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Quick links/Discussed in this episode:

Bad Biology (2008): Discussion begins. Read Pamela de Graff’s review.  Frank Henenlotter‘s final narrative feature film, about deadly mutant genitalia, gets a special edition release from Severin (your choice of Blu-ray only or UHD + Blu-ray). Buy Bad Biology.

“Danza Macabra, Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection”: Discussion begins. The Italian rarities on tap here: Castle of Blood [AKA Danza Macabra] (1964), They Have Changed Their Face (1971), The Devil’s Lover (1972), and the one of most interest to us, Jekyll, a 1969 TV adaptation Jeffrey Kauffman describes as “gonzo” and, yes, “weird.” On a mix of UHD and Blu-ray. Buy “Danza Macabra, Volume Two: The Italian Gothic Collection”.

Dario Argento Panico (2023): Discussion begins. Directors , Gaspar Noé, , and —all of whom placed an entry on our Canonically Weird list— chip in to talk about the career of fellow Canonized director Dario Argento (Suspiria). Screens twice this weekend at IFC Center in Manhattan as part of an Argento retrospective, then moves to Shudder for streaming on Feb. 2 (today!). No official site, but here’s Shudder’s Facebook page, where you can scroll down for the trailer and other information.

eXistenZ (1999): Discussion begins. Read Ryan Aarset’s review. ‘s video game twist on Videodrome arrives in a lavish Vinegar Syndrome edition, on UHD and Blu-ray with a new commentary track from Jennifer Moorman and dozens of special features ported over from previous editions. Buy eXistenZ.

Ladyworld (2018): Discussion begins. ‘s sophomore film is about teenage girls trapped in an endless birthday party when an unspecified disaster forces them to shelter in place indefinitely. A dissatisfied Amazon reviewer called it “not believable.” On Blu-ray previously, but Yellow Veil’s new edition adds lots of extras including the director’s debut feature, the little-seen Paris Window (2018). Buy Ladyworld.

The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians (1981): Discussion begins. ‘s Gothic fantasy about a 19th century mad scientist and his spooky steampunk castle. This has been in our reader-suggested queue but unavailable in North America for the longest time; Deaf Crocodile to the rescue! Buy The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians.

Ozma (2023): Discussion begins. An insomniac who talks to his dead wife teams up with a telepathic jellyfish alien. Currently available on VOD on Vudu (and a few other outlets), DVD coming next week.

She is Conann (2023): Discussion begins. It’s Conann the Barbarian as you’ve never seen her before: in a time-tripping lesbian epic! Advance screenings of ‘s latest “incoherent” feature playing at select Alamo Drafthouses this week, followed by a wider (though still limited) release in weeks following. She Is Conann official site.

“Surf Reality Movie of the Month Club”: Discussion begins. A collection of 8 or so underground comedies, each made for pennies and sometimes in 24 hours, that screened monthly at the “Surf Reality” series in Manhattan in the early 90s. The most “famous” titles are Thrill Kill Video Club and Dick and Jane Drop Acid and Die; there’s also a version of Shakespeare set among Boy Scouts called Macbeth, King of Scoutland. Buy “Surf Reality Movie of the Month Club.”

Trainspotting (1996): Discussion begins. Follows the aimless exploits of a group of Scottish heroin addicts. Aside from the toilet scene, it’s not really a weird movie, but definitely a cult item; the upgrades it to 4K UHD, with supplemental Blu-ray and a cool glow-in-the-dark cover. Buy Trainspotting.


Live from Italy, director and composer Riccardo Amorese (The Complex Forms) will guest on next week’s Pod 366. In written reviews, Shane Wilson covers the Tilda Swinton comedy Teknolust (2002), yet another one that Came from the Reader-Suggested Queue. And Gregory J. Smalley also dips into the reader-suggested queue for a review of the dreamlike Czech medieval epic Marketa Lazarova (1967). Onward and weirdward!

One thought on “POD 366, EPISODE 54: SO MANY MOVIES, 2024 EDITION”

  1. This would be the perfect opportunity to reconsider eXistenZ for the Apocrypha. It’s weird that it didn’t even get to List Candidacy back then.

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