Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.
SCREENINGS – (Cinefamily, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 19):
A Report on the Party and Guests (1966): Read the certified weird review. If you’re in L.A. you should make it a point to check out this rare screening of Jan Nemec‘s anti-totalitarian classic about a group of carefree picnickers who are gradually absorbed into a frightening new social structure. Here’s the Cinefamily’s report on Report, and be sure to check the Jan Nemec Retrospective Tour page for upcoming dates in other U.S. cities.
NEW ON DVD:
“The Cinema of Jean Rollin: The Vampire Films”: Here are Rollin’s four major artsploitation vampire pics together in one bundle: Rape of the Vampire, The Nude Vampire, Shiver of the Vampire and Requiem for a Vampire. One of these (or more?) is almost certain to make the List, but which? Buy the whole set and decide for yourself. Buy “The Cinema of Jean Rollin: The Vampire Films”
Successive Slidings of Pleasure [Glissements Progressifs du Plaisir] (1974): The police investigate a woman suspected of being a witch, whose roommate has turned up naked and dead. After writing Last Year at Marienbad, novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet went on to become a director of surreal sadomasochistic soft-porn; we’re excited that Redemption is re-releasing his hard-to-find features. Buy Successive Slidings of Pleasure.
Trans-Europ-Express (1967): The story concerns to sets of travelers on a train: one set is a drug dealer and his sexual captive, the other a writer and film producer who are making up the story during the trip. More Robbe-Grillet from Redemption; this was hot enough to get banned in Britain back in the day, although it’s (somewhat) tame by today’s standards. Buy Trans-Europ-Express.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
“The Cinema of Jean Rollin: The Vampire Films”: See description in DVD above. Buy “The Cinema of Jean Rollin: The Vampire Films” [Blu-ray].
Successive Slidings of Pleasure [Glissements Progressifs du Plaisir] (1974): See description in DVD above. Buy Successive Slidings of Pleasure [Blu-ray].
Trans-Europ-Express (1967): See description in DVD above. Buy Trans-Europ-Express [Blu-ray].
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.