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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/20/2017

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):

Doobious Sources (2017): Two stoner freelance reporters are manipulated into perpetrating a local “fake news” story in this cannabis-themed satire. It appears to be playing in Santa Monica, but you’ll probably need to smoke it out on video-on-demand. Doobious Sources official site.

Staying Vertical (2016): A filmmaker meets a shepherdess, who bears him a child and then abandons both. It sounds like a standard dry French arthouse drama, except that Vanity Fair called it “the most shocking movie at Cannes” (partly for it’s “birth of a baby” footage) and numerous reviewers hint at weird psychological twists no one wants to fully reveal. Staying Vertical distributor site.

SCREENINGS – (IFC Center, New York, New York, Jan. 20-Feb. 2):

“Stanley Kubrick Series”: IFC Center screens all the major highlights from ‘s oeuvre over a two week period. Certified Weird selection 2001: A Space Odyssey plays Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday; droogs can glue their eyeballs to A Clockwork Orange on Friday, Saturday (including midnight screenings) or Sunday. You can also see The Shining on Friday, Saturday, or Monday, and keep an eye out for Eyes Wide Shut on Thursday. I’ve never regretted seeing any Kubrick film, weird or not. See the full schedule at the IFC Center Stanley Kubrick series page.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT, Jan 19-29):

The 2017 movie season officially kicks off with Sundance, where a hundred hopeful independent movies, including a few off-the-wall ones, come to vie for a handful of distribution contracts. In recent years Sundance added the “Midnight” screening section to add some weirdness to the otherwise lame, tame lineup of dramas about privileged white people and their problems (alternating with imported dramas about underprivileged brown people and their problems).

This year, the slate looks extremely tame, even for a festival that’s generally no friend to weirdos. Everyone is so serious and Al Gore-y. A harbinger of life in Trump’s America, perhaps? That said, last year we did overlook one of the weirdest movies that played at Sundance, the “Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie” (at the time, we thought it sounded like a dumb frat-boy joke; it wasn’t until early reviews started coming out we realized what we had failed to highlight). If we miss one this time, we’re guessing it will be David Lowery’s A Ghost Story (which looks like it stars Casey Affleck in a sheet). But we’re guessing Sundance’s lone weird entry of 2017—and yeah, we’re confident in this one’s strangeness—is Kuso, which looks like a psychedelic cable access variety show set in the aftermath of an L.A. earthquake. It’s the feature debut of Steven Ellison (whose alter ego is the musician “Flying Lotus”). It debuts tomorrow (Jan. 21) and plays again on the 22nd, 25th and 26th.

Sundance Film Festival official site.

FILM FESTIVALS – Slamdance (Park City, UT, Jan 20-26):

Slamdance is Sundance’s punkier, sometimes (usually) weirder little brother, a low-budget alternative to the mid-budget institution. Here’s what may be worth looking out for down the road:

  • Automatic at Sea – A Swedish girl is trapped on a private island, hallucinating while waiting for the owner’s guests to arrive for a party. Screens Jan. 23 & 25.
  • Dave Made a Maze – Dave builds a pillow fort in his living room and then gets lost inside its maze of booby trapped corridors; his girlfriend assembles a team to go in and rescue him. Get lost in it Jan. 21st or 23rd.
  • Weather House – People locked inside a house due to global climate change invent their own rituals and culture to pass the time; looks like a German global warming version of Dogtooth. In the house Jan. 22nd and 26th.

Slamdance Film Festival official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Crowdfunding):

The Field Guide to Evil (est. 201?): A new anthology horror film from the makers of The ABCs of Evil, focusing on folktales from around the world. It could be standard horror fare, but the oft-weird directors committed to the project make us take notice, especially (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy), (The Lure), and (The Oregonian, The Rambler). The other talent isn’t too shabby either: up and comers Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy), Katrin Gebbe,  (Baskin), Ashim Ahluwalia, and Yannis Veslemes. Each will dramatize a horrific folk story from their homeland (except that Strickland will tackle Hungary). We don’t think funding will be an issue with this one, but their looking to raise at least an additional $190,000 in two months. The Field Guide to Evil at Microventures.

