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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.

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger HauerRutger HauerHarley Stone
Kim CattrallKim CattrallMichelle McLaine
Alastair DuncanAlastair DuncanDet. Dick Durkin (as Neil Duncan)
Michael J. PollardMichael J. PollardThe Rat Catcher
Alun ArmstrongAlun ArmstrongThrasher
Pete PostlethwaitePete PostlethwaitePaulsen
Ian DuryIan DuryJay Jay
Roberta EatonRoberta EatonRobin
Tony SteedmanTony SteedmanPat O’Donnell
Steven HartleySteven HartleyFoster McLaine
Sara StockbridgeSara StockbridgeTiffany (as Sarah Stockbridge)
Colin SkeapingColin SkeapingDrunk
Ken BonesKen BonesForensic Expert
Dave DuffyDave DuffyNick ‘The Barman’
Stewart Harvey-WilsonStewart Harvey-WilsonThe Killer

Title Card

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.


4 movies

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.