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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/21/2018

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.

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. reported on Cam, Chained for Life, Luz, One Cut of the Dead, Under the Silver Lake and Violence Voyager for his coverage. We noted Gaspar Noé‘s LSD orgy Climax, ‘s “romantic comedy” An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, s fashion horror In Fabric, and ‘s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at earlier festivals. Here are the new-to-us films we’ll be tracking:

  • 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 WorldsMandy 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‘s followup to her Certified Weird The Lure is about a woman with total memory loss. Don’t forget to check it out on Sep 21 or 27.
  • 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.

Fantastic Fest home page.

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 () 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). Buy Damsel.

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. 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). Buy Horrors of Malformed Men.

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

Just 17 more movies left to Certify Weird!

Next week, Alfred Eaker gets an early jump on Halloween with coverage of ‘s sad poverty row days (the “Monogram Nine”), in the first of a two-part series. We also promise a look at that very strange Finnish samurai, Samurai Rauni Reposaarelainen, and of ‘s hallucinatory Ukrainian folk tale, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors (1964). We’ll throw another review in there too, but it’s a surprise (that means we don’t yet know for sure what it will be—be sure to tune in to find out!)

It’s time once more for our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms used to locate the site this week—and, in a twist, this week we actually have odd items to report on, despite Google’s privacy settings hiding 95% of all queries from our prying eyes. First off, we have to ask whether “BoNPX6Hmaey7u_h8dRDy5DIhZ_aqR4wroUYV-gM_0Qp_5dE9sNsWrmCOZbYf7Y1iCAnsRHwYUVmG3mIqQ2sS3nmmunwjYkLTDFcVZanLp-l_4as_NGEmhMsS1fsC9ZBwfhPt9owSOYw8gsg8K-a_ZDSPxAOIDffKiw9EUS71Qn9erCLIu1bv8yJVIoWDJ92DufrXi_iteVklP0wlp3BgSV1mlkPx50HZcgXI2XND5WMc6LIoMBV8p_S2g0lUof-YoAjfxiS3KgnleA6-64Ljt3aLdSVUo0whpvqP6041nzOjOdYPwF6e96PrlB5XdUyFBEEpRhw9cfmRYy7ADxMBtg” counts as an actual weird search term, or is it just a bizarre blip in Google Analytics? We’re decided to pass on it, because we also have “sex doll from hell“—which could be either a description of a fun horror movie, or a customer complaint. There’s also “movie – man removes one limb at a tme time from a woman until she is limitless” (I think that’s the wrong word there at the end) and “guy pulls ring from girl’s stomach blue blood movie.” But we think “1980 movie about a hotel. octopus in moccie” is the weirdest search term we saw this week. It was a surprising revival of weirdness in searches this week—let’s hope drunken ESL Googlers keep this trend going over the next seven days and for the foreseeable future!

Time for our weekly cut n’ paste disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (although 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:  Samurai Rauni Reposaarelainen (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/14/2018

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):

Don’t Leave Home (2018): An Irish woman contacts a painter priest whose models disappear. Maybe a longshot for “weird,” but early reviewers have used words like “dreamy” and “elliptical.” Cranked Up Films Facebook page.

Mandy (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ Fantasia report and interview with director Panos Cosmatos. The psychedelic revenge story starring as—get this—a crazy lumberjack finally gets its limited release. Weirdos will be lined up around the block. Mandy official site.

Slice (2018): Chance the Rapper debuts as Chance the Actor, playing a werewolf pizza delivery guy. Jacob Knight of “birth. movies. death.” called it “genuinely weird” in a review that compares it to Repo Man. Slice official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

“Wakey Wakey?” (201?): The trailer (?) below was dropped onto YouTube without further comment. It would seem to be an announcement for a new installment of and ‘s puppet nightmare “Don’t Hug Me, I’m Scared.” Or perhaps a feature film, or a Netflix series. We will see…

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Brain Dead (1991): Read our review. This very strange B-movie about a hallucinating brain surgeon was made by ‘s studio, and forced  to change the name of his zombie film from Braindead to Dead Alive in the U.S. to avoid confusion. Now out on Blu-ray for the first time from Shout! Factory. Also streaming on Amazon Prime. Buy Brain Dead.

Slice (2018): See description in “limited release” above. If you can’t catch the werewolf pizza boy rapper in theaters, it’s being released simultaneously for rental or purchase on video-on-demand. Buy or rent Slice.

