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WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/3/2021

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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):

Memory House: A black Brazilian experiences racism at the hands of his white employers and retreats to a house filled with masks. Social commentary told in a magical realist/fourth-wall-breaking fashion. Receives a very limited Oscar-qualifying release in LA and NYC this week. Memory House official site.

Mogul Mowgli: On the cusp of a career breakthrough, a Pakistani rapper (Riz Ahmed) is diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and spirals into a series of flashbacks and hallucinations. This “surreal drama” from first time director Bassam Tariq is getting a lot of positive buzz from the critics. Mogul Mowgli official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

“Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities” [formerly titled “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight”] (2022): Netflix has announced an eight-episode anthology series curated by the very busy (whose remake of the 1947 film noir Nightmare Alley releases later this year), intended to “challenge our traditional notions of horror.” Although this project has been known for a long time, we just received significant new information: besides the name change, we have episode titles, directors ans writers, and partial cast lists. Our readers may be interested in the two stories written by del Toto himself, as well as offerings from , , and, perhaps most notably, (who both directs and co-scripts). Add to that an adaptation starring , and you have what we would consider must-stream TV. Deadline has more details.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Bugsy Malone (1976): The story of prohibition-era gangster Malone, but told as a musical with an all-kid cast (including Scott Baio and Jodie Foster). ‘s first feature came in an era when Hollywood would greenlight just about anything. On Blu-ray from Paramount Presents. Buy Bugsy Malone.

Dune (1984): Read Eric Gabbard’s review. With the upcoming on the horizon, Arrow re-releases ‘s personal least-favorite Lynch movie in a deluxe 2-disc Blu-ray limited edition with every conceivable type of extra feature, a 60-page booklet, poster, lobby card reproductions, and so on. You can buy it on HD Ultra or standard Blu-ray, while also considering that next week they release a 3-disc steelbook edition with the movie on both HD and standard Blu-ray, but without the booklet or lobby cards. So check your choices carefully when ordering (the following link defaults to standard Blu-rays). Buy Dune.

Love Rites (1987): A man becomes obsessed with a prostitute he meets on the Metro. ‘s final film is experimental and arty, but not especially erotic, and not really recommended—but here it is for the die-hards. On Blu-ray or DVD from Kino Classics. Buy Love Rites.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, however.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: September’s Netflix party will be The Signal (2014). Save the date and time: September 11 at 10:15.

We are also planning on squeezing in an additional watch party this month on September 18: Strange Frame: Love & Sax (2012), with director in the chat room to answer your questions. This will stream on Tubi.tv, so no subscriptions will be required. More details to follow soon.

As for next week’s reviews, Terri “Goregirl” McSorley checks out Netflix’s “Brand New Cherry Flavor”; Pete Trbovich thinks about THX 1138; and goes really underground for the animated satire (?) Tickles the Clown. 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.

PLANNING SEPTEMBER’S NETFLIX PARTY

We’re ready to take suggestions and votes in the comments for our August Netflix Weird Watch party, scheduled for Saturday, September 11 at 10:15 PM ET.

If you’d like to attend our watch party, then the important thing is to RSVP in the comments, where you can make a screening suggestion, or just say you plan to be there. As always, we’re looking for five likely attendees before officially scheduling.

The Canonically Weird movies on Netflix that we haven’t yet screened yet are Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). (Netflix is losing catalog titles at an alarming rate, replacing them with “exclusive” content). Feel free to nominate any of these, or ignore them in favor of other selections.

To participate, you’ll need a U.S. Netflix account, a Chrome-based browser, and the TeleParty (formerly “Netflix Party”) extension.

Okay, now join us in discussion in the comments.

WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/27/2021

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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.

STREAMING PREMIERES (SHUDDER):

Mosquito State (2020): A nerdy and psychologically unstable Wall Street analyst breeds mosquitos in his Manhattan penthouse. The quotes in the trailer (“Cronenberg Meets “; “Bold and Weird”) are promising. Debuts exclusively on Shudder (subscription required).

IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):

“The Man Who Fell to Earth” (2022?): Showtime presses forward with its attempt to reimagine the 1976 David Bowie classic as a (limited?) series. The latest news is that “Star Trek: Voyager”‘s Kate Mulgrew will join the cast as a CIA operative. More at Gizmodo.

IN DEVELOPMENT (rumored):

Nosferatu (202?): There’s been a rumor—or maybe, just an expression of mutual interest—that  will team up again with The Witch‘s for a remake of Nosferatu. Normally, we’d be against a such a senseless remake, but we’re down for anything Eggers wants to try (and Taylor-Joy is a sweet bonus). Of course, red-hot Taylor-Joy is booked solid for quite a while, and Eggers has to finish his “Viking revenge movie,” The Northman, first. Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for rekindling the speculation based on a single line in an L.A. Times interview.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Blind Beast (1969): Read our review. Arrow Video gives the deluxe Blu-ray treatment to this perverted tale of a blind sculptor and his captive model. Buy Blind Beast.

