Grim Pickings

Grim Pickings for Cinema & Home Entertainment this week…

08 November 2016

GRIM PICKINGS this week include key dates to dismember with not one but two Amy Adams films in cinemas and the latest Rob Zombie carnage-fest hitting home entertainment.

In Cinemas

Thursday November 10th
Denis Villeneuve, the director behind such gritty outings as SICARIO & PRISONERS takes his first foray into sci-fi with ARRIVAL, ahead of the long gestated BLADE RUNNER sequel that’s tentatively due next year. When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Chalking up a second theatrical release this week, Amy Adams stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal as divorced couple who discover some dark truths about each other and themselves. A haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty and revenge and redemption.

Home Entertainment

Wednesday November 9th
After sold-out event screenings across Australia on Halloween night, Rob Zombie’s 31 arrives home a little over a week and a half later on DVD & Blu-ray. Set in 1976, five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns. With characteristic flair and zero remorse, Rob Zombie’s latest cinematic nightmare is carnage-laced road trip into violence and viscera. Don’t get too attached to anyone or anything, especially body parts in this baby, because all bets are off!
Since premiering earlier this year at SXSW, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER has travelled the international festival circuit to become one of the breakout films of 2016. Filmmaker Billy O’Brien cunningly turns the familiar ordinariness of America’s small-town heartland into a dangerous and wintry other world. Shot on grainy 16mm stock, this is the story of John (Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are). While no stranger to death – having spent much of his time at a funeral home where his mother works – John’s homicidal tendencies are anything but mere teen angst. He uses self-imposed rules to keep them at bay but when a real monster turns up in town, harvesting the organs of its victims, John’s demons prove too strong to ignore.

MONSTER FEST 2015 official selection, THE MIND’S EYE arrives on DVD locally courtesy of Accent Film. On a snowy back road in New England, police harass a drifter, only to be thrown violently through the air by an unseen force. Clearly, they’ve picked the wrong man to hassle. Taken into custody, the loner is identified as Zack Connors, a man with a blessing – and a curse – that makes him of particular interest to the seemingly sympathetic Dr. Slovak, a specialist on Zack’s condition. Zack finds himself in Slovak’s institute alongside others with similar telekinetic abilities, but the doctor’s intentions are quickly found to be diabolical. Struggling to overcome the effects of drugs used to suppress his powers, Zack is desperate to find his friend and fellow psychokinetic Rachel, whom he fears the doctor is keeping captive somewhere in the clinic, torturing her to usurp her power. To save her and his comrades, Zack is forced to unleash his gift, triggering a bloody battle of the minds against Slovak and his telekinetic assassins.
Perfectly timed for the festive season, ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE is the latest entry in the Chrismassacre sub-genre. A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town’s most feared and notorious home. Twenty-two year-old Rachel Kimmel returns home from college just as the carnage begins. What is her connection to the old Garret house and why does it feel like the Santa-Slayer is stalking her?
TIMECOP (Blu-ray)
Thanks to the good folk at Reel DVD we can now appreciate Van Damme taking his trademark splits to new limits in a kitchen in high definition! John-Claude Van Damme stars as a cop working for the Time Enforcement Agency–assigned to prevent time travel and the disastrous consequences that could result from use of this dangerous new technology. But when he discovers that the senator overseeing the agency has been manipulating the past for financial gain, he travels back in time to thwart the senator’s plot . . . and maybe, just maybe alter the thread of history that resulted in his wife’s untimely murder.