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Season 3 Episode 15 The Horror Pod Class Survival of the Dead and Tribalism with Special Guest Daniel Kraus

Welcome to the Junior Year Episode 15 of the Horror Pod Class.  My name is Tyler and I am the editor in chief of Signal Horizon a company dedicated to exploring horror in and out of the classroom.  When I am not managing signal horizon I am a teacher at a local hs here in KC Missouri. Tonight I am joined by my cohost and monster ambassador here at SH, award winning writer Orrin Grey. (Say HI Orrin)  Today we will start off by discussing what we are excited about, highlight some free horror content on the internet, and conclude with an indepth look at THE 2009 FILM THE SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD. We are joined tonight by our special guest author Daniel Kraus. Daniel has written a number of novels including The Shape of Water with Guillermo del Toro. Kraus has cowritten The Living Dead with zombie legend god rest his soul George Romero. Daniel we usually talk about what we have watched or read but why don’t you talk to us about what projects you have coming up.    

Daniel:  The Walking Dead

Bent Heavens

Tyler: 1917 Quick Plug to Scott Poole

Orrin: Underwater

Dark Corners of the Web

Short Dig Your Own Grave:  Horror Comedy by Krik Larson.

Essential Question:  Where does Survival of the Dead fit in with the rest of the zombie cannon.

Summary from RT

A group of rogue soldiers seek shelter from the zombie apocalypse on scenic Plum Island, only to become caught up in a bitter feud between two warring families. O’Flynn has been banished from Plum Island, where his family is locked in a longtime quarrel with the Muldoons. The O’Flynns see the flesh-eaters as subhuman, never hesitating to put a bullet between their eyes; the Muldoons balk at the prospect of killing their gut-munching loved ones, instead opting to care for their rotting kinfolk until scientists find a cure for the undead scourge. As the division between the two families grows deeper and wider, Crocket and his men realize that on Plum Island, the zombies are the least of their worries.

Cast Information about the movie

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Van SprangSarge
Joshua PeaceD.J. (as Josh Peace)
Hardee T. LinehamLieutenant Vaughn
Dru ViergeverSoldier Zombie
Eric WoolfeKenny
Shawn RobertsTony (archive footage)
Scott WentworthProfessor Maxwell (archive footage)
Amy LalondeTracy (archive footage)
Michelle MorganDebra (archive footage)
Joshua CloseJason (archive footage)
Mitch RismanDrooling Zombie
Kenneth WelshO’Flynn
Julian RichingsJames
Wayne RobsonTawdry
Kathleen MunroeJanet / Jane

What we thought of the movie


Remake of the Western The Big Country

Thoughts on Tribalism and Horror

History of Hatfields and mcCoys

Anonymous Amazon User 

George, what happened? You made two absolute masterpieces – Night Of The Living Dead, and Dawn Of The Dead (1978) – and then – blech! Day Of The Dead was nothing but screaming back and forth; Land Of The Dead had potential but simply wasn’t scary; and the less said about Diary Of The Dead the better. This one, Survival, is just awful – Technically, it’s fine – looks very polished and professional, but not one moment that is truly frightening or shocking. Truthfully, I could barely get through it. Boring and just plain bad. I’d like to think that George has one or two really GREAT zombie films, but it sure ain’t this one.


Next Time on The Horror Pod Class we are talking Horror on the High Seas with Ghost Ship and other Nautical Frights.