WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/24/2020

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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):

Assassination 33 A.D. (2020): Islamic terrorists develop a time machine to go back to the Holy Land and assassinate Jesus Christ before he can be crucified; devout Christians rig up their own machine and race back to stop them. It all sounds, as Life of Brian‘s Pontius Pilate might say, “wisible.” Assassination 33 A.D. official site.

Color out of Space (2019): Read our review + + = the first cult movie event of 2020. Producer SpectreVision’s official Facebook page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):

Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences (2020): ‘s movie apparently begins when a man approaches a robot at a party and discovers he must justify humankind. This has been in production for years, with McAbee publicly performing the character he plays in the movie (a singing New Age motivational speaker); it seems to be either finalized, or at least complete enough to release the teaser trailer below. Deep Astronomy and the Romantic Sciences official site.

Dunwich Horror (202?): Speaking of Color out of Space (above), SpectreVision has reportedly already greenlit another Richard Stanley Lovecraft adaptation. It’s “The Dunwich Horror,” about a mysterious monster sequestered in an Arkham farmhouse. There may be a third Stanley/Lovecraft movie after that (title not yet revealed). Stanley intends to connect the stories (slightly), in the trendy “extended universe” style. The news comes straight from Stanley via an interview with Rue Morgue magazine.

NEW ON NETFLIX:

“What Did Jack Do?” (2017): Detective interrogates a monkey suspected of murder for 17 minutes. Netflix dropped this short, made for an art installation in 2017 and rarely screened since, as a surprise on Lynch’s 74th birthday. “What Did Jack Do?” on Netflix.

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.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: With the 2020 movie season yet to crank up, out writers will spend next week taking a crack at that massive (and actually still-growing) reader-suggested queue. To that end, look for reviews of ‘s mystical gangster goof, Revolver; the sado-sexy Norwegian psychothriller Naboer (AKA Next Door); and Rian Johnson‘s high school noir, Brick. (There’s a common theme to these selections; does anyone see it?) At any rate, so as long as readers don’t add three new titles to the request queue next week, we will have whittled it down just a tad.

Meanwhile, you can continue voting for the 2019 Weirdcademy Awards, where  currently has a big lead in every category it was nominated in (Weirdest Actress is a tighter race, and the Weirdest Short poll is still anyone’s game). 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.

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