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.


Dave Made a Maze (2017): Dave builds a pillow fort in his living room and then gets lost inside its maze of booby-trapped corridors; his girlfriend assembles a team to go in and rescue him. The rare film to debut at the low-budget Slamdance festival and still earn a relatively wide release. Dave Made a Maze official site.

Lemon (2017): An unsuccessful, socially-inept jerk actor loses his blind girlfriend and finds a new interracial relationship in this indie comedy. Probably more in the quirky vein, but at least one critic called it “deeply weird.” Lemon official site.



The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). We won’t list all the screenings of this audience-participation classic separately. You can use this page to find a screening near you.

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.

3 thoughts on “WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 8/18/2017”

  1. I want to alert readers in the UK that in central London from next Thursday 25th to Monday 28th is the Frightfest Festival. As well as gore and terror, the festival also tends to have a strong current of weirdness.

    Alongside two recent list candidates SEQUENCE BREAK and LOWLIFE, and a few of the Fantasia Festival films reviewed by Giles Edwards on this site: MEATBALL MACHINE KODOKU, THE VILLAINESS and 68 KILL.

    Other potentially weird films include: MINDHACK (a “kaleidoscopic mindbender” about a scientist hacking the human mind to save humanity), OUR EVIL (a chaotic-looking Brazilian film about a serial killer exorcist fighting demons), DHOGS (described by Sight & Sound as a “chilling Haneke-esque experiment” in which depraved acts are committed under the gaze of an impossible on-screen audience), THE BAR (the latest from weird auteur Alex de la Iglesia about people who become trapped in a coffee bar by government forces), ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (teenagers break into a stately home and find it filled with men with paraphilic infantilism fetish), GAME OF DEATH (teenagers forced to go on a killing-spree by an electronic board game), restored weird giallo DEATH LAID AN EGG, CANARIES (the Welsh fight time-travelling aliens), IMITATION GIRL (an alien shapeshifter assumes the shape of a magazine cover girl in what looks like a riff on both “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “Persona”) and TOP KNOT DETECTIVE (a mockumentary investigating a fictional Japanese show about a samurai detective who fought monsters, and the subsequent crimes of the show’s star).

    The full schedule is here:

    1. Wish I could have gone to London for that, too.

      I advise those across the pond to keep an eye out for another “Albion Tales” installation from Nic Alderton & Co. After catching his short “Health, Wealth, & Happiness” at Fantasia, the director shared the other two installments with me. Well worth checking out. At the very least, “Misdirection” will be screening — among a fine trio of shorts, it’s probably the finest.

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