Our weekly look at what’s weird in theaters, on hot-off-the-presses DVDs, and on more distant horizons…
Trailers of new release movies are generally available at the official site links.
SCREENINGS – (Los Angeles, Cinefamily, 8/16):
The Devil (1972): Read El Rob Hubbard’s review! The posthumous lovefest continues with this medieval period piece about a Polish nobleman and a mysterious Mephistolean manipulator. From a newly restored print. Devil is surely scheduled for a video release soon. Also at Cinefamily this week: 1973’s Touki Bouki, Africa’s first surrealist film (tonight at 7:30 PM PST), ‘s Multiple Maniacs (all week), and the Waters-esque new release The Greasy Strangler (“offsite at the Ace”—we confess we don’t know exactly what that means, but assume Los Angelinos will be able to figure it out). Check it all out on the Cinefamily calendar.
NEW ON DVD:
Baskin (2015): Turkish midnight movie about cops who are lured into the entrance to Hell. A Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Shout! Factory with no advertised special features. Buy Baskin.
NEW ON BLU-RAY:
Basket Case 2 (1990): Duane and his former Siamese twin (who lives in a basket) hide out in a home for wayward freaks. The sequel is campier and more deliberately comedy oriented than the original, and 2 is mainly notable for its creative (if cheap) monster designs. Buy Basket Case 2 [Blu-ray].
Basket Case 3: The Progeny (1991): The final installment of the Basket Case saga sees Belial fathering a litter of freaks with his better (?) half. Widely regarded as a disappointing end to the franchise. Buy Basket Case 3 [Blu-ray].
Baskin (2015): See description in DVD above. Buy Baskin.
FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES:
collective:unconscious (2016): Five underground directors (Dan Carbone, Josephine Decker, Lauren Wolkstein, Lily Baldwin, and Frances Bodomo) take turns interpreting each others’ dreams. Per producer Dan Schoenbrun, “We’ve decided to release the full feature online for free … It’s such a strange film that we don’t think we’d stand much of a chance in the traditional marketplace, but we think we’ve made something really unique and special, and we have faith that audiences will connect with it if we make it freely available.” We’ll review it soon, but in the meantime here are some links to view or download it:
Bit Torrent – this download includes supplemental material, a song mix, and a remixed edit of the film (the “Nyquil” cut)
Vimeo – stream, or download the film without the extra features
YouTube – stream only
What are you looking forward to? If you have any weird movie leads that I have overlooked, feel free to leave them in the COMMENTS section.