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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/18/2011

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.

NEW ON DVD:

Bellflower (2011):  Read our capsule review.  Two hard-drinking slackers who build post-apocalyptic vehicles in their spare time experience love, loss, and non-linear narrative. Side note: the marketers have removed the word “weird” from the critical quote they selected for the cover.  Buy Bellflower.

Evil Dead 2 (1987):  Read the Certified Weird entry!  All three of Sam Raimi ‘s Evil Dead moves are constantly being reissued in new packages.  Rights to 2 have switched hands from Anchor Bay to Lions Gate, and this “25th Anniversary” re-release promises an improved picture (although some reviewers have said the difference isn’t very noticeable) and a mix of old and new featurettes (the commentary track is old).  Buy Evil Dead 2 (25th Anniversary Edition).

Futurist Life Redux (2009): Viva Futurista is a lost film, created as a series of linked shorts by eleven founding members of the Futurist art movement in 1916.  Futurist Life Redux is an experimental, loose and modernized reconstruction of what that original movie may have looked like, re-imagined for the 21st century from the original creators notes and a few surviving stills.  Most of the directors come from the performance art world, with George (Sins of the Fleshapoids) Kuchar a noteworthy exception.  If the clip below is representative, then these are weird, yeah. Buy Futurist Life Redux.

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (1927/1984):  In 1984 composer Giorgi Moroder restored Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and in a controversial decision, colorized the movie and gave it a pop-music score by the likes of Billy Squier, John Anderson, Freddy Mercury, Pat Benetar, and so on.  At the time Moroder was fresh off an Academy Award for writing the song “What a Feeling” for Flashdance. Buy Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis.

Griff the Invisible (2010): A clerk who moonlights as a masked vigilante meets a girl lost in daydreams in this Australian romantic comedy.  Half the reviewers who’ve seen it use some form of the word “quirk” to describe it (and one even uses a form of “weird”). Buy Griff the Invisible.

“Half Pint Brawlers, Season 1” (2010):  We never caught it on its brief Spike TV run, but the packaging (“WARNING: X-treme and Absurd!”), caught our eye.  It’s a reality show about a traveling troupe of wrestling little people led by a character who calls himself “Puppet the Psycho Dwarf.”  The performers call themselves “midgets,” which got them in trouble with the Little People of America.  As an aside, your editor sincerely hopes the word “midget” makes a comeback; it sounds far less demeaning than “little person.”  Buy “Half Pint Brawlers: Season 1”.

“Neverwhere” (1996): This 180-minute BBC miniseries concerns a chap who finds himself trapped in a fantastic underground world of demons and magic dubbed “London Below.”  Co-scripted by fantasy author , it has a cult reputation and special effects on the level of a “Dr. Who” episode. Gaimain later turned the screenplay into a novel. Buy “Neverwhere”.

The Tree (2011): An eight-year old girl becomes convinced that her dead father’s spirit inhabits a giant tree growing near the house. Life-affirming Australian magical realism starring the always-odd Charlotte Gainsbourg. Buy The Tree.

The Weird World of Blowfly (2011):  Documentary focusing on Clarence Reid, better known as his alter-ego Blowfly, the proto-rapper and x-rated auteur of 1970s “party albums” packed with brilliantly brain-dead song parodies like “Spermy Night In Georgia” and “My Baby Keeps Farting In My Face.”  Hey, it’s got “weird” right there in the title, of course we’re going to mention it!  Buy The Weird World Of Blowfly.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Bellflower (2011): See description in DVD above.  This is a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. Buy Bellflower (Blu-ray/DVD Combo).

Despair (1978): A chocolate magnate goes mad; he watches himself making love to his wife and believes a laborer is his doppelgänger.  Rainer Werner Fassbinder directs Dirk Bogarde in Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel (is that enough name-dropping for one sentence?).  Buy Despair [Blu-ray].

Evil Dead 2 (1987):  See description in DVD above. Buy Evil Dead 2 (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray].

Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (1927/1984): See description in DVD above. Buy Giorgio Moroder Presents: Metropolis [Blu-ray].

Griff the Invisible (2011):  See description in DVD above. Buy Griff the Invisible [Blu-ray].

The Weird World of Blowfly (2011):  See description in DVD above. Buy The Weird World Of Blowfly [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962): This tale of a mad-scientist who keeps his decapitated fiancée’s head alive while he searches for a stripper’s body to slap it on is one of the sleazier, and stranger, artifacts of its era.  “I’m just a head… and you’re whatever you are… but together, we’re strong!” Watch The Brain That Wouldn’t Die free on YouTube.

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

When November and December roll around, we rush to catch up on all the weird stuff you may have missed in 2011.  To that end, we’ll be looking at another quartet of new releases this upcoming week, starting off with this sick ‘n weird patricide pic Father’s Day (2011).  Next we’ll check out what happens when Nazi action figures led by Hitler in an evening gown invade London in the animated alternate history comedy Jackboots on Whitehall (2010), then ogle Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010), an exploitation doc/clip show in the American Grindhouse vein, but focused on WTF Filipino flicks of the 1970s.  And just to remind you that “new release” doesn’t always mean something made in the last year or two, Alfred Eaker will give you the skinny on Warner Archive’s long-awaited DVD-R of Erich von Stroheim’s classic silent melodrama The Merry Widow (1925).

We are distressed at the deadening normality of the search terms that passed through our server logs this week.  We are contractually obligated to pick a Weirdest Search Term of the Week, however, so we will do our best with what we have.  A search for “hitler magic porno video” might look weird if you’re running a website devoted to pictures of cute kitties in baseball caps, but for us it’s just par for the course: if there actually were Hitler magic porno videos, we like to think we would be the ones covering them.  A little bit weirder is “hollywood old movies black and white village saxy shat”: again, if such films only existed, we would be the ones bringing you the old Hollywood movies with the saxiest shat.  We’ll go in a different direction and give this week’s Weirdest award to “seeex aanal poooorn.”  The suggestion that more vowels = hotter pr0n search results is bizarre enough to squeak by in a weak field.

We’re neglecting covering titles in the vast reader-suggested review queue, but you guys haven’t slowed down making your suggestions, meaning the list is growing to truly embarrassing proportions.  Check it out and see what we’re talking about: Kairo [AKA Pulse];The American Astronaut; Blood Tea and Red Strings; The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. II (for Lucifer Rising, Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/11/2011

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):

Melancholia (2011): Lars von Trier‘s latest is a metaphorical, apocalyptic sci-fi drama; a planet (called Melancholia) is set to collide with Earth on a woman’s wedding day.  Kirsten Dunst walked away from the Cannes with Best Actress honors; Charlotte Gainsbourg, Keifer Sutherland, and John Hurt round out the fine cast.  Melancholia official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Dueling Snow White’s:  It looks like the story of 2012 will be the Snow White sweepstakes, as it has just come to our notice (why are we always the last ones to hear?) that there are two reimaginings of the fairy tale scheduled to battle it out next year.  Relativity Media/Studio Canal’s “Untitled Snow White Project,” which we reported on a few weeks ago, now has a title (Mirror, Mirror), and it will reach theaters in March 2012.  The higher profile offering is Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman (from the producers of Alice in Wonderland), starring Kristen Stewart as White and Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen.  Huntsman has an effects-heavy trailer and looks to be another revisionist/feminist/video game styled action/fantasy; it’s slated for a summertime opening.  Our cynical guess is that both fairy-flicks will be underwhelming, but if we have to pick one as more promising than the other, we’ll stick with Mirror, Mirror.  We find an aging Julia Roberts a more intriguing Queen than an aging Charlize Theron.  Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) is a proven commodity vs. first time helmer Rupert Sanders (who comes from the world of television commercials).  But the most important factor in Mirror, Mirror‘s favor is that it is not from the producers of Alice in WonderlandMirror, Mirror on Facebook / Snow White and the Huntsman official page.

