Netflix Presents

114 | Annihilation

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Director: Alex Garland

Writer(s): Alex Garland (screenplay), Jeff VanderMeer (novel)

Synopsis: Lena (Natalie Portman) is a cell biologist & former soldier who is struggling to move on after the year-long disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac), a current soldier on a top secret mission. When he walks into their bedroom suddenly with no memory of how he got there & then just as suddenly starts to violently convulse, Lena is swept up into the secret mission. She & her dying husband are taken to a base overlooking an ecological anomaly that defies characterization, & soon a shocked but determined Lena has joined a team on an expedition into the dangerous zone from which her husband is the only one out of dozens to have returned.


It’s the (alleged) most wonderful time of the year, so our last episode of 2018 is going to be holiday-themed. Hopefully you’ve seen this slasher gem already, but if not, get thyself a copy of the original Black Christmas post haste. We’ll meet you back here in two weeks to talk about it.


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

Other music this episode by Blank & Kytt, Mid-Air Machine, Bodysurfer and Asura. Check them out on the Free Music Archive

113 | Cam

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Director: Daniel Goldhaber

Writers: Isa Mazzei

Synopsis: Alice (Madeline Brewer) is an ambitious young woman who has been rising in the ranks of cam girls on a popular adult website while trying to find the right way to tell her mother what her well-paying new job in “web design” really entails. She has built up a group of repeat customers who enjoy her theatrical shows as well as the illusion that she is in a special relationship with them. One day Alice attempts to sign onto the site & finds that she’s locked out & her email is no longer associated with her account. But what’s worse, when she finds that her account is live & checks it out, she’s horrified to see herself staring back at her, in her own room. Who is doing this to her, & why??


We’re getting into December, folks, which can only mean one thing - best of the year lists are coming. We at Bloodlust Ventures want to make sure you’re properly prepared, so we’re circling back to a movie from early in 2018 that is sure to be on a lot of lists. Be sure to check out Annihilation if you haven’t already, & join us back here in two weeks to discuss. Bonus points if you’ve read the book & have listened to Genre Junkies’s awesome episode about it.


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

All other music this episode by Mid-Air Machine. Check them out on the Free Music Archive

93 | The Ritual

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Director: David Bruckner

Writers: Joe Barton & Adam Nevill (novel)

Synopsis: Following a terrible tragedy, four friends decide to continue their group’s planned hiking trip through the virtually untouched wilderness of Sweden. However, when weather and injury force them to take a shortcut through the woods, the group soon realizes they’re being hunted by a sinister presence.

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


Do you enjoy haunted houses/forests? Would you enjoy them as much if the workers trapped you inside coffins? Shoved vomit in your face? If this sounds bananas to you, join the club. Next time you hear from us, we'll be reviewing Haunters: The Art Of The Scare, which covers this exact topic. Haunters is currently streaming on Netflix US.

84 | Gerald's Game

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Director: Mike Flanagan

Writers: Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard (based on novel by Stephen King)

Synopsis: Jessie Burlingame & her husband Gerald travel to their secluded lake house for a romantic getaway to rekindle the spark in their stale relationship. Gerald has brought some handcuffs along to spice things up, but when he suffers a heart attack & collapses after locking Jessie up, she is forced to endure a hallucinatory nightmare.


Next up, we’ll finally be reviewing Better Watch Out. So you’d better watch out...for our next episode.