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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/19/2017

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):

Mom and Dad (2017): Pitch black comedy wherein mass hysteria causes parents to hunt their own children; what makes it notable, however, is cranky director teaming up (again) with ever-hammy . Mom and Dad at Momentum pictures.

Psychotic (2018): A “psychedelic slasher flick” set in Brooklyn. Premiering exclusively in NYC this week, debuting on VOD next week. Psychotic! home page.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT, Jan 18-28):

The 2018 movie season officially kicks off with Sundance, where a hundred hopeful independent movies, including a few off-the-wall ones, come to vie for a handful of distribution contracts. In recent years, Sundance added the “Next” and “Midnight” screening sections to add some weirdness to the otherwise tame lineup of dramas about privileged white people and their problems (alternating with imported dramas about underprivileged brown people and their problems).

Here’s what we’ll be tracking in the coming months:

  • An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin – Greasy tries to make a romantic comedy, without sacrificing his absurdist tendencies. Screening 1/20-1/21, 1/23, 1/26-27.
  • Clara’s Ghost – A ghost prompts an actress to confront her dysfunctional family. 1/19-1/20, 1/24-1/25.
  • Mandy – For his long-awaited sophomore fillm, puts into a surreal supernatural revenge drama. Playing midnights 1/19 & 1/24, or see it during daylight hours 1/20-21 or 1/27.
  • Sorry to Bother You – A telemarketer discovers he has a magical sales power that catapults him up the corporate ladder and into a “macabre universe.” Screens 1/20-1/22, 1/24, 1/25-26.
  • We the Animals – The youngest brother of a trio of neglected kids retreats into an imaginary (animated?) world. See it 1/20, 1/22, or 1/24-27.

Sundance Film Festival home page.

FILM FESTIVALS – Slamdance (Park City, UT, Jan 19-25):

Slamdance is Sundance’s punkier, sometimes (usually) weirder little brother, a low-budget alternative to the mid-budget institution. Here’s what may be worth looking out for down the road:

  • Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out – Two girls find their boozy pub crawl turn surreal; the programmers use the word “trippy” to describe it, twice. Screening 1/20 & 1/25.
  • Rock Steady Row – Absurd “frat Western” about a freshman who plays off deadly rival fraternal organizations. 1/19 & 1/22.

Slamdance home page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Blade Runner 2049 (2017): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. A sequel that’s well worth your time. This is a “standard edition” release, suggesting a “special edition” may be planned down the road. On DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, and on-demand. Buy Blade Runner 2049.

The Relationtrip (2017): Two young adults go on a “friend trip” and experience an entire relationship in one weekend. Oh, and there’s a muppet. On VOD only, for now. Buy The Relationtrip.

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 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 1/12/2018

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 (Post-production):

Slice (2018): Not much to go on besides the intriguing IMDB synopsis: “When a pizza delivery driver is murdered on the job, the city searches for someone to blame: ghosts? drug dealers? a disgraced werewolf?” Starring Chance the Rapper. The fact that pro-weird A24 (Enemy, The Lobster, Swiss Army Man, Under the Skin) picked it up for distribution is also promising. Here’s a short article at Popsugar.

Two Plains & a Fancy (2017): Described as “satirical, experimental ‘Spa Western,'” this low-budget indie was partially funded with $36,000 raised on Kickstarter. Three travelers in 1893 have surreal encounters (including one with “ghost whores”) while on a journey to find the perfect spa in the Old West. We like the maker’s attitude: “the way we make films is unpredictable, idiosyncratic, weird,” says co-director Lev Kalman in the Kickstarter pitch. Now listed as “completed,” but when or where it will appear is anyone’s guess right now. Two Plains and a Fancy Kickstarter page. Also see Filmmaker’s list of most anticipated movies of 2018.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

68 Kill (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ festival capsule. Giles described it as as “Troma does Wild at Heart,” while still recommending you pass on it; you can decide for yourself about this trashy black comedy. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy 68 Kill.

Across the Universe (2007): Read our review. ‘s hallucinatory Beatles musical gets the 4K HD treatment, packaged together with a Blu-ray. Buy Across the Universe.

Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra [AKA Black Cobra Woman] (1976): A wealthy playboy hires a stripper to take care of his menagerie of snakes. This rarely seen sort-of entry in the “Black Emmanuelle” series may be worth taking a flier on because of the odd casting of Jack Palance as a serpent-obsessed tycoon named Judas. Code Red puts it on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Buy Emmanuelle and the Deadly Black Cobra.

