WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 2/14/2020

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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):

Impossible Monsters (2019): A sleep-study participant is murdered; is it a literal nightmare? Another “blurring the line between dreams and reality” psychothriller. Impossible Monsters official site.

FILM FESTIVALS – South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) (Austin, TX, Mar. 13-22):

If you can’t get your indie film into Sundance, the massive SXSW festival in Austin, Texas is your next best bet. With the continued mainstreaming of Sundance, and the increasingly homogenized “indie” product spotlighted there, if your movie’s a bit on the weirder side, SWSX may even be a better fit. Among this year’s offerings are the surreal St. Vincent mockumentary The Nowhere Inn, a holdover from Sundance. Here are some newbies we’ll look out for down the road:

  • Nine Days – A man pits spirits in a competition; the winner will be born into our world. This debuted at Sundance, but the brief synopsis gave little hint it might be weird; subsequent reviews have raised our expectations a tad.
  • PG (Psycho Goreman) – Kids use a magical amulet to control an alien bent on destroying the world. Competing in the “Midnighters” category.
  • The Show – Highly anticipated (by us) story of a parallel fantasy world existing alongside the mundane British town of Northampton, scripted by Alan (Watchmen) Moore.
  • Witch Hunt – A teenager helps smuggle two witches into Mexico in an alternate reality where witchcraft is real (and banned in the USA).

SWSX official home page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (Completed):

Listen, Little Man[Čuj mali čoveče] (2020): We can’t really make heads or tails of ‘s underground feature from the trailer; you try. The movie is completed and has played at least once in its native Serbia; it’s seeking festival bookings as we speak. Keep your eyes open.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Greener Grass (2019): Read the Apocrypha Candidate review! The baby-gifting suburban satire arrives in a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack, with extended/deleted scenes included as the main bonus. Buy Greener Grass.

Heartbeeps (1981): Robot Andy Kaufman falls in love with robot Bernadette Peters. Somehow, this family-friendly comedy ended up in our reader-suggested review queue, and on Blu-ray. Buy Heartbeeps.

In Fabric (2018): s latest is a surreal horror about a haunted dress. On Blu-ray only. Buy In Fabric.

The Point (1971): An oblong-headed boy is ostracized in a community where everyone has pointed heads. Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson supposedly came up with the idea for this children’s special while tripping on acid. It’s been in our reader-suggested queue, and now it’s on Blu-ray with a bunch of featurettes. Buy The Point.

Shutter Island (2010): Read our review. A limited edition 4K ultra HD steelbook release of ‘s psychological thriller. Buy Shutter Island.

Suburban Birds [Jiao qu de niao] (2018): An engineer investigating a sinkhole discovers a diary what seems to contain prophecies about his own life. A 5.7 on IMDB and 81% positive on Rotten Tomatoes; that’s the kind of spread that suggests a movie is either really boring, or really weird (or both). Buy Suburban Birds.

Terror Firmer (1999): A low-budget film crew is picked off by a serial killer; directs and casts himself as the director. This 20th anniversary Blu-ray includes a couple documentaries (including one of feature-length) you won’t get if you stream the thing. Buy Terror Firmer.

The Wave (2019): Read our review. This tale of an insurance lawyer taking a mysterious and powerful psychedelic rolls out on Blu-ray and VOD this week. Buy The Wave.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We’ll only list irregularly scheduled one-time screenings of this audience-participation classic below. You can use this page to find a regular weekly screening near you.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Happy Valentine’s Day to you! We don’t have a holiday-themed post for you, but if you don’t mind something recycled you can always re-read this one. We love you that much!

We’ll have three more reviews next week, as Pete Trbovich will weigh in on Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, Giles Edwards looks at the low-budget Malaysian feature Shadowplay, and G. Smalley describes the black comedy The Death of Dick Long. That should help you get through the late winter; don’t worry, spring is coming. 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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