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Monstrum Blu-ray, DVD and digital

CREATURE feature merging martial arts madness with fantastic folklore, Monstrum is brimming with warrior action, cinematic beauty - and of course - a giant furry monster. Helmed by South Korean director and co-writer, Huh Jong-ho, Monstrum is set for its UK Blu-ray and DVD debut from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder, on 4 October 2021 and will also be available on digital.

16th Century South Korea: The plague terrorises villagers and fear runs rampant in the streets. When rumours of a fabled and ferocious beast roaming Mount Inwangsan begin to spread, fear soon turns to panic. To quell the rising terror, King Jungjong (Hee-soon Park - The Scam) brings his most trusted general, Yoon-gyeom (Myung-Min Kim - Six Flying Dragons) back from retirement to hunt the monstrous Monstrum - which threatens both palace and people.

Joined by royal court officer Heo (Woo-sik Choi - Parasite), his daughter Myeong (Hyeri Lee - Record of Youth), and loyal right-hand man Seong-han (In-kwon Kim - My Way), Yoon-gyeom embarks on a quest to find the legendary monster.

More than a simple tale of man versus beast, Monstrum considers the origins of myths and murderous monsters. Is the creature real... or a figment of mass imagination?



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ACORN TV OCTOBER 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

4 October: JACK IRISH SERIES 3 UK PREMIERE STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

Emmy Award-winning, Hollywood star Guy Pearce (Memento, Mildred Pierce) reprises his iconic role as Jack Irish - a former criminal lawyer, part-time debt collector and private investigator with a penchant for getting caught up in things he shouldn't - for an unmissable final series of the critically acclaimed Australian noir which gets its UK premiere and streaming exclusive on Acorn TV.

The explosive four-part finale delves deep into Jack's past and leaves him questioning everything he thought he knew about his life, bringing him face-to-face with an antagonist more personal and destructive than he has ever encountered. Joining Pearce once again are his trusty cohorts: Marta Dusseldorp as journalist Linda Hillier, Roy Billing as Harry Strang and Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray.

Striking painfully close to home, Jack's obsession with unlocking the secrets of the past put him in risk of losing, not only the promise of a future with his young son, but completely losing himself.

11 October: MISS FISHER'S MURDER MYSTERIES SERIES 2

The fabulously glamorous and stylish smash-hit detective drama based on Kerry Greenwood's popular book series returns for a second series with Essie Davis (The Babadook, True History of the Kelly Gang) as Miss Phryne Fisher, lady detective extraordinaire, who is perfectly at home wielding a pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit on the backstreets of 1920s Melbourne.

Packed full of style and intrigue, Phryne is on the case investigating more murder mysteries: when a prostitute is murdered, she must perfect her fan dance to go undercover at a gentlemen's club and contend with ghostly goings on when a message from beyond the grave leads the death of a war veteran. There's also a case of buried treasure and pirate legends that bubble to the surface in a seaside holiday town when dead bodies wash up on the beach. Can Miss Fisher solve the crimes in her inimitable way?

25 October: MY LIFE IS MURDER SERIES 2 (Complete box set)

Two episodes per week from 4 Oct - episode 3 - 10

Award-winning actress Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks and Recreation) returns as Alexa Crowe, a retired cop turned intrepid private investigator in this entertaining New Zealand mystery series. The second series of this Acorn original gets its UK premiere exclusively on Acorn TV, and features a stellar line-up of guests including screen legend William Shatner (Star Trek), Strictly's Bill Bailey (Black Books) and Xena co-star Renee O'Connor (Ark).

Alexa finds herself back in her New Zealand for the first time in years and can't say no when asked to investigate a bizarre unsolved murder. She's once again joined again by her partner-in-crime-solving, Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans) as well as series newcomers, the charismatic detective Harry (Rawiri Jobe) and cafe owner Reuben (Joe Naufahu, Game of Thrones). This series finds Lucy investigating the death of a drag queen, a museum curator's murder, the mysterious demise of an ambitious young winemaker and a very cold case of a chef found dead in his walk-in freezer. Can she endure a survival expert murder case and help in the death of a self-help guru?



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Good Grief

You'll be dying with laughter as Good Griefthe latest comedy sensation from New Zealand, hits UK TV on 30 September with its premiere exclusively on Sundance Now via Amazon Prime.

With a second series already commissioned, the laugh-out loud six-part series, which originally aired on TZNZ, comes to the UK and follows the lives, loves, deaths and disasters of two differing sisters who are thrown together when they inherit their late grandad's funeral parlour.

A new comedy force to be reckoned with, real life sisters Eve and Grace Palmer take the leads and also co-write this cleverly observed, brilliantly wry series that chimes perfectly with the current run of outstanding comedies championing strong female talent. Channelling Six Feet Under themes with Stath Lets Flats and This Country humour, this fish-out-of-water comedy series might just be the funniest show to come out of the country since Flight of the Conchords.

With no idea how to run a funeral home - or the oddball staff that work there - Ellie (Eve Palmer, Jawbone) and Gwen Good (Grace Palmer, Shortland Street) are thrust into a world of embalming, emceeing, and extreme embarrassment. Recently fired from her teaching career, Ellie starts to warm to the job, while all Gwen wants to do is escape to Bali and become a DJ. But facing death every day gives Ellie and Gwen the chance to reassess their own lives and out of the sadness they face comes laughs aplenty.

The series deftly blends tragedy and comedy and features stand-out performances from a stellar case including Vinnie Bennett (Fast & Furious 9), Josh Thomson (The New Legends of Monkey), Sophie Hambleton (Westside), Lucy Wigmore (Shortland Street) and Bree Peters (Sweet Tooth).

