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Our weekly podcast of new and upcoming weird movie releases

POD 366: “PENGUIN” PETE TRBOVICH

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Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=166

Love on the Ground: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=369

Deadly Lust: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=528

“Dead Ringers” reboot on Amazon Prime: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=672

Note on Big Trouble in Little China: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=860

Why “Penguin”?: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=968

Cannabis and weird movies: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=1272

Getting dinner in Des Moines: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=1701

Alfred Eaker memorial slide: https://youtu.be/BqNJBDEH3l8?t=1932

Discussed in this episode:

Penguin Pete’s

Dab Connection

Average Joe Travels the California Inscape

Deadly Lust [AKA Memento Mori] (2018): A young woman replays the events of a surreal pool party in her head. The trailer calls this budget Belgian indie “Lynchian,” and it’s been renamed from the original Memento Mori for Blu-ray release.  Buy Deadly Lust.

“Dead Ringers” (upcoming 2023): A six-episode miniseries based on David Cronenberg‘s Canonically Weird movie. will star as the twin gynecologists; the usual modus operandi in these cases is to tone down the weirdness for a mass audience, but we shall see how much of the dread they want to keep (the material could be played as straight drama). TV Line got the scoop.

Love on the Ground [L’Amour par terre] (1984): An author watching a play invites the actors to enact another play, as two actresses begin to experience visions about a previous tragedy (which becomes part of the play). ‘s meta-theatrical script is in some ways the spiritual heir to Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974). Buy Love on the Ground.

Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983): A wild and magical wire-fu fantasy from that helped inaugurate a new golden age of Hong Kong cinema. Buy Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

On the next Pod 366, Giles Edwards will return to co-hosting duties. Our guest will be the A.I. chatbot SonicBot.

We have no Weird Watch Parties scheduled for next week (the feature isn’t going away, there’s just nothing until on Der Samurai on February 27.)

In reviews next week, Shane Wilson addresses another one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue in Steven Wright’s absurdist short “One Soldier” (1999). Gregory J. Smalley is currently deciding between two different films for review, so you’ll just have to wait until next week and be surprised at what he comes up with.

Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EP. 6: ALI AKSU

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The Outlands: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=49

Bubba Ho-Tep 4K: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=209

“Cinematic Sorceress: The Films of Nina Menkes”: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=288

Pinocchio 964: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=444

Irreversible: Straight Cut: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=573

“The Backrooms” feature film: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=727

Ali Aksu interview begins: https://youtu.be/cZR2mHfnyjs?t=957

Discussed in this episode:

Untold Capital * Untold Capital Twitter

The Backrooms feature film: According to the press release, 17-year-old will direct a feature film version of his YouTube hit “The Backrooms” “over his summer vacation.” Sounds impressive, until you hear is producing the film for distributor A24, when the news becomes not just impressive but incredible. More at Bloody Disgusting.

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002): Read the Canonically Weird entry! A major re-issue of our favorite Elvis-fights-mummies feature from Shout! Factory, with a 4K UHD disc, a standard Blu-ray, and a trio of new featurettes along with all the extras from previous DVD and Blu-ray sets. Buy Bubba Ho-Tep.

Cinematic Sorceress: The Films of Nina Menkes: This 2-Blu set from Arbelos collects almost all of the seldom-seen output of the underground feminist pioneer in one place. Menkes’ work has been compared to both and (although she works on much lower budgets). Buy Cinematic Sorceress: The Films of Nina Menkes.

Irreversible: Straight Cut: ‘s Irreversible was a rape-revenge film where the action was revealed in reverse sequence of events. Here it is re-edited in chronological order and re-released in a few repertory theaters across the U.S. just in time for Valentine’s Day. Check out the Irreversible: Straight Cut homepage to see if it’s coming near you sometime.

The Outwaters (2023): Cosmic horror in the Mojave Desert. This low-budget found-footage film is getting a relatively wide release thanks to a deal with the Regal Cinemas chain. The Outwaters official site.

Pinocchio 964 (1991): Read Kat Doherty’s review. Media Blasters’ Blu-0ray debut of the movie about a discarded robot sex slave and his amnesiac companion is already out-of-stock everywhere we looked; still, you can check and see if you can buy Pinocchio 964.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Voting is ongoing in the 2022 Weirdcademy Awards (including shorts). If you haven’t voted yet, you can do so until March 11.

