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 at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
As*holes (2017): This incestuous anal sex themed comedy with a butt monster aims to be the grossout anti-hit of the year. We’re a bit surprised it got distribution; this is the kind of movie that promotes its (almost universal) negative reviews as a badge of honor. As*holes official Facebook page.
IN DEVELOPMENT (Filming):
Abruptio (2018): A bomb is implanted in a man’s neck by an unknown puppeteer to coerce him into criminal acts. Sounds pretty average for a thriller, except the kicker is that the entire cast will consist of “life-sized, realistic latex puppets.” Jordan Peele, Robert Englund and Bizarre Movies Coming Out in 2018 That Will Melt Your Mind that looks like it has moderate mind-melting potential to us.will provide voice talent. This is the only title in Looper’s list of
FILM FESTIVALS – Sitges Film Festival (Sitges, Spain, Oct. 5 – 15):
Although Sitges always offers an excellent slate of fantastic films, they’re more into quantity than exclusivity. We’ve seen most of the choicest offerings listed at other film festivals. Skipping those, here are a few notable films and long shots we noticed:
- Black Hollow Cage – A girl who lives alone with her father and talks to her dog through a device called “mom” discovers a black cube in the woods. Screening Oct 9-11.
- Purgatoryo – Filipino film about an illicit outfit that rents out corpses to weirdos. Catch it Oct 6 if you can.
- Tokyo Vampire Hotel – always pings our radar; his latest involves a feud between vampire clans. Another Oct. 6 date.
- Ulrike’s Brain – An undead battle between the corpses of a radical left-wing activist and a neo-Nazi who died of AIDS, from avant-garde provocateur Bruce LaBruce. Oct 11 & 12.
NEW ON DVD:
The Ornithologist (2016): While searching for an elusive black stork in Portugal, an ornithologist gets lost in the forest and experiences events that mimic the story of St. Anthony of Padua, with a gay twist. This was a nominee in our just-concluded readers’ choice poll, so it has at least two fans here. Buy The Ornithologist.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
A Ghost Story (2017): See description in DVD above. Buy A Ghost Story [Blu-ray].
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Columbus, OH, Oct. 11 – The Greasy Strangler (2016). At Gateway Film Center.
- New York City, NY, Oct. 6 – Oct. 7 (midnights) – House [Hausu] (1977). At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- New York City, NY, Oct. 6 – Oct. 7 – The Holy Mountain (1973). At IFC Center.
- New York City, Oct. 6 – Oct. 12 – Stalker (1979). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, Oct. 9 – Night of the Hunter (1955). At Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, NY, Oct. 12 – Dead Man (1995). At Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- Oakland, CA, Oct. 6 – Suspiria (1977). At New Parkway Theater.
- Oakland, CA, Oct. 7 –Phantasm (1979). At New Parkway Theater.
- Silver Spring, MD, Oct. 6 – Oct. 7 – House [Hausu] (1977). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Silver Spring, MD, Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 – Shock Corridor (1963). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Sitges, Spain, Oct. 7 – Suspiria (1977). Part of the Sitges Film Festival.
- Sitges, Spain, Oct. 10 – Nosferatu (1922). Part of the Sitges Film Festival.
- Toronto, Canada, Oct 7 – Beauty and the Beast [La Belle et la Bete] (1946). At TIFF Bell Lightbox.
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.