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.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Buzzard (2014): A temp worker pulls off pathetic, miniscule scams in this slacker satire. Alexander Lowe of “We Got This Covered” says that it “finds a way to be an enjoyable movie in the weirdest way possible.” Buzzard official site.
IN DEVELOPMENT (POST-PRODUCTION):
NEW ON DVD:
Blood Car (2007): A vegetarian develops a car that runs on blood to combat high gas prices. Gory, independently-produced low-budget horror-comedy that took eight years to make it to DVD. Buy Blood Car.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Blacula (1972)/Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973): Blacula is a famously campy mix of blaxploitation and horror with a strange, half-serious tone and a surprising, almost Shakespearean performance by William Marshall. Scream is redundant, but adds cult icon Pam Grier to the mix. Buy Blacula/Scream, Blacula, Scream [Blu-ray].
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005): We prefer the original, but ‘s take on Roald Dahl’s Dante-esque candy factory has its supporters. It looks like the only difference between this “10th Anniversary” edition and Warner Home Video’s previous 2011 release is a 32 page booklet. Buy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory [10th Anniversary Blu-ray].
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON SHOUT FACTORY TV:
Heart of Glass (1976): A small Bavarian town loses the secret to making its famous “Ruby Glass” when its master glassblower dies; the locals go insane trying to recover the secret. This movie is a little bit infamous because of a gimmick: most of the cast performs after having been hypnotized by director Watch Heart of Glass free on Shout Factory TV.. Presented without commercial interruptions (though you have to sit through a spot before it starts). This is part of a small bonanza of Herzog films Shout! Factory owns the rights to; you may see more in the coming weeks and months.
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.