Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Mansfield 66/67 (2017): Read our review. Catch this campy experimental documentary about the relationship between blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield and Satanist huckster Anton LaVey this week in LA, with limited screenings across the country to follow. Mansfield 66/67 official site.
Blood Dynasty (2017): A lesbian vampire haunts a woman in a motel. The third in a series of minimalist “Irina” films (we haven’t seen the other two) heavily influenced by the erotic vampire films of Jean Rollin and . Rent Blood Dynasty.
FILM FESTIVALS – Video Nasty Film Festival (Seattle, WA, Oct. 29):
Disclaimer: Video Nasty festival at Film Freeway.served as a judge for this event. That said, he can give you a solid firsthand recommendation: although all of the selected shorts are watchable (with varying levels of “nastyness”), C.J. Gardella’s “Elegy” is the most promising gem here, a ian 20-minute surreal horror featuring a drowned corpse that should weird you out just in time for Halloween.
NEW ON DVD:
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Castle in the Sky (1986): See description in DVD above. Buy Castle in the Sky [Blu-ray].
Turner Classic Movies: TCM’s October lineup includes several Certified Weird features, screened commercial-free. This week, the silent Satanic semi-doc Häxan (1922) gets its slot at the witching hour, midnight Eastern Standard Time (Oct 29 into Oct 30). For lots of other horror offerings of less Certified weird interest, check your local listings or see the entire schedule at Thought Catalog.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Lexington, KY, 10/29-31 – Suspiria (1977). At the Kentucky Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 10/28 – The Tingler (1959) with Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977). Also playing: An American Werewolf in London (1981), Popcorn (1991), Hack-O-Lantern (1988), Shocker (1989), Brain Scan (1998). Part of the “All-Night Horrorthon.” Standby tickets only. At the Aero Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 10/31 – Carnival of Souls (1962). With Candace Hilligoss in attendance. At the Aero Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 11/1 – Audition [Ôdishon] (1999) & The City of Lost Children [La cité des enfants perdus] (1995). Double feature with in attendance. At the Egyptian Theater.
- Los Angeles, CA, 11/2 – The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) & Visitor Q (2001). Double feature with in attendance. At the Egyptian Theater.
- New York City, NY, 10/27 – Suspiria (1977), with “dance installation.” At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- New York City, NY, 10/27 (midnight) – Evil Dead II (1987). At Nitehawk Cinema.
- New York City, NY, 10/28 – Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 10/30 – Nosferatu (1922), with live score by Tenth Intervention. At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- Oakland, CA, 10/27 – Phantom of the Paradise (1974). At the New Parkway Theater.
- Oakland, CA, 10/28 – Evil Dead II (1987). At the New Parkway Theater.
- Oakland, CA, 10/29 – Nosferatu (1922). At the New Parkway Theater.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 10/27-31 – Evil Dead II (1987). At Row House Cinema.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 10/27-31 – Suspiria (1977). At Row House Cinema.
- Silver Spring, MD, 10/27 – Nosferatu (1922). With live musical accompaniment by Andrew Simpson. At AFI Silver Theater.
- Silver Spring, MD, 10/27-28, 30-31 – Suspiria (1977). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Silver Spring, MD, 10/28 (midnight), 10/29-11/1 – Phantasm (1979). At AFI Silver Theater.
- Vancouver, BC, Canada, 10/30 – Phantom of the Paradise (1974) triple feature with Carrie (1976) and Halloween (1978). At the Rio Theater.
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.