Next week’s Pod 366 will feature the co-hosting debut of “Penguin” Pete Trbovich. Cannabis may sneak into the discussion. In online reviews next week, Shane Wilson takes on one more that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with ‘s Only God Forgives (2013), Giles Edwards checks out the newest release of Blood for Dracula (1974) [AKA Andy Warhol’s Dracula], and Gregory J. Smalley gives you his recommendation on the new Netflix series “Junjo Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre.”

Also, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:

TONIGHT! Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:15 PM ET: Spider Baby (1967) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Sunday, Feb. 12 at 9 AM: Mr. Nobody (2009) on Roku Channel via Discord (free)

Tuesday, Feb 14 at 7 PM ET: a poison Valentine screening of Audition [Ôdishon] (1999) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Thursday, Feb 16 at 10:15 PM ET: Nosferatu (1922) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EP. 5: RICHARD BAILEY

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Bat Pussy: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=60

Damselvis, Daughter of Helvis: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=165

Blood for Dracula: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=406

Crimes of the Future: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=678

The Lukas Moodysson Collection: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=933h

Sylvio: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=1110

Uncle Kent 2: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=1338

Young Sherlock Holmes: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=1586

Richard Bailey interview begins: https://youtu.be/iA0f4KJ7Mto?t=1666

Discussed in this episode:

Richard Bailey’s Tropic Pictures

Bat Pussy (197?): Female vigilante Bat Pussy (Dora Dildo) tries to thwart a middle-aged couple from making a pornographic film, but ends up joining in. It’s ugly people attempting flaccid sex and may be the worst, least arousing pornographic film ever made—but you don’t soon forget the sight of Bat Pussy bouncing across the countryside on her Bat Space Hopper. Runs less than an hour, but is presented in two cuts (a print with extra footage was discovered in 2019 and dutifully restored), with shorts and the bonus porno feature Robot Love Slaves. Not recommended on any level, but if you must… buy Bat Pussy.

Blood for Dracula [AKA Andy Warhol’s Dracula] (1974): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. ‘s ultracampy take on Dracula has been reissued before, bit Severin gives it the ultimate presentation: the set includes a 4K UHD disc, a standard Blu-ray, and a soundtrack CD. Buy Blood for Dracula.

Crimes of the Future (2022): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. What could easily be ‘s final film—the culmination of his career-long body horror obsession—arrives on Blu-ray. Buy Crimes of the Future.

Damselvis, Daughter of Helvis (1994): The ghost of country singer Helvis visits his daughter, Damselvis, in a dream and sends her on a quest to resurrect him. The rarely-seen debut of rockabilly-surrealist auteur John Micheal McCarthy gets a Blu-ray release. Buy Damselvis, Daughter of Helvis.

“The Lukas Moodysson Collection”: Moodysson has a distinguished output, but his work has alternated between social dramas and what we might call “elevated sexploitation” rather than weird cinema per se. A couple of exceptions may be the shocking amateur porn expose A Hole in the Heart and Container (a truly experimental avant-garde movie, and one with many detractors). Other titles in Arrow’s complete set are Fucking Amal, Together, Lilya 4-Ever, Mammoth, and the relatively family-friendly We Are the Best! Buy “The Lukas Moodysson Collection.

Sylvio (2017): Read Giles Edwards’ review. Recently re-released to VOD, this gentle but absurd tale of a gorilla who realizes his dream of bringing his puppet show to a local audience is now on Blu-ray. Buy Sylvio.

Uncle Kent 2: Uncle Kent goes to ComicCon and loses his mind as the apocalypse approaches. What a weird idea: a sequel to a mumblecore drama almost no one saw, re-imagined as a surreal comedy by strangeoid . Buy Uncle Kent 2.

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. This would-be 80s fantasy blockbuster charmed some youngsters upon its initial release and became a minor cult film; Paramount debuts it on Blu-ray in a “limited edition.”  Buy Young Sherlock Holmes.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Voting is ongoing in the 2022 Weirdcademy Awards (including shorts). If you haven’t voted yet, you can do so until March 11.

Depending on scheduling issues, next week on Pod 366 our guest will be producer Ali Aksu (Fuzzy Head) (if not next week, then soon thereafter). In next week’s reviews, Shane Wilson takes on another one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue with La Teta et la Luna (“The Tit and the Moon,” 1994) while takes a look at the minimalist experimental horror Skinamarink (now playing exclusively on Shudder for the time being).

Also, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:

Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9:00 PM ET: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Friday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 PM ET: Spider Baby (1967) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Onward and weirdward!