The Witches [Le Streghe] (1967): An anthology film, with five directors (including , whose segment is reportedly the most surreal) producing stories featuring then-popular Silvana Mangano (who would star in Pasolini’s Teorema the following year). has a small role in this obscure oddity appearing on Blu-ray courtesy of Arrow Academy. Buy The Witches.

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 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: WIN A “DEATH LAID AN EGG” BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO

Thank you! The contest is closed and a winner has been randomly selected. If you’d like to keep commenting you may, but the prize has been awarded.

366 Weird Movies brings you a new giveaway contest! The idea here is simple. Among the items we’ve considered adding to the official Certified Weird entries is an IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU MAY ALSO LIKE… category. So your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to pick any movie from the Certified Weird list and pick two recommended movies to go along with it. For example, a contest entry might read “if you liked Death Laid an Egg, you might also like Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! and Amer.” Note that your “you may also likes” do not have to be Certified Weird themselves. For extra fun, you can explain the reasoning behind your choices.

To enter, simply post your thoughts in the comments to this post. We are going to select the winner randomly using random.org, so you don’t have to provide the best suggestion to enter. In fact, although we want to hear your thoughts, you don’t even have to have a suggestion to enter: you can simply mention in the comments that you love the site and you’d like to enter the contest.

The usual eligibility rules apply: to receive the DVD/Blu-ray, you must supply us with a mailing address in the United States. (Don’t publish your address in your comment! We’ll contact you through email). 366 contributors are not eligible for the prize. If you don’t meet those qualifications you can still comment for fun, but let us know you’re not in it for the swag. We’ll stop accepting entries Tuesday, January 16, at midnight EST. If the winner does not respond to our request for a mailing address within 24 hours we’ll email a runner-up, and so forth, until the prize is given away.

Our prize this time is supplied by Cult Epics: a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack of the recently released, underseen, Certified Weird chicken giallo, Death Laid an Egg. From our official entry on the film:

Cover for Death Laid an Egg Blu-ray“A juicy slice of breaded with a coating of and seasoned with a sprinkling of , Death Laid an Egg was the world’s first (and so far, only) deep-fried, chicken-centric Surrealist giallo… Marco, the protagonist, strides through the movie in a state of suppressed hysteria. Plots and conspiracies are everywhere: by the chicken consortium against the public, by Marco and Anna and Gabri and Mondaini against each other, and (it’s hinted) by the fired poultry workers against the factory. And, probably, by the universe against everyone. The caged chickens are always bawking and clucking in alarm, as if they know of an approaching danger we don’t. Maybe they do. Maybe the yolk’s on us.”

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/5/2017

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:

Psychopaths (2017):  brings us a “psychedelic fever dream” of four maniacs possessed by the spirit of a serial killer, let loose on a one-night rampage. Reviews were generally of the “we’re glad they tried something different, but…” variety. DVD & VOD. Buy Psychopaths.

The World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (2017): ‘s sequel to his Oscar-nominated original short is again based on the ramblings of his (now-five-year-old) niece. “When all the weird mismatched audio puzzle pieces finally found ways to fit i was astonished at the picture that formed,” says the director. Available exclusively on Vimeo.

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 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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

First off, happy New Year… which means, naturally, that we’ll be releasing our official Top 10 Weird Movies of 2017 list later today. We promise it before midnight. Further out next week, you can look forward to Alfred Eaker tackling more s with a double feature of The Grim Reaper and The Believer’s Heaven. We’ll follow that with some 2017 leftovers in a pair of indie horrors, American Fable and Rupture, before dipping back into the long-neglected reader-suggested review queue for a look at the koo-koo 1986 Soviet sci-fi satire Kin Dza-Dza.

The perverts were out in full force at the end of 2017, as can be seen by this week’s installment of Weirdest Search Terms of the Week. (Keep in mind, these are just the publishable entries—we saw more depraved searches too nauseating to share). We’ll start with the least offensive search, “woolb sxa moive” (which actually sounds like it may be a drunken attempt to find this). Next up is the fairly reasonable quest for a “f grosse penis film russe meyer.” Then there’s “old. hose. wife. sex. porn. full. hd,” which scores points both for including a hose and for its baffling punctuation. The search for “unusual beast sex movie” (what would be a commonplace beast sex movie?) is perhaps answered by our winner of the Weirdest Search Term of the Week, “tamil lactating breastfeeding dog movies com.” Other than “movie,” almost every word in that search is somehow wrong.

