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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.

FILM FESTIVALS(Tribeca Film Festival, New York City, June 8-June 19):

Tribeca is a mid-sized festival that now occupies the Summer crease between the mega-venues of Cannes and Toronto. Of late, the festival has become heavily documentary-focused (this year’s opening and closing features are both docs), but a few interesting films sometimes make their debut here. We noticed a couple of films of some interest to weirdophiles in this week’s lineup announcement:

Tribeca Film Festival official homepage.


Stanleyville (2021): Read Giles Edwards’ Apocrypha Candidate review. Maria is selected for a contest that promises to “probe the very essence of your mind-body articulation”—and to present the winner with a brand new SUV. Opening at the Metrograph in NYC this week, with very limited theatrical screenings this Spring—we’ll let you know when we hear about streaming options. Stanlyeville official site.

IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):

“The Wheel of Heaven” (2022): The first trailer recently dropped for ‘s “Surreal, Science Fiction, Weird Mystery short film,” currently finishing post-production and looking for festivals. The weirdness is not in question, as you can see below. We’ll update when we have festival info.


ALieN GoDDeSS (2022): Three groups of people are trapped inside a school and some weird sci-fi/horror stuff happens to them. Not much is known about this one except that it’s from Sweden (but in English), the trailer has lots of flashing/strobing lights and interesting practical effects, and the producer believes we would like it. From Darkside Releasing, which means it’s exclusively available on their website for a while before showing up at retailers.

Bloody Oranges (2021): A French black comedy involving multiple storylines about a dance contest, a crooked politician, and a pervert. The trailer is a bit NSFW (nudity, language, bloody violence), but you can find it on the distributor’s official site. VOD only. Buy or rent Bloody Oranges.

The Cabin in the Woods (2012): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. The ultimate metafictional teen slasher flick is now on 4K Ultra HD disc (regular Blu-ray also included in the package). Buy The Cabin in the Woods.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. This limited edition steelbook of the anime rendition of the Japanese folktale about a tiny princess found in a bamboo shoot comes from Shout! Factory and includes an exclusive booklet and a new feature-length “making of” documentary. Buy The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2021): Read Giles Edwards’ festival capsule review. A teenage girl is absorbed into a internet phenomenon that’s a combination video game, social media experience and interactive creepypasta. Debuting on VOD one week after starting its limited theatrical engagement. Buy or rent We’re All Going to the World’s Fair.


This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, however.


Please join us tomorrow night at 10:15 PM ET for our latest Weird Watch Party, St. Bernard (2013). On Tubi (so no subscription required) via (free account required). The link to join will drop here, on Facebook, and on Twitter around 10 PM.

In next week’s reviews, Shane Wilson takes a long look at two short film debuts, both from our reader-suggested queue: Ben Affleck’s embarrassing “I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney” (1993) and ‘s far less embarrassing “Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions” (1991) (which did help him get a job at Disney, if not a three-picture deal). Then, Gregory J. Smalley will preview Season 2 of the rotoscoped Amazon time-travel drama, “Undone” (season one review/refresher here). 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.

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