WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/16/2021

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Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs and Blu-rays (and hot off the server VODs), and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

In the Earth: In the midst of a pandemic, two men find themselves lost in a deadly forest. ‘s latest horror offering is, per Chris Evangelista of Slashfilm, “gross and weird and kind of wonderful.” We’ll surely review this one. In the Earth official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT:

The Toxic Avenger (202?): sold the rights to its most famous franchise to Legendary Pictures. Now, we’re not the biggest fans of Toxie, but there is little doubt that this will be a downgrade for the popular series. Jacob Tremblay and have joined the cast, and Macon Blair (I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore) will write and direct.  and will be involved on the production side, but I wouldn’t expect any jokes at the expense of blind characters or gratuitous boob shots from the company that brought us Godzilla vs. Kong and the upcoming Dune; expect to see it go PG-13 (at best) instead, in the vein of the “Toxic Avenger” Saturday morning cartoon series. How the weird have fallen! More at Variety.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Shrunken Heads (1994): A voodoo priest reanimates the heads of three murdered children, who seek revenge on their killers. This -helmed black comedy reaches Blu-ray for the first time, courtesy of Full Moon. Buy Shrunken Heads.

STREAMING:

Used and Borrowed Time (2020):An aging Jewish woman eats a magic pie and is transported to a past life when she was engaged in an interracial love affair in Jim Crow’s Alabama. It’s self-described as “avant-garde” and “surreal” and is over three hours long. Free on Amazon Prime (which treats it like a TV show and breaks it up into two episodes), Apple TV, and something called the Vyre Network; it will also debut theatrically at the Quad in NYC on May 7 (the awards-qualifying run). Used and Borrowed Time official website or watch on Amazon Prime.

FREE ONLINE SCREENINGS (April 20, 7 PM ET):

Amarcord (1973), with introduction by Michael A. McRobbie, free to the first 100 people to sign up, sponsored by Indiana University Cinema. Amarcord free virtual screening.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

Only Alamo Drafthouses are having screenings this week; they also appear to be standardizing their offerings across all their locations now.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: There’s just one day left to vote for April 24th’s Amazon Weird Watch Party (vote here), and just over a week left to vote in the 12th Annual Weirdcademy Awards poll (shorts here, features here).

Next week, Giles Edwards takes a trip to the Dead End Drive-In (circa 1986), while Gregory J. Smalley braves an actual hard-top movie theater to check out In The Earth (see above). Onward and weirdward!

What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that we have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.

2 thoughts on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/16/2021”

  1. might i make a suggestion? now that an apocryphal list is being made, i think it would make sense to upgrade the status of some capsule reviews to list candidates, specifically ones that you have stated would have had a chance in the early days – things like the brand new testament, tag, and especially blind beast (due to the unique weirdness of the film). with hundreds of slots now available, i think it’s only fair to give them a shot now.

    1. Hopefully you’ll be happy to learn that nothing we’ve reviewed here is technically off the table for Apocryphization (hey! I invented a cool new world!) I doubt I’ll take the time to go back and tick and untick a lot of boxes to change the category various films are currently listed in, though. The easiest way for a film like that to make the Apocrypha would be for readers to vote for it next time we have a poll (we plan to do at least one of those a year, maybe more. Look for one later this year).

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