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
Tyler: 1917 Quick Plug to Scott Poole
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 Sprang||…||Sarge|
|Joshua Peace||…||D.J. (as Josh Peace)|
|Hardee T. Lineham||…||Lieutenant Vaughn|
|Dru Viergever||…||Soldier Zombie|
|Shawn Roberts||…||Tony (archive footage)|
|Scott Wentworth||…||Professor Maxwell (archive footage)|
|Amy Lalonde||…||Tracy (archive footage)|
|Michelle Morgan||…||Debra (archive footage)|
|Joshua Close||…||Jason (archive footage)|
|Mitch Risman||…||Drooling Zombie|
|Kathleen Munroe||…||Janet / Jane|
What we thought of the movie
Remake of the Western The Big Country
Thoughts on Tribalism and Horror
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.
Tyler has been the editor in chief of Signal Horizon since its conception. He is also the Director of Monsters 101 at Truman State University a class that pairs horror movie criticism with survival skills to help middle and high school students learn critical thinking. When he is not watching, teaching or thinking about horror he is the Director of Debate and Forensics at a high school in Kansas City, Missouri.