Two Evil Eyes (1990): Legendary horror directors adapt : takes on “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar” while goes for “The Black Cat.” has an over-the-top dream sequence in Argento’s half of the film. Buyer beware: this Blue Underground release is on 4K UHD Blu-ray only (the second standard Blu-ray houses extra features only). Buy Two Evil Eyes [4K UHD].

Viva (2007): A 70s housewife gets sucked into the wild side of the sexual revolution. ‘s first full-length feature isn’t quite as strange as her breakout The Love Witch—it’s more of a straightforward parody of period films—but it has a similar retro aesthetic. After being somewhat hard-to-find for a few years, it’s now on Blu-ray with behind the scenes footage and commentary by Biller. Buy Viva.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week we added Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema, which used to host regular midnight movies back in the pre-pandemic times and is tentatively getting back into the game with a Wednesday night screening of Mulholland Drive; Santa Rosa, California’s Roxy 14, whose biweekly cult film series will be a double feature of One Dark Night (1982) and Phantasm; and a brand new venue, Arkadin Cinema and Bar in St. Louis, who have a great slate this week with Son of the White Mare on Friday night and Dune (1984) on Wednesday. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Tune in tomorrow night as we’ll be joining in a virtual mob to watch Tom Hardy mumble his way through Capone (2020) on Amazon Prime. As always, the link to join will drop around 10 PM ET here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Next week, we’ll review a selection of new releases, the biggest of which will be Giles Edwards‘ report on ‘ weirdo Sparks musical, Annette (2021). Venturing further into obscurity, Shane Wilson takes a trip to Mondo Hollywoodland, a low budget indie stoner satire currently available on video-on-demand. Finally, goes deep underground and comes up with a review of The Best of Doris Wishman, a Something Weird soundtrack/DVD collection that dropped in 2021 with little fanfare. 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 8/20/2021

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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…

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

Cryptozoo (2021): Read our capsule review. Fans of trippy adult animation will want to check out this story of a rogue zoo that houses mythical creatures. In select theaters and also available on-demand for home rental. Cryptozoo official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (announced):

Hell Is Tender (est. 202?): On the heels of the long-overdue restoration and rerelease of his pop-expressionist 80s classic Dr. Caligari, has teased that he’s working on a new screenplay, vaguely described as Caligariesque in style, but a love story with an actual plot. Crucially, long-time collaborator Jerry Stahl is contributing to the script. Nothing else is known. Relevant clip from Stephen Sayadian Fantasia Festival interview.

IN DEVELOPMENT (in production):

Seed and Sand (est. 202?): ‘s hand-animated sequel to Blood Tea and Red String (2006) has been in the works for almost fifteen years now. She recently posted this revealing in-progress  clip:

Seed in the Sand official homepage.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Annette (2021): returns with a musical (words and music by Sparks) wherein a stand-up comedian (played by ) and an opera singer (played by ) wed and give birth to a daughter (played by a creepy puppet) with miraculous powers. Good news: early returns suggest that it is, indeed, as weird as its provenance suggests. On VOD (and free for Amazon Prime subscribers).

The Green Knight (2021): Read the Apocrypha Candidate review. A24’s hallucinatory Arthurian epic comes to VOD this week (physical media presumably to follow).

Labyrinth (1986): Read our review. The beloved cult kids’ movie about a teen girl rescuing her baby brother from Goblin King receives a 35th anniversary 4K Ultra/Blu-ray release with an elaborate collectible booklet and never-before-seen alternate footage. Buy Labyrinth.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week, we added Memphis’ Crosstown Theater, which has resumed their irregular weird movie screenings with a showing of After Hours on Thursday, Aug. 26, and Manhattan’s newly-renovated Paris Theater, which is showing Belle de Jour this Saturday. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.

FREE ONLINE WEIRD MOVIES:

Rubber (2010): Read the Canonically Weird entry! A tire serial killer is only the beginning of the weirdness in this absurdist comedy made for no reason. Watch Rubber free on Tubi.tv.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Our next Weird Watch Party will be held on the evening of August 28th. We’ll be watching Tom Hardy mumble his way through Capone. Save the date!

