Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…
Grim Pickings this week includes key dates to dismember with genre visionary Leigh Whannell’s sci-fi thrill-ride opening in cinemas while fellow ex-pats the Spierig brothers deliver their latest chiller to home entertainment.
Thursday June 14th
Aussie horror maestro Leigh Whannell, the creative force behind both INSIDIOUS and SAW franchises, reteams with Blumhouse Productions for his latest feature, UPGRADE. Shot in Melbourne, this international production is garnering strong critical praise and rightly so with its Cronenberg gone cyberpunk aesthetic that even manages to elicit the odd nervous laugh with its jet-black humour. After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralysed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall Green, SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will “upgrade” his body. The cure – an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM – gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead. Stay tuned to Cult of Monster this week as we’ll have an exclusive on-camera interview with writer/director Leigh Whannell.
Dropping 14 years after Pixar smash-hit THE INCREDIBLES, animated superhero sequel INCREDIBLES 2 has been hotly anticipated for over a decade. If it can recapture half of the superhero action and family drama dynamic that powered the original, chances are this will be the best family film to see in 2018! Helen (Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
A star-studded comedy which includes the talent of Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, John Hamm and Hannibal Burris (to name just a few), and based on the fascinating true story of a very serious adult game of tag. For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade–risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming… and he’s ready.
Wednesday June 13th
Directed by Australia’s own Spierig brothers, the duo behind genre hits DAYBREAKERS and PREDESTINATION, WINCHESTER is a classic haunted house tale inspired by the famously haunted Winchester house in San Jose, California. Unfairly maligned by critics upon release, WINCHESTER is an effective old school shocker (with some effective scares) that deserves reevaluation in living rooms everywhere. Set on an isolated stretch of land outside of San Francisco where there sits the world’s most haunted house. Seven stories tall with hundreds of rooms, the house has been under construction for decades. But heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook), or for the troubled doctor (Jason Clarke) she has summoned. She is building it as an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts. Blu-ray & DVD include ‘Driven By The Spirits: The Making of Winchester’, a twenty-odd minute featurette on the film with interviews with cast & crew.
TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL
The sixth addition to the beloved TREMOR’s franchise, this title takes the Graboid action to the arctic tundra. Fans of the series after more ass-blasting action won’t be disappointed – as long as they check all other expectations at the door. Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!
JURASSIC PARK: 4 MOVIE COLLECTION
Fans of Spielbergian dinosaur-crunching action have serious cause to rejoice with the release of a box-set containing the first three films for their first time on 4K Ultra-HD! Released to celebrate the series 25th anniversary, this is packed with hours of content including extensive special features. Making this the near-perfect meal to sate audiences hunger for the upcoming JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, regrettably Universal have decided to not include JURASSIC WORLD in this set though it is available individually. JURASSIC PARK Jurassic Park takes you to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators. THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK: It has been four years since the disaster at Jurassic Park and two groups are in a race against time that will determine the fate of the remote island’s prehistoric inhabitants. JURASSIC PARK III: Desperate to find their missing son, Paul Kirby (Macy) and his wife Amanda (Leoni) trick eminent paleontologist Dr Alan Grant (Neill) into accompanying them to Isla Sorna, a second InGen site, eight years after Dr Grant swore never to return to the area of the would-be amusement park built by wealthy misguided visionary, John Hammond. Dinosaurs were smart and sophisticated smarter than primates as Dr Grant knows and his worst fears are realised as the small team embark on what seems an impossible and dangerous task, searching through a deserted island inhabited by ferocious dinosaurs.
Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.