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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/14/2017

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):

My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea (2016): A crudely animated story that literally describes the disaster of its title. We’re a little surprised to see this offbeat, moderate festival hit picked up for distribution, by GKIDS, no less. My Entire High School Is Sinking Into the Sea official site.

NEW ON VIDEO ON DEMAND:

Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time (2017): Sci-fi adventure spoof about a super secret agent fighting a time-traveling mad scientist and an army of goblin puppets. This microbudgeted triumph of persistence was ten years in the making (!), and Major Winchester (David Odgen Stiers) and Chekov (Walter Keonig) lent their talents along the way. Check it out exclusively on-demand. Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time official site.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

We’re changing the way we’re compiling this section (formerly called just “Screenings”). Simply noting the venues with minimal commentary will allow us to list more screenings across the country (and the world). If you know of an upcoming screening of a Certified Weird film, please drop us a line or mention it in the comments section of this post.

IN DEVELOPMENT (IN PRODUCTION):

Insects (est. 2017) – Legendary animator and Czech Surrealist , now 83 years old, has announced that Insects will be his last movie before a well-deserved retirement. The news here is that this week he released some notes from his production diary. No bombshells here, but fascinating stuff for fans, with plenty of behind-the-scenes stills to whet your appetite. “Jan’s diary from the Insects film” on Facebook.

NEW ON DVD:

“Dead or Alive” Trilogy: ‘s yakuza trilogy starts out extreme with 1999’s Dead or Alive, turns surreal in the 2000 sequel Dead or Alive: Birds, and moves into post-apocalyptic territory for the 2002 installment appropriately titled Dead or Alive: Final. Arrow Video releases the whole deal in a 3 DVD or Blu-ray set, for only a slight premium over what you’d pay for a single film.  Buy “Dead or Alive Trilogy”.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

“Dead or Alive” Trilogy: See description in DVD above. Buy “Dead or Alive Trilogy” [Blu-ray].

“House: Two Stories”: 1985’s original horror cult film House is about a Vietnam vet/writer who inherits a haunted house after his aunt’s suicide; the barely-related 1987 sequel House II: The Second Story  has a new owner moving onto the titular locale, looking for an Aztec skull. The first installment is in our reader-suggested review queue, but not to be confused with the Japanese weird classic House [Hausu]. Buy “House: Two Stories” [Blu-ray].

“The Phantasm Collection”: All five Phantasm movies, from the Certified Weird original to 2016’s surreal finale Phantasm: Ravager, with a bonus disc containing four hours of supplemental material. Maybe this will supply the motivation we need to finally get off our butts (or rather, to stay on our butts, but with a fully-loaded Blu-ray in the player) and review Ravager. Buy “The Phantasm Collection” [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 4/7/2017

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):

Your Name (2016): Two teenage strangers randomly and periodically swap bodies in this anime feature. The words “weird” and “bizarre” were briefly spotted in Rotten Tomato excerpts, along with the phrase “Oscar buzz.” Your Name U.S. distributor site.

SCREENINGS – (IFC Center, New York City, Apr.7-13):

bonanza: The IFC Center has become so prolific in screening their stockpile of weird midnight movies that we don’t mention them every week anymore; you can just assume something cool is playing there on weekends. This week, however, their lineup is just too stacked to pass up. In conjunction with their screening of the documentary David Lynch: The Art Life, they’ve broken out their Lynch archive, with showings of Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive this weekend, along with Eraserhead playing all week long. And if you get sick of a steady diet of Lynch, there’s The Holy Mountain on Friday and Saturday at midnight to break it up. Don’t overdose, and remember you cannot live on popcorn and soda alone for long. Check the IFC Center homepage for a complete schedule.

SCREENINGS – (The New Parkway Theater, Oakland, CA Apr.9, 10, & 13):

El Topo (1970) and Pink Flamingos (1972): The New Parkway is new to us, but they feature an eclectic lineup of new and repertory movies, highlighted this week by two Certified Weird classics: ‘s surrealist spaghetti western El Topo and ‘ classic of filth, Pink Flamingos. Hope the pizza (delivered to your seat as you enjoy the film) is good, too (though we suggest skipping the brownies for Flamingos). The New Parkway calendar.

SCREENINGS – (AFI Silver Theater, Silver Springs, MD, Mon. Apr. 10):

Swiss Army Man (2016): If you’re in the D.C. metro area and you missed our pick for 2016’s second weirdest movie when it was in theaters, here’s your chance to catch it on the big screen, courtesy of AFI’s “second look” series. Swiss Army Man at AFI Silver Theater.

FILM FESTIVALS – San Francisco International Film Festival, (San Francisco, CA, Apr. 5–19 ):

We don’t always mention the second-tier San Francisco International Film Festival, but this year they’re worth noting due to a very special guest programmer and one big, weird U.S. debut. Besides a few international films we’ve seen making the rounds—Iran’s experimental A Dragon Arrives!, João Pedro Rodrigues’s mystical The Ornithologist, the erotic Mexican horror The Untamed, and the Korean doppelganger romance Yourself and Yours—the big items (from our skewed perspective) appear below:

  • “Canyon Cinema 50: Guy Maddin Presents ‘The Great Blondino’ and Other Delights” – Four short avant-garde films from Canyon’s catalog, selected by a great Guy and including Daina Krumins “The Divine Miracle.” Happening Apr. 15.
  • Endless Poetry – SFIFF’s big get is the U.S. debut of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s second installment in the autobiographical project that began with the Certified Weird The Dance of Reality, now concerning his experiences as a young bohemian artist in Santiago. Premiering Apr. 10, bonus screening on the 19th.
  • The Green Fog: A San Francisco Fantasia – Guy Maddin is back, along with The Forbidden Room collaborators Galen and , with a (doubtlessly transformed) collage of San Francisco footage inspired by the storyline of Vertigo, set to a new composition by Jacob Garchik preformed by the Kronos Quartet. No idea if this intriguing collaboration will ever be seen outside this live performance, but it closes the festival on April 16.

