Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
The movie business is still on vacation—not only theatrical showings, but even DVD releases are down to a minimum this week. But not to worry: the Sundance festival, which marks the unofficial start of the 2014 movie season, kicks off in two weeks. Until then, you can be content with these few meager offerings:
SCREENINGS – (IFC Center, Manhattan, Jan. 3-7):
Welcome to the Space Show (2010): An alien dog takes a group of kids to the outermost reaches of the universe in this psychedelic exhibition of kiddie surrealism from Japan. Making a late American theatrical debut as the tail-end of GKids’ “An Animated World” mini-film festival. We’re hoping that this screening is a harbinger of an upcoming DVD release. Welcome to the Space Show at IFC Center.
NEW ON DVD:
Nightmare City (1980): Italian exploitationeer Umberto Lenzi’s cult “zombie” movie features the gory exploits of a horde of people infected with a cannibalistic virus and a mindbending out-of-left-field ending. Raro Video is the third different company to issue Nightmare on DVD, but the first to put it out on Blu-ray. Fair warning: it’s not winning awards among videophiles for the quality of the transfer. Buy Nightmare City.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Nightmare City (1980): See description in DVD below. Buy Nightmare City [Blu-ray].
Alex Kittle at the Movies: Our own Alex Kittle will be hosting an exhibition of her movie-related artwork at Uforge Gallery in the Boston area this upcoming Thursday, July 9. Alex has spent the past several years making fanciful movie posters and prints for some of her favorite films. You can also purchase her work from her Esty store, where a high percentage of her artwork just happens to be based on Certified Weird movies, including Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Black Swan, Buckaroo Banzai, Howl’s Moving Castle, Suspiria and Barbarella. The gal has great taste! Alex Kittle: At the Movies exhibition at Uforge Gallery.
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.