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.
SCREENINGS – (AFI Silver Theater, Silver Springs, MD, Oct 30-31):
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922): Read the Certified Weird entry! The occult classic screens for Halloween, with live accompaniment by the Silent Orchestra. Fri. at 7:00 and 9:30 PM, and a Saturday matinee for the kiddies at 1:00 PM. Nosferatu at AFI Silver.
NEW ON DVD:
Flowers (2015): Six female victims of a serial killer find themselves trapped in a crawl space after their deaths. From the descriptions the film is genuine, purposeful exploitation-surrealism. Buy Flowers.
Get Mean (1975): Fantasy Spaghetti Western in which a Man with No Name fights Vikings and Moors in his effort to return a princess to her hometown. Video Junkie claims this under-the-radar oater “lives in its own little world of surreal weirdness…” Buy Get Mean [Blu-ray/DVD Combo].
Heart of Midnight (1988): Carol (Buy Heart of Midnight.) inherits a nightclub called “the Midnight” from her “weird” uncle in this surreal psychological horror film. Largely forgotten but fondly remembered by a few; believe it or not, Yanni did the soundtrack.
Mulholland Drive (2001): Read the Certified Weird entry! There are a few people reading this site who like this movie and who may be mildly interested to know there is a new Criterion Collection edition out. Buy Mulholland Drive.
Phase IV (1974): Ants develop communal intelligence and wage war on humans in this “trippy” cult sci-fi movie, the only feature film from opening titles specialist Saul Bass. Controversy swirls around this Olive release, in that this Blu-ray presents the version that screened in theaters, one in which Bass’ surreal ending montage was excised by the studio. That footage had been recovered (if not restored), so fans of the film are (perhaps justifiably) upset that there is no “director’s cut” of this sometimes maligned film forthcoming. Buy Phase IV.
Rags (2011): The tagline of this movie about methamphetamine abuse calls it a “drug-fueled exploitation fairy-tale!” Made in 2011 but not released on DVD until now. Buy Rags.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Army of Darkness (1992): Read our review. Shout! Factory’s “Collectors Edition” Blu-ray of the Evil Dead franchise’s conclusion contains three different cuts of the film (!) on three Blu-rays, along with hours of special features. Buy Army Of Darkness [Collector’s Edition Blu-ray].
Breeders (1986): Alien rapists attack virgins in Manhattan. Made by a director of porn films, this awfully strange, awfully-acted movie ends memorably, with nude women crawling around in a pool of alien semen. Buy Breeders [Blu-ray].
The Fifth Element (1997): Read our review. ‘s whacked-out sci-fi cult epic gets the Blu-ray it deserves. Also available in a “cinema series” special edition with a commemorative booklet. Buy The Fifth Element [Blu-ray].
Get Mean (1975): See description in DVD above. Buy Get Mean [Blu-ray/DVD Combo].
Heart of Midnight (1988): See description in DVD above. Buy Heart of Midnight [Blu-ray].
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975): Read our review. This new Blu features one recent interview along with extras recycled from earlier releases; the “Limited Edition Castle Catapult Gift Set” comes with all this, plus a cardboard castle and rubber farm animals and a few other physical goodies. Buy Monty Python and the Holy Grail [Blu-ray].
Mulholland Drive (2001): See description in DVD above. Buy Mulholland Drive [Blu-ray].
Phase IV (1974): See description in DVD above. Buy Phase IV [Blu-ray].
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986): Rather than attempting to top the strange intensity of the first movie in the series, Tobe Hooper went in a different direction and made Chainsaw‘s first sequel into an absurd self-parodying black comedy. If Dennis Hopper had gone more over-the-top in his first post-Blue Velvet role as a chainsaw-wielding Texas Ranger, this could have been a classic rather than a cool curiosity piece. The free viewing is courtesy of Paramount, who has added a select number of back-catalog titles to YouTube. Obviously this is R-rated stuff, so no one under 17, please. Watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 free on YouTube.
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.