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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/13/2017

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):

Sylvio (2017): The story of a small-town gorilla stuck in a debt collection job, who dreams of starting a puppet show. Premiered at SWSX and earned a very limited theatrical run (in NYC and Baltimore, with a few more small festivals to go). Sylvio official site.

NEW ON DVD:

The Lure (2015): Read Alex Kittle’s festival review. The Criterion Collection wisely snapped up this mermaid horror musical and gives it their special treatment, with interviews, deleted scenes, and two shorts. Buy The Lure.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Lure (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy The Lure [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

The Penultimate Readers’ Choice Poll is complete, and the winners you voted to put onto the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies Ever Made are… Last Night at Marienbad (1961) and Under the Skin (2013). These two choices led from wire to wire, with only ‘s It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012) threatening to crack the top two. We’ll get to writing these two up in October (early November at the latest), and we’ll give you one more chance for input, near the very end of the List…

And as long as we’re discussing interactive activities, you still have until Thursday to enter our Red Christmas Blu-ray giveaway contest. Details here

So, on to next week’s business. First up, Alfred Eaker wraps up his overview of “The Adventures of Superman” (start the adventure here), touching on the mysterious circumstances of ‘ untimely death. Giles Edwards holds down the new release front with a look at ‘s post-apocalyptic sophomore effort, The Bad Batch. And we’ll tackle a couple of suggestions from the reader-suggested review queue, as Pete Trbovich takes in Murder Party and G. Smalley explores WR: Mysteries of the Organism.

Now it’s time for our weekly survey of weird search terms that brought visitors to the site this week, a feature we unweirdly call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” Our first entry actually makes sense, but the wording makes it read strangely: “korean movies chain the temptation of two women.” (They do?) This search also turns out to be a thing: “swedish pimple” (it sure would be weird if they were literally searching for Scandinavian acne, though). Poor word choice once again makes what should probably be a simple search into a fairly bizarre one with “friend named ugly man in jail movie” (it seems unlikely the searcher is really interested in a film about someone named “ugly man” who goes to jail). But our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, “porn video cartoons wemans virginas infested with eel,” wins the award because it works on two (maybe more) weird levels. We’ll take it at face value, and suggest that all women who own Virginia should be wary of the eel infestation issue.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Murder Party (next week!); W.R.-Mysteries of the Organism (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Raimi); The Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/6/2017

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):

As*holes (2017): This incestuous anal sex themed comedy with a butt monster aims to be the grossout anti-hit of the year. We’re a bit surprised it got distribution; this is the kind of movie that promotes its (almost universal) negative reviews as a badge of honor. As*holes official Facebook page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Filming):

Abruptio (2018): A bomb is implanted in a man’s neck by an unknown puppeteer to coerce him into criminal acts. Sounds pretty average for a thriller, except the kicker is that the entire cast will consist of “life-sized, realistic latex puppets.” Jordan Peele, Robert Englund and will provide voice talent. This is the only title in Looper’s list of Bizarre Movies Coming Out in 2018 That Will Melt Your Mind that looks like it has moderate mind-melting potential to us.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sitges Film Festival (Sitges, Spain, Oct. 5 – 15):

Although Sitges always offers an excellent slate of fantastic films, they’re more into quantity than exclusivity. We’ve seen most of the choicest offerings listed at other film festivals. Skipping those, here are a few notable films and long shots we noticed:

  • Black Hollow Cage – A girl who lives alone with her father and talks to her dog through a device called “mom” discovers a black cube in the woods. Screening Oct 9-11.
  • Purgatoryo – Filipino film about an illicit outfit that rents out corpses to weirdos.  Catch it Oct 6 if you can.
  • Tokyo Vampire Hotel always pings our radar; his latest involves a feud between vampire clans. Another Oct. 6 date.
  • Ulrike’s Brain – An undead battle between the corpses of a radical left-wing activist and a neo-Nazi who died of AIDS, from avant-garde provocateur Bruce LaBruce. Oct 11 & 12.

