Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Post-production):

Slice (2018): Not much to go on besides the intriguing IMDB synopsis: “When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job, the city searches for someone to blame: ghosts? drug dealers? a disgraced werewolf?” Starring Chance the Rapper. The fact that pro-weird A24 (Enemy, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Under the Skin) picked it up for distribution is also promising. Here’s a short article at Popsugar.

Two Plains & a Fancy (2017): Described as “satirical, experimental ‘Spa Western,'” this low-budget indie was partially funded with $36,000 raised on Kickstarter. Three travelers in 1893 have surreal encounters (including one with “ghost whores”) while on a journey to find the perfect spa in the Old West. We like the maker’s attitude: “the way we make films is unpredictable, idiosyncratic, weird,” says co-director Lev Kalman in the Kickstarter pitch. Now listed as “completed,” but when or where it will appear is anyone’s guess right now. Two Plains and a Fancy Kickstarter page. Also see Filmmaker’s list of most anticipated movies of 2018.


68 Kill (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ festival capsule. Giles described it as as “Troma does Wild at Heart,” while still recommending you pass on it; you can decide for yourself about this trashy black comedy. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy 68 Kill.

Across the Universe (2007): Read our review. ‘s hallucinatory Beatles musical gets the 4K HD treatment, packaged together with a Blu-ray. Buy Across the Universe.

Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra [AKA Black Cobra Woman] (1976): A wealthy playboy hires a stripper to take care of his menagerie of snakes. This rarely seen sort-of entry in the “Black Emmanuelle” series may be worth taking a flier on because of the odd casting of Jack Palance as a serpent-obsessed tycoon named Judas. Code Red puts it on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Buy Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra.

The Witches [Le Streghe] (1967): An anthology film, with five directors (including , whose segment is reportedly the most surreal) producing stories featuring then-popular Silvana Mangano (who would star in Pasolini’s Teorema the following year). has a small role in this obscure oddity appearing on Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Academy. Buy The Witches.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

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.

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