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The Horror Pod Class Episode 113: Shivers with Director Jeff Brown

man is an animal that thinks too much. An over-rational animal that has lost touch with its body and its instincts,” […] “too much brain and not enough guts,” so what he came up with to help our guts along was a parasite that›s “…a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease that will hopefully turn the world into one beautiful, mindless orgy-Shivers

Live from the Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial High School AV Room

Welcome to episode 109 of The Horror Pod Class. My name is Tyler and I run Signal Horizon a magazine dedicated to exploring genre fiction in and out of the classroom. 

Orrin: And I’m Orrin Grey, Monster Ambassador and general gadabout here at Signal Horizon.

Tyler: Tonight on the Horror Pod Class we are going to spend some time talking about what we have been watching and reading, we will help you find some free genre content on the internet and finally we will spend the remainder of the episode with our Special Guest Jeff Brown discussing the deeply weird and equally problematic  film Shivers. We have a new segment to offer up this year. We have curated the most important horror news of the two week period and will discuss the pressing issues of the day. Before we get there. Orrin what have you been up to. 


Tyler: Shadow in the Cloud. Possessor.


CINESTATE AND RUN HIDE FIGHT. Holy shit its so fucking gross. Don’t go see it

Dark Corners of the Web

No Sleep Podcast-Christmas edition. Great Elves story. “Raw Material”

Essential Question: how does David’s Cronenberg Shivers address issues of Gender and Sexuality.

Tyler: Jeff Brown is a rising director to keep an eye on. His debut feature The Beach House garnered heaps of praise with Brian Tellarico of Roger calling it perfectly suited for this moment in time before Shudder picked it up as one of its own. The Beach House is a spot on mix of body trauma, and lovecraftian horror. Jeff picked Shivers to discuss tonight and after watching it I can see why,. Lots of oooy gooey ness. Jeff Welcome to The Horror Pod Class. We are stoked to have you.

Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul HamptonPaul HamptonRoger St. Luc
Joe SilverJoe SilverRollo Linsky
Lynn LowryLynn LowryNurse Forsythe
Allan KolmanAllan KolmanNicholas Tudor (as Alan Migicovsky)
Susan PetrieSusan PetrieJanine Tudor
Barbara SteeleBarbara SteeleBetts
Ronald MlodzikRonald MlodzikMerrick
Barry BaldaroBarry BaldaroDetective Heller (as Barry Boldero)
Camil DucharmeCamil DucharmeMr. Guilbault (as Camille Ducharme)
Hanna PoznanskaHanna PoznanskaMrs. Guilbault (as Hanka Posnanska)
Wally MartinWally MartinDoorman
Vlasta VranaVlasta VranaKresimer Sviben
Silvie DeboisSilvie DeboisBenda Sviben
Charles PerleyCharles PerleyDelivery Boy
Al RochmanAl RochmanParkins

History of Cronenberg

“But because of our necessity to impose our own structure of perception on things we look on ourselves as being relatively stable. But, in fact, when I look at a person I see this maelstrom of organic, chemical and electron chaos; volatility and instability, shimmering; and the ability to change and transform and transmute.”-DC interview with BOMB

Existenz-He is VERY into orifices.

Anonymous Letterboxd User

“Otherwise as far as how he uses some women in the film, it’s pretty dated to put it nicely. “Oh, I couldn’t let your dinner burn! Teehee.” Bro, you just almost got raped!

And I just couldn’t care less of what happened to the main guy.

Had to laugh at “I’m hungry….. Hungry for love!Horny on the timeline and for what”

Next Week we will be joined by the author Matthew Bartlett as we discuss Session 9