This week, the Grue-Crew take a look at films streaming on NETFLIX and SHUDDER. The first film this week is COLD SKIN from director Xavier Gens, featuring a scientist heading to a remote island to study weather but instead discovers an inhuman race of creatures. The second film is BIRD BOX from director Susanne Bier, featuring a woman struggling with becoming a mother when the apocalypse
Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 050
BIRD BOX – COLD SKIN
In 1914, a young man arrives at a remote island near the Antarctic Circle to take the post of weather observer only to find himself trapped in a watchtower besieged by deadly creatures which live in hiding on the island.
“[Cold Skin] felt so much like a good turn of the century novel. You have the protagonist as the narrator of his own sort of memoir and it has that kind of Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe feel.” – Vanessa
“[Cold Skin] raises a lot of issues about how we treat others who are different from us..” – Jeff
“There were moments in [Cold Skin] I thought were really strong. Most of them involve ‘Friend’ and the creatures when he is learning about them or becoming close to them.” – Doc
Director: Xavier Gens
Cast: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido
Release: Currently Available on Shudder.
Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
“I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the way the different characters play against each other. There are a couple of things that I was, ‘Eh,’ but overall, I have to say I’m on the side of the people that really enjoyed the movie.” – Vanessa
“[Bird Box] has a substantial amount of depth to it … I really enjoy her (Sandra Bullock’s character) story arc. I really dig this movie.” – Rafe
“I thought it was the story of Mallory’s evolution
(Sandra Bullock’s character) . I’ll admit it. I cried at the end.” – Jeff
“The cast is phenomenal!” – Doc
Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevatne Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver
Release: Currently Available on NETFLIX