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

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

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

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

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

(Naturally, this clip contains scatological humor).

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

(Understandably, this clip contains adult situations).

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

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

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

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/24/2017

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

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

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


NEW ON DVD:

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

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

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

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

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

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

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/17/2017

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):

A Cure for Wellness (2017): A young executive goes to a remote, cult-like wellness center to retrieve his company’s CEO. Reviews of ‘s latest psychological thriller have been (to put it charitably) mixed, but movies this weird don’t often get wide releases, so we feel obliged to check it out. A Cure for Wellness official site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

American Fable (2017): A dreamy young girl discovers a man hidden in her farm family’s silo. A fantasy with some very dark elements from IFC Midnight. American Fable official site.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Fri., Feb. 17 – Sun., Feb 9):

House [Hausu] (1977): Read the Certified Weird entry! Japan’s nuttiest haunted house movie—the one with the girl-eating piano—re-enters IFC’s impressive midnight movie rotation. Held over from last week: 2001: A Space Odyssey and soon-to-be late night cult hit The LureHouse at IFC Center.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Weds., Feb. 22):

The Color of Pomegranates (1969): Read the Certified Weird entry! ‘s hallucinatory biography of Armenian poet Sayat Nova is presented with Nicholas Jaar’s electronic score (we prefer the original soundtrack, but it’s still sure to be a one-of-a-kind experience). Two screenings. The Color of Pomegranates at Cinefamily.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Suddenly in the Dark (1981): A Korean housewife suspects her husband of infidelity with a young housekeeper who carries a mysterious wooden doll. Mondo Macabro rescues this early South Korean erotic horror film, described as “bizarre,” from obscurity. Buy Suddenly in the Dark [Blu-ray].

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 up, a couple of deadlines: you have until Feb. 20 to enter our latest DVD giveaway contest (The Devil Lives Here), and until Feb. 26 to get in your votes for the Weirdcademy Awards (features here, shorts here). We have seen our first campaigning, as fans of “Metube 2: August Sings Carmina Burana” have surged into the voting box to make that short a prohibitive favorite, unless another fanbase mobilizes to vote up their favorite. (It could be Russian hackers influencing the election, of course).

Next week we’ll get to that reader-suggested review queue for looks at Brain Dead (not Dead Alive again, but the mindbending B-movie psychological thriller starring and ) and the underground metaphysical mockumentary Wax, or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees (for an idea what it’s like, check out this week’s Saturday Short by the same director, and imagine that style extended to feature length). Shane Wilson will bring us a look at the underground thriller Marvelous Mandy, while returns to his exploitation triple feature series in 1970, the year that brought us Equinox, Trog, and The Vampire Lovers. That should keep you guys busy for another week.

Vaginas were a popular subject in this week’s survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site. We saw both “a ant inside women vagina movies hollywood horror movies” and the even stranger “video vagina during sex to robbe to have emoootion feeing.” Taking a break from genitals for a brief moment, we also have to mention the inscrutable search for “father mother ded deby isa safe big gorila film movis in.com.” But our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week concerns neither gorillas nor vaginas, but rather boobs, specifically “1922 full bigboobs punishment by psyco kings.” That would be a bizarre search term anyway, but specifying the year 1922 puts its weirdness way over the top in our book.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Brain Dead (d. Adam Simon) (next week!); Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees (next week!); Uncle Meat; Nuit Noire; Grendel Grendel Grendel; Twilight of the Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/10/2017

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):

CANDiLAND (2016): Two lovers retreat into an apartment where they create their own utopian reality, a paradise whose peace and harmony is threatened by the existence of Gary Busey. It’s a plot many Americans can relate to. CANDiLAND official site.


IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

The Beach Bum (201?): ‘s next project will be a “stoner comedy” starring Matthew McConaughey. That setup doesn’t sound at all promising, but maybe Korine can put an odd spin on it. Read more at Variety.

IN DEVELOPMENT (currently shooting):

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn (201?): Greasy Strangler auteur strikes while the iron is hot, moving on to his next comedy project. Beverly Luff Linn concerns a woman in an unhappy marriage whose ex-lover comes to town to perform a show called “An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn; For One Magical Night Only.” Aubrey Plaza, Emile Hirsch, Craig Robinson, and Jermaine Clement highlight a cast forgoing Hosking’s usual crew of weirdos. Given the respectable names attached, you can be sure Hosking will tone down the greasiness, which may not be a bad thing as long as he can still keep it weird. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

NEW ON DVD:

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004): Robots are killing cyborgs in the future. We liked the original Ghost in the Shell, but passed on adding it to the List of the 366 Weirdest Movies; is this sequel any weirder?  Buy Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

Girl Asleep (2016): Read our review. An adolescent Aussie Alice in Wonderland in the style of (but with more heart). Buy Girl Asleep.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004): See description in DVD above. Surely this is a better watch than Hollywood’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the original Ghost in the Shell. Buy Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

Girl Asleep (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy Girl Asleep [Blu-ray].

