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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/14/2019

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):

Mangoshake (2018): No-budget absurdist spoof of coming-of-age films, featuring a group of “teens” who open a stand selling mango shakes, and a jealous rival who hawks chow mein. Talk about “limited release:” this is only playing at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, for two more nights: June 14 (tonight!) and 17. We’ll have a rare Sunday afternoon review of this one. Mangoshake at Spectacle Theater.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

“The Deadly Ten”: Halloweed Night & Necropolis: Legion: As we mentioned previously, Full Moon Studios has a unique promotional gimmick for their next ten films: they’ll be live-streaming behind-the-scenes footage as the movies are being produced. The first title, the stoner horror/comedy Halloweed Night, has already begun filming (although it appears the live-stream promotion won’t begin until after midnight tonight at 12:30 AM; some archived content is available). When Halloweed is in the can, next up is Necropolis: Legion, described as “a surreal, Eurotrash-tinted companion film to the classic 1986 Band-produced Empire Pictures exploitation film.” That sounds potentially up our alley. If your curious, sign up for the streams at Deadly Ten.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie (1975): A crazy sounding Dutch sex-horror about bisexual nude models who may also be vampires. The script boasts five writers, including producer/Eurosex pioneer and (Malpertuis); Cult Epics’ Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes three sexy period shorts. Look for a review in the near future. Buy My Nights with Susan, Sandra, Olga & Julie.

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.

NEPOTISM CORNER: There’s a reason Alfred Eaker has been late covering his summer blockbusters (and other movies) this year: he’s been at hard at work putting the finishing touches on his upcoming novel, “Brother Cobweb.” It’s the hallucinatory story of a young man raised in a restrictive Pentacostal denomination, haunted by the metaphorical title character. It now has an approximate release date: Easter season, 2020. The novel will be followed by a limited release book of Alfred’s art and a graphic novel adaptation/spnoff, “The Brother Cobeweb Chronicles.” More info as we get closer to release date. Alfred made the official announcement on his Facebook page, with previews of the artwork (by Alfred and Todd Coe).

Brother Cobweb promotional

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: As mentioned above, next week we’ll start with a rare Sunday review of Mangoshake (for the sake of any Brooklyners who might be interested in catching its final screening at Spectacle Theater). We’ll follow that up with some small screen coverage, as Shane Wilson brings you a review of Netflix’s “Russian Doll” and Gregory J. Smalley does the same for Hulu’s new “Catch-22” miniseries adaptation. And of course, we’ll announce the first three titles in our new list of Apocrypha movies (there’s still time for you to vote for your picks until Wednesday). 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.

366 WEIRD MOVIES INAUGURAL APOCRYPHA POLL

The List of 366 is complete. Let’s start another list of 366 alternates, a mix of runners-up and movies that debuted too late for consideration in the Canonical List of the 366 Best Weird Movies Ever Made.

We’re calling this supplemental list “Apocrypha,” and this is your first chance to help select the roster.

From the 30 candidates submitted by readers, you can vote for up to three. This poll will close at midnight EST, Wednesday, June 19. As always, you may vote once per day.

You can also try to influence others’ votes in the comments, if you like.

Let’s go for another 366!


WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/7/2019

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.

FILM FESTIVALSHolly Weird Film Festival (North Hollywood, CA, 6/9):

We had to mention this one mainly because of the festival name. Holly Weird describes itself as an underground film festival with a mission to “celebrate independent films of all genres that feature a distinct vision, a unique voice, or an avant-garde challenge to what is expected or accepted.” The inaugural slate is mostly short films we’re not familiar with, but it does include 2007’s “Doxology.” Also on the slate, as the only feature-length film, is ‘ new documentary Hush…Hush, Nellie Oleson! about his attempts to fit former “Little House on the Prairie” actress Alison Arngrim into a low-budget experimental film. Los Angelino film fans with obscure tastes should check it out this weekend.

