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YOUR VOTE DETERMINES THE WINNER OF THE 13TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARDS

The big news in the (weird) movie world is that this year, there’s an actual overlap between the Weirdcademy Awards and the Most Conventional Movie Awards dog-and-pony show Hollywood throws together every awards season. Everything Everywhere all at Once (and its star, Michelle Yeoh) was nominated by both august bodies. Does this development speak well for the Academy’s taste? Probably not, if you look their omissions. ‘s Mad God got snubbed, despite him being an industry insider (the man worked on Star Wars, for heaven’s sake!) Hungary’s microbudgeted black and white existential quandry Cybersatan Apocalypse Nightmares doesn’t get a sniff for International Feature Film, just because it was never released and played exclusively on Vimeo for free—what snobbery! And Neptune Frost doesn’t even merit a “Best Original Song” nomination for its crowd-pleasing hit, “Fuck Mr. Google”?

Instead, we get to choose between Stephen Spielberg’s touching story about how he came to be Stephen Spielberg, more blue people from , an 80s money grab nostalgia piece where they try to switch the love interest on us and think we won’t notice, and movies about Women Talking—I mean, movies about women literally doing nothing but talking for the first 80 minutes! At least this year we can be happy if take everything.

The Oscars are a joke, and everyone knows it. But you, my friend, you aren’t content with the same-old same-old. You want weird in your movies. The Weirdcademy Awards are for you, the moviegoer whose friends roll their eyes and sigh loudly when you suggest movie night should feature a flick about a lesbian planet terrorized by a monster known only as “Kate Bush.”

Although the editors of 366 Weird Movies select the nominees from the pool of available movies, the Awards themselves are a naked popularity contest, and do not necessarily reflect either the artistic merit or intrinsic weirdness of the films involved. The Weirdcademy Awards are tongue-in-cheek and for fun only. Ballot-stuffing is a frequent occurrence. Please, no wagering.

The Weirdcademy Awards are given to the Weirdest Movie, Actor, Actress and Scene of the previous year, as voted by the members of the Weirdcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Weirdness.

Who makes up the Weirdcademy? Membership is open to all readers of 366 Weird Movies. If you can figure out how to vote in the poll, you are qualified to join. You can not be turned down because of your age, sex, religious affiliation, pronouns, vaccination status, or the fact that you once bought a Marilyn Manson album when you were 15. There is no requirement that you’ve have to actually see any of the movies listed before voting. You can vote for any or all categories.

Unlike previous years, this year, you can only vote once—so choose carefully. We’ll keep voting open until March 11  at 12:00 Noon EST, so we can announce our results before the Academy Awards and steal their thunder.

Be sure to also vote for Weirdest Short Film of the Year. To watch all five nominees and to cast your vote, please click here.

Without further delay, we unveil the nominees for the 2022 Weirdcademy Awards:





VOTE FOR THE WEIRDEST SHORT FILM OF 2022

It’s time for the 2022 edition of the Weirdcademy Awards, the premier (only) awards contest focused on weird films, chosen by weird film fans. That means shorts as well as features. We’ve collected all five nominees for 2022′s Weirdest Short of the Year together in one place, for ease of voting.  You can cast a vote for your favorite  until March 11 at 12:00 Noon EST. Choose carefully, because this year you can only vote once. Cameron Jorgensen, 366 Weird Movies under-appreciated, recently retired shorts Czar, discovered and selected these unusual films through his own research. This year’s slate includes 90s horror videogame parodies, Bangladeshi vampires, killer cassette tapes, creepy robots, and piping hot tea.

You can watch all the nominees in full below before voting (shorts may contain strong language, animated gore, and/or crude humor):

“The Backrooms (Found Footage)” by

“Chloe Cherry Likes Her Men Like Her Tea” by

“Earworm” by

“GHOSTBLEEED: The Bio Horror” by

“Moshari” by


POD 366: EP.4: 13TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Audio only link (Soundlcoud download)

Quick links:

Slamdance discussion: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=63

Alchemy of the Spirit: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=378

Inu-Oh: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=605

Playing with Fire: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=954

2022 Weirdcademy Award nominations: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=1308

Where to eat in Louisville, KY: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=1755

Discussed in this episode:

Alchemy of the Spirit (2022): A man awakens to find his wife lying dead beside him. The “Santa Fe New Mexican” called it “pure cinema in the tradition of the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Stan Brakhage.” With . Now available exclusively on-demand. Buy or rent Alchemy of the Spirit.

Infinity Pool (2023):   and star in this horror from about a vacationing couple discovering a secret world of hedonistic excess and paradoxical justice. Sundance fright fans seemed to like it, so we’re hopeful the theatrical release is a hit, too. Infinity Pool official site.

Inu-Oh (2021): Read Giles Edwards’ festival review. ‘s latest, an animated rock opera set in 14th century Japan about a blind biwa player and a deformed man under a curse, arrives on Blu-ray. The Shout! Factory disc includes a Yuasa interview and other exclusive featurettes. Buy Inu-Oh.

Playing with Fire [Le jeu avec le feu] (1975): An overlooked, seldom-seen (in America) Alain Robbe-Grillet erotic/surrealist film with an impressive cast featuring , , and Sylvia Kristel (the impetus for the film’s re-release from Cult Epics). Review coming next week. Available on DVD or Blu-ray. Buy Playing with Fire.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Next week, we’ll be recovering from Slamdance 2021—and there may be some hangovers/reviews of late-debuting movies. We’ll also put up the official Weirdcademy Awards poll for voting on Sunday. To keep things really busy, we’ll also have reviews by Amy Vaughn (of the new “exquisite corpse” film The Seven Faces of Jane), Shane Wilson (who goes to the reader-suggested queue for Sion Sono‘s Strange Circus, 2005), and maybe even another from Giles Edwards (of Playing with Fire, above). And something else might pop up…. it’s that kind of busy week.

Also, director (A Ship of Human Skin, King Judith) will be the guest on our next episode of Pod 366 (scheduled for one week from today), so be sure to tune in!

Also, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:

Monday, Jan. 30 at 8:00 PM ET: Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Wednesday, Feb 1 at 10:00 PM ET: Mandy (2018) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EP. 3: THE RETURN OF ALFRED EAKER

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Audio only link (Soundlcoud download)

Quick links:

Weekly movie discussion begins: https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=72

“Peter’s Vision” (painting): https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=468

Lars von Trier discussion begins: https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=737

Where do I eat in the Indianapolis area?: https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=1756

Discussed in this episode:

Blaze (2023): A 12-year-old girl retreats into her imagination after witnessing a horrific crime. The feature film debut of Australian painter Del Kathryn Barton (who had directed a couple of shorts). In theaters now. No official site located.

“Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre”: Netflix brings us twelve animated episodes adapting Junji “Uzumaki” Ito short mangas (reportedly, some episodes enact more than one story). Ito’s horrors tend to be irrational, surreal, and, well, Japanese, so this is likely to be one of the streamer’s weirder collections. “Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre” on Netflix.

“Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy”:  A boxed triple-feature of ‘s opening salvo from the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray. His first three films—The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa—all had a (very) loose theme of “Europe.” This set also includes two of von Trier’s short student films. Buy “Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy.”

Alfred Eaker’s “Borther Cobweb” on Open Press Books

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Next week Giles Edwards will return to Pod 366. No guests are currently scheduled.

Next week, the 2023 Slamdance festival will be keeping us busy. (You can get full access to the same festival titles and watch along with a $7.99 subscription to the Slamdance channel, which also includes access to many movies from previous fests.) The three titles we’re planning to review are the Japanese ghost drama New Religion, ‘s absurdist Fuzzy Head, and the festival closer Free LSD (whose synopsis promises as much weirdness as its title). More movies may prove themselves worthy, and Giles will handpick some of the weirder and more notable shorts to play the festival for your elucidation and possible perusal.

And of course, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:

Monday, Jan. 23 at 9PM ET: Ink (2009) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 PM: The Forbidden Room (2015) on Plex via Discord (free)

More announced as they come online.

Onward and weirdward!