Don’t forget to vote in the fourth reader’s choice poll to select two movies to put on the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies of All Time. At this writing, Sweet Movie and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie are fighting it out in Group A, while Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me has a substantial lead over Beyond the Black Rainbow in Group B. We’ve also seen That Obscure Object of Desire moving out ahead of early frontrunner The Adventures of Baron Munchausen in the “rescue” category. With a week to go things can change significantly, so keep voting! (You can vote once per day).
On to regularly scheduled business, i.e. the announcement of next week’s review slate. As lovers of everything Alice, we’ll start the week with a look at the BBC’s 1986 miniseries production of Alice in Wonderland. We’ll then treat you to an early peek at Calvin Reeder‘s sophomore effort, the road movie/black comedy/horror feature The Rambler, then check out another Hayao Miyazaki fantasy in Howl’s Moving Castle (recently released on Blu-ray). There may be a surprise new release review thrown in there as well. You’ll just have to check in to find out.
We’ll start off our weekly countdown of the Weirdest Search Terms of the Week by mentioning the search for “weird porn mosquitos,” not because it’s bizarre enough to win the week, but because we’re proud to announce that we’re currently ranked #2 on Google for that search string! (We hope that you mosquito porn fetishists are finding something to interest you on this site). Weirder yet, however, is the search for “weirdwomentwobodyshavingsexstucktogether,” which would make for a very strange request even if the searcher’s space bar wasn’t broken. An extra point for the way the query is formed to reflect the desired “stucktogether” subject matter. Still, sometimes it’s the simplest searches that stand out as our favorites, and that’s the case with this week’s winner, “naked nypho lesbian sex slaves on acid.” Who here can honestly say that, at one time or another, they have not felt the need to search the internet for information on naked nympho lesbian sex slaves? This Googler’s particular weird genius is to seek out only such slaves who’ve taken the hallucinogen LSD.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Allegro Non Troppo; Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus; Celine and Julie Go Boating; “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life;” Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
Here’s what’s on tap for next week: we’ll dip into the reader-suggested review queue for a look at 80s cable fave Hell Comes to Frogtown, check out a new experimental movie called A Noisy Delivery, and compare a pair of 1932 Universal horrors with Bela Lugosi‘s Murder in the Rue Morgue and Boris Karloff’s The Mummy. Also, we figure that it’s about time for another Reader’s Choice poll, so we’re going to post a year’s worth of List Candidates and let you, the reading public, select two more movies to appear on the List of the 366 Best Weird Movies ever made. If your favorite continues to be overlooked, you can’t say we never let you have the chance to make your voice heard!
It’s another banner week for weird search terms used to locate the site, making it a challenge to select the winner of our Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest. We’ll start with the earnest search for info on “how can a man in his 70’s disguise as a woman” (septuagenarian cross-dressers are apparently an underserved demographic). While undoubtedly kinky, we think that may be a better use of one’s golden years than the old coot starring in “grandfather breastfeeding and biting pron movies.” But rather than watching that sort of smut, we think our readers would be more likely to tune in to the film described by the winner of our Weirdest Search Term of the Week contest: “film brazil breast on the earth milk surrealism.” In fact, we’re pretty sure we want to check that one out ourselves!
And while the following notation is not a bizarre search term, it is probably the oddest academic citation 366 Weird Movies has ever had. We are footnoted in a paper titled “A Spectral Framework for Detecting Inconsistency across Multi-Source Object Relationships” [pdf download]: “To evaluate the performance of the HOAD algorithm on MovieLens dataset, we label some movies as ‘horizontal anomalies’ based on the list of weirdest movies .” We are happy that our little list could find some practical use in “conduct[ing] anomaly detection across multiple sources to identify objects that have inconsistent behavior across these sources.” We promise to continue bringing you the best coverage of cinematic horizontal anomalies on the web.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Hell Comes to Frogtown (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Allegro Non Troppo; Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus; Celine and Julie Go Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
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Now, put the kids to bed early, turn down the lights, and put on that Barry White record, because next week we have a sexy suite of very adult, very weird movies for you here at 366 Weird Movies. We’ll start out with the swinging ladies of Angvia, a race of topless female aliens who come to Earth to abduct leggy babes in miniskirts, opposed only by an easily-seduced super spy, from 1969’s Barbarella ripoff Zeta One. Next we’ll follow the 1971 sexcapades of a young nymphomaniac as she braves stag movie producers, seductive lesbians and surrealist animators while searching Manhattan for the obscene phone caller who has stolen her heart in The Telephone Book. We’ll climax with Marquis (1989), the historical puppet drama about a sad puppy named the Marquis de Sade and his adventures while imprisoned in the Bastille with only his depraved animation and talking penis to keep him company. Cool down after all that hot weird action with part two of Alfred‘s retrospective of the career of James Whale. Yes, 366 will be so filthy next week, you’ll feel like going to confession and getting yourself checked at the free clinic after reading it!
