Stormy Tempest: Caress of the Moss Monster

STCMM 1 175x98 Stormy Tempest: Caress of the Moss MonsterCult 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.” 

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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.

Purchase this episode at Cult Retro
  1. Decendingskulls

    I think you meant psychological, not physiological.
    Anyway, nice review. Looking forward to getting this.

  2. Love the plot, acting, the peril and the way she is captured. I just have one issue that is pretty evident. Do you think it is time for Stormy to get a new costume? Something more form fitting, high cut, and up-to-date?? An outfit like Skyfire(Rye) or Lightning(Alex) in their latest releases? The current Stormy outfit looks like its had it.

  3. I’d like to see the Stormy Tempest costume go out though in a costume destruction video. I’d also love to see a full-on shot of that shiny silver bra that is always peeking out from under her costume.

    Keep the accessories though. Love the boots, mask, and belt.

  4. Jerkstore

    Loved it. And yes, I think a new costume is in order.

  5. Swampy170

    Pretty damn cool! – Looks like a ghillie suit, always fun – though must have been rapidly baking in the summer heat!

    I assume you made the gloves and customised the mask?

  6. @Alex – Thanks. Yes, the monster costume was made in house (as was Stormy’s).

    We pretty much destroyed the Stormy costume throughout the making of this “season” in early January. It will take even more damage in the next episode (along with Stormy herself). We planned to retire it then, but we had the opportunity to make another set of Stormy episodes in April before a new costume could be made… so there will be atleast 5 or 6 more episodes that we have already filmed with the current costume.

    When we DO have a replacement costume, the old one will go out with a bang in an episode we will call “The Death of Stormy Tempest”. It will be ripped, shredded, slimed, etc… but not until we have a new Stormy costume in hand.

    We have also discussed making “variations” of the Stormy costume… like “Stealth” armor or an “Aquatic” Stormy suit. There are many possibilities and we haven’t locked down our plans just yet.

  7. @Swampy – It has a ghillie suit base, but we discovered that what you see “on the box” when you order a ghillie suit online is not actually what you get. It was extremely spars and scraggly and unconvincing. A significant amount of additional “moss” had to be sewn into the costume to give him the thick and wooly look. We might have been better off starting from scratch.

    The gloves, monster feet, tentacle and head mask were all custome made. We’ll be posting a blog entry about the making of the monster costume soon.

  8. Swampy170

    Yea, they always come a little sparse – so you can customise to the surroundings. If it’s one of the more wooly ones it’s easy to attach pretty much anything.

    Really hadn’t thought of a ghillie suit as a monster – genious if you ask me though! Particularly when you consider there’s quite a range available. Awesome idea!

  9. Looks pretty cool. Really looking forward to the 3rd episode where Stormy really takes a beating. Is there a release date for that one? I also like the idea of new costume variations, that sounds so awesome. The stealth one I imagine would be a sexy all black spandex catsuit. and an aquatic stormy suit? Wow, sounds great. I did believe as well as the others that the costume needed an upgrade. and Its destruction video sounds awesome. Hope its not too far away from release .Im new to you guys but these past couple posts have really interested me in your videos, just waiting on that right one to make a purchase.

  10. Funny to see all the costume talk, I was just thinking a costume update would be cool as well. Her current costume has a retro feel which works well, but getting a more streamlined, modern look would be a great change of pace. My one suggestion would be to make her mask have bigger eye holes, it will be more flattering to her face and make her look more feminine.

    Also, I wanted to look at some trailers to your older videos but they seem to be down on Vimeo.

  11. decendingskulls

    ‘The Death of Stormy Tempest’ ? Costume destruction?? I can’t wait for that one…

  12. One possibility is to make a LESS sexy costume. If we are going to modernize and streamline Stormy Tempest, we may do so with the intent of appealing to a wider general audience by making a few free webisodes. We’d like to tell a few noirish and atmospheric “hard” sci-fi stories with Stormy/Nicola and show her off to the world at large. We are capable of improving the quality level significantly… but doing so just for a niche market would be pointless and counter-productive.

    Modernizing Stormy for a mainstream audience would mean she would need to put some pants on, tuck the cleavage back in a little, and probably skip the mask all together in favor of a more “functional” costume (one that a woman might realistically choose to wear while fighting space monsters).