NEW ON VIDEO-ON-DEMAND:

Glass (2015): A giallo-inspired mindbender; we can’t tell more than that. The ad copy describes it as “a mind bender that Cronenberg and Lynch could argue about over lunch,” and the trailer promises a lot of sex and blood, some vomit, and a black-gloved killer. Watch the mildly NSFW teaser trailer and rent it at 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.

CONTEST: WIN A COPY OF “THE DEVIL LIVES HERE”

366 Weird Movies brings you a new DVD giveaway contest! With the Weirdcademy Awards coming up, we thought we’d make this an awards-themed contest. Now, we started awarding the Weirdcademy Awards for Weirdest Picture, Actor, Actress, Scene and Short in 2010. Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to nominate a movie/short/actor/actress/scene for a movie from a year before 2010, and post your choice in the comments below. For example, you might say, “I nominate the bit in Eraserhead where the lady in the radiator stomps on the giant sperm creatures that fall from the ceiling as ‘weirdest scene’ of 1977″ or “I nominate as Weirdest Actress of 1966 for Persona—or, was that ?” There are many, many obvious choices, and you don’t have to be clever to win—you just have to show that you’re paying attention. We’ll index the responses and pick a winner randomly using random.org from all entries that meet the criteria.

As usual, please observe the following eligibility rules: to receive the DVDs, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States, and you must not have won a prize from us in the past six months. If you don’t meet those qualifications you can still participate for fun, but let us know you’re not in it for the prize. We’ll be closing the contest Monday, February 20 at midnight.

Our prize is once again provided by  Artsploitation Films (distributors of the Certified Weird Der Samurai). This is a factory-sealed DVD, not a used review copy. The movie is The Devil Lives Here [AKA The Fostering], a 2015 Brazilian horror film based on local folklore. From the box cover:

THE DEVIL LIVES HERE Cover“Candyman meets Brazilian mythology in this terrifying tale of demonic spirits, black slavery and the group of young people terrorized by what they have unwittingly unleashed. Three teens visit their friend at his remote family farmhouse. Bad timing, because every nine months, a vengeful evil takes over this ancient house, which is this exact day the teens gather. What was supposed to be a night of scary stories and fun becomes instead a violent, bloody descent into hell.”

You have your instructions, now get to it!

WHAT’S IN THE PIPLELINE

First up, a reminder to continue voting in the 2016 edition of the Weirdcademy Awards (feature categories here, shorts here). If the voting ended today, the major awards would be split between The Lobster (Weirdest Picture and Weirdest Actress) and Swiss Army Man (Weirdest Actor and Weirdest Scene). But with over two weeks to go, things can still change.

Next week we’ll bring you a new reader recommendation from Italy, for the absurd 1996 comedy Escoriandoli. We’ll also have Shane Wilson‘s review of Ron Reiner’s shockingly un-P.C. 1970 farce Where’s Poppa? (about a lawyer who wants to kill his demented Jewish mother) and Pete Trbovich‘s take on ‘s flop comedy Nothing But Trouble (marking the third time we’ve reviewed that troublesome little film). Alfred Eaker takes a break from exploitation triple features to bring you a six pack of  movies. And finally, we’ll also start a new DVD giveaway contest on Monday, so be sure to direct your browser to 366 Weird Movies next week!

Now is when we survey the absolute weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site, a feature we call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” We’ll start with “netrebko v las vegas” (we’ll take Las Vegas and the points). And while we wouldn’t mind watching “random films about a nymphomaniac alien,” we’re less certain about the appeal of “+old cinema films before 1950 with man thst has big beard.” We’ll also pass on “southern indian moustache latest porne videos to watch.” For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll take the rambling “what is title of the movie where they said like a diamond beyond beyond now appear where a girl entered a kettle because she was turned small and later became big when she was put in a coffin.” Uh, wasn’t that Beaches?

Here’s how our ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Brain Dead (d. Adam Simon); Uncle Meat; Nuit Noire; Grendel Grendel Grendel; Twilight of the Cockroaches; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPLELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/3/2017

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):

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017): Pacifist demon hunter Xuan Zang continues his journey to India begun in the original Journey to the West, facing new demons. This second installment of the  original international hit sees taking over the directorial reins. Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back Facebook page (mostly in Chinese).

The Lure (2015): Read Alex Kittle’s screening note. Janus Films distributes this long-awaited release of the Polish mermaid horror musical, which means that a future Criterion Collection release is likely. The Lure at Janus FiIms.