NEW ON DVD:

1 in the Gun (2010): Direct-to-DVD erotic neo-noir sees a homeless artist hired to paint a trophy wife’s home, followed by lots of twists and (per the promo material) “David Lynch-style surrealism.”  The director has been quietly busy directing a series of softcore movies reviving the old Emmanuelle franchise, including Emmanuelle vs. Dracula and the upcoming Emmanuelle in Wonderland! Buy 1 in the Gun.

Great Directors (2009):  Interviews with ten auteurs, including , and David Lynch.  Cinephiles and fans of the profilees may want to check it out. Buy Great Directors.

In a Glass Cage [Tras el Cristal] (1987):  A former Nazi pedophile now confined to an iron lung finds himself at the mercy of a young caretaker.  Shocking stuff when it was released, and definitely not for anyone who can’t stand to see children in jeopardy.  The bonus disc includes interviews with director Agusti Villaronga and three of his early experimental short films.  Buy In a Glass Cage (2 Disc Special Edition).

Skeleton Key 3: The Organ Trail (2011):  It’s hard to say exactly what caught our interest about this third microbudget horror-comedy sequel to a movie we’d never heard of before, but it probably had something to do with this odd promotional copy: “Can you handle naked bodies bouncing through every scene? Can YOU! HANDLE! A French puppet?” Plus, it has a cameo from Lloyd Kaufman, and he’s never loaned his presence to any flick that wasn’t of the absolute highest quality—has he? Buy Skeleton Key 3: The Organ Trail.

The Sleeping Beauty (2010): takes her second stab at adapting a classic fairy tale with modern feminist sensibilities (after the strangely muted, very slightly weird Bluebeard).  Much of the narrative here takes place in Beauty’s dreams as she slumbers and encounters dream ogres and dwarfs, giving rise to hopes of more surrealistic imagery this time out.  This French offering is not to be confused with Australian Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty (2011), starring Emily Browning. Buy The Sleeping Beauty.

ThanksKilling (2009):  Read our capsule review.  We have no idea what happened to the previous DVD version of ThanksKilling, or how this disc differs, but here’s a new release of this heartwarming gore classic, just in time for Turkey Day.  Buy ThanksKilling.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl (2005): Read our capsule review.  The first movie for 7-year olds written by an actual 7-year old! Buy The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl [Blu-ray].

Blue Velvet (1986):  When young Jefferey discovers a severed ear in the grass, the search for its owner leads him on a voyage where he will discover the dark side of small town America, and of himself, in this nightmarish mystery that ranks as one of David Lynch‘s best.  Blue Velvet on Blu-ray, now there’s a match made in weird heaven.  Buy Blue Velvet [Blu-ray].

Fanny and Alexander (1982): Semi-autobiographical drama from sometimes weird director about a boy who grows unhappy when his widowed mother re-marries a stern bishop.  Though it’s perhaps not the Swedish director’s weirdest, there are fantasy elements, a nephew who is a woman, and blurred realities.  The Criterion Collection fits the five hour television cut, the three hour theatrical cut, and a host of extras on 3  Blu-rays (which are currently cheaper to purchase than the 5 disc DVD set). Buy Fanny and Alexander [The Criterion Collection Blu-ray].

The Fisher King (1991): Terry Gilliam pic about a homeless man (Robin Williams) who believes he’s a medieval knight errant searching for the Holy Grail doesn’t reach the bizarrist heights of the director’s Imagination Trilogy, but there are some inspired flights of fantasy mixed in with the drama (the waltz in Grand Central Station is magical).  Somehow bargain bin releaser Image Entertainment obtained the rights to this, which means no special features (as a trade-off, the price is rock bottom). Buy The Fisher King [Blu-ray].

Frankenhooker (1990):  Frank Henenlotter‘s tale about a man who rebuilds his decapitated fiancée using body parts from Times Square hookers, inventing supercrack in the process, is a bad taste comedy classic.  A very elaborate release from Synapse featuring a restored print; all that’s missing is a button on the cover that says “wanna date?” when you press it. Buy Frankenhooker [Blu-ray].

In a Glass Cage [Tras el Cristal] (1987):  See description in DVD above. Buy In a Glass Cage [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002):  “Godfather of Gore” returns to moviemaking after a 30 year hiatus with this uncredited rip-off of the Certified Weird Blood Diner (don’t write in, it’s a joke…)  Watch Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat on YouTube.

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

2011 is winding down, and we at 366 are already starting to obsess about year-end “best of” lists and stuff like that.  There’s still much fresh weirdness to take in before the big ball falls on December 31.  So, forgive us if things are a bit messy around here.  We’re not 100% sure what we’ll feature next week, but you will see reports on two out of three of the following new offerings: The Rum Diary, the sorta-pseudo prequel to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Zenith, an independent mindbender about the Illuminati and their possible role in a future in which people buy illegal drugs in order to make them feel pain; and/or Father’s Day, the absurdist mock-grindhouse feature about a patricidal serial killer.  Just because we’re focusing on new releases, however, doesn’t mean we’re only covering new movies, because (thanks to the Criterion Collection) we’ll also be visiting Jean Vigo’s influential and forbidden 1933 anarchist boarding school featurette Zéro de conduite (courtesy of “The Complete Jean Vigo” disc), as well as the anti-vivisectionist 1932 horror classic Island of Lost Souls (with Charles Laughton as the mad scientist and as the “Sayer of the Law”).

We had another challenge time determining the Weirdest Search Term of the Week; lots of candidates, but nothing really stood out as mind-boggling.  We start with the English-as-a-Second-Language porn surfers, who dependably supply plenty of weird (and frequently unprintable and disturbing) search terms each and every week.  This time around they bring us the indecisive “seks anal bull bill boll” and the cryptically erotic “sexing black toto story in nigeria.”  Because picking the peculiar porn query as the weekly winner is too predictable, so we turn to other head-scratching searches for our finalists, starting with the declarative “wealthy powerful older fat women lust for gladiators.”  Unexpected, interesting information, that.  But our official winner for Weirdest Search of the Week is the honest (?) but unexpected query “do reptilians wear hoodies,” which earned bonus points because we actually provide the answer to that question in this review.

Here’s the neglected but still growing reader-suggested review queue: Kairo [AKA Pulse];The American Astronaut; Blood Tea and Red Strings; The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. II (for Lucifer Rising, among  others); Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; The Bride of  Frank; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 11/4/2011

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 DEVELOPMENT:

Sleepwalker (est. 2012): About a disappearance in a creepy Southwestern town.  The filmmmakers describe the tone as “David Lynch, Hitchcock, and The Twilight Zone mashed up into a strange and surreal puzzle…”  They are soliciting funds via Kickstarter; for as little as a $1 contribution, you could become a micro-movie-mogul.  Sleepwalker Kickstarter page.

NEW ON DVD:

“The Artists: The Best of Kino’s Silent Classics”: An interesting box containing seven classic silents.  The crucial title for weirdophiles is Metropolis (1927); however, be warned that the version included in this set is the 2002 restoration, not Kino’s “Complete” Metropolis from 2010 (reviewed here).  The other films in the star-oriented bundle are Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand (1922); Douglas Fairbanks in The Thief of Baghdad (1924); Clara Bow as the original It (1927) girl; 1920’s Dr. Jeckyll & Mister Hyde with John Barrymore, the earliest screen adaptation of the classic tale; Lillian Gish in D.W. Griffith’s Broken Blossoms (1919); and Buster Keaton’s The General (1926).  Buy “The Artists: The Best Of Kino’s Silent Classics Vol. 1”.