Speaking of things that make you feel dirty inside, it’s time to peek into the minds of the world’s deranged Googlers in a little feature we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” Unfortunately, the weird wide Web let us down a little this week, as we did not encounter the bizarre quantity and quality of fetish porn searches we’ve grown accustomed to. A little bit of help came from an unexpected source: Sapphic searchers looking for “lesbian vampire snuff movies” (would those be movies where lesbian bloodsuckers are knocked off, presumably by Van Helsing types?) In a similar vein (ha!) is the quest for an “off beat lesbian monster film” (we’re sick of all those oh-so-predictable conventional lesbian monster films, too). And while we wouldn’t raise an eyebrow at a search for the hottest nude women, we admit that a search for “the nudest hot women” made us think. Still, we saw nothing at all on our server logs that struck as really weird until the search came in this morning for “egypt perverse israel circus monkey.” Thank you, Mr. Mideast perverse circus monkey searcher for saving this week’s weird bacon!
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Marquis (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Allegro Non Troppo; Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus; Celine and Julie Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
Next week, we’ll take a tour of the world, guided by some of mankind’s greatest directors. We’ll start out in Mexico with Luis Buñuel, where he made perhaps his greatest film in exile, the deliciously absurd The Exterminating Angel (1962). Then it’s off to the of wilds of Russia; or, the German-Russian border as it existed circa 1944, which is the setting for Andrei Tarkovsky‘s first movie, Ivan’s Childhood (also 1962). Of course, no world tour would be complete without a stop in the City of Lights, and Denis Lavant (under the control of puppetmaster Leos Carax) will be your guide for a whirlwind, one-night trip through Paris as we re-visit Holy Motors (2012). Finally, we return to the United States for the first part of a retrospective on the macabre works of British-born director James Whale.
Now’s the time when we turn to a surprisingly popular feature we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week,” wherein we look at just that—the weirdest terms people used to locate 366 Weird Movies in search engines. People searching for half-remembered movie memories is a constant theme in this contest, and this week we noticed someone asking “what was the show where little demonds poofed and went up peoples nose while they were asleep?” (We’re just glad it said “poofed.”) Another recurring form of weird search are the people who believe that every interest, no matter how sick or obscure, has a web domain attached to it and they only need add “www” or “.com” to their search to find their fancy: to wit, this week’s searches for “gimme those movies.com” and “www.ancient naked people movies.com”. Of course, every week we see incomprehensible sequences of seemingly random words strung together by people we assume have only a passing knowledge of the English language, stuff like “chain saxy hog.” But we return to the theme of scrambled movie memories for our official choice for the Weirdest Search Term of the Week: “movie with a witch that created boobs in front of a bakery.” We’d like to see that movie, for oh so many different reasons.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: The Exterminating Angel (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Marquis; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Allegro Non Troppo; Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
Next week we continue our unofficial countdown of Luis Buñuel‘s greatest hits with a look at the Surrealist master’s Un Chien Andalou followup, L’Age D’Or (1930). We’ll also deliver our first ever book review with coverage of Mike Watt’s “Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint” (a project very much in the spirit of 366 Weird Movies, but 300 movies short). Wednesday, we’ll be back at the movies for a look at another genius filmmaker, Orson Welles, and his staging of Franz Kafka’s absurdist classic The Trial (1962). Finally, having covered silent vamp Louise Brooks last week, this Thursday Alfred considers her archetypal opposite, the virginal Mary Pickford, in the classic Sparrows (1926). And Friday, as always, we’ll brings you Weird Horizon, while supplying a surreal short for Saturday. Then we’ll wake up and do it all over again next week for your reading pleasure…
Before moving on to our Weird Search Terms of the Week contest, we thought we’d drop in this hot-off-the-tubes trailer for Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s latest movie, The Dance of Reality [La Danza de Realidad]:
If we may indulge in a bit of understatement for a moment: this has the potential to be interesting.
