Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

09 January 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with a rich assortment of 2017’s best films and biggest sleepers hitting home entertainment!


Wednesday January 10th
Better late than never, Aussie horror luminary Greg McLean’s THE BELKO EXPERIMENT finally hits home entertainment locally, almost seven months after its US release. Penned by James Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 1 & 2, SLITHER) comes a tale of 80 odd American employees who are tested in a twisted social experiment of bone-crunching horror! Belko Industries, a normally calm workplace, gets a rude awakening when a mysterious voice on the intercom orders them to participate in a ruthless game of kill or be killed in a blood-soaking battle royale at their office building in Bogotá, Colombia. As the terror escalates, so does the body count. Everyone is a competitor and everyday objects become deadly weapons. Let the corporate carnage commence!
Denis Villeneuve (ARRIVAL, SICARIO) serves up the sequel to BLADE RUNNER that no one anticipated and defies expectation by delivering a film that is equal to its predecessor if not possibly better. Appearing on several of our cultists’ Top 10 lists for 2017,  Jarret described this one as “a sensory overload that had…[him] sitting slack-jawed in a cinema for the entire 164 minutes of its runtime”. Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K [Ryan Gosling], unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard [Harrison Ford], a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.
MONSTER FEST 2016 official selection and award-winner (Best Score), the occult ritual horror A DARK SONG hits home entertainment this week. An unholy alliance between two damaged souls leads them on a disturbing descent into the depraved realms of black magic. Sophia (Catherine Walker) is a grieving and desperate woman with a secret. Joseph (Sightseers’ Steve Oram) is an anti-social, alcoholic expert in the occult who reluctantly agrees to help her. Holed up in a remote cabin amidst the desolate wilds of Northern Wales, the two embark on a gruelling six-month series of dark rituals that will push them both to the physical and psychological breaking point. Don’t miss your chance to WIN 1 of 3 A DARK SONG DVDs here!
A witty vampire horror/comedy featuring a whose who of British TV and screen, directed by actor come director Jason Flemyng. In a quiet countryside farmhouse, Britain’s vampires gather for their once-every-fifty-years meeting. Others will be joining them too; Sebastian Crockett, an unwitting Essex boy who thinks he’s on a promise with sexy cougar Vanessa; and a detachment of Special Forces vampire killers who have bitten off more than they can chew. This is certainly going to be a night to remember… and for some of them it will be their last. Before the break of dawn, there will be blood. And corpses. Lots of them. Stay tuned this week as we kickoff a competition to WIN 1 of 3 Blu-ray of EAT LOCALS!
(DVD Only)
The second film this week to release on home entertainment that appeared on several of our Cultists’ Top 10 films of 2017, is Benny Safdie’s heist gone awry escalator, GOOD TIME. It’s just a shame that this visceral thrill-ride will only see a DVD release locally given its striking visual and sonic aesthetic. Robert Pattinson is riveting as a shady petty criminal who lures his intellectually disabled brother (played by Safdie) into a bank heist that quickly goes horribly wrong.
For an actor who announced his retirement from the screen back in 2012, Jackie Chan sure is busy pumping out one actioner after another! A humble London businessman Quan (Chan), whose long-buried past erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when the only person left for him to love — his teenage daughter — is taken from him in a senseless act of politically-motivated terrorism. In his relentless search for the identity of the terrorists, Quan is forced into a cat- and-mouse conflict with a British government official (Brosnan), whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the elusive killers.

Thursday January 11th
Although not genre, we’d be remiss to mention that Steven Spielberg’s first feature for 2018 (READY PLAYER ONE to follow in March), THE POST opens in cinemas this week and given its strong buzz we’re dead keen to check it out! A thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.