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We review horror movies. We tackle everything from the well-known blockbuster flicks, to the classics (with the occasional TV show thrown in). Nothing is too high or lowbrow, as we dissect everything from "Don’t Look Now" to "Leprechaun" with equal fervor. Join us, won’t you, as we revel in the blood and guts of the genre. Aficionados and noobs alike, everyone will find something to love about The Bloodlust.

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We review horror movies. We tackle everything from the well-known blockbuster flicks, to the classics (with the occasional TV show thrown in). Nothing is too high or lowbrow, as we dissect everything from "Don’t Look Now" to "Leprechaun" with equal fervor. Join us, won’t you, as we revel in the blood and guts of the genre. Aficionados and noobs alike, everyone will find something to love about The Bloodlust.

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Insightful and fun

By J Blake - Dec 27 2019
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I love horror movies but few of my friends watch them. Listening to Bloodlust is hugely entertaining and fills that void with really thoughtful commentary and discussion.

Delightful

By Limuluspolyphemus - Apr 23 2018
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I don’t even like horror movies that much but I really enjoy this podcast.

iTunes Ratings

68 Ratings
Average Ratings
62
4
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2

Insightful and fun

By J Blake - Dec 27 2019
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I love horror movies but few of my friends watch them. Listening to Bloodlust is hugely entertaining and fills that void with really thoughtful commentary and discussion.

Delightful

By Limuluspolyphemus - Apr 23 2018
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I don’t even like horror movies that much but I really enjoy this podcast.
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The Bloodlust

Latest release on Sep 20, 2020

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Rank #1: 150 | Abominable

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Directed by Ryan Schifrin

Written by Ryan Schifrin and James Morrison

Stars Matt McCoy, Haley Joel and Christien Tinsley

Rated R

Runtime of 1hr 34 min

A writer returns to his cottage to convalesce after a climbing accident that crippled him and killed his wife. He finds to his delight a gaggle of lovely co-eds are staying at the cabin next door, so naturally he begins to peep on the women with binoculars. What follows is a film in the grand tradition of Rear Window. But, you know, with bigfoot.

Next up, The Lodge, now available on Hulu for free and elsewhere for $$. I was all set to see this one right as the theaters in Michigan were closing down and had been anxiously awaiting it for probably a year before that. Why? Because its from the duo who brought you Goodnight Mommy.

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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May 31 2020

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Rank #2: 21 | Lake Mungo

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Director/Writer: Joel Anderson
Stars: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe
Synopsis: Who killed Alice Palmer? Just kidding...sort of...

This is a Fauxdoc-style film, covering the events surrounding the death of 16-year old Alice Palmer. After going missing (we presume she drowned) during a family trip, Alice's body is eventually discovered floating in the water. Once this happens, the movie jumps from one subplot to the next as it attempts to discover what happened to her. The ending may not be exactly what you'd expect.

Next up, it’s our 150th episode! That right, our Sasquatchcentennial. In honor of the occasion we’ll be checking out a bigfoot movie that’s currently on Amazon Prime, Abominable. Join us next time to celebrate another pointless milestone, won’t you?

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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May 17 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #3: 119 | Braid

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Writer/Director: Mitzi Peirone

Synopsis: Two women, Petula & Tilda, are on the run from the police after being busted with $80k worth of drugs. They flee to the country, where their childhood friend Daphne still lives alone in an enormous mansion. Daphne’s isolated estate would be the perfect place to hide out for a couple days. What’s even better, there’s a safe chock full of money somewhere in the house, just waiting to be found. The only catch? Daphne is cuckoo bananas, & insists on still playing their old games of make believe & never ever breaking character. Can Petula & Tilda find the safe before Daphne’s games end up killing them?

Next up, we’re hoping Mr. Nicholas The Eyes of My Mother Pesce has given us another winner with his new film, Piercing.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Feb 24 2019

58mins

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Rank #4: 91 | Super Dark Times

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Director: Kevin Phillips
Writers: Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski

Synopsis: After a tragic accident, a group of high school-aged friends are forced to deal with the tragedy in their own ways. Adolescence is a gross and scary time on its own. But when you add in a horrible accident combined with impulsive, hormone-fueled teenage brains, you get something far scarier.