Holly Weird Film Festival Facebook page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Batman Returns (1992): Read the Certified Weird entry! Warner Brothers is re-releasing their entire Batman catalog this week, including the strangest entry, ‘s carnivalesque take on a sequel, featuring psychotic clown henchmen and penguins strapped with missiles. The 4D Ultra HD disc is bundled with a standard Blu-ray. Buy Batman Returns.

Knife + Heart (2018): A producer of gay porn films becomes obsessed with recreating a series of murders in hopes of winning back her lesbian lover. This queer slasher/giallo pic from sounds fairly unclassifiable; available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy Knife + Heart.

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. A glorious mess from Terry Gilliam, plagued by legendary production disasters that made it take more than two decades in the making, now on DVD, Blu-ray or VOD for all to see! Buy The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

Rondo (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ review and enter the contest to win a Rondo DVD. A military reject discovers a secret fetishist society that enacts forbidden, sadistic fantasies. On DVD and VOD. Buy Rondo.

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 at 366 Weird Movies, look for the second installment of Alfred Eaker‘s summer torture tour, as he takes on Disney’s regurgitated Aladdin; Giles Edwards goes underground for the upcoming drag queen doc Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary; we cover a film from topless-Playmate-secret-agent-specialist Andy Sidaris for the first time as Pete Trbovich gets Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987); and we’ll put up our first poll for entries to make the list of apocryphal weird movies (you can still suggest nominees here until next Tuesday, and be entered into the drawing for a Rondo DVD at the same time). That’s a lot for a summer week, isn’t it? 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.

CONTEST: HELP US KICK OFF THE APOCRYPHA SECTION AND WIN A DVD OF “RONDO”

After completing the List of the 366 Canonically Weird Movies at the beginning of this year, we announced that we’d open up a second list of 366 Apocryphally Weird Movies, to catch the runners-up and the new movies that will inevitably be made in 2019 and beyond.  The time has come to begin that process, and you will decide the inaugural entry—and maybe win a prize in the bargain.

Just tell us what movie you think we should put on the supplemental list in the comments below. You can see what’s already on the complete Canonical list in the sidebar to the left on desktops, or at the very bottom of your screen on mobile devices. Serious entries only; we will disregard any nominations for Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Transformers, or the like. Ideally, your choice should be available for us to screen on home video; we may make exceptions to that rule on a case-by-case basis.

After a week of nominations/contest entries, we’ll gather all the nominees and create a poll for voting for the official entries. If we receive more than eleven nominees, you’ll vote for two winners to achieve Apocrypha status; in the unlikely event we receive more than twenty-three nominations, we’ll allow you to vote three on the Apocryphal List.

You may nominate a movie even if you aren’t eligible for the contest or don’t wish to receive the prize; just mention you’re not in it for the swag when you announce your choice.

Contest eligibility rules: You must make a nomination by commenting on this post and informing us of your desire to be in the contest. To receive the DVD, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States. (Don’t publish your address in your comment! We’ll contact the winner through email). 366 contributors are not eligible for the prize. You are not eligible for this prize if you have won a contest here in the last six months. We’ll stop accepting entries Tuesday, June 11, at midnight EST. The winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible comments. 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.

RONDO DVD Cover (2018)As for the prize:  It’s a fresh DVD copy of the newly-released revenge-sploitation feature Rondo (2018). Giles Edwards immediately nominated this one for the List when he saw it at the Fantasia Film Festival last year, gushing that he was “impressed at not only its vitality, violence, and humor, but also its incredible audacity” and concluding “In Rondo, baroque verbiage and baroque violence come together in a celebration of blood-sodden deadpan.” If you need more hype, Giles conducted an interview with the director and producer, and you can check out the NSFW trailer, too.

Now let’s get started on those 366 Apocryphal titles!

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/31/2019

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.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Blue Velvet (1986): Read the Canonically Weird entry! The Criterion Collection adds another jewel to its crown; some special features (even the much ballyhooed “lost footage”) have appeared on other releases, but this one does boast remastering, the feature length doc Blue Velvet Revisited, and Lynch reading from his memoir “Room to Dream.” On two DVDs or one Blu-ray. Buy Blue Velvet.

