Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

05 December 2017

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with an onslaught of genre titles both new and classic hitting home entertainment while its a quiet week on the ole’ theatrical front.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday December 6th
It’s rare that you get two theatrical-worthy shark films in the one year and it’s rarer to get two good ones at that but 2017 has delivered both the Aussie feature CAGE DIVE  and 47 METRES DOWN so we’re all in luck! Fun-loving, twenty something, sisters Kate & Lisa are ready for the holiday of a lifetime in Mexico. When the opportunity to go cage diving to view Great White sharks presents itself, thrill-seeking Kate jumps at the chance while Lisa takes some convincing. After some not so gentle persuading, Lisa finally agrees and the girls soon find themselves two hours off the coast of Huatulco and about to come face-to-face with nature’s fiercest predator. But what should have been the trip to end all trips soon becomes a living nightmare when the cage breaks free from the boat and plummets to the ocean floor. Kate & Lisa find themselves trapped deep underwater with less than an hour of oxygen left in their tanks. They must somehow work out how to get back to the safety of the boat above through 47 metres of shark-infested waters. Stay tuned this week as we’ll be giving away 10x 47 METRES DOWN DVDs!
TERMINATOR 2 – 3D (Limited Release)
James Cameron’s 1991 epic action/sci-fi masterpiece starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, has been painstakingly restored in 4K and released to a variety of formats including 4K Ultra-HD and 3D Blu-ray. Following on ten years later from the events of TERMINATOR, Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator, sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child. Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone however. The human resistance have managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost. The battle for tomorrow has begun.
In a day and age where ‘zombies’ have become a strangely intrinsic component to mainstream pop-culture that one of the highest rating television shows globally is THE WALKING DEAD, it’s understandable that originality amidst this sub-genre of horror is becoming less and less original. To our surprise, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS bucks the trend, approaching the zombie phenomena with a wholly refreshing angle. In a heavily guarded compound, a small group of children are being studied to discover the cure to a virus that has ravaged the globe. 10-year-old Melanie and her fellow pupils are second-generation hybrids – part ‘Hungry’, part human. But unlike first generation ‘Hungries’, Melanie excels in the classroom, is acutely attentive, imaginative and highly intelligent. When the base is overrun by Hungries, Melanie escapes with her favourite teacher, Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell, who is intent on using Melanie to synthesize a vaccine. Bound for a fortress-like enclave where society clings to life, can they survive? Does Melanie hold the key to unlocking a cure for the plague on course to destroy the human race? Don’t forget to enter for a chance to WIN 1 of 10 THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS DVDs!
Antonio Margheriti’s 1980 Italian urban cannibal classic, CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE makes its Aussie disc debut courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment. The horrors of war take on a whole new meaning for  Vietnam vet Norman Hopper (John Saxon, Enter The Dragon), whose quiet domestic life in Atlanta is shattered by the return of Charlie Bukowski, a combat buddy who dredges up terrifying flashbacks of flesh eating and bloodshed in the war-torn jungles. Now on the run from the law after taking a bit out of an unwilling victim, Charlie begs Norman to help him get out of town with another fellow veteran, Tom (Tony King, Shaft). Soon the ragtag team of cannibals are fighting for their lives, spreading a deadly contagion through the city before heading into the sewers for a gut-wrenching climax you won’t soon forget.
ORCA makes its high-def debut locally courtesy of Umbrella Entertainment and with special feature content exclusive to this release including an audio commentary by film historian and author Lee Gambin which by all reports is ‘stunning’. Captain Nolan (Richard Harris) is a man of the sea. Brave and headstrong, he is a fisherman who takes up the fight of his life against one of nature’s most fearsome creatures – the killer whale. Orca seeks to avenge the death of his pregnant mate, left murdered in blood red waters. Rising from the ocean, leaving behind it a wake of destruction and mayhem, the deadly marine creature lures his human adversaries to a match of wits and survival in the chilly arctic waters.
Where the SCREAM television series failed, SLASHER succeeds, brace yourself for a heaping helping of on-screen kills and outrageous gore, certified <R>18+ by the classification board for goodness! Brought together by a horrific secret they’ve long kept buried, a group of former summer camp counsellors must return to an isolated resort in the dead of winter to retrieve evidence of a crime they committed in their youth. Deep in the snow-covered wilderness, the run-down camp has now become a private spiritual commune, cut-off from civilization by weather, wilderness, and choice. Before long, the group and the commune members find themselves gruesomely targeted by someone or something out for horrific revenge. The location’s isolation starts to wear on relationships and exposes surprising secrets; as the winter weather worsens, so does the killer’s grisly spree. As blood and secrets spill across the vast and snowy wild surrounding the camp, the mismatched group must not only try to escape the killer’s retribution, but also survive the deadly elements. Stay tuned this week as well be giving you a chance to WIN 1 of 10 SLASHER SEASON 2 on DVD!

In Cinemas

Friday December 8th-10th
Cairns genre fans will get a taste of Monster Pictures’ annual Melbourne-based genre film festival MONSTER FEST this December thanks to our continued partnership with Event Cinemas to present MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW at Event Cinemas Cairns Central on December 8-10th, 2017. With five films over three nights, the festival opens with Travis Bain’s chamber thriller, LANDFALL. The line-up also includes the world premiere of Umbrella Films’ 4K restoration of Russell Mulcahy’s 1984 Australian masterpiece, RAZORBACK; the Queensland Premiere of Daniel Armstrong’s MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Best Australian Feature’ winner, TARNATION; the Queensland Premiere of Adam MacDonald’s occult horror, PYEWACKET and a 40th anniversary screening of Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA in 4K.

Opening this week in wide release across Australia, now all Aussie Roomies can get a look at this crowd-pleasing adaptation of Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of the cult classic, THE ROOM. James Franco transforms the tragicomic true-story of aspiring filmmaker and infamous Hollywood outsider Tommy Wiseau—an artist whose passion was as sincere as his methods were questionable—into a celebration of friendship, artistic expression, and dreams pursued against insurmountable odds. THE DISASTER ARTIST is a hilarious and welcome reminder that there is more than one way to become a legend—and no limit to what you can achieve when you have absolutely no idea what you’re doing.