In Cinemas & on Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of the most highly anticipated horror film of 2017 while home entertainment delivers of one of the year’s most maligned genre efforts!
Thursday September 1st
Based on Stephen King’s best-selling 1986 novel comes the most highly anticipated horror film of 2017. We caught a sneaky preview screening mid-last week and can confirm that it’s got the goods, prepare to float cause you’re in for a treat, this is the edgiest studio genre film in well over a decade! For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown.
THE MIMIC (Limited Release)
From South Korea comes a mythical horror from acclaimed filmmaker Jung Hu (HIDE AND SEEK). A woman whose son is missing takes in a young girl she finds near Mt. Jang – a mysterious mountain where there appears to have existed a mythical creature which mimics the sound of humans.
Wednesday September 6th
BEDEVILED (DVD Only)
Ever downloaded a killer app? Well the supernatural tech-horror, BEDEVILED is the film for you! In this terrifying horror for the digital generation, five teenagers receive an invite to download a Siri-like app. Once they accept, the app – which calls itself Mister Bedevil – begins to torment each of them, tapping into their deepest, darkest fears. Now, this terrified group of friends must work together if they want any chance of stopping this malevolent force before it goes viral. Stay tuned to Cult of Monster this week for an exclusive GIVEAWAY!
THE MUMMY (2017)
Universal Pictures’ latest incarnation of THE MUMMY comes as an ambitious reboot of their classic Universal Monsters legacy now dubbed ‘Dark Universe’. While this first entry is a far cry from the time-honoured franchise and received less than favourable reviews from critics and (some) audiences, we didn’t mind it, leave your brain by the bedside, head to the living room, jump on the couch and have some fun with Tom Cruise! Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.
DARK AGE (Blu-ray Only)
Umbrella Entertainment unleash the Antony I. Ginnane produced 1987 creature-feature, DARK AGE to Blu-ray this week loaded with special features! A classic tale of terror from the golden age of Aussie exploitation, DARK AGE features outback stalwart John Jarratt (WOLF CREEK) as Northern Territory wildlife ranger Steve Harris, a stoic survivor charged with conserving the ever diminishing crocodile population from encroaching hunters, hell-bent on destruction of the species. Faced with formidable opposition from gung-ho hunter John Besser (Max Phipps, Mad Max 2), Steve is joined by girlfriend Cathy (Nikki Coghill, THE TIME GUARDIAN) and sets out to relocate a giant crocodile to a breeding ground sanctuary, well out of harm’s way. Aided by expert tracker Oondabund (Burnam Burnam, GROUND ZERO) and Adjaral (David Gulpilil, THE TRACKER) the intrepid foursome risk life and limb in a terrifying journey that will test their nerves and transform the tranquil Territory waters into a raging red torrent of death.
Umbrella Entertainment’s second local Blu-ray debut this week comes in the form of Sidney J. Furie’s 1982 spectral scare-fest, THE ENTITY and what’s more this release features two exclusive featurettes produced by Melbourne’s Cinemaniacs. Academy Award nominee Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother who, one terrible night is raped in her bedroom by someone or something that she cannot see. Met with sceptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific? Now, with a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce, trap and ultimately capture the depraved spectral fury that is THE ENTITY.
WEINER DOG (DVD Only)
From filmmaker Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, DARK HORSE), WIENER-DOG is a dark, starkly funny story of a single dog and the many different people she touches over her short lifetime. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip. After leaving Dawn, Wiener-Dog encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more. Solondz’s perversely dark comedy offers an appallingly honest look at the American experience, brought to life by its all-star cast.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS (DVD Only)
Filmmaker Dee McLachlan (THE JAMMED) helms this Aussie horror in the vein of INSIDIOUS & THE CONJURING. Unaware of its dark and sinister history, a detective and his pregnant wife move into their dream home, sparking a chain of events destined to haunt them beyond their wildest nightmares. Fearing their baby is being tormented by a supernatural force they seek the help of a renegade demonologist who must investigate the past to save the family.
Grim Pickings is taking a month’s break whilst cultist Jarret takes a long hard rest doing what he does best…watching movies!