Cult 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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.