WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

Only 6 more movies to Certify Weird! You may attempt to guess the remaining titles in the comments if you wish.

Next week, Alfred Eaker will be taking care of some academic business, which means a reprint column from him. As far as new material goes, though, we’ll bring you new release coverage as 2018 winds down: G. Smalley looks at the romantic comedy Relationtrip and the cannibal documentary Caniba, while Alex Kittle gives you the scoop on the Criterion Collection edition of ‘s True Stories.

We’re back to the point where we’re seeing plenty of search engine results in our logs; and yet, they are not as strange as we would like, making our survey of Weirdest Search Terms of the Week a confounding exercise. Maybe our standards are just too high? For example, something like “name of the film about an asian girl killed by a cow from the sky” would be a weird search to show up on a different site, but for us, it seems like a completely reasonable question. And “world of tomorrow the burden of other popes thoughts watch online” would be completely unexceptional, save for a single weirding typo. Out of a pretty ordinary batch, we’ll take “girl puts red nail polish on pad to conceal pregnancy goes into labor in bathroom and taken to hospital” as our official Weirdest Search Term of the Week. Hint to girls trying to conceal a pregnancy: don’t follow the advice in this movie. Put nail polish on a pad and you’ll only end up in the hospital.

And finally, it’s time for our weekly cut n’ paste disclaimer regarding the reader-suggested review queue below: since we will definitely not be getting to all of these (although we will pick out the occasional title), you can consider this a list of “honorable mentions” for your own perusal and amusement. That out of the way, here’s how the ridiculously-long reader-suggested review queue now stands: Genius Party; The Idiots; “Premium” (depending on availability); Spermula; Killer Condom; Sir Henry at Rawlinson End; Moebius (1996); Adventures of Picasso; Charly: Dias de Sangre (depending on availability); Buddy Boy (1999); Bliss (1985); La cicatrice intérieure; Chronopolis; MetropiaBattle in HeavenBuffet Froid; Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam [AKA Turkish Star Wars]; The Signal; Decasia (2002); Killdozer; Electric Dragon 80,000 V; Strange Circus; Mad Detective; Revolver; Litan (1982) (depending on availability); La Razon de Mi Vida (pending English language DVD release); The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea; Bernie (1996) (depending on availability); Things (1989); Hair Extensions; Haggard; Svidd neger (depending on availability); RoboGeisha; Executive Koala; Coonskin; Time Masters; Crash (1996); La Cravate; Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (depending on availability); Alphaville; Savages; Big River Man; Little Deaths; L’Ange; La Teta y La Luna; Finisterrae; Vase de Noces; Lucky; La antena; Feherlofia; Versus; Birth of the Overfiend; A Dog Called Pain; Memento Mori; That Deadwood Feeling; Happiness; Porcile [AKA Pigpen]; Hotel (2004); Hardgore; The Last Movie; I Married a Strange Person; Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale; “The Canadian Films of Paul Driessen”; And The Ship Sails On; Mondo Trasho; Space Thang; Drunken Wu Tang [AKA Taoism Drunkard]; Insidious (2010); The Earl Sessions (2011); They Came Back; Prometheus’ Garden, “Harpya”; Bruce Lee vs. Gay Power; Dumplings; Return to Oz; “Star Maidens”; “The Mighty Boosh”; The Element of Crime; Lo; Roller Blade; Dante’s Inferno; Calamari Wrestler; Death Powder (1986); Big Man Japan (official review); Angel in the Flesh: The Confidential Report on Mr. Dennis Duggan aka The King of Super 8 (if it’s released; the director says it might be); Static; “The Big Shave”; Marebito; The Appointment (1981); The Cement Garden; Visions of Suffering; Singapore Sling (re-review); Uzumaki [AKA Spiral] (official re review); Hanger (2009); “Analog”; Daymaker; Monobloc (2005); Big Time; “Slow Bob in the Lower Dimensions”; Vakvagany; Momo (1986); Organ; Dance with the Devil; Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster; “Alicia”; Space Is the Place (official review); Killer Nun; The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz; Ascension; Brick; Creatures of Destiny; Goodbye 20th Century; Boxing Helena; Chappaqua; The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai; Man Facing Southeast; City of Pirates; Pink Narcissus; Teknolust; Dark Side of the Heart; Period Piece; “One Soldier”; Thriller: A Cruel Picture; The Million Dollar Hotel; Diamond Flash; Green Snake; The 10th Victim; Anatomy of Hell; Christ the Movie; Pola X; Phase IV; Welcome to the Dollhouse; Berberian Sound Studio; L’Inferno (1911); Heartbeeps; Bibliotheque Pascal; Marutirtha Hinglaj; A Pure Formality; The Mysterians; Rock n’ Roll High School; Johnny Aquarius; Confessions of a Dangerous Mind; Citizen Dog; Criminal Lovers; The Cat in the Hat; The Sea That Thinks; In Search of the Titanic; Creating Rem Lezar; I Think We’re Alone Now; Edward II (Jarman); Wild Tigers I Have Known; I Never Left the White Room; Faust: Love of the Damned; King Lear (1987); Alien Alibi; La Cabina; Kung Pow: Way of the Fist; Four Rooms; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari; “Afraid So,”; Bhoner: The MovieThe Passion of Darkly Noon; Riki-Oh: The Story of RikiSomething WeirdGorod Zero; Snow White and Russian RedSphereTout Va Bien; Flaming CreaturesA Woman’s Face (1941); 8 1/2 Women; Nick the Feature Film; Only God Forgives; Nitwit; Homebodies; Celestial Wives Of Meadow MariFiend Without a Face; Fear XWe Are the Strange; Confessions; Monday (depending on availability); Vigasiosexploitation (Vol. 1)The SlitTasher Desh; Womb; The SpiritSurviving Life: Theory and Practice; Galaxy of TerrorPríncipe Azul (depending on availability); Samgeori Geukjang (AKA Midnight Ballad for Ghost Theater); Andy Warhol’s Dracula [AKA Blood for Dracula]; Death PowderAs Filhas do FogoThe Killing RoomFiend (1980); Strangers in Paradise (1984); Vinyan; Suddenly Last Summer; The TwonkyEmperor Tomato Ketchup; FrontierWhere the Dead Go to DieKárate a muerte en Torremolinos (depending on availability); DetentionThe Fifth Season; Junkie (2012); The End of Evangelion (1997); Gandu; Felini’s Casanova; Overdrawn at the Memory Bank; Dead Mountaineer’s Hotel; ExcisionThree… Extremes; Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the SupernaturalA Spell to Ward Off the Darkness; Takeshis’Om Dar-B-DarLive Freaky! Die Freaky!; Mécanix; Lucia (2013); “Wild Palms”; Che strano chiamarsi Federico [How Strange to be Named Frederico] (2013); A Quiet Place in the CountryMarketa Lazarova; House (1986); The Living and the Dead; In the Realm of the Senses; Shinbone AlleyJourney to the West [Xi you] (2013); Hitler: A Film from Germany; Never Belongs To Me; The Keep, Marebito;Theodore Rex; Slaughterhouse Five; Pastoral Hide and Seek; Without Warning; Grimm Love; Alucarda; ImpolexPost Tenebras LuxTammy and the T-Rex; Le Orme [AKA Footprints on the Moon]; The Manipulator; CasshernThe Magic Toyshop; “The Fool and the Flying Ship”; Memoirs of a Survivor; The Giant ClawMr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium; The Midnight AfterThe Last Wave; “Mouse Soup”; Encounters at the End of the World; World; Wave TwistersDr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam;That DaySpookies; “God Hates Cartoons”; Perfect Sense; “Hansel and Gretel” (Tim Burton); The Devil’s Chair; “Rabbits”; Little Murders; Allegro (2005); Messiah of Evil; Frankehooker; Throw Away Your Books Rally in the Streets; I’m Not There; Quicksilver Highway; “Hospital Brut”; Neji-Shiki; Dandy Dust; Palindromes (official review); Felix the Cat: The Movie; Freeway (1996); Totò che visse due volte; The Acid House (re-review); Hands of God (2005, d. Alyson Levy); Lakki… The Boy Who Could Fly [AKA Lakki… The Boy Who Grew Wings]; Tomorrow Night; PoultrygeistThe Tracey FragmentsJigoku no Banken: Akai Megane [The Red Spectacles]; Tierra; Operation: Endgame; Kafka; Terror 2000; You Never Can Tell (1951); The Hunger (1983); Endgame (2000); Dreams That Money Can Buy; Hotel (2001); Passages From Finnegans Wake; MazeppaVegas in SpaceThe MagusThe Assignment: The Witches Talisman; White Tiger; Mickey OneToysWise Blood; Ghosts Before BreakfastSilver HeadsCool World; Village of the Damned (1960); The 4th ManThe Plague Dogs;  Electric Dreams; Wizard of Speed and Time; Motel Hell; Youth Without Youth; Following; Calimari Union; LFO; Helter Skelter (2012); Golem (1980); Sonatine; Gwen le Livre de Sable; The Outskirts (1998); Izo; The End of August at the Hotel Ozone; I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle; Brothers of the Head; Mystery Men; A Writer of Ghost Stories; Next Door [Naboer]; The Loved One; The Mirror; Until the End of the World; Overturn: Awakening of the Warrior; The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians; Onibaba; Einstein’s Brain; The Beguiled; Fateful Findings; Bad Lieutenant; Magdalena Viraga; Le Météore; Fish Story; Coming Apart; Fatty Drives the Bus; Anna and the Wolves; Midori; Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice; Rows (2015); Horror (2002); HysteriaI Married a Strange PersonHentai Kamen; Future War; Decoder; The HoleHuman Nature; Andy Warhol’s Bad; The Great McGonagallBone, “Hen, His Wife”; A Journey Into Bliss; Subway (1985); Cheap SmokesGory Gory Hallelujah; The Adolescence of Utena; “Red, White and Zero”; Orlando; Tokyo DecadenceWho Can Kill a ChildShakespeare’s Plan 12 from Outer Space; The TuneThe Virgin PsychicsSiesta; The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta; Newsboys: Down Under the Big Top; Onirica: Field of DogsLa Distancia; L’intrus (2004) [The Intruder]; Jacky in the Kingdom of Women; Ex-Drummer (re-review); Earth Minus Zero; Shakes the Clown; SpermicideThe Fabulous Baron Munchausen; The Ring Finger; Sauna (2008); Adam’s Apples; Dark StarThe Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer; Cast a Deadly Spell; “Bobby Yeah,” Cat Sick Blues; The Last of UsDie Fighting; Dead BillyHail the New Puritan; Deathgasm; Kamikaze Girls; The Eternity ManPistol Opera; Deafula;  BoXedVelvet GoldmineTurbo KidThe Cannibals (de Oliveira); Los Parecidos [The Similars]; Darktown StruttersUnderwater LoveTales of Hoffman; Remainder; Deep Dark; Aaaaah!; Devil’s Rain; Jubilee; Welcome Home Brother Charles; Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave; Tough Guys Don’t Dance; Straight to HellLove, Honor and ObeyGeorge Washington; Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?;“Flowers and Bottoms”; Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-YakEGG.; The Complaint of an Empress; Makkhi; The Dog’s Night SongBig Meat EaterEnd of the Road; Prayer of the Rollerboys; Cool Cat Saves the Kids; “Penda’s Fen”; Imprint; Kultur Shock!; Melancholie der Engel; The Aimed School; The Mask (1961); Shackled; Hukkle; Beg!; Juliet of the SpiritsThe Lickerish Quartet; Gothic & Lolita Psycho; The Wild World of Batwoman; Carnival Magic; “Am I Normal? A Film About Male Puberty”; “The Flood” (TV, 1987); The Mouse and His Child; Walker; It Couldn’t Happen Here; SporkMr. Blot’s Academy; Track 29; Speed Racer; From Morn to Midnight; Human Animals; U-Turn; Blood for DraculaBlood, Bullets, Buffoons; ¡Vivan las antípodas!; The Woman in the Fifth; Slipstream; Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood; Izo (2004); Essex Spacebin;  Funny BonesThe Vagrant; “Factory Witch”; Dante 01; The Legend of 1900; Blak MamaArtemis 81Dancer in the Dark; Body TroopersJawbreakerRocks in My PocketBlood-Spattered BrideTrapped in the Closet; Penitentiary III; Aachi & Ssipak; Cosmos; Pig;  Kung Fury; Whatever Happened to Vileness Fats; Roots of Evil; Combat Shock; Dream-Quest of Unknown KadathLes garcons sauavges [The Wild Boys]; Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves; The Housemaid (1960); Space JamGyo: Tokyo Fish Attack; Tribulation 99; Shackled; The Last Winter; Entr’acte; Birdy; First on the Moon; The Treasure Planet (Bulgaria, 1982); Bread and Circus; Eating Raoul; Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims; Recollections of the Yellow HouseSecret Ceremony; Gymkata; Vertige; Kitchen Stories; Blood Beat; Ma-Ma; Zigeunerweisen; The Color Out of Space (2010); The Calistra Zipper Story (depending on availability); Godzilla vs. Hedorah; La Casa Lobo; Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam; Taking Tiger Mountain; and *Corpus Callosum (2002).

