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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.

FILM FESTIVALS(Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, & online, Sep. 8-18):

TIFF has risen from a scrappy underdog festival to an awards-season kingmaker. In “big ticket” releases this year, they will debut the Knives Out sequel Glass Onion, the IMAX doc/concert film Moonage Daydream, and ‘s The Whale (with as an obese English professor). We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, the long-gestating mock-biopic that’s likely to be a hoot (if not, you know, actually weird). As TIFF’s profile has risen, the number of smaller, stranger films debuting here has fallen; thankfully, they have expanded their “Midnight Madness” section along with continuing to take chances on experimental art films. Here’s what we’ll be following:

  • Dalíland – The  biopic with Ben Kingsley is likely to deweirdify its subject, but the Surrealist icon is always a topic of interest. Considered a “Gala Presentation.”
  • The Kingdom Exodus [Riget Exodus] – (who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease) returns with a third (and reportedly final) season of his TV series about a spooky hospital where weird events occur. Listed at 120 minutes running time, so it’s likely only the first few episodes are screening here.
  • Leonor Will Never Die – a “surreal” story about a Filipino screenwriter trapped in one of her own unpublished action scripts. Playing Midnight Madness.
  • V/H/S/99 – We mention this installment of the long-running horror anthology series because Flying Lotus (Kuso), directed an episode. In Midnight Madness, naturally.
  • Will-o’-the-Wisp [Fogo-Fátuo] – From , it’s described as “unclassifiable” but containing queer elements along with musical comedy. In the “Wavelengths” section.


Inu-Oh (2021): Read Giles Edwards’ festival review. An period anime rock musical based on Japanese history from the mind of Masaaki Yuasa, somehow playing in theaters (thanks GKIDS)!  Inu-Oh official site.


Crimes of the Future (2022): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s Apocrypha Candidate review. Spontaneous organ generation and surgical removal is the ultimate body-modification spectator sport in David Cronenberg‘s latest, now on DVD and Blu-ray. Buy Crimes of the Future.

Men (2022): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. is haunted by men. Now on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. Buy Men.

Neptune Frost (2021): Read Gregory J. Smalley’s review. You will finally get a chance to watch this Afrofuturist musical that is certain to end up as one of the weirdest features released to theaters in 2022. On DVD, Blu-ray or VOD. Buy Neptune Frost.

Psycho Gothic Lolita (2010): Yuri embraces Japan’s “Gothic Lolita” fashion trend and sets out to avenge her family with her deadly decapitating parasol. Retitled from the original Gothic & Psycho Lolita, this one is a long-time resident in our reader-suggestion queue. Now on Blu-ray. Buy Psycho Gothic Lolita.

Yellowbrickroad (2010): Read Pamela de Graff’s List Candidate review. 12 years later, this ambitious indie horror about a disappearing town has made it to Blu-ray. Buy Yellowbrickroad.


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 in this space from time to time, however.


The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (1984): Read the Canonically Weird review! Watch the adventures of rock star/neurosurgeon/crime-fighter Banzai as he battles Dr. Lizardo in the bizzaro cult classic free on Tubi. Listed as “leaving soon.” Watch The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension free on Tubi.


You can vote (and RSVP, please) for our latest weird watch party scheduled for the evening of August 20 here. Since there are only two movies in contention right now, a single vote could break the tie (or a new nomination could muddy the waters even further).

In reviews, next week Shane Wilson begs you to consider Hey, Stop Stabbing Me! (2003). We then turn to a couple of current TV offerings, as Giles Edwards dreams about ‘s “The Sandman” and

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.

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