As you might have read, our 5th reader-review contest has just concluded, with Frederik Allenmark’s study of Hiroshi Teshigahara‘s sandy existential parable Woman in the Dunes winning in a tight decision.
So while you will no longer hear us mentioning that contest week after week, we’ll be continuing to plug our other side-project, I Remember This Movie, until all you movie-guessing mavens take your business over there. Our latest mystery movie request comes from “marty71,” who is looking for a (1970s?) film about a man with a Swiss-army-knife style prosthetic hand. If this sounds familiar why don’t you help him out here?
On to next week’s review slate: we’ll start with a look at the paranoid 2013 horror film Banshee Chapter (about CIA mind-control experiments and paranormal phenomena, with an unexpected Hunter S. Thompson connection). Also, our Ukrainian correspondent Irene Goncharova follows up her seminal survey of the works of Rustam Khamdamov with an article describing the Russian avant-gardist’s recent works, including his plans to complete and release his lost 1991 magnum opus Anna Karamazoff. Next is a look at gimmick-meister William Castle‘s unexpectedly arty final film, Shanks, a modern fairy tale starring mime Marcel Marceau as a mute puppeteer who learns to control dead bodies by remote control! Finally, before Friday’s weekly survey of upcoming weird releases, Alfred will supplement his coverage of Betty Boop with a look at the Fleischer Brothers other iconic cartoon character, Felix the Cat. Now that’s a full week of off-the-wall weirdness to launch 2014 in earnest!
Aside from one fellow who visited us to find out “what paul gauguin hates” (our answer: Danish businessmen), most of the entrants in this week’s Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest were of the “what was that weird movie?” variety. Least weird was someone looking for a “clown piloting a submarine movie.” A bit weirder (likely due to drunken typing) was the person trying to find a “movie where a lady gets even with neb whi killed her husband and hurt her dig.” (That dastardly Neb, hurting her dig!) But the weirdest–and most disturbing—search of the week came from a guy looking for a “movie where a guy wearing a gas mask takes a lot of naked girls to a dumpster then sets them on fire.” It makes sense, now that we think about it: if you’re going to be performing mass incineration in a dumpster, you don’t want to be directly breathing in the fumes from burning naked girls due to a lack of planning.
We’re slightly changing the way we chronicle the reader-suggested review queue. Rather than continuing to list the out-of-print/unavailable in Region 1 titles at the top of the list, we’re moving them to the very end, placing them in a special “holding area” so they won’t be forgotten while we keep our fingers crossed that they will receive an official release. That should prevent the same titles appearing at the front of the queue week after week and give you a better idea of what you might be seeing soon. Here’s the slightly reordered reader-suggested review queue: The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Celine and Julie Go Boating; Black Cat, White Cat; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T; Abnormal: The Sinema of Nick Zedd; Robot Monster; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE