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.
FILM FESTIVALS – Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX, 9/20-9/27):
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX may be America’s coolest movie 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; this year, they are adding satellite screenings of select features in their Denver, Brooklyn and San Francisco locations. 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. Cam, Chained for Life, Luz, One Cut of the Dead, Under the Silver Lake and Violence Voyager for his e noted Gaspar Noé‘s LSD orgy Climax, ‘s “romantic comedy” An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, s fashion horror In Fabric, and at earlier festivals. Here are the new-to-us films we’ll be tracking:reported on
- All the Gods in the Sky – A man waits for aliens to come and save him and his disabled sister. Screening Sep. 23 & 25.
- Angel – An Argentine teen turns into a violent criminal, but sees his crimes as fantasy sequences. Sep. 25.
- Between Worlds – Mandy isn’t ‘s only strange and over-the-top role of the year; there’s also this one, where he must defend himself from the ghost of his wife, who’s jealous of his new relationship with a medium. See it Sep. 25.
- Blood Lake (1987) – A slasher movie made by a cast of Oklahoman amateurs during summer vacation at a lake, it’s supposedly . Sep 23, with the director in attendance.
- Deadwax – This story about a possessed record that drives people mad was shown on Shudder in 15 minute episodes; it’s presented as a full movie here. From (who will be at the screening on Sep 23), so you know it will be weird.
- Dog – French black comedy about a man who thinks he’s turning into a dog. Sep. 21 & 24.
- Fugue – The Lure is about a woman with total memory loss. Don’t forget to check it out on Sep 21 or 27. ‘s followup to her Certified Weird
- Keep an Eye Out – returns with a comedy set during an all-night interrogation. Sep. 27.
- Ladyworld – Eight teenage girls are trapped in a house by an earthquake in a surreal distaff take on “Lord of the Flies.” Sep. 24.
- Laika – Stop-motion Czech musical positing that a dog the Soviets shot into space in 1957 actually landed on an alien planet. Sep. 26.
- Lords of Chaos – The true story of the infamous Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, but with dream sequences. Screens Sep. 27.
- Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club – An aging temptress is ordered to bring one final date to her feminist cannibal club, but starts to fall for her prey. Sep. 24.
- May the Devil Take You – The Devil comes to claim the father of an estranged daughter in this Indonesian horror. Sep. 23 & 25.
- Murder Me, Monster – The chief suspect in a series of decapitations claims he’s in telepathic contact with the monster who is the real killer. Sep. 23 & 26.
- Starfish – Things go from bad to worse for young Aubrey when her best friend dies, and then the apocalypse arrives soon after. On Sep. 27.
- Strike, Dear Mistress, and Cure His Heart – Surreal microbudget drama based on Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, and recommended to connoisseurs of the “strange and unusual.” Sep. 25.
- When the Trees Fall – Ukrainian tale of young lovers and a life of crime, with bursts of magical realism. Sep-23-24.
- White Fire (1984) – Oddity about a gang of diamond smugglers after a massive jewel that burns anyone who touches it. The Sep 20 screening may be the first time anyone’s seen it in 34 years.
- The Wolf House [La Casa Lobo] – Disturbing stop-motion feature about a girl who’s punished by being forced to spend 100 nights alone in a cabin in the woods.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Cabin Boy (1994): A “fancy lad” takes a job as a cabin boy on a fishing ship. This absurdist comedy from Chris Elliot (of the David Letterman show) went way over the heads of 1994 audiences and flopped like a mackerel, but it’s gained a cult following sense. Now on DVD and Blu-ray with many extras including a commentary track from Elliot and director Adam Resnick. Buy Cabin Boy.
Damsel (2018): A cowboy (Buy Damsel.) journeys across the frontier, miniature horse in tow, to join his strong-willed bride-to-be ( ). This somewhat bizarre Western died quietly at the box office and now is out in bare-bones DVD or VOD (no Blu-ray, sorry).
Horrors of Malformed Men (1969): An escaped mental patient assumes the identity of his own doppelganger and winds up on a mad doctor’s island. Buy Horrors of Malformed Men.devised this macabre tale by merging several stories, now restored and out in a deluxe edition from Arrow Video (the Criterion Collection of schlock film).
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Bloomington, IN, 9/23 – Persona (1966). At Indiana University Cinema.
- Chicago, IL, 9/24 & 9/27 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At Music Box Theater.
- Denver, CO, 9/23 – Suspiria (1977). At Alamo Drafthouse.
- Los Angeles, CA, 9/21 (midnight) – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). At the Nuart Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 9/23 – Lisztomania (1975). At the Aero Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 9/27 – The Wicker Man (1973). At the Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 9/21-9/22 – Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966). At Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, 9/21-9/27 – Suspiria (1977). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 9/22 & 9/25 – Suspiria (1977). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 9/24-9/27 – Perfect Blue (1997). At the Metrograph.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 9/21-9/27 – Akira (1988). At Row House Cinema.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 9/21-9/27 – Perfect Blue (1997). At Row House Cinema.
- San Francisco, CA, 9/22-9/23 – Perfect Blue (1997). At the Roxie.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 9/24 – Perfect Blue (1997) with Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (2017) (double feature). At the Rio Theater.
- Yonkers, NY, 9/25 – After Hours (1985). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
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.