In Cinemas & on Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of arguably the most epic disaster film of all-time and the home entertainment arrival of the original evil dolly’s latest!
Thursday October 19th
Dean Devlin, co-writer/producer of some of the nineties biggest blockbusters (STARGATE, INDEPENDENCE DAY), steps into the director’s chair for his first theatrical feature, an epic doomsday disaster flick. After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world’s leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong—the system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it’s a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything…and everyone along with it.
THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM
Arriving seemingly silently in cinemas this week is the latest from Spanish filmmaker Juan Carlos Medina (PAINLESS), a gothic-tinged suspense horror titled THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM. The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer — dubbed THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM — is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) — a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.
For an actor who announced his retirement from the screen back in 2012, Jackie Chan sure is busy pumping out one theatrical actioner after another! A humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.
Wednesday October 18th
CULT OF CHUCKY
Series creator Don Mancini returns to write and direct CULT OF CHUCKY, the seventh instalment in the CHILD’S PLAY franchise, the first of which to garner an <R> rating locally! Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Fiona Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group therapy tool — a ‘Good Guy’ doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original CHILD’S PLAY, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll. Check out EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of the CULT OF CHUCKY discussion panel with writer/director Don Mancini, special effects makeup designer/puppeteer Tony Gardner & actress Fiona Dourif!
DON’T HANG UP
If you’re anything like us, prank calls likely played an important part of your youth, whether it be the old ‘is your fridge running’ gag to a slightly more sophisticated use of the Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard (“I’m a cop, you idiot”). Arriving just in time for Halloween, DON’T HANG UP is the perfect excuse to spend a night in with the phone firmly off the hook! Sam and Brady love prank calls, and not only do they love to scare the people they randomly call, they also record everything and put it on the internet, so everyone can see how scared their victims are. Little do they know that they are about to become victims themselves as the tables turn. One evening the two friends receive a call from a mysterious stranger who seems to know everything about Sam and Brady, about their families and friends. As the caller starts to play a sadistic game with Sam and Brady, their lives are at stake and there seems no way to win. Grab it now on DVD!
GALLOWS HILL aka THE DAMNED has finally been dusted off and plucked from the shelf for a local release! American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli) widowed from his Colombian-born wife, flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos). On route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a rundown isolated inn. When they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, they are determined to set her free. But no good deed goes unpunished, as they unwittingly unleash a centuries-old evil that will stop at nothing to destroy all in its path. Gallows Hill takes the traditional haunted house film and turns it on its head, taking audiences on a wild and terrifying ride they will not soon forget.
THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT
Has there been a lull in your life of late with the lack of found footage films? Well Eagle Entertainment have you covered with THE GRACEFIELD INCIDENT, a feature that looks to have been more than a little inspired by that BLACK MIRROR episode, ‘THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF YOU’. Matthew Donovan, a video game editor, embeds an iPhone camera into his prosthetic eye to secretly record and document a weekend with friends in a luxurious mountain top cabin. The weekend takes a terrifying turn when a meteorite crashes the party forcing everyone to face off against extra-terrestrials.