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 18 more movies to Certify Weird!

Alfred Eaker has other commitments to take care of this week, so we’ll run a reprint column on Monday. (Check in tomorrow to for a trip down weird memory lane!) In terms of “new” material, Shane Wilson looks at Robert Altman‘s Images (1972), a neglected psychological thriller that recently came out on Blu-ray. Later, G. Smalley turns his attention to the work of Masaaki Yuasa, who’s making a splash in 2018 with Netflix’s first anime series, “Devilman Crybaby,” and with the Blu-ray debut of his 2004 mind trip Mind Game (which long-time, and even recently-joined, readers will recognize as the winner of the final readers’ choice poll).

More declining returns in our weekly survey of weird search terms used to locate the site. Once again, privacy filters have prevented us from seeing over 90% of all queries, leaving us with almost nothing to report on. What about “movie where guy turns to grass”? Not weird enough? How about “grinporno”? Still no? Then let’s try “1970’s movie wherr girl looks out a windoe.” That’s about the weirdest we can do for you this week. No official Weirdest Search Term of the Week award for this seven day period. Let’s do better next week, shall we, Googlers?

Time for our weekly cut n’ paste 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: “Devilman Crybaby” (next week!); Mind Game (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 9/7/2018

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):

I Am Not a Witch (2017): A Zambian girl is accused of witchcraft and sent to a witches camp. Critics praised its “light surrealism.” I Am Not a Witch official site.

FILM FESTIVALS – Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, Canada, 9/6-9/16):

In the past few years, TIFF has risen from a scrappy underdog to an awards-season kingmaker.As their profile has risen, the number of smaller, scrappier, weirder films debuting here has fallen. Still, the slate is so massive there’s bound to be something strange showing up there. Some we’ve already heard of, like Gaspar Noé‘s LSD-in-the-punchbowl feature Climax. Here’s a few new ones we’ll be keeping an eye out for:

  • “Accidence” – a ten-minute “Hitchcockian” mystery short from and collaborators and Galen Johnson. Screens as part of the “Short Cuts Programme 08” on Sep. 11, 12 & 16.
  • Angel – Dreamlike movie from  about a vacationing Belgian cyclist falls in love with a Senegalese prostitute. Sep. 11, 13, or 15.
  • “Blue” – A new dreamy short from . In the “Wavelengths One: Earth, Wind & Fire” short program, tonight, Sep. 7 only.
  • Diamantino – A Portuguese soccer star adopts an African lesbian immigrant, while his twin sisters are conducting secret genetic experiments, in this bonkers-sounding comedy. September 15 & 16, in the “Midnight Madness” category.
  • Fausto – Non-narrative experiment described as an “avant-garde ghost story.” Screening Sep. 9, 11, 15.
  • Freaks – A girl leaves her house while her father is asleep and discovers a strange and unsettling world, with the help of a sinister ice cream man (). Sep. 8, 10, or 16.
  • The Great Darkened Days – A Quebecois actor finds himself stranded in a cruel Fascist version of the USA. Sep 10, 12, 16.
  • The Image Book‘s latest visual essay. See it Sep. 13, 15 or 16.
  • In Fabric‘s latest is a surreal horror about a haunted dress. Plays Sep 14-16 in the “Midnight Madness” category.
  • Jessica Forever – A woman adopts violent misfit orphans in a dystopian world in this directorial début programmers describe as “at-times bizarre film that is utterly fearless in the risks it takes.” See it Sep. 12 (with a Q&A), 13 or 16.
  • Jinpa – A Tibetan delivery driver meets a man bent on avenging his father’s death in a story that “blur[s] the boundaries between reality and dreams.” Screening Sep. 11, 13-14.
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Experimental sophomore drama from ; if I’m reading this right, the second half of the film retells the first half—in a single take, in 3D. Find out Sep. 11, 13 or 15.

Toronto International Film Festival home page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Deep Red [Profondo Rosso] (1975): Read our review of the film. Dario Argento‘s warm-up for Suspiria (1977) is an engaging giallo in its own right; newly restored by Arrow Video for Blu-ray with a wealth of extra features, both new and recycled from previous releases. Buy Deep Red.

