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We unearth a couple of forgotten gems: The literary adaptation “The Lair of the White Worm” and the TV movie “No One Would Tell”. 

The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

We begin, as always, with news of what’s happening in the world of horror.

When over 100 million people watch something, there is no way we can avoid talking about it. We discuss our favorite trailers from this year’s Super Bowl. And yes, we chose to talk about Knuckles instead of Wicked. Also, was there a commercial for Scientology during the big game, or are people just messing with us?

Then, it’s on to our featured film reviews, highlighting a couple of gems from the past. 

Bram Stoker is a horror icon, but not in the same way as other creators like Stephen King or John Carpenter. Stoker is known for Dracula and nothing else. It is a rare case where the work has completely overshadowed the author. Still, Bram Stoker’s Dracula carries a lot of weight to many, beyond just horror audiences.

But when you ask people to name any of Stoker’s other works, the question will probably be met with a blank stare. However, in 1988, director Ken Russell gifted the world with his take on Stoker’s The Lair of the White Worm.

Sexy, sensual, frightening, and an assault on the senses, the film is an underrated gem that we could not say enough good things about as hard as we tried.

No One Would Tell (1996)

After-school specials went away a long time ago, but those who are old enough remember them fondly.

Though it was a Lifetime movie, 1996’s No One Would Tell definitely fits in the category. Its story of a high school girl being abused by her boyfriend is a powerful one that remained with anyone who saw it.

But how well does it work in 2024?

Putting aside how strange it is to see Fred Savage and Candance Cameron star in a movie about respecting women, it is a very effective movie. There are some poor writing decisions that are impossible to ignore, but the tension, pacing, and overall tone make for an impactful watch.

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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