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We dig into a savory double feature with “The Menu” and “Fresh” and discuss stranger danger with “The Strangers” and “The Collector”.


Ashley Thomas returns to the show for “What’s Your Favorite Double Feature?” with the delicious duo of The Menu and Fresh.

The Menu is a 2022 film directed by Mark Mylod and written by Seth Reiss and Will Tracy that blends social commentary and black comedy. It follows a foodie (Nicholas Hoult, Renfield) and his date (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch) traveling to a remote island to eat at an exclusive restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish menu but reveals shocking surprises throughout the meal. The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised the screenplay and performances of the cast.

Fresh is a 2022 horror thriller directed by Mimi Cave, in her directorial debut, from a screenplay by Lauryn Kahn. The film follows Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones), who meets the alluring Steve (Sebastian Stan) at a grocery store and – given her frustration with dating apps – takes a chance and gives him her number. After their first date, Noa is smitten and accepts Steve’s invitation to a romantic weekend getaway, only to find that her new paramour has been hiding some unusual appetites. The film received generally positive reviews from critics.

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This week, we start a new regular feature on the show where Donna, from the Donna Tha Dead Podcast, joins me for a short time at the beginning of the episode to talk about what we’ve watched or read that was creepy or geeky that week, plus any news on upcoming movies, etc. Then, I’m joined by Ariel Powers-Schaub to talk about her upcoming book Millennial Nasties. We also discussed the double feature of The Strangers and The Collector, which she covers in the book, among many other movies.

Millennial Nasties takes a critical but appreciative look at an oft-ignored subset of horror. This book dissects the English-language horror films of the 2000s and the cultural events they were responding to. Processing tragedy and war throughout the world, keeping pace with films from other countries, and swinging wildly away from the safe horror of the 1990s, the 2000s brought grisly kills and shocking gore to cinema audiences and home viewers. Films once dismissed as torture porn, their nasty slasher friends, and the remakes of this era have found a new home, and that home is a subgenre called Millennial Nasties.


Creepy and Geeky is a podcast about horror/comic book movies and so much more. Creepy double-feature episodes come out every Monday, and Geeky comic book episodes are released every Friday. Your host, Robert, is a geek through and through, absorbing all manner of pop culture, but specifically addicted to comic books, movies, and horror.

New episodes drop every Monday. Listen wherever you get your podcasts or right here on Morbidly Beautiful.

We’ll be sharing every horror episode shortly after it drops. But if you love the show as much as we do, we encourage you to tune into the weekly comic book episodes as well.


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