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 on the official site links.
I Am Divine (est. 2013): A documentary on the world’s favorite 300-pound copraphagiac transvestite, Harris Glenn Milstead, AKA Divine. With the support of John Waters and $25,000 of the requested $40,000 already pledged on Kickstarter, we suspect that this will get made, but if you’re concerned you may want to kick in a few bucks yourself. I Am Divine Kickstarter page.
Rocks in My Pockets (est. 2013): A feature length animated movie advertised as “a funny film about depression” from Bill Plympton protege Signe Baumane. The first trailer is out; apparently animation is complete and the film is going into post-production. Rocks in My Pockets official site.
NEW ON DVD:
Basket Case 3 (1992): In the third installment of the Basket Case series, mutated conjoined twin Belial procreates with another freak and goes on a splatter rampage when his monstrous brood is seized by the local sheriff. 1982’s Basket Case had a subtle black comedy strain but was horror at heart; the sequels became increasingly spoofy, gory, and focused around designing outrageously deformed puppets. Buy Basket Case 3: The Progeny.
Magical Mystery Tour (1967): The Beatles third movie was a one-hour television special that pioneered the idea of surreal music videos, and of taking psychedelic trips in buses. It’s a big year for fans of the Beatles’ weird years, since Yellow Submarine also saw its DVD release in 2012. Buy Magical Mystery Tour.
“Tokyo Vengeance”: Tokyo Shock brings together three splatterpunk “classics”: The Machine Girl (2007), Tokyo Gore Police (2009), and Death Kappa (2010). WARNING: the Amazon page currently says this set takes 4-6 weeks to ship (!) Buy “Tokyo Vengeance”.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Magical Mystery Tour (1967): See description in DVD above. Buy Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray].
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Superstarlet A.D. (2000): In a post-apocalyptic world where sexy girl gangs are segregated according to hair color, one starlet searches for her grandmother’s lost stag film. Thanks distribution by Troma, this is probably John Michael McCarthy’s best known work; his unique, self-aware sexplotiation movies are like a mix of Russ Meyer, Dwain Esper and David Lynch. Watch Superstarlet A.D. 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.