With the announcement that Amazon Prime is joining the Watch Party bandwagon, the catalog of available movies for us to communally screen just grew significantly. In our streaming service interest check poll, Prime even slightly beat Netflix, so we’re going to try it out. Since not everyone has both services, we won’t be abandoning Netflix; as of now, we’re provisionally planning to alternate weeks between the two.

The procedure will be the same as with our Netflix parties: we’re looking for five people (not counting your host G. Smalley) to comment on this post if you are interested in attending. Likely attendees may also make a nomination from the Amazon Prime catalog for a movie to watch. After we cross the five attendees threshold, we’ll put up a poll with all the nominations and start voting to select which film we’ll screen. The Watch Party will tentatively be scheduled for Saturday, July 18 at 10:15 PM ET; feel free to suggest a different time in the comments.

Amazon Prime’s catalog of movies is larger (and less exclusive) than Netflix’s. Ed Dykhuizen’s availability spreadsheet is a good resource to check for Canonically Weird movies (look for ones marked “free w/ Prime” in the “Amazon” column). Or, do your own research and come up with a title from Amazon. Eligible movies will have a “watch party” button on their Amazon page. You must be a Prime subscriber; you don’t have to download an extension or additional software.

We will not provide tech support; you’re on your own. Help each other. Since this is our first try with this service, there may be bumps in the road.

When the party is set to begin we’ll announce it in three places:

  • On this site (if you’ve signed up for regular email alerts via the sidebar you’ll also get a notice that way)
  • On our Facebook page
  • On Twitter

Now, RSVP and make your nominations in the comments below.


  1. So I’ll start out with a suggestion of The Acid House. My personal thinking with these is that I like to watch Apocrypha Candidates–particularly ones I haven’t seen yet that were recommended by other writers–together to see if others think they are worthy choices. I feel I should warn that this one looks pretty strong and disgusting, though, so if you prefer lighter fare, vote for something else.

  2. Wow, Prime has so much weird content that is just waiting in my que! They’ve got most of the Phantasm movies, which I did a marathon watch of just recently. But i’ll nominate something a little different, Human Lanterns. It’s Shaw Brothers and is supposed to be a mix of martial arts and horror. Haven’t seen it, but sounds intriguing.

  3. Nothing Really Happens (2019)

    From IMDb: “A Mattress store owner experiences increasingly surreal anomalies in his life that put a strain on his relations with his friends, his family, and husband own reality.”

    Honestly, it had me at “mattress store owner.” But I’m also curious to find out if the plot synopsis is poorly written or if he really does have a strained relationship with his own reality.

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