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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 –(Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 10/13-20):
Situated firmly in the Halloween corridor, Brooklyn Horror is an up and coming film festival going into its 8th year of operation, now back live following a two-year Covid pause. The weirder offerings on its slate are all ones we’ve noted from other festivals: All Jacked Up and Full of Worms, the hallucinatory Italian horror-drama Flowing, ‘s conspiracy minded Something in the Dirt, queer horror Swallowed, and the anthology V/H/S/99 (with a Flying Lotus contribution). Brooklyn is also offering revivals of Calvaire (as part of a focus on the “New French Extremity” movement), a series, and, most notably to our readers, the canonically weird body horror satire Society (1989).
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Petrov’s Flu (2021): Petrov catches the flu and hallucinates his way through contemporary Russia in a movie that’s a literal fever dream. Haven’t seen any early reviewers toss around the “w” word yet, but some have described it as “baffling” and “mindblowing.” Opening in New York City this week, future plans unknown at this time. Petrov’s Flu official site.
IN DEVELOPMENT (post-production):
Kung Fury 2 (est. 2022): A feature-length “sequel” to the absurdist 80s action short film parody described as having “no real connection” to the original “other than the lead character.” and will appear (it sounds like the former will have a substantial role; the latter will portray the President). Kung Fury 2 official Facebook page.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Dreamchild (1985): Read Alfred Eaker’s review. This dark take on the “real life” story of the relationship between and “Alice in Wonderland” inspiration Alice Lidell, with puppetry, arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Buy Dreamchild.
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. We will continue to mention exceptional events in this space from time to time, however. Like the notice bleow:
- September + October, multiple cities and venues: Nosferatu with live score from the Invincible Czars.
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE:
We’re still looking for RSVPs and suggestions for an October 1 Weird Watch Party. Current suggestions are Matteo Garrone‘s dark (and authentic) version of Pinocchio or the Aubrey Plaza mindbending drama Black Bear (both on Amazon Prime). A single vote could decide the screener, or a new suggestion could muddy the waters even further. Add your thoughts here.
In reviews next week, Shane Wilson will undertake The Adventures of Picasso (1978), Giles Edwards watches the new-release The Razing, and Gregory J. Smalley covers the expressionistic 1967 Russian Civil War epic The Red and the White. 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.