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.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Gutboy: A Badtime Story (2015): An (almost) all-marionette feature about a flayed puppet who fights the Man that proudly advertises itself as “the weirdest movie in the world.” Finally on Blu-ray after being exclusive to Troma’s streaming service for years. Buy Gutboy: A Badtime Story.
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970): A pre-007 Roger Moore stars as a man who senses he has a doppelganger running around after a near-death experience in a car crash. A somewhat obscure mindbender, now out on DVD or Blu-ray from Kino Lorber. Buy The Man Who Haunted Himself.
Rhinoceros (1974): An adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s quintessential absurdist play about a town where everyone is slowly turning into rhinoceroses (rhinoceri?) We had no idea that a film version of this existed—starring The Producers‘ Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder! Via Kino Classics, DVD and Blu-ray only. Buy Rhinoceros.
Sex Madness Revealed (2018): The (fictional) “Film Dick” podcaster (Patton Oswalt) interviews (fictional) experts about the (real) sexploitation film Sex Madness (1939) as it plays, and discovers (fictional) shocking secrets about the production. From the producer of Room 237, this appears to be another satire about people who read too much significance into cult movies. Released straight to DVD and Blu-ray. Buy Sex Madness Revealed.
CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
- Boston, MA, 5/11 – Synecdoche, New York (2008). At Coolidge Corner Theatre.
- Los Angeles, CA, 5/11 (midnight) – The Love Witch (2016). At the New Beverly Cinema.
- New York City, NY, 5/11 & 5/16 – The Tin Drum (1979). At the Museum of Modern Art.
- New York City, NY, 5/10 & 5/11 (midnights) – Female Trouble (1974). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/10 & 5/11 (midnights) – Fight Club (1999). At IFC Center.
- New York City, NY, 5/12 – The Milky Way [La Voie Lactee] (1969). At the Museum of Modern Art.
- Oakland, CA, 5/10 – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). At the New Parkway Theater.
- San Diego, CA, 5/12 – Vertigo (1958). At Ken Cinema.
- Santa Ana, CA, 5/15-5/16 – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). At the Frida Cinema.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 5/11 – The Tin Drum (1979). At the Royal.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 5/12 – Shock Corridor (1963). At the Royal.
- Toronto, Ont., Canada, 5/12 – How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989). At the Royal.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week, Giles Edwards gives you his impressions of the brand-new eldritch German art-house horror Hagazussa. Meanwhile, G. Smalley finally got around to viewing ‘s decayed-footage fantasia Decasia (Alfred Eaker’s original review is here), and will bring you his (redundant?) opinions on that one. We’re also aware that, once again, we’re way overdue on the print version of the annual Yearbook, but we wanted you to know that it’s all done but the final proofing—you should see an announcement soon! 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.