Stormy Tempest – Torment in Time from Cult Retro

by HM

CR Stormy Time 1 175x97 Stormy Tempest   Torment in Time from Cult RetroCult Retro has returned with Stormy Tempest: Torment in Time, which is intended to serve as the start of a new season of Stormy Tempest films). Like just about all of Cult Retro’s videos, this one features stellar production values and impressive special effects.

[Possible spoilers throughout!] The video begins with a pretty impressive space battle that ends with our heroine, Stormy Tempest, beaming down to Earth’s surface as her ship is pursued by the bad guys.  She’s soon spotted by the evildoers, who beam down to pursue her.  Stormy disables them by shooting them with lasers.  I have to say, again, that the special effects here are really top notch, as is the case with previous Cult Retro productions.

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Just as Stormy has escaped a dangerous situation, another bad guy beams down in front of her, leading to something of  a test-of-strength battle. Another henchman sneaks up behind her, disabling her and knocking her unconscious with some kind of energy beam.

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Stormy awakens to find herself in an empty black room.  A disembodied, scary voice demands to know where Stormy has hidden the “time storm device” and makes other demands.  Then he (or it) begins tormenting her by 1) smacking her in the back of the head, and then 2) smashing two light balls into her and turning her body into a bloody mound of goo (yes, this really happens!).

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Stormy then finds herself back on the planet surface facing off against two masked thugs.  One holds her arms behind her back while the other explains that Stormy is in for a rough day unless she talks.  No punches are thrown, however, and Stormy escapes this situation.

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After some more mental torment, Stormy makes her way to the home of Edward “The Chill” Karbunkle, a slacker whose life was apparently saved by Stormy in a previous episode.  This provides some nice comic relief, as Karbunkle is the last person you’d want on your side in this situation.  (He actually proves quite capable, though.)  Eventually, Karbunkle and Stormy find themselves in a laser shootout with very nicely done special effects.

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Stormy finds herself once again in the mysterious black room being threatened by the scary voice.  She is bound by some kind of invisible beam, shot with a laser beam, mentally tormented and whipped (we don’t actually see the whip, but rather hear it and see Stormy’s reaction to the whipping).  There is much more peril for the heroine in this episode than in any other Cult Retro video I’ve seen, even if most of the peril consists of mental—rather than physical—torment.  Still, it’s an interesting shift in direction for Cult Retro, and I’m curious to see if this indicates a trend to watch for in Cult Retro’s future videos.  Either way, I enjoyed Torment in Time especially for its inventive special effects and impressive action sequences.

{ 17 comments }

1 Manta Ray Jack November 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I’ve been lurking around here for a little while, not quite sure when I was going to actually take the plunge and buy into this genre. I considered NGC’s noob offer but with 27 video’s and heroines out the ying-yang, they seemed a bit overwhelming. KickAssKandy’s new video looks smoking hot though I gather the ladies there are more secret agent types.
A sci-fi heroine, though… this looks to be right up my alley! I hope it’s everything it seems to be!

2 ximi November 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Thanks HM, I may give this one a try. I must say though, just reading you review I already got frustrated with the bad guys: I mean, can’t you guys focus and DO something with that heroine in hand…? :-)

3 Manta Ray Jack November 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Oh my! I am quite happy with this purchase! That sequence near the end was just way beyond my expectations and pretty much guaranteed I’ll be lining up for the next episode! Kudos to Ms Rae, Mr Knightly, the many dead Gorla Monks and everyone at Cult Retro! Excellent work!

Oh… and Manta Ray Jack heartily approves of Cheesorama 2.0!

4 darklord November 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

unique and interesting video… i think i liked the stormy tempest vid w/ the cowboy bounty hunter more than this one b/c it had more “action” – as ,mentioned in the review, the peril in this vid is more mental than physical, BUT i really like this video b/c i it seems more serious/darker than their other productions. if this is a new direction, i love it. granted there is still some comic relief but nothing overboard, just enough to make it enjoyable.

can’t wait for the sequel – although hope that is not too comical/campy, the coming attractions look good but seemed a bit campy from the 30seconds of sneak peak.

5 CultRetro November 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

Do you guys really WANT serious films and darker themes from us?

This Stormy film has been one of our most successful releases ever and we GREATLY appreciate the support, so thanks to everyone… especially all of the new names I see making purchases from us for the first time. Welcome aboard! We are receiving the message that many of you like what you see here…but what we have NOT heard enough of is WHAT you like about it, or what specifically led to your decision to make a purchase?

Was it the description of the product? The review (Thanks HM!) above? The trailer? The special effects? The actress? The villans? The concept? The tone? The bondage?

Please help us out, so we can do it again. :)

We have more Stormy in post-production now and we are considering script ideas for filming more Stormy in the next few weeks. Now is a good time to let us know how we can provide more of what you want to see in future Stormy episodes.

6 darklord November 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I think its great you have asked for more detailed feedback and appear willing to implement it into your movies so here goes…

First let me state, that i am a big fan of this genre and specifically of your work. I only recently found out about your site when HM reviewed the other stormy tempest vid (the one with the cowboy bounty hunter, forget the title).

