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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.
IN THEATERS (LIMITED RELEASE):
Synchronic (2019): Read our review. and ‘s latest sci-fi experiment has a bigger budget and makes a sort-of turn towards the mainstream. The directors specifically urge you see this at a drive-in. Synchronic official site.
DVR ALERT (Turner Classic Movies, 10/23-29):
TCM’s October horror lienup features a Canonically Weird film tonight: The Tingler (1959) at 11:15 PM (hopefully, you’ve rigged up your own Percepto seat on your couch). Sunday into Monday, we get Häxan [Witchcraft Through the Ages] (1922) at midnight, followed by Eyes Without a Face [Les Yeux sans Visage] (1965) in the wee hours at 4:15 AM.
Kino Now: Sort of like a mini Criterion Channel, Kino has its own streaming service with a catalogue of art-house titles. To celebrate its first anniversary, they’re offering a suite of wight films for anyone to watch for free. The most notable (to us) is The Complete Metropolis; The Hitch-Hiker and ‘s most recent experimental documentary Dawson City: Frozen Time are also included among the freebies. The films may be viewed through November 15. Enter coupon code KNBDAY at checkout. See the complete slate and sign up at Kino Now Anniversary Binge.
NEW ON HOME VIDEO:
Adaptation. (2002): Read the Canonically Weird entry! Shout! Factory somehow acquired the rights to ‘s meta-mind twister about a depressed Charlie Kaufman trying to adapt “The Orchid Thief.” This release seems the same as Image Entertainment’s previous version, except that it’s Blu-ray only, and substantially cheaper. Buy Adaptation.
The Antenna [Bina] (2019): Read our review. This Turkish dystopian horror (not to be confused with this Argentine dystopian whatsit) may be playing a theater somewhere, but you can find it this week on VOD. Buy or rent The Antenna.
Killdozer (1974): An alien intelligence possesses a bulldozer and sets about to killing, thus earning the clever nickname “Killdozer.” Originally a 70s made-for-TV time-filler, it gained something of a cult reputation and even made it into our reader-suggested review queue. It’s now on your choice of Blu-ray or DVD, with a commentary track! Buy Killdozer.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988): Read our review. ‘s anime classics are constantly being re-released in new editions; Shout! Factory adds Totoro to their limited edition collectible steelbook series. Blu-ray + DVD. Buy My Neighbor Totoro.
Princess Mononoke (1997): A warrior tries to intercede in a war between a mining colony and followers of a forest god. Another Miyazaki steelbook Blu-ray and DVD release. Buy Princess Mononoke.
“The Third Day” (2020): Told in two halves, “Summer” and “Winter,” describing two separate characters visits to an barely-accessible British island where villagers practice their own peculiar form of paganism. We’ll have a review next week. Buy “The Third Day”.
Welcome to the Circle (2020): Campers get drawn into a cult after seeking help for a bear mauling. Reports say it gets weird. Blu-ray or DVD only (at the present time). Buy Welcome to the Circle.
The Wolf House [La Casa Lobo] (2018): Read Giles Edwards’ apocrypha candidate review. This amazing Chilean stop-motion animated fairy tale is like nothing you’ve ever seen. On VOD or DVD. Buy The Wolf House.
CANONICALLY WEIRD (AND OTHER) REPERTORY SCREENINGS:
Theaters are cautiously starting to reopen across North America at diminished capacity, and we’re seeing a trickle of new screenings. You’ll have to use your own judgment as to whether it’s safe to go to movie theaters at this time (if in doubt, try a drive-in!)
- Austin, TX
- Charlottesville, VA
- Coxsackie, NY
- Hi-Way Drive-In – Destroy All Monsters (1968), with Godzilla vs Megalon (1973) and Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974) (triple feature), 10/23-25
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Kansas City, MO
- Phoenix, AZ
- Tustin, CA
- Tustin’s Mess Hall Drive-In – Evil Dead II (1987), 10/27
- Vancouver, BC
- Winchester, VA
WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE: We’re still looking for one more RSVP/screening nomination for our Halloween Weird Amazon Prime Party. Reply here. As soon as we get it, we’ll put up a poll.
We expect to be pretty busy with reviews next week. Expect to see Gregory J. Smalley opine about Don Hertzfeldt‘s third entry in his “World of Tomorrow” series. We’ll also have overdue coverage of the neglected (even by us!) Czech animator Karel Zeman, as El Rob Hubbard pops by to cover The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1962), and we’ll also give you a rundown of Criterion’s luscious Zeman box set. Plus, Shane Wilson on HBO’s pagan miniseries “The Third Day.” 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.