POD 366: EP.4: 13TH ANNUAL WEIRDCADEMY AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Slamdance discussion: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=63

Alchemy of the Spirit: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=378

Inu-Oh: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=605

Playing with Fire: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=954

2022 Weirdcademy Award nominations: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=1308

Where to eat in Louisville, KY: https://youtu.be/JLuY89gbeZE?t=1755

Discussed in this episode:

Alchemy of the Spirit (2022): A man awakens to find his wife lying dead beside him. The “Santa Fe New Mexican” called it “pure cinema in the tradition of the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Stan Brakhage.” With . Now available exclusively on-demand. Buy or rent Alchemy of the Spirit.

Infinity Pool (2023):   and star in this horror from about a vacationing couple discovering a secret world of hedonistic excess and paradoxical justice. Sundance fright fans seemed to like it, so we’re hopeful the theatrical release is a hit, too. Infinity Pool official site.

Inu-Oh (2021): Read Giles Edwards’ festival review. ‘s latest, an animated rock opera set in 14th century Japan about a blind biwa player and a deformed man under a curse, arrives on Blu-ray. The Shout! Factory disc includes a Yuasa interview and other exclusive featurettes. Buy Inu-Oh.

Playing with Fire [Le jeu avec le feu] (1975): An overlooked, seldom-seen (in America) Alain Robbe-Grillet erotic/surrealist film with an impressive cast featuring , , and Sylvia Kristel (the impetus for the film’s re-release from Cult Epics). Review coming next week. Available on DVD or Blu-ray. Buy Playing with Fire.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Next week, we’ll be recovering from Slamdance 2021—and there may be some hangovers/reviews of late-debuting movies. We’ll also put up the official Weirdcademy Awards poll for voting on Sunday. To keep things really busy, we’ll also have reviews by Amy Vaughn (of the new “exquisite corpse” film The Seven Faces of Jane), Shane Wilson (who goes to the reader-suggested queue for Sion Sono‘s Strange Circus, 2005), and maybe even another from Giles Edwards (of Playing with Fire, above). And something else might pop up…. it’s that kind of busy week.

Also, director (A Ship of Human Skin, King Judith) will be the guest on our next episode of Pod 366 (scheduled for one week from today), so be sure to tune in!

Also, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:

Monday, Jan. 30 at 8:00 PM ET: Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Wednesday, Feb 1 at 10:00 PM ET: Mandy (2018) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Onward and weirdward!

POD 366, EP. 3: THE RETURN OF ALFRED EAKER

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Weekly movie discussion begins: https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=72

“Peter’s Vision” (painting): https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=468

Lars von Trier discussion begins: https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=737

Where do I eat in the Indianapolis area?: https://youtu.be/r41ZLC8hzaw?t=1756

Discussed in this episode:

Blaze (2023): A 12-year-old girl retreats into her imagination after witnessing a horrific crime. The feature film debut of Australian painter Del Kathryn Barton (who had directed a couple of shorts). In theaters now. No official site located.

“Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre”: Netflix brings us twelve animated episodes adapting Junji “Uzumaki” Ito short mangas (reportedly, some episodes enact more than one story). Ito’s horrors tend to be irrational, surreal, and, well, Japanese, so this is likely to be one of the streamer’s weirder collections. “Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre” on Netflix.

“Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy”:  A boxed triple-feature of ‘s opening salvo from the Criterion Collection on Blu-ray. His first three films—The Element of Crime, Epidemic, and Europa—all had a (very) loose theme of “Europe.” This set also includes two of von Trier’s short student films. Buy “Lars von Trier’s Europe Trilogy.”

Alfred Eaker’s “Borther Cobweb” on Open Press Books

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Next week Giles Edwards will return to Pod 366. No guests are currently scheduled.

Next week, the 2023 Slamdance festival will be keeping us busy. (You can get full access to the same festival titles and watch along with a $7.99 subscription to the Slamdance channel, which also includes access to many movies from previous fests.) The three titles we’re planning to review are the Japanese ghost drama New Religion, ‘s absurdist Fuzzy Head, and the festival closer Free LSD (whose synopsis promises as much weirdness as its title). More movies may prove themselves worthy, and Giles will handpick some of the weirder and more notable shorts to play the festival for your elucidation and possible perusal.

And of course, we will be hosting more Weird Watch Parties this week! You can see the schedule in the sidebar, but we’ll reiterate here:

Monday, Jan. 23 at 9PM ET: Ink (2009) on Tubi via Discord (free)

Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 PM: The Forbidden Room (2015) on Plex via Discord (free)

More announced as they come online.

Onward and weirdward!