Intro/Outro music courtesy Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Feb 04 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #5: 112 | Suspiria

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Director: Luca Guadagnino

Writer: David Kajganich

Synopsis: Susie Bannion, a Mennonite from Ohio, arrives in 1977 Berlin to audition at the prestigious Markos Dance Academy, run by her idol, Madame Blanc. When she wows everyone with her preternatural gift for dancing she is offered a spot in the company. Luckily, one has just opened up, as one of the other dancers has mysteriously disappeared. As Susie & Madame Blanc begin to forge a powerful bond, other dancer Sarah begins to suspect that her missing friend might not have been delusional when she said the teachers were a coven of witches.

Music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Nov 18 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #6: 114 | Annihilation

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Director: Alex Garland

Writer(s): Alex Garland (screenplay), Jeff VanderMeer (novel)

Synopsis: Lena (Natalie Portman) is a cell biologist & former soldier who is struggling to move on after the year-long disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac), a current soldier on a top secret mission. When he walks into their bedroom suddenly with no memory of how he got there & then just as suddenly starts to violently convulse, Lena is swept up into the secret mission. She & her dying husband are taken to a base overlooking an ecological anomaly that defies characterization, & soon a shocked but determined Lena has joined a team on an expedition into the dangerous zone from which her husband is the only one out of dozens to have returned.

It’s the (alleged) most wonderful time of the year, so our last episode of 2018 is going to be holiday-themed. Hopefully you’ve seen this slasher gem already, but if not, get thyself a copy of the original Black Christmas post haste. We’ll meet you back here in two weeks to talk about it.

Into/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Other music this episode by Blank & Kytt, Mid-Air Machine, Bodysurfer and Asura. Check them out on the Free Music Archive

Dec 16 2018

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Rank #7: 96 | The Endless

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Writer: Justin Benson

Directors: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead 

Synopsis: Justin & Aaron are brothers who escaped a UFO death cult 10 years ago. When we meet them they’re scraping by in LA as house cleaners & on the verge of having their shared car repossessed. Aaron, the younger of the two, remembers the cult fondly as a place where they enjoyed the outdoors & ate fresh food instead of the ramen they’re stuck living on now. Justin sees his younger brother as his responsibility & insists that he’s forgetting about the weirder aspects of the place. When they are sent a mysterious videotape from Camp Arcadia, Aaron convinces Justin that they should return to the there, for the sake of closure. What they find seems to be an idyllic commune full of people having bonfires, making craft beer & just generally living their best lives. Aaron is enamored, but Justin is skeptical. Just what do they mean by the Ascension? And where are those pictures & videotapes coming from?

Intro/Outro music courtesy Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram |

Next up, we weigh in on the critically adored box office smash A Quiet Place. So visit your local multiplex (being carefully to avoid loud snacks) & join us back here in two weeks to discuss.

Apr 15 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #8: 137 | The Lighthouse

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Directed by Robert Eggers

Written by Max Eggers & Robert Eggers

Stars: Willem Dafoe & Robert Pattinson

Rated: R (for mermaid vag); Runtime: 1hr 49min

Released October 18, 2019; Available in limited theaters

Synopsis: Two men, the older one a grizzled former sailor & the younger a quiet & secretive newcomer, are charged with tending to a lighthouse on a small rocky island off the coast of New England in the late 1800s. When a storm keeps their replacements away & makes leaving impossible, it puts a serious strain on their sanity.

Episode extras:

The story of Small’s Lighthouse and its keepers.

The movie’s beautiful Fresnel lens.

Next up, we’ll finally be watching and reviewing the 100th Stephen King movie to be released this year, Dr. Sleep. Will it be a spook-fest or a snooze-fest?? Join us next time and find out.

Nov 03 2019

1hr 23mins

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Rank #9: 109 | Mandy

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Director: Panos Cosmatos

Writers: Panos Cosmatos & Aaron Stewart-Ahn

Synopsis: Red, a recovering alcoholic lumberjack, lives a peaceful, quiet life with his love Mandy in the Pacific Northwest of the early 1980s. Mandy is a daydreaming metalhead & fantasy enthusiast who makes psychedelic drawings when she’s not working at a local gas station. One day while out walking, Mandy catches the eye of the charismatic leader of a bizarre Christian cult who incorporates psychedelic drugs into their worship. Jeremiah, the cult leader, is instantly besotted with Mandy & orders his followers to capture her, with the help of some Cenobite-like bikers. This leads the devastated Red on epic quest for revenge at any cost.

Next up, the newest offering from Jeremy Saulnier, the fella who brought you Green Room & Blue Ruin. Tentatively looking forward to this one, but if too many wolves get killed it’s gonna be a ‘no’ from me, dawg.

