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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):
The Way (2021): A MMA fighter on death row has studied Qi Gong and believes she has supernatural powers; meanwhile, a prison guard schemes to break her out, while the whole story is interrupted by flashbacks. It’s hard to tell how strange this is; one reviewer compares it to , using possible hyperbole. Playing at Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills, CA only. The Way official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Edmond (2005): Oddball Buy Edmond.sleeper from a play about an Angry White Man who succumbs to his darkest impulses over one wild night. This Blu-ray re-release features separate commentary tracks from Mamet and Gordon.
Human Animals [Animales racionales] (1983): Two men and one woman are the only survivors of a nuclear armageddon; the men fight over the woman, but a dog wants her, too. Obscure and controversial, to our knowledge this shocker has never been released on home video before until now. Mondo Macabro to the rescue! Buy Human Animals.
“Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Complete Series”: All 26 episodes of the original giant-robots-meet-teenage-existential-angst anime TV series, with the feature films Evangelion: Death (True)2 (a re-edited version of Death and Rebirth) and the canonically weird entry End of Evangelion included, along with more than five hours of bonus content. Fan warning: this set uses the controversial Netflix dub rather than the original U.S. release. Also, a further fan warning—Amazon has put a warning on this release, which we will repeat: “The international re-release of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION does not contain ‘FLY ME TO THE MOON’.” Buy “Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Complete Series”.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
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FREE ONLINE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
Night of the Hunter (1955): Read the Canonically Weird entry. The Criterion Collection has apparently sublicensed the Southern gothic/noir/expressionist classic to Tubi for some time; catch it free while you can. Watch on Night of the Hunter Tubi.tv.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Please continue to vote for our next Weird Watch Party, scheduled for Nov. 20. Although we’re always open to new nominations, currently it looks like we’ll be choosing between The Lighthouse (2019) (Amazon Prime subscription required) and In Fabric (2018) (free to all on Tubi), with the latter slightly ahead because it’s free to all. We’ll leave commenting on through the weekend before announcing the official winner; make your voice heard here.
In original content next week, Giles Edwards will weigh in on the new feminist allegory Mayday (now in theaters and on VOD), while Gregory J. Smalley serves up an hour-long interview with horror icon Lynn Lowry, who expounds on her most popular cult movies (I Drink Your Blood, The Crazies, Shivers, Cat People). 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.