We check out one of the most important genre film fests and review the buzzed-about “Lovely, Dark, and Deep” and “Sympathy for the Devil”.
We begin, as always, with talk of the latest horror headlines.
The show starts with us talking about what it seems everyone is talking about, Barbie. It has been a strange year at the box office, and Greta Gerwig’s latest release surpassed expectations in a record-breaking opening.
The question becomes, what can stop it? It may not be until the October release of The Exorcist: Believer. The trailer sure looks awesome.
Then it’s on to our featured new movie reviews, featuring a couple of hotly anticipated genre films out of Fantasia.
Fantasia is the biggest genre film fest in North America, and each edition has some great offerings. This year is no different as it not only boasts some of the most exciting indie films of 2023 but there is also a focus on South Korean cinema.
We start our look at Fantasia with the latest movie starring Georgina Campbell.
How good is Lovely, Dark, and Deep? The great acting and setting alone make it one of the best of the year. The cinematography is also fantastic, but the story truly sets it apart. It is not very often you see a movie that is so good that it actually makes you jealous.
Nicolas Cage as Dracula is awesome enough, but his possibly playing the Devil may be the greatest casting choice ever. Sympathy for the Devil definitely has its twist and surprises, but not all of them are good.
We talk about what we like about it and what it did to disappoint us.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Last week, we talked about Cobweb, one of the more interesting horror movies of the year, featuring a pair of strong performances and a pair of twists that work to varying degrees.
ABOUT THIS PODCAST:
Every week AIPT Movie Editor Nathaniel Muir and his cinema partner in crime Blake Heath discuss indie and genre movies you have have never heard of, the ones you cannot hear enough about, and the ones you never want to hear about again.
Last week came some stunning news that seems to have crippled the Scream franchise – at least for the time being. What does the future hold for one of horror’s most iconic series? Perhaps even more stunning has been the success of Blumhouse Five Nights at Freddy’s. Against the odds, it has become the studio’s highest grossest movie of all time. We also talk about the Nosferatu adaptation from Robert Eggers.
Over the course of 250 episodes, there has been no more appropriate title than 2010’s No Reason. Graphic depictions of oral sex and babies being shot in the head are just a taste of what this extreme horror film has in store for anyone who dares to watch it. A series of random horrific things happen over the course of one grisly hour and even though a twist near the end tries to explain everything, it ends up being little more than shock cinema.
Sometimes it seems like the Video Nasties list was made specifically for Italian horror movies. One filmmaker who constantly caught heat was Joe D’Amato. Antropophagus was banned for its scenes of a monster strangling a pregnant woman then taking the fetus from her womb and eating it. One of the Emanuelle movies he was in charge of featured a scene in which a woman ejaculated a horse. D’Amoto may not be on the same plane as Dario Argento or Lucio Fulci, but he definitely left his mark.
Beyond the Darkness may be the perfect mix of sex and violence. Having plenty of each but not going overboard with either, the story pulls audiences in while disgusting them. The music (done by the always awesome Goblin) enhances the atmosphere, and while the story can get goofy and hard to understand, it is consistently fun.
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Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror. You can reach us personally or on Twitter @AdventuresinMo1.
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