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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/16/2016

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 DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):

Patience (201?): An adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel about a grieving man who uses time travel to try to prevent his pregnant wife’s murder. The original story was a New York Times bestseller described as a “a psychedelic science-fiction love story.” Clowes will adapt the screenplay in the movie version for Focus Features. Patience announcement at Variety.

NEW ON DVD:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children (2016): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. No special features announced for ‘s latest would-be tentpole fantasy. Buy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children.

Roma (1972): Read Alfred Ealker’s review. The Criterion Collection gets their mitts on some more experimental ; now, if they can only land CassanovaBuy Fellini Roma.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. Not a “special edition”; Zandor Vorkov’s Dracula-in-an-afro is all the specialness anyone needs in a single Blu-ray. Buy Dracula vs. Frankenstein [Blu-ray].

Dreamscape (1984): A psychic tries to rescue the President of the United States, who’s trapped inside his own nightmares. Shout! Factory issues this 80s pop-surreal cheese in a “Collector’s Edition” full of featurettes and extras. Buy Dreamscape [Collector’s Edition Blu-ray].

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children Blu-ray.

Roma (1972):See description in DVD above. Buy Fellini Roma [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

A ‘Pitch-Dark’ Diorama (2016): An interviewer talks to an author about his completion of another writer’s work; the plot slips between parallel realities as the book’s story interweaves with real events. A rare example of independent surreal/horror cinema from India. It’s serialized in five parts on YouTube, and also available via torrent. Free to watch, but donations are accepted at the filmmaker’s website.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/25/2016

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):

Always Shine (2016): The rivalry of two struggling young actresses turns less friendly when they take a vacation together to Big Sur. Comparisons to , Persona follow. Always Shine official site.

Evolution (2015): Our own Alex Kittle described it as a “quiet, subtle sci-fi mystery about an island of pale-faced women who have found a way to propagate without men” and says it “definitely isn’t for everyone.” Of course, every movie we love here pretty much by definition isn’t for everyone. Evolution Facebook page (mostly in French).

Tank 432 [AKA Belly of the Bulldog] (2015): Post-apocalyptic mercenaries seek refuge in an abandoned tank that becomes a prison. The feature debut of ‘s cameraman Nick Gillespie (Wheatley produced). Tank 432 official site.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, 11/25-11/26 (midnights):

Wild at Heart (1990)/Fire Walk with Me (1992): IFC Center continues its unofficial “ at Midnight” series, rotating out Blue Velvet but keeping the Certified Weird / road movie Wild at Heart on screen and adding the “Twin Peaks” wrap-up Fire Walk With Me. Also playing all week at IFC: Evolution (see description in “limited release” above). Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me at IFC Center.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, 11/25-11/28):

Delicatessen (1991): Read the Certified Weird entry! A post-apocalyptic post-Thanksgiving feast; Friday evening’s screening also includes a potluck leftovers dinner. Also at Cinefamily: Evolution (see description in “limited release” above) plays all week, and Larry Cohen hosts a double feature of God Told Me To and The Stuff (tonight only, starts at 10:30 PM PST). Delicatessen at Cinefamily,

SCREENINGS – (Silver Spring, MD, AFI Silver Theater, 11/27-11/30):

Persona (1966): Read the Certified Weird entry! For those in the D.C. area, a rare chance to catch a must-see weird film on the big screen. Persona at AFI Silver Theater.

