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 on the official site links.


The Demon’s Rook (2013): A young man must embrace his demonic heritage to fight off an invasion from Hell. Tribeca Films picked up this over-saturated tribute to early 1980s horror flicks up for distribution, but we haven’t heard anything about a theatrical or DVD release yet—this is the only way to see it, for now, at least. The Demon’s Rook on-demand.

FILM FESTIVALS – Sitges Film Festival (Sitges, Catalan, Spain, Oct 3-12):

Although Sitges as always has a fine slate of fantastic films, they’re more into quantity than exclusivity. We’ve seen most of the offerings at other film festivals (a handful of the features, like the just-Certified Weird The Double, are already out on DVD here in the U.S.). Here are a few notable films we noticed that appear to be debuting there (along with some special screenings of older cult films):

  • Accion Mutante (1993) – Spanish horror weirdo ‘s first film was about a group of deformed terrorists who kidnap and mutilate the beautiful. Catch a screening Oct. 5.
  • The Distance – An artist imprisoned in a Siberian power plant hires three magical dwarfs to steal “The Distance.” Screens Oct. 5.

  • Kiki’s Delivery Service – The live-action version of the animated classic about a young witch in training looks more like the Japanese version of Harry Potter than anything truly bizarre, but you may want to judge for yourself. Take a chance on Oct. 4.
  • Pierrot Lunaire – Provocateur Bruce La Bruce brings his transgressive (and in this case, transsexual) touch to this avant-garde adaptation of Arnold Schoenberg’s atonal composition that now involves a girl’s quest for a penis transplant. Oct. 4.
  • Show Pieces – Five short films written by comics god Alan Moore; one involves a stripper and a clown in Purgatory. Screens Oct. 5.

  • The Pinkie – An “ugly” girl clones a DIY boyfriend from her would-be lover’s severed pinky in this heavily stylized Japanese exploitation romantic comedy. Oct. 3 only (that’s today, so you probably missed it – sorry!)


“Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Volume 4”: Olive Films’ fourth collection of toons is another unthemed jumble of pre-code and post-code shorts, but it does contain her surreal take on “Snow White” (with guest voice Cab Calloway singing a dirge as Betty is borne away in a glass coffin). We do love our Boop ’round here, and it’s gratifying to see restored versions of these classics. Buy “Betty Boop: The Essential Collection Volume 4”.

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.

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