Cult Retro returns with the second episode of its third season, and it’s a peril movie unlike any other from Cult Retro. It’s an homage to classic B monster movies, and there is plenty of peril mixed in for good measure. Two versions are available: “Extended” and “Cinematic.”
Note: The following images are taken from the “Damsel in Distress Extended” version:
Review by Sidekick
Stormy Tempest: Caress of the Moss Monster picks up where the last episode ended, with Stormy Tempest still looking for Velocity Blaze. Blaze, a fellow space patrol officer has been pursuing Stormy who has been targeted by a corrupt government. Stormy wants nothing more than to talk things out with Blaze, for no other reason than she openly doubts that she can defeat Blaze in a fight. In the little bits that Cult Retro has teased about the character, Blaze has been shown to be a powerful superwoman that is going to physically dominate Stormy like never before.
However, that’s still an episode away, and right now Stormy has to contest with a moss monster that’s been stalking her since the end of the season’s first episode. Actually, before I get further into the review I have to pause and remind everyone that for this season, Cult Retro has started a program where they release two different cuts of each episode. One is a “Cinematic” version and the other a “Damsel in Distress” version. Both are enjoyable, but for peril fans, I do recommend spending the extra money on the “Damsel in Distress” version, which is what I an basing this review on.
Stormy is walking through the jungle when the moss monster literally pops up out of nowhere. Stormy, unable to stand her ground and fight since her weapons systems are currently failing her, runs away. That matters little as the monster has the ability to not only blend into the foliage but also transport himself to any area of the jungle in the blink of an eye. Stormy being defenseless and on the run added a cool physiological perspective to the peril and it enhanced my enjoyment of the film.
When the monster does catch up with Stormy, he wraps her up in a bearhug, and this is where we start to see the benefits of the “Damsel in Distress” version of the film. You get some slow motion shots of Stormy thrashing around and running through the jungle. This gives the viewer the opportunity to (trying not to be crude) appreciate Nicola Rae’s God-given assets.
The monster continues to stalk Stormy and uses his powers over the jungle to trap Stormy with vines. That’s where Stormy stays for most of the episode, and she is subjected to what I would describe as a little light fondling. Stormy eventually passes out and is cradle carried away, her fate unknown.
Stormy Tempest: Cares of the Moss Monster is a peril movie, but it just felt different than anything I’ve seen in the genre. I have to give a lot of credit to Nicola Rae as well. She’s just ridiculously talented and breathtakingly good looking.
As much as I enjoyed this episode, I’m particularly jazzed about the next one. Female vs. female peril has always been my favorite, especially when one of the girls is physically superior. And from the trailers that’s shown at the end of this episode, it looks like Stormy’s troubles are just starting. Hopefully the producers will be kind enough to give us an ETA.