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A boiling, bizarre tale of a mad love that crashes through the supernatural! When an electrical accident disfigures the face of Cronin Mitchell, he also acquires strange psychic powers. He promptly makes a bargain with a witch who will restore his looks if he will become her lover. However, though the world sees her as a sexy cutie named Ellen, Mitchell's new girlfriend is actually an ugly old crone. After expelling a ghost from a funeral home, Mitchell next tries to discover the identity of a small-town maniac. However, the feds have also asked karate-chopping playboy Alex Jordan to oversee the case, and Jordan schemes to have Ellen all to himself--but not before Mitchell boosts his ESP with LSD, and Jordan is attacked by killer bed sheets. Honest. Like the title promises, "Something Weird," another crackpot gem from director Herschell Gordon Lewis (She-Devils on Wheels), is one of the most bizarre and outrageous horror flicks ever made, and presented uncut and in widescreen for the first time since its theatrical release!
Audio Commentary by director Herschell Gordon Lewis - Trailer - Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art 1.85:1 - Color - English - Mono
- Audio Commentary by producer David F. Friedman on the origins of Something Weird Video
- Audio Introduction by Herschell Gordon Lewis
- Three Archival Short Subjects: "Monsterama Nightmare from 'The Weird World of LSD,'" "Psyched-Out Singalong with the 4D Witch!" and "LSD Psychedelic Freak Out"
- Herschell Gordon Lewis Gallery of Exploitation Art
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It's the commentary that puts it over the top. Turn it on and listen to men totally in the moment talking about the movies I watched every summer Saturday - 5 cents when I was a little person. Too bad I can't be in Nova Scotia today and partake in conversation with two of the old movie makers. One, the first knight of ignorance, the other, the cinematographer of something weird. I understand one is sailing and the other is returning to Hollywood to the good fight. It's all flux and movement. Film is on the way out but not till these cinematographers die. I wish I could have joined them, told some lies, heard some truths, I did what I could - I watched the video. I recommend you do the same. At least once turn the COMMENTARY ON.
dvd. Being one of the bit actors-stuntmen in this film (I'm the bad actor blonde thug in the bar scene with those awful lines.),
I would put it on a level just above "Plan 9 From Outerspace".
The acting,and cutting left a lot to be desired.
I did, however, find one thing that might add some redeeming
value to "Something Weird". I loved the ambulance.
"Something Weird" tells the story of an unfortunate wretch named Cronin Mitchell (Tony McCabe). In the opening sequences of the film, we see Mitchell dutifully performing his electrical engineering job as he tries to repair a power line. Tragedy strikes when he receives a jolt of electricity, falls to the ground, and then receives another blast of high voltage to his face from the fallen wire. The movie immediately switches focus at this point to the hospital, where we learn that the accident permanently scarred Cronin's face. On the up side, the electrical discharge gave our hero strong psychic powers. He can read minds and tell the future, traits that come in handy when he starts talking about one of his nurse's private life. Ooops! After Mitchell has a good cry in his hospital room--he isn't happy about his disfigurement, don't you know--he reconciles himself to a life where the best he can hope for is telling people their fortunes for pocket change. It's at this point in the narrative where a nasty looking witch (!) makes Cronin an offer he can't refuse. She promises to restore his face to pre-accident condition in exchange for companionship. Hmmm. Considering the ugliness factor we're dealing with here, it's a tough choice.
Mitchell eventually gives in and strikes the deal. Presto! His face returns to normal, and the witch transforms herself into a strikingly beautiful young lass named Ellen (Elizabeth Lee). It's at this point that the movie starts to become a bit hazy. Cronin tries to bail on his deal with the devil and becomes enmeshed in helping the police hunt down a serial killer. There's also serious nonsense about expunging a ghost from a church. At some point, Ellen/Witch tracks down Mitchell and tries to remind him of their deal. Matters become complicated, however, when one of the cops working with Cronin falls in love with the comely Ellen. Hilarity ensues. Not really, but the movie does treat us to a chase scene that seems to last forever. Remember the foot chase at the end of "Blood Feast," the one that saw Fuad Ramses receive his just rewards in the garbage truck? This chase is sort of like that, except longer and less fruitful. We also see the horrific effects caused by a killer blanket, and a scene in which Mitchell imbibes a significant dose of acid in order to increase his psychic powers. The end.
"Something Weird" definitely lives up to its name. LSD, ESP, a witch, and a hunt for a serial killer all combine to make a movie that is supremely inept. The acting tanks. Witness Cronin crying into the mirror at the hospital for proof of this assertion. That's the lamest crying I've seen since...well...since that kid cried on the beach in "Blood Feast". Then there's the over the top histrionics from the lady that plays the witch. She must have watched "The Wizard of Oz" for inspiration and then ran with it. The ham fisted editing and lazy lighting just enhance the general awfulness of the proceedings. I did see a couple of things I liked. One, the pair of lips painted on one of the witch's knees. What in the heck did that mean? It's never explained, but it's a nice touch in an otherwise dreary picture. Two, I had to laugh over the haircuts we see in the movie. Most of the male authority figures look like they're wearing black, molded plastic helmets. The movie achieves this inadvertent effect partly through lousy lighting and partly through lousy film stock. It's hilarious anyway, and it makes the movie look like one of those old educational films from the 1950s.
As one would expect, the Something Weird release of "Something Weird" (the company named itself after this very film) has something for everyone. The commentary track is pure gold. H.G. Lewis talks for a few minutes and then turns the floor over to company founder Mike Vraney, who then proceeds to talk about the genesis of his movie empire! It's so comprehensive, informative, and just downright fascinating that we never miss listening to Lewis talk about the film. Too, we get the usual collection of several short features. On this disc and with this movie, that means LSD themed, psychedelic madness in the form of bizarre fare entitled, "Psyched-Out Singalong with the 4-D Witch!" Uh huh. The 1960s must have been something to behold. Ultimately, I had a lot of fun watching this disaster. It turns out that I didn't even miss the gore!
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