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 THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece (2018): An ex-porn star becomes a kickboxing avenger in this 80s action throwback. The trailer makes it look desperately over-camped, but check out the cameos: Bianca Brigitte VanDamme, wrestlers Bill Goldberg and Tiny Lister, Last Dragon Taimak, and of course, Ron Jeremy. Fury of the First and the Golden Fleece official site., kickboxer Cynthia Rothrock, kickboxer offspring
The Misandrists (2017): A fugitive male hides out at a lesbian separatist boarding school. This is the widest release we’ve ever seen for a Bruce LaBruce movie (the director started out making underground gay porn movies and has gradually moved into slightly more mainstream transgressions). The Misandrists official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973): An ancient Incan ritual turns a dead woman into an avenging angel. Arrow Video is pitching this supernatural giallo as “surreal,” but just the fact that it’s sleazemaestro directing and would make it worth our notice. On Blu-ray only. Buy Death Smiles on a Murderer.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985): An expressionistic portrait of the life of the Japanese author, told in flashbacks and stylized recreations of his fiction. This Criterion Collection Blu-ray upgrade may give us an excuse to knock this one out of our reader-suggested queue. Buy Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.
Sequence Break (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. The Cronenbeg-ish story of a young man absorbed (literally) by a mysterious video game. Streaming exclusively (for the time being, at least) on Shudder beginning on May 24.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Boston, MA, 5/25 (midnight) – Suspiria (1977). At Coolidge Corner Theater.
- Chicago, IL, 5/24 – 5/29 – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). At Music Box Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 5/25 – Mulholland Drive (2001) with La Jetée (1962) (double feature). At the Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 5/25 – 5/26 – A Clockwork Orange (1971). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 5/25 – 5/26 (midnights) – Eraserhead (1977). With random giveaways of advance copies of ‘s upcoming memoir “Room to Dream” at the Friday 5/25 showing only. At Nitehawk Cinema.
- New York City, NY, 5/25 – 5/27 – A Clockwork Orange (1971). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/25 – 5/27 (midnights) – Pink Flamingos (1972). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/26 (midnight) – Repo Man (1984). At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- New York City, NY, 5/30 – The City of Lost Children (1995). With a new live score performed by Black Lodge. At the Nitehawk Cinema.
- Silver Spring, MD, 5/25, 5/27-5/31 – Night of the Hunter (1955). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Silver Spring, MD, 5/26 – Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) with The Mummy (1932) (double feature). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Toronto, ON, Canada – Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971). At the Royal.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 5/27 – Spirited Away (2001) (English dub). At the Rio.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 5/29 – Tekkonkinkreet (2006). At the Rio.
- Yonkers, NY, 5/30 – Hour of the Wolf (1968). At the Alamo Drafthouse.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
A Boy and His Dog (1975): Read the Certified Weird entry! Don Johnson roams a post-apocalyptic wasteland with his telepathic dog, looking for women to rape. Upstart Tubi has a surprising number of weird (Certified and otherwise) titles in its catalog. Watch A Boy and His Dog free on Tubi.tv.
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.