WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 3/6/2015

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):

Cosmos (2015): returns to cinema after a 15-year absence with what he describes as a “metaphysical thriller noir.” It’s based on Witold Gombrowicz’s 1965 metanarrative crime novel of the same name. Zulawski is hoping to have it completed in time to screen at Cannes in May. Thanks to L. Rob Hubbard and (tie) for the tip. More info available at culture.pl.

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 . 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. Watch Heart of Glass free on Shout Factory TV.

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.

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