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Freaks vs. the Reich [AKA Freaks Out] (2021): Discussion begins here. Read Giles Edwards’ festival mini-review. It’s circus freaks vs. Nazis in an Italian spectacle that can probably be described as “X-Men meets Inglorious Basterds” (and probably has been). Not sure where it’s playing, though we found one date in Glendale, CA; fortunately, you can also catch it on VOD. Freaks Out Cineuropa listing.

Acción Mutante (1993): Discussion begins here. A squad of disfigured men go terrorist and kidnap a beautiful heiress in ‘s provocative and gory debut film. Rrestored via Severin Films on a 4K UHD disc (+ Blu-ray) with a horde of special features including a commentary track from the director and crew, numerous interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. Buy Acción Mutante.

The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973): Discussion begins here. Read the Canonically Weird entry! The first official North American Blu-ray of ‘ Surrealist classic from behind the Iron Curtain comes courtesy of Yellow Veil. Currently copies can only be purchased via Vinegar Syndrome, presumably they will be opened to other retailers in the future (as is VS’ usual practice).

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976): Discussion begins here. Read the Canonically Weird entry! This -fronted cult sci-fi has hardly been rare on physical media, with Lionsgate releasing it multiple times in between a brief stint with Criterion; this is a 4K UHD Steelbook presentation with a neat (if gimmicky) slipcase cover which allows you to change the color of Bowie’s eyes, and would be a fine starting place if you don’t already own it (and have a UHD player). Seems to currently be a Best Buy exclusive.

Shiver of the Vampires (1971): Discussion begins here. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. Amidst renewed interest in the oeuvre of , Britain’s Powerhouse films releases jam-packed Rollin limited edition Blu-rays, beginning with his third psychedelic vampire outing. (Also available on UHD) Buy Shiver of the Vampires.

Suicide Club (2002): Discussion begins here. Read Eric Young’s review. Surprisingly, ‘s breakthrough film about a (you guessed it) Japanese suicide club has never been issued on Blu-ray in the U.S. before. Diskotek corrects the oversight, though unfortunately with a bare-bones release. Buy Suicide Club.

Two Orphan Vampires (1997): Discussion begins here. Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. Rollin’s final vampire movie is cheaper and less erotically charged (the vampire protagonists are underage) than his 70s and 80s installments. Like Shiver of the Vampires, Powerhouse offers you the choice of Blu-ray or UHD in an elaborate package. Buy Two Orphan Vampires.


ZAPPER! director and actress/producer/cinematographer Skye Armenta will be the guests on next week’s Pod 366.

For written reviews, Shane Wilson takes a second look at ‘s ian murder meditation Buffet Froid; Giles Edwards assays the 2021 experimental art film Leda; and gives you the scoop on ‘s Netflix series “Copenhagen Cowboy.”

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

Tuesday, May 2 at 9:00 PM ET: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961) on Plex via Discord (free for all)

Thursday, May 4 at 9:00 PM ET: Death Laid an Egg [La morte ha fatto l’uovo] (1968) on Tubi via Discord (free for all)

Friday, May 5 at 9:00 PM ET: Maniac (1934) on Tubi via Discord (free for all)

Onward and weirdward!


  1. There is a recent film called Murder, Anyone? (2023) that might be of interest

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