The Horror Pod Class Episode 118: Split Second
Tyler: live from the Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial High School AV Room
Welcome to episode 118 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.
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 exploring exploring water world prequel Split Second
What Are We Watching
Tyler: So many movies for SXSW. Spine of Night, Sound of Violence. Most excited Woodlands Dark and Days Bewtiched A History of Folk Horror directed by Kier-La Janisse. Non SX film Sacrifice with Barbara Crampton. Def Folk Horror.
Orrin: Books and Movies
Dark Corners of the Web
Nadia Bulkin on Outer Dark
Essential Question:How does Split Second handle climate change and what role does climate play in creating its horror.
Summary: In a flooded future London, Detective Harley Stone hunts a serial killer who murdered his partner, and has haunted him ever since. He soon discovers what he is hunting might not be human.
London 2008. After forty days and nights of torrential rain, the city is largely submerged below water, a result of the devastating effects of continued global warming. The warnings ignored for decades have now resulted in undreamed-of levels of pollution where day has become almost endless night. The future has never looked more dangerous…
Monsters motivation summed up really well
The creature is eating the hearts of its victims to gain their souls by somehow also absorbing their DNA. It’s focusing on people with the star sign Scorpio because this is a water sign, which has something to do with the rising river. By making Stone (who has been left with a psychic link to the creature) its final victim (his partner was the first) it completes a circle of power that makes it invulnerable. Or something.
There is also an MVD special Blu for it
It has an interesting lineage, running both forward and backward. It’s directed by Tony Maylam, who made cult slasher favorite The Burning in ‘81 and written by Gary Scott Thomas, who would go on to write The Fast and the Furious. The monster was designed by Stephen Norrington, who went on to direct Blade and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and who also worked on the effects teams for Aliens and Alien 3.
IS IT CYBERPUNK?
Johnny Mnemonic and Predator 2–ALso Mimic
I Come in Peace and Screamers
Anonymous Letter Box User
Split Second? More like Shit Ninety Minutes.
Take a dash of Blade Runner, Alien, Predator, and a Satanic heart theory blend it all together with a camera and lighting crew who are boring as Fuck, a script written on loose toilet paper and a director who can’t manage tension or action to save his life and you have this boring ass movie.
NEXT WEEK: FEAR(DOT)COM
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.