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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/19/2019

9Our 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):

Hagasuzza: A Heathen’s Curse [Hagazussa] (2017): A 15th century woman in an Alpine village is (appropriately) accused of witchcraft. This German art-house horror is receiving nearly universal critical acclaim. Hagazussa official Facebook page.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018): Toby, once an idealistic student filmmaker and now a director of commercials, revisits Spain to find the old shoemaker he cast as his lead in his “Don Quixote” student film now believes he is Quixote and Toby is Sancho Panza. Have you been following this? After a successful “one night only” Fathom screening, Terry Gilliam‘s “cursed” film gets a limited release after all. P.S.: it’s good. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote official site.

Under the Silver Lake (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ review. ‘s trippy conspiracy-noir bombed at Cannes and the release was repeatedly pushed back; there were rumors that distributor A24 was going to have the film re-edited, but they appear to have been scrapped. Will debut on VOD shortly (April 22, to be exact) after a very limited theatrical release. Under the Silver Lake official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Diamonds of the Night (1964): Two Jewish boys escape from a Nazi train carrying them to a concentration camp into a surrealistic countryside. A classic from that’s been long-unavailable, now rescued by the Criterion Collection and available on DVD or Blu-ray (and probably on their new streaming channel soon enough). Buy Diamonds of the Night.

Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987): Two comely secret agents accidentally come into possession of stolen diamonds which lead them to a drug kingpin. The amazing 80s and 90s films of Andy Sidaris repeated the same campy formula over and over—ex-Playboy Playmates cast as secret agents, bounteous T&A, ersatz James Bond chicanery—but this one is the most ridiculous of them all, featuring a blow-up doll destroyed by a bazooka and a deadly cancer-infected snake (!) Mill Creek releases it restored on Blu-ray with behind-the-scenes features: what an age we live in! Buy Hard Ticket to Hawaii.

Keoma (1976): A half-breed (Franco Nero) returns from his wanderings to find his hometown faced with a plague and led by a corrupt mayor, assisted by his three hateful half-brothers. A very odd (though maybe not totally weird) Spaghetti Western that’s very self-conscious in its mythologizing, with a symbolic crucifixion, a witch only Keoma can see running around spouting prophecies, and a bizarre soundtrack where the singers simply describe exactly what’s happening onscreen. Arrow Blus it this week in a lavish special edition. Buy Keoma.

The Manitou (1978): That tumor on Susan Strasberg’s back turns out to be the reincarnated fetus of an ancient evil spirit. Maybe William Girdler’s best (and final) movie, which is to say it’s an incompetent hoot that at least has Tony Curtis embarrassing himself as a psychic who fights it out out with the Native American spirit by playing a game of live-action “Asteroids.” A Shout! Factory Blu-ray release. Buy The Manitou.

The Texture of Falling (2018): Two intertwined nonlinear stories: an affair between an aspiring filmmaker and a concert pianist intercut with another couple who are into bondage and discipline. This debut from Portland-based Maria Allred bills itself as a “controversial and surrealist feature film” and is available (exclusively) on Amazon Prime. Watch The Texture of Falling.

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.

YOU LINK US! YOU REALLY LINK US!:

Gregory J. Smalley‘s review of Viy (1967) was quoted in Alison Nastasi’s list of 50 Visually Stunning Horror Movies for Twisted Aesthetes for Flavorwire. Nearly every movie on the list is reviewed in these pages (and 19 of them joined the Canonically Weird list), so we endorse it.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week will be the finals of the March Mad Movie Madness tournament (which is good, because we wouldn’t want this thing to run into May). As you read this, there’s still time to vote in the semifinals (although Eraserhead and The Holy Mountain have built such incredible leads that it’s hard to see any other permutation of finalists).

