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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):
Bergman Island (2021): A filmmaking couple vacation on lightly meta,” one gets the sense that it will be most rewarding to those with an intimate knowledge of both Bergman and director Mia Hansen-Løve. Bergman Island official site.‘s home island of Fårö, looking for inspiration. Perhaps a long shot for weird; although it’s described as “dreamlike” and “
The Blazing World (2021): A phantasmagorical trip inside a suicidal young woman’s mind as she visits another dimension after the death of her twin. After debuting at Sundance’s “Midnight” section, it got a lot of praise for its visuals, and less for its story. No official site located.
Labyrinth of Cinema (2019): Read our Apocrypha Candidate review! ‘s final film is an epic meta-exploration of Japanese cinema initiated by a time-traveler arriving in a goldfish-bowl spaceship. The U.S. debut is at the Metrograph in NYC this Wednesday (with screenings all week long), to be followed by scattered dates across the country through January. Labyrinth of Cinema U.S. distributor’s page.
Zapper (202?): My Neighbor Wants Me Dead‘s
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
“He Came from the Swamp: The William Grefé Collection”: A la Severin’s “The Dungeon of Andy Milligan”, here’s another box set of strange-but-crappy films, this time from Arrow and “celebrating” Florida drive-in guru William Grefé. Grefé alternated between pumping out creature-features with giant sharks and jellyfish and drugsploitation pictures. The set contains most of his work—Sting of Death (1966), Death Curse of Tartu (1966), The Hooked Generation (1968), The Psychedelic Priest (1971), The Naked Zoo (1971), Mako: Jaws of Death (1976) and Whiskey Mountain (1977)—and a documentary about the auteur. Buy “He Came from the Swamp The William Grefé Collection”.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week, we’re happy to announce the addition of a major new venue, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. As it’s name implies, this impressive new edifice (it opened on September 30 of this year) is a museum with interactive exhibits from Hollywood history, but they also naturally host screenings of repertory fare, which will occasionally involve weird movies. This week they have Spirited Away (2001) on October 19 and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) on the 21st in honor of Studio Ghibli Fest 2021. You can expect more Miyazaki there through November, and look forward to Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) on October 30. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.
FREE ONLINE WEIRD MOVIES:
Millennium Actress (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! ‘s sophomore picture—a mixed-up anime biopic of a fictional Japanese actress—turns up from time to time streaming on free services. Right now, it’s YouTube’s turn. With commercial interruptions. Watch Millennium Actress free on YouTube.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
You can still vote for our October 23 Weird Watch Party (Halloween edition), but it seems likely that the winner will be Phantasm (1979) on Tubi.tv. Make plans to join us two Saturdays from now at 10:15 PM ET!
In reviews next week, Jake Fredel investigates Walerian Borowczyk‘s final Love Rites (1987), while Gregory J. Smalley hopes the new Polish release Never Gonna Snow Again can live up to its promise. 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.