    Then again, that doesn’t really sound like Stormy Tempest at all… so perhaps we’ll create a new personna for Nicola Rae in order to tell these stories.

    We honestly do not know what we will film with Nicola Rae this winter. I suppose sales and feedback between now and then may be a factor.

    @Steve – Must have been a temporary Vimeo glitch. All of them seem to be working now.

  13. DianaKnightMustLose

    “When we DO have a replacement costume, the old one will go out with a bang in an episode we will call “The Death of Stormy Tempest”. It will be ripped, shredded, slimed, etc… but not until we have a new Stormy costume in hand.”

    If she dies in the video after being beaten, slimed, and the costume getting ripped up, I’ll buy thirty.

  14. She will definitely die in the end of one of the episodes of the “Death of Stormy” series… but it will not be the LAST episode in that series.

    FYI: Stormy doesn’t really “win” at the end of “Sleeper Strikes”, she definitely looses to the “Moss Monster” at the end of this one… and she THOROUGHLY looses to “Velocity Blaze” at the end of the next episode.

    She won’t win every engagement during the upcoming Astra series also (nor does Astra).

  15. Darklord

    What’s the release date for the next stormy vid?

  16. We release it the moment we finish it, but even we don’t know exactly when that will be. We’d like to get it out before the end of the month if possible. Watch our site this week for more photos and progress updates.

  17. DianaKnightMustLose

    A series called “The Death of …” sounds awesome. Count me in to buy that.

    And of course, I’m a fan of the fake blood, so I’d love to see that too.

  18. Jerkstore

    @ Cult Retro

    “Perhaps we’ll create a new personna for Nicola Rae in order to tell these stories.”

    Probably not what you meant but I would love to see Nicola Rae as a villainess. Maybe somebody the Angel Avengers would have to deal with.

  19. Nicola Rae will be the villainess in our Yankee Girl series (Jennifer Trieste aka MetalGypsy will hopefully be playing YG). This has been slooooowly developing for nearly a year now. We’re having a hardtime getting it off the ground, but when we do Nicola Rae will be the main villainess throughout the series.

    Our approach to Yankee Girl will probably be similar to the current approach to the Stormy series, which is why we want to eventually take Stormy in a new direction.

    @DianaKnightMustLose – There will be blood. It’s an important event and will set up future conflicts, so we won’t screw around with it. We may try to shoot some of it in the rain also. We’ve got a solid plan; we just don’t have a replacement costume yet.

  20. Really? What….couldn’t think of a more silly idea? This reaks of the bad 1950s monster movies.

  21. George

    I think that people want all the films in this genre to look the same, Cult Retro are tapping into a specific aesthetic and I love the homage to 1950s B movies. The whole Raquel Welch or Caroline Munroe influence is great. The movies are unique and I am looking forward to Stormy’s defeat by velocity blaze and the encounter with Astra.
    Also cult retro likes to experiment as seen with the Yankee girl animation and photo comics. Great stuff, keep it up!

  22. Thanks! People want films to look like what they want to see. I can respect that.

    However, if we are going to invest money and a significant chunk of our lives to making these clips then we have to make what WE like first and foremost. We then do everything possible to incorporate requests from the loyal audience that supports our ongoing efforts. Then we can only hope that enough people enjoy and support the final result so that we can do it again.

    So far so good…

    Clearly someone like Kirk is NEVER going to like our films and I’m not going to change the way we do things in an effort to appeal to him. Especially when he goes out of his way to be rude.

  23. any chance of some more teasers for the upcoming episode with velocity blaze?

  24. Oh golly…did I hurt someone’s feelings? You’d be surprised how much your sales would increase if you made some compelling, quality movies.

  25. Jerkstore

    I’m guessing there is a 100% chance Kirk has not seen the movie he is criticizing. Sort of pathetic.

  26. You’re right, my self-esteem hinges on the opinion of an anonymous troll. For all I know you’re a 14-year old texting on your cell phone during study hall. This assumption would also coincide with the maturity level you’ve demonstrated so far. Your comments illustrate that you did not come here to make a contribution, you came to provoke a reaction. Our sales are better than ever. Keep embarrassing yourself if you’d like, but until you become a customer your opinion is beyond irrelevant to me.

