Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons… Christmas edition!
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):
Manos Returns (est. 2016): No real word on the style or substance of this sequel to the Certified Weird monstrosity Manos, except that it’s the brainchild of Jackey Neyman Jones (who played the little girl) and her father, Tom “The Master” Neyman, will have an acting role. Some funds are already in place and Jackey promises a Kickstarter campaign soon to raise the remainder. Manos Returns official site.
NEW ON DVD:
Queen of Earth (2015): A wealthy woman under stress retires to the countryside with an old friend, where her mental condition continues to deteriorate. From Impolex‘s Alex Ross Perry, this has earned a few cautious comparisons to Repulsion, Persona, and other female-identity disorder films. Buy Queen of Earth.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962): Read our capsule review! Shout! Factory’s restored (!) release of the public domain sleaze classic about a man stalking strippers to find the perfect body for his headless bride includes commentary by Steve Haberman and Tony Sasso, a deleted scene, and “Mystery Science Theater 3000″‘s skewered version as bonus features. Buy The Brain That Wouldn’t Die [Blu-ray].
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964): Read Alfred Eaker’s review! Enjoy this Christmas treat (?) as 1960s Martians kidnap Kris Kringle, only to find they’ve bit off more than they can chew when the fat man’s jolly brand of commercialism becomes infectious and destroys their indigenous warrior culture.
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.