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''The Incredibly Strange Film Show''

”The Incredibly Strange Film Show” — Learn about indie directors like John Waters and Sam Raimi from this new TV show

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If, like me, you think of the Discovery Channel as the place where they show nonstop nature documentaries, well, you’re in for a nice shock — Discovery is the newfound home for what could be the cult TV event of the season. Starting Feb. 2, Discovery is offering The Incredibly Strange Film Show, a 12-part series profiling maverick directors of low-budget, eccentric films. The big names you probably know, like John Waters (Pink Flamingos, airing on Feb. 2), and George Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Feb. 9). But how about Sam Raimi, auteur of The Evil Dead and Darkman (Mar. 9), or Ray Dennis Steckler, the creator of The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (Feb. 16)? Made in Britain and loosely based on the 1986 ”Incredibly Strange Films” issue of the great, idiosyncratic San Francisco publication RE/SEARCH, The Incredibly Strange Film Show will air on Saturdays from 11 to midnight, with most episodes repeated the following Friday night, from 2 to 3 a.m.