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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/9/2017

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):

Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016): It sounds like a starting point for a  movie: 500 silent films are discovered in a vault under a hockey rink in a town near the Arctic Circle. This is more of a straight documentary than the cinematic poems is best known for, but it still promises to uncover amazing oeneric images from the past. Dawson City: Frozen Time distributor’s page.

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IN DEVELOPMENT (Announced):

Annette (201?): ‘s next project will be a musical scored by Sparks (who, you may recall, gifted a memorably scrambled booty song to The Forbidden Room) about a widowed standup comedian and his “gifted” two-year-old daughter. Adam Driver is to star, with the latest news being that Michelle Williams has replaced Rooney Mara as the female lead. Amazon will distribute, so unlike many of Carax’s previous projects that fell apart in development, this will almost certainly see the light of day. Latest news via the A.V. Club.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Post-production):

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (201?): has announced that principal photography on his Quixote project has wrapped up—a mere 17 years after it started. We don’t know how weird the final project will be, but has Gilliam ever played it straight or safe? More at Variety.

NEW ON DVD:

Akira (1988): Read the Certified Weird review! This new steelbook DVD/Blu-ray combo disc from Funimation appears to contain the same features as previous versions of the cyberpunk anime classic, but adds a new 32-page booklet. Buy Akira [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

A Cure for Wellness (2017): Read our list candidate review. Now’s your chance to see if this wanderingly weird psychohorror set at a Gothic wellness retreat has what it takes to make the List. Buy A Cure for Wellness.

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 saw take over the directorial reins, to less critical acclaim. Buy Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Akira (1988): See description in DVD above. Buy Akira [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

A Cure for Wellness (2017): See description in DVD above. Blu-ray sold separately (i.e. this is not a DVD/Blu combo pack, as is increasingly becoming the trend). Buy A Cure for Wellness Blu-ray.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017): See description in DVD above. This release includes a DVD copy as well. Buy Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

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

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/2/2017

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.

NEW RELEASES (EXCLUSIVE STREAMING):

Gutboy: A Badtime Story (2015): We first mentioned this budget curiosity back in January. It’s an all-marionette feature about a flayed puppet who fights the Man, and proudly advertises itself as “the weirdest movie in the world.” After searching for a brave distributor for two years, it’s now available exclusively (for the present time, at least) on studio’s new streaming service Troma Now! (which currently has a limited catalog but a reasonable price point of $4.99/month after free trail, and includes the Certified Weird Tromeo & Juliet ). Gutboy press release.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sydney Film Festival (Sydney, Australia, June 7-18):

Sydney is a minor festival (sorry Australia!), but it gives folks Down Under a chance to catch a few non-commercial features. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of debuts at Sydney, but visitors will get the chance to check out other festivals’ hits, including a handful of marginal interest to us: the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, Casey Affleck covered in a sheet for A Ghost Story, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, the mildly blasphemous homoerotic allegory The Ornithologist, and the erotic Mexican horror The Untamed. They also have a nice set of revivals, highlighted by a newly restored Belle de Jour (see above, also screening June 10) and Desperate Living (you’ll have to wait until June 17 for that one). We did notice one festival-circuit outlier we had previously overlooked that might be of interest to weirdophiles:

  • By the Time It Gets Dark – a filmmaker working on a piece about Thailand’s 1976 military clampdown has elegant -style hallucinations. Screening June 15 & 17.

Sydney Film Festival home page.

NEW ON DVD:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015): Two girls face a mysterious evil while staying at a nearly-empty boarding school during Christmas break. Viewers compared it to in tone. Buy The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

“Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2”:  again collects overlooked movies from world cinema. Most interesting to our readers is Mysterious Object at Noon‘s experimental “exquisite corpse” debut, with Brazil’s avant-garde silent poem Limite a close second. Revenge dramas from the Philippines (Insiang) and Soviet Union (Revenge) along with the Turkish “Western” Law of the Border and Taiwanese drama Taipei Story fill out the well-rounded set. Buy “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015): See description in DVD above. DVD/Blu-ray/”digital copy” combo version. Buy The Blackcoat’s Daughter [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

“Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2”: See description in DVD above. Buy “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2” [DVD/Blu-ray 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 5/26/2017

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.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem (201?): You may have seen the gory, blasphemous Italian short “Fist of Jesus,” which features an ass-kicking savior carving up zombies with a fish skeleton. German distributor Films Boutique just acquired rights to Jerusalem, the planned feature-length version. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for it. Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem article at Variety.

