Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

21 February 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with Australia’s own Michael & Peter Spierig’s take on the most haunted house in history while home entertainment delivers a brown trouser-load of genre flicks you may have missed on their festival run this past year!


Thursday February 22nd
Aussie genre luminaries, Michael & Peter Spierig, the writing/directing duo behind PREDESTINATION & DAYBREAKERS, return with a haunted house horror inspired by true events, WINCHESTER, mere months after their SAW instalment, JIGSAW. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world.  Built by Sarah Winchester, (Oscar-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end.  Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms.  To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house.  She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

Jason Bateman (HORRIBLE BOSSES, OZARK) and Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (SPOTLIGHT, RED EYE) team up in the latest feature from VACATION directing duo, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein. Bateman and McAdams star as Max and Annie, whose weekly couples game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. So, when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all part of the game…right? But as the six uber-competitive gamers set out to solve the case and win, they begin to discover that neither this game—nor Brooks—are what they seem to be. Over the course of one chaotic night, the friends find themselves increasingly in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn. With no rules, no points, and no idea who all the players are, this could turn out to be the most fun they’ve ever had…or, it’s game over.


Wednesday February 21st
Written & directed by millionaire meth addict, Andrew Getty, heir the Getty oil fortune who reportedly sunk $6 million dollars of his own fortune into the film, only to die before he could finish it! The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy (Frederick Koehler) who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature (Michael Berryman) orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.
From THE STRANGERS writer/director Bryan Bertino, comes this intense CUJO-like horror, that pits its protagonists in a cat and mouse game with a monster. A mother and daughter break down on a deserted road in the disorientating utter darkness of a black forest. Trapped and tormented by a creature unlike anything they have seen or heard before. Not human. Not animal. Their relationship at breaking point, the 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother Kathy but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge, barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness.
Black Neon’s second release for the month is a sci-noir take on the ALICE IN WONDERLAND tale. Ana, an Oxford PhD student, finds herself unable to build new memories following an experiment to generate and travel through a wormhole. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened, and to find out who – or what – is behind the rising horror in her life.
Intense, brutal and truly heartbreaking, master filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow crafts this tragic true story into a compelling perfect three act structure. A police raid in Detroit in 1967 results in one of the largest citizen uprisings in United States history.