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Leap years are a strange phenomenon, and we celebrate by watching two incredibly weird films, “13/13/13” and “Amelia’s Children”.

13/13/13

We begin, as always, with news of what’s happening in the world of horror, film, entertainment, and pop culture.

This episode begins on a sad note as we say goodbye to a legend. Then we move on to discuss another movie coming in the X universe from Ti West, the first controversial look at the remake of The Crow, and a rundown of upcoming movies.

It’s something of a throwback episode for Look Before You Leap Week. We review two nonsensical movies: one is a release from The Asylum, and the other is a Portuguese import. Both are fun in their own way, but one is horrible, while the other simply has to be seen.

It will soon become obvious why we kicked things off with the 2013 American horror film 13/13/13, written and directed by James Cullen Bressack for The Asylum — and we chose this film for Leap Week on this Leap Year.

For a thousand years man has been adding a day to the calendar every four years and in doing so violated mankind’s interpretation of the Mayan Calendar’s prediction that the world would end in 2012. On the 13th day of the 13th month of the new millennium, survivors confront a world of demons. On 13/13/13 the entire human race (with the exception of those born on a leap day) go insane. Those who were born on a leap year are stuck to battle the demons.

It’s outrageous, but it could have benefited from a lot more camp and a lot less of it taken itself far too seriously.

Then, we move on to our featured new movie review. 

Amelia's Children

Amelia’s Children

Directed by Gabriel Abrantes, Amelia’s Children is…a demented fairytale…

When Edward’s search for his biological family leads him and his girlfriend Ryley to a magnificent villa high in the mountains of Northern Portugal, he is full of excitement at meeting his long-lost mother and twin brother. Finally, he will discover who he is and where he comes from. But nothing is as it seems, and Edward will soon learn that he is linked to them by a monstrous secret.

The bones of the film are strong, with some seriously cool story elements. Some of the choices, however, are strange and unintentionally funny. In fact, this is one of the oddest films we’ve ever talked about. It’s got so many flaws… and they are outrageous. In spite of that, it’s an absolute must-see.

Compelling visuals, very effective jump scares, and a REALLY satisfying ending all work together to counter the film’s problems and create an unforgettable viewing experience.

Amelia’s Children is now available to rent on VOD.

ABOUT THIS PODCAST:

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.

Intro by Julio Mena: Bandcamp | Instagram

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