San Francisco International Film Festival home page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (rumored):

Donnie Darko sequel: We’re a little bit late in passing on this news, but suggests that he’s interested in making a “bigger and more ambitious” movie (not necessarily a sequel) set in the Donnie Darko universe. Kelly hasn’t directed since 2009’s The Box, but says he has another project lined up before the Darko film. Nothing shows up on IMDB yet. In more recent Kelly news, he also suggests he might rerelease an “expanded” cut of his post-apocalyptic flop Southland Tales. Come back to us, Richard! The Playlist seems to be first with Kelly news.

IN DEVELOPMENT (currently filming):

Image et Parole (est. late 2017): Speaking of late news, we’re even tardier in telling you about ageless provocateur ‘s latest—but this one will definitely happen, at least. All we know for sure is that its set in the Arab world and be “a mix of fact and fiction”; we assume it will follow the abstract, postmodern pattern of his late work (Film Socialisme and Goodbye to Language, both of which divided critics—we came down on the “insufferably indulgent” bandwagon). Our expectations may be low, but Godard’s distinguished career has earned him a fair hearing. The Film Stage has a few details.

NEW ON DVD:

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); reviews were not good, but it does describe itself as a “mind-bending plunge into hallucinatory terror.” Buy Tank 432.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Tank 432 [AKA Belly of the Bulldog] (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Tank 432 [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 ANTI-366 MIDNIGHT TWEETSTORM FROM POTUS

Sometime after midnight, when one would expect the President of the United States to be either resting up for a big day or burning the midnight oil prepping for a diplomatic meeting, Donald J. Trump was apparently cruising the Web, and came across a site that rubbed him the wrong way:

Trump 366 Weird Movies tweet

What prompted this attack against a small-traffic, niche cinema website devoted to surrealist and cult cinema, fields in which the President had previously shown zero interest? Apparently, it was an offhand comment by leftist commentator in his review of Suicide Squad that drew the Preisdent’s ire:

Trump 366 Weird Movies Tweet

A few minutes later, after cruising the site a bit longer, the President chimed in with another, unexpected criticism:

Trump 366 Weird Movies Tweet

 

 

 

 

 

The President was, of course, referring to the 1989 Bo Derek vehicle where she plays the trophy wife of ghost Anthony Quinn, who wants Bo to kill a younger man so he can possess his body and have sex with her again, and also advises her in corporate negotiations:

A weird movie (though not a very good one), but where does this have a bearing on the point at issue?

Naturally, all tweets were deleted within half an hour of posting. Fortunately we were able to save screenshots to prove that this bizarre rant did indeed occur.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/31/2017

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):

Ghost in the Shell (2017): stars in the Hollywood remake of the classic anime about a cyber-hacker who can possess the minds of the numerous cyborgs of the future. We expect it to be pretty but over-explained, de-weirdified and de-philosophized. Ghost in the Shell official site.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

David Lynch: The Art Life (2016): Documentary about 366 fave , focusing on his formative years and on his painting. Hot off the film festival circuit, Lynch is playing venues unknown before heading off to its natural home on DVD/Blu-ray/video-on-demand. David Lynch: The Art Life official Facebook page.

IN THEATERS (RE-RELEASE):

Donnie Darko (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! Released soon after the 9/11 disaster, Donnie initially flopped in theaters; perhaps this 15th anniversary restoration of the apocalyptic Christ allegory featuring a giant bunny will do better this time out. Find out if it’s playing in your town at U.S distributor Cartilage Films Donnie Darko page. If you’re in L.A., check it out at Cinefamily tonight, where writer/director   will be hanging out to answer questions about what the hell exactly happened in the movie.

SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Apr. 1):

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982): Read the Certified Weird entry! Roger Waters’—I mean, Pink Floyd’s—trippy rock opera screens at midnight. Don’t blame us if it turns out to be an April Fool’s joke, we’re just reporting what they put on the schedule. Pink Floyd: The Wall at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Silver Springs, MD, AFI Silver Theater, Apr. 1):

The Wicker Man (1973): Read the Certified Weird entry! The pagan rites will be presented by “Dr. Sarcofiguy.” We honestly can’t say why venues are scheduling Certified Weird screenings on April Fool’s Day (except for the fact that this year it falls on Saturday, a traditional day for midnight movies). The Wicker Man at AFI Silver Theater.

NEW ON DVD:

Blow-Up (1966): Read our review. ‘s enigmatic, but not quite weird, exercise in ennui gets the Criterion Collection treatment. Buy Blow-Up.

Death Walks at Midnight (1972): “Susan Scott” (Nieves Navarro) stars as a model who takes LSD and witnesses a murder that happened six months earlier. This was released last year bundled with the (less-weird) Death Walks on High Heels; now available on a standalone disc (still packed with Arrow Videos usual extra features). Buy Death Walks at Midnight.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Blow-Up (1966): See description in DVD above. Buy Blow-Up [Blu-ray].

Death Walks at Midnight (1972): See description in DVD above. Buy Death Walks at Midnight [Blu-ray].

“Wishmaster Collection”: All four movies in the campy horror series about an evil djinn trying to escape captivity and wreak havoc by granting three wishes to teenagers. Wishmaster 2, which only recently got it’s first positive review at Rotten Tomatoes, making it recommended by 10% of critics, is in our reader-suggested review queue. Buy “Wishmaster Collection” [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 3/24/2017

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.