Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with 2018’s most promising mainstream horror film hitting cinemas while home entertainment delivers a day of the dead extravaganza that would bring a tear to even Bub’s eye!
Thursday April 5th
A QUIET PLACE
Originally scheduled to premiere in May, this much-anticipated horror film (directed by THE OFFICE’s JOHN KRASINSKI and starring both him and his real-life wife, EMILY BLUNT) drew plenty of attention for its intriguing premise and promising trailer! Early buzz also indicates it could be the natural successor to THE BABADOOK and THE WITCH – here’s hoping it lives up to the comparisons. A family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
If the trailer for this Chinese found-footage horror is anything to go by, this offers a mash-up of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY style jolts and the terrors of classical Chinese folklore. When two documentary students venture into a small rural village, they witness a local “soul restoring” ceremony. Upon investigation, they’re introduced to an exorcist who educates them on the exorcisms performed throughout the village’s history.
This tense, family driven drama about a father and son trying to survive in the harsh wilderness has drawn been given a lot of its praise for its low-key, realistic thrills and the strength of its central father-son bond. When a city teen travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father, the trip becomes a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.
Wednesday April 4th
DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: THE NEW BATCH
An unbelievable collection of remastered trailers from the glory days of exploitation cinema! Dripping with violence, sex appeal and schlock, this constitutes a veritable assault on the senses – in other words, it’s definitely worth a look at! Just when you thought that you’d seen every pulse-pounding, blood-drenched, flesh-filled scrap of trailer trash comes this third stupefying serving of mind-numbing, skull-splitting retro movie madness! Bulging with over 6 hours of non-stop sex, violence, vehicle destruction and cockamamie cosmic carnage – Drive In Delirium: The New Batch is a rip-roaring, off-road, high-def ruckus that proudly programs your Blu-Ray player to detonate!
This Australian thriller from the producer of WOLF CREEK offers another example of a romantic getaway turning into a violent struggle against a psychopath. Based on that description, the film doesn’t do much to distinguish itself – though, then again, Australian cinema does have a history of doing this story particularly well. Carrie is in love with her new fiancé Vincent, a handsome and successful author. Vincent is besotted with Carrie, she’s everything he’s ever dreamed of. However, he’s harbouring a dark secret from his past and on top of that he’s experiencing a series of strange daily occurrences. It’s almost as if someone is following his every move. Who’s following him? And what do they want? When Vincent asks Carrie on a romantic weekend away to celebrate their engagement, cracks start appearing that threaten their happy and secure relationship. And maybe even their lives.
Brian Yuzna’s body-horror classic is back in local circulation albeit on DVD only! SOCIETY remains a striking and confronting film that should have pride of place on the shelves of horror fans everywhere… own it or less the be shunt! Billy Whitney (Billy Warlock), a model rich kid and prefect at the Beverley Hills Academy who enjoys rubbing oil into his girlfriend around the pool, is inexplicably embroiled in a spiralling web of fear and paranoia, a surreal, psychotic world that is fast becoming a nightmare. This release contains an audio commentary track with filmmaker Brian Yuzna and the film’s original theatrical trailer.
Another classic offering from Pixar, COCO offers perhaps the most vibrant and beautiful interpretation of the afterlife ever seen in cinema! Visually inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, the film offers breath-taking beauty alongside an emotionally impactful narrative guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings of children and adults alike. Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. 4K Ultra-HD & Blu-ray releases include an audio commentary, deleted scenes, trailers and more featurettes than we could count.