Road of the Dead (201?): ‘s dead are scheduled to return from the grave, although George will only be serving as producer, handing the directing reins over to long-time second unit director Matt Birman. Bizarrely enough, the scenario involves zombie race car drivers, a plot twist that may be strange enough to draw our attention back to the moribund series. More at “Den of Geek”.

NEW ON DVD:

Wolf Guy (1975): Sonny Chiba stars as a kung fu/detective/werewolf in this first-time-outside-Japan release. Arrow Films touts their latest deep-cut discovery as “an unforgettable trip to the heights of Japanese cinematic weirdness.” Buy Wolf Guy [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Wolf Guy (1975): See description above. Only available in combo-pack format. Buy Wolf Guy [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

MISCELLANEOUS (Midnight Movie screening funding):

“Midnight Movies at the Uptown theater”: Here’s a long shot for your dollar, but it’s a good cause. Nathan Reynolds is seeking to bring midnight movies to the Richland, WA area (that’s a few miles west of Walla Walla). As I understand it, he’s already scheduled A Clockwork Orange and Delicatessen for early June, and is looking to defray expenses and bring future films to the area. If you’re out in that area, or just looking to donate a few bucks to a worthy weird movie cause, it would be appreciated. Midnight Movies at the Uptown on You Care.

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.

“WE’VE GOT MOVIE SIGN”: THE FILMS OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, SEASON 11

For better or worse, the snark-meisters at “ are responsible for blowing the dust off a lot of truly unusual motion pictures, exposing these cinematic curiosities to a far greater and (relatively) more mainstream audience than they ever accrued in their unheckled forms. Only the most dedicated and tolerant moviegoers would have even heard of the legendary trainwreck that is Manos: The Hands of Fate had it not been immortalized at the peak of MST3K’s popularity, and a handful of the show’s other targets—Robot Monster, The Beast of Yucca Flats, Horrors of Spider Islandhave also been honored with inclusion on this website’s eponymous list. (The show’s own movie adaptation was not similarly recognized). After ten seasons of plumbing the depths of movie misses, the last new episode was transmitted in 1999, and while audiences have had other sources for high-octane movie riffing (including efforts from the show’s stars), the special combination of comic commentary and curated curiosities provided by the original series has been unavailable.

Still from Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 11

Thanks to one of the biggest Kickstarter campaigns ever undertaken, that void has now been filled. Show creator Joel Hodgson has shepherded the show back onto the small screen (and the very, very small screen, as the show is available for binge-watching courtesy of Netflix), with a new cast of riffers, some higher-grade mad scientists, some even higher-grade cameo appearances, and a few tweaks to the host segment formula. It’s all in service, though, of the same basic low-fi approach to movie-watching: man and robots watch bad movie, man and robots make fun of said movie.

I don’t want to use this space to review the show itself (full disclosure: I’m an acquaintance of the actress who voices Gypsy and two Bonehead assistants in this iteration), except to say that it accomplishes the most critical and challenging task: it feels like Mystery Science Theater 3000. Instead, I’d like to recap the films selected to re-christen the Satellite of Love and consider their place within the canon of Weirdness.

Right out of the gate, the producers hit upon a solid formula: monster movies from other lands. The show’s original run set a high standard for making fun of giant monsters with five Gamera movies on the bill. The new season’s debut, Reptilicus (1961), riffs upon an especially funny logline: a giant lizard attacks Denmark. The notion of a ridiculous monster terrorizing the land of Hans Christian Andersen is so delightfully absurd that it inspires the instant-classic host singspiel, “Every Country Has a Monster.” There is much to enjoy, including poorly assembled rear-projection monster attacks, outstandingly negligent scientists, and interminable “comedy” from Danish clown Dirch Passer. It’s as endearing as you would expect a continental kaiju to be, and a solid hit right out of the box.

