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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 – Panic Fest (Apr. 8-18, Kansas City, KS & online):

A small, new-to-us festival; despite it’s title (and psychedelic logo featuring a cat with a third eye encased in a triangle), it has nothing to do with ‘s “Panic movement,” but is rather a medium-sized horror and genre festival. We noted several weirdish offerings there seen at other festivals, including The Blazing World, Honeydew, and the much-anticipated / collab Prisoners of the Ghostlands. Kansas City-ites may want to check it out live; others can look for virtual tickets.

Panic Fest official site.


“Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol”: If you’re interested in Seventies softcore sex kitten Kristel, this will be a must-order. But we’re more intrigued by one of the perks: a 4-DVD or Blu-ray set of rare Kristel features that includes 1975’s Playing with Fire, an -directed surreal erotic film about a fantasy whorehouse that to our knowledge has never been released before in the U.S. The box set (and possibly the individual films) will likely be offered for sale individually before the year is out, but if you’re interested in the whole shebang, now’s your chance to bundle them. The book is already funded via Indiegogo, so you can use your backer donation as a pre-order for a November delivery. “Sylvia Kristel: From Emmanuelle to Chabrol” at Indiegogo.


Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache (2019): A Buddhist monk tells an atheist entrepreneur who’s seeing visions that he must locate a “dakini” meeting the titular description. Not much info on this one but it shows a clear influence, plus it’s a rare Nepalese-Mexican-Singaporean co-production. In virtual theaters now. Looking for a Lady with Fangs and a Moustache official site.


Hansel and Gretel (2007): Read Kat Doherty’s review. Media Blasters rereleases this Korean take on a European legend on Blu-ray; no special features advertised. Buy Hansel and Gretel.


Just a few screenings to report on this week.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Tomorrow’s Weird Netflix Party is the Shaw Brothers’ 1982 chopsocky Five Elements Ninja. Join us at 10:15 PM EST; as always, the link to join will appear here, on Facebook, or on Twitter around 10 PM ET. Join us!

Furthermore, voting in the 2020 edition of the Weirdcademy Awards continues apace. You can vote once per day; shorts here, features here. Polls close April 25.

We should have two new reviews for you next week, on an underground movie theme. Giles Edwards will observe the antics of 5000 Space Aliens, while Gregory J. Smalley goes into the depths of the reader-suggested queue to sample the stop-motion delights of Prometheus’ Garden (completed in 2008). 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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