Things get wild as we pay tribute to a lost legend with a look back at 2001’s “Venomous” and joyfully embrace the madness of “Mad Heidi”.
We start the show with a tale of two box offices.
It does not come as a surprise The Flash has underperformed at the box office. It was definitely a combination of superhero fatigue, the DCEU never catching on, and Ezra Miller’s past problems. But what factored in the most? And how far up his own butt is Wes Anderson?
Next, we have our movie spotlight.
The passing of Treat Williams was a significant blow to genre cinema. Treat has been around for decades and was a great leading man. We decided to cover one of his more recent movies. And who would have thought that the best Covid movie ever was made over twenty years ago?
Surprisingly, Venomous was never mentioned during the phase when everyone was locked at home watching movies about global pandemics. From lockdowns to masks to citizens being subjected to fake news, the film about genetically engineered rattlesnakes is like a crystal ball from 2001. The great use of stock footage, big explosions, and frightening snakes pushed it over the top.
Then it’s on to our featured new movie review.
They do not make movies like Mad Heidi.
It is an exploitation movie, pure and simple. With a great mix of sex appeal and over-the-top violence, it will appeal to fans of old-school grindhouse offerings without pushing away modern audiences.
Few indie movies are as franchise-ready, and Alice Lucy, as the titular character absolutely shines.
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Last week, we talked about the best indie and genre films we’ve had the pleasure of watching so far this year.
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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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