Grim Pickings for Cinema, Home Entertainment & Streaming this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with festival and event screenings across the country to the home entertainment arrival of a killer who only needs nine lives.
Thursday September 22nd
THE HANDMAIDEN (Queer Screen Film Fest 2016)
Directed by Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst), this is a thriller intertwined with an erotic lesbian love story. Adapted from Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, it premiered at Cannes Film Festival. In 1930s Korea, tasked with a secret plan, petty thief Sookee begins work as handmaiden to Lady Hideko. A game of deception and seduction soon begins as the women discover feelings for one another. The hypnotic soundtrack and sensual story will immerse you utterly in its tale of class, fraud and revenge.
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (New Farm Cinemas, Newfarm QLD)
John Wayne Cleaver is a 16 year old outsider freak who works part-time in the family mortuary and who is obsessed with serial killers! When bodies start turning ip in his insular mid-western backwater town, John takes it upon himself to start investigating and in doing so sets off a deadly game of cat and mouse with one of the greatest and most untypical screen villains in movie history, the one and only Christopher ‘Doc Brown’ Lloyd! Post screening, Andrew Leavold will host one of his legendary Skype Q&A’s with the film’s director Billy O’Brien and Puppet Master William Todd-Jones along with a very special mystery guest.
Friday September 23rd
I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (Lido Cinemas, Hawthorne VIC)
John Wayne Cleaver is a 16 year old outsider freak who works part-time in the family mortuary and who is obsessed with serial killers! When bodies start turning ip in his insular mid-western backwater town, John takes it upon himself to start investigating and in doing so sets off a deadly game of cat and mouse with one of the greatest and most untypical screen villains in movie history, the one and only Christopher ‘Doc Brown’ Lloyd! Post screening, Melbourne’s very own Lee Zachariah will host a Skype Q&A with the film’s director Billy O’Brien and Puppet Master William Todd-Jones!!
Saturday September 24th
YOU’RE KILLING ME (Queer Screen Film Fest 2016)
George has a killer new boyfriend, but it might take a body count for him to shut up and notice. You’re Killing Me is a sharp horror-comedy about West Hollywood gays so self-absorbed they don’t realise their new friend is a serial killer. George, a narcissistic wannabe Internet star, has fallen deeply for a new man, the monotonous but gorgeous Joe. As the relationship develops, George seems to be missing more and more of his friends, and he hardly seems to care.
Wednesday September 21st
CAT SICK BLUES
Suffering a mental breakdown after the death of his cat, introverted loner Ted convinces himself that in order to bring his beloved pet back to life, he needs nine human lives to sacrifice in its place. Constructing a cat costume, complete with mask and razor-sharp claws, Ted embarks on a murderous rampage, slashing his way through share houses, backpacker hostels and webcam chat rooms in a savage frenzy. As the butchery escalates, a twisted and bleak romance blossoms between Ted and Claire, a young woman he meets in a support group for recently bereaved pet owners.
HOUSE OF VHS (DVD Only)
A group of young people hailing from six different countries take off for a summer vacation in the French countryside. They force their way into an old abandoned house, and plan on spending a good time despite having no water or electricity. But one of them discovers a dusty trunk full of VHS tapes, with a mysterious VCR that seems able to work without electricity. After they start watching the bizarre movies recorded on the tapes, the students realize that there are strange forces at work, and that their lives might be in danger. PS: The reverse slick of this release is supreme!
PSYCHO RAMAN (DVD Only)
Set in present day Mumbai the story follows the life of a serial killer Ramanna who is inspired by an infamous serial killer from the 1960s, Raman Raghav. His strange obsession with Raghavan, a young cop keeps growing as he closely follows him without his knowledge and often creates situations where both of them come face to face.
GHOSTHUNTERS (DVD Only)
When one of their own loses his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer, a team of ghost hunters is determined to capture the spirits of the loved ones so their spirits can finally rest in peace. But as the team goes deeper into the house, the ghosts become more hostile, and the group discovers the true secrets of the house and its murderer.
In a near future technology-reliant society, man is pitted against killing machines. An elite army unit is dropped in by helicopter to a remote, off-the-grid island facility. What starts out as a simple training exercise for Captain Bukes and his tight-knit squad, descends into a terrifying battle to the death, as the marines discover the island is overrun by an enemy that transcends the human concept of evil.
RAMPAGE: PRESIDENT DOWN
Bill Williamson is back! Bill, the mass murderer, who already killed dozens of people to make a statement about all the things going wrong in this world, is still alive despite official information. He keeps hiding in the forest until his anger rises and he has to take action again. So he steps out of his cover and kills one of the most powerful persons in the world: The president of the USA. But the federal agents are on his tail.
OFF PISTE (DVD Only)
Years after taking an innocent life and retiring from the SAS, Stanley Winters, now a social recluse, has taken to the full time caring of his blind mother in the mountainous region of Chatel France. In the peaceful quiet he leads a life of solitude in the attempt to escape his traumatic past, though, when he is hunted down by those whose lives he destroyed things take a sudden turn.
WARCRAFT: THE BEGINNING
The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.
FUTURE COP (DVD Only)
Welcome to Angel City 2247. Trooper Jack Deth is wiping out the best disciples of Whistler, who used his psychic power to ‘trance’ those with inferior minds, forcing them to follow his evil plan to control the city. Whistler escapes to the twentieth century and Jack is sent back in time to stop him, inhabiting the body of his ancestor in L.A. However, Whistler’s ancestor is a police detective, and he’s trancing people in Los Angeles. With the help of a strong-willed punk girl Lena he must find and protect Hap Ashby and confront Whistler and his Trancers.
MOST LIKELY TO DIE (Netflix)
Former classmates throw a house party to celebrate their 10-year high school reunion, but a cap-and-gown-wearing killer traps and stalks them.