As far as new articles go, we will have at least two. Ryan Aarset brings you the scoop on Clair Denis’ trippy sci-fi feature High Times (in theaters now). And Gregory J. Smalley promises bring you at least one new review, but we can’t tell you exactly what it is because he’s failed to submit it yet. (We’d fire the cad for tardiness, but he controls the bank account and has the keys to the 366 yacht). And who knows, something else could always drop into our submission box between now and next Friday.

Onward and weirdward!

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.

MARCH MAD MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT: THE FREAKY 4

From an original 366 contenders, we’re down to the Freaky Four. Three more matches will determine our most popular weird movie of all time.

A special shout-out to Naked Lunch, who made it all the way to a special overtime round before falling to Un Chien Andalou. It deserves mention as the 5th most popular weird movie.

Here are the official Freaky 4, along with the path they took to make it this far:

The Holy Mountain (1973): defeated Playtime (1967), 135-33; defeated The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), 105-36; defeated Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 108-45; defeated Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), 107-46; defeated Spirited Away (2001), 78-55; defeated 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 106-65.

Suspiria (1977): defeated Hour of the Wolf [Vargtimmen] (1968), 87-24; defeated Vertigo (1958), 123-39; defeated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), 96-68; defeated The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973), 109-36; defeated Donnie Darko (2001), 93-48; defeated Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), 94-77.

Un Chien Andalou (1929): defeated Forbidden Zone (1982), 76-49; defeated The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), 76-39; defeated Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966), 77-61; defeated Akira (1988), 83-71; defeated El Topo (1970), 69-65; defeated Naked Lunch, 93-91.

Eraserhead (1977): defeated Evil Dead II (1987), 99-29; defeated A Clockwork Orange (1971), 102-33; defeated The Exterminating Angel [El àngel exterminador] (1962), 117-30; defeated The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), 112-41; defeated Häxan [Witchcraft Through the Ages] (1922), 111-34; defeated Mulholland Drive (2001), 151-51.

You can see the full results and progress of the entire tournament here: https://challonge.com/tsut4018 (note that this link is just for viewing results. You must vote using the forms below.)

Now it’s time to remove two more contenders and set up the final death match.

You may vote once every 24 hours. This round closes at midnight, EST Apr. 19.

Get to voting below! (No wagering, please.)



WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/12/2019

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):

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018): A movie in two inscrutable parts: a nonlinear mosaic of memories, and a dream. It does not appear to have much, if anything, to do with Eugene O’Neill’s play, but rather is the sophomore effort from Chinese director , whose debut film, Kaili Blues, was also mystical and obtuse. Long Day’s Journey Into Night official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Mega Time Squad (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ mini-review and listen to his interview with director Tim Van Dammen. This New Zealand set time-travel caper comedy makes it to DVD and Blu-ray. Buy Mega Time Squad.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week we’ll continue our Mad March Movie Madness tournament (yes, we know it’s April), and we should even start the final round. As for reviews, we’ll have at least two, as Giles Edwards reports on Netflix’s African magical realist feature The Burial of Kojo and G. Smalley brings you at least one review (Piercing, an adaptation of a novel by the guy who wrote the original Audition, with a similar sadomasochistic theme). Since this column will appear on Good Friday next week, we might take off Maundy Thursday instead… of we might sneak in another review. In either case, onward and weirdward!

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.

MARCH MAD MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT: THE EERIE 8

We know it’s already April, but we’re too in love with alliteration to change the tournament title.

We’ve reached the quarterfinals, with only eight favorite weird movies left of the original 366 contestants.

Mostly the favorites won in the previous round. The most interesting result was Mulholland Drive, which trailed in tight voting up until yesterday but came back at the last moment to defeat Hausu and set up a death-match with another powerhouse: Eraserhead.

Here are the official Eerie 8, along with the path they took to make it this far:

The Holy Mountain (1973): defeated Playtime (1967), 135-33; defeated The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), 105-36; defeated Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 108-45; defeated Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), 107-46; defeated Spirited Away (2001), 78-55.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): defeated Dementia [Daughter of Horror] (1955), 125-18; defeated Lost Highway (1997), 99-52; defeated Enter the Void (2009), 107-42; defeated Santa Sangre (1989), 109-51; defeated Repo Man (1984), 92-47.

