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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):
Amulet (2020): An ex-soldier takes a position as a handyman in a decaying house, but finds the constant moaning from the dying old woman in the attic unnerving. There’s a much-commented-on bit with a bat, and although it sounds like fairly standard issue art-horror, a couple of reviewers do drop the “w”-word in describing it. Simultaneously debuting on VOD. Amulet official site.
ONLINE EVENTS (July 26):
“Secret Test Screening of a Feature Film by Joe Badon”: We’ve been warned to keep mum and not divulge the name or plot of this secret film, but we can say that it qualifies as “weird.” Streaming on Facebook live this Sunday, July 26, with a Q&A with the director afterwards. Purchase tickets here.
IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):
“Utopia”: An Amazon Prime original TV series about fans of the graphic novel “Utopia” who discover that events predicted in the story are coming true in real life, and whose investigation leads to a cultlike leader played by. It’s based on a British TV show that ran from 2013-2014 and was canceled despite a cult following. This American version was created and written by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). The eight-episode Season One is in post-production, but the trailer dropped at ComicCon yesterday, just in time to make it into this column.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Capone (2020): bizarro revue” and Christy Lemire declaring it “strange” and so “exquisitely terrible” that it “must be seen”. Now on Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Capone.plays Al Capone in his final year of life, when he was incontinent and suffering from delusions and hallucinations brought about by neurosyphilis. Reviews were generally negative but had some intriguing quotes, with Luke Buckmaster describing it as a “
Holy Trinity (2019): Read our apocrypha candidate review. This queer fantasia about a dominatrix who speaks to the dead after huffing new age air freshener is out on VOD, exclusively (for the moment?) via Full Spectrum Features’ digital platform. Rent or buy Holy Trinity.
Midsommar (Director’s Cut) (2019): Read our review of Midsommar director’s cut. A collector’s edition release of ‘s sunlit horror available directly from distributor A24, in either 4K UHD or standard Blu-ray, with a 62-page booklet. Currently sold out and on backorder. Buy Midsommar [Director’s Cut).
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.
- Chicago, IL
- Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
- Santa Ana, CA
- Vancouver, BC
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: This week’s Weird Netflix Watch Party will be and ‘s 2017 cult mindbender The Endless. 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). We’ll return to Amazon Prime screenings next week (so get those suggestions ready Prime people). We’ll alternate screenings between the two services as long as readers are interested.
And as for reviews next week, expect to see one of Shinya Tsukamoto‘s The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo, about a time-traveling “electric rod boy,” and of Dead Dicks, about a mentally ill man who finds his suicide attempts frustrated by the fact that he’s always reborn through a vagina growing in his wall. We wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a pop-up review, either. 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.