NEW ON DVD:

Death Race 2050 (2017): Straight-to-video (and video-on-demand, and Netflix) reboot of the satirical 1975 drive-in original about celebrity drivers running down civilians in the overpopulated future. It does not seem to be significantly different in tone from the campy original, and  was confident enough to lend his name. Buy Death Race 2050.

Something Wild (1961): Carrol Baker stars in this then-controversial portrait of a rape victim’s psychological trauma, with a score by Aaron Copeland. Some find it weird; it’s the second film called Something Wild in the Criterion Collection’s catalog (the other being ‘s 1986 romantic comedy). Buy Something Wild.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Death Race 2050 (2017): See description in DVD above. Buy Death Race 2050 Blu-ray.

Something Wild (1961): See description in DVD above. Buy Something Wild [Blu-ray].

YOU LINK US! YOU REALLY LINK US!:

We got a huge boost in traffic this week, starting with this mention by JHarris on Metafilter which called us “a substantial tribute to celluloid oddities and unconventionals, loaded with interesting essays and outside links.”

That was pretty sweet, but apparently Rob Beschizza at BoingBoing saw it and thought he could drive even more traffic our way with a blurb titled “Guide to Weird Movies” (citing our Blue Velvet review, which shows that he really did read more than the front page).

Not to be outdone, Randall Colburn at The AV Club advised that site’s readers to “Move beyond ‘bad’ movies with this encyclopedia of weird ones” and perceptively surmised that “Budding cinephiles might find it a refreshing alternative to the classics that permeate every other ‘best of’ list. Honestly, you’ll probably get a more well-rounded education; the movies here run the gamut from high-brow to exploitation, with multiple genres, styles, and decades represented.”

Thanks for the kind words everyone! This traffic spike explains why our already over-busy suggestion box is overrun with even more offerings than usual. We hope that some of the new visitors will stick around; you may notice that we’re starting to make that final push towards the last 100 titles, and we’ll need all the help and support we can get to struggle through to the finish line.

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 1/13/2017

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):

Ma (2015): Dialogue-free, Southwestern set version of the story of Mary (mother of Jesus). Debuting writer/director Celia Rowlson-Hall describes it as “a journey into the visceral and the surreal…” Screening in major U.S. cities.  Ma official site.

We Are the Flesh [Tenemos la Carne] (2016): In a post-apocalyptic world, a brother and sister find shelter with a hermit who is indulging his own depraved fantasies. It’s already in our reader-suggested review queue, with coverage planned for next week. The Mexican arthouse horror opens in Los Angeles this week and New York the following week, with scattered showings across the country throughout the late winter. We Are the Flesh official Facebook page.

NEW ON DVD:

Closet Monster (2015): A closeted gay teenager and aspiring special effects artist must face his coming out anxieties with the help of a talking hamster voiced by . Glen Dunks called it “[c]olourfully designed and with more than a hint of weirdness.” Buy Closet Monster.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Closet Monster (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Closet Monster [Blu-ray].

The Triplets of Belleville (2003): Read the Certified Weird entry! The good news is that his animated tale of an old woman and her dog seeking the assistance of three retired singers to save her grandson from the mob is finally on Blu-ray; the bad news is Sony Classics gives it a disrespectful bare bones BD-R release. Buy The Triplets of Belleville Blu-ray.

NEW ON VOD:

In Search of the Exile (2016): An abstract experimental film described as “a visionary cinematic experience, a doorway into a dreamworld where reality morphs and transforms before our eyes.” Three of the releases featured in this section this week are from and of the UK’s Underground Film Studio; none of them have otherwise received U.S. releases. In Search of the Exile on Vimeo.

Replica (2005): Before Birdemic, honed his directorial skills with this never-released medical thriller about a man getting a kidney transplant. This curiosity is being offered “unriffed” to the most self-loathing cinema masochists by Rifftrax (you might want to wait for the version with comic commentary, due out in early February). Replica (unriffed) at Rifftrax.

Savage Witches (2012): A low-budget, experimental homage to the Czech classic Daisies. Per our own El Rob Hubbard, it’s “an aesthetic attack on the audience’s expectations of film as entertainment.” Savage Witches on Vimeo.

Splendor Solis (2015): Daniel Fawcett directs this one, a collection of his own transformed home movies presented in split screen, solo. El Rob describes it as “a tone-poem celebration of cinema, creativity, play, collaboration, friendship and all of the splendors under the sun.” Splendor Solis 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 1/6/2017

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

Most of the film industry is still in winter hibernation, preparing to emerge just before Sundance and the Oscars. Here’s a few items for this week:

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Jan 6-7):

Mulholland Dr. (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! David Lynch‘s most popular psychological mystery has become a midnight staple at IFC Center, along with the classically hallucinatory duet of El Topo and The Holy Mountain. We can’t fault these, but we are starting to wish IFC would mix up their midnight slate with some deeper-catalog choices; if they keep showing the same two or three movies, it will be only a little different than showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show every week. Mulholland Dr. at IFC Center.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Fundraising):

Bo Nan Za (est. 2018): Two stories, one set in the old West and one in a modern city, with characters who may be the same people in different times. The promotional material describes it both as “vaguely surreal” and as “a multi-narrative film inspired by the solemn poetics and the allusional traditions of westerns on the one hand, and by the empathic spirit of docu-fiction on the other…” Made by Bulgarian short film veterans, the cinematography in the El Topo-ish clip below suggests a high level of competence. They’re looking to raise a little less than $50,000 in a month. Bo Nan Za at indiegogo.


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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/30/2106

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

This is the week the film world goes into post-Christmas hibernation: no new releases, repertory theaters are shuttered for renovations, even the key grips take the week off to stay home with the kids. There’s almost nothing going on, but they did sneak out one DVD release this week…

NEW ON DVD:

The Beast and the Vixens [AKA The Beauties and the Beast] (1974): A softcore porn Bigfoot film, with the Sasquatch abducting busty ladies for his harem. La Bête it’s not, but it is one of those “they really used to show movies like this in actual theaters?” experiences. Buy The Beast and the Vixens.

That’s it! We should have more for you next week.

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 12/23/2016

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 – (New York City, IFC Center, Dec. 23-24):

El Topo (1970) and Mulholland Dr. (2001): Read the Certified Weird entries for El Topo and Mulholland Drive. The IFC Center continues its quest to make sure every New Yorker sees the major weird works of  and Lynch. Midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s more fun than Midnight Mass! IFC Center’s Late Night Favorites series.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Dec. 25-28):

Belladonna of Sadness (1973): Read the Certified Weird entry! What says Christmas more than an explicit psychedelic Japanese rape-revenge witchcraft anime with an acid rock soundtrack? Belladonna of Sadness at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dec. 25):

After Hours (1985): Read the reader recommendation and the other reader recommendation. If you are on the wrong coast to catch The Belladonna of Sadness on Christmas Day, maybe you can see ‘s absurd black comedy about a nightmarish night in NYC? Also playing at Lincoln Center in an eclectic week: Eyes Wide Shut (also on Christmas day), The Werckmeister Hamonies (Dec. 26), Russian Ark (Dec. 27 and 29), and the Certified Weird Altered States (Dec. 30). Film Society of Lincoln Center December calendar.

IN DEVELOPMENT (completed):

A Cure for Wellness (Feb. 2017): A young executive goes to a cult-like remote wellness center to retrieve his company’s CEO. Looks a little like Safe meets Shutter Island. From , who’s had a checkered career (Rango and The Ring are plusses, but then there’s the Pirates of the Caribbean series and The Lone Ranger dragging his average way down). Psychological thrillers backed by big Hollywood are rarely authentically weird, but we’ll probably take a flyer in February. A Cure for Wellness official site.


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 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.

CONTEST: WIN A COPY OF “COUNTER-CLOCKWISE” (2016)

366 Weird Movies brings you a new DVD giveaway contest, just in time for Christmas! (Warning: we’re at the mercy of the USPS, so the prize may arrive after Christmas).

We’re still testing out uses for our Twitter account, so we’re going to make this a simple Twitter-based contest. To enter, just tweet to @366weirdmovies clearly indicating your desire to enter the contest (you could say, for example, “I clearly desire to enter @366weirdmovies contest” or “this is my contest entry, @weirdmovies” or even “stuff my stocking, @weirdmovies”). We’ll index the responses and pick a winner randomly using random.org. To receive the DVDs, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States (don’t tweet it publicly, we’ll pm you!) and not have won a prize from us in the past six months. We’ll be closing the contest Thursday, Dec. 15 and mailing by Saturday (pending receipt of your address), so the prize should get there by Xmas day.

Our prize is once again provided by  Artsploitation Films (distributors of the Certified Weird Der Samurai). This is a factory-sealed DVDs, not a used review copy. The movie is Counter Clockwise, a brand new (DVD releases December 13) 2016 American indie time-travel thriller. From the box cover:

Counter Clockwise (2016) DVD cover“Part mind-bending science-fiction and part dark comedy, COUNTER CLOCKWISE delivers a thriller about a befuddled scientist who stumbles into inventing a time machine and recklessly zaps himself six months into the future. But in that future, he is a wanted man and an accused murderer. He tries to return to the point right before everything went wrong. An inventive, head-scratching, fast-paced American Indie time-traveling gem.”

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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/9/2016

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):

Nocturnal Animals (2016): writes a brutally violent novel that wife suspects may be a wish-fulfillment fantasy. We’re skeptical, but Calvin Wilson’s hateful review for the St. Louis Dispatch suggests it has promise: “a bad cult film in the making… a tiresomely weird drama that’s pitched somewhere between the cinematic realms of directors David Lynch… and David Cronenberg…” Nocturnal Animals official site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

The Brand New Testament (2015): s followup to 2009’s Certified Weird Mr. Nobody is a comedy about God’s bratty daughter leaking the death dates of all of humanity. Thought this would never arrive on these shores, but it was worth the wait just for the first line of the official synopsis: “God exists, and He’s a jerk.” The Brand New Testament official site.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, 12/9):

House [Hausu] (1977): Read the Certified Weird entry! Japan’s pop-haunted house madness makes for a perfect midnight feature this Friday or Saturday night. Or, if you prefer, you could take in Lost Highway or Mulholland Drive, both screening around the witching hour. Also, new release The Brand New Testament (see description in Limited Release above) is playing all week. Get out to the theaters now, before they go to a 24-hour It’s a Wonderful Life format! House at IFC Center.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, Lincoln Center, 12/9-12, 14-15):

“Life Is a Dream: The Films of Raoul Ruiz”: The Film Center at Lincoln Center continues their two week series on the movies of Chilean Surrealist Rauol Ruiz. Here’s a compact schedule: Mysteries of Lisbon (Dec. 9th & 11th), The Territory (9th), The State of Things (9th), Bérénice (10th & 14th), The Golden Boat (10th & 14th), Geneaologies of a Crime (10th & 13th), La Recta Provinca (11th & 14th), Three Crowns of the Sailor (13th, 15th), The Suspended Vocation, and The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Dec. 15th only). “Life Is a Dream: The Films of Raoul Ruiz” at Lincoln Center.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, Spectacle Theater, 12/10):

Mondo Weirdo (1990): Just your average hardcore sex vampire punk musical. A lost German underground obscenity screening in celeberation of distributor Cult Epics’ 25th anniversary; DVD/Blu-ray expected in 2017. Mondo Weirdo at Spectacle Theater.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

Coin coin les z’inhumains (2018?): A sequel to the French television balack comedy/mystery Lil’ Quininquin is officially planned. No word on the plot, or whether the miniseries’ unsolved mysteries will be resolved; writer/director has to finish a rock musical based on the life of Joan of Arc first. French speakers may figure out something from this link.

IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):

Journey to the West: Demon Chapter (2017): Pacifist demon hunter Xuan Zang continues his journey to India begun in the original Journey to the West, facing new demons. Still reclining on the bed of yuan he made from The Mermaid, steps out of the director’s chair to produce, leaving the helming duties in the hands of equally competent (it’s the first auterial collaboration between these two Hong Kong titans). Pre-sold internationally, so there will be no long wait to see this one. China.org has more info and the teaser.

NEW ON DVD:

Heart of a Dog (2015): Avant-garde musician Laurie Anderson’s first feature film is an experimental film essay which includes pieces on her dog and the Tibetan Buddhist afterlife. A surprise acquisition and release from the Criterion Collection. Buy Heart of a Dog.

Phantasm: Ravager (2016): The Phantasm series comes to an end in this fifth installment that sees battling the Tall Man (the late Angus Scrimm) across a series of alternate realities. Reviews were all over the place, but Variety called it “the surreal thing.” Buy Phantasm: Ravager.

