WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/27/2021

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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.

STREAMING PREMIERES (SHUDDER):

Mosquito State (2020): A nerdy and psychologically unstable Wall Street analyst breeds mosquitos in his Manhattan penthouse. The quotes in the trailer (“Cronenberg Meets “; “Bold and Weird”) are promising. Debuts exclusively on Shudder (subscription required).

IN DEVELOPMENT (pre-production):

“The Man Who Fell to Earth” (2022?): Showtime presses forward with its attempt to reimagine the 1976 David Bowie classic as a (limited?) series. The latest news is that “Star Trek: Voyager”‘s Kate Mulgrew will join the cast as a CIA operative. More at Gizmodo.

IN DEVELOPMENT (rumored):

Nosferatu (202?): There’s been a rumor—or maybe, just an expression of mutual interest—that  will team up again with The Witch‘s for a remake of Nosferatu. Normally, we’d be against a such a senseless remake, but we’re down for anything Eggers wants to try (and Taylor-Joy is a sweet bonus). Of course, red-hot Taylor-Joy is booked solid for quite a while, and Eggers has to finish his “Viking revenge movie,” The Northman, first. Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for rekindling the speculation based on a single line in an L.A. Times interview.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Blind Beast (1969): Read our review. Arrow Video gives the deluxe Blu-ray treatment to this perverted tale of a blind sculptor and his captive model. Buy Blind Beast.

Two Evil Eyes (1990): Legendary horror directors adapt : takes on “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar” while goes for “The Black Cat.” has an over-the-top dream sequence in Argento’s half of the film. Buyer beware: this Blue Underground release is on 4K UHD Blu-ray only (the second standard Blu-ray houses extra features only). Buy Two Evil Eyes [4K UHD].

Viva (2007): A 70s housewife gets sucked into the wild side of the sexual revolution. ‘s first full-length feature isn’t quite as strange as her breakout The Love Witch—it’s more of a straightforward parody of period films—but it has a similar retro aesthetic. After being somewhat hard-to-find for a few years, it’s now on Blu-ray with behind the scenes footage and commentary by Biller. Buy Viva.

CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

This section will no longer be updated regularly. Instead, we direct you to our new “Repertory Cinemas Near You” page. This week we added Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema, which used to host regular midnight movies back in the pre-pandemic times and is tentatively getting back into the game with a Wednesday night screening of Mulholland Drive; Santa Rosa, California’s Roxy 14, whose biweekly cult film series will be a double feature of One Dark Night (1982) and Phantasm; and a brand new venue, Arkadin Cinema and Bar in St. Louis, who have a great slate this week with Son of the White Mare on Friday night and Dune (1984) on Wednesday. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:

Tune in tomorrow night as we’ll be joining in a virtual mob to watch Tom Hardy mumble his way through Capone (2020) on Amazon Prime. As always, the link to join will drop around 10 PM ET here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Next week, we’ll review a selection of new releases, the biggest of which will be Giles Edwards‘ report on ‘ weirdo Sparks musical, Annette (2021). Venturing further into obscurity, Shane Wilson takes a trip to Mondo Hollywoodland, a low budget indie stoner satire currently available on video-on-demand. Finally, goes deep underground and comes up with a review of The Best of Doris Wishman, a Something Weird soundtrack/DVD collection that dropped in 2021 with little fanfare. 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.

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