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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.
FILM FESTIVALS – Sundance Film Festival (Park City, UT and online, 12/28-2/3):
We’ve already previewed this year’s fest, but here’s a reminder that it’s arriving next week. The half-dozen or so titles of potential weird interest are highlighted by Prisoners of the Ghostland (bank robberfights ghosts and samurai—in a film by ).
This year, you don’t have to travel to Utah in the depths of winter to enjoy Sundance: you can watch from the comfort of your own living room (with some restrictions), or catch a flick on the big screen at satellite venues possibly near you. We can’t be certain whether these changes are for this year only, or a sign that the festival industry is catching up with these digital times for good—but if this setup is a financial and logistical success, expect to see fest features play these new channels in the future.
Wonka (2023): A prequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (or—a distressing possibility—to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) exploring eccentric chocalatier Wonka’s early years. With Paddington‘s Paul King at the helm, this is highly unlikely to explore the character’s weirdness, but we’ll keep an open mind for the time being. More info at The Hollywood Reporter.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
The Batwoman (1968)/ The Panther Women (1967): A double feature of Mexican superhero/wrestling movies featuring scantily-clad heroines, both from the strange mind of Buy The Batwoman/The Panther Women.. Batwoman, which involves pineal glands, gill-men, and copyright violation, seems to be the better known and weirder of the two.
A Serbian Film (2010): Read Pamela de Graff’s review. This most offensive, sadistic horror-porn movie is advertised as uncut, and we presume it’s so (although previous releases advertised as uncut were actually missing a few disturbing frames.) Buyer beware: this is not Blu-ray for an impulse purchase, but something you only want to own if you are searching for the most morally repugnant film of all time. Buy A Serbian Film.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
Screenings remain sparse in a Covid world, but here are a few. As always, it’s up to you to decide whether you think it’s safe to visit theaters at this time. By the end of the year we should be back to normal.
- Kansas City, MO
- Tuscon, AZ
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Amazon Prime subscribers: please join us tomorrow night at 10:15 PM for a wonderfully weird screening of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972). As always, the link will drop here, on our Facebook page, and our Twitter page about 15 minutes before showtime.
Next week the Online Film Critics Society will reveal its winners for the 2020 awards season (see the nominees here), and as usual Gregory J. Smalley will reveal his ballot and complain about the lack of weird movies to pick from. We’ll also add a couple of older movie reviews (though both are relatively new to home video), as Pete Trbovich takes on Seven Women for Satan (1976) and Giles Edwards goes way back to look at the fake (and kinda racist) exploitation documentary Ingagi (1930). 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.