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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):
Anonymous Animals [Les Animaux Anonymes] (2020): Animal-headed creatures hunt humans in this dialogue-free French experiment. Rotten Tomatoes lists this one as out this week, but we can’t find out where it’s actually playing; maybe you’ll have better luck? Anonymous Animals official site (in French).
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Come True (2020): Read our review. A high-school student enrolls in a college sleep study seeking help to end her nightmares. It’s been available on DVD for a while; Blu-ray or DVD hard copies are now available. Buy Come True.
The Dark Crystal (1982)/Labyrinth (1986): Read our reviews of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Two sub-weird fantasies that were influential and fondly-remembered by weirdophiles who caught them as kids. A great double feature on your choice of DVD or Blu-ray. Buy The Dark Crystal/Labyrinth.
New York Ninja (1984/2021): A hopefullyBuy New York Ninja from Vinegar Syndrome.microbudget ninja flick, originally unfinished but completed (with new dubbing) by Vinegar Syndrome. It’s now available in a special “magnet clasp” edition directly from the distributor; more purchasing options coming in the future.
Night of the Bloody Apes (1969)/Doctor of Doom (1963): In Buy Night of the Bloody Apes/Doctor of Doom.‘s notorious video nasty Night of the Bloody Apes, a mad scientist transplants an ape’s heart into a man; there is also female wrestling. VCI Pictures offers Doctor of Doom, an earlier version of the same story without the gore and nudity, as a bonus disc. It comes with commentaries by very serious film academicians.
Nine Days (2020): Souls interview for the opportunity to be born on Earth. On Blu-ray, DVD or VOD. Buy Nine Days.
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 officially welcome Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn, NY back with their midnight screening of Spider Baby (1967) on Saturday, Nov. 6. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Be sure to join us tomorrow night at 10:15 PM ET for our first November Weird Watch Party, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009). We’ll be using Kast.tv to stream and chat, so be sure you have signed up for a free account there. Look for the link around 10 PM here, on Facebook, and on Twitter. We’re sure to have a good time watching a bad man!
After a busy week behind the scenes, things are getting back to normal around here. Next week Jake Fredel will chip in with a look at the classic Japanese ghost story Onibaba (1964), while Gregory J. Smalley takes a trip to St. Vincent’s Nowhere Inn (2021). There could be something else on the way, too, who knows?
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.