FILM FESTIVALS – Monster Fest (Melbourne, Australia, 11/23-27):

There’s nothing really new debuting here (except perhaps to Australians, who seem to be the last stop on the festival circuit), but there’s plenty of cool stuff playing at this small but stocked film festival. If our trusty time zone converter is correct, there’s still time for Aussies to get out to today’s 11:00 AM screening of the marvelous Spanish animated fantasy Psychonauts: The Forgotten Children. Other films worth checking out for the underground crowd down under include the pregnancy horror Antibirth (Nov. 26), the restoration of ‘s unfinished sci-fi epic On the Silver Globe (Nov. 27), and the -ish closing film The Greasy Strangler (Nov 27, with cast members Sky Elobar and “disco cutie” Elizabeth De Razzo in attendance). Monster Fest 2016 official site,

NEW ON DVD:

Magnetic (2015): Who knows what the plot is—apparently those who’ve watched it are just as much in the dark as we are—but we infer that the world will end on Dec. 31 unless Alice defeats members of the Daughters of Ra cult. Amazon reviews are full of one-star reviews that include thoughts like “This was a very weird movie, and usually I like weird movies, but even when it got to the end I didn’t really understand exactly what was going on.” Buy Magnetic.

Yoga Hosers (2016): The second entry in an announced “True North Trilogy” (the first was 2014’s Tusk), this horror-comedy stars director ‘s daughter Harley Quinn and ‘s daughter Lily-Rose as a pair of Canadian teens fighting an invasion of Nazi sausages (!) Critics hated it, but apparently Smith included some prophylactic anti-critic jokes, so that’s probably why he got the negative reviews, eh?  Buy Yoga Hosers.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Rabid (1977):  directs ex-adult star Marilyn Chambers in an early example of his pioneering “venereal horrors.” Shout! Factory packs this collector’s edition Blu-ray with extras both new and old, including two separate commentary tracks (one from Cronenberg and one by scholar William Beard). Buy Rabid [Collector’s Edition Blu-ray].

Yoga Hosers (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy Yoga Hosers Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON VIMEO:

Psychic Snakebite (2016):The tagline calls it “a 100% green screen nihilistic thriller.” Add “experimental,” because it’s full of double images, odd tinting, and strange sound design (the main characters have been dubbed into Mandarin and supplied with subtitles). The 60-minute film involves terrorists on a jetliner and is rated “Mature.” Watch Psychic Snakebite on Vimeo.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/28/2016

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.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Sunday, Oct. 30):

The Tingler (1959): Read Shane Wilson’s review. Vincent Price frees the creature that lives in all of our spines that causes the fight response, and also takes LSD (wonder if those two are connected?) This screening will be shown in ‘s original “Percepto” format—i.e., theater patrons seats will be wired for electricity, and random people will receive shocks to the tuckus when the creature escapes the screen and flees into the audience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, for sure. The Tingler at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Silver Spring, MD, AFI Silver Theater, Fri., Oct. 28):

Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922): Read the Certified Weird entry! D.C. metro residents can get their Halloween weekend off to a terrifying start with ‘s essential occult vampire film, with a live score by the Silent Orchestra. Also at AFI Silver this week: ‘s no-exit masterpiece The Exterminating Angel on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Nosferatu at the AFI Silver Theater.

NEW ON DVD:

“The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast”: Fourteen definitively awful exploitation and gore hits (including, of course, the atrocious Blood Feast and the abysmal The Wizard of Gore) spread across seventeen discs (eight DVDs and nine Blu-rays). Unpacking it all would take a separate article, but suffice it to say there are a few extra bonus features in this sprawling Limited Edition set from Arrow; two Blu-rays and a DVD here are exclusive to this set. Buy “The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast” [DVD/Blu-ray combo Limited Edition].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Exorcist III (1990): Read Eric Young’s review. A 2-disc collector’s edition with both the theatrical and director’s cuts and a legion of supplements. Buy The Exorcist III [Collector’s Edition Blu-ray].

“The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast”: See description in DVD above. Buy “The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast” [DVD/Blu-ray combo Limited Edition].