Sitges Film Festival home page.

NEW ON DVD:

A Ghost Story (2017): Read our review. Definitely an unconventional Halloween viewing choice, but would make a great costume. Buy A Ghost Story.

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. This was a nominee in our just-concluded readers’ choice poll, so it has at least two fans here. Buy The Ornithologist.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

A Ghost Story (2017): See description in DVD above. Buy A Ghost Story [Blu-ray].

Vampyr (1932): Read the Certified Weird entry! The Criterion Collection upgrades ‘s weird Expressionist horror to Blu. Buy Vampyr [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

First off, you still have about a week to vote in the Penultimate Readers’ Choice Poll to place two movies on the final list of 366. Right now, Last Year at Marienbad and Under the Skin look like fairly safe bets, with ‘s stick-figure animation It’s Such a Beautiful Day the only serious spoiler contender. But a lot can change in these last few days…

Next week’s lineup begins with Alfred Eaker‘s continuing episode guide for “The Adventures of Superman,” now up to seasons three and four. Then, Giles Edwards examines the new Blu-ray of ‘s overlooked 1991 erotic fantasy The Flesh, while G. Smalley handles a couple of items from the reader-suggestion review queue with Bollywood’s (second!) unauthorized Memento remake, Ghajini, and the weird-kid budget horror The Pit (1981). We may throw in a surprise as well… so stay tuned.

Due to the increased use of privacy settings, it’s becoming harder and harder to find items to highlight for our “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week” column. We’re left sifting through stuff like “older sister and younger brother naked in the bathroom. also movie name” (notable only for the searcher asking for the movie’s name as an afterthought), or relying on the occasional typo to transform a sick search into a mildly weird one, e.g. “list movie with theme raoe/kidnaping/homo invasion”. For our Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with the relatively normal (by our standards) query for a list of “vampire nun 1970s sex videos”. Hey, Halloween’s coming soon, it’s not too early for vampire nuns!

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Ghajini (2008) (next week!); The Pit (1981) (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

THE PENULTIMATE READERS’ CHOICE POLL

With only 66 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.  We announced that this would be the last chance for readers to directly vote movies onto the List, but since the response was so strong we decided it might be appropriate to give you all one final shot when we get within sight of the finish line. So what you see below is now officially the Penultimate Readers Choice Poll rather than the final one.

The rules are simple, as always. You may vote for two of your favorites 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. You are encouraged to continue to campaign for your favorite in the comments on this post. Voting closes on October 7 at midnight, U.S. Eastern Standard time. Enjoy!


WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/22/2017

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):

Woodshock (2017): A grieving woman () smokes synthetic cannabinoids in the woods and hallucinates a lot. It’s savaging by critics makes it possibly A24’s first critical flop. Woodshock official site.

FILM FESTIVALS – Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 9/21-9/28):

The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX may be America’s coolest theater. Their brand has grown so big that now they have franchised Drafthouses, and even distribute their own (generally weird) movies. One of the Alamo’s hippest projects is Fantastic Fest, going into its thirteenth year. As per usual, there is a fantastic slate of weird movies and some neato revivals here.  Coming at the tail end of the film festival season, much of the movies are retreads, but the Drafthouse folks always find a way to save some surprise debuts. We won’t do more than mention films we’ve already mentioned from other festivals, including the surreal resort feature All You Can Eat Buddha, the mindbending “cult” film The Endless, ‘ highly awaited The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and ‘s poliziotteschi tribute Let the Corpses Tan, Selma Blair and as the killers Mom and Dad, and Palme d’Or winner The Square. Here’s what we’ll be tracking down the road:

