WEIRD HORIZON FOR THE WEEK OF 9/27/2019

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.

IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):

The Death of Dick Long (2019): Bandmates try to cover up the demise of the title character in this offering from Swiss Army Mans . Fresh off Fantastic Fest, A24 gives it a quick theatrical release; if you can’t find it, it’s scheduled for video-on-demand a couple of weeks from now. The Death of Dick Long official site.

Sister Aimee (2019): The plot is (very) loosely based on a true story about a female faith healer from the 1920s who fled the spotlight and hid out in Mexico, with musical numbers. A long shot for this site’s readers, but Indiewire’s Kate Erbland does say it’s “occasionally weird.” Sister Aimee official Facebook page.

IN DEVELOPMENT (completed):

1000 Kings (2019): Logline: “In an artificial world of colors and shapes a beehive society strives for light.” It will have its festival debut at Montreal’s Festival de Nouveau Cinema in October. Definitely weird. 1000 Kings official Facebook page.

NEW ON HOME VIDEO:

Diamantino (2018): A Portuguese soccer star adopts an African lesbian immigrant, while his twin sisters are conducting secret genetic experiments. We have been waiting on this one for quite a while; it finally arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD. Buy Diamantino.

In the Aftermath (1988): Here’s a real oddity: in 1988 ‘s New World Pictures bought the rights to ‘s surreal anime Angel’s Egg and wrote a new (live action!) story about an angel helping a couple of soldiers after the apocalypse. Arrow Video releases a deluxe Blu-ray of Aftermath with bells and whistles (including a documentary featurette about Oshii’s original)—and yet a decent and affordable version of Egg itself remains mysteriously absent from home video. Buy Angel’s Egg.

Jacob’s Ladder (2019): An Afghanistan war veteran returns home to find the brother he thought he’d lost in combat is still alive, and has been the subject of army-sponsored psychotropic drug experiments. A remake (of sorts) of the Canonically Weird 1990 psychological thriller. On DVD and VOD (no Blu-ray) after a super-brief run in theaters. Buy Jacob’s Ladder (2019).

Luz (2018): Read Giles Edward’s review. This low-budget supernatural hypnotism police procedural beat the odds to find distribution; after a brief theatrical run it’s out on DVD and VOD (a Blu-ray was announced but we didn’t find it on offer—one may show up later). Buy Luz.

Sleepy Hollow (1999): The story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, as told in the whimsical Gothic style of . Not generally acknowledged as a weird movie, but it has at least one champion here. This is a “20th Anniversary” Blu-ray, but the only advertised special feature is an illustrated booklet with the original Washington Irving story (which is kind of cool). Buy Sleepy Hollow.

BOOKS:

“The End of the World”: A reprint of a sort-of graphic novel created (the press release tells us) from “abandoned ideas that were too strange to make it to the big screen.” The panels were originally dashed-off on post-it notes, and retain that aesthetic for 244 pages. Available via Kindle of hardcover (for weird coffee tables). Buy “The End of the World”.

DVR ALERT:

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) always broadcasts a fine creepy slate of Halloween offerings. This year, they’re screening some deep cut Canonically Weird films along with the usual classic suspects. On September 28 you can catch Belladonna of Sadness (1973) (!) at 2AM EST, followed by House [Hausu] (1977). We’ll try to keep you updated as October rolls along, but here’s the full month+ schedule courtesy of comicbook.com.

CERTIFIED WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:

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.

FREE (LEGITIMATE RELEASE) MOVIES ON YOUTUBE:

“MetropolisRemix: Metropolis (1927) Colorized & Dubbed” You read that right: ‘s seminal silent sci-fi classic Metropolis (1927), colorized and dubbed. We hardly think Metropolis needed to be colorized and/or dubbed, but it’s impossible not to admire the painstaking technical work involved.

WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: Next week, G. Smalley gets back to that long-neglected reader-suggested review queue with a look at the Hong Kong psychic procedural Mad Detective (2007). And we’ll take a look at a pair of low-budget 2019 releases, as Simon Hyslop takes a trip to Bloodsucker’s Planet, while Giles Edwards considers whether The VelociPastor is the Second Coming of deliberate camp, or needs to say five Hail Marys. Onward and weirdward!

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.

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