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We welcome strange and beautiful visitors with this week’s double feature of two underrated gems: “Under the Skin” and “Glorious”.

Under the Skin

Under the Skin

We begin, as always, with talk about the latest and greatest horror, cinema, and pop culture news.

We have franchises on our minds this week. We did not think The Pope’s Exorcist was a big hit. It underperformed at the box office, and whenever we heard about the Russel Crowe movie, it was just about how awful it was. Apparently, it has gathered a cult following. How big of a fanbase? Would you believe a trilogy?

We also talk about the new Matrix movie and the importance of knowing when to quit.

Then it’s on to this week’s double feature, a couple of underseen otherworldly films about dangerous visitors. 

Scarlett Johansson is one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Big as in the second box office-grossing actor in the history of movies. She has acted in a number of different genres and is known the world over. But even she has starred in some films that did not set the box office on fire.

Released in 2013, Under the Skin is one of those that did not do as well, failing to recoup its $13 million (!) budget. We talk about its guerilla filmmaking, Johansson’s amazing performance, and why audiences will have trouble getting into it. Is this the best work on an impressive resume?

Glorious

Glorious

It seems like we are seeing a Lovecraft renaissance. The horror author has been a big influence on many, but his views have left him as a person of non-grata for a long time. But every week seems to bring us a new work inspired by him. (To be fair, Lovecraftian themes and ideas have never gone away.)

What is especially fun about this latest way of Lovecraftian horror is its willingness to try new themes. Take 2022’s Glorious.

The Shudder original takes many familiar themes, puts them in a road stop restroom, and makes a glory hole central to the plot. Does it work? And what about that wild twist?

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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