Monsters figure large this season, and one of the best is the low-rent Bigfoot at the center of Cry Wilderness (1987). Somehow, the legendary Sasquatch has taken off its gloves (literally) and befriended an obnoxious grade-schooler, and together they romp through a disconnected assembly of attractive California forest locales while befriending a number of wild creatures who should really be left alone. Continue reading “WE’VE GOT MOVIE SIGN”: THE FILMS OF MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000, SEASON 11

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/19/2017

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.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

“366 Weird Movies 2016Yearbok” (Kindle edition): In case you missed the post below here’s our official release announcement for the Kindle version of the 366 Weird Movies Yearbook. Print edition to follow within a couple of weeks.

DVR ALERT (Showtime, May 21, 9:00 PM):

“Twin Peaks” Season 3: You may have heard of this one. More info  at Welcome to Twin Peaks.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Devil’s Domain (2017): A bullied bulimic girl makes a pact with Satan to get revenge on her tormentors. Sounds by-the-numbers, but we mention it based on Noel Murray’s observation that “intentionally or not, the stream-of-consciousness lurching from scene to scene does give ‘Devil’s Domain’ a dreamlike quality.Devil’s Domain official site.

Icaros: A Vision (2016): In the wake of Embrace of the Serpent comes this trippy pseudo-autobiographical film about first worlders traveling to the Amazon to partake in ayahuasca rituals. The co-director died of breast cancer soon after the movie was completed. Icaros: A Vision official site.

Paint it Black (2017): After her boyfriend commits suicide, a grieving woman comes into conflict with the mother who blames her for her son’s death. This highly-praised psychological thriller, reportedly with surreal/experimental bits, is the directing debut of Amber (daughter of ) Tamblyn. Paint It Black official site.

VIDEO-ON-DEMAND EXCLUSIVE RELEASES:

“The Natural World”: A new web-series with an intriguing description: “Derek sits and is shown visions of the natural world as his life unfolds before him. A strange being begins speaking to him. His Family begins to act strangely.” The first episode ( actually more of 3-minute teaser) is out and is free to watch. The first episode (actually more of 3-minute teaser) is out and is free to watch.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FILM FESTIVALS – Cannes Film Festival (and Director’s Fortnight) (Cannes, France, May 17-28):

Cannes is an odd duck. Not known as a “weird-friendly” festival—movies like ‘s Crash and Antichrist have been famously hooted at by Cannes crowds who were having none of that—it aims to flatter the mainstream arthouse crowd with middle-of-the-road dramas (and, rarely, dramadies, so long as they are not too funny to be taken seriously). Cannes programmers revel in the dry, the conventional, and the pompous; Cannes’ juries’ tastes resemble those of Academy Awards voters, but with an even higher premium placed on boringness. Still, one or two movies worth looking at always seem to find their way onto the card. In many years a Cannes debut will end up Certified Weird: three films in the past five years, including, most recently, 2012’s Holy Motors. Movies at Cannes may either be screened “in competition” for the big prize, the Palm D’or; screen out-of-competition; or be entered in the “Un Certain Regard” section (a sort of also-ran competition for films that are either from first time directors, or are considered too daring or different to have a shot at the Palme d’Or). Recently, several major filmmakers have been debuting their films in the parallel festival called Directors’ Fortnight, which runs contemporaneous to Cannes proper but does not hand out awards for individual films.

There are a trio of Asian films here from directors who often interest us‘s monster fable Okja, ‘s Before We Vanish, and ‘s samurai epic Blade of the Immortal—but sadly, none of them look particularly weird. Here’s what we would be checking out if we were there:

  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties – adapts a   story about the perils of picking up an alien; the pedigree suggests this could be good and weird (but maybe not). Screening out of competition on 5/21.
  • Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc ‘s rock opera about young Joan D’Arc should ruffle the usual feathers. Playing at Director’s Fortnight, 5/21.
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer – this is the big weird ticket: ‘ followup to The Lobster (again starring ). Screening in competition. 5/22.
  • “Twin Peaks” – Ironically, a TV series is getting more buzz than any feature film at the festival, as  debuts the rebirth of his (in)famous series here a few days before it goes live. Special screening of the first two episodes on 5/25.

Cannes Film Festival official site (English).

