A 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.


Heartless: Philip Ridley (writer/director of the Certified Weird The Reflecting Skin) is back after a fourteen year hiatus from filmmaking with this arthouse horror starring Jim (Across the Universe) Sturgess as a photographer with a disfiguring birthmark who makes a Faustian bargain in a hellish modern London. Ridley’s return would be notable even if the film wasn’t being well-reviewed; as it is, it won “Best Independent Feature” at the Toronto After Dark festival. Heartless official site.


Best Worst Movie (2010): This documentary on an unlikely subject—the making of the laughably inept 1980s horror Troll 2, a movie featuring vegetarian goblins—became an even more improbable critical favorite. Buy Best Worst Movie.

The Complete Metropolis (1927/restored 2010): Kino’s restoration of the mystical, visionary science-fiction masterpiece finally arrives on DVD! From our own Alex Kittle’s review of the theatrical version: “While its story is standard allegorical fare and the performances are often melodramatic, the sheer inventiveness and visual splendor of Metropolis warrants its status as quintessential science fiction. It set the standard for a host of weird films that came after it and has several iconically bizarre scenes and characters.” Buy The Complete Metropolis.

Don’t Look Back [Ne te pas] (2009): French psychological thriller starring two beauties—Sophie Marceau and Monica Belluci—and a confusion of their identities. From weirdstress Marina de Van (In My Skin). Buy Don’t Look Back.

The Extra Man (2010): Eccentric tale of an aspiring playwright and cross-dresser who rents a room an educated, aging gigolo (played by Kevin Kline). This didn’t get more than a token theatrical release; the reason may be that it was too literary for cineplexes, or it may be because it just wasn’t very good. Buy The Extra Man.

Night of the Hunter (1955) [Criterion Collection]: Robert Mitchum gives an unforgettable performance as the deranged, misogynistic preacher who marries widows and kills them for their money; darker than the blackest film noir and expressionistic to the point of being dreamlike, this movie was way too much for 1955 audiences to handle, but has since been acknowledged as a classic. This is already in our reader-suggested review queue, so this Criterion Collection release can only speed it along. Buy The Night of the Hunter (Criterion Collection).

Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Three Ages (1923): Also from Kino this week comes this restoration of two Buster Keaton silent comedies: Sherlock Jr., a fantasy about a projectionist who enters into the film he’s watching, is the weirder one; Three Ages tells the tale of romance in the Stone Age, Roman times, and the modern era. Buy Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages .


The Complete Metropolis (1927/restored 2010): See entry in DVD above. Buy The Complete Metropolis [Blu-ray].

Crowley [AKA Chemical Wedding]: Read our capsule review. This occult/science ficition/fantasy hybrid about Aleister Crowley in modern times is from Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson; our staff agreed on its weirdness, but disagreed on the quality of the filmmaking displayed. Buy Crowley [Blu-ray].

The Extra Man (2010): See entry in DVD above. Buy The Extra Man [Blu-ray].

Night of the Hunter (1955) [Criterion Collection]: See entry in DVD above. Buy The Night of the Hunter (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray].

Sherlock Jr. (1924)/Three Ages (1923): See entry in DVD above. Buy Sherlock Jr. / Three Ages [Blu-ray].

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