WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 12/19/2014

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.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

The Duke of Burgundy: Peter Strickland’s followup to his giallo-tribute Berberian Sound Studio is a strange erotic melodrama about sadomasochistic relationship between an aristocratic butterfly collector and her servant. Rotten Tomatoes lists this as opening this week, but we think they may be wrong… it’s not even up on U.S. distributor IFC’s website yet. Keep an eye out for it in January. The Duke of Burgundy official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

The Stranger (est. Summer 2015): A “free” adaptation of Mark Twain’s “The Mysterious Stranger,” done in the style of El Topo and Greaser’s Palace. These guys are British, so hopefully their take on the acid Western will be unusual indeed. The Stranger official site.

NEW ON DVD:

Coyote (2014): An insomniac writer hallucinates. Reportedly contains ian genital/mechanical imagery. Buy Coyote.

Stonehearst Asylum (2014): This Brad Anderson adaptation of an story (Gothic fans will immediately figure out which story, and the twist) boasts a remarkable cast: Kate Beckinsale, , Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine… Critical opinions were all over the map: the Village Voice praised it as a “vintage Halloween treat,” while the New York Times dubbed it a “shockingly flabby effort.” Buy Stonehearst Asylum.

NEW ON BLU-RAY:

Stonehearst Asylum (2014): See description in DVD above. Buy Stonehearst Asylum [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.