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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):
VHYes (2019): A 12-year-old boy accidentally records a series of 1987 television programs, and his own ghost-hunting adventures, over his parents’ wedding tape. A retro-comedy reminiscent of sketch format movies like The Groove Tube, but with a weird twist; review coming soon. VHYes official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Brick (2005): A modern noir film set in a high school. Looks like the success of Knives Out rekindled interest in Buy Brick.‘s directorial debut (which was offbeat enough to find its way into our reader-suggested queue).
Chained for Life (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ review and our interview with director Aaron Schimberg. Beautiful Mabel makes the acquaintance of the “freaks” brought onto a horror film set set for authenticity—especially Rosenthal, whose charisma shines through his neurofibromatosis tumors. DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Chained for Life.
The Final Programme (1973): Read our review. An international man of mystery searches for a computer programme written by his recently deceased father which will create a new Messiah. Long unavailable in the U.S. it’s now on Blu-ray (and VOD) from Shout! Factory. Buy The Final Programme.
The Lighthouse (2019): Read the Apocrypha Candidate review! If you missed claustrophobic nautical horror in theaters, now’s your chance to catch it on your choice of DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy The Lighthouse.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We’ll only list irregularly scheduled one-time screenings of this audience-participation classic below. You can use this page to find a regular weekly screening near you.
- Austin, TX
- Chicago, IL
- Columbus, OH
- Kansas City, MO
- Los Angeles, CA
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
- New York City, NY
- IFC Center
- Museum of Modern Art – Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) (11/16)
- The Nitehawk (Williamsburg) – Audition [Ôdishon] (1999) (1/10-11) (midnight)
- Spectacle – Reflections of Evil (2002) (1/12)
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco, CA
- Santa Rosa, CA
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week we’ll have reviews of a couple of upcoming limited release features: the 80s nostalgia flick VHYes (see above) and the psychedelic something-or-other, The Wave (2019). Then, Giles Edwards races into the reader-suggested queue for a look at another would-be-blockbuster-turned-cult-item in Speed Racer (2008). It’s a busy week ’round here as 2020 gears up. 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.