Bunraku (2010): Read our capsule review.  This expressionistic comic book detailing the adventures of a samurai and a cowboy in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world is plot-lite but pretty. Buy Bunraku.

Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010):  Mark Hartley’s followup to Not Quite Hollywood, his surprise hit “Ozploitation” documentary (focusing on obscure Australian exploitation movies) travels this time to the more familiar (to trash aficionados) terrain of the Philippines.  Topics covered include the /Jack Hill women-in-prison flicks, Eddie Romero’s beastly “Blood Island” horrors, and the dwarf James Bond parody For Your Height Only, with interviews from talking heads like Corman and the ubiquitous John Landis.  Buy Machete Maidens Unleashed!.

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [AKA The Nutcracker in 3-D] (2010):  A version of the Nutcracker re-imagined as a sci-fi-styled quest to restore the deposed Nutcracker to his throne, usurped by the Rat King.  A huge holiday flop in 2010, but of the nearly universally negative reviews, the one that caught our attention was Peter Hartlaub’s notice for the San Francisco Chronicle: “Imagine watching Tchaikovsky’s ballet after taking a handful of peyote…”  It cost a reported $90 million to create, but made back less than $200,000 at the box office.  Of course, the film is not in 3-D on home video, a happy accident that allows Universal to rename this release as The Untold StoryBuy The Nutcracker: The Untold Story.

Tabloid (2011):  Read our capsule review.  Errol Morris’ eccentric documentary about the UK tabloid sensation caused when a former Miss Wyoming (allegedly) kidnapped a Mormon missionary, tied him to the bed for a weekend, and forced him to have sex with her repeatedly. Buy Tabloid.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Bunraku (2010):  See description in DVD above.  Buy Bunraku [Blu-ray].

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [AKA The Nutcracker in 3-D] (2010):  See description in DVD above. Buy The Nutcracker: The Untold Story [Blu-ray].

ALBUMS:

Crazy Clown Time: We don’t usually mention music here, but we’ll make an exception in this case: it’s David Lynch‘s debut album.  At the age of 65, Mr. Eraserhead has released his first techno album (yes, he sings—well, mostly recites into a vocoder—most of the lyrics).  We’re not music critics, so we won’t comment on the merit of the beats, or demand Dave get out of the studio and back on the set where he belongs.  The album (which officially drops Nov. 8) can currently be streamed via National Public Radio’s websitePre-order David Lynch’s album “Crazy Clown Time”.

WEB SERIES:

The Funny Man: We reported on Jake Barsha’s planned horror thriller featuring a psychopathic comedian serial killer some time ago.  It seems the project has shifted from a feature film to a (quite successful, it seems) 10 episode webseries on dailymotion.   All ten episodes should be up by the time you read this; here’s a link to episode 1 for horror fans.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

Alice in Wonderland (1972): This Wonderland adaptation made by the BBC has a middle-of-the-road reputation, but some may want to see it for the casting (which is the way they always suck you into seeing yet another version of Alice): Sir Ralph Richardson as the Caterpillar, Peter Sellers as the March Hare, Dudley Moore as the Doormouse.  It’s also a curiosity in that it’s a musical, with a score composed by the great John Barry, lyrics by his Bond collaborator Don Black.  Watch Alice in Wonderland (1972) free on YouTube.

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

Boo!  Did I scare you?  Well, Halloween is almost here, and tomorrow we will have a small treat for you (or is it trick?  I can never keep those two straight).  As we move into the first week of November, we’ll giving you in depth coverage of three short films by Guy Maddin; we’ll investigate the kung fu fantasy Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame; and (speaking of mysteries) we’ll tackle Mulholland Drive from the reader suggested review queue.