IN DEVELOPMENT (funding):

We R Animals (20??): A black comedy about an underworld of sleazy puppets making exploitative cute animal videos. We first mentioned this one during its original crowdfunding campaign in 2010. Sounds like the script was optioned to someone who decided not to make it, then the creator got the rights back and decided to launch another Kickstarter campaign. They’re at $19,000 of a requested $255,000, with 26 days to go. We R Animals Kickstarter page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (completed):

Mother! (2017): ‘s latest psychological thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence (and who doesn’t want to see J-Law do a Black Swan thing?) They’re keeping a lid on the plot, but released a poster that’s getting some buzz. No official site but check out the Aronofsky Tumblr for the poster and a few rumors.

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 5/12/2017

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

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

FILM FESTIVALS – Chicago Film Critics Film Festival (Chicago, IL, Date):

CFCFF is a minor festival with no significant debuts and a few titles of marginal/questionable weird interest (David Lowery’s A Ghost Story) spotted at other venues. Still, there are two screenings here we’d like to highlight:

Chicago Film Critics Festival home page.

NEW ON DVD:

Brain Damage (1988): Read James Phillips’ review. Arrow takes a typically lavish approach to releasing this bad taste drug abuse horror, with new commentary from director and multiple extra features. Buy Brain Damage [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].

“Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology”: The latest compilation from Flicker Alley focuses on early women filmmakers (1902-1943). To be honest, we’ve never heard of any of them except for , represented by her Certified Weird classic Meshes of the Afternoon. if you don’t own Meshes yet and have an interest in this subject, this release is for you. Buy “Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

“Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism”: Three obscure, experimental, and political Japanese New Wave features from Yoshida: Eros + Massacre (1969), about an anarchist philosopher; Heroic Purgatory (1970) (reputedly the weirdest), in which an engineer recalls his revolutionary youth; and Coup d’Etat (1973), an unconventional biopic of 1930s nationalist Ikki Kita. From “Arrow Academy,” the new arthouse-centered sub-label from Arrow Video. Buy “Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism” [DVD/Blu-ray combo]

Tall Men (2016): A man is haunted by faceless phantoms after he buys a car with a mysterious black credit card. The ad copy describes it as “Holbrookian,” which stands to reason, since it was directed by Jonathan Holbrook. Buy Tall Men.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Brain Damage (1988): See description in DVD above. Buy Brain Damage [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].

“Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology”: See description in DVD above. Buy “Early Women Filmmakers: An International Anthology” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

“Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism”: See description in DVD above. The set contains three Blu-rays and four DVDs. Buy “Kiju Yoshida: Love + Anarchism” [DVD/Blu-ray combo]

Serial Mom (1994): Later effort starring a game Kathleen Turner as the title character. First time on Blu-ray, with all the extras from the 2008 “Collector’s Edition” DVD plus a new three-way interview with Waters, Turner, and co-star . Buy Serial Mom [Blu-ray].

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

CROWDFUNDING: BOOKS:

“Lost Girls: The Cinema of Jean Rollin”: A collection of essays on idiosyncratic artsploitation auteur, best known for his slow and mildly surreal lesbian vampire cycle, all written by women. The project has already met its $12,000 goal and is now into a stretch goal of $16,000—if they reach it they promise to add 40 pages of full color images. Perks include a Rollin-themed board game. Six days left and you can put them over the top. “Lost Girls: the Cinema of Jean Rollin” at Indiegogo.

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 5/5/2017

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.

The summer doldrums are officially here, with no wierd theatrical or home video releases to speak of. Things will pick up a little next week. In the meantime, you’ll have to keep an eye out for screenings near you, and enjoy the new trailer for the restored version of ‘s minimalist sic-fi masterpiece Stalker .

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

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

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

A minor note for long-time readers: for internal reasons, starting next week Alfred Eaker’s Fringe Cinema will be appearing on Mondays instead of Thursdays. Therefore, the week will kick off with the second part of his survey of 1976’s horror and exploitation scene (the first part is here), with a focus on Matt Cimber’s oddball artsploitation effort The Witch Who Came from the Sea. Last week, we leaned heavily on the animation front, and this week we expand on that trend with three cartoon reviews: Giles Edwards takes on the existential 80s kiddie flick Grendel Grendel Grendel, while G. Smalley plans to cover both the new release My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea and the under-the-radar psychedelic 1970s cult cartoon Hugo the Hippo. It’s quite an animated week here at 366 Weird Movies (yeah, we’re drawn to terrible obvious puns).