  • Anna and the Apocalypse – A Scottish Christmas zombie-invasion musical. Screens Sep. 22 & 26.
  • Anyab (1981) – Per the description, this is an Egyptian rip-off of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (sans cross-dressing). Sep. 24 & 26.
  • Applecart – Vacationers are disturbed by an odd woman () in a midnight movie the programmers describe as “weird, wild and blood-soaked.” Sep. 22 & 27.
  • Blue in My Mind – A Swiss teenage girl finds her body transforming (in a ian way) and, per the trailer, also eats goldfish. Screens Sep. 27 only.
  • Gerald’s Game – During a sex game a man dies leaving his wife handcuffed to the bed; hallucinations ensue in this feature adapted from a story. Sep. 24 & 26.
  • Ichi the Killer (2001) – A restored print of ‘s sadomasochistic yakuza hit. Catch it Sep. 27.
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower – A girl becomes a witch for a day in this anime from Studio Ghibli refugees that brings to mind Kiki’s Delivery Service with flying whales. Sep. 22 & 27.
  • The Nude Vampire (1970) – A special screening of ‘s batty sex/vampire mashup (and List Candidate) to celebrate the release of Kier La-Janisse’s book “Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin.” On Sep. 24, hosted by La-Janisse.
  • The Originals – Reality (and time)-bending Egyptian film about a banker recruited into a secret society. Sep 22 & 26.
  • Pin Cushion – A mother and daughter in a new town retreat into fantasy when targeted by bullies. Sep. 22 & 26.
  • Topknot Detective – Mockumentary (?) about a brief Japanese cult TV series starring a samurai detective. Sep. 23 & 25.
  • Vidar the Vampire – A Norwegian farmer is vampirized by a bloodsucker claiming to be Jesus Christ. Sep. 24 & 28.
  • World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts – The 40-minute sequel to brilliant short “World of Tomorrow“; the original will also be shown, and Hertzfeld will lead a discussion during the intermission. World premiere Sep. 23, encore Sep. 28.

Fantastic Fest official site.

NEW ON DVD:

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. Buy The Bad Batch.

“Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971”: Five rare films (A Film Like Any Other, See You at Mao, Wind from the East, Struggles in Italy, Vladimir and Rosa) from ‘s “Dziga Vertov” period. These experimental, avant-garde hippie-era Marxist screeds are dated and an acquired taste. Buy “Jean Luc-Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971 {Blu-ray + DVD].”

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

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

“Jean-Luc Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971”: See description in DVD above. Comes on 6 discs (we’re not sure how they are divided between DVD and Blu-ray).  Buy “Jean Luc-Godard + Jean-Pierre Gorin: Five Films, 1968-1971.”

Starship Troopers (1997): Read the reader recommendation. Nothing new in this 20th Anniversary reissue except that it’s a 4K Ultra upgrade (with a spare Blu-ray in case your TV, like most, can’t handle 4k). Buy Starship Troopers [4K/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 68 more titles left to Certify Weird… and you can help pick them! If you haven’t already, check out our final (?) chance for reader input onto the shape of the List with the nominations post. Slots are filling up fast with 15 of a potential 20 finalist nominees already selected. If you want to participate, this opportunity won’t last forever…

Next week, Alfred Eaker continues his episode guide for the 1950s TV series “The Adventures of Superman” (first part here). takes Arrow Video’s deluxe new release as an excuse to re-examine 1985’s cult classic Re-Animator. We’ll also bring you our initial impression of ‘s divisive psychohorror mother! and look back at an older paranoid classic, ‘s The Tenant. It’s a spooky week—it’s starting to feel like Halloween’s coming early.

Now is the time at 366 Weird Movies when we take our weekly look at the weirdest search terms that brought readers to the site. First up is a search for a movie we’d probably like to see: “snake movie women get underground snake babies born movie.” In the USA, we’ve had lots of debate over how to handle bathrooms and transgendered folk, but things are apparently worse in Europe, assuming “european bathroom belly button creature movie” is a documentary. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, we’ll go with “inkinkfistyfink,” which sounds like a charming children’s rhyme (unless it’s meant to be read as “in kink, fisty fink,” in which case it’s even weirder!)

