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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):
Saint Maud (2019): A young and devout hospice nurse seeks to save souls—then the body horror sets in. A hit at last year’s Fantastic Fest that got picked up by A24: those are good credentials. Rotten Tomatoes reports it’s opening this week, but A24 still lists the release date as “coming soon.” We’ll provide more info when we hear something. Saint Maud official site.
IN DEVELOPMENT (in production):
Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (202?): Previously adapted (and canonized here) by The Hourglass Sanatorium (1971), none other than stop-motion mavens the will take their turn at adapting Bruno Schulz’s surreal novel. They have been at work on the project for ten years now, and have released six minutes of preview footage to whet your appetite. Yes, there are creepy puppets. Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass entry at Cinando.as
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
“12 Monkeys: The Complete Series” (2015-2018): A 4-season TV series adapted from canonically weird time travel fantasia. Individual seasons had been previously released, but this is the complete run (including webisodes), on DVD or Blu-ray. Buy “12 Monkeys: The Complete Series”.‘s
Bacurau (2019): Read our review. Perhaps sensing that they have an outside shot with this outluer during awards season, Kino Lorber releases this genre mashup about soldiers-of-fortune hunting Brazilian villagers in a lavish Blu-ray or DVD. Buy Bacurau.
Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941): Read the Canonically Weird entry! Finally, a break for us suckers: ‘ crazy final film had not been available (outside of box sets) in the U.S. before this Kino Lorber Blu-ray release. Includes a commentary track by film historian Eddy Von Mueller and a contemporary Fields documentary originally broadcast on Canadian TV. Buy Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.
Starfish (2018): Read our review. This apocalyptic drama was released on DVD last year, but this Blu-ray upgrade pulls out all the stops with tons of special features and a bonus soundtrack CD. Buy Starfish.
Tokyo Gore Police (2008): Read the Canonically Weird entry! Our favorite Japanese splatterpunk film gets a new “Lethal Force Edition” Blu release from Media Blasters; no word on what differentiates the “Lethal Force” from previous releases, though. Buy Tokyo Gore Police: Lethal Force Edition.
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. 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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- Vancouver, BC
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: After a tight back and forth battle, our first Amazon Prime Watch Party poll ended in a tie, so host As usual, we’ll drop the link here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages shortly before the show begins (of course, if you subscribe to 366 Mail you’ll get a notice by email as well). Don’t worry, Netflix-only subscribers, we’ll return to Netflix screenings next week, and plan to alternate between the two services as long as readers are interested.
It’s been a while, but next week, we’ll announce another DVD/Blu-ray giveaway. Then it’s on to a full slate of reviews: Pete Trbovich tackles some Mexican nunsploitation with Satanico Pandemonium (1975); Giles Edwards looks at (and listens to) the latest visual album to make our radar, Spindrift’s Haunted West (2020); and Gregory J. Smalley checks out the recently-restored Japanese expressionist fantasy The Mad Fox (1962). 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.