It seems the summer traffic lull is upon us early, meaning fewer strange search terms for us to highlight in our weekly survey of the Weirdest Search Terms of the Week. What about “babe,bimbo tube- free porn videos”—you’re looking for tube-free porn, dude? (Yeah, we’re stretching here, but there really aren’t enough decent candidates to fill out a list this week). Or maybe “hard spelt movie list” (we assume they’re looking for hard-to-spell movies, which seem like the last type of movies bad spellers should be looking for). Fortunately, we can take the always-available low road for our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week and go with “fat porn sax khartoum american move animal.” Good thing the searcher threw the capital of Sudan into that random mess of nouns, or it would have been just disgusting.

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands: Grendel Grendel Grendel (next week!); Hugo the Hippo (next week!); Daughter of Horror [AKA Dementia]; Beauty and the Beast Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/28/2017

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):

Buster’s Mal Heart (2016): Buster has two (or maybe more) personalities, literally existing in two separate bodies: one a family man, the other a bearded hermit. This crime-mindbender earned mixed reviews. Buster’s Mal Heart official site.

A Dark Song (2016): A woman with ambiguous motives seeks the help of a dubious warlock to enact an occult ritual. Good reviews, but questionable weirdness. A Dark Song official site.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

NEW ON DVD:

Catfight (2016): Two middle-aged women (Sandra Oh and Anne Heche) renew a decades-old grudge with a fistfight that gets out of hand. The fight scenes are reputedly brutal, and the Amazon reviews are littered with words like “odd,” “crazy,” “weird”… and “terrible” (admittedly, all of the reviewers probably came in with very mainstream expectations). Buy Catfight.

Tampopo (1985): A mysterious stranger helps a failing ramen shop owner conquer the local market in this “noodle western.” Offbeat satire with a few bizarre touches, this new Criterion Collection release ranks as a cult movie among Japanese arthouse devotees, and is in our reader-suggested review queue. Buy Tampopo.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

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

Tampopo (1985): See description in DVD above. Buy Tampopo [Blu-ray].

MISCELLANEOUS (Summer Camps):

“Camp John Waters”: In one of the stranger promotions we’ve heard of, 70-year old bad boy is hosting a summer camp. Featured activities include watching Waters’ one-man show, Hairspray karaoke, “Bloody Mary Bingo,” a Waters movie marathon, and that old camp standby, Scotch and cigars. Now for the bad news: it’s sold out. Before we could even report on it. Maybe Waters will add additional dates, considering how quickly this one filled up? Regardless, you can see the official announcement at Club Getaway.

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

Next week should please animation fans as we check out a couple of hand-drawn features: Pete Trbovich gives as the skinny on the 1977 kid’s oddity Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure, while G. Smalley checks out a more modern and self-aware work with Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie for Theaters. We almost went with an all-animated week (in fact we’ll have one or two more cartoon reviews next week), but instead Alfred Eaker breaks it up with a pair of live-action articles: he takes the first part of a two-part look at 1976’s horror and exploitation offerings (focusing on Carrie and The Omen), and also skips ahead a year for a second look at 1977’s trash opus Desperate Living.

Lots of strange search terms to discuss for our weekly survey of the weirdest search terms that brought visitors to the site. First off, we saw a recurrence of an old weird search, “we ied about in the wa”—three times, in fact. We still have no idea what info the searcher is seeking. Skipping over some of the grosser porn searches in favor of the incomprehensible ones, we’ll mention “fly snopys porno” (Google suggests they meant to search for “fly Snopes porno,” which still baffles us).  “thought the girl was a transvestite tube” is actually decipherable (once you figure out that a number of searchers believe “tube” is a synonym for “movie”), but it’s inelegant phrasing nonetheless renders it pretty damn weird. For our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week, we’ll go with “nude ecstasy antagony biqle.” (It’s a bit of an in-joke, because “Ecstasy and Antagony” is the former name of Tim Brayton’s excellent movie review site, now Alternate Ending, which of course has no salacious content to speak of. “Biqle” seems to be a Russian porn search engine. Clearly the searcher is deeply confused).

Here’s how our ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue stands:Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure (next week!); Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters (next week!); Grendel Grendel Grendel; Daughter of Horror [AKA Dementia]; Beauty and the Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE