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.
NEW ON DVD:
Big Tits Zombie (2010): Japanese strippers battle zombies, with the usual splatterpunk absurdity. We can’t pass up a title like this, as much as we’d like to. Buy Big Tits Zombie.
“Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku” (The X from Outer Space/Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell/The Living Skeleton/Genocide): Four films from the award-winning (Tokyo Story) Shochiku Studios short-lived dive into the pulp-horror market, 1967-1968. Vengeful ghosts, killer bugs, and giant alien chickens populate these wild movies; of most interest to us are the alien space vampires of Goke, which we can now officially mark off our out-of-print wishlist. Buy “Eclipse Series 37: When Horror Came to Shochiku”.
Naked Trip: On the Run from the Mafia (2008): A British filmmaker kidnaps an actress and goes on the run from the mafia in what the promotional material describes as a “surreal mix of trash, experimental and art-house cinema.” That part sound encouraging, but we’re a little bit concerned about why this took almost 5 years to make it to DVD. Buy Naked Trip: On The Run From The Mafia.
Slaughter Tales (2012): A 15-year old boy steals a cursed VHS videotape and watches the horror anthology contained therein. The weird part? This tribute to 1980s shot-on-video horrors was directed by 15-year old horror fan Johnny Dickey. Buy Slaughter Tales.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Grave of the Fireflies (1988): Heartbreaking dramatic anime about the fate of two Japanese orphans during World War II. Not entirely realistic, yet something of a stretch for “weird”; it’s still a highly anticipated Blu-ray debut that’s worth taking note of. Buy Grave of the Fireflies [Blu-ray].
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.