Manhattan Baby (1982): An evil spirit from an Egyptian tomb possesses a young New York girl and turns her into a murder machine. Another  horror that straddles the fine line between the surreal and the incompetent; this Limited Edition  from Blue Underground includes a disc of extras and the soundtrack CD. Buy Manhattan Baby Limited Edition.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Queer Duck: The Movie (2006): The adventures of anthormorphic gay animals, including the title fowl and his lover, Openly Gator (groan). In this episode, Queer tries to go hetero in this “South Park”-esque “straight”-to-video satirical cartoon, with musical numbers like “Smile, You Bastard, Smile.” Watch Queer Duck: The Movie free on YouTube.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/14/2016

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.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Mon., 10/17):

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010): (or “Joe,” as his American friends call him) will be in attendance to discuss his Certified Weird mystical breakthrough about death and reincarnation as part of Cinefamily’s “Celebration of the Uncanny in 11 parts.” Joe sticks around until Wednesday for a second of 11 parts of the celebration when his latest, the narcoleptic Cemetery of Splendors, screens. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Tues., 10/17):

Santa Sangre (1989): Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s armless serial killer movie is probably his most Halloween-y feature. Screens as a double feature with Hammer‘s Vampire Circus, with cocktails, live circus acts and other surprises (one presumes Bob Baker has scary marionettes prepared). Off site but hosted by Cinefamily, naturally. Santa Sangre at Bob Baker Marionette Theater.

SCREENINGS – (Silver Spring, MD, AFI Silver Theater, Fri., 10/14):

Certified Weird Triple Feature: OK, these three movies all played at AFI last week, and they are not officially a triple feature (tickets sold separately), and we don’t think the programmers have been reading this column, but come on? How often do three Certified Weird movies line up by chance at a single venue? That’s right, you can catch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at 5:15, segue into Daisies at 7:15, and cap it off with Blue Velvet at 9:00. It’s like an introductory course in weirdness. AFI Silver Theater.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Abracadabra (2017): Director and actress (of the Certified Weird silent Snow White adaptation Blancanieves) reunite for this black comedy. The plot will follow Verdu’s efforts to rid her husband of an evil spirit and, according to Cineuropa, will “straddl[e] terror and ludicrousness.” More info at Cineuropa.

Re-Animator: Evolution (2017): A remake of the  short story about a mad doctor bringing the dead to life. This version, by Serge Levin, with Johnathon Schaech co-scripting and starring as Herbert West, will attempt to make a true horror film out of the story that was previously adapted (with incredible success) as a transgressive black comedy by  and . Skepticism abounds in these offices, but read more at Bloody Disgusting.

Small Star Seminar (est. 201?): Collaborative film project by and starring The American Astronaut‘s as a singing motivational speaker traveling the country and inspiring people to dream small. He’s accepting donations through Fractured Atlas (a new crowdfunding platform we’ve never heard of before). In the accompanying video, McAbee implies he might accept a couch to crash on in your town in lieu of a donation. Small Star Seminar at Fractured Atlas.

NEW ON DVD:

The Astro-Zombies (1968): In a very slow week for weird movie releases, you might take a chance on this Ted V. Mikels proto-slasher mad scientist atrocity, starring John Carradine and busty Tura Satana as some kind of Iron Curtain Mata Hari. The optional commentary track by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett may make it all tolerable. Buy Astro-Zombies.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Astro-Zombies (1968): See description in DVD above. This is one of Wayne “Trapper John” Rodgers’s two produced movie scripts (the other was Dr. Sex). Buy Astro-Zombies [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Purge (2010): Set in the “257th parallel universe,” the protagonist is a dominatrix unhappy with her assigned role in a totalitarian society. Director David King says it’s “an experiment in using a variety of  unusual techniques to create a dystopian reality with virtually no money… influenced by Jean-Luc Godard’s more intellectual films of the 1970’s and visually by George Lucas’s THX1138.” Watch Purge free on YouTube.

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.

LIST CANDIDATE: COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS (2016)

DIRECTED BY: Lily Baldwin, Frances Bodomo, Daniel Patrick Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein

FEATURING: Will Blomker, Ryan Cassata, Frank Mosley, Tonya Pinkins
PLOT: In this experimental compilation, five filmmakers adapt each other’s dreams into short films.

WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: As both a film depicting dreams and as a formal experiment, the project presents a pressing case for inclusion on the list of the weirdest films ever made. There are a number of arresting images within this film and some truly bizarre moments.

COMMENTS: Dreams have always proved a tantalizing subject for filmmakers. Arriving from the unfettered unconscious mind with surreal imagery and associations to codify our thoughts, feelings and memories, dreams have forever enticed filmmakers to realize these bewildering experiences on screen. However, translating this phenomenon presents a number of challenges. One is budgetary, because of the opulent settings and fantastical creatures that can be found in a dream. Another is sensory: despite film’s ability to engross us it remains an outside object, never as immersive as the internal, subjective experience of dreaming.

Successful translators of the experience, such as , recognize the limitations of film immersion and focus on pacing and juxtaposition of image and sound to recreate the atmosphere and “feel” of dreams. Surrealism as an artistic movement is deeply tied to the unconscious and dreams, so it is hardly surprising that one other successful interpreter is Surrealist filmmaker , who overcame budgetary restraints through jarring combinations of everyday objects and people in unconventional ways.

Film compilations also come with their own separate challenges. Unless there is a strong through line each segment will have a different tone and pace, and invariably some episodes will be more satisfying than others. Throw in some deeply personal dreams as subject matter and you could have a hotchpotch of cinema that doesn’t gel together as a whole. Despite the technical sophistication and invention of each filmmaker—none of whom are familiar to me, so I can’t comment on the clash/serendipitous mix of subject and filmmaking styles within—I’m afraid this is the case here.

The film opens with its linking device, a man addressing the camera and attempting to hypnotize us, luring us to sleep and imploring us to lower our resistance, as dream logic demands. It is an effective device to prep us for the experience, if, like most wraparounds, narratively weak on its own. There follows some pretty if perfunctory animation from Maya Edelman before the film begins proper with arguably its most successful segment, “Black Soil, Green Grass,” directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone from a dream by Lauren Wolkstein. Combining Lynch and Buñuel’s techniques, it successfully creates a surreal, dream-like atmosphere through unusual juxtapositions of the everyday: a watchtower that inexplicably pipes a recording of a man counting sheep through loudspeakers, a man encircled Continue reading LIST CANDIDATE: COLLECTIVE: UNCONSCIOUS (2016)

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/12/2016

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.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, 8/16):

The Devil (1972): Read El Rob Hubbard’s review! The posthumous lovefest continues with this medieval period piece about a Polish nobleman and a mysterious Mephistolean manipulator. From a newly restored print. Devil is surely scheduled for a video release soon. Also at Cinefamily this week: 1973’s Touki Bouki, Africa’s first surrealist film (tonight at 7:30 PM PST), ‘s Multiple Maniacs (all week), and the Waters-esque new release The Greasy Strangler (“offsite at the Ace”—we confess we don’t know exactly what that means, but assume Los Angelinos will be able to figure it out). Check it all out on the Cinefamily calendar.

NEW ON DVD:

Baskin (2015): Turkish midnight movie about cops who are lured into the entrance to Hell. A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Shout! Factory with no advertised special features. Buy Baskin.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Basket Case 2 (1990): Duane and his former Siamese twin (who lives in a basket) hide out in a home for wayward freaks. The sequel is campier and more deliberately comedy oriented than the original, and 2 is mainly notable for its creative (if cheap) monster designs. Buy Basket Case 2 [Blu-ray].

Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1991): The final installment of the Basket Case saga sees Belial fathering a litter of freaks with his better (?) half. Widely regarded as a disappointing end to the franchise. Buy Basket Case 3 [Blu-ray].

