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MAY 22 WEIRD AMAZON PRIME PARTY POLL

Here’s the poll to vote in May’s Amazon Prime Weird Watch Party, which will start on Saturday, May 22 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 movie 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 Monday, May 17. You may vote for multiple movies, but not for every movie (because that would be pointless).

Now vote!


MAY AMAZON PRIME WATCH PARTY NOMINATIONS THREAD

Our next Weird Watch Party on Amazon Prime is scheduled for May 22 at 10:15 PM.

As always, we’ll be looking for nominations from people who plan to attend. After we get the minimum five nominations and likely attendees, we’ll put up a poll. Management will break any ties. We’re open to suggestions for different starting times, dates, or methods of propagating the watch link.

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.

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

Make your nominations in the comments below.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 5/7/2021

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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 THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Undergods (2020): Read Giles Edwards festival review and listen to our interview with director Chino Moya. A dystopian anthology linked by the adventures of a pair of corpse-haulers on a devastated future city. It’s listed as releasing theatrically on May 7, but we couldn’t find any theaters showing it; you can check it out on video-on-demand, though. No official site located.

IN DEVELOPMENT (psot-production):

Hundreds of Beavers (2021?): A silent (or at least, dialogue-free) comedy about fur trappers in the Northwoods, featuring (hundreds of? unlikely) beavers played by actors in furry costumes. The sophomore feature from the team responsible for Lake Michigan Monster. Thanks to reader Nc for the heads-up (and you can read the results of his research on in-production titles in the comments to last week’s Weird Horizon). “Daily Globe” story on Hundreds of Beavers.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Big Fish (2003): Read our review. ‘s light fantasy about a tall-tale-teller isn’t exactly hard to find on video, but here it is on a 4K Ultra disc (with a bonus Blu-ray). Buy Big Fish.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Screenings are still scant, but there are a few to be found.

FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Mr. Nobody (2009): Read the canonically weird entry! Bob Odenkirk as an action hero?? That’s one of the few branching realities not covered in ‘s epic about the many lives of the last mortal man on earth. As with all titles we feature from Tubi, it’s in the “leaving soon” category.  Watch Mr. Nobody free on Tubi.tv.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Thanks to a last-minute vote that broke a three-way tie, tomorrow’s weird Netflix screening will be the British Christmas horror Await Further Instructions (2018). As always, the link to join will appear here, on Facebook, or on Twitter around 10 PM ET. Join us!

Next week will be a light one in terms of reviews, with only 1989’s “homemade horror” Beyond Dream’s Door ready to publish. There’s a reason for that: we’re hard at work behind the scenes finishing up the manuscript for the print book version of the List of 366! Now, just because we have a manuscript doesn’t mean that publication is right around the bend—but it does mean that it’s quickly becoming inevitable. 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.

SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER RUNOFF

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and The Omen (1976) were the three top vote-getters in the poll to determine which vintage blockbusters Alfred Eaker will review this summer season. However, fourth place was a tie between Jaws (1975) and Batman Forever (1995), so we’re going to have a run-off vote between them to determine the fourth movie in this quadruple feature. The poll will remain open until noon tomorrow.


MAY 8 NETFLIX PARTY POLL

Here’s the poll to vote for May’s Netflix Weird Watch Party, which will start on Saturday, May 8 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 movie 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, May 6. You may vote for multiple movies, but not for every movie (because that would be pointless).

Now vote!


WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/30/2021

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.

FILM FESTIVALS –TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES FILM FESTIVAL (Cable TV – TCM and HBO Max, May 6-9):

This year’s TCM “festival” has no physical presence—it’s more like “regularly scheduled programming”—and is screening no canonically weird movies. Still, there are a couple of curiosities on offer that may be of interest to those who have access to these channels.

  • SF Sketchfest table read of Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) – Comedian Dana Gould assembled a cast of comics (including MST3K‘s Jonah Ray and Baron Vaughn) to do a table read of the script; followed by a screening of the original. On TCM, 8 PM ET, 5/7.
  • let me come in (2021) – presents eleven minutes of decayed frames of the partially lost silent Pawns of Passion (1928), presented with a new score by composer David Lang. Set your DVR because it comes on at 3:15 AM on TCM, also on 5/7.