Here’s how the ridiculously-long-and-still-growing reader-suggested review queue now stands: Kin-Dza-Dza (next week!); One Eyed Monster; Save the Green Planet; Crimewave (d. Sam Raimi); The Continue reading WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2017 AWARDS (WITH OUR VOTES AND COMMENTS)

The 2017 Online Film Critics Society awards awards are out. Weird films did surprisingly well this year, with mother! and A Ghost Story earning unexpected Best Picture nods (and although neither came close to winning, representation matters).

The Online Film Critics society has predicted the Academy Awards Best Picture winner three out of the last six years.

As always, despite the levity in my tone, I take my voting responsibility very seriously, and I do not put forward weird films at the expense of worthier mainstream candidates just because it’s “my thing.” Here is the list of this year’s winners, along with my choices and a touch of personal commentary.

BEST PICTURE

Still from Get Out (2017)Winner: Get Out

Also nominated: A Ghost Story; Call Me By Your Name; Dunkirk; Lady Bird; mother!; Phantom Thread; The Florida Project; The Shape Of Water; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

My choice: Get Out

Comments: Get Out was both an unlikely, and a likely, winner. Unlikely because it’s essentially a genre horror movie (I’ve seen some even disparagingly call it a “B-movie”) that was released outside the late Fall/early Winter awards corridor. Likely, because it deals with timely racial issues in a subtle and entertaining manner. And because it’s damn good.

BEST ACTOR

Winner: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Also nominated: Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out; James Franco, The Disaster Artist; Robert Pattinson, Good Time; Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

My choice: Vince Vaughn, Brawl in Cell Block 99 (not nominated)

Comments: I’m not a huge fan of “impersonation” performances, where an actor simply mimics the mannerisms of a well-known historical figure. (Franco’s performance as falls into the same category, though I liked it a little better than Oldman’s). I think it shows more craftsmanship to build a believable character from the ground up, and I thought Vaughn’s con-Vincing performance as a brutal but principled ex-boxer in prison lifted Brawl‘s implausible revenge-fantasy script into something unexpectedly artful. Oldman earned an Oscar nomination at the casting stage.

BEST ACTRESS

Winner: Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Also nominated: Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion; Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Margot Robbie, I, Tonya; Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

My choice: Cynthia Nixon, A Quiet Passion

Comments: All nominees of course gave good performances, but I would have ranked Hawkins turn as a mute in love with the Creature from the Black Lagoon as the least likely to win. Shows what I know. Eternally underrated Cynthia Nixon’s role as the sexually frustrated Continue reading ONLINE FILM CRITICS SOCIETY 2017 AWARDS (WITH OUR VOTES AND COMMENTS)

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/29/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

This is when the movies take the week off, ceding the field to the latest iteration of Star Wars. Many repertory theaters even take this opportunity to close for renovations). We should have more for you next week. The 2018 season kicks off in earnest in January at Sundance.

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 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 12/22/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

NEW ON DVD:

Mother! (2017): Read our review. Audacious comes up with a brutally bloody allegory, and gets it into U.S. theaters. Buy Mother!.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Mother! (2017): See description in DVD above. No extras on the DVD, Blu-ray or even the 4K release. Buy Mother! [Blu-ray].

“A Town Called Panic: The Collection”: Crazy, smart kiddie animation from Belgium, featuring the surreal adventures of Cowboy, Indian and Horse. Please note: the feature film is not included in this 2+ hour collection of shorts, but it does have the specials “Christmas Panic” and “Back to School Panic.” Buy “A Town Called Panic: The Collection” [Blu-ray].

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 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 12/15/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015): Read our festival capsule. We’re thrilled that this sad and surreal Spanish animated allegory about drug-abusing animal kids on an economically devastated island got a U.S. release. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children official U.S. site.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Donnie Darko (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! A new collectible release of the bizzaro teen time-travel classic. We believe all the extras are recycled and the only draw is the collectible steelbook format and new artwork; at any rate, it’s limited to 2,000 copies. Buy Donnie Darko [Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray].

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 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 12/8/2017

Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Kaleidoscope (2016): Psychological thriller in which a recently-released prisoner finds his domineering mother is interfering with his ability to reintegrate into society. The second feature from Rupert Jones (brother of Kaleidoscope‘s star, veteran character actor Toby Jones); his first was an opera (2013’s The Answer to Everything) cast with homeless people. Kaleidoscope official site.

NEW ON DVD:

“Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series” (2017): The story of “Twin Peaks” picks up 25 years after the cult series’ cancellation.  Rather than just rebooting the soap opera, David Lynch confounded casual viewers by taking the series beyond the Black Lodge; review coming soon. Buy “Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series”

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

“Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series” (2017): See description in DVD above. Buy “Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series” [Blu-ray].

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 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.