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 at the official site links.
FILM FESTIVALS – MidWest Weird Fest (Eu Claire, Wisc., Mar. 3-5):
A relatively new, small three-day offering that’s an offshoot of a sister festival in Australia. We can’t vouch for everything here—a lot of it looks like the usual low-budget sci-fi/horror tide desperately searching for an audience—but there are a couple of films we can recommend as weird.
- Atmo HorroX – Read our festival review; an indescribable dialogue-free microbudget horror (?) worthy of the tag “WEIRDEST!” Screens Sun, Mar 5.
- Bad Black – Tongue-in-cheek Ugandan action/comedy made for about $200. Also Mar. 5.
NEW ON DVD:
A*P*E* (1976): A 36-foot tall ape (despite the title, it’s not an a*p*e*) falls in love with a blonde actress and destroys Seoul. This King Kong ripoff, rushed out to try to exploit interest in Dino DeLaurentiis’ 1976 Kong movie (which turned out to be a flop itself), often shows up on “worst of all times lists,” and famously includes a shot of the giant monkey giving the audience the finger. Buy A*P*E*.
We Are the Flesh (2016): Read the List Candidate review! Arrow Films gives this ultra-perverse, early weirdest movie of 2017 contender the deluxe treatment, with multiple interviews and two of the director’s short films included in the package. Buy We Are the Flesh
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
A*P*E* (1976): See description in DVD above. Will play in 3D, if your player can handle it. Buy A*P*E* [Blu-ray]
Doctor Strange (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy Doctor Strange [Blu-ray].
We Are the Flesh (2016): See description in DVD above. Buy We Are the Flesh [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.