Good Grief, Season 1 is co-created and co-written by Eve and Grace Palmer along with co-creator/co-writer Nick Schaedel, directed by Kiel McNaughton (The Legend of Baron To'a, My Life is Murder), produced by Angela Cudd (I Am Waru) and Kerry Warkia (Vai, Waru). Season 2 has been co-commissioned by AMC Networks' IFC and Sundance Now from Kiel McNaughton and Kerry Warki's Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Ltd.

Sundance Now UK, the AMC Networks' streaming service available as an Amazon Prime add on.



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Violation

The critically acclaimed Violation sees Madeline Sims-Fewer in lead role as well as writer and co-director alongside Dusty Mancinelli in their big-screen writing and directorial debut. This daring and disturbing film is set to arrive on Blu-ray and digital in the UK from Acorn Media International in conjunction with Shudder on 27 September 2021.

Madeline Sims-Fewer gives a multi-faceted and highly compelling performance alongside Anne Maguire (The Hummingbird Project) and Obi Abili (21 Bridges, Billions) in this darkly enthralling, unsettling rape revenge-thriller.

With her marriage about to implode, Miriam (Sims-Fewer) returns to her hometown in remote Canada to to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister (Maguire) and brother-in-law (Jesse LaVercombe). But one evening, a seemingly tiny error of judgement, leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, devastated and reeling. Believing her sister to be in danger, Miriam feels she must protect her at all costs, but the price of revenge is high and she is about to unravel emotionally and psychologically.

What follows is unflinching in its exploration and portrayal of one women looking for retribution.

Violation displays the depths of depravity which humans will go to try and overcome grief and turmoil.



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The Power

Feel The Power the chillingly poignant and shocking Shudder Original from rising star Corinna Faith in her writing and directorial debut. The film is set for its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International on 27 September 2021 and will also be available on DVD and digital.

Rose Williams (Sanditon, Reign) pulls out all the stops in a compelling, complex performance alongside Amy Beth Hayes (Black Mirror, Bridgerton) and Emma Rigby (Castlevania, Prisoners' Wives) in this spine-tingling, terrifying horror.

January, 1974. In the midst of the UK blackouts, a newly trained nurse, Val (Williams), starts her first job in an old hospital in London's East End and is instructed to cover the 'darkshift'. Inexperienced and afraid of the dark, Val is forced to confront childhood trauma and abuse as she battles the evil entity haunting the hospital and lurking in the places that never see light.

With wounded patients in need of care, a suspected possession, and rampant racism and misogyny, can Val survive the night?

Switch on The Power and feel the fear.



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Between Waves

Dive into Between Waves, a visually stunning sci-fi love story that will take your breath away. From director Virginia Abramovich this enthralling new feature will be making waves on digital as its premieres this September from Reel 2 Reel Films.

When Isaac (Luke Robinson - The Boys), the love of Jamie's (Fiona Graham - Muscle, Looking For Kathleen) life mysteriously disappears, she is devastated. Finding a notebook and a map he left, with a message asking her to take the trip they had planned to take together, she is haunted by what it means. Embarking on the journey alone, she ventures to the island of Sao Miguel in search of her beau, to find answers and closure.

As she gets closer to the solving the mystery, she is forced to reflect on the part she played in what happened. Her search takes her to multiple universes and secrets she has long buried start to come to the surface. Crossing parallel planes for Isaac, how far will she go before she's in too deep?

Get lost Between Waves, a hauntingly beautiful cinematic sci-fi.



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Paranormal Activity

In 2009 a low-budget horror arrived with little fanfare and quickly become a demonic force to be reckoned with, growing into an international horror phenomenon...that film wasParanormal Activity. Scaring the living daylights out of audiences the world over and spawning many a sequel, this monster of a horror hit makes the most mundane into the most terrifying film of its time, and is now set for the Limited Edition Blu-ray treatment, from expert in the field, Second Sight Films.

Director Oren Peli's chiller became one of the most talked about horror films of the 21st century, going on to earn its place as one of the horror greats and redefining the found footage genre, it now gets a hauntingly brilliant new high-def release on 20 September 2021. The box set comes in a rigid, slipcase with new artwork by James Neal plus a book featuring brand new essays and collectors' art cards, it also contains a slew of special features including audio commentaries, new cast and director interviews, an alternative ending and The Festival Cut ending.

A young couple, played with elan by Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, move into a new home in the suburbs, but all is not well and they soon become convinced that it's haunted by a demonic presence. In the hope of finding evidence they set a video camera up in their bedroom to film the room as they sleep. What they record is more terrifying than they could ever have imagined.

Paranormal Activity 'hit the bull's-eye of a particular cultural and cinematic zeitgeist' (The Fright File), you'll definitely want this Limited Edition Blu-ray in your possession.



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Belzebuth

Pray for mercy, evil has risen in Emilio Portes' Belzebuth, a chilling Shudder Original gore-fest that descends to the depths of hell. The film is set for its UK Blu-ray debut from Acorn Media International on 13 September 2021 and will also be available on DVD and digital.

Horror legend, Saw's Tobin Bell (Mississippi Burning) stars alongside Narcos: Mexico star Joaquin Cosio (Quantum of Solace) and Tate Ellington (Sinister 2) in this darkly disturbing, gruesome Mexican/English film that will strike the fear of God into you.

After the loss of his own child, Special Agent Emmanuel Ritter (Cosio) is called in to lead an investigation into a spate of deeply disturbing deaths involving young children. Things take an ominous turn when a former Vatican priest (Bell) is enlisted to help. When he uncovers a link to an ancient demon - the most evil one of all - the descent into twisted terror begins.

Belzebuth is a dark, terrifying new work of demonic possession.



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