SCREENINGS – (Manhattan, NY, IFC Center, Fri., Feb. 3-Sun, Feb. 5):

Brazil (1985): Read the Certified Weird entry.  IFC Center continues to keep the midnight movie flame burning with Terry Gilliam‘s dystopian black comedy about a bureaucratic mix-up that has devastating consequences for a poor dreamer. Also playing all week: 2001: A Space Odyssey (as their Stanley Kubrick series comes to a close) and The Lure (see above). Brazil at IFC Center.

SCREENINGS – (Brooklyn, NY, Spectacle Theater, Fri., Feb. 3):

Daughters of Darkness (1971): ‘s weird, arty foray into lesbian vampire territory has Countess Bathory toying with a honeymooning couple at a nearly deserted inn. Part of a tribute to . Daughters of Darkness at Spectacle.

NEW ON DVD:

At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1964): Read our capsule review. The first of unique movies starring the repulsive “Coffin Joe” is his best… but not his weirdest.Includes a new scene (shot in 2002!) and an old Marins short. Buy At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul

“The Coffin Joe Trilogy”: Set includes At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1964), This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967), and Embodiment of Evil (2008), plus all the special features found on the individual discs. From Synapse Films. Buy “The Coffin Joe Trilogy”.

This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse (1967): Marins’ second Coffin Joe feature is notable for its vision of a Hell as a Technicolor perdition full of beautiful nude women. Buy This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Lair of the White Worm (1988): Read the Certified Weird entry! Vestron Video releases Ken Russell‘s nutty Gothic horror in a nice “Collector’s Series” edition, with two commentary tracks (one from the late Russell, rescued from a previous release) and other goodies. Buy The Lair of the White Worm [Blu-ray].

Parents (1989): A boy living in 1950s suburban America suspects his parents are cannibals. This black comedy has been sitting in our reader-suggested review queue for a while now; it may be time to get around to it. Buy Parents [Blu-ray].

PODCASTS:

“Robot Monster Lives!”: Phil Hall’s “Online Movie Show” podcast brings us the behind-the-scenes true story of the Certified Weird Robot Monster and its diving-helmeted, gorilla-suited Ro-Man. Anders Runestad, author “I Cannot, Yet I Must” is the guest expert. Episode drops on February 6. “The Online Movie Show” at Soundcloud.

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 1/27/2017

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.

SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, Fri., Jan 27):

Belladonna of Sadness (1973): Read the Certified Weird entry! Seeing as how the ‘Family had a big role in rediscovering this psychedelic rape revenge musical anime, screenings have become a semi-regular thing there. Belladonna of Sadness at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Planeta, New York City, Sun., Jan 29):

Gutboy: A Badtime Story (2015): A flayed puppet fights the Man. All-marionette. This film proudly advertises itself as “the weirdest movie in the world,” which has obviously scared away distributors thus far. Check out this rare screening if you’re in the New York area. Gutboy at Planeta Facebook event page and Gutboy official site.

NEW ON DVD:

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”: The title character investigates the murder of a millionaire and meets lots of strange characters in this comedy mystery series. The BBC America television show is based (far too loosely, according to fans) on the Douglas (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Adams books. Buy “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”.

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976): Read Alice Stoehr’s List Candidate review! This welcome, newly restored re-release contains a Blu-ray, DVD, and a disc of special features, including new interviews with the surviving crew, and may give us an excuse to revisit this old / favorite. Buy The Man Who Fell to Earth [40th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo].

The Vessel (2016): On a remote island, a man survives a drowning that should have killed him and creates a monument to the schoolchildren who lost their lives in a tsunami. This enigmatic parable, the writing/directing debut of Julio Quintana, was executive produced by and has been described as “dreamlike” more than once. Buy The Vessel.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”: See description in DVD above. Buy “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” [Blu-ray].

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976): See description in DVD above. Buy The Man Who Fell to Earth [40th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo].

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

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.

STAFF PICKS AND THE FINAL 100

Those of you who are good at math may realize that, with the publication of our 266th Certified Weird review last week, we have exactly one hundred movies left to enshrine on the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies ever made.

We’re not going to make too big a deal over this landmark, because at our current rate of one Certified Weird review per week, that still leaves about two years of work left. There is one small announcement I’d like to make, however. Since the beginning of the project I (G. Smalley) have personally approved every single movie that goes on the List. As a small nod to the excellent taste and wide-ranging knowledge of our hard-working contributors, which often exceeds my own, I’ve decided to allow each of them to add one personally significant movie to the List—a movie they believe belongs on any sane list of insane movies, but are afraid I might pass over if left to my own devices. I’ll designate these as “Staff Picks,” and when their turn comes up I’ll link back to this post so you’ll know what the hell I’m talking about. This will also serve as a place you can see everyone’s personalized recommendations, so I’ll be updating this post over the next two years.

Without further ado, here are the Staff Picks, in chronological order of their addition to the List:

Alfred Eaker Female Trouble (1974)

Pete TrbovichNothing But Trouble (1991)