Into/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

All other music this episode by Johan Johansson from the original score of Mandy

Oct 07 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #10: 139 | You're Next

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Directed by Adam Wingard

Written by Simon Barrett

Stars: Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen & Joe Swanberg

Rated: R; Runtime: 1hr 35min

Released August 23, 2013; Available on IMDB TV (via Amazon Prime), Hoopla

Synopsis: A wealthy family meets at their lavish vacation home to celebrate the parents’ 35th wedding anniversary. We meet all the family members: mom, dad, three brothers, one sister & the siblings’ respective partners. When a squabble between brothers during dinner is interrupted by a sudden barrage of arrows from outside, the family is forced to set aside their petty differences & work together to survive. Or not.

Our next episode has yet to be determined - we’re leaving it up to you, the listeners. We’ll be putting a poll out on our various social medias so you can vote for what we watch next. So head over to our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and vote on what our next movie should be.

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Dec 01 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #11: 136 | In the Tall Grass

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Written/Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) based on the novella by Uncle Stevie & Cousin Joe

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira & Will Buie Jr.

Rated: TV-MA; Runtime: 1 hr 41 mins

Released October 4, 2019; Available on Netflix

Synopsis: A brother & sister hear a boy calling out for help in a field of tall grass off the side of a highway in the middle of nowhere. They venture into the field to help the lost child & are soon lost themselves. It seems that time & direction have little meaning in the field, & these three aren’t the only ones lost within it.

Next up, we’ll finally be watching and reviewing The Lighthouse, Robert Eggers’ follow-up to his 2015 masterpiece (yeah, I said it), The VVitch. Will we love it? Will we hate it? I guess you’ll have to join us next time and find out!

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 20 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: 92 | Mom and Dad

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Writer/Director: Brian Taylor

Synopsis: The Ryans are a typical suburban upper middle-class family, complete with a mouthy teen girl, rambunctious little boy, a bored, ignored mom, and a dad who is mid-life crisis-ing real hard (and is also Nicolas Cage). One day, a mysterious signal begins to compel any parents exposed to it to murder their offspring, and their typical family struggles become a lot bloodier.

Intro/Outro music courtesy Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Feb 18 2018

54mins

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Rank #13: 88 | Creep 2

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Director: Patrick Brice
Writers: Patrick Brice & Mark Duplass

Synopsis: Sara is a filmmaker who has made nine episodes of a nearly unwatched YouTube show called Encounters, where she meets up with men who post especially pathetic ads on Craigslist. Frustrated by her lack of views & feeling creatively stagnant, she goes looking for a good subject for her tenth & final episode. She thinks she hits the jackpot when she discovers a cryptic ad looking for a videographer to “go deep” with, so she ventures out (alone) to meet Aaron, who we all remember as the psychotic weirdo from Creep 1.

Aaron claims he wants total transparency in their new relationship, so he lays the situation out right away for Sara - he is a serial killer by profession, but he’s having a midlife crisis & has lost touch with why he used to love the work. He wants Sara to help him make a documentary about himself, either as the final summation of his life’s work or as a way to revitalize his passion.

Both Creep & Creep 2 are currently available for streaming on US Netflix.

Intro/Outro music courtesy Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Dec 28 2017

1hr 7mins

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Rank #14: 134 | It Chapter 2

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Director: Andy Muschietti

Writers: Gary Dauberman (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)

Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Bill Skarsgard

Rated: R; Runtime: 2hr 49min

Released September 9, 2019; Available in theaters

Synopsis: The gang is called back to Derry 27 years after they fought Pennywise by Mike, who never left town. He calls each in turn - Bill, Beverly, Eddie, Stan, Ben & Richie, & lets them know that the murders have begun again. Each member of the Loser’s Club makes their way back to town, remembering all the horrible things they had repressed in order to become functioning adults. Once reunited, Mike splits them all up again by sending them on a quest for meaningful artifacts from their pasts which they will use in a final showdown with Pennywise.

Next up, we’ll be checking out the Shudder original, Tigers Are Not Afraid. You’ll need a Shudder account, your friend’s Shudder login info, or to sign up for their free trial, in order to check out the movie, but if you’re able to check it out, join us next time to hear what we thought of it.

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 22 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #15: 118 | Possum

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Writer/Director: Matthew Holness

Synopsis: Possum is the name of a puppet, a horrible, abomination of a puppet, who this poor guy named Philip is always trying to lose. Philip arrives back in his home town with Possum in tow, & they return to his childhood home & his uncle(?) Maurice, who has been living there. Philip throws Possum in the trash, leaves him in the woods, etc. etc., but he wakes up in the morning & there he is again, good as new. Is Philip psychotic? Is the puppet an evil monster? And what the hell is up with Maurice?

