Grim Pickings

Cinemas & Home Entertainment this week…

19 September 2018

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with an Eli Roth helmed family fantasy opening in cinemas and one of the decade’s best genre films hitting home entertainment!


Thursday September 20th
Eli Roth, a household name among genre fans, lends his directorial talents to this family-friendly fantasy outing, that’s based on John Bellairs’ beloved 1973 novel of the same name. A little dull, derivative and lacking on the wonderment scale, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALL is not entirely without merit, it’s highly-stylized, moves at a fast enough pace and has the odd funny joke that may please audiences who aren’t familiar with the GOOSEBUMPS or HARRY POTTER franchises. The tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), an orphan who is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan (Jack Black) in a creaky old house. But his new home is far from ordinary and soon reveals a secret world of warlocks and witches. The house is enchanted, and Lewis must join his uncle on a quest to discover the source of a mysterious ticking within its walls.

GHOSTHUNTER (Limited Release)
After its world premiere at Sydney Film Festival earlier this year, Ben Lawrence’s GHOSTHUNTER, has been gathering strong praise and we can attest to the fact that this remarkable and heartfelt documentary is one not to be missed. A western Sydney security guard and part-time ghost hunter, Jason King has spent two decades searching for his absent father. As a survivor of trauma, he seeks to reconcile his fractured memories and piece together his past. When his search converges with a police investigation, an horrific family secret is exposed — forcing him to confront a brutal past in order to reclaim his future.

Friday September 21st
For One Night Only, Monster Fest Presents in association with Madman Films will host special event screenings of MANDY on over thirty-five screens nationwide! MANDY is undoubtably one of the 2018s’ best films and one not to be missed on the big screen, from from its striking cinematography to its engulfing sound design to its gripping narrative, its an epic assault on the senses. Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) and Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough) lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Je-remiah Sand (Linus Roache), Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.


Wednesday September 19th
Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY is to horror what Larry David is to comedy, cringe-inducing in the best way possible! Cliche-adverse, immersive and completely unsettling, HEREDITARY is of the decade’s finest genre films and arguably features Toni Collette’s best performance yet!  When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
JACKASS veteran Johnny Knoxville returns with a feature not too dissimilar to his 2013 film BAD GRANDPA, only unlike its predecessor this film tanked at the overseas box office and is headed to direct to home entertainment locally. D.C. (Knoxville) is the proud proprietor of Action Point, an out-of-control, amusement park where the rides are designed with minimum safety for maximum fun. When a slimy developer schemes to shut down the park, D.C. and his crew of misfits must pull out all the stops to save Action Point. Packed with jaw-dropping gags and bone-crushing stunts, get ready to laugh ’til it hurts!
Loosely based on a stranger than fiction tale, TAG is an oddly paced and somwhat uneven comedy saved by a strong and charismatic cast that includes Ed Helms, John Hamm, Isla Fisher and Hannibal Buress. 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. Roadshow’s Blu-ray release includes eight deleted scenes, a gag reel and a fun featurette with the real people on whom the film is based.

Grim Pickings is written weekly by Jarret Gahan.