WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/25/2021

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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 DEVELOPMENT (crowdfunding):

The Wheel of Heaven (202?): describes his latest project as “Rocky Horror meets Hour of the Wolf” (or more generically as a “psychedelic science fiction, arthouse mystery”). It’s short (20-30 minutes), but if you contribute to the Kickstarter you also get a download of the completed but unreleased “The Blood of the Dinosaurs” (which is described as a prologue to The Wheel of Heaven). As we write this, they’re looking for a little over $18,000, with 28 days left to go. The Wheel of Heaven on Kickstarter.

IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):

Infinity Pool (202?): ‘s next project is underway (glad to see he’s working on closing the eight-year gap between features). We know little about it except that Neon will again distribute, will star, and it’s being pitched as a “sci-fi thriller.” Oh, and this not too revealing synopsis: “James and Em are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise.” Both of the younger Cronenberg’s previous movies were worth seeing, so we’ll keep an eye out for this one. More industry-type info at Deadline.

IN DEVELOPMENT ( in production):

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (2022?): A French director adapts short stories from jazzy, surreal Japanese writer Haruki Murakami into an animated feature. The synopsis? “A lost cat, a giant talkative frog and a tsunami help a bank employee without ambition, his frustrated wife and a schizophrenic accountant to save Tokyo from an earthquake and find a meaning to their lives.” It has a sales agent already, although it will soon be crowdfunding to pay for the orchestral score. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman official Facebook page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

“The Eurocrypt Of Christopher Lee Collection”: Blu-ray box of five European horror movies starring : Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (1962), Challenge the Devil (1963), Crypt of the Vampire (1964), Castle of the Living Dead (1964), and The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism (1967). The set also includes 24 episodes of the Lee-hosted Polish TV show “Theatre Macabre” and a Castle of the Living Dead soundtrack CD. Buy “The Eurocrypt Of Christopher Lee Collection”.

Hanger (2009): A survivor of a botched back-alley abortion seeks revenge on a pimp. Bad taste gore comedy that made it into our reader-suggestion queue years ago. This ad copy for this “special edition” Blu-ray implies that there are 16 hours of outtakes spread across its two discs, which seems doubtful (and would be unwelcome if true). Buy Hanger.

Human Nature (2001): A love triangle, where one participant is a feral ape-man. The feature debut of , working from ‘s second produced script; this one is also in our reader-suggested queue, and now on Blu-ray. Buy Human Nature.

Siberia: (and faithful collaborator ) continues his late-period navel-gazing with this tale of a man traveling through “dreams, memory and imagination” by dogsled. On DVD, Blu-ray and VOD after spending one week exclusively in theaters (such is the theatrical window for independent films now). Buy Siberia.

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 from time to time in this space, however.

FREE WEIRD MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:

Casino Royale (1967): Read Pete Trbovich’s Apocrypha entry! The strangest Bond spoof of all time is a mess—it ends with the script throwing up its hands and bringing in Frankenstein’s monster, a chimp, and cowboys and Indians for a nonsensical brawl—and it’s either delightful or tedious, depending on your mood and attitude. Watch Casino Royale free on Tubi.tv.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

It looks like our next Netflix weird watch party will be scheduled for July 10. You can still RSVP and make your voice heard in this thread.

In next week’s review slate, Shane Wilson checks out the mysterious queer drama The One You Feed (2020), while directs his male gaze to ‘s Twilight Zone-y sexploitationer, Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965). 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.

3 thoughts on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/25/2021”

  1. Hello, sports fans. It looks like I’ve been allowed to cover the North Bend Film Festival in a few weeks, so keep an eye out.

  2. Dandy Dust and Spidarlings. This movies are probably enough weird to mention on this site.

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