Phantasm (1979): Read the Certified Weird entry! The extra features look to be recycled from the last release, but the picture has definitely been scrubbed clean and brightened (not sure that’s a good thing, actually, but it’s how the director intended it to be seen). Buy Phantasm (Remastered).

Pulse (2001): See desription in Blu-ray below. Buy Pulse [DVD Blu-ray combo pack].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Exterminating Angel (1962): Guests at a bourgeois dinner party find themselves inexplicably unable to leave the drawing room for weeks on end. The Criterion Collection upgrades its 2009 DVD of ‘s neo-Surrealist masterwork to Blu-ray; review coming soon. Buy The Exterminating Angel [Blu-ray].

Heart of a Dog (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Heart of a Dog [Blu-ray].

Phantasm (1979): See description in DVD above. This release includes a DVD disc as well for only a couple bucks more. Buy Phantasm [Remastered DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].

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

Pulse (2001): Read our capsule review. Arrow Video gives the special edition treatment to ‘s apocalyptic horror; a new transfer, new interviews, mutliple featurettes, etc. Buy Pulse [DVD Blu-ray combo pack].

The Quiet Earth (1985): A man wakes up in a depopulated world and sets out looking for survivors of whatever catastrophe has stuck. Long unavailable in the U.S., its enigmatic ending helped make it ia cult movie in its native New Zealand (and elsewhere); it’s also currently in our reader-suggested review queue. Buy The Quiet Earth [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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/2/2016

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):

Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes) (2015): Young Peruvian slackers into drugs, amateur porn, Internet culture, and conspiracy theories meet online for weird times. If you visit the official site, don’t worry, it won’t actually download a virus to your computer—although if your boss looks over your shoulder they may ask why you’re surfing for furry porn on company time. (Don’t say you weren’t warned). Playing at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, and probably nowhere else. Videophilia official site (NSFW).

SCREENINGS – (New York City, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dec. 2):

The Black Cat (1934): Read the Certified Weird entry! Why, you might ask, is Lincoln Center screening this expressionist showdown between and Satanic architect on December 4? Unexpectedly, it’s part of a huge retrospective on Chilean surrealist director  (who apparently considered this film an influence). Other screenings in the series are Ruiz’s own Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Dec. 3 & 6), Time Regained (2nd & 4th), Three Sad Tigers (2nd & 5th), Lines of Wellington (2nd only), Dialogues of the Exiles (3rd & 5th), City of Pirates (3rd & 7th), Treasure Island (3rd & 7th), The Suspended Vocation (4th & 6th), and Love Torn in a Dream (4th & 7th), with more Ruiz coming in the following week. “Life Is a Dream: The Films of Raoul Ruiz (Part 1)” at Lincoln Center.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Dec. 2-3):

Lost Highway (1997): Read the Certified Weird entry! As reported last week, IFC Center is rotating their unofficial “Midnight Lynch” weekend screenings. In this week: the nearly incomprehensible identity switch drama Lost Highway, taking over Wild at Heart‘s spot. Held over: Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Both screen Friday and Saturday at or around midnight. Lost Highway at IFC Center.

FILM FESTIVALS – A Night of Horror (Sydney, Australia, Nov. 25 – Dec. 4):

OK, so we’re late on this one, which ran approximately contemporaneously with Melbourne’s competing “Monster Fest” on the other side of the continent. Thanks to “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” for pointing out our oversight last week. Since the festival is closing soon, we’ll just point out a couple of titles (already covered elsewhere on the site) for avant-garde Aussies to check out: the underground video montage romantic comedy She’s Allergic to Cats (Dec. 3) and December 4th’s closing night gala The Greasy Strangler (see description in DVD below).

A Night of Horror official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):

Dave Made a Maze (2017): Dave builds a pillow fort in his living room and then gets lost inside its maze of booby trapped corridors; his girlfriend assembles a team to go in and rescue him. Premiering next month/year at Slamdance. Dave Made a Maze official site.

NEW ON DVD:

The Greasy Strangler (2016): Read our festival report. This -esque story of a cranky L.A. based disco tour guide who slathers himself in grease and strangles strangers is guaranteed to be the greasiest (and grossest) movie you’ll see all year! Buy The Greasy Strangler.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Greasy Strangler (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy The Greasy Strangler [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.

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.