Next week the comes to a close, and Giles Edwards will catch you up on the late-debuts and the also-rans with reviews of a claustrophobic mystery (Stanleyville), a sci-fi thriller (Tin Can), and a decades-in-production stop-motion fantasy (Mad God), along with a rundown of live-action shorts and a compendium of the other notable screenings that for one reason or another did not get their own article. It won’t be all Fantasia coverage, however, as Ryan Aarset gives you the lowdown on ‘s kooky B-movie Shrunken Heads (1995) and returns to Return to Oz (1985). 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 8/13/2021

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 – Japan Cuts (New York City, August 20-Sep. 2):

Japan Cuts is a small but exclusive NYC film festival focused, as the name suggests, on Japanese cinema, old and new. This year’s main event may be the U.S. premiere of ‘s The Great Yokai War: Guardians (a sequel to his kid-friendly 2005 fantasy that is now playing for Canadians at Fantasia). For us, the slate is highlighted by a new restoration of ‘s second film, Hiroku the Goblin (1991) (screening online only) and a theatrical screening of ‘s final epic Labyrinth of Cinema on Sep. 2. We also take note the films listed below (no idea if these will become available outside of a festival setting, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled).

  • The Blue Danube – Adventures of a trumpet-playing soldier in an imaginary war; screening in the “experimental” category. Streaming online only.
  • To Sleep so as to Dream (1986) – Restoration of a “dreamlike” ode to silent cinema about an actress whose daughter is kidnapped. Streaming online.
  • Wonderful Paradise – A farewell party turns into a surreal carnival with the arrival of uninvited guests (including ghosts). Streaming online.

Japan Cuts homepage.

IN THEATERS – SPECIAL SCREENINGS:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – Read the Canonically Weird entry! The beloved, heartwarming family film about a whimsical child-murdering candy man is back in theaters for its 50th Anniversary, with extra content courtesy of Turner Classic Movies. At multiple locations across the USA on August 15th and 18th courtesy of Fathom Events.

STREAMING DEBUTS:

“Brand New Cherry Flavor”: A woman goes to Hollywood to make a movie but gets involved in witchcraft. This limited Netflix series looks like it’s going for a ian vibe (the 1990s time frame and Los Angeles setting specifically recalls Mulholland Drive). “Brand New Cherry Flavor” debuts today on Netflix.

Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021): The fourth and final installment (3.0 + 1.0 = 4.0) of ‘s reboot of the Evangelion series sees its feckless teen bot-pilot coming to his existential reckoning. The film broke records in its Japanese theatrical release, and Amazon snapped up exclusive streaming rights worldwide. Watch Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0: Thrice Upon a Time (Prime subscription required).

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Silip: Daughters of Eve (1985): The adventures of two sisters—one a prude, one a slut—in a remote Filipino village. Silip became notorious on release for its explicit sex and violence in a Catholic setting, but by all accounts its a serious (if deranged) work. Buy Silip: Daughters of Eve.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week, Austin Film Society in Austin, TX is back in business big time with screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey  on August 14-16 and Son of the White Mare August 14-18. Also, American Cinematheque has begun programming  the historic Los Feliz theater, and they’ve got an incredible lineup this week: Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams ends a short run this afternoon, but they follow up with Naked Lunch Friday night, Zazie dans le Metro and Holy Motors on Saturday, Mulholland Drive on Sunday, Eraserhead on Wednesday and Thursday, and The Swimmer on Thursday. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.

FREE ONLINE WEIRD MOVIES:

The Beast Pageant (2010): While researching Strawberry Mansion, we discovered that has uploaded his surreal first film, The Beast Pageant, to Vimeo. The short synopsis modestly describes it as “a man goes on an adventure,” but further reading reveals that the man goes on an adventure at the prompting of a tiny singing cowboy who bursts out of his belly. Watch The Beast Pageant free on Vimeo.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Be sure to check in and RSVP or suggest a film (or date) for our latest Amazon Prime Party, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, August 21 at 10:15 PM ET. We’ll leave the discussion up through the weekend before making a final screening decision.

Next week, our coverage continues with a trip to the surreal locale Hotel Poseidon, along with the also surreal (though less so) experience of Giving Birth to a Butterfly. Then, Giles Edwards will run through the animated shorts the fest has to offer. It’s possible something else from the Festival will find its way into our lineup, but meanwhile will review Touki Bouki (1973, released on Blu-ray by the Criterion Collection this year) for some non-Fantasia content. 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.

PLANNING AUGUST’S AMAZON PRIME WEIRD WATCH PARTY

We’re ready to take suggestions and votes in the comments for our July Amazon Prime Weird Watch party, scheduled for Saturday, August 21 at 10:15 PM ET.

If you’d like to attend our watch party, then the important thing is to RSVP in the comments, where you can make a screening suggestion, or just say you plan to be there. As always, we’re looking for five likely attendees before officially scheduling.

Amazon Prime’s catalog of movies is larger (and less exclusive) than Netflix’s, and the lineup changes more frequently. 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 and/or RSVP in the comments below.