On to a less interesting, but nonetheless inexplicably popular, segment, our weekly review of the strangest search terms used to locate the site in search engines that we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” While we wonder what our first nominee—“donnie darko mocks freud”—was thinking, there are far more confusing entries to consider. What about the oddly repetitive “‘army caskets’ mail (will not be published) (required) recent comments powered by wordpress mail (will not be published) (required) recent comments site:.com”? Or the spammily strange search for “”s-e–xy nake-d actress – anxiety pills”? We’re thinking those last two are too abstract even for us, so we’ll honor “movies of the naked celebrations outdoors of nude pageants among families” as our favorite weird search term of the week. Good job this week, insane Googlers, but we know you can come up with even more deranged searches for next week: don’t let us down!
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: The Trial [Le procès] (1962) (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Marquis; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Allegro Non Troppo; Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
Next week we’ll continue plumbing the depths of Luis Buñuel with coverage of the Neosurrealist classic The Phantom of Liberty; then we’ll step into the modern age for a look at the Daisies tribute Savage Witches; from the reader suggested review queue we’ll quake at the blasphemous horror of At Midnight I Take Your Soul; and Alfred will peep at the career of scandalous but talented Hollywood bad girl Louise Brooks.
Google’s new privacy settings are really putting a crimp in our weekly search for the Weirdest Search Term of the Week. About half of all searches we see our marked “not provided.” Weirdos, please opt out of this despicable confidentiality agreement; it’s not like their going to stop selling your search results to advertisers. It’s only weird search term contests that suffer. At any rate, we make due with the search terms we have left, which are still fairly bizarre. We’ll start with a search for Disco Duck’s less popular cousin, “surrealism duck.” Then, there’s the enthusiastically Anglophile search for “mom man odd classic taboo (in english!!) movie.” But as usual, it’s the sexual deviants that carry the day. The average person might consider a search for “anime chick has sex with bigfoot” pretty weird, but it doesn’t really move the needle around here (no pun intended). We here at 366 Weird Movies regularly encounter much more strange and specific fetishes, however, such as this weeks winner: “tom sawyer stripped naked while becky thatcher watches erotic stories.” We always love the use of the plural in these cases, as searchers assume there are multiple erotic Mark Twain fanfiction stories floating out around there.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: The Phantom of Liberty (next week!); At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; The Trial [Le procès] (1962); Marquis; Hell Comes to Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
Next week we’ll be kicking off a little mini-run on the films of Luis Buñuel, beginning with the 1972 classic dream satire Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Moving to the opposite end of the European film spectrum, we’ll take a look at Jean Rollin‘s amnesiac existential sex-horror Night of the Hunter (1980). We’ll also bring you the lowdown on the recent avant-garde film doc Free Radicals (2009), which will serve as a launching pad to a discussion of Buster Keaton‘s experiment in experimental film, the Samuel Beckett-scripted Film (1965).
But forget all of that; what you all came here for today was to see our list of the weirdest search terms that crossed our servers this week, a featurette we like to call “Weirdest Search Terms of the Week.” We have to say that the Googlers did us proud this week with deranged searches that renewed our faith in the essential depraved insanity of the average visitor to this site. We start off with a pair of phallic queries, as visitors came here looking for info on “weird penis mosquito attack porn” and “penis and vagina landscape pre-historic movie.” While we wonder whether it’s really necessary to qualify your search for “penis mosquito attack porn” with the modifier “weird,” we bite our tongues and consider our next contestant, the baffling quest for “aural chesties wizard of will genre.” We presume this searcher intended to uncover what genre aural chesties wizard of will belongs to, but sadly they won’t find the answer here. But as bizarre as that query was, it can’t top our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week for sheer rambling incomprehensibility: “erase entered literature alphabetical characters typed only a bitch would usa computers outside of main entrance to disturb the truth erase in between.” We think the author of this incoherent search screed should have heeded their grammar teacher’s advice: you should never end a sentence with a preposition.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul; The Trial [Le procès] (1962); Marquis; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Allegro Non Troppo; Fur: An Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
An exciting lineup next week as we take a look at Shane Carruth‘s long-delayed, and weirder than expected, sophomore effort, the surreal drama Upstream Color andtake heed of the 1978 Japanese Star Wars ripoff Message from Space. And, speaking of Japanese weirdness, we’ll dip into the review queue for an examination of the 2008 splatterpunk classic Tokyo Gore Police, while on a more sedate note Alfred will clue us in on Buster Keaton‘s Seven Chances (1925) (which does not have a mutant cannon penis, but does have blackface). That’s a rip-roaring set of eclectically weird films if we ever saw one (and we have seen one!)