Suspiria (1977): defeated Hour of the Wolf [Vargtimmen] (1968), 87-24; defeated Vertigo (1958), 123-39; defeated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), 96-68; defeated The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973), 109-36; defeated Donnie Darko (2001), 93-48.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989): advanced through play-in round; defeated Phantom of the Paradise (1974), 64-36; defeated After Hours (1985), 79-44; defeated The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), 89-49; defeated Barton Fink (1991), 89-68; defeated Under the Skin (2013), 75-64,

Naked Lunch (1991): defeated Time Bandits (1981), 94-44; defeated Glen or Glenda (1953), 103-16; defeated Don’t Look Now (1973), 94-52; defeated Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009), 98-55; defeated Possession (1981), 67-58.

Un Chien Andalou (1929): defeated Forbidden Zone (1982), 76-49; defeated The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), 76-39; defeated Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966), 77-61; defeated Akira (1988), 83-71; defeated El Topo (1970), 69-65.

Mulholland Drive (2001): defeated Society (1989), 111-22; defeated Orpheus (1950), 97-27; defeated Brazil (1985), 91-69; defeated The Lobster (2015), 111-43; defeated House [Hausu] (1977), 75-70.

Eraserhead (1977): defeated Evil Dead II (1987), 99-29; defeated A Clockwork Orange (1971), 102-33; defeated The Exterminating Angel [El àngel exterminador] (1962), 117-30; defeated The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), 112-41; defeated Häxan [Witchcraft Through the Ages] (1922), 111-34.

You can see the full results and progress of the entire tournament here: https://challonge.com/tsut4018 (note that this link is just for viewing results. You must vote using the forms below.)

You may vote once every 24 hours. This round closes at midnight, EST Apr. 13.

Get to voting below! (No wagering, please.)





WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/5/2019

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 (SPECIAL EVENT SCREENINGS):

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): Read the Certified Weird entry! ‘s steampunk fairy tale gets a nationwide revival via GKIDS/Fathom Entertainment screenings on April 7, 8 &10. Find a theater near you.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018): ‘s ill-fated Quixote variation, 20 years in the making, is finally released, though not perhaps in the manner Gilliam hoped. The finally-revealed scenario, which involves Adam Driver as an ex-director confronting his former star () who now believes himself to be Quixote, sounds more than a little Fisher King-esque. Do an old man a favor and catch it at a theater near you: one night only, April 10.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

High Life (2018): Claire Denis joint about astronaut and daughter onboard a deserted spaceship headed towards a black hole, trying to figure out what happened to the rest of the crew. Weird-hating critic Rex Reed (I could have sworn he retired?) raved that it was “baffling, non-linear to the point of near-schizophrenia… [i]ts abstract ideas about life and death don’t make one lick of sense.High Life official site.

Suburban Birds [Jiao qu de niao] (2018): An engineer investigating a sinkhole discovers a diary what seems to contain prophecies about his own life. A 4.0 on IMDB and 71% positive on Rotten Tomatoes; that’s the kind of spread that suggests a movie is either really boring, or really weird (or both). Suburban Birds official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (POST-PRODUCTION):

Shakespeare’s Sh*tstorm (est. 2019): We’re a little late to the party in breaking the news about this “spiritual sequel” to Tromeo & Juliet from shock shlock studio ; it’s probably nearly complete by now. This time, gives Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” his scatological treatment. Neither James Gunn nor Lemmy will be helping out this time. The grossout trailer is filled with bodily fluids (some chunky) and is definitely not-SFW; watch at your own peril.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ festival mini-review. Not as weird as the title suggests—it’s actually more of a character study—but certainly an out-of-the-ordinary turn for the popular . On DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.

