125 | Body at Brighton Rock

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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

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

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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.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

119 | Braid

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Writer/Director: Mitzi Peirone

Synopsis: Two women, Petula & Tilda, are on the run from the police after being busted with $80k worth of drugs. They flee to the country, where their childhood friend Daphne still lives alone in an enormous mansion. Daphne’s isolated estate would be the perfect place to hide out for a couple days. What’s even better, there’s a safe chock full of money somewhere in the house, just waiting to be found. The only catch? Daphne is cuckoo bananas, & insists on still playing their old games of make believe & never ever breaking character. Can Petula & Tilda find the safe before Daphne’s games end up killing them?


Next up, we’re hoping Mr. Nicholas The Eyes of My Mother Pesce has given us another winner with his new film, Piercing.

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118 | Possum

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Writer/Director: Matthew Holness

Synopsis: Possum is the name of a puppet, a horrible, abomination of a puppet, who this poor guy named Philip is always trying to lose. Philip arrives back in his home town with Possum in tow, & they return to his childhood home & his uncle(?) Maurice, who has been living there. Philip throws Possum in the trash, leaves him in the woods, etc. etc., but he wakes up in the morning & there he is again, good as new. Is Philip psychotic? Is the puppet an evil monster? And what the hell is up with Maurice?


As promised, here’s the little video Eddie made while watching the movie:

Next up, the gang just remembered it’s Women in Horror month, because fuck is it February already?! Luckily, there’s a new film out that’s made by a woman, has three female leads, & looks VERY interesting. It’s called Braid, & hopefully you’re as intrigued as we are to watch it. It’s available on streaming platforms right meow.

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117 | Glass

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Writer/Director: M Night Shyamalan

Synopsis: Kevin Wendell Crumb’s monstrous personality The Beast is still on the loose, terrorizing Philadelphia. Luckily the city has a hero looking out for them, one who has been dubbed The Overseer. We know him as David Dunne, who has been working in conjunction with his now grown son to keep the streets safe. Of course, the powers that be do not condone vigilante justice, so when The Overseer finally tracks down The Beast their tussle attracts the attention of the authorities, who promptly toss both of them in a mental hospital. Enter Sarah Paulson, a doctor who specializes in the delusion that one is a superhero. She has been given the opportunity to treat her new patients for three days with the goal of getting them to realize they are just ordinary men. But wait! There’s a third party in the mix. Namely, Elijah Price has been a resident of this hospital since we left him at the end of Unbreakable, living in a drug-induced stupor. Now that we have all the ingredients we just mix & serve.


Next up, the gang checks out one of Amy’s favorite films of 2018, the exceedingly weird Possum. Rent it on demand & we’ll see you back here in two weeks to discuss.

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116 | Bird Box

Writer: Eric Heisserer

Director: Susanne Bier

Synopsis: It’s mass chaos when a strange epidemic begins causing people to commit suicide. A very pregnant woman named Mallory (Sandra Bullock) seeks shelter in a house where a group of others are already holed up. Together they attempt to understand what they’re up against - entities so strange & monstrous that one look at them is enough to drive a person insane.

As promised, here’s a glimpse of Mallory’s monster, mercifully cut from the film

As promised, here’s a glimpse of Mallory’s monster, mercifully cut from the film


Next up, the eagerly awaited Glass. Fingers crossed Shyamalan keeps up his hot streak!

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

Other music from https://filmmusic.io by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)