Grim Pickings

In Cinemas & on Home Entertainment this week…

10 October 2017

GRIM PICKINGS this week includes key dates to dismember with the theatrical release of the GROUNDHOG DAY of horror films while home entertainment delivers the latest from filmmaker Christopher Smith (TRIANGLE, SEVERANCE).

In Cinemas

Thursday October 12th
Get ready for the GROUNDHOG DAY of horror with HAPPY DEATH DAY, the latest from Blumhouse Productions (GET OUT, THE PURGE, SPLIT). A college student (Jessica Rothe, LA LA LAND) relives the day of her murder over and over with both unexceptional details and a terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Morgan Griffin & Xavier Samuel, the leads of last year’s beyond-underwhelming SPIN OUT (those two words alone now cause an inner-rage in cultist Jarret), return to play opposite one another in Aussie thriller, BAD BLOOD. At Cult of Monster we’re all about second chances so we’ll give Morgan & Xavier the benefit of the doubt on this one as the synopsis has genuinely piqued our interest. Carrie (Morgan Griffin, SAN ANDREAS) is in love with her new fiancé Vincent (Xavier Samuel), a handsome and successful author. Vincent is besotted with Carrie, she’s everything he’s ever dreamed of. However, he’s harbouring a dark secret from his past and on top of that he’s experiencing a series of strange daily occurrences. It’s almost as if someone is following his every move. Who’s following him? And what do they want? When Vincent asks Carrie on a romantic weekend away to celebrate their engagement, cracks start appearing that threaten their happy and secure relationship. And maybe even their lives.

Cultists Neil & Grant have both caught GOOD TIME recently and they’ve both expressed that it’s one of their favourite films of 2017 thus far, if that isn’t enough of a sell we’ve also heard it likened to both MIXED BLOOD & AFTER HOURS! After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail.


Wednesday October 11th
Holding the rarest of honours, a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, CHICKEN PEOPLE is a documentary that seems too strange to be true and is more akin to a Christopher Guest film than any other documentary we’ve ever seen! Chicken may be just food for most people, but raising the perfect chicken is an all-consuming passion for some. Chicken People takes a charming and fascinating look at the colourful and hugely competitive world of champion show chicken breeders. A real life “Best in Show” – but about chickens – the film follows the struggles and triumphs of both humans and their chickens on the road to compete at the Ohio National Poultry Show, considered the Westminster of Chickens.
A stylish neo-noir from filmmaker Christopher Smith (TRIANGLE, SEVERANCE) that as the title suggests features the odd twist and turn in its narrative construct. After a drunken night, over-privileged law student, Harper (Tye Sheridan, SCOUT’S GUIDE TO ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE) finds out he has mistakenly hired hitman Johnny Ray (Emery Cohen, BROOKLYN) to murder his stepfather Vincent (Stephen Moyer, TRUE BLOOD). Harper tries to renege but with no way out he embarks on a dark journey with Johnny and his partner in crime Cherry (Bel Powley).
Based on the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier (REBECCA), this will mark the second big screen adaptation of MY COUSIN RACHEL, a mystery romance with heavy gothic leanings. A dark and layered romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious and beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian.  His feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling helplessly and obsessively in love with her.