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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):
Redoubt (2018): Matthew Barney (The Cremaster Cycle) has a new motion picture art event out: a silent retelling of the myth of Diana the huntress (now a riflewoman) set in Idaho. This has been quietly playing at a few art museums alongside Barney’s conceptually-linked sculptures; it’s now getting a limited release at New York’s Film Forum this week, with a tiny smattering other theatrical dates scheduled through January 2020. If Barney’s previous films are any indication, he will decline to release this on any form of home video or streaming service, so if you’re interested you made need to plan a road trip to one of the few venues it will grace. Redoubt official site.
TCM’s Halloween programming climaxes this upcoming week with screenings of the canonical titles Nosferatu (1922) overnight on Oct. 25; Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968) in the wee hours of Oct. 28; and Freaks (1932) on Halloween morning. Complete schedule here.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Tone-Deaf (2019): Millennials vs. boomers horror satire with a young woman renting a room from a psychopathic landlord. Despite critical citations to its “twisted weirdness” and “spooky and surreal stuff,” somehow this one flew under our radar; the 4.8 IMBD rating might have something to do with that. On DVD/Blu-ray/VOD. Buy Tone-Deaf.
Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death (1975): South Korean oddity (from a time when horror was rare in that country) involving a suicidal student, a Nietzsche-obsessed bookseller, and a 1,000 year-old corpse whose biological clock is ticking. International gonzo weirdness out on Blu-ray (only) courtesy of Mondo Macabro. Buy Woman Chasing the Butterfly of Death.
SPECIAL SCREENINGS (Oct. 27-28, 30):
Spirited Away (2001): Read the Canonically Weird entry! GKIDS “Studio Ghibli Fest” continues with what is arguably the most popular film, a Japanese variation on “Alice in Wonderland” about a young girl in the world of the spirits. Screening dubbed on the 27th and 30th, subtitled on the 28th. Use this Fathom events page to find a Spirited Away screening near you.
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.
- Boston, MA
- Cleveland, OH
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Columbus, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Los Angeles, CA
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
- Nashville, TN
- New York City, NY
- Oakland, CA
- San Diego, CA
- Silver Spring, MD
- Vancouver, BC
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week we’ll focus on that weirdest of holidays, Halloween, with a slate of horror-themed reviews. Simon Hyslop will bring you our official word on the new Jacob’s Ladder remake. Giles Edwards will focus on one classic (?) and one new classic (?) with reviews of ‘s Sleepy Hollow (1999) and ‘ popular theatrical release The Lighthouse. And there may even be more treats in store… no promises, though. 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.