Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…
GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of the fifth film in a major studio genre franchise to the home entertainment arrival of this year’s JAWS…ahem DEEP BLUE SEA.
Thursday December 1st
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
Kate Beckinsale returns for the fifth instalment in the UNDERWORLD franchise, helmed by television director Anna Foerste (OUTLANDER, CRIMINAL MINDS). Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) has been fending off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL (Limited Release)
A little less than a week after its sold-out Victorian premiere at MONSTER FEST, THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL opens in select theatres across the country. After two years running from the law, bushranger Ben Hall has gone into hiding, He is soon drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend, John Gilbert. Reforming the gang and taking on a new recruit John Dunn, the trio begin a spree of robberies and crimes across New South Wales. After the killing of two policemen, the three become the most wanted men in colony. When the Government moves to declare them outlaws that can shot on sight by any person who chooses, Ben Hall makes desperate plans to flee the colony. But with a such a large bounty on their heads, treachery abounds where they least expect it.
THE MENKOFF METHOD
Accomplished Australian screenwriter/cinematographer David Parker returns with his third feature-film, following DIANA & ME and HERCULES RETURNS. David Cork (Lachlan Woods) is a lowly data processor slaving away in the cubicle wasteland of Endo Bank’s notorious Data Processing Centre – the DPC. But his real passion is manga. David dreams of Foxy Chaos, a female superhero created by the great manga artist Takuya Fujimoro. David’s dreams are shattered when a sinister new Human Resources manager arrives at the DPC. Mysterious Russian, Max Menkoff (Noah Taylor), has big plans – and no worker is safe from his “Method”! Corporate intrigue, murder, chaos and office zombies take hold. Only David – in alliance with the brilliant and determined Ruby Jackson from HQ – can stand in Menkoff’s way. But what is the Menkoff Method? And what does it mean for David Cork? The Menkoff Method is part spy movie, part anime, part office comedy – and all heart. A unique comic-book movie with a flavour all its own!
Thursday December 1st
If you like your shark flicks with a tidal wave of MTV style, then this one’s for you! In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.
Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 & 3, VIRAL) bring their CATFISH aesthetic to cinema with NERVE. Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts) is tired of living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee teams up with a sly and charming competitor (Dave Franco) for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as Vee is caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game takes a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading Vee into a high-stakes finale that will determine her entire future.
After the mess and agony caused by BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE earlier this year, it’s actually a relief that Warner are bringing back television’s vintage sixties Batman to the big screen, albeit in animated form and best of all they’ve got Adam West, Burt Ward & Julie Newmar reprising their roles! It’s back to the 1960s as Batman and Robin spring into action when Gotham City is threatened by a quartet of Batman’s most fiendish foes – Penguin, The Joker, Riddler and Catwoman. The four Super-Villains have combined their wicked talents to hatch a plot so nefarious that the Dynamic Duo will need to go to outer space (and back) to foil their arch enemies and restore order in Gotham City. It’s a truly fantastic adventure that will pit good against evil, good against good, evil against evil … and feature two words that exponentially raise the stakes for both sides: Replicator Ray. Holy Multiplication Tables!
SOUTH OF HELL – THE COMPLETE SERIES
From producers Eli Roth & Jason Blum comes a short-lived but highly praised television series with episodes directed by such genre luminaries as Ti West & Jennifer Lynch. Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives here. Something with which 30-year old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of Hell to live on Earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become, and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.