The Man With the Magic Box (2017): In Warsaw in the near future, an amnesiac man (whose memory may have been wiped by the government) goes to work as a janitor and falls in love with a superior, but the past inevitably catches up to him.  We expect to review this low-budget Polish film with an imaginative dystopia and a hard-to-swallow twist soon. Buy The Man With the Magic Box.

Terra Formars (2016): A manned mission to Mars must contend with a race of mutant cockroaches. Having apparently settled in to making batty B-movie manga adaptations in the twilight of his career, hasn’t produced any (sur)real classics in the past twenty years; but then again, we haven’t seen any real bombs from him (well, possibly one…) Arrow Video releases this one on Blu-ray only. Buy Terra Formars.

Terror 5 (2016): Five interlocking tales of Argentine “terror.” Expect a review soon. Buy Terror 5.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Continue voting in our Mad March April Movie Madness tournament, please, and/or enter our April “pick-your-prize” giveaway while it lasts (contest closes April 8). While you’re doing that, you can also check out our upcoming reviews of a the violent/absurd French cartoon MFKZ and a pair of DVD-only releases from our friends at Artsploitation pictures: Terror 5 and The Man with the Magic Box (see descriptions in “Home Video” above). And is prodigal Alfred Eaker really back and ready to take his punishment? Find out next week!

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.

MARCH MAD MOVIE MADNESS TOURNAMENT: THE STRANGE 16

We know it’s already April, but we’re too in love with alliteration to change the tournament title. At any rate, we’ve now distilled the original 366 candidates to sixteen strange movies, which will face off each other in this round to see who has the stuff to be named one of the Eerie Eight.

Here are the official Strange 16, along with the path they took to make it this far:

Spirited Away (2001): defeated Vampyr (1932), 107-68; defeated Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983), 95-58; defeated Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), 122-33; defeated The City of Lost Children [La cité des enfants perdus] (1995), 86-73.

The Holy Mountain (1973): defeated Playtime (1967), 135-33; defeated The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), 105-36; defeated Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), 108-45; defeated Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970), 107-46.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): defeated Dementia [Daughter of Horror] (1955), 125-18; defeated Lost Highway (1997), 99-52; defeated Enter the Void (2009), 107-42; defeated Santa Sangre (1989), 109-51.

Repo Man (1984): advanced through play-in round; defeated Altered States (1980), 78-76; defeated Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990), 88-44; defeated Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), 99-52; defeated Repulsion (1965), 78-75.

Suspiria (1977): defeated Hour of the Wolf [Vargtimmen] (1968), 87-24; defeated Vertigo (1958), 123-39; defeated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), 96-68; defeated The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973), 109-36.

Donnie Darko (2001): defeated The Phantom of Liberty (1974), 68-33; defeated Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), 78-75; defeated Come and See (1985), 93-51; defeated Wild at Heart (1990), 83-77.

Under the Skin (2013): advanced through play-in round; defeated The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), 69-21; defeated Fantastic Planet [La Planète Sauvage] (1973), 75-64; defeated mother! (2017), 89-63; defeated Dark City (1998), 99-52.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989): advanced through play-in round; defeated Phantom of the Paradise (1974), 64-36; defeated After Hours (1985), 79-44; defeated The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), 89-49; defeated Barton Fink (1991), 89-68.

Naked Lunch (1991): defeated Time Bandits (1981), 94-44; defeated Glen or Glenda (1953), 103-16; defeated Don’t Look Now (1973), 94-52; defeated Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009), 98-55.

Possession (1981): defeated You, the Living [Du Levande] (2007), 103-20; defeated Alice [Neco Z Alenky] (1988), 66-58; defeated Being John Malkovich (1999), 80-73; defeated Pink Flamingos (1972), 87-61.

Un Chien Andalou (1929): defeated Forbidden Zone (1982), 76-49; defeated The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), 76-39; defeated Daisies [Sedmikrásky] (1966), 77-61; defeated Akira (1988), 83-71.

El Topo (1970): Defeated Lucifer Rising (1981), 104-19; defeated Metropolis (1927), 66-44; defeated Perfect Blue (1997), 93-65; defeated INLAND EMPIRE (2006), 87-62.