Here’s how the temporarily-suspended reader-suggested review queue stands: The Tenant (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/15/2017

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):

mother!: A series of uninvited guests disturb Jennifer Lawrence’s tranquillity in ‘s latest psychological thriller. Critics have been divided but generally positive, though it did earn a smattering of “boos” from the Venice Film Festival crowd (which is often a good gauge of a movie’s weirdness). mother! official Facebook page.

FILM FESTIVALS – AFI Latin American Film Festival (Silver Spring, MD., Sep 14-Oct 4):

This year, AFI’s showcase of Latin American (or at least Spanish language) film features a couple of movies we’ve seen around the festival circuit: the List-worthy animation Birdboy: The Forgotten Children [AKA Psychonauts, The Forgotten Children] and the Mexican psychosexual horror The Untamed. There’s also one new title of interest:

  • Don’t Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! – A Brazilian boy falls in love with a Paraguayan girl in this magical realist take on “Romeo and Juliet.” Screens Sep. 17 & 19.

AFI Latin American Film Festival home page.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Phenomena (1985): A young girl who can speak to insects solves a mystery at a girls’ school. Synapse puts out a deluxe two Blu-ray set of Dario Argento‘s buggy horror with three cuts of the film, an Argento doc, and more surprises. Buy Phenomena [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.

THE FINAL READER-CHOSEN ENTRIES ON THE LIST OF 366 WEIRDEST MOVIES – PHASE 1 (NOMINATIONS)

As you, the careful and long-suffering reader, may have noticed, we’re starting to run low on slots for the 366 Weirdest Movies Ever Made. Only 67 spots remain at the time of this writing. In the past, we’ve relied on reader input to help shape the List by running regular polls. Readers are responsible for directly placing Alice [Neco Z Alenky], Visitor Q, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Trash Humpers, The American Astronaut, Dead Ringers, Keyhole, Sweet Movie, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, Ninja Champion, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Vampire’s Kiss, and Why Don’t You Play in Hell? into the field of 366. (That’s not even counting reader-suggestions which we reviewed and found worthy).

Some of those misfit films above surely would have made the List anyway without readers selecting them. But this new poll will be your last (maybe your last) chance to have direct input on the List. After this, you’ll be left hoping, begging, and cajoling us to pick your favorites. (You might want to consider “bribing,” also—just throwing that out there).

Here’s how it’s going to work this time around. We’re going to shut down the suggestion box for the time being, and you can post all your suggestions in the comments on this post. You may nominate any movie at all, whether it’s something we’ve never heard of, something that’s been languishing among our List Candidates, something that’s already sitting in the reader-suggested queue, or even something that we’ve already reviewed and rejected. The nominations are subject only to a few minimal rules:

  1. One official suggestion per reader.
  2. Don’t suggest a movie you had a part in creating. If you want us to review your work sent us a note via the contact form.
  3. Every movie suggestion will require a “second” from someone else in the comments to become a nominee. (Seconding someone else’s movie choice will not preclude you from forwarding your own nominee).
  4. Current contributors to 366 Weird Movies cannot nominate movies; they can second readers’ choices, however.
  5. If your nominee appears to be a joke (i.e. Star Wars) even a second will not help. But don’t be afraid to make a non-conventional choice for a non-conventional movie—you just have to be more persuasive about why you think it belongs here.

We will leave the nomination process open for an indeterminate length of time. Twenty titles seems like the most we’d be willing to deal with, so we’ll shut down the process if we reach that goal. Otherwise, we’d predict leaving it open for about two weeks, maybe longer if we don’t get enough candidates.

We’re trusting our readers are sophisticated enough to avoid recency bias and won’t only suggest movies made in the last two or three years.

Once we have enough nominees (we’re hoping for something in the ten to twenty movie range), we’ll shut off this post to new comments and create an official poll to officially add two of these movies. (Others from the poll may make the List at the editors’ discretion). At that time, we’ll also reopen the “Suggest a Weird Movie!” page, though using it will be a Hail Mary pass for latecomers only.

