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):
Vampire Clay (2017): Haunted modeling clay sculpts itself into vampires that prey on Japanese art school students. The ad copy asks the question, “can art be so bad that it kills?” Scattered screenings over the next few weeks in large cities and college towns. Vampire Clay official site.
FILM FESTIVALS – Tribeca Film Festival (New York City, Apr. 18-29):
Modern film festivals are trending towards more virtual reality exhibits and TV show premieres, and, in the race to stay relevant, no one has embraced this trend more than Tribeca. Unfortunately, that means less space for actual movies. There’s at least one Sundance repeat of interest (We the Animals) but here’s the new stuff we’ll be tracking in the future:
- 7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss by Passing Through the Gateway Chosen by the Holy Storsh – Black comedy about a couple whose bargain apartment comes with a catch: cultists continually break in to commit suicide in their bathtub. Screens 4/20-22, 28.
- Braid – Drug-dealers on the lam stay at the mansion of an eccentric friend who forces them to play along with her make-believe world. 4/22-24, 28-29.
- You Shall Not Sleep – An aspiring actress joins an experimental sleep deprivation program and begins to hallucinate. 4/20-21, 28.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
“Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season Eleven”: Read Shane Wilson’s season recap. Even if you’re not a fan of the show, if you like (bad) weird movies you may want to know about the existence of the Bigfoot buddy flick Cry Wilderness and the talking chimp of the dreary Carnival Magic. On DVD or Blu-ray. Buy “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season Eleven”
Vampire Clay: See description in “Limited Release” above. If you can’t find this on the big screen (and you probably can’t), it’s simultaneously available on demand.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Denver, CO, 4/22 – Vertigo (1958). Free screening for “Victory” members. At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- Denver, CO, 4/23 – Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). Subtitled. At the Alamo Drafthouse.
- New York City, NY, 4/21 – Time Bandits (1981). At the Metrograph.
- New York City, NY, 4/24 – Lemonade Joe [Limonádový Joe aneb Konská Opera] (1964). At Film Society of Lincoln Center.
- New York City, 4/26 – Being John Malkovich (1999). At Videology Bar & Cinema.
- Pittsburgh, PA, 4/20-4-26 – Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). At Row House Cinema.
- San Francisco, CA, 4/20 – Dead Man (1995). At the Roxie.
- Yonkers, NY, 4/22 – The Boxer’s Omen [Mo] (1983). At the Alamo Drafthouse. (Thanks WK!)
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.