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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 –TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES FILM FESTIVAL (Cable TV – TCM and HBO Max, May 6-9):
This year’s TCM “festival” has no physical presence—it’s more like “regularly scheduled programming”—and is screening no canonically weird movies. Still, there are a couple of curiosities on offer that may be of interest to those who have access to these channels.
- SF Sketchfest table read of Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) – Comedian Dana Gould assembled a cast of comics (including MST3K‘s Jonah Ray and Baron Vaughn) to do a table read of the script; followed by a screening of the original. On TCM, 8 PM ET, 5/7.
- let me come in (2021) – presents eleven minutes of decayed frames of the partially lost silent Pawns of Passion (1928), presented with a new score by composer David Lang. Set your DVR because it comes on at 3:15 AM on TCM, also on 5/7.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Crimes of the Future (2022?): If that title sounds familiar, it’s because it has been used before, by reviewed in these pages. Now, more than 40 years later, and six years since he last directed (Maps to the Stars), the 78-year old Cronenberg remakes his low-budget sci-fi thriller about killer cosmetics on a grand scale, with , , and Kristen Stewart attached. Croney’s later films have lost the pervasive weirdness (and the grotesque body horror) of his twentieth century work, but here’s hoping this return to his roots hints at a return to form. More info via Indiewire.in 1970 for a one-hour experimental feature that has been
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Deep Blood (1989): Teenagers hunt a shark that is actually a Native American spirit, or something. “Oh the Horror!” says this Buy Deep Blood.cheapie is “a special, unwitting kind of terrible that actually works because there’s a weird, demented heart beating at its center.”
Donnie Darko (2001): Read the canonical entry. It’s that time again: time for the annual home video re-release of Donnie Darko! This time it’s been remastered for 4K Ultra and includes a 100-page hardcover book of interviews and critical essays, along with a poster and collectible postcards. One Blu-ray houses the theatrical cut, another the director’s cut, and numerous special features, most of which are presumably available on previous releases, are spread throughout. Buy Donnie Darko.
“Home Grown Horrors, Vol. 1”: Three movies from auteurs with imaginations bigger than their budgets, marketed to lovers of the weird. The ad copy says Beyond Dream’s Door (1988) “blends elements of surrealism, mystery, and grotesque and violent horror set-pieces” and describes Winterbeast (1992) as “[a] film which truly justifies the term ‘unclassifiable’… Loaded with surreal dialogue.” Fatal Exam (1988) looks like a mere slasher, though. Currently only available directly from Vinegar Syndrome; we suspect a wider release through regular retailers should follow.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
This section is starting to fill out again, mostly thanks to Alamo Drafthouse, but we have some other contributors, too. More should join through the summer until we hopefully return to normal before the end of the year.
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FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
The Double (2013): Read the canonical entry. Yes, you’re seeing “double,” as two s fight for the hand of one Mia Wasikowska in a dystopian netherworld. Listed as “leaving soon.” Watch The Double free on Tubi.tv.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Lots going on here this week. We’re still looking for one more nomination for our May 8 Weird Netflix party: chip in your suggestion here. You’ve also got through this weekend to vote for the classic summer blockbusters Alfred Eaker will cover this summer.
And speaking of Eaker and blockbusters, next week curmudgeonly Alfred brings you a bonus complaint, as our resident film masochist recently inflicted four hours of Zack Snyder’s Justice League upon himself and is dying to talk about it. Sticking with the mainstream theme, Giles Edwards whets your appetite for LeBron’s Space Jam reboot with a look at the 1996 original (which somehow found its way into our reader-suggestion queue while we weren’t paying attention). But don’t worry, we’ll still bring you some weirdness when Gregory J. Smalley checks out About Endlessness (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.