Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of “the cannibal sex movie to end all cannibal sex movies” (Slate.com) and the home entertainment arrival of the latest feature from prolific local genre filmmaker Daniel Armstrong!
Thursday April 20th
Making its World Premiere at Cannes Critics Week where it won the coveted FIPRESCI Prize, RAW left audiences aghast with some of the most shocking and powerful on-screen imagery since Gaspar Noe’s IRREVERSIBLE. The atmosphere in the cinema that day was one of the most electric the Monster team had ever witnessed – from the start we could sense a nervous anticipation in the room, and then, from the very first scene, it kicks you in the head with a power that is raw and fierce. RAW is one of the finest directorial debuts in the genre space in a long time, it tells the story of a teenage girl who joins her sister at a prestigious veterinary college, and is forced to partake in a hazing ritual that sees her defying her vegan upbringing by consuming raw rabbit liver. From here she develops an insatiable desire for flesh – of all types, and what we witness is a coming-of-age like no other, an awakening that is carnal and primal and that takes its central character, and its viewing audience, on a journey that is simultaneously harrowing and beautiful. Filmmaker Julia Ducournau has made a something very special here, a gorgeous cinematic exploration of family and cannibalism, a film that’ll seep its way deep into your psyche and resonate long after the closing credits – make no mistake, this is one of the films of the year.
Director Cate Shortland (LORE, SOMERSAULT) returns with a psychological thriller dealing in obsession. While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.
Wednesday April 19th
Prolific local genre filmmaker Daniel Armstrong (MURDERDROME, FROM PARTS UNKNOWN: FIGHT LIKE A GIRL) returns with his third feature, SHEBORG MASSACRE, the fifth release in our Fatal Visions series! When an alien fugitive crash lands into a local puppy farm and begins turning people into mutated robot killing machines with a taste for puppy flesh, Dylan, and Eddie, two self-proclaimed political activists, are all that stand between the Earth and total domination. Forced into a ‘dare to be great’ situation that neither are prepared for, the two BFF’s must fight their way past cops, city officials and cybernetic dog butchers in order to destroy the evil SheBorg and save the planet! Grab it on DVD or MOD Blu-ray right here!
THE BYE BYE MAN
From the producer of OCULUS and THE STRANGERS comes a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man! People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who? When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession?
WAR ON EVERYONE
Writer/Director John Michael McDonagh, responsible for some of the darkest dramedies of recent years like Calvary & The Guard returns with quite possibly his most accessible film yet. WAR ON EVERYONE is about two corrupt cops in New Mexico who set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?