Baskin (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Baskin.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES:

collective:unconscious (2016): Five underground directors (Dan Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein, Lily Baldwin, and Frances Bodomo) take turns interpreting each others’ dreams. Per producer Dan Schoenbrun, “We’ve decided to release the full feature online for free … It’s such a strange film that we don’t think we’d stand much of a chance in the traditional marketplace, but we think we’ve made something really unique and special, and we have faith that audiences will connect with it if we make it freely available.” We’ll review it soon, but in the meantime here are some links to view or download it:

Bit Torrent – this download includes supplemental material, a song mix, and a remixed edit of the film (the “Nyquil” cut)

Vimeo – stream, or download the film without the extra features

YouTube – stream only

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/10/2016

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):

Misirlou (2016): The plot has something to do with a gang of surfers killing people to extract a drug from their adrenal glands. The NSFW trailer makes it look like a blend of The Doors, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pulp Fiction, Surf Nazis Must Die, and Spring Breakers. Misirlou official site.

Tikkun (2015): A devout Hasidic Jew comes back from a near-death experience as a lusty hedonist. Devin Faraci of “birth. movies. death.” called it “one of the most strikingly weird movies I have seen this year.Tikkun official site.

SCREENINGS – (IFC Center, New York City, Jun 10 & 11 at midnight):

El Topo (1970): Read the Certified Weird entry! IFC has already screened their restored print of ‘s surreal Biblical spaghetti western a couple of times this summer; this could be your only chance to see this weird classic on the big screen. El Topo at IFC Center.

SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA, Jun 11, 13-14):

The Devils (1971): Due to a new print in circulation, screenings of ‘s hysterical arthouse nunsploitation classic no longer qualify as “rare.” But the question remains: where the hell is the DVD/Blu-ray? The Devils at Cinefamily.

NEW ON DVD:

Anomalisa (2015): Read Alex Kittle & G. Smalley’s dual review. ‘s melancholy existential puppet theater piece about a fling between an alienated motivational speaker and a plain-Jane fan. Buy Anomalisa style=.

Dead 7 (2016): In a post-apocalyptic world, a cowboy, a samurai, a mime, and four others team up to fight zombies. In one of the Sharknado producers trademark gimmicks, the SyFy channel hired  ex-members of the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and other boy bands to play the heroes. Buy Dead 7 style=.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953): Read the Certified Weird entry! Dress us up in bock beer suds! It’s fantabulous to see Dr. Seuss’s surreal musical finally on Blu-ray—we do wish it was in an elaborate Criterion edition rather than this bare-bones Mill Creek release, but beggars can’t be choosers. Buy The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T [Blu-ray].

Anomalisa (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Anomalisa [Blu-ray] style=.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Jacob’s Ladder (1990): Read the Certified Weird entry! Among major studios, Paramount has become the standard-bearer for free online content; now they’ve put up the Certified Weird psychological thriller about a Vietnam vet seeing demons (and worse) on the streets of New York. Watch Jacob’s Ladder free on YouTube.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/3/2016

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):

Another [AKA Mark of the Witch] (2014): An adopted girl discovers unpleasant truths about her heritage after her aunt attempts suicide at her 18th birthday party. It’s described as an homage to Suspiria; no idea why the name change from (to?) Mark of the Witch, or why it’s taken two years to find a release despite generally positive reviews. Mark of the Witch official site.

The Fits (2016): An unexplained epidemic of falling down, passing out and vomiting affects girls on an African-American dance team. Films about teenage girls who suffer unexplained mass fits of hysteria are spreading inexplicably through the cinemas; the novelty here is the inner city setting (one expects this sort of behavior from white girls). The Fits official site.

The Wailing (2016): An investigator calls in a shaman to help solve the mystery of a plague of murders in a remote Korean town. Variety calls it “nonsensical yet entertaining” and compares it to The Evil Dead by way of . The Wailing official site.

SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, Saturday, June 4):

The Cassandra Cat (1963): A rare, experimental children’s film from the Czech New Wave about a magical sunglasses-wearing cat. Screening with a selection of shorts dubbed the “Meow Mix” for an evening the crazy cat lady in your life will not want to miss. Also at Cinefamily this week: the restored version of the psychedelic Japanese ero goru  cartoon The Belladonna of Sadness continues to screen on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, and an encore performance of White Magic’s live score to the Certified Weird silent witchcraft classic Häxan. The Cassandra Cat at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Videology Bar & Cinema, New York City, Saturday, June 4):

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010): Read the Certified Weird entry! We knew from the moment we saw this tale of a slacker teen caught in a video game quest to win the heart of the girl that it would be playing at midnights at hip NYC bars within five years. This show marks Videology’s record-setting fifth week in a row screening a Certified Weird film at midnight, a streak that will be broken with next week’s feature, Young Frankenstein (we’d still go see it). Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at Videology.

FILM FESTIVALS – Fantastic Film Showcase (Washington, DC, Jun. 2-5):

There are no weird films making their debut at this relatively new festival, but a goodly number of the stranger movies on the circuit show up here, making this a great bet for weird Washington locals. Here are the movies we noted: ‘s Evolution (screening passed), ‘s grotesque and polarizing feature debut The Greasy Strangler (tonight at 11:00), the omnipresent Belladonna of Sadness (tonight and Saturday at 11:30), ‘s trippy Antibirth (Saturday at 9:30), and a special screening of the Certified Weird rock opera Phantom of the Paradise (Saturday at midnight). Finally, it’s not weird per se, but we’d be seriously tempted by the late night showings of 1966’s camp wonder, Batman: The Movie (tonight and Saturday at 11:45). And, although it’s not part of the festival proper, we’d be remiss if we did not note the screening of alien jazz star Sun Ra’s Afrofuturist masterpiece Space is the Place on Monday, the day after the festival officially ends, at host AFI Silver Theaters. It would make the perfect festival nightcap. (or, catch Sun Ra’s encore on Thursday night).

Washington DC Fantastic Film Showcase home page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (in production):

Petit Vampire (2017?): The animated story of a 300-year old 10-year old vampire who decides to go to elementary school. Yeah, we know it doesn’t sound very weird, but it is from (based on his hit French graphic novel), and his stuff thus far has been offbeat, to say the least. Screen International has details and an intriguing image.

NEW ON DVD:

City of Women (1980): A horny follows an attractive woman off a train and finds himself at a feminist convention in an all-female city. We would prefer someone other than bargain-arthouse-releaser Cohen Media got the rights to re-release this long out-of-print lesser-known film—but dare we hope for a proper Fellini’s Cassanova release, from anyone? Buy City of Women.

Horse Money (2014): Read our capsule review. The flashback-and-fantasy-ridden tale of an old man with dementia wandering the halls of an institution, Horse Money is a genuinely weird movie, though one that may require a knowledge of the Cape Verdean Portuguese immigrant experience to truly appreciate. Buy Horse Money.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

City of Women (1980): See description in DVD above. No offense meant by our prior remarks, Cohen Media, better you release a Fellini Blu-ray than no one at all! Buy City of Women [Blu-ray].

Horse Money (2014):  See description in DVD above. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray include a bonus short from director Pedro Costa. Buy Horse Money [Blu-ray].

The Terror (1963): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. A restored (?) Film Detective BR-R version of this public domain horror classic Buy The Terror [Blu-ray].

