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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):
Lamb (2021): A dark modern folktale about a childless farming couple in Iceland. It won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and was picked up by A24, marking it as a buzzworthy curio. Lamb page at A24.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Onibaba (1964): In feudal Japan, a woman and her daughter in-law eke out a living during a war and by scavenging from dead (and sometimes still living) warriors; the arrival of a young man in their deserted village, and the later arrival of a samurai wearing a demon mask, threatens their partnership. An eerie classic Japanese ghost story that’s in our reader-suggested queue, just upgraded by the Criterion Collection to Blu-ray in a new restoration. Buy Onibaba.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006): Read Alice Stoehr’s review. The story of a perfumer who murders, capped by a very strange orgy. This is the first North American Blu-ray release of the film. Buy Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
Phantasm (1979)/Phantasm II (1988): Read the Canonically Weird entry for Phantasm! The first is a weird horror classic about an undertaker and his shiny balls of death; the sequel rehashes things ten years later. This Blu-ray double feature comes with its own phantastic poster. Buy Phantasm/Phantasm II.
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 finally added NYC’s IFC Center, who had been open for months but until this week were showing almost entirely new releases. In October they are back into weird movies in a big way with Persona (1966) and Hour of the Wolf [Vargtimmen] (1968), plus the return of weekend midnight shows with Mulholland Drive (2001); they also have Cure (1997) and, inspired by Titane, are screening Crash (1996). We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Please join us tomorrow night (Saturday the 8th) at 10:15 PM ET for October’s first Weird Watch Party, Angst (1983) on Tubi.tv. No subscription required, but a free Kast account is. Look for the link here, on Facebook, and on Twitter around 10 PM.
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.