It’s time again for our rundown of the Weirdest Search Term of the Week.  First off, we have to admit we were surprised to find that someone came here searching for “jjlvgikjk.”  We were even more shocked to discover that Google thinks we are the second most relevant source of information on jjlvgikjk!  Still, as per usual, it’s the porn seekers who came up with the most bizarre queries.  This week’s runner up was the guy looking for “siam young fat miss universe hot sex pono” (we didn’t even realize Miss Siam from the Miss Young Fat Universe pageant had done porno).  But even stranger, and our winner of the Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest, was the search for “naked asian females tedious sports.”  Hey, if you’ve got to watch tedious sports, why not watch the ones featuring naked Asian females?

Here’s the massively-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue: Mulholland Drive (next week!); Kairo [AKA Pulse];The American Astronaut; Blood Tea and Red Strings; The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. II (for Lucifer Rising, among  others); Willie Wonka and the Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/28/2011

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 (WIDE RELEASE):

The Rum Diary (2011):  ‘s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s semi-autobiographical novel about the boozy adventures of hard-drinking expatriate journalists in Puerto Rico in the 1960s.  We’re not expecting it to be anywhere near as hallucinatory as Fear and Loathing, but there is a wealth of talent involved and Johnny Depp looks like he will be doing his spot-on Thompson impression all over again.  The Rum Diary official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Island of Lost Souls (1932):  A classic early horror talkie based on H.G. Wells’ novella “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” the story involves a mad doctor who is bringing human intelligence (and bipedalism) to animals on a deserted island.  Charles Laughton stars as the deranged Moreau and has one of his better roles as the bestial “Sayer of the Law.”  An unusual but very welcome Halloween choice by the Criterion Collection. Buy Island of Lost Souls (Criterion Collection).

Nine Nation Animation (2010): Nine short films (with a tenth “bonus” short), with each selection coming from a different country.  As the trailer illustrates, there are surrealistic images in a good number of these—dig the vacationing family posing in front of the functioning Panzer tank on family vacation and the strange birds being dragged into the sea by tentacles. Buy Nine Nation Animation.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010): Santa Claus is kidnapped and held for ransom, but the kidnappers didn’t reckon on his cadre of killer elves in this Finnish production that has “cult movie” written all over it.  We missed this last holiday season, but this year we’re considering indulging our inner Scrooge with this humbug.  Buy Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

A Serbian Film (2010): A down on his luck Serbian ex-porn star is lured back into the business with the promise of a big payday, but is not told what he will have to do to earn it.  Many have suggested this is one of the most depraved movies ever made, with a finale that would make the Marquis de Sade cringe.  WARNING: the commercially available version censors the key scenes (however, if you’re one of many who “enjoyed” the uncut version for free, you might consider sending a few dollars to the people who made the film).  Buy A Serbian Film [cut].

Starlight & Superfish (2010): An atheist finds himself a ghost in his apartment, now occupied by an evangelical Christian woman; a glam rock band serves as his guide to the afterlife, singing clues to lessons he must learn to avoid an eternity of perdition.  This comedy didn’t even play the usual festivals and thus flew well under our (and everyone else’s) radars, but the synopsis is intriguing. Buy Starlight & Superfish.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Destroy All Monsters (1968):  Ishiro Honda’s nutty kaiju romp, which sees Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and pals all go on plywood-city smashing sprees at the same time, is a tons of fun.  This Tokyo Shock Blu-ray was so awaited by Japanese monster fans that it went out of stock within a few days of release . Buy Destroy All Monsters [Blu-ray].

Island of Lost Souls (1932): See description in DVD above.  Buy Island of Lost Souls [The Criterion Collection Blu-ray].

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010):  See description in DVD above.  This package includes a DVD copy of the film as well. Buy Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Blu-Ray + DVD).

A Serbian Film (2010): See description in DVD above. Buy A Serbian Film [Blu-ray].

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIE OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE:

White Zombie (1932):  Maybe it’s just us, but when Halloween rolls around, we like to go old school for our scares, and there’s little out there creakier than this Bela Lugosi outing featuring “real” (i.e. Haitian) zombies.  Read our capsule review if you’re on the fence.  Watch White Zombie free on YouTube.

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.