OUT OF PRINT/NOT YET ON REGION 1 DVD HOLDING PEN: We’re holding off on reviewing these in case they get an official release down the line: Celine and Julie Go BoatingThe Real McCoy (we’re now of the opinion that this portrait of “Hanoi Rocks” singer Andy McCoy is unlikely to be released in any form); ThemrocHappy EndHabfürdő [Bubble Bath] (Hungarian), Angel’s Egg (reviewed, but still awaiting release), ArrebatoThe Last Days of Planet EarthJack and the Beanstalk (1974, Japan); The Drifting ClassroomUncle Meat1 Day; Vermilion Souls; The Annunciation (1984); Visitor of a Museum [Posetitel muzeya].

 

4 thoughts on “WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE”

  1. Weirdness is relative, but if it were up to me:

    1. Wake in Fright (Ted Kotcheff, 1971)
    2. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Christine Cynn, 2012)
    3. Punishment Park (Peter Warkins, 1971)
    4. Mr Freedom (William Klein, 1969)
    5. Even Hitler had a Girlfriend (Ronnie Cramer, 1991)
    6. Hard to Be a God (Peter Fleischmann, 1989)

  2. I had no idea there was an earlier “Hard to be a God” adaptation — I’d better improve my research in future.

    Have you seen Alexei German’s (2015) version? If so, how do they compare?

    1. No, I haven’t seen German’s remake but that movie appears to be a much darker interpretation. Fleischmann’s version is an zany alliance between high-camp and high-concept with a heavy dollop of wrong sauce added for good measure.

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