  27. PowerGirlFanBoy590

    @Cultretro

    Don’t feed the trolls. They love that.
    I’ve always been intrigued by your movies and cannot wait for the Stormy Tempest costume redesign. Honestly you really don’t need to change much at all. I love how it’s a one piece with cape and love all the colors that are used.

    The only thing that needs to change are the bloomers/granny panties look that the original costume has. The leg holes of the costume need to be cut higher so they sit naturally above the hips, revealing more skin. Someone mentioned it earlier, but a perfect point of reference is the costume used by Rye’s new heroine

  28. @PGfanboy – I hear where you’re coming from, but I’m not so sure it would work for Nicola Rae. It’s necessary to design the costume around the gal. Nicola Rae is not a tiny 19 year old. She has a voluptous figure (which I would not change an inch of) and curvy hips. Pretending that she doesn’t and giving her a costume built for Skyfire’s figure would not do her any favors. I little higher on the sides might work though, somewhere in the middle.

    It depends on the path we take for the series as a whole. If we stick with the current approach then we’ll stick close to the current design and primarily just upgrade the materials. If we go “mainstream” then the change will be more radical (pants!). We would then simultaneously use things like the stealth suit and aqua suit for more “fetishy” projects until we decide we need to create yet another costume way down the line.

    Keep in mind we’re talking about projects that would not be released for another year or possibly more. A lot can happen… though the feedback is appreciated!

  29. I’d love to see the basic design maintained, but with more durable materials and maybe a more basic approach. Solid blocks of color, but with the stripes kept somewhere on the costume (sleeves?) and the basic one-piece design kept. I agree that higher-cut legs don’t favor older women, that’s more for 21-year olds.

  30. StormyFan

    @CultRetro

    Just want to support CultRetro here, as I think the decisions he is making (and plans to make) are amazing. 1. The aqua/stealth suit for a more fetishy look: This is an absolute yes for me and will definitely get me to buy more of your videos. Nicola Rae’s beautiful figure is meant for that kind of outfit.

    2. the “death of stormy” series sounds fantastic, and it’s something I want to see. The use of rain/dirt/blood in this “final” fight for Stormy will be a winner in my book! It’s all about what you enjoy and what your customers want. And as a customer I can tell you these ideas have my approval!

  31. Shakeshift

    Not a huge fan of either of those test patterns for a new Stormy costume, but I am sure you guys will come up with something that works. I have faith! Just don’t make it TOO practical. Superheroines are nothing if not impractical when it comes to fashion. =)

  32. Don’t loose sleep over it. We created a stack of designs and haven’t moved forward with any of them. None were deemed to improve upon the original. We’ve got Stormy wearing skirts, loincloths, corsets, flight jackets, catsuits, etc.. After doing all of that we’ll probably end up right back where we started. :)

  33. @Cultretro – Loving the current Stormy Tempest season, especially the Moss monster episode! I’m quite taken with the left hand panel of the proposed new Stormy costumes, particularly the thigh-high boots. I’d wholeheartedly support your position on making what you want to make, as if you try to please too many people, you end up pleasing no-one. FWIW my preference would be for Stormy Tempest to retain the humour, sexiness and dash of camp which I think helps make your films distinctive to other producers in the genre. I’d love to see more hard-SF stories (and more of the very talented Miss Rae) but would love to see this as a series distinct from Stormy.

  34. So in which episode(s) does the new villain Duchess Sadistica appear? Is this a single episode, or is she throughout the upcoming season? I’m very anxious to see what she does and what she’s capable of doing.

  35. Jerkstore

    Good question from Shakeshift. And how is the Velocity Blaze episode coming along?

  36. theres an update on the cult retro website, looks like the edit is finished!

  37. @cultretro

    I definitely lean towards heroine deaths. Will Stormy’s death be a permanent one or will she return?

  38. That depends on whether or not you buy the episodes that follow her demise.

    “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.”
    – Orson Welles

  39. This moss monster thing is a great idea…. it’s a bit late, but you should check out a movie called “Meridian” (1990) for an idea you may have missed, you’ll see what I mean. :-)

  40. Meridian is great. Sherilyn Fenn at her hottest.

    I assume you’d be referring to Stormy having sex with the Moss Monster? That’s not really our style… atleast not were the AC heroines are concerned. :)

  41. @cultretro

    Well, I would buy them of course. A death is still a death. :)