Hereditary (2018): Read Ryan Aarset’s review. “Like a coffin descending into a fresh grave, Hereditary sinks into a subconscious nightmare that feels extremely real.” Now available on DVD, Blu-ray or VOD (or 4K). Buy Hereditary.

SYMPOSIUMS (Los Angeles, CA, 9/13):

“Live from Miskatonic: Don Coscarelli in Conversation”: A three-hour conversation with three-time Certified Weird director (who has a new memoir coming out in October), sponsored by the (no kidding) Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. Hosted at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles. Live from Miskatonic: Don Coscarelli.

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.

Multiple cities: 9/10 – Perfect Blue (1997) (dubbed). Check the GKids site for locations 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 19 movies left to Certify Weird!

Up next week: Alfred Eaker, having just recovered from his unpleasant bout with 2018’s s, shows his inherent masochism by pulling another half-popped kernel of Hollywood excrement from his popcorn bag: The Happytime Murders. Then it’s Giles Edwards with a review of ‘s new memoir, “Room to Dream,” followed by a movie from the reader-suggested review queue, ‘s self-trepanation experiment, Nails. And even though we probably shouldn’t talk about it, G. Smalley will finish up the week with another one from the reader-suggested queue, Fight Club.

Privacy filters are once again nearly putting the kibosh on our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site. Is “man of a thousand fingers” a weird search term? It doesn’t seem like it to us, but maybe we’re just jaded. What about “weird bestiality”? We see this one a lot, actually; disturbing, because it implies the searcher wants to exclude normal bestiality from the results. Whatever the case, we believe neither of these phrases are strange enough to be honored as a “Weirdest Search Term of the Week.” No award this week; we’ll see if things improve over the next seven days.

Time for our weekly cut n’ paste 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: Nails (next week!); Fight Club (next week!); Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/31/2018

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):

Let the Corpses Tan (2017): Gold thieves engage in a shootout with cops in and ‘s latest, this time a tribute to Italian poliziotteschi films. It doesn’t look as strange as their previous giallo-inspired work, but at least one mainstream reviewer found it “profoundly weird.” Look for a screening on Let the Corpses Tan‘s official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

All You Can Eat Buddha (2017): A mysterious man performs miracles at a tropical resort in this low-key film described as a “trippy and complex cinematic experience.” Looks like it will be skipping theatrical and physical media altogether and only be available on VOD. Buy or rent All You Can Eat Buddha.

Mind Game (2004): Killed by a yakuza, a nerd goes to a psychedelic afterlife. Thanks to readers, this one arrives pre-approved for the List of the 366 Weirdest Movies. Buy the DVD/Blu-ray combo pack or watch it on VOD while waiting for our review. Buy Mind Game.

“Mohsen Makhmalbaf: The Poetic Trilogy”: Gabbeh (1996) is a magical realist fable about a woman who materializes from a Persian rug; The Silence (1998) is about a blind boy who tunes instruments; and The Gardener is a “surreal documentary” about the Baha’i faith. Arrow Academy continues to put out extremely obscure movies with mildly weird-sounding synopses in expensive editions. Buy “Mohsen Makhmalbaf: The Poetic Trilogy”.

Straight To Hell (1987): reportedly wrote this spaghetti western/bank heist script in three days after a musical tour of Nicaragua he was promoting fell apart. Featuring a crazy cast of Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, Jim Jarmusch, Courtney Love, Grace Jones, the Pogues, and (!) Buy Straight to Hell.

The Tree of Life (2011): Read the Certified Weird entry! The Criterion Collection gets their mitts on ‘s surrealistic family drama, with an additional 50 minutes of footage (!) and new interviews. So much stuff, it requires two Blu-rays or three DVDs to fit it all on. Buy The Tree of Life.

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.

Multiple cities: 9/6 – Perfect Blue (1997) (subtitled). Check the GKids site for locations near you.

FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976): Read the Certified Weird review! stars as the titular character, an alien searching for water for his dying planet who gets distracted by Earthly pleasures. Watch The Man Who Fell to Earth free on Tubi.tv.

NEPOTISM CORNER:

“Women Make Movies, Vol. 1”: Alex Kittle wrote and illustrated this ‘zine about female filmmakers, from Lois Weber to Ava DuVernay. Hand-stitched and signed, for a mere $8 U.S. No weird filmmakers occupy this volume (unless the Wachowskis count), but Alex promises and will show up in Volume 2. Buy “Women Make Movies, Vol. 1“.

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.