Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

04 September 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the latest entry in THE CONJURING universe opening in cinemas while home entertainment delivers arguably the best Australian genre film of the year.


Thursday September 6th 
While we caught a preview of THE NUN last night courtesy of our friends at Roadshow Films, we have to remain tightlipped due to the review embargo. What we can say is that this sophomore feature from THE HALLOW filmmaker Corin Hardy does share some similar fairytale aspects to his previous feature and any questions you had regarding the origin of The Nun from THE CONJURING 2 will be answered in this film and then some. When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest (Demián Bichir) with a haunted past and a novitiate (Taissa Farmiga) on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic Nun as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned.

Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) returns with her fourth feature, starring Joaquin Phoenix, this stylish and exceptional film confidently walks a tightrope between hypnotic neo-noir and brutal revenge thriller and is one not to be missed on the big screen. A traumatised veteran (Phoenix), unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.

Nick Offerman (PARKS AND RECREATION) known to most for his standup and comedic roles on television, truly shines in first dramatic lead opposite the electric Kiersey Clemons (DOPE), in what could largely be considered a modern family drama. That’s not to say there aren’t any laughs to be found in the film, as there are, just a little less macho and more self-depreciating than we’ve grown accustom to from television’s Ron Swanson. HEARTS BEAT LOUD is a charmer, it’ll work its way into your heart with true subtlety and have you singing its title-track for days afterward. A one­-time musician (Offerman) who owns a struggling record store in Red Hook, Brooklyn, forms an unlikely band with his daughter (Clemons) the summer before she is set to leave for college.

Brave, nuanced and timely, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST is a compelling and unique coming of age drama about discovering your true self in an environment designed to make you something you’re not. In 1993 after teenage Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz, SUSPIRIA) is caught in the backseat of a car with the prom queen, she is sent away to a treatment centre in a remote area called God’s Promise. While she is being subjected to questionable gay conversion therapies, she bonds with some fellow residents as they pretend to go along with the process while waiting to be released.


Wednesday September 5h
From the producers of THE BABADOOK comes the next Australian genre sensation! An outback zombie film boasting a unique Australian perspective – and starring the inimitable Martin Freeman – the film manages to pack everything from parental obligations to environment conservation to indigenous representation into a lean and thrilling package. So if you like zombie films with brains: this is the ticket! In a desperate bid to outrun a violent pandemic, Andy (Freeman) and Kay (Porter) have holed up on a houseboat with their one year-old daughter, Rosie. When their peaceful river existence is shattered by a violent attack, Andy takes his family ashore to seek help for his badly injured wife. But this decision ends in tragedy when Kay meets a grisly demise and Andy is not only infected himself but left with only 48 hours to find a new guardian for their child, before he transforms into one of the creatures they have fought so long to evade. Umbrella Entertainment have compiled a definitive Blu-ray release of the film that contains two interview featurettes ‘Shaping a Fragile Future’ with the filmmaking duo Yolanda Ramke & Ben Howling and ‘Maternal Combat’ with actress Natasha Wanganeen, additional on-set interviews with cast & crew, a post-screening Q&A with cast & crew, the Tropfest award-winning short that the film is based on and the theatrical trailer. 
Umbrella Entertainment bring the debut feature from visionary filmmaker Alex Proyas (DARK CITY, GODS OF EGYPT) to Blu-ray for the first-time globally. Restored from the original 16mm negatives and loaded with special features including two audio commentary tracks, SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS is the fifth entry in Umbrella’s ever expanding ‘Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film’ line. Set against an overwhelming desert landscape, Felix (Michael Lake) and Betty Crabtree (Rhys Davis) are an eccentric brother and sister living together in an isolated homestead in a post-apocalyptic era. Modern technology is absent, with wheels and gears operating a variety of broken devices to assist their struggle to survive. When they encounter a wandering stranger named Smith (Norman Boyd), their simple lives become tumultuous as the wheel chair bound Felix dreams of flying and Betty believes their new arrival to be a demonic presence – the characters all yearning for escape but seemingly do not know how. Umbrella’s Blu-ray release also contains two interviews, a production featurette, music video and image gallery.
After silence on the local front from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment with regards to a CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON legacy set, Cinema Cult pick-up the slack by releasing the first sequel on Blu-ray for the first-time locally! Having previously survived being riddled with bullets, the Gill-man is captured and sent to the Ocean Harbor Oceanarium in Florida, where he is studied by animal psychologist Professor Clete Ferguson (John Agar) and ichthyology student Helen Dobson (Lori Nelson).
Following a similar fate to CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON with regards to an absence of a local legacy set, Cinema Cult release this INVISIBLE MAN sequel to Blu-ray for the first-time locally. Determined to settle the score after his partners abandoned him during an African expedition, Robert Griffin finds a doctor with the perfect solution — an invisibility potion! Griffin gets his revenge, but there’s a price to pay, and it’s far more than he ever imagined.

Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.