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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 THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
We Are Little Zombies (2019): Read our Apocrypha Candidate review. Use the official homepage to find a virtual cinema, or wait a few weeks until it shows up on regular VOD outlets, but be sure to catch s’ exciting pop-psychedelic debut film. We Are Little Zombies official home page.
FILM FESTIVALS – Sick ‘n’ Wrong Film Festival (Online until 7/12):
As the name implies, the Sick ‘n’ Wrong festival errs towards the offensive/grossout side of the weird spectrum. It’s mostly shorts, but there are five features this year, including one name we actually recognize: 1000 Kings. The way it works this year is that you buy one online ticket which gives you access to the entire festival; you watch the flicks on demand on your own schedule. (Two features are only available to U.S. or U.K. residents, but other than that there are no restrictions.) $40 gets you everything. Sorry for the late notice. Buy a pass to the Sick ‘n’ Wrong Film Festival.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
“The Complete Lenzi/Baker Giallo Collection”: Four gialli directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring Carol Baker: Orgasmo [AKA Paranoia] (1969), So Sweet So Perverse (1969), A Quiet Place to Kill (1970), and Knife of Ice (1972). Of the four, Orgasmo, with Baker as a rich widow seduced and gaslighted by a pair of men for her money, is the most famous and probably the weirdest. This elaborate box set from giallo specialists Severin Films comes with two CDs containing the soundtracks for the first three films and one track from Knife of Ice. Buy “The Complete Lenzi/Baker Giallo Collection”.
ONLINE EVENTS (7/10 [today!], 3 PM EST, Facebook):
Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway Q&A: Director Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway today at 3 PM ET on Facebook. Distributor Arrow Video is very proud of this acquisition; once you see the movie, you’ll see why. It’s both relentlessly weird and accessible (in a cult movie fan sense, at least). Watch Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway Q&A on Facebook.and producer Sergio Uguet de Resayre will answer questions about Apocrypha Candidate
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
Independent theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, although the big chains (and Alamo Drafthouses) remain shuttered for another week or two. That said, we have a dribble of new screenings to announce this week. We expect this section to continue to grow slowly throughout the summer, although we wouldn’t predict things to return to anywhere near normal until the fall, at the earliest. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time.
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- Kansas City, MO
- Vancouver, BC
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: The votes are all tallied, and tomorrow’s Netflix Party screening will be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Grab your candy and join us tomorrow at 10:15 ET; we’ll drop the link here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages shortly before the show begins. Based on reader demand, next week we’ll schedule an Amazon Prime watch party and see how that goes. If successful, we may start alternating between Netflix and Prime.
Next week we’ll also bring you a full slate of reviews, as Giles Edwards endures the uncannily heartwarming robots of Heartbeeps (1981), Simon Hyslop sails on the low-budget odyssey A Ship of Human Skin (2019), and Gregory J. Smalley takes a very different trip with Big River Man (2009) as he attempts to swim the length of the Amazon in the titular reader-suggested documentary. Virus be damned: 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.