movie review

115 | Black Christmas (1974)

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Director: Bob Clark

Writer: A. Roy Moore

Synopsis: A group of sorority girls alone in their sorority house during winter break start receiving creepy, obscene phone calls from some anonymous weirdo. The sorority sisters eventually realize they’re not dealing with some prankster when the calls take a very threatening turn and two women, including one of the sisters, go missing/turn up dead. With a suspected serial killer on the loose and no suspects, will Barb and her sisters live to see Spring Break?!?

Next up, for our first episode of the new year, we’ll be reviewing and discussing the very recent Netflix release, Bird Box. We’ve mentioned the book a few times and Amy even joined our pal Sandra in a discussion of it on Sandra’s podcast, Genre Junkies. The book’s a great (and quick) read so be an overachiever and check out the book and movie before our next episode.

Music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

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


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

112 | Suspiria

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Director: Luca Guadagnino

Writer: David Kajganich

Synopsis: Susie Bannion, a Mennonite from Ohio, arrives in 1977 Berlin to audition at the prestigious Markos Dance Academy, run by her idol, Madame Blanc. When she wows everyone with her preternatural gift for dancing she is offered a spot in the company. Luckily, one has just opened up, as one of the other dancers has mysteriously disappeared. As Susie & Madame Blanc begin to forge a powerful bond, other dancer Sarah begins to suspect that her missing friend might not have been delusional when she said the teachers were a coven of witches.

Music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

111 | Halloween


Director: David Gordon Green

Writer: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley

Synopsis: This Halloween picks up 40 years after the babysitter murders that killed Laurie Strode’s friends & left her permanently altered. Her coping mechanism turned out to be ultra preparedness, much to the chagrin of her daughter, who she brought up basically as a doomsday prepper. Daughter Karen now thinks of grizzled old Laurie as an embarrassment, & encourages her teenage daughter Allyson to stay away from her. But when a grey haired Michael Myers escapes from a transport bus (AGAIN), guess who comes running to granny & her panic room?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dying to find out what a remake of Suspiria by Luca Guadagnino could possibly even look like. Well wonder no more, because the time is finally upon us. Go check out the new Suspiria & meet us back here in two weeks to discuss.

Music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud