WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/2/2017

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.

NEW RELEASES (EXCLUSIVE STREAMING):

Gutboy: A Badtime Story (2015): We first mentioned this budget curiosity back in January. It’s an all-marionette feature about a flayed puppet who fights the Man, and proudly advertises itself as “the weirdest movie in the world.” After searching for a brave distributor for two years, it’s now available exclusively (for the present time, at least) on studio’s new streaming service Troma Now! (which currently has a limited catalog but a reasonable price point of $4.99/month after free trail, and includes the Certified Weird Tromeo & Juliet ). Gutboy press release.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

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.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sydney Film Festival (Sydney, Australia, June 7-18):

Sydney is a minor festival (sorry Australia!), but it gives folks Down Under a chance to catch a few non-commercial features. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of debuts at Sydney, but visitors will get the chance to check out other festivals’ hits, including a handful of marginal interest to us: the indie comedy Brigsby Bear, Casey Affleck covered in a sheet for A Ghost Story, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea, the mildly blasphemous homoerotic allegory The Ornithologist, and the erotic Mexican horror The Untamed. They also have a nice set of revivals, highlighted by a newly restored Belle de Jour (see above, also screening June 10) and Desperate Living (you’ll have to wait until June 17 for that one). We did notice one festival-circuit outlier we had previously overlooked that might be of interest to weirdophiles:

  • By the Time It Gets Dark – a filmmaker working on a piece about Thailand’s 1976 military clampdown has elegant -style hallucinations. Screening June 15 & 17.

Sydney Film Festival home page.

NEW ON DVD:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015): Two girls face a mysterious evil while staying at a nearly-empty boarding school during Christmas break. Viewers compared it to in tone. Buy The Blackcoat’s Daughter.

“Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2”:  again collects overlooked movies from world cinema. Most interesting to our readers is Mysterious Object at Noon‘s experimental “exquisite corpse” debut, with Brazil’s avant-garde silent poem Limite a close second. Revenge dramas from the Philippines (Insiang) and Soviet Union (Revenge) along with the Turkish “Western” Law of the Border and Taiwanese drama Taipei Story fill out the well-rounded set. Buy “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015): See description in DVD above. DVD/Blu-ray/”digital copy” combo version. Buy The Blackcoat’s Daughter [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

“Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2”: See description in DVD above. Buy “Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2” [DVD/Blu-ray combo].

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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