Weird Features

Sort By
From The
Editors
Everything From
Everyone
Most
Loved
Most
Hated
What The
Hell?!

Have Your Say: Is Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA Vastly Overrated?

Dario Argento's occult thriller Suspiria turns forty this year, and despite its age it is very much in the news. Synapse's cinematographer-approved restoration will have its grand reveal at Fantasia in August, while a separate Italian restoration is currently already...

Pretty Packaging: Germany's SUSPIRIA Release Is A Bewitching Beauty

Dario Argento's beautifully nightmarish witchcraft thriller Suspiria was released in 1977. That is four decades ago already, and this has spurred German distributor "84 Entertainment" to release a 40th Anniversary Leatherbook Edition. Which is all fun and good, but it's...

Japan Cuts 2017 Preview: A Country at a Crossroads and the Movies at the Heart of it All

Japan Cuts: The Festival of New Japanese Film comes roaring back to life for another season of fresh flicks with the ninja-samurai action epic MUMON: The Land of Stealth kicking things off July 13 at the Japan Society in New...

Pretty Packaging: Arrow's New THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE

The good folks over at Arrow UK have always been dedicated to release great Italian genre films. I have a healthy collection of their "white slipcase" releases, which featured a translucent window. Combined with reversible artwork on the Amaray, inside,...

Pretty Packaging: The French PSYCHO-PASS Boxset Passes As Psycho

(...If you read or speak French, that is...) In France, anime got a foothold far earlier than in most English-speaking countries. Even today, the market for buying DVDs and Blu-rays of Japanese animation is roughly estimated to be thirty times...

Have Your Say: What's The First Scary Film You'll Show Your Kids?

When choosing what to see with my children, I can afford to be less and less careful these days. My youngest one is nine, the eldest thirteen, both have a healthy curiosity and appetite for adventure. Re-discovering films through their...

Preview: The New York Asian Film Festival Celebrates Sixteen Sweet Years

Lucky New Yorkers, it's that time again when the good folks at Subway Cinema bring us the New York Asian Film Festival, a superior alternative to bombastic multiplex fare, and a one-stop shop for the latest and greatest of the...

Have Your Say: What's The Worst Tagline You've Ever Seen?

You know how it goes: you're strolling through the city, or you're waiting for public transportation... either way you're with friends, family or colleagues, and the conversation shifts to the huge movie poster you all just walked past. This happened...

10+ Years Later: Can THE MUMMY RETURNS Withstand The Test Of Time?

When I saw Stephen Sommers' fun creature feature Deep Rising, back in 1998, I immediately added him to the list of directors to keep an eye on. That was because I had an absolute blast with the film, warts and...

Pretty Packaging: PRISON SCHOOL Provides Peeks At Perversity

Japanese animation can be decidedly frown-worthy at times. There are of course the infamous hardcore porn series, which are called "hentai" (meaning "pervert" or "perverse"), but for audiences who are grossed-out by those there is a wide selection of softcore...

Have Your Say: There Need To Be More Anime Series For Grown-ups

If you're a regular reader of the "Pretty Packaging" articles, or indeed this "Have Your Say" series, it won't come as a surprise that I'm a huge fan of Japanese animation. Indeed, ever since I saw Otomo Katsuhiro's Akira I've...

Have Your Say: What Will The Next ALIEN / PROMETHEUS Film Be About?

(Never mind the image, just having a bit of fun...also, BIG SPOILER ALERT!) While Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant isn't exactly setting the box office on fire, it's also nowhere near as expensive as many of the other "event" films of...

Have Your Say: About That Netflix Versus The Cannes Film Festival Thingy...

The Cannes Film Festival wouldn't be the Cannes Film Festival without a controversy or scandal or two, but this year it all seems to be rather mild. Yes, there's something wrong with you if you think Claudia Cardinale at that...

Have Your Say: What's The ALIEN-est Film Which Is Not An ALIEN Film?

Depending where you are in the world, there's currently a new Alien film in cinemas or you're about to get one. And not just any Alien film: this one has been directed by Sir Ridley Scott, for the first time...

Have Your Say: Name The Film With The Best Visual Compositions

Yesterday we got to see the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, and it was sheer cinematography porn by camera-and-lighting wizard Roger Deakins. I expect much from Villeneuve and crew, but even if it turns out that they spectacularly...

Pretty Packaging: Having A Ball With The PHANTASM Boxset

Fans of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm horror franchise had reason to rejoice in April: both in the US and in the UK, Blu-ray boxsets of the five films were released. Well Go USA did the honors on the West side of...

Have Your Say: Pick Actor Siblings Who Aren't Siblings!

A few weeks ago I saw the Dutch apocalyptic science fiction film Molly, and noticed a striking resemblance between actress Annelies Appelhof (who plays Molly's exoskeleton-enhanced nemesis Kimmy) and American actress Julianne Moore. I mean... check that image. And that's...

Have Your Say: Which Film Has Most Unjustly Underperformed?

The most enjoyable film I've seen so far this year is Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. There, I've said it. I loved it, and I left the theatre invigorated with a huge smile on my face. It's therefore with puzzlement that...

Pretty Packaging: Carlotta's PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE Is A Stunner

When the French distributor Carlotta Films started with their line of "Ultra Collector" boxsets back in 2015, we sat up and took notice. Each of these featured a newly remastered Blu-ray and DVD of a chosen title, fitted on the...

Pretty Packaging: An Uncensored EVIL DEAD Has Finally Arrived In Germany

(All good things to those who wait, as the saying goes, but apparently that applies to some evil things too...) Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead is one of the most infamous films of the eighties, and like with Godzilla, it's...