TCM Classic Film Festival homepage.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

About Endlessness (2019): The fourth part (not a misprint) of ‘s “Living” trilogy finally reaches these shores. A couple floating in the air watch over melancholy, absurdist vignettes. Available in select theaters and everywhere on VOD today. We’re on it. About Endlessness official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

Crimes of the Future (2022?): If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it has been used before, by in 1970 for a one-hour experimental feature that has been reviewed in these pages. Now, more than 40 years later, and six years since he last directed (Maps to the Stars), the 78-year old Cronenberg remakes his low-budget sci-fi thriller about killer cosmetics on a grand scale, with , , and Kristen Stewart attached. Croney’s later films have lost the pervasive weirdness (and the grotesque body horror) of his twentieth century work, but here’s hoping this return to his roots hints at a return to form. More info via Indiewire.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Deep Blood (1989): Teenagers hunt a shark that is actually a Native American spirit, or something. “Oh the Horror!” says this cheapie is “a  special, unwitting kind of terrible that actually works because there’s a weird, demented heart beating at its center.” Buy Deep Blood.

Donnie Darko (2001): Read the canonical entry. It’s that time again: time for the annual home video re-release of Donnie Darko! This time it’s been remastered for 4K Ultra and includes a 100-page hardcover book of interviews and critical essays, along with a poster and collectible postcards. One Blu-ray houses the theatrical cut, another the director’s cut, and numerous special features, most of which are presumably available on previous releases, are spread throughout. Buy Donnie Darko.

“Home Grown Horrors, Vol. 1”: Three movies from auteurs with imaginations bigger than their budgets, marketed to lovers of the weird. The ad copy says Beyond Dream’s Door (1988) “blends elements of surrealism, mystery, and grotesque and violent horror set-pieces” and describes Winterbeast (1992) as “[a] film which truly justifies the term ‘unclassifiable’… Loaded with surreal dialogue.” Fatal Exam (1988) looks like a mere slasher, though. Currently only available directly from Vinegar Syndrome; we suspect a wider release through regular retailers should follow.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section is starting to fill out again, mostly thanks to Alamo Drafthouse, but we have some other contributors, too. More should join through the summer until we hopefully return to normal before the end of the year.

FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

The Double (2013): Read the canonical entry. Yes, you’re seeing “double,” as two s fight for the hand of one in a dystopian netherworld. Listed as “leaving soon.” Watch The Double free on Tubi.tv.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Lots going on here this week. We’re still looking for one more nomination for our May 8 Weird Netflix party: chip in your suggestion here. You’ve also got through this weekend to vote for the classic summer blockbusters Alfred Eaker will cover this summer.

And speaking of Eaker and blockbusters, next week curmudgeonly Alfred brings you a bonus complaint, as our resident film masochist recently inflicted four hours of Zack Snyder’s Justice League upon himself and is dying to talk about it. Sticking with the mainstream theme, Giles Edwards whets your appetite for LeBron’s Space Jam reboot with a look at the 1996 original (which somehow found its way into our reader-suggestion queue while we weren’t paying attention). But don’t worry, we’ll still bring you some weirdness when Gregory J. Smalley checks out About Endlessness (see above). 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.

AND THE WINNERS OF THE 11TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARDS ARE…

In just a few hours, the telecast of the Oscars (or, as we refer to them, the “Weirdcademy Awards for squares”) will begin. We are happy to steal the Academy’s thunder by announcing cinema’s weirdest winners of 2020 now.

In the category of “Weirdest Short Film,” the winner is “Sock Six” by .

In the category of “Weirdest Scene,” the Weirdcademy Award goes to I’m Thinking of Ending Things, for the janitor and pig scene. We won’t totally spoil the surprise for anyone who hasn’t seen the film yet, except to say it features this cutie:

Weirdest Scene of 2020: "I'm Thinking of Ending Things"

In the category of “Weirdest Actress,” in something of an upset in the most competitive category, the Award goes to: in Possessor, as a sociopathic assassin who inhabits other people’s bodies.

In the category of “Weirdest Actor,” the Award goes to Tom Hardy, chewing a carrot and firing a gold-plated Tommy-gun while wearing a diaper in Capone.

And finally, the award for Weirdest Picture of 2019 goes to… drum roll…  Argentina’s stop-motion nightmare The Wolf House [La Casa Lobo].

Thanks to all voting members of the Weirdcademy, and see you again next year!