WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 1/31/2020

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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.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Boogiepop and Others: The Complete Series” (2019): A 2019 alternative to the 2000 anime series “Boogiepop Phantom,” about a mysterious angel of death; this one is animated by Madhouse (‘s old studio). Compared to the older series, these thirteen episodes (on one Blu-ray) cover some of the same territory, and some new side plots (both animes are sourced from an expansive series of fourteen short novels by Kouhei Kadono). Buy “Boogiepop and Others: The Complete Series”.

Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971): A woman recovering from a nervous breakdown at a lake finds herself haunted by the undead. A surreal-ish, atmospheric budget horror with a misleading title and a small cult following. On Blu-ray from Shout! Factory with special features, including a director’s commentary. Buy Let’s Scare Jessica to Death.

Tammy and the T-Rex (1994): A mad scientist implants Tammy’s dead boyfriend’s brain into a Tyrannosaurus rex. This new release restores the gore that was cut from the original to qualify it for a PG-13 rating. Your choice of a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack or (for a little more moolah) a 4K HD disc. Buy Tammy and the T-Rex.

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 or monthly screening near you.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: We’re fast approaching the final week of voting for the Weirdcademy Awards, and while  holds a solid lead in most categories it was nominated in (ironically, its closest competition is in the Weirdest Picture category), the Weirdest Actress and Weirdest Short races are still in doubt. Vote away to your heart’s content (as long as your heart is content with casting one vote every 24 hours).

As far as what we’ll be adding to our massive weird online database next week: from the reader-suggested review queue, Giles Edwards investigates Mystery Men (1999), while Terri McSorley takes on Godzilla vs Hedorah (1971) (and gives you the scoop on Criterion’s massive Godzilla box set, to boot). G. Smalley will toss in a review of ‘s The Machine Girl (2008), specifically, the new “Jacked!” DVD release. 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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