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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 – Imagine Film Festival (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Aug. 28 – Sep. 6):
Imagine isn’t a festival we normally take note of, but when we saw the trailer below, we figured it was worth a mention this year.
Sleepless Beauty (2020): Brutal Russian thriller in which a girl is kidnapped and forbidden to sleep. The poster and synopsis compare it to torture porn features Saw and Martyrs. Check out the brief glimpses of artwork in the hallucination sequences, however: enough of these might tip the movie into the truly weird column.
IN DEVELOPMENT (CROWDFUNDING):
5000 Space Aliens (2020?): Experimental animator Scott Bateman’s pitch is to assemble a film composed of 5000 one-second shots of people, taken from public domain/found footage sources and then rotoscoped or otherwise digitally altered, scored to minimalist electronica. It’s an expanded version of his short titled “600 Space Aliens.” At this writing he’s raised $2000 of a requested $4000 dollars, with less than a month to go; funds are earmarked for festival submissions. Perks include DVDs, the soundtrack, and the chance to be one of the featured aliens. A two-minute excerpt is available on the Kickstarter page, for the curious. 5000 Space Aliens at Kickstarter.
IN DEVELOPMENT (COMPLETED):
re-edits: The recently unretired and incredibly active Steven
Guy Maddin and James Naremore – Maddin will discuss The Chase (1946) and film noir in general in an interactive Q&A. Online via Zoom. Free but registration required. Sponsored by the Indiana University film department. 8/28 at 7 PM ET. Indiana University Cinema event notice.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Aenigma (1987): Eighties occult slasher set in a girls’ boarding school. While not regarded as one of Buy Aenigma.‘s “better” movies, the synopsis describes a “grisly surrealism,” and Video Vacuum said it contains “some of the most bonkers imagery Fulci ever put on film.” On Blu-ray from Severin with a commentary track by Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson and other special features.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984): A pacifist post-apocalyptic princess tries to stop a war between two tribes. Another steelbook release from Shout!, with the same extras as GKIDS previous release in different packaging. Buy Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Shining Sex [La Fille au Sexe Brillant] (1977): An alien and an android turn a stripper into a sex slave who kills with her genitals. Softcore erotica from too weird a concept to be brought across as a mere series of sex scenes.” Another Severin Blu-ray; the film has never been released uncut before now. Buy Shining Sex.that Mike Haberfelner dismissed as “
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
Independent theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and we’re seeing a trickle of new screenings. We expect this section to grow slowly throughout the fall. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time.
- Anaheim, CA
- Austin, TX
- Denver, CO
- Kansas City, MO
- Omaha, NB
- Tuscon, AZ
- Tustin, CA
- Vancouver, BC
FREE MOVIES ON TUBI.TV:
Big Man Japan (2007): Read the Apocryphally Weird review! ‘s crazy kaiju mockumentary is now listed as “leaving soon”; if you haven’t seen it yet, now’s a good chance to correct that omission, at no cost to your pocketbook. Watch Big Man Japan free on Tubi.TV.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Grab your muskets and shrooms! Saturday’s weird Amazon Watch Party will be the canonically weird classic, A Field in England (2013). Please join us at 10:15 PM ET for the screening. As usual, we’ll post the link to join around 10 PM here, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Next week we’ll be wrapping up our remote coverage of, highlighted by ‘s return to classical drama with their typically transgressive take on “The Tempest”: #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm. We’ll let the remaining titles be a surprise. 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.