The Watch List: “The Strange Ones” Creeps Into Theaters, It’s “The End of the F***ing World” On Netflix

Plus: "Surge of Power" the sequel, and "Tom of Finland" comes to VOD.

In Theaters

  • At the start of this atmospheric psychological drama, twentysomething Nick (Alex Pettyfer) and teenager Sam (James Freedson-Jackson) are on a road trip. They claim to be brothers, but it’s clear that something is off—and things only get darker from there. Co-directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein based the feature on their equally haunting 2011 short film. (January 5, Vertical Entertainment)

  • Openly gay superhero Surge returns to do battle with arch-nemesis Metal Master and an even greater villain, Augur (Eric Roberts) in this gleefully cheesy follow-up to 2006’s Surge Of Power: The Stuff Of Heroes. Loaded with cameos by queer and sci-fi notables including Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols, Buck Rogers’ Gil Gerard and original Hulk Lou Ferrigno. (January 5, Indie Rights)

  • Insidious: The Last Key

    In the fourth installment in the Insidious series, parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) must face her most terrifying case yet—one that targets her own family. (January 5, Universal Pictures)

DVD/Blu-Ray/Video on Demand

  • Gay artist Touko Laaksonen’s illustrations of beefcake and leather men are still legendary more than a half-century later. This artful biopic charts his ascent from young Finnish soldier to advertising executive to an icon of gay eroticism and liberation. (VOD, Kino Lorber)

  • The question “What would Jesus do?” gets a very gay spin in this comedic Canadian documentary combining zany sketches, introspection, and even a jazzy dance routine. Scott Thompson and Paul Bellini of The Kids In The Hall co-star. (DVD, Broken Glass Pictures)

Streaming

  • In this twisted Netflix dramedy based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel, a budding teenage psychopath and the foulmouthed new girl he intends to make his first victim go on a road trip.

    Alex Lawther, who played gay in Departure, The Imitation Game, and the upcoming Freak Show, stars as killer-in-the-making James. (January 5, Netflix)

Lawrence is a New York-based travel and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Time Out New York and The New York Post.
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