Grim Pickings for Home Entertainment & Streaming this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the home entertainment arrival of Universal Pictures’ challenger to Warner’s THE CONJURING franchise to an all-you-can-binge on suburban cannibal comedy via streaming.
Wednesday February 8th
OUIJA: ORGINS OF EVIL
The second outing for Universal Pictures answer to Warner’s THE CONJURING franchise arrives on DVD & Blu-ray loaded with special features including a commentary track, deleted scenes and much more. It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale in 1967 Los Angeles. A widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.
HELL OF HIGH WATER
The brilliant teaming of screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (SICARIO) and director David Mackenzie (STARRED UP) results in one of the finest slow-burn thrillers in years and easily one of the best films of 2016…in fact it was No.5 in Jarret’s Top 10 of 2016. After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a murderous showdown looms.
INTRUDER (DVD Only)
Travis Zariwny, the director responsible for the 2016 CABIN FEVER reboot returns with his revolving door cast of talent including Teresa Decher & Louise Linton for the home invasion suspense horror, INTRUDER. A young woman’s quiet night in becomes a free-fall into fear in this disturbing home invasion thriller. After she lands her dream job, a young cellist settles in for a relaxing few days holed up in her apartment-but as a violent storm rages outside, she can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her every move. Cleverly toying with the rules of suspense, Cabin Fever director Travis Z wrings maximum terror from everyone’s worst nightmare: you may not be alone. For our more eagle-eyed viewers, keep those peepers peeled for former-EDM heavyweight Moby in the film! Stay tuned as we may or may not be kicking off a competition tomorrow where you can win yourself a copy!
ELIMINATORS (DVD Only)
WWE Studios, the production company responsible for ELIMINATORS is fast becoming a powerhouse of quality DTV entertainment, releasing a total of nine features last year and with five scheduled already for this year! Martin Parker (Scott Adkins), a highly trained former DEA agent, is hiding in the witness protection program in London with his young daughter, Carly. His world is turned upside down when a group of thugs break into his home looking for hidden contraband. Parker is forced to kill the intruders, which exposes his true identity to the criminal underworld, including mob boss, Chris Cooper, who is Parker’s arch-enemy as well as ex-father-in-law. Cooper sends his top assassin, Bishop (WWE Superstar Wade Barrett), to kill Parker, while Cooper tracks down Parker’s daughter. Parker, now on the run, must defeat Bishop while simultaneously trying to keep his daughter out of the deadly clutches of her grandfather.
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
If you like your comedy light on laughs and unnecessarily long then KEEPING UP WITH JONSES might just be for you. Go deep undercover in this hilarious action-comedy with an all-star cast including Zach Galifi anakis, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher and Gal Gadot. An ordinary suburban couple fi nds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses—their impossibly attractive and ultrasophisticated new neighbours— especially when they discover Mr. and Mrs. Jones are covert spies embroiled in international espionage.
SANTA CLARITA DIET (Netflix)
Not since Dave (CAT SICK BLUES) Jackson’s largely unseen anthology horror from 2008, CANNIBAL SUBURBIA have we witnessed so much…well, cannibalism in suburbia. SANTA CLARITA DIET is the brainchild of famed television series writer/producer, Victor Fresco (BETTER OFF TED, MY NAME IS EARL) and stars a-listers, Drew Barrymore & Timothy Olyphant. They’re ordinary husband and wife realtors until she undergoes a dramatic change that sends them down a road of death and destruction…in a good way. SANTA CLARITA DIET is now streaming in its entirety globally via NETFLIX, praise be for NETFLIX, for now we binge.