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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):
Come to Daddy (2019): Read Giles Edwards’ review. This father and son reunion story is merely quirky up until “a plot spasm of strange violence brought the weird levels up to floodgate-breaking point.” No official site found, but director Ant Timpson posts info about the film on his Facebook page.
Horse Girl (2020): A mentally ill loner (Alison Brie) loses her grip as surreal dreams intrude on her waking life. Reviews are poor, but one bourgeois critic complained that it “gets weird for no good reason,” which sounds promising to us. In select theaters and debuting simultaneously on Netflix.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951): The Flying Dutchman (James Mason) is doomed to sail the seas until he finds a woman willing to die for him; will femme fatale nightclub singer Pandora (Ava Gardner) be the one? This strange film—Surrealist Man Ray was on set as a photographer, and The New York Times said it has a “feverish, dreamlike quality“—is being re-released this week in a new 4K restoration. It appears to be playing at the Quad in NYC (other venues unknown), but will probably see another home video release soon.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Brain Damage (1988): Read James Phillip’s “List Candidate” review. The Aylmer, a phallic creature who inserts a euphoric psychedelic directly into its (un)lucky host’s brain stem, comes to Blu-ray for the first time, accompanied by a horde of special features, courtesy of Arrow. Buy Brain Damage.
Evil Ed (1995): Read Pete Trbovich’s review. Another Arrow release; this splatter spoof was released on Blu-ray in 2017 in a lavish 3-disc set, but this single disc still has plenty of features and is a more affordable option. Buy Evil Ed.
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.
El Topo (1970) / The Holy Mountain (1973) / Fando y Lis (1968) in the U.K. – We don’t generally list screenings outside of North America, but since we can provide our newly Brexited friends with a single link (courtesy of Arrow Video) to cover all of these re-releases, why not? We won’t be doing this every week, so bookmark it. This page details screenings of these three films as they are released all over England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, from the current date through April. THE ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY TRIPTYCH.
- Austin, TX
- Bloomington, IN
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Kansas City, MO
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York City, NY
- Phoenix, AZ
- San Francisco, CA
- Santa Ana, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Vancouver, BC
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: First up next week, we’ll announce the winners of this year’s Weirdcademy Awards on Sunday (before Hollywood even starts its Most Conventional Picture awards ceremonies). There is still plenty of time to vote (here for features, here for shorts). Even though is currently cleaning up in every category it was nominated in, the Weirdest Short race is still competitive, and the Weirdest Actress vote is, at the time of this writing, tied.
After the 2019 awards go into the books, it’s back to the grind as Pete Trbovich looks at the Conan the Barbarian/Mad Max mashup She (1984), Giles Edwards clears out another marginal reader request from the suggestion queue as he considers whether Earth Girls Are Easy should be apocryphized, and G. Smalley reports on the “new” short, “What Did Jack Do?” 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.