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.

It’s a thin week for movies in general, much less weird movies. Film distributors don’t like to work the week after the holidays anymore than the rest of us do. Things should start to pick up again next week when everyone goes back to the office. Until then, here are a couple of neato weirdo events for folks in NY or LA, and a free movie for you to enjoy.

SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, Jan. 1-3, 5):

“Season’s Beatings: A Christmas in Hong Kong”: Cinefamily celebrates the New Year with the ultraviolent underbelly of Hong Kong’s New Wave, the stuff that goes deeper and weirder than John Woo and Jackie Chan. It starts off with Sammo Hung’s oversized comedy kung fu in Encounters of the Spooky Kind 2 at midnight on News Years’ Day. Saturday brings us a “Category III Double Feature.” (“Category III” was (is) the most restrictive rating given to movies in Hong Kong, roughly equivalent to an NC-17 rating in the United States). First up is Riki-Oh (The Story of Ricky), the notorious ultraviolent cult film with a plot about how Ricky goes to prison and punches holes in everyone he meets and rips out their internal organs. Riki is paired with 1983’s little known Devil Fetus, a gross-out bonanza of demonic possession, worm-vomiting and monster sex. The final two offerings come from : Sunday’s The Blade, a samurai-style romp, and the fantastical Zu Warriors [AKA Warriors from the Magic Mountain] (the 1983 original—Hark remade his own film in 2001). “Season’s Beatings: A Christmas in Hong Kong” at Cinefamily.

SCREENINGS – (Spectacle Theater, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 7):

The Shining Backwards and Forwards and Inwards and Outwards: If you saw the The Shining fan theory documentary Room 237, you saw clips of an project where filmmakers projected two copies of the horror classic at the same time, running one forward and one backward to create random, surreal synergies. This updated screening adds anaglyph 3D to both prints to create a pulsating “chaos mix.” The Shining Backwards and Forwards and Inwards and Outwards at Spectacle Theater.


I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958): A much better movie than the tabloid headline would lead you to expect; this is actually a paranoid sci-fi sleeper a la Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Free online courtesy of Paramount. Happy New Year!

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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