Climax (2018): Read our review. Provacateur puts a megadose of LSD into his cinematic punch bowl. On DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy Climax.

Lords of Chaos (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ review. The based-on-a-true-story of True Norwegian Death Metal. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Lords of Chaos.

Starfish (2018): Read our review. It’s the end of the world, maybe, but Aubrey might be able to save all of us with a mixtape. This indie horror/sci-fi/drama-of-lonelieness is out on VOD only (for the moment, at least). Buy or rent Starfish.

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.

NEPOTISM CORNER: 366’s contributed a short piece on Howl’s Moving Castle to the Spool as part of their coverage of May’s Filmmaker of the Month, . You can read it here.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: We’ve got a busy summer week coming up at 366, as Alfred Eaker starts off his summer blockbuster purgatory with a trip to see what may be the least Alfred Eaker movie ever, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. Next up, Giles Edwards fills you in on 2018’s arty animation Ruben Brandt: Collector (about a psychiatrist with an art-thief clientele) and Pete Trbovich takes on Keoma (1976), the cult spaghetti western with a rather, um, unforgettable soundtrack. To top it all off, we’re going to start a new poll with an associated DVD giveaway contest (hint: it’s apocrypha time)  Stay tuned, and 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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/24/2019

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):

Diamantino (2018): A Portuguese soccer star adopts an African lesbian immigrant, while his twin sisters are conducting secret genetic experiments. This bonkers-sounding comedy has garnered good reviews, and a limited stateside release, after a successful festival run. Diamantino official site.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009): Four friends find the titular Macguffin in the titular locale, which eventually leads to  surreal confrontations with the Cowboy Pimp and the Almighty himself. A feminist work by identical twin sisters (the Soskas) whose title perhaps oversells the level of subtlety here. Makes its Blu-ray debut this week. Buy Dead Hooker in a Trunk.

The Image Book (2018):  takes images from films of the past, digitally alters them, and philosophizes in voiceover. More late Godard for cinema masochists (we’ll probably end up joining them). On DVD or Blu-ray from Kino-Lorber.  Buy The Image Book.

The Perfection (2019): Psychological thriller about a musical prodigy. The trailer makes it look like Black Swan meets Get Out. A Netflix exclusive movie exclusively streaming on Netflix.

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 Shane Wilson digs into the long-neglected reader-suggested review queue for a look at  ‘s Alphaville, a strange 1965 noir-sci fi-philosophy mashup, while G. Smalley is back from vacation with a report on the fake-Japanese-TV-show mockumentary Top Knot Detective. That rapscallion Smalley’s vacation has delayed the upcoming print release of the 2018 Yearbook—proofing revealed a new problem with the margins that cropped up just before his departure—so hopefully next week we’ll get that little issue sorted out and get those collectible items up for sale before too long. We swear, next year the Yearbook will arrive much earlier… well, at least we plan on it. 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.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/17/2019

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):

Perfect (2018): A troubled young man is sent to a clinic where he is given various implants to remove his imperfections. Co-produced by Flying Lotus (who also scored the film) and , and clearly made under the influence of a heavy dose of . .Perfect official site.

The Wandering Soap Opera [La Telenovella Errante]: A surreal and satirical spoof of Chilean soap operas. ‘s widow,  Valeria Sarmiento, completed this project, which her late husband left unfinished in 1990. The Wandering Soap Opera official site.