Next up, the gang just remembered it’s Women in Horror month, because fuck is it February already?! Luckily, there’s a new film out that’s made by a woman, has three female leads, & looks VERY interesting. It’s called Braid, & hopefully you’re as intrigued as we are to watch it. It’s available on streaming platforms right meow.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Other music from https://filmmusic.io by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Feb 10 2019

57mins

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Rank #16: 135 | Tigers are Not Afraid

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Director/Writer: Issa López

Stars: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Hanssel Casillas

Rated: NR; Runtime: 1hr 23min

Released September 13, 2019; Available on Shudder

Synopsis: The film takes place in a Mexican city ravaged by warring drug cartels. When 10yr old Estrella’s mother disappears, she makes a wish to get her back. Her wish comes true, but not in the way she meant it to. Forced to flee in terror, Estrella joins a group of orphans who steal & scavenge to survive. When the children run afoul of Caco, the well-connected local sociopath, it’s clear that Estrella will need her other two wishes to survive. If only the wishes wouldn’t backfire in strange ways.

Next up, we’ll be checking out the Netflix original, In the Tall Grass. That’s right, the Summer of Stevie rolls on. Meet us back here in two weeks to discuss.

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 06 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #17: 138 | Doctor Sleep

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Directed by Mike Flanagan

Adapted by Mike Flanagan, Story by Stephen King

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Kylie Curran

Rated: R; Runtime: 2hr 32min

Released November 8, 2019; Available in theaters

Synopsis: Grown up Danny Torrence, now just Dan, has become a drifter struggling with the same issues of alcoholism & foul temper as his father. After hitting rock bottom he stumbles into a nice little town in New Hampshire & ends up staying there for the next eight years. From time to time he has received psychic messages from a little girl with a very strong “shine.” When the girl becomes the target of a group of traveling vampires who feed off psychic ability she reaches out to her pen pal for help. Thus Dan finds himself again facing down a supernatural foe.

We’ve only mentioned our next movie about a thousand times and now we’re finally going to review it. Will it continue to live up to all the hype we’ve given it over the years? Methinks it will. So queue up "Looking for the Magic” on your music playlist and join us next time when we’ll be reviewing You’re Next!

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nov 17 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: 90 | Insidious 4: The Last Key

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Director: James Wan
Writers:  Leigh Whannell

Synopsis: Another prequel(!) taking place before the events of the first Insidious movie. Elise (Lin Shaye) is haunted by the events of her childhood, growing up in a haunted house on the grounds of a prison. Not the greatest place to be if you’re psychic. She is tricked into opening a locked door in the basement, releasing a demon that destroys her family.

Many years later, Elise is contacted by the new owner of her childhood home to get rid of the dark presence there. Accompanied by her loyal sidekicks, she heads home to confront the demon she released.

Intro/Outro music courtesy Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Jan 21 2018

48mins

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Rank #19: 149 | The Hunt

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Directed by Craig Zobel

Written by Nick Cuse & Damon Lindelof

Stars: Betty Gilpin & Hillary Swank

Rated: R; Runtime: 1hr 30min

Where to find: Currently available for purchase on streaming providers

Synopsis: A bunch of middle Americans wake up in a field and are soon picked off one by one at the hands of wealthy elites who want to take out their political frustration on them. Will any of these true Americans survive?

Next up, it’s our 150th episode! That right, our Sasquatchcentennial. In honor of the occasion we’ll be checking out a bigfoot movie that’s currently on Amazon Prime, Abominable. Join us next time to celebrate another pointless milestone, won’t you?

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Apr 19 2020

1hr 10mins

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Rank #20: 111 | Halloween

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Director: David Gordon Green

Writer: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride & Jeff Fradley

Synopsis: This Halloween picks up 40 years after the babysitter murders that killed Laurie Strode’s friends & left her permanently altered. Her coping mechanism turned out to be ultra preparedness, much to the chagrin of her daughter, who she brought up basically as a doomsday prepper. Daughter Karen now thinks of grizzled old Laurie as an embarrassment, & encourages her teenage daughter Allyson to stay away from her. But when a grey haired Michael Myers escapes from a transport bus (AGAIN), guess who comes running to granny & her panic room?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been dying to find out what a remake of Suspiria by Luca Guadagnino could possibly even look like. Well wonder no more, because the time is finally upon us. Go check out the new Suspiria & meet us back here in two weeks to discuss.

Music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud

Nov 04 2018

1hr 12mins

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