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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/24/2017

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

SCREENINGS – (New York City, IFC Center, Fri, Mar. 24-Apr. 6):

“The Films of David Lynch”: IFC dips into their closet for a Lychstravanganza! Every one of Lynch’s feature films (and many shorts) are featured during this mini-festival; check following link for showtimes. The Films of David Lynch.

SCREENINGS – (Copenhagen, DEN., Cinamateket, Fri, Mar. 25):

Pink Flamingos (1972): Read the Certified Weird entry! We rarely highlight European one-off events, but this was a weird lineup we couldn’t pass up. ‘ trash classic about the filthiest people in the world will be sandwiched in between screenings of screen tests and ‘s repulsive Pig. That’s one filthy lineup for perverted Danes! Andy Warhol: Screen Tests + Pink Flamingos + PIG.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, The Vista, Thurs., Mar 30):

Donnie Darko (2001): Read the Certified Weird Entry! will be in person, and if he’s answering questions from obsessed fans who’ve come up with their own pet theories about the plot, we feel for him. Sponsored by Cinefamily,this is the first stop in a series of screenings of this restored Certified Weird classic. Donnie Darko restored.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

“Spring Breakers” digital series: A startup digital platform called Blackpills has purchased the rights to release a series based on the hedonistic satire Spring Breakers in “an unconventional digital format.” will not be involved, nor, we suspect, will any of the original cast. No details beyond those, but you can read up on it at Screen Daily.

NEW ON DVD:

Evolution (2015): described it as “subtle sci-fi mystery about an island of pale-faced women who have found a way to propagate without men” while warning it “definitely isn’t for everyone.” ’s long-gestating third feature finally arrives in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. Buy Evolution [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

Multiple Maniacs (1970): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. The Criterion Collection presenting a film is like the Academy Awards nominating a movie; the onetime scabrous provocateur has survived long enough to become part of the establishment. Buy Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection].

Other Madnesses (2015): A NYC tour guide definitely NOT named Travis Bickle turns vigilante after a series of nightmares about an abducted girl. One of the only existing reviews, from The Hollywood Reporter, is generally positive and mentions the “surreal-leaning screenplay.” Buy Other Madnesses [DVD-R].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Evolution (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Evolution [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

Multiple Maniacs (1970): See description in DVD above. The Blu contains the same extra features as the DVD, including a Waters commentary and interviews with surviving Dreamlanders. Buy Multiple Maniacs [Criterion Collection Blu-ray].

Other Madnesses (2015): See description in DVD above. Be aware that these discs come on the cheaper burn-to-order DVD-R and BD-R formats, which are supported by most but not all players—do your homework. Buy Other Madnesses [BD-R].

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 3/17/2017

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

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Sat., Mar. 18):

Orpheus (1950): Read the Certified Weird entry! Director Adam Curtis hosts this screening of ‘s poetic Surrealist rendering of the Greek underworld myth. Orpheus at Cinefamily.

FILM FESTIVALS – Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, MI, Mar. 21-26):

Ann Arbor is the destination of choice for experimental filmmakers whose work is too academic, obscure and/or weird to screen at mainstream film festivals. As usual, we recognize almost none of the featured titles (almost all of them are shorts). One exception is the March 22 screening of the silent Japanese avant-garde classic A Page of Madness, about a man who takes a job as janitor at an insane asylum to be near his committed wife. It screens with a live score played by “Little Bang Theory” on toy and handmade instruments. We’re sure some of the shorts are worthwhile, but some adventurous Michigander will have to check them out for us and tell us what’s worth tracking down.

Ann Arbor Film Festival official site.

NEW ON DVD:

The Love Witch (2016): A California witch who casts magic spells to seek out her true love finds that her lovers keep dying in this tribute to 1960’s Technicolor spectacles. Samantha Robinson was the surprise winner of the 2016’s Weirdest Actress for her enchanting performance in the title role. Buy The Love Witch.

The Lovers on the Bridge (1991): Read our capsule review. This early “amor fou” romance has a few weird moments and lots of fans. Buy The Lovers on the Bridge.

Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vamyros Sexos (1988): Two rarities from Austrian underground filmmaker Carl Andersen: Mondo Weirdo is like “Alice in Menstruationland,” while Vampyros Sexos [AKA I Was a Teenage Zabbadoing] is a hardcore vampire punk musical. Director/Cult Epics distributor Nico B. named these two of his top 10 weirdest movies of all time. Buy Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vampyros Sexos (1988) [Blu-ray/DVD combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Ghost in the Shell (1995): Read our capsule review. Anchor Bay re-releases this classic philosophical anime on Blu to capitalize on the upcoming live-action remake; they just put out (widely criticized) versions in 2015 and 2016, but this is an “o-ring” (??) release. Buy Ghost in the Shell [Blu-ray].

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

The Lovers on the Bridge (1991): See description in DVD above. Kino Lober throws in a featurette and a booklet essay (the same features are on the DVD). Buy The Lovers on the Bridge [Blu-ray].

Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vamyros Sexos (1988): See description in DVD above. The pack includes a DVD/Blu-ray and the punk soundtrack CD. Buy Mondo Weirdo (1990)/Vampyros Sexos (1988) [Blu-ray/DVD combo].

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 3/10/2017

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):

Raw (2016): After a hazing prank, a vegetarian at veterinary school develops a taste for meat. It sounds more transgressive/disturbing than weird, but the red-blooded segment of our readership will crave a taste of this. Raw official site.

SCREENINGS – (New York City, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Mar. 10-16):

Who’s Crazy? (1966): Insane asylum inmates escape and set up camp at an abandoned farmhouse. This nearly-lost avant-garde Belgian feature film sounds a bit like Even Dwarfs Started Small without the little-people gimmick, but with a dissonant free-jazz score by Ornette Coleman. Sponsored by Kino-Lorber, so a home video release seems likely. Who’s Crazy? at Lincoln Center.

FILM FESTIVALS – South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) (Austin, TX, Mar. 10-19):

If you can’t get your indie film into Sundance, the massive SXSW festival in Austin, Texas is your next best bet. With the continued mainstreaming of Sundance, and the increasingly homogenized “indie” product spotlighted there, if your movie’s a bit on the weirder side, SWSX may even be a better fit. There are a few repeats from other festivals, like the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life.There are also a ton of Virtual Reality installations, which are becoming more and more of a “thing” at film festivals, but… no matter how strange or psychedelic they promise to be, we’re not covering them… we already have enough on our plates right now. Here are some of this year’s weirder movie offerings:

  • “American Gods” – Sneak-peek of the premiere episode of a TV series about an ex-con who gets caught up in the struggle between the Old and New Gods. This adaptation of a novel screens Mar. 11.
  • The Disaster Artist – a fictional account of the making of the notorious disaster The Room, starring James Franco as . “In-progress” screening Mar. 12. To refresh your memory, the original Room screens Mar. 10.
  • Meatball Machine Kodoku – Looks like a straightforward remake of 2005’s Meatball Machine, directed by . Mar. 11, 12 & 16.
  • The Relationtrip – Comedy about two young people who refuse to commit to adult relationships but go on a trip together that turns “really, really weird.” Screen Mar. 11, 13 & 15.
  • Sylvio – The story of a small-town gorilla stuck in a debt collection job, who dreams of starting a puppet show. Mar 11, 13, & 15.

SxSW official site.

NEW ON DVD:

The Brand New Testament (2015): Read our review. God is a jerk, is in love with a gorilla, and all is weird in the world. Buy The Brand New Testament.

Notfilm (2015): A documentary about the making of Film (see description in Blu-ray below) which, at 130 minutes, is almost six times the length of its subject. Includes outtakes from Film and lots of archival extras that didn’t make it into the documentary proper. Buy Notfilm.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Aria (1987): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. Ten directors—including Certified Weird laureates , , Nicolas Roeg and Ken Russell—direct a favorite opera aria, music-video style, now upgraded to Blu-ray. Buy Aria [Blu-ray].

The Brand New Testament (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy The Brand New Testament [Blu-ray].

Film (1965): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. Absurdist playwright ‘s only experiment in film, made with, of all people, silent clown . Buy Film [Blu-ray].

Notfilm (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Notfilm [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 3/3/017

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.

FILM FESTIVALS – MidWest Weird Fest (Eu Claire, Wisc., Mar. 3-5):

A relatively new, small three-day offering that’s an offshoot of a sister festival in Australia. We can’t vouch for everything here—a lot of it looks like the usual low-budget sci-fi/horror tide desperately searching for an audience—but there are a couple of films we can recommend as weird.

  • Atmo HorroX – Read our festival review; an indescribable dialogue-free microbudget horror (?) worthy of the tag “” Screens Sun, Mar 5.
  • Bad Black – Tongue-in-cheek Ugandan action/comedy made for about $200. Also Mar. 5.

Midwest Weirdfest official site.

NEW ON DVD:

A*P*E* (1976): A 36-foot tall ape (despite the title, it’s not an a*p*e*) falls in love with a blonde actress and destroys Seoul. This King Kong ripoff, rushed out to try to exploit interest in Dino DeLaurentiis’ 1976 Kong movie (which turned out to be a flop itself), often shows up on “worst of all times lists,” and famously includes a shot of the giant monkey giving the audience the finger. Buy A*P*E*.

Doctor Strange (2016): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. This “psychedelic” superhero movie is kinda, sorta weird for a Disney-backed blockbuster, if you squint real hard. Buy Doctor Strange.

We Are the Flesh (2016): Read the List Candidate review! Arrow Films gives this ultra-perverse, early weirdest movie of 2017 contender the deluxe treatment, with multiple interviews and two of the director’s short films included in the package. Buy We Are the Flesh

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

A*P*E* (1976): See description in DVD above. Will play in 3D, if your player can handle it. Buy A*P*E* [Blu-ray]

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

We Are the Flesh (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy We Are the Flesh [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.

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!