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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 (WIDE RELEASE):
The Father (2020): Sure, it’s Oscar Bait, but hear us out: The Father puts you inside the head of a man suffering from dementia, meaning you can’t be sure what’s real and what’s not. Basically, it’s a psychological thriller in sensitive drama garb. Opening in New York and LA this week, going wider March 12. The Father official site.
IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):
Nocebo (202?): A fashion designer comes down with a mysterious illness, with symptoms that are recognized by her Filipino nanny. Vivarium—and producer XYZ Films has been involved with both Mandy and the upcoming Sion Sono/ feature Prisoners of the Ghostland, so there is serious weird potential there. No official site yet.will star alongside Mark Strong and Chai Fonacier. This plot seems like it could just be a run-of-the-mill psychological horror film, but it is helmed by fresh off a weird one in
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Castle of the Creeping Flesh (1968): Swingers stumble into the castle of a mad count who—what are the odds?—wants to use their body parts to revive his dead daughter. Another rarely-seen-and-probably-for-good-reasons Eurotrash curiosity from Severin Films, on Blu-ray. Buy Castle of the Creeping Flesh.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
We could not find a single Canonically Weird screening in theaters this week. Still, some New York City venues will be reopening starting next week, so, believe it or not, things are beginning to look up. Keep your spirits up!
FREE ONLINE WEIRD MOVIES:
Getty (2021): An experimental film composed entirely out of public domain stock footage from Getty Images. It’s stitched together from three different directors, with a framing device of an artificial intelligence describing humanity to alien visitors in the distant future (“they liked breaking things… they liked it a lot”). Includes nudity (stock footage nudity? yes, it exists), so it may be slightly NSFW. Watch Getty free on Vimeo.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Voting continues for one more day in our latest Weird Netflix Party poll. At this writing it is the closest contest ever, with three choices currently tied for number one and nothing out of the running. Go ahead and (maybe) cast the tiebreaking vote. Whatever we end up watching, the show starts Mar. 6 at 10:15 PM ET.
Next week’s reviews will include El Rob Hubbard‘s report on the newly-released “Cannes cut” of Southland Tales (with fifteen more minutes of madness!) and on ‘s latest comic absurdity to reach American screens, Keep an Eye Out. There will likely be at least one surprise review to accompany that fine duo, too.
Finally, the following screengrab doesn’t really fit in anywhere, but we had to include it anyway. It’s about time!for Best Actor!
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.