The Bloodlust Podcast

128 | The Dead Don't Die


Director/Writer: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Everyone

Rated: R, Runtime: 1 hour 44 min

Released June 14, 2019; Available in Theaters

Synopsis: The story of the Centerville (“A Real Nice Place”) police force, who must deal (or not deal) with a horde of zombies who have overrun their town. The force is lead by Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray) & consists solely of officers Ronnie & Mindy (Adam Driver & Chloe Sevigny). Together with some very colorful citizens they attempt to understand just what has gone wrong in their sleepy burg & whether or not any of them will survive.

Next up, join us around the maypole as we review summer’s most anticipated film, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, and pray that our crops come in this year.

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127 | The Perfection

Director: Richard Shepard

Writers: Richard Shepard, Eric C. Charmelo & Nicole Snyder

Stars: Allison Williams, Logan Browning & Steven Weber

Rated: TV-MA, Runtime: 1 hour 30 min

Released May 24, 2019; Available on Netflix

Synopsis: Two former students at a prestigious music academy, Lizzie, a darling of the music world & Charlotte a has-been who left the profession years back, meet & hit it off instantly. Urged by their mentor, Anton, to perform a duet, the women find they have an intense connection that later leads them to make another connection back at their hotel. From there the two go on a wild ride of drugs, mutilation & revenge that is best not explained to the viewer in advance.

Next up, we’ve got the zombie flick from Jim Jarmusch, The Dead Don’t Die. If you like zombies, star-studded casts, and Jim Jarmusch, you’d be crazy not to check this one out.

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126 | Willow Creek


Writer/Director: Bobcat Goldthwait

Stars: Alexie Gilmore & Bryce Johnson

Rated NR, Runtime: 1 hour 20 min

Released 6/6/2014, Available on Amazon Prime

Jim & Kelly are a young couple who venture out to the titular creek to fulfill Jim’s childhood dream - to visit the site where the famous Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot footage was shot. They film their excursion documentary-style, giving us a taste of the locals, some of whom are less than welcoming. When they start to hear strange noises around their campsite they begin to wonder if it’s the hostile townies or if there’s something more cryptozoological out there with them.

In case you don’t want to go into the comments section for Curt’s strange video recommendation, here you go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Next up, the newest Netflix film to get everybody talking, The Perfection. Watch it with your favorite teacher!

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125 | Body at Brighton Rock


Writer/Director: Roxanne Benjamin

Stars: Karina Fontes, Casey Adams & Emily Althaus

Rated R, Runtime: 1 hour 27 min

Debuted at SxSW March 8, 2019, Released April 26, 2019, Available on demand

Wendy is a junior park ranger at Brighton Rock State park. She’s the kind of girl who can’t seem to get her act together - always late, always losing things, etc etc. When she volunteers to hang flyers on an advanced trail so her friend can flirt with a boy at the info desk, she isn’t taken seriously. That’s because her friends know she’s an “indoor kid” & couldn’t handle the job. Against all logic & good sense Wendy insists on taking the job. Things seem to be going fine, until Wendy realizes she has gotten incredibly lost. While she’s dealing with that she discovers a dead body.

It’s finally springtime, so we at Bloodlust Ventures have decided to review another wilderness movie next. This time it’s going to be 2013’s Willow Creek, a found footage Bigfoot picture that we think is way underseen. It’s available on Prime, so we hope you check it out before the next episode.

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124 | The Field Guide to Evil

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Eight international filmmakers create shorts based on dark folklore from their homelands.

Directors: Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (Austria), Can Evrenol (Turkey), Agnieszka Smoczinska (Poland), Calvin Reeder (US), Yannis Veslemes (Greece), Ashim Ahluwalia (India), Katrin Gebbe (Germany), Peter Strickland (Hungary)

Here’s a link for the website I mention at the end of the episode: The Unseen. Thank you again to our lovely listener/commenters for the tip. The list is very handy, as it’s pretty much every good horror movie that has come out in recent years, plus some serviceable & meh ones. As far as movies we haven’t mentioned on the show, I would recommend Jug Face, Coherence, Honeymoon & Cropsey. Any not mentioned that we should run out & see immediately? Let us know.

Imagine you take a job at a state park and one day, while you’re going about your business through the woods, you stumble across a probable crime scene. Not exactly the start of an awesome summer vacation. Next up, we’ll be watching Body at Brighton Rock, directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound, XX). Join us in a week for our review.

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123 | Pet Sematary


Directors: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

Writers: Matt Greenberg & Jeff Buhler

Synopsis:The Creed family moves to the town of Ludlow Maine so that father Louis can take a cushy job as a doctor at the nearby university & spend more time with his wife & two children. Behind their new house is a place where the local children bury their dead pets. And beyond that is another burial ground, this one an ancient & sinister place where the dead don’t stay buried…

It’s been a while since we’ve watched & reviewed an anthology but next we’ll be reviewing The Field Guide to Evil. With segments directed by Can Evrenol (Baskin), Severin Flala & Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy), and Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure), we should be in for a treat.

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122 | Us

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Director/Writer: Jordan Peele

Synopsis: The Wilson family travels to their vacation home in Santa Cruz for a relaxing getaway, but a trip to the boardwalk brings back painful memories for matriarch Adelaide, who encountered her own doppelganger in the funhouse there when she was a child. Adelaide has been harboring a secret fear that her double is searching for her, & when a group of four strangely familiar people show up in their driveway one evening, she fears that she’s finally been found.

We poopoo remakes but we’re a pretty interested in this one. Next episode, we’ll be reviewing and discussing the remake of Pet Sematary.

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121 | The Hole in the Ground


Director: Lee Cronin

Writer: Lee Cronin and Stephen Shields

Synopsis: Sarah is a young mother who flees a bad marriage with her elementary school aged son, Chris, to a new town & a house at the end of a creepy forest. Chris is upset & confused about why his dad didn’t move with them, & one day he runs from a fight with his mother into the forest. While Sarah is searching for him she runs across the titular hole in the ground, which turns out to be quite the understatement, as it’s fricking enormous. After this discovery, & a run-in with the town crazy lady who “accidentally” ran her son down with her car after claiming he wasn’t really her son, Sarah begins to suspect that Chris has been replaced by a look-alike who came out of the hole.

Next up, Jordan Peele’s much anticipated horror offering, Us. With the huge blowup of Get Out, we have very high expectations for this next one and so far, it sounds like it’s a hit. Join us next time!

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120 | Piercing

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Writer/Director: Nicholas Pesce

Synopsis: A fancy young businessman named Reed leaves his wife & their infant at home one day, ostensibly off to a work trip. His real destination is to a hotel in town, where he’s preparing to enact a long-held fantasy of murdering a woman. He has ordered an escort, & as he waits for her to arrive he runs through his game plan. It seems he’s thought of everything, but he couldn’t have accounted for Jackie, the escort who arrives, & who seems to have some interesting fantasies of her own.

Next up, a new A24 joint that has been drawing comparisons to Hereditary. Join us in two weeks to discuss The Hole in the Ground.

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