YOU LINK US! YOU REALLY LINK US!:

“366 Weird Movies’ Certified Weirdness”: OK, there’s no actual link, but we are mentioned, and it’s something users here may find interesting and/or useful. Moviefan777 at criterion.com made a list of every Certified Weird film that’s received a release from the Criterion Collection (including those included in Eclipse box sets). For some, he includes his own selection for weirdest image and a note as to whether it’s “family friendly” or not. Nice work. “366 Weird Movies’ Certified Weirdness” at criterion.com.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Hitler’s Folly (2016): ‘s new historical mockumentary about an alternate history in which Hitler followed his childhood dream, embraced his duck fetish and became a -style animation mogul. It’s free, but Plympton is asking for voluntary donations so that he can continue to make “these wacky, weird, bizarre films that Hollywood would never want to produce.” That’s a charity we can get behind. Watch Hitler’s Folly at plymptoons.com.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/27/2016

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):

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016): Alice returns to the magical land of Underland [sic] in another Disney adventure based on the beloved classic characters created by Linda Woolverton. Alfred Eaker is sworn to review this. Alice Through the Looking Glass official site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Blue Velvet (1986): Read the Certified Weird entry! Did we mention that Blue Velvet is being re-released to commemorate its 30th anniversary? Because Blue Velvet is being re-released to commemorate its 30th anniversary. The NYC screening at the Film Forum is passed, but Los Angelinos can catch it at Cinefamily all this week. There will be more screenings as surely as the robins return in spring, but the only one we are currently aware of is June 4-6 at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon. No official re-release site. Blue Velvet at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York City, May 27 & 28):

Fellini’s Roma (1972): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. A rare screening of one of ‘s wildest films, which includes a Papal fashion show of epically tasteless proportions. Fellini’s Roma at Lincoln Center.

SCREENINGS – (Videology Bar & Cinema, New York City, May 27 at midnight):

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970): Read the Certified Weird entry. OK, now we’re sure the programmers at Videology are cruising this site for midnight movie ideas, since this daringly surreal Czech New Wave puberty allegory marks the fourth weekend in a row they’ve chosen a Certified Weird movie to play at their saloon during the witching hour. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders at Videology Bar & Cinema.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

What Have You Done to Solange?: At Cannes, announced plans to produce (not direct) remakes of three sleeper genre films: the 1972 giallo What Have You Done to Solange?, William Lustig’s 1988 sorta-cult film Maniac Cop, and ‘s classic historical horror Witchfinder General (which, unlike the other two, seems like it would be hard to improve upon). Not sure how we feel about any of these, or whether they might end up being weird, but there is potential there. Deadline breaks the news.

IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):

Insects (est. 2018): has turned to crowdfunding to complete his latest feature, Insects, an expansion of a 1970 short about an amateur acting troupe putting on a play about insects. The sad, if understandable, news is that the 82-year-old Svankmajer has announced that he intends for this to be his final film. So far over $74,000 of the $150,000 flexible-funding goal has been reached, with a month renaming. Some of the incentive rewards are intriguing, including downloads of five Svankmajer films (in addition to Insects) for $50 ($150 gets you five new limited-edition Blu-rays).  Insects at Indiegogo.

NEW ON DVD:

“Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection, 1917-1923”: 32 remastered silent shorts from clown , including several we’ve written about here: the manic “The Play House,” “Frozen North,” and “One Week.” Kino spreads the presentation across five discs, with a supplemental booklet and rare footage (including a never-before-released alternate version of “The Blacksmith”) among the extra features. Buy “Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection 1917-1923”.

The Chase (1946): It starts as a film noir about a chauffeur who takes his wife’s boss to Cuba, and then is accused of her murder; the third act takes it in a fantastic, surreal direction. If that synopsis alone isn’t enough to convince you to pick up this disc, then how about the fact that the film is championed by none other than 366 saint , who provides the audio commentary track? Buy The Chase.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

“Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection, 1917-1923”: See description in DVD above. Same features, same number of discs. Buy “Buster Keaton: The Shorts Collection, 1917-1923” [Blu-ray].

The Chase (1946): See description in DVD above. Buy The Chase [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Millennium Actress (2001): ‘s animated drama revolves around the memories of a dying actress. Thanks to Paramount Vault for making this available.