What I like:
- The effects are great, and definitely make this site unique (lasers, space battles, etc.)
- Stormy is hot and great costume
- Great stories and locations

What I’d like to see added or more of:
- More hand to hand fighting, the action in ur vids are great, love when stormy gets hit by a laser blast, but some punches, lowblows, etc would make it even better
- More “sex” – I put that in quotes b/c I don’t expect actual sex, but maybe sexual aspects such as groping, fondling, etc.
- Loved the shrinkwrap-esque bondage used on Stormy by the cowboy, so anything where a heroine is captured in a net or plastic wrap and has to struggle is awesome

What I don’t like:
- Nothing really lol… the humor is the only thing i’m not a huge fan of but to a degree its good, i guess its just a fine line before it becomes too much?

I’m sure I could think of more but hopefully what I said makes sense or sounds good to you as well… of course I understand its just one mans’ opinion so feel free to trash it as well haha. Either way, I’m looking forward to any other vids surrounding stormy tempest (or any new heroines you may create)

Thanks!

7 Manta Ray Jack November 15, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I definitely agree with the three things darklord listed as likes. I’m partial to the bondage but only to the extent that Stormy is helpless, rather than hopeless, if that makes sense (which is what I think you convey as I pretty much expect her to get free somehow). I like that the peril seems part of the story rather than the story just being a reason for the peril. I can’t say whether this film is darker and more serious compared to any of your others as it’s my first but I did enjoy the overall tone.

As far as why I made the purchase, the trailer looked good, your films have consistently reviewed well here and there was a lot of positive buzz about this film and its effects from other producers and fans over on another site I visit.

8 Stagger Lee November 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I second everything darklord said.

9 Spectroman November 16, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I am with the DarkLord, he say everything.

10 CultRetro November 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

So it’s safe to say that the more serious, less campy tone is a good thing, right?

Our instinct is to go with camp, simply because ALL low budget movies are campy. You either EMBRACE it, or you most often end up with “unintentional” camp, which I see a lot of in many superheroine productions. “Embrace the cheese” is pretty much our motto… or atleast it was until recently.

I personally think we have improved to the point where we can now actually pull off GENUINE excitement and suspense without making fools out of ourselves, which we experimented with here in Torment in Time. And if you guys agree then we’ll likely take a similar approach when we next film new material for Stormy: Season 3.

The next episode of Stormy Season 2 that we now have in post-production is a lot lighter, as our preview implies. The total story that we are telling here this season requires a little plot and character development to explore some new ground for Stormy as she adjusts to being trapped in the 21st century. And we have a new heroine to introduce that the Supergirl fans are going to love.

More hand-to-hand is DEFINITELY on the agenda for Season 3. Throwing punches is FAR easier than throwing around laser beams and cars!

Thanks for your support and feedback folks!

Later,
AC

11 darklord November 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

you guys definitely pull off a legit video, i wouldn’t worry about that… and yeah its low budget compared to a hollywood movie lol but doesn’t seem low budget at all compared to other productions in this genre and reviewed on this site. Like I mentioned before, the effects, lasers, etc. really make your work unique and is awesome.

i’m glad you guys are going to implement some of those suggestions going forward, very exciting stuff! while i have your ear, I just have to reiterate that i’m a huge fan of a herione being caught a net or spider web (something to that effect)! :-)

12 ML November 17, 2011 at 4:56 am

Just an amazing video. I wouldn’t say I want a darker tone, maybe just a little more balance between dark and camp. I’m glad you are going to go with more hand-to hand combat. As a rule for me, the tougher the opponents, the more gratifying the ending when the heroine eventually wins. Physically tougher opponents is what I would like to see in future videos.

13 Stagger Lee November 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

I will say, I love your special effects… don’t get rid of laser fights and stuff like that. I’m a huge fan of seeing a heroine get shot in the chest area with a laser (or with a stun gun like in “unmasked”, which i loved)

14 CultRetro November 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

darklord, our current outline calls for an alien to capture Stormy in a trap, something like a web.

ML, we’re introducing a new character that will serve as a physically tougher opponent.

Stagger Lee, the special effects and lasers won’t go away, but we definitely want to ADD some of Nicola Rae’s Nyoka the Jungle Girl stage combat moves and rolls into a Stormy film.

Plus Stormy needs a good catfight and we’ve got a few other tricks up our sleeves for Season 3… assuming that she survives Season 2… so far it’s not lookin’ good. :)

Thanks!
AC.

15 Stagger Lee November 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

“More “sex” – I put that in quotes b/c I don’t expect actual sex, but maybe sexual aspects such as groping, fondling, etc.” – this is one I really agree with. There doesn’t even have to be nudity, but just a little bit of sexual peril is always a good thing.

16 darklord November 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm

all i have to say is wow – i cannot wait for season 3! :) any ETA on the next releases? lol sorry i’m just too excited

17 CultRetro November 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm

We’ve got atleast 2 more episodes in the Stormy series we are working on now in post-production, possibly three. We are planning to get atleast one more out by the end of the year. I’m not sure if completing the entire season this year is possible. There are two major effects-heavy battle sequences near the end that will require some significant labor.

We’re planning to shoot Season 3 in early January, but you won’t see it released for awhile. Maybe late February? Who knows. We filmed this current season in August 2010 and we’re just now getting it out for a variety of reasons.

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