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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):
Hatching: A Finnish girl finds a giant egg and raises the hatchling as her pet and surrogate daughter. IFC Midnight picked it up after a successful Sundance debut, where one reviewer dubbed it “wild and weird.” Hatching official site.
IN DEVELOPMENT (completed):
Topelt Turbo (2022): Two kick-ass twin female cops go looking for a nuclear-powered turbo engine. In Estonian cinemas this summer; hard to guess when this might make it’s way to English-speaking audiences, but we’ll be keeping an eye out. Topelt Turbo official Facebook page.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
12 Monkeys (1995): Read the Canonically Weird entry! Universal just re-released their Twelve Monkeys Blu-ray in March; apparently, the left the rights to release the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray to licensee Arrow, which debuts it this week. Buy 12 Monkeys [4K UHD].
Dementia (1955): Read the Canonically Weird entry! The 1950s public domain surrealist noir (or noirishly surreal) oddity gets a Blu-ray (and DVD) release from Cohen Media, “digitally remastered” and including the Daughter of Horror cut. It replaces the out-of-print and expensive DVD from Kino as pick of the crop. Buy Dementia.
The Long Walk (2019): A ghost enables a man to time-travel back to the moment of his mother’s death. Minimalist magical realism from Laos, being marketed as horror/sci-fi in some quarters. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy or rent The Long Walk.
“Wonder Egg Priority: The Complete Season” (2021): A girl finds a mysterious “wonder egg” that causes her and others to enter a dream world where they must defeat monsters. Cultural differences make it occasionally hard to identify Japanese anime series as “weird,” but this one caught our eye somehow—and one reviewer did call it “the weirdest yet most fascinating anime of the year.” There are complaints about the ending petering out with frustrating unanswered questions, but still—maybe it would pair well with Hatching, above. Buy “Wonder Egg Priority: The Complete Season.”
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
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.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
Screening nominations are still open for our next Weird Watch Party, scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 10:15 PM ET. (If nothing changes over the weekend, we’ll be watching Fatal Pulse, ‘s typically odd 2018 take on the action thriller genre.)
In reviews next week, Giles Edwards will log the reader-suggested Saint Bernard (2013), the weird-as-hell conductor in Wonderland feature that ran at our last weird watch party. Then Gregory J. Smalley will take on another reader-suggestion, ‘s sexually explicit 2004 feminist whatsit Anatomy of Hell. 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.