DIRECTED BY: Pater Sparrow
FEATURING: Zoltán Mucsi, László Sinkó, Vica Kerekes, Pál Mácsai
PLOT: When all the rare books in a bookstore are mysteriously replaced by an anonymous book titled “1,” the “Reality Defense Council” steps in to investigate.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: 1 aggressively aligns itself with the irrational by . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: 1 (2009)
A journey beneath a man’s skin reveals a carnival of creatures and sheer unpredictability.
An introvert finds complacency when he makes an unusual friend.
DIRECTED BY: Giuseppe Capotondi
FEATURING: Ksenia Rappoport, Filippo Timi, Antonia Truppo, Gaetano Bruno, Fausto Russo Alesi
PLOT: After surviving a gunshot wound to the head, a woman is haunted by apparitions of the dead and visions from what seem to be an alternate, but parallel version of her life.
WHY IT SHOULD . . . → Read More: RECOMMENDED AS WEIRD: THE DOUBLE HOUR (2009)
DIRECTED BY: Kazuyoshi Katayama
FEATURING: Brina Palencia, Patrick Seitz (English dub)
PLOT: A group of randomly chosen global volunteers are cryogenically frozen to escape a petrification virus, but wake up to a world overrun by monsters.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: King of Thorn falls afoul of the anime conundrum: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: KING OF THORN (2009)
DIRECTED BY: Jordan Harris, Andrew Schrader
FEATURING: Peter Tullio, Philip Marlatt, Melanie Wilson
PLOT: Three young would-be occultists head to the woods to perform a Satanic ritual and (not surprisingly) get more than they bargained for.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: It’s got a few great psychedelic/Satanic sequences that wouldn’t be out of . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: FEVER NIGHT AKA BAND OF SATANIC OUTSIDERS (2009)
Anna Blume takes a surreal approach to the interpretation of the poem An Anna Blume by Kurt Schwitters. In it, a female figure tries to escape the advances of a lustful male. This task becomes increasingly difficult as she continues to enlarge from eating everything red in her path.
After his wife passes away, heartbroken Frank starts to have hallucinations involving his childhood stuffed toy, Jericho.
DIRECTED BY: Frankie Latina
FEATURING: Randy Russell, Danny Trejo
PLOT: The CIA convinces an alcoholic ex-agent to track down two stolen briefcases in return for
the name of the man who killed his wife. WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST:The post-Tarantino/Rodriguez fake-grindhouse movie is a sub-genre that’s less than a decade old, but already . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: MODUS OPERANDI (2009)
A group of hypermasculine men commence an umbrella sword fight after unintentionally scaring off a female passerby.