Grim Pickings for Cinema, Home Entertainment & Streaming this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of what is being billed as this year’s GONE GIRL to the home entertainment arrival of a new Australian anthology horror to the welcomed return of everyone’s favourite Value Mart employee to streaming.
Thursday October 6th
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
If you haven’t read the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins or yet seen the trailer for this film adaptation, our advice to you is avoid the trailer at all costs as its spoiler-ridden. Rachel (Emily Blunt) is devastated by her recent divorce and spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. Without further to do, here’s the trailer…yeah the one we told you to ‘avoid at all costs’, its on you if you choose to watch it though!
Saturday October 8th
BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS (Limited Release)
After the mess and agony caused by BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE earlier this year, it’s actually a relief that Warner are bringing back television’s vintage sixties Batman to the big screen, albeit in animated form and best of all they’ve got Adam West, Burt Ward & Julie Newmar reprising their roles! It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables.
Wednesday October 5th
A NIGHT OF HORROR: VOLUME 1 (DVD Only)
Australia’s entry to the recent trend of anthology horrors was born of Sydney’s annual A Night of Horror Film Festival, sewing together ten shorts into the one terrifying visual compendium. When a disoriented woman finds herself in a warehouse, she wanders around and is consumed by the encroaching darkness, uncovering a string of mysterious elements that will either elucidate her creepy predicament or haunt her to the very core. Ten tales of spine-tingling terror unfold – where zombies and demonic entities linger, macabre scenarios of self-surgery, cannibalism and evisceration play out and the threat of the malevolent unknown seize the senses.
AWAITING (DVD Only)
Having played the international genre film festival circuit last year including FrightFest in the UK, AWAITING finally arrives in Australia. When young businessman Jake (Rupert Hill) crashes his car in the country side nothing prepares him for the twisted madness that unfolds before him. Taken in by reclusive farmer Morris (Tony Curran,The Pillars of the Earth), he is cared for at the seemingly peaceful home shared with his sheltered daughter Lauren (Diana Vickers,The Perfect Wave). But as a bond forms between Jake and Lauren, nurture turns nasty and innocence is no longer an excuse for the demented and bloody power play that Jake finds himself in the middle of. Like a fly to a spider – the sticky web is merely the beginning of the end.
Via Vision are fast becoming the kings of vintage horror on home entertainment locally with their recent Cronenberg, Stephen King & Amityville collections on DVD & Blu-ray, this week sees them add another two titles to their growing Hammer Horror range.
THE GORGON: For five years the mid-European village of Vandorf has been plagued by a series of bizarre murders. Victims are discovered after a full moon, each turned to stone. Dr Namaroff (Peter Cushing) and his nurse Carla Hoffmann (Barbara Shelley) receive the petrified corpses at the local hospital, where Namaroff controversially concludes that they died of natural causes. Paul Heitz (Richard Pasco) and Professor Meister (Christopher Lee) instead believe that the deaths are the work of Megaera – the mythical Gorgon with a head of writhing snakes. As the next full moon approaches, Meister further suspects that Megaera’s spirit has been in their midst all along.
SCREAM OF FEAR: Wheelchair-bound heiress Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg) arrives at the Cote d’Azur to live with her estranged father. Penny’s stepmother Jane (Ann Todd) informs her that her father has left suddenly on business. That night Penny visits the summer house, where she sees her father’s corpse propped up in a chair. Further disturbing incidents are also witnessed solely by Penny. A local doctor, Pierre Gerrard (Christopher Lee), speculates that the girl might be going insane. Penny confides in the family’s chauffeur Bob (Ronald Lewis), believing that Jane and Gerrard are attempting to have her certified and thus cheated out of her inheritance. Penny’s trust is cruelly betrayed before the horrifying truth is revealed.
THE DEAD ZONE
Via Vision are reissuing David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE on DVD & Blu-ray only this time in the Special Edition version that was previously exclusively available in the Cronenberg & Stephen King Collections. Christopher Walken leads an all-star cast including Tom Skerritt and Martin Sheen, in a thriller that is ahead of its time. School teacher Johnny Smith (Walken) had a beautiful fiancée, rewarding career and a fortunate life. Until one tragic accident changed everything. After slamming into an 18-wheeler, Johnny is plunged into a five-year coma. When he awakens, he finds his true collision was with destiny – he now has the remarkable gift (or curse) of seeing into the future. From Horror master Stephen King and Director David Cronenberg, this supernatural thriller turns an everyday guy into a reluctant hero… saving children in danger, helping the police and catching serial killers. But Johnny’s next vision may be his most terrifying yet, and gives him a once-in-a-lifetime chance to save the world… at what may be the ultimate price.
THE IRON GIANT (Blu-ray Only)
Praise the lord or whatever higher presence there is…if there is one, Warner Bros. are releasing Brad Bird’s directorial debut, the instant classic and criminally underrated THE IRON GIANT on Blu-ray locally! The release will contain both the theatrical cut and signature version of the film with two all-new scenes, in addition to that this high def edition will be feature a host of vintage and brand new special feature content. THE IRON GIANT is the tale of an unlikely friendship between an alien robot from outer space (voiced by Vin Diesel) and a rebellious boy named Hogarth (voiced by Eli Marienthal). A bedraggled mom (voiced by Jennifer Aniston), a paranoid government agent (voiced by Christopher McDonald) and a sympathetic beatnik (voiced by Harry Connick Jr.) all conspire to turn Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant into a gigantic, out-of-this-world adventure.
ASH VS EVIL DEAD: SEASON 2 EPISODE 1
Since we’ve already praised a higher presence for THE IRON GIANT Blu-ray, it’s hard to say who we should thank for ASH VS EVIL DEAD: Season 2 but lets start with STAN, the local SVOD legends responsible for bringing it to our shores to stream! The party in Jacksonville is over when Ash, Pablo, and Kelly are summoned by Ruby back to Ash’s hometown to form an unlikely alliance. Ash’s dad Brock, and the local pub rats give a chilly welcome to the man who’s come to save them from evil. ASH VS EVIL DEAD: Season 2 will run for ten episodes into December, available weekly via STAN.