Our weekly 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.
SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, Apr 24-26, 28-29):
Roar (1981): A gang of lions, leopards and tigers attack African homesteaders in a nonstop barrage of fangs and claws. Starring Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall and their then 14-year old daughter Melanie Griffith, reports stated that 70 members of the cast and crew were injured in this insane exercise in thespian imperilment. Presumably this limited theatrical release is a prelude to a new home video offering by Drafthouse/Olive Films. Roar at Cinefamily.
NEW ON DVD:
Blind Woman’s Curse (1970): See description in Blu-ray below. Buy Blind Woman’s Curse [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014): Read our capsule review! This black and white, Iranian-inspired vampire movie set in a mostly abandoned “Bad City” is an exotically intoxicating original. Buy A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.
Nothing Sacred (2012): Forgotten fantasy about a pair of twins who race around the globe collecting artifacts to defeat a wizard, meeting minotaurs, the god Hermes, immortal kings, etc. Some of the dialogue is in untranslated French and Mvskoke (the Cree Indian tongue); the lack of subtitles was a deliberate directorial choice that confused many viewers who thought their disc was defective. Buy Nothing Sacred.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Blind Woman’s Curse (1970): A female crime boss is hunted by a blind swordsmen in this yakuza/ghost story mashup with S&M undertones and girls skinned for their dragon tattoos. Buy Blind Woman’s Curse [DVD/Blu-ray combo pack].
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014): See description in DVD above. Buy A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night [Blu-ray].
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.