Since you’ll need a second to get your nominee on the ballot, you’ll probably want to campaign as persuasively as you can for your choice. Since you can only vote for two movies in the end, it would be a good idea not to second more than two.

Ready? Got to it! Comment away!

We’ll list the nominees (whether seconded or not) in the body of this post for clarity.

OFFICIAL NOMINEES (voting to commence soon):

The Addams Family (1992)

Amer (2009)

Berberian Sound Studio (2012)

The Beyond (1981)

Big Man Japan (2007)

The Butcher Boy (1997)

Chronopolis (1982)

City of the Pirates (1984)

Heart of a Dog (2015)

I Am Here… Now (2009)

Incubus (1966)

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

Multiple Maniacs (1970)

O Ornitólogo (The Ornithologist) (2016)

Pink Narcissus (1971)

Save the Green Planet! (2003)

Survive Style 5+ (2004)

Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)

Under the Skin (2013)

Just missed (for historical purposes):

L’ange (1982) (russa03) – awaiting a second

Live Freaky – Die Freaky (Ben) – awaiting a second

Samurai Rauni (Aki Vainio) – awaiting a second

The Skin I Live In (Blakeg) – awaiting a second

Talking Head (chie) – awaiting a second

Madam Satan (1930) (Cham Ferguson) – awaiting a second

Wave Twisters (2001) (travis) – awaiting a second

The Spirit (2008) (Motyka) – awaiting a second

Fateful Findings (Wootex) – awaiting a second

Messiah of Evil (1973) (Scott Dwyer) – awaiting a second

Raising Arizona (Sebastian Murillo) – awaiting a second

mother! (2017)  (Barry Strickland) – awaiting a second

Seizure (1974) (Ricardo dos Santos) – awaiting a second

Dr. Caligari (1989) (Maico Nafarrate) – awaiting a second

Fight Club (Justin Gans) – awaiting a second

Blak Mama (2009) (Marco) – awaiting a second

Ritual dos Sádicos (Awakening of the Beast – 1970) (Douglas Fricke) – awaiting a second

Reflections in a Golden Eye (Ray C) – awaiting a second

Medea (1988, von Trier) (PeterRox) – awaiting a second

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

A little bit of a slow week coming up here due to “real life” commitments. Hopefully you, the reader, won’t notice anything awry, as we’ll still be bringing you daily content.

First up this week, Alfred Eaker will start a new episode guide series on the 1950s “Adventures of Superman” TV series. Following shortly, Shane Wilson will take one out of the reader-suggested queue with his review of The Brave Little Toaster, while G. Smalley goes the new-release route to tell you about the alcoholic kaiju allegory Colossal.

After that, we’re going to start a discussion thread seeking input on the two final movies you, the collective reader, will select to go on the List of 366. Rather than posting a poll with titles we select, as we have in all of our other reader votes, we’re going to let you make the nominees as well as deciding the final vote. So this is your chance to make your case for whatever you think we’ve overlooked. Even stuff we previously rejected is eligible. We don’t know how many nominees we’ll get, or how fast they’ll come in, but we tentatively anticipate leaving the discussion open for at least two weeks before creating the final poll. So be sure to think about your “must have” movies and check in on Thursday with your choices and arguments ready.

Our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site (i.e. “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week”) once again has a sleazy porn movie focus. Surprise, surprise. Setting the theme was the search for “prono>strange” (which we read as “misspelled porno is greater than strange,” a sentiment with which we happen to disagree). But speaking of strange porno, how about “hg saxxy handy story full saxxy”? That’s twice as saxxy as it is handy, which seems odd. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “nuclear blast trying to survive by sucking boobs movies.” Sounds like a fun post-apocalyptic pastime, considering it should be hard to get a good wi-fi signal after the bomb falls, but we don’t think it will actually help you survive a nuclear blast.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: The Brave Little Toaster (next week!); Beauty and the Beast [Panna a Netvor] (1978); 1 Day; Vermilion Souls (depending on availability); Gahjini; One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Raimi); Murder Party; The Annunciation (1984); Funeral Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE