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WEIRD AMAZON PRIME WATCH PARTY: HALLOWEEN EDITION, RSVPS & NOMINATIONS

Our next scheduled Weird Watch Party on Amazon Prime will go down this upcoming Halloween Night (Oct. 31) at 10:15 PM.

As always, we’ll be looking for five movie screening nominations from people who plan to attend (for both or either session). After we get the minimum five nominations and likely attendees, we’ll put up a poll. Management will break any ties.

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.

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.

Netflix Watch Party #19—”WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE” (2018)—starts in fifteen minutes

As the title states, Netflix Watch Party #19—We Have Always Lived in the Castle—starts in fifteen minutes.

Please install the Netflix Party extension (now officially called “teleparty”) if you haven’t already. You must have a U.S. Nextflix account and a Chrome-based browser to participate.

There will be no pausing or rewinding except for technical reasons.

We are offering no technical support, so help each other out if needed.

Here is the link to join: https://www.tele.pe/netflix/f168ba45bc95b600?s=s134

Be sure to click on the red Netflix Party icon to sync up and join the chat room.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/16/2020

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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 DEVELOPMENT (announced):

The Memory Game (2020?): will adapt Yōko Ogawa’s 1994 dystopian/surreal science fiction novel “The Memory Police,” about a secret force that ensures what has been erased from the world remains forgotten. Amazon Studios will produce and Reed Morano (TV’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”) will direct. Deadline broke the news.

IN DEVELOPMENT (completed):

Jiu Jitsu (Nov. 2020): Since there aren’t a lot of weird new releases to report on this week, we’re sharing this trailer of the latest bit of nonsense from 366-icon . This one casts him in what appears to be the role of a mystical jiu jitsu teacher lecturing a group of five jiu jitsu chosen ones about how to defeat an alien jiu jitsu master (who’s apparently also “a poet warrior in the sci-fi sense”). No official site found, but The Hollywood Reporter analyzed the trailer.

DVR ALERT (Turner Classic Movies, 10/16):

TCM’s October horror  features two Canonically Weird films today: the spooky Carnival of Souls at 12:15 PM ET (that’s just an hour away!) and the deranged Spider Baby at 4:45. We’ll keep you up to date on the weirdest of the weird on TCM this month, but you can also check out Watching Forever’s handy October TCM schedule.

ONLINE DEBUTS:

“The World of Tomorrow Episode 3: The Absent Destinations of David Prime”: springs the third installment of his melancholy, comic philosophical stick-figure sci-fi cartoon on the world. It’s a hearty 30 minutes long and only available on Vimeo at the moment. Fans of the series will want to check it out, but a minor caution: precocious moppet Winona Mae appears to have outgrown the series, and it’s heading in different directions. Hertzfeld has neither confirmed nor ruled out plans for an Episode 4. Rent “The World of Tomorrow Episode 3: The Absent Destinations of David Prime.”

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Motel Hell (1980): “It takes all kind of critters to make Farmer Vincent’s fritters!” This cult cannibal comedy has been released on Blu-ray before; this is a collectible steelbook with new cover artwork featuring the chainsaw-wielding pig-man. Buy Motel Hell.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and we’re seeing a trickle of new screenings. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time (if in doubt, try a drive-in!)

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Reminder: tomorrow we’ll be meeting up virtually on Netflix to watch in the 2018 adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. As usual, we’ll post the link to join around 10 PM here, on Facebook, and on Twitter. Please join us! If you can’t make it tomorrow, our next weird watch party will be held on Amazon Prime and will occur on Halloween night.

As for next week’s reviews, will cover a couple of new releases in the Turkish dystopian horror The Antenna and and ‘s latest, the sci-fi oriented Synchronic. Giles Edwards, meanwhile, digs into the long-neglected reader-suggested review queue fora look at (and listen to) ‘s 2012 breakthrough horror film, Berberian Sound Studio. Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/9/2020

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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 DEVELOPMENT (content wanted):

“Untitled project”: Reposting this content request word-for-word: “I’m putting together a new No-Budget Feature Film that’ll be an anthology film of lots of weird shit. If y’all have any weird shorts, music videos, fake commercials, cartoons, claymations, fake trailers, really anything weird that you’d like to possibly be in the film then email me: Sonburnt77 [at] gmail [dot] com.

I can’t guarantee that what you send me will make it in the film but I’ll definitely try to fit in as much as I can! Also, we probably won’t use the entirety of whatever you send me (so keep that in mind)! Most of the videos will be chopped up in the editing room. Basically, if you’ve made weird shit in the past and you’re not doing anything with it then I’d love to possibly use it! Lastly, there is no upfront payments for this (since this is basically a no budget deal) but I’ll definitely negotiate a backend deal with whatever I use from anyone! Thanks so much! Love y’all!”

Saturday Short contributors take note!

DVR ALERT (Turner Classic Movies, 10/14):

Freaks (1932): Read the Canonically Weird review! It’s officially October: time again for Turner Classic Movies to unlock their vault of horror films, including the weird ones! This week you can catch the astounding Freaks in a marathon that also includes The Unholy Three, The Unknown, The Blackbird, The Thirteen Chair, Mark of the Vampire, and The Devil Doll. We’ll keep you up to date on the weirdest of the weird on TCM this month, but you can also check out Watching Forever’s handy October TCM schedule.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

The Deeper You Dig (2019): Read Giles Edwards’ review. This family-affair ghost story (made by a husband/wife/daughter filmmaking team) isn’t exceptionally weird, but is a bit uncanny and makes for a chilly Halloween-season watch. Previously released on DVD or VOD, now on Blu-ray. Buy The Deeper You Dig.

Pierrot le fou (1965): Read the Canonically Weird entry! The has reacquired the rights to ‘s New Wave classic and re-released it in a new transfer (2K); otherwise the supplements are the same as their previous out-of-print edition. On two DVDs or one Blu-ray. Buy Pierrot le fou.

Shutter Island (2010): Read our review. Scorsese‘s psychological thriller makes it to 4K Ultra HD (Blu-ray also included). Buy Shutter Island.

“Star Trek 10-Movie Stardate Collection”: All ten of the original “Star Trek” franchise films collected together (omitting the J.J. Abrams remakes). We mention the release in case you’re a Trekker who doesn’t yet own Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which Alfred Eaker argues is the weirdest of the bunch. Buy “Star Trek 10-Movie Stardate Collection”

Teknolust (2002): plays a scientist and the three cyborg clones she creates, who need to seduce men to acquire Y-chromosomes. In our review queue, and now on Blu-ray for what we believe is the first time ever. Buy Teknolust.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and we’re seeing a trickle of new screenings. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Our October 17 Weird Netflix Party is set and scheduled. We’ll be screening the Shirley Jackson adaptation We Have Always Lived in the Castle (featuring !) Mark the date!

As for next week’s reviews, Giles Edwards is ready with ‘s 2015 debut Crumbs , in which a post-apocalyptic Ethiopian dwarf sets out to find Santa Claus. Meanwhile,

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 10/2/2020

366 Weird Movies may earn commissions from purchases made through product links.

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):

The Antenna [Bina] (2019): A totalitarian government controls the population via the media in this Turkish allegory. No direct relation to The Aerial [La Antena]. The Antenna official site.

Possessor (2020): Eight years after his weird debut Antiviral, is back with another feature, this one about future assassins who possess the bodies of innocents to carry out their kills. Visuals look impressive; whether it’s otherwise weird is yet to be determined. Possessor official site.

STREAMING SERVICES:

We’re going to mention two niche streaming services—one new, one older—that have some weird movie content coming online this month. The newer and more exclusive of the two is ARROW (the service’s official name) from Arrow Video (naturally). It looks like the available content will rotate (like the Criterion Channel), but October features a number of films you may be interested in: canonically weird titles Audition and Tetsuo: The Iron Man, a good number of gialli, Re-Animator, The Wizard of Gore,The Deeper You Dig, The Baby, and ‘s debut, Crumbs. You’ll also have access to select special features and extras that show up on their home video releases. They offer a free 30 day trial, and require $4.99/month or $49.99/year afterwards.

Meanwhile, Midnight Pulp is a multi-platform service that’s been around for a couple years (slogan: “streaming all things strange”). They’re celebrating Halloween with subgenre-themed horror weeks: October 2-8 is Asian horror, highlighted (again) by Audition. There’s a lot of crossover with ARROW’s current catalog, though they have deals with many other indie distributors like Cult Epics, Severin, and Artsploitation. Some of the content is free and ad-supported; premium subscribers to the PULP+ service ($4.99/month after a 30-day free trial) have more options and an ad-free experience. Some titles of interest include the canonically weird title Gozu, Rampo Noir, and Bad Taste (free), plus oddities like Society, Putney Swope, and Vanishing Waves (premium only).

ARROW streaming service

Midnight Pulp streaming service

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

The Dead Ones (2019): Four students are punished by being forced to clean up their trashed high school, but find themselves locked inside and hunted by armed gunmen. From the mind that brought you the supremely confusing The Attic Expeditions. DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy The Dead Ones.

The Elephant Man (1980): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. ‘s humanistic biopic of sideshow freak John Merrick isn’t weird, but Lynch completists will obviously be interested in this release. DVD or Blu. Buy The Elephant Man.

“Focus Features 10-Movie Spotlight Collection”: A ten-movie bargain bundle highlighted by (for our purposes) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), with nine B-features including Lost in Translation, Pride & Prejudice, Brokeback Mountain, Atonement, Burn After Reading, Moonrise Kingdom, The Theory of Everything , On the Basis of Sex, and Harriet. Blu-ray only. Buy “Focus Features 10-Movie Spotlight Collection”.

“Galaxy Express 999, Collection 3” (1980-1981): The conclusion of the Japanese anime series about a 10-year old orphan traveling on the galactic railway in a quest for mechanical immortality. It’s got a link to a reader-suggested movie, since someone recommended Galaxy Express 999 (1979), which is a condensed version of Season 1. Collection 1  was released in 2019 and Collection 2 in July. Blu-ray only. Buy “Galaxy Express 999, Collection 3”.

“Universal 10-Film Sci-Fi Collection”: Another bundle including a single weird outlier, Twelve Monkeys (1995); you also get Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lucy, Oblivion, Pacific Rim Uprising, Pitch Black, Repo Men, Serenity, Seventh Son and Waterworld as bonus features. Your choice of DVD or Blu-ray. Buy “Universal 10-Film Sci-Fi Collection”.

Wicked City (1987): A secret agent tries to protect the fragile peace treaty between humans and demons from a plot that would destroy it.  We reviewed the live-action adaptation of this anime years ago; this is the better-received anime’s first Blu-ray release. Buy Wicked City.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Independent theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and we’re seeing a trickle of new screenings. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time.

FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Sin City (2005): Read the Certified Weird review! and ‘ pulp-noir-expressionist comic book come to life is now listed as “leaving soon” on Tubi, so see it while you can. Watch Sin City free on Tubi.tv.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Our poll is set for our next Weird Netflix Watch Party, scheduled for October 17 (vote here). Next week’s reviews will include Giles Edwards gamely enduring ‘ early experimental piece, Kinetta (2005), while Gregory J. Smalley looks at the teens-in-peril horror The Dead Ones (2002) (see this week’s home video releases). And you’ll be happy to know we’re working hard behind the scenes on the 2020 Yearbook, with every intention of getting it out in early December, just like we managed to do last year! Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

NETFLIX WEIRD WATCH PARTY POLL FOR OCTOBER 17 SCREENING

Here’s the poll to vote for our October weird Netflix watch party, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:15 PM ET. If you plan on virtually attending, please vote for the movie we’ll be watching below. We’ll screen the two movies that get the most votes. Your host, Gregory J. Smalley, will personally break any ties. Note that unlike our other polls, you can only vote once. Poll closes at midnight ET on Thursday, October 8. You may vote for multiple movies, but not for every movie (because that would be pointless).


NETFLIX WEIRD WATCH PARTY FOR OCTOBER 17, 2020

We’re still experimenting with formats for our Weird Watch Parties. This month, we’ll be offering two Weird Watch Parties, one on Netflix on October 17 at 10:15 PM ET, and one on Amazon Prime on October 31 (Halloween!) at 10:15 PM EST. This will allow us to take a more leisurely approach to the nomination process and hopefully build up antici…. pation.

As always, we’ll be looking for a minimum of five movie screening nominations from people who plan to attend. After we get the minimum five nominations and likely attendees, we’ll put up a poll. We’re hoping that the extra lead time will allow us to announce our choice a week ahead of the screening time.

The Canonically Weird movies on Netflix that we haven’t yet screened yet are Being John Malkovich (1999), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Kung Fu Hustle (2004), The Lobster (2015), Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), A Serious Man (2009), Sin City (2005), and Swiss Army Man (2016). Feel free to nominate any of these, or ignore them in favor of other selections. You can nominate something you nominated before, but not something we watched in a previous party: so no The Platform, April and the Extraordinary World, The Bad Batch, Skins [Pieles], Under the Skin, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Enemy, A Ghost Story, Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema, Between Worlds, Buster’s Mal Heart, The Aerial [La Antena], The Endless, The Wicker Man (1973)Murder Party (2007), I Lost My Body (2019), or I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020).

To participate, you’ll need a U.S. Netflix account, a Chrome-based browser, and the Netflix Party extension.

RSVP and make your nominations in the comments below.