WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 7/6/2018

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):

Sorry to Bother You (2018): A telemarketer discovers he has a magical sales power that catapults him up the corporate ladder and into a “macabre universe.” We’ve been eagerly awaiting the wider release of this weird, satirical festival hit, the debut of rapper Boots Riley. Sorry to Bother You official site.

Under the Tree [Undir trénu] (2017): Neighbors argue over the fate of an old tree; the dispute turns absurdly violent. In fact, the main complaint from detractors of this Icelandic black comedy seems to be the depth of violence the director is willing to go to. Under the Tree Facebook page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (websites):

byNWRcom: This is a strange new item.  announces that he will be opening a website to screen some exploitation films from his private collection which he has restored. Among the offerings are Night Tide and ‘s The Burning Hell (restored!), along with some even rarer ones (nudie westerns and unclassifiable outsider exploitation), all linked by a common denominator of “bad taste.” Refn offers this treasure trove of oddities as an antidote to Trumpism in a politico-artitsic manifesto for The Guardian. The site is not streaming yet (it says “coming this month”) but you may want to bookmark it.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

“Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood”: Read Alfred Eaker’s reviews of Blonde Venus and The Scarlet Empress. This Criterion Collection box set includes Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, Blonde Venus, and The Devil Is a Woman, but buy it for the Expressionistic Catherine the Great biopic Scarlet Empress. Buy “Dietrich and von Sternberg in Hollywood”.

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.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Jacob’s Ladder (1990): Read the Certified Weird entry! A Vietnam vet sees demons everywhere: was he the victim of an Army experiment with weaponized hallucinogens? Listed as “leaving soon” on Tubi. Watch Jacob’s Ladder 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.

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