of male porn stars in alphabetical way” as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Do better next week, weirdos!

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Apocalypse Now (Redux version) (next week!); City of Women (next week!); Uncle Meat; Nuit Noire; Grendel Grendel Grendel; Twilight Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/24/2017

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):

Drifter (2016): A pair of post-apocalyptic assassins stumble into a town of psychotic cannibals. “Starburst” describes it as “[s]urreal stylings and extreme violence…Drifter official Facebook page.


NEW ON DVD:

Psychomania (1973): Bullfrog-worshiping bikers kill themselves so they can come back as living-dead cyclists. Arrow Films restores the British cult B-movie and releases it in a DVD/Blu-ray bundle with archival interviews and supplements. Buy Psychomania [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Boy Friend (1971): An understudy gets her big break in a musical production. completists will be interested in this oddity in his canon: a musical spoofing musicals, starring Twiggy, and, most shockingly, rated “G.” Buy The Boy Friend [Blu-ray].

Psychomania (1973): See description in DVD above. Buy Psychomania [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

V FOR VICTORY or THE FALL AND RISE OF CONNIE STARTRAVELER (2016): Visual concept album from Athens, Ohio band SUPERNOBODY, with a plot that mixes E.T. with “Ziggy Stardust.” A gorilla befriends a space-marionette and defends it from UFO investigators. About 45 minutes, or one hour if you watch the outtakes.

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.

MR. BURTON’S BRAND OF PECULIAR MOVIES: A TIM BURTON ROUNDTABLE

As we approach the culmination of the List of the 366 Weirdest Movies Ever Made, hard choices need to be made. There are some directors (including , and ) who, while their overall contribution to the field of weird movies might not rise to the heights of a , a , or a , nonetheless possess singular enough visions to demand representation in some form or other on the List. The thorniest of these artists is almost certainly (with whom our Alfred Eaker, in particular, has aired his very public love/hate relationship).

After a couple of shockingly original short features that were so odd that Disney Studios canned him as a storyboard artist, Burton’s career began in earnest with the out-there kid’s comedy Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, an askew road movie starring an abrasively endearing man-child in a series of near-surreal adventures. He followed this unexpected hit with a series of comic-Gothic films featuring weirdo square-peg protagonists trying vainly to fit into society’s round holes. As a complete oeuvre, there’s no doubt that Burton has crafted an aesthetic that’s unique and auteurial. Stripes, organic spirals, Victorian costumes, and pallid pancake makeup serve as recurring visual signatures. Thematically, no one else whips the whimsical and the macabre into such a piquant froth. His late work, however, has unquestionably become both repetitive and qualitatively inferior (note that none of our contributors selected a Burton film made after 1999 as his best). At the same time, Burton has set new box office records with some of his lamest work, like his execrable Alice in Wonderland rehaul, reaping financial rewards that reinforce his worst habits and instincts. This has led to a well-deserved critical backlash against his films, and some on-point parodies:

But despite recent disappointments, there’s no doubt that Burton’s early work was among the most original and gruesomely lively Hollywood-backed product to appear throughout the late Eighties and early Nineties. The problem is that no single Burton film rises confidently above the rest, pronouncing itself as simultaneously his best and his weirdest work. This troublesome fact became even clearer when I solicited staff writers to pick the one Burton film that they thought should unquestionably make the List; I got five different responses, not all of them movies I personally would have considered. Our staff’s suggestions are listed below, in order of release.

El Rob Hubbard Beetlejuice (1988)

Still from Beetlejuice (1988)Although most of Tim Burton’s work has a weird aspect in some form or other, it’s my opinion that Beetlejuice was where he was allowed to let his freak flag fly freely, and it paid off with box-office success. How weird is it? Well, there’s Geena Davis and a Continue reading MR. BURTON’S BRAND OF PECULIAR MOVIES: A TIM BURTON ROUNDTABLE