#216 | Shadow in the Cloud

With cinemas closed for much of the past year, hundreds of movies recently wrapped suddenly found themselves without a home. Some were delayed… and delayed… and delayed… while others landed straight on streaming platforms, with varying degrees of success.

For tentpole movies, the impact wasn’t so bad – people were still keen to find ways to watch Soul, or Zach Snyder’s Justice League, even if it couldn’t be on the big screen. But for the smaller releases, mid-budgets and B-movies, any sadly appeared to get lost in the ether.

All of which is to say that, if you’ve never heard of Shadow in the Cloud, you’re not alone. The film received a limited release in January, but it grossed less than $1 million and quickly slipped from view. Which is a real shame, because this film is completely, defiantly bonkers – and as soon as we saw it, we knew we just had to talk about it.

The film stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young woman who boards a B-17 bomber travelling from New Zealand to Samoa during the height of World War II. She claims to be carrying top secret documents, but receives an incredulous response from the all-male flight crew.

After that… you’ll really have to experience it for yourself! We strongly recommend going into Shadow in the Cloud blind, and watching with no context for what’s about to happen – even the trailer gives away several of the most memorable moments in the film – one of which is almost unforgivable. It’s a little tough to track down, but well worth the search.

Once you’ve experienced it, check out our episode to hear our full reaction to [REDACTED], [REDACTED] and especially [REDACTED]! We’ll also pitch drinking games, check in with our listener reactions and pitch sequels to give the film another chance to find an audience.

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Next week, we’ll be returning to more mainstream fare with one of the most notorious blockbusters of the late nineties. Until then, happy listening and remember… B-movies deserve love too.