Two movies titled Bluebeard enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis and Robert Rau watch a South Korean thriller— and a John Carradine chiller — to determine which should be called Bluebeard.
Both of these movies take their title from a French folktale about a dude who can’t help murdering his wives, but both offer their own interpretations. The first is a 2017 thriller from South Korea about a proctologist dealing with a lot of problems in his life, one of which is a severed head found in his neighbor’s fridge. He thinks this has something to do with a body washed ashore, but his mind is playing tricks on him. While an enjoyable movie, this film doesn’t really care to tie in its title to the events portrayed, leading to some interesting suggestions from Herman and Rob.
Our second movie is a 1944 horror movie starring John Carradine about a painter/puppeteer who kills his models after he’s done with them. It takes place in France, but no one really bothers with feigning an accent, and Bluebeard doesn’t take the time to marry his victims. While having the advantage of being the first movie with the moniker, straying from the material does hurt its chances of keeping the title.
This one’s gonna be a toughie, but is either movie good enough to call itself Bluebeard? Listen if you dare.
Do you have an idea or even want to join the “There Can Be Only One” gang at their next viewing party? Email Robert Rau with your movie suggestion, the days you’re free to watch, and how much beer you can bring.
- Director/Producer: Robert Rau
- Executive Producer: Jeremy White