FILM FESTIVALS – Cannes Film Festival (Cannes, France, May 14-25):

Cannes is an odd duck. Not known as a “weird-friendly” festival—movies like ‘s Crash and Antichrist have been famously hooted at by Cannes crowds who were having none of that—it aims to flatter the mainstream arthouse crowd with middle-of-the-road dramas (and, rarely, dramadies, so long as they are not too funny to be taken seriously). Cannes programmers revel in the dry, the conventional, and the pompous; Cannes’ juries’ tastes resemble those of Academy Awards voters, but with an even higher premium placed on boringness. Many years, an unusual film will sneak it’s way onto the card and Cannes debut may even end up Certified Weird: it’s happened for three films in the past seven years, including, most recently, 2012’s Holy Motors. This year looks particularly bleak, however; maybe they should invite Netflix to screen films there to liven things up? Movies at Cannes may either be screened “in competition” for the big prize, the Palm D’or; screen out-of-competition; or be entered in the “Un Certain Regard” section (a sort of also-ran competition for films that are either from first time directors, or are considered too daring or different to have a shot at the Palme d’Or). Recently, many filmmakers have been debuting their films in the parallel festival called Directors’ Fortnight, which runs contemporaneous to Cannes proper but does not hand out awards for individual films; it offers a more exciting slate this year.

Here’s what we would be keeping tabs on if we were in Cannes next week:

  • The Dead Don’t Die – A zombie comedy by starring , Adam Driver,  , , , Selena Gomez, and more; probably not weird but special, and the cast alone makes it worth checking out. In competition, opening night.
  • Deerskin [Le Daim] – The seventh feature from ; no plot synopsis was provided. Director’s Fortnight.
  • First Love [Hatsokui] – ‘s latest, about a noxer and a call girl who get on the wrong side of some drug dealers. Miike han’t made a truly weird (or great) movie in years, but his name always sparks hope. Director’s Fortnight.
  • Jeanne continues the Joan of Arc story from his previous Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc; this sequel features the same actress (now 10, playing the warrior-saint at 19) but dropping the musical numbers for a more serious presentation. Un Certain Regard.
  • The Lighthouse directs and in a black and white period horror set in a lighthouse. Director’s Fortnight.
  • Red 11 – A college student signs up for a medical experiment and “things get surreal.” From genre legend . Director’s Fortnight.

Cannes Film Festival official site.

Director’s Fortnight home page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Saint Bernard (2013): An orchestra conductor named Bernard (natch) goes insane and sees surreal visions. One of only two sole writing/directing efforts by special effects guru Gabe Bartalos, who worked on everything from Leprechaun to multiple to Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster” movies, with special appearances by Andy Kaufman henchman Bob Zmuda to Warwick Davis. All of this, and unreleased for six years? Severin rectifies the oversight on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy Saint Bernard.

TELEVISION (HULU, DEBUTS 5/17):

“Catch-22”: A six-episode miniseries adaptation of Joseph Heller’s groundbreaking comic novel on the absurdity of war. We already declared Mike Nichols’ cinema version one of the 366 Weirdest Movies ever made. You’d have to be insane to remake it; did. The total series runs for a little over 4 hours, allowing more of the novel to make it onscreen. Watch “Catch-22” on Hulu.

BOOKS:

“Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dalí, the Marx Brothers, The Strangest Movie Never Made” (2019): A graphic novel recreation of a propsed collaboration between and the , recreated from about 4 pages of notes Dalí scribbled for the non-stater project. Comedian joined author Josh Frank in fleshing out the “screenplay,” and Manuela Pertega illustrated. Buy “Giraffes on Horseback Salad”.

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: Not that this matters much to the end reader, but next week editor-in-chief G. Smalley will be on vacation (not in Cannes, sadly). Although everything should continue as normal, limited access to wi-fi could cause some delays in content being posted. As far as what that content will be: Shane Wilson will give you the scoop on the free-to-watch micobudget thriler (?) She Found Now, while Giles Edwards retains his humanity while watching Rhinoceros, the 1974 film adaptation (with Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel) of Eugene Ionesco’s famous absurdist play about… people turning into rhinos.

One final note: the print version of the 2019 Yearbook is nearly ready to go, just needing one more proof review before finalization. Were that Smalley guy not on vacation, the thing would be available for purchase next week for sure… we’ll try to get it out as soon as it’s ready, but you may have to wait one additional week to place an order.

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.