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.


You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (2012): At a viewing of a video will of an experimental theater director, the assembled actors spontaneously begin re-enacting an old play. Made when he was ninety years old, director Alain (Last Year at Marienbad) Resnais isn’t slowing down, or losing his will to try new things. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet official site.


No Milk (est. 2013): Subtitled “a short film about breasts,” this 15-minute movie tells the story of a truly dystopian future where breast milk is poisonous and boobs are considered repulsive. The producers raised their requested $25,000 on Kickstarter, so now they’re committed. Melanie Abramov’s previous short, “Dame Factory,” was full of erotic/repulsive feminist cheesecake surrealism, and we’d hope for more of the same this time around. No Milk at Kickstarter.


Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012): A dreamlike series of fictional, sometimes homoerotic vignettes revolving around a pre-fame James Dean. A 12-minute experimental short by director Matthew Mishory about ‘s childhood is included as an extra feature. Buy A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951.

Mental (2012): This Australian black comedy/satire involves a politician who hires a crack-smoking hitchhiker to play nanny to his five teenaged daughters, each of whom believes she suffers from a different mental illness. We would have passed over mentioning this one if not for some reviewers declaring it “surreal, uncontrolled, frenzied,” “bewilderingly strange,” and “just plain nuts.” Buy Mental.


“Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection”: Hitchcock is probably too well-established in the cinema mainstream to ever count as “weird,” but the deep-seated neuroses of Psycho and Vertigo and the inexplicable horror of The Birds will likely appeal to weirdophiles. Also in the five disc collection are North by Northwest and Rear Window. Buy “Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection” [Blu-ray].

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985): Read our capsule review. The third installment of the Mad Max series finally gets its turn on Blu-ray. So glad that we can all finally get Beyond ThunderdomeBuy Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome [Blu-ray].

“Mad Max: The Complete Trilogy”: If you’ve got the extra dough and don’t already own copies of Mad Max and The Road Warrior, here’s your chance to get the complete set of films that sparked the 1980s post-apocalyptic genre on Blu. Includes Thunderdome, but there are no extra features for fans. Buy “Mad Max Trilogy” [Blu-ray].

Mental (2012): See description in DVD above. Buy Mental [Blu-ray].


Nailbiter (2013): A family takes refuge from a tornado in a storm cellar, then find themselves trapped inside by a monster in this low-budget horror film. It was shot in the building that served as the organ factory in Carnival of Souls. Our own L. Rob Hubbard served as script supervisor and appears as an extra (he even gets a mention on the commentary track). Distributed by Lionsgate, so it’s available at major retailers and I even saw it at Redbox. Or you could always buy Nailbiter.

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.

2 thoughts on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 6/7/2013”

  1. Thanx for the logrolling in “Nepotism Corner”; want to correct one small thing – the building that we shot at is seen as the organ factory in CARNIVAL OF SOULS, not the boarding house.

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