The weirdos out there typing their desperate queries into Google in hopes of fulfilling their sordidly bizarre desires have come flocking to 366 Weird Movies once more. As always, we reveal their oddest requests in a feature we call “Weirdest Search Term of the Week.” We’ll start off with the fellow looking for “horro films bug buster sex” (“bug buster sex” is a new fetish to us). Follow that with the search for “eurotrash women tongue flicks plant vid” (what, you can’t be satisfied with vids of good old fashioned American trash women flicking plants with their tongues?) Of course, weird as those searches were, neither could quite compare with “gthtdjl gj fyukbqcrjve zpsre 6 rkfcc rfeavfy rob’s story part ii what’s the matter with you.” What’s the matter with us? We weren’t the ones looking for “gthtdjl gj fyukbqcrjve zpsre 6 rkfcc rfeavfy.”
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Tokyo Gore Police (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul; The Trial [Le procès] (1962); Marquis; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
We apologize for the unexpected downtime this afternoon. (If you don’t know what we’re talking about, then ignore the previous sentence. We never have downtime). At any rate, let’s move past all this downtime discussion and focus instead on what will be going up next week. First, we’ll have another guest top 10 weird movies list for you (not quite the level of celebrity of last week’s list, but hey, everyone loves looking at other people’s top 10s). We’ll also take a look at Luis Buñuel‘s final movie, the erotic comedy That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), and give you our take on Rob Zombie‘s latest, the witchcraft-oriented Lords of Salem. Plus, Alfred brings you another Buster Keaton with Go West ( 1925 ) and One Week (1920), and as always you’ll find out the latest in worldwide weirdness in Friday’s “Weird Horizon” column. Stay tuned!
It was a thin week for strange search terms, but as always we like to bring you the most bizarre entries we can in our weekly roundup of Weirdest Search Terms to cross our servers. First up is “fellini sheep bloat” (if anyone on the Net is talking about Fellini sheep bloat, it’s us). We also noted a search for “500 pound women squashing,” about which the less considered the better. Our winner for weirdest search term in a weak week was “big boobs film monk=wamn” (he probably meant to look for “big boobs film monk=women,” but that phraseology still wouldn’t make it a particularly sane search).
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands: Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Tokyo Gore Police; At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul; The Trial [Le procès] (1962); Marquis; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Allegro Non Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
Next week, we’ll be bringing you a very special “Top 10 Weird Movies” list from a very unlikely source. We’ll also dip into the reader-suggested review queue for a look at Pater Sparrow’s strange, solipsistic sci-fi feature 1 (2009) and venture out to the hardtop movie theaters for Danny Boyle’s psychological heist flick Trance; meanwhile, Alfred will continue to knock out reviews of the Buster Keaton canon with a double feature of The Navigator (1924) and Frozen North (1922).
Paranoid at government’s increasing ability to spy on its citizens and discover that they are spending their working hours searching for pantyhose toe-sucking fetish porn, people there days are increasingly using advanced privacy settings to hide their search terms from prying electronic eyes. While that may be a good thing for personal freedom, in theory, it seriously impacts our search for the Weirdest Search Term of the Week when more than half of the search terms we see in our server logs show up as “(not provided)” or (unknown).” Remember, when you’re hiding from Big Brother, you’re also hiding from the 366 Weird Movies staff! Looking at what’s left after all the (presumably juicy) hidden searches are removed, we’re left considering stuff like “weird man eating movies.” It’s a strange search term, sure—any man’s weird if he’s eating movies, after all—but it’s not as deranged as we’d like to see. “Use rapture for cleaning pipline” is a little bit weirder (so long as the searcher is wondering whether the Christian concept of the Rapture will clean pipelines—if there’s an actual cleaning product out there called “Rapture,” then this search is worthless for our purposes). That leaves us with what is unquestionably the Weirdest Search Term of the Week: “cockroach experiment vaginal style.” We are hoping “vaginal style” will replace “Gangnam style” in the national viral consciousness.
Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-ever-growing reader-suggested review queue stands:1 (next week!); Liquid Sky (re-review); Society (official review); The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao; Tokyo Gore Police; At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul; The Trial [Le procès] (1962); Marquis; Hell Comes to Frogtown; Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE→
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