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The Horror Pod Class: Episode 119 Fear Dot Com

Tyler: live from the Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial High School AV Room

Welcome to episode 119 of The Horror Pod Class. My name is Tyler and I I run Signal Horizon a magazine dedicated to exploring genre fiction in and out of the classroom. 

Orrin

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 the critical darling Fear Dot Com

What am I watching:

Dude its been a busy couple of weeks so I am falling off my good work rate. A couple of hold overs from SXSW. First Off Season directed by Mickey Keating. Them new show on Amazon. 

Orrin: Uh … catching up on some Japanese exploitation movies that have been on my watchlist forever, 1988’s Evil Dead Trap and 1969’s Blind Beast, both of which are good but not for … most people, probably. And I haven’t started reading it yet, but I just got Stephen Graham Jones’ latest!

Dark Corners of the Web:

Forgotten Hill Flash game. Lots of them and they are fun. 

https://www.forgotten-hