The French are known for their shocking and terrifying horror, and the hosts of “Not Your Final Girl” join us to discuss two recent exports.
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Deep Fear is a French-Belgium co-production about three friends who are spending one last day together. One of them is going into the military the next day, so they want this day to be a special one. They decide to take a trip through the Paris catacombs. What is an exciting idea on the surface turns into their worst nightmares.
Unsurprisingly, there are lots of tight moments that give a feeling of claustrophobia.
While our guest, Not Your Final Girl’s Ariel, enjoys cave horror, our own Blake does not like the feeling of getting caught in closed quarters. But did Deep Fear do enough to make either of them feel anything? We also talk about whether the horror aspects worked and the surprising lack of a sense of urgency.
Despite its flaws, Deep Fear does a lot of things right. The setting is great, and the film does a great job with lighting and shadows. The characters are well-written, and there is great attention to detail.
Do the pros outweigh the cons? Or were we left too disappointed by the narrative?
Some Like it Rare also struck a chord with a couple of us.
Nathaniel cannot stand cannibal movies (Thanks, Cannibal Holocaust), while Not Your Final Girl’s Candance really enjoys them. But what happens when a cannibal movie subverts expectations and becomes more about people staying together than eating each other?
The four of us also debate the film’s dark humor, discuss why it is an anti-message movie, and discuss the characters’ decision-making.
Since it is a cannibal movie, we also wonder if human flesh tastes good. Plus, there’s a conversation on actually being grossed out versus thinking about it.
Some Like it Rare and Deep Fear are available to rent now on VOD.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Last week, we talked about another heavily buzzed-about foreign film from the festival circuit, Project Wolf Hunting, and discuss why you may want to keep this one on your radar — especially if you love insanely gory films. We also pay tribute to a recently released film on Shudder, Deadstream, which we hail as one of the best horror movies of 2022. It has all the elements that make it the perfect Midnight Movie. The movie is funny, scary, and filled with amazing practical effects.
Watch a clip from the show on YouTube below.
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