Louis Theroux's documentaries explore the denizens that populate modern society's fringes. Demolition derby drivers, neo-Nazi tween singing sensations, would-be porn movie studs and Michael Jackson's dad Joe(!) have all been the focus of Theroux's docs, which have been wildly popular both in their various British incarnations (Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends and the When Louis Met the . . . series) on BBC-2 and stateside on YouTube. Aside from the oddball nature of the participants, part of the charm of watching these films comes from Theroux himself who comes off to the subjects as a wide-eyed, English innocent abroad struggling to make sense of these south-of-subcultural slices of Americana. Though this isn't totally the case - Theroux is the son of American author Paul Theroux (The Mosquito Coast) - you never get the feeling that you are participating in a sideshow. Theroux's empathy is infectious and you are sometimes sad to see your little visit to a seldom-visited, sometimes seedy side of America draw to a close. The Call of the Weird is Louis Theroux's cross-country trek revisiting some of his most (in)famous friends. From Oscady, the sadly wistful survivor of the Heaven's Gate Cult to America's least favorite ex-hubby, Ike Turner, there's nary a dull moment.
No, it doesn't get any weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (A.K.A. Prussian Blue, a white-power folk group for kids) and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade, Louis Theroux has been making acclaimed television programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of U.S. society. Now he revisits the people who have intrigued him the most to try to discover what motivates them-and why they hold their bizarre beliefs. Reflecting on these assorted dreamers, schemers, and outlaws, Theroux entertainingly and unforgettably creates “a moving, funny, and frightening exposé of America and its often elusive dream” (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC).