A 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 on the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Little Ashes: Not itself a weird movie, but an art-house drama about primal Surrealists Salvador Dali, Luis Buñuel and Federico Garcia Lorca, exploring a long rumored love-affair between Dali and Lorca. Reviews are poor; it doesn’t appear the movie transcends its intended gay romance audience. Little Ashes official site
Since there’s so little this week either in theaters or in new DVD releases to appeal to fans of the weird, we turn to…
IN DEVELOPMENT (ILL-ADVISED HOLLYWOOD REMAKE EDITION):
The Birds: In my opinion, Michael Bay should keep his damn dirty paws off Hitchcock. The original The Birds was a great movie with horrible special effects; we should expect the exact reverse from a Bay-produced remake. Here’s the rumor from Film Junk.
I Walked with a Zombie: The atmospheric and literary Val Lewton classic is getting a Hollywood update. What director could tackle this project with the sensitivity it deserves? The first name that comes to mind, of course, is Adam Marcus, who showed with the subtle Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday that he is the true spiritual heir of Lewton’s “quiet horror” aesthetic. Per IMDB it’s a go.
Let the Right One In: I haven’t even fit the original into my busy viewing schedule yet. I suspect it will be a dumbed-down version aimed at people who loathe subtitles and quiet passages. Unlike some of the other ill-advised titles on the list, remakes of foreign hits are inevitable. Readers at BloodyDisgusting.com are infuriated.
The Man Who Fell to Earth: This is slated for 2009 per the IMDB, though it’s not in production yet so time is running out. One would assume the point of remaking Nicolas Roeg‘s cult sci-fi film would be too sanitize and de-weirdify it for mass consumption, but who knows for sure?
Plan 9 from Outer Space: Um, how (and why?) do you remake a movie that is notoriously considered the worst ever made? (By the way, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 was not the worst movie ever made, not by a long shot, but it is probably the most unintentionally hilarious Z-grade film ever created). Direct-to-video director John Johnson suggests he will do “a serious-minded retelling of the original story,” which sounds like he will simply strip off everything that made Ed’s original beloved and produce another schlocky, forgettable B-movie. It’s set to be released in September 2009, with scream queen Brinke Stevens (in the Vampira role) apparently top-billed, and Conrad Brooks returning from the original (he’s been promoted from patrolman to lieutenant).
But not so fast! An underground outfit named Drunkenflesh films (no website, but a Myspace page) has rushed out a virtually contentless teaser trailer announcing their own remake of Plan 9, under Ed’s preferred title, Graverobbers from Outer Space: