A 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.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
American Animal (2011): Jimmy and James, two twenty-something trust-fund babies, live together in relative luxury, but unbalanced Jimmy becomes increasingly deranged when bookish James explains that he’s decided to grow up and get a job. We didn’t notice this when it played festivals last year, but quotes like the one from Slant’s Kenji Fujishima wondering if he “needed to be stoned in order to fully get on its bizarre wavelength” make us wonder if we missed a weird one. It was picked up for theatrical distribution by Screen Media Films, but we have no idea where this might be playing. American Animal official site.
Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie (2012): Read our capsule review. Tim and Eric’s movie garnered lukewarm reactions (including ours) on its video-on-demand debut, but true fans will want to flock to the theaters to support the cult TV pair—won’t they? Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie official site.
Frankenweenie (post-production, debuts Oct. 2012): Read our review of the original short. We’ve been burnt too many times hoping for Tim Burton to recapture the magic he once had, so we’re not going to get excited about this stop-motion remake of the short Frankenstein parody that originally got him fired from Disney. Watch the just-released trailer and determine your own level of anticipation.
NEW ON DVD:
The Catechism Cataclysm (2011): Read our capsule review. Star Steve Little won a 2011 Weirdcademy Award for his portrayal of the geeky rock n’ roll priest on a canoe trip. Buy The Catechism Cataclysm.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON THE WEB:
The Humping Pact (2012): We’ll let director Dmitry Paranyushkin describe this one in his own words: ” it’s a meditative contemplation on the persistence in the futile and simultaneous tribute to desolate spaces that have lost their creative potential. And it’s full of multiplied naked men.” He wasn’t kidding about the naked men. Don’t follow this link unless you appreciate the artistic appeal of multiple nude dudes furiously thrusting their pelvises. You’ve been warned. You may also join in the “Humping Pact” at their own website: the makers hope to send naked humping men to various world destinations, and even promise “guest humpers” (Harmony Korine seems the obvious choice). Watch The Humping Pact on Vimeo or get more humping info on humping at humpingpact.com.
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.