Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

02 May 2017

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of one of this year’s most anticipated horror films while home entertainment sees a slew of genre flicks hit Blu-ray & DVD!

In Cinemas

Thursday May 4th
Since its theatrical opening in the US back in late February, GET OUT has maintained a 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which no mean feat for any film particularly a genre one. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of THE VISIT, INSIDIOUS series and THE GIFT) and the mind of Jordan Peele (KEY & PEELE) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

It’s not often that a New Zealand film gets a remake (we’re still waiting on that previously announced American HOUSEBOUND remake), let alone by Kiwis themselves but that’s the case with PORK PIE, being a refresh of the 1980 feature, GOODBYE PORK PIE.  PORK PIE tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of the New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media frenzy hot in their pursuit.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday May 3rd
After taking out Best International Feature at last year’s MONSTER FEST, filmmaker André Øvredal’s THE AUTOPY OF JANE DOE went on to earn its place in many genre aficionados Top 10 of 2016 (including Monster Pictures’ own Neil Foley) and rightfully so, it’s easily one of the best genre features to emerge in recent years. A family has been massacred in their own house, the setting of a grisly crime in small-town Virginia. Hidden in the basement, the partially buried body of a murdered woman is discovered. Drawn into the mysterious case, coroner Tony Tilden (Brian Cox, The Bourne Identity) and his son Austin (Emile Hirsch, Milk) conduct an otherwise routine late-night autopsy on the unidentified corpse. But as the night crawls on, the autopsy becomes more complex than they ever imagined and the two men discover less about the victim and more about their own primal fears. Trapped in their own basement, haunted by the many creepy apparitions that penetrate the darkness and surrounded by the evil unknown, the coroners will need more than a simple scalpel to survive this night of visceral terror.
Known under a host of alternate titles such as THE PARASITE MURDERS and THEY CAME FROM WITHIN!, SHIVERS is the startling feature-length debut from visionary filmmaker David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as VIDEODROME & THE FLY. Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), SHIVERS is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre s most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock. Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.
The 1967 Amicus horror anthology, TORTURE GARDEN makes its international high-definition debut locally courtesy of Via Vision Entertainment this week. Legendary cinematographer Freddie Francis (THE ELEPHANT MAN, CAPE FEAR) directs this horror anthology written by Robert Bloch (PSYCHO) that features a cast to die for: Jack Palance, Burgess Meredith, Peter Cushing, Beverly Adams and John Standing. Meredith frames each of the stories as the malevolent Dr. Diabolo, a con artist who might well have some real sinister powers as he entices patrons into his haunted house fairground attraction where he promises a glimpse into their futures. Beware the shears of destiny. For your chance to WIN 1 of 3 TORTURE GARDEN on Blu-ray, hit up our competition here!

Making its local high-def debut this week is IDLE HANDS, what’s more it ports across special feature content from the now OOP Sony Pictures DVD (unlike its US counterpart released by Image Entertainment) and features all-new exclusive kick-ass artwork by Umbrella Entertainment’s senior designer, Simon Sherry. Life in the loser lane is one lazy trip for seventeen year-old slacker Anton Tobias (Devon Sawa, Final Destination). He dreams of living on his couch all day long, watching TV and being served by a gorgeous goddess. But when he wakes up on Halloween morning to discover both of his parents have been turned into headless Halloween decorations, life becomes a little more animated and considerably more grisly. After speaking to his equally irresponsible friends, Mick (Seth Green, Austin Powers in Goldmember) and Pnub (Elden Henson, Daredevil), Anton discovers that his right hand has a tendency to wreak havoc without his authority, keen to kill, maim or harm anything and everything within grasp. Unable to control himself or his hand, Tobias will need all the help he can get to overcome this crazy spell and with any luck regain the upper hand, before anyone else falls prey to his macabre ways.