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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):
Agnes (2021): Read our review. Mickey Reece‘s breakout film is an odd duck, half Ken Russell and half earnest drama. Playing theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, or on video-on-demand. Agnes official site.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021): A video technician investigates a sporadic series of eerie pirate broadcasts, leading him down a rabbit hole of conspiracy. Maybe a bit of a long-shot for “weird,” but it’s from Jacob Gentry (who directed the best segment of the triptych The Signal), and the Videodrome comparisons will be inevitable. Previously on VOD, now also on DVD or Blu-ray. Buy Broadcast Signal Intrusion.
Radio On (1979): An experimental, b&w road trip to Nowhere, England, scored to the music of David Bowie and Kraftwerk. People either consider this mesmerizing, or the most pointless and boring movie they’ve ever endured. Blu-ray only. Buy Radio On.
Sister Tempest (2020): Read our review. A low-budget psychological thriller festooned with weirdness. Currently Vimeo VOD only, although a Blu-ray is expected soon.
Kino Cult: We announced the launch of this free-streaming cult movie service earlier in the year. This month they’ve added twenty new titles, the most important of which is an exclusive restored version of Un Chien Andalou (1929). Other new titles of interest include the grossout horror anthology German Angst (2015) and two more from Jean Rollin: Lips of Blood (1975) and The Living Dead Girl (1982). Visit Kino Cult.
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. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, however.
FREE ONLINE WEIRD MOVIES:
Pi (1998): Read the Canonical entry. Darren Aronofsky‘s gritty, bonkers mathematical thriller debut has shown up on YouTube for free (with ads). Watch Pi free on YouTube.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Save the date for our twice rescheduled December Weird Watch Party: 12/18.
In reviews next week, Giles Edwards will take a second look at Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) (Nicolas Cage + Werner Herzog worked better than Cage + Sion Sono). Then, Shane Wilson and Gregory J. Smalley work on whittling down the formidable reader-suggested review queue, taking cracks at the goofy fantasy Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965) and the independently animated Dante’s Inferno (2007), respectively. 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.
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In Sion Sono’s defense (not that he needs it), he was working with a script that he had not written himself. Sono’s version of the story in “Prisoners of the Ghostland”, with Nicolas Cage on board, could well have reached transcendence.