A look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…

Trailers of new release movies are generally available on the official site links.


Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2008): Badly animated CGI birds attack community theater actors who swat at them with coat hangers.  Those of you who thought that the trailer we posted yesterday was an April Fool’s Day joke, consider yourself fooled. Birdemic is all too real.  Watch for midnight screenings this week in New York City, Phoenix and Los Angeles; in upcoming months it will play Austin, TX; Washington, DC; Portland, OR; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; San Francisco, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Houston, TX; Dallas, TX; Cleveland, OH; and Seattle, WA.  Sounds worth a road trip.  Birdemic: Shock and Terror official site.


Alice in Wonderland (1951) (2 Disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition):  Disney re-releases Uncle Walt’s original animated version of Lewis Carroll’s tale to capitalize on the popularity of Tim Burton‘s mediocre live-action reimagining.  Extras on the second disc include a “making of” documentary, a deleted scene and a deleted song, the Mickey Mouse short “Thru the Mirror,” and interactive games.  Buy Alice in Wonderland (2-Disc Special Un-Anniversary Edition).

Girly [Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly] (1970):  Intriguing sounding, obscure British black comedy about a lunatic family that kidnaps hippies and forces them to play deadly games; losers are “sent to the angels.”  It’s comforting to see that offbeat, forgotten films like this still surface on home video from time to time.  Buy Girly.

I Sell the Dead (2008): Offbeat tale of a pair of Victorian grave robbers who specialize in digging up, capturing and trafficking the un-dead—a lucrative underground business they dub the “resurrection trade.”  With Ron Perlman.  Part of Glasseye Pics innovative “ScareFlix” series (which also includes the Certified Weird I Can See You). Buy I Sell the Dead.


The Usual Children (1997): No real information on this obscure movie, but it’s a family musical fantasy about a young boy who wishes his sister dead on Christmas Eve, and finds his wish granted in a parallel universe.  The hitch is, his little sister returns as a ghost to haunt him.  Sounds pretty odd to us.  Watch The Usual Children free on YouTube.

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.

One thought on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 4/2/2010”

  1. I Sell the Dead (2008): I caught this on some obscure movie crawl awhile back. Wouldn’t nominate it for the list, but it is a cute little Victorian gothic side of ham. Feels more like a pilot for an unaired series than a stand-alone movie, though. They wasted a perfectly good idea on too short of an exploration; ending up with a half-baked story. Dominic Monaghan is in this too, but you can almost see him counting the days until the next season of *Lost* starts filming while he was doing this. Still, it will get you through a bucket of popcorn.

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