Mulholland Drive (2001): defeated Society (1989), 111-22; defeated Orpheus (1950), 97-27; defeated Brazil (1985), 91-69; defeated The Lobster (2015), 111-43.

House [Hausu] (1977): defeated Cemetery Man [Dellamorte Dellamore] (1994), 94-27; defeated Audition [Ôdishon] (1999), 91-30; defeated Videodrome (1983), 85-84; defeated Blue Velvet (1986), 98-56.

Häxan [Witchcraft Through the Ages] (1922): advanced through play-in round; defeated The Triplets of Belleville (2003), 75-35; defeated Underground (1995), 81-25; defeated Meshes of the Afternoon (1943), 79-58; defeated The Saragossa Manuscript (1965), 81-46.

Eraserhead (1977): defeated Evil Dead II (1987), 99-29; defeated A Clockwork Orange (1971), 102-33; defeated The Exterminating Angel [El àngel exterminador] (1962), 117-30; defeated The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), 112-41.

You can see the full results and progress of the entire tournament here: https://challonge.com/tsut4018 (note that this link is just for viewing results. You must vote using the forms below.)

You may vote once every 24 hours. This round closes at midnight, EST Apr. 8.

Get to voting below! (No wagering, please.)

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366 WEIRD MOVIES’ APRIL 2019 GIVEAWAY – PICK YOUR PRIZE

Time for another giveaway contest! This one is simple. We will have two prize options; just certify you meet the eligibility rules and then enter the name of the one you want in the comments. We’ll select two winners (one for each prize, naturally) randomly at the end of the week from all eligible entries.

Eligibility rules:

  • You must comment on this post confirming you meet the eligibility requirements and specifying which prize option you want. Each individual may only enter the drawing for Prize Option 1 or Prize Option 2, not both.
  • Due to the nature of the prizes, you must be over 18 years of age to participate.
  • To receive the prize, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States. (Don’t publish your address in your comment! We’ll contact the winners through email).
  • You are not eligible for this prize if you have won a contest here in the previous six months. 366 contributors are not eligible for the prize.

We’ll stop accepting entries Monday, April 8, at midnight EST. If the winner does not respond to our request for a mailing address within 48 hours we’ll email a runner-up, and so forth, until the prize is given away.

Both prizes are new, previously unviewed discs.

Prize Option 1: Blue Movie (1971, Dutch), Blu-ray + DVD, courtesy Cult Epics:

Blue Movie (1971) Blu-ray cover

In his review, Giles Edwards said “Blue Movie made quite a splash at the time of its release, resulting in a lot of hand-wringing on the part of more upright Dutch (and international) citizens. Large chunks of the movie are, indeed, akin to softcore pornography, but as much as possible, the sex is handled not just tastefully, but also with a refreshing sense of joie-de-vivre… a nice reminder that good movies can have good sex.”

Blue Movie trailer (NSFW)

Prize Option 2: The House + Do It Yourself (2 DVDs), courtesy Artsploitation Films:

The House (2016, Norway): “Arthouse meets horror meets Nazis in this creepy Norwegian ghost tale. Set in WWII, two German soldier escort a POW though a Scandinavian forest in wintertime. Freezing, they seek refuge in a seemingly empty house. What began as welcoming turns much more sinister and deadlier as they wonder if they have somehow stepped into a sort of psychological Hell from which there may be no escape.” (Box cover description.)

and Do It Yourself (2017, Greece): “This action thriller/black comedy brims with hi-octane excitement. A small-time crook, holed up in a labyrinthine porn studio, finds that he is being hunted down by a double-crossing crime boss. He has only one option—to escape from the other crooks. An inventive, funny and fast-paced crime yarn filled with gun-packing thugs, a dangerously high body count and one man determined to escape alive.” (Box cover description.)

Get to it! Remember to specify which prize option you are entering the contest for. No other skill necessary!