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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/20/2016

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):

Cranium Intel (2016): The President orders a man killed after he discovers that the St. Louis Arch is a gateway to “the real Planet >X<” [sic]. From Aeneas Middleton, the director of experimental shorts with titles like “VINVELLA -The Secret Daughter of Louis XV” and “Defusion 4: Bio-Cell System”; he’s already announced two sequels (!) to this, his first feature. Cranium Intel official site.

Welcome to Happiness (2015): A man moves into an apartment with a small door through which people seeking happiness go to find redemption, but he’s not allowed to enter it himself. Looks like a spiritually upbeat indie version of Being John MalkovichWelcome to Happiness official site.

SCREENINGS – (Videology Bar & Cinema, New York City, Sat., May 21 @ Midnight):

Don’t Look Now (1973): Read the Certified Weird entry! The programmers at Videology sure have 366 tastes, screening Certified Weird films week after week. Nicolas Roeg‘s psychological horror about parental grief is this week’s entry. Don’t Look Now at Videology Bar & Cinema.

SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, Sun., May 22):

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922): Read the Certified Weird review! One of the coolest trends in modern moviegoing is seeing silent movies projected with new live scores. We’re not familiar with the L.A. band “White Magic,” but if they dig Haxan they’re cool with us. Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages at Cinefamily.

IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production, est. Oct 2016):

“Polia and Blastema, a metaphysical fable”: Begotten‘s returns to film after being out of commission for nearly a decade due to health issues. This new short film is a hypnotic myth with abstract visuals about two aliens who unite to form a utopian city.  A 4-minute version is completed, but Mehrige wants to expand it to 25 minutes. The Kickstarter campaign is fully funded at $15,000, but a note explains that “Elias is now exploring the creative possibilities that lie above the $15,000 goal; every dollar goes into the production of the film!” $19 gets you a download of the four minute version and a screening link for the finished film. Thanks to Morgan Hoyle-Combs for bringing this one to our attention! “Polia and Blastema” Kickstarter page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):

“Lullaby”: Cult writer Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”) wants to adapt his very personal (it’s inspired by the trial of his father’s murderer) novel “Lullaby” into a short film. The plot revolves around the publication of a children’s song that has the power to kill, and the producers promise “necrophilia, gender-bending, and no-way-would-this-make-it-to-comfortable-TV satire.” At this writing the project has earned over $96,000 of its $250,000 goal, with 27 days to go. “Lullaby” Kickstarter page.

NEW ON DVD:

Candy (1968): A beautiful, naive blonde (yummy Swede Ewa Aulin) has escapades with a series of strange men (among them as a Mexican gardener and Marlon Brando as a guru) in this softcore version of “Candide.” This all-star adaptation of Terry Southern’s scandalous satirical porn novel had been out-of-print for years; Kino Lorber brings it back with a new interviews with screenwriter Buck Henry and film critic Kim Morgan as extras. Buy Candy.

“Cop Rock” (1990): “Hill Street Blues” goes Broadway in this notorious flop TV series with singing and dancing cops. In today’s more irony-minded pop culture landscape this might have been a hit; no one who saw the pilot live will ever forget the jaw-dropping climax where the jury panel turns into a gospel choir to render their verdict: “He’s Guilty!” Buy “Cop Rock”.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Candy (1968): See description in DVD above. Buy Candy [Blu-ray].

Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971): Dustin Hoffman stars as a singer-songwriter undergoing an existential crisis, complete with hallucinations and paranoia about a mysterious public detractor. Impressionistic rather than realistic: as Hoffman says in to his psychiatrist in the film, “Why should I come back to reality? What’s it ever done for me?” Buy Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Frankie in Blunderland (2011): Read El Rob Hubbard’s “List Candidate” review. Loser Frankie drifts through a surreal, low-budget LA looking for his missing wife. This underground feature is still technically a List Candidate, so if you watch it, please tell us what you think. Recommended for adults only due to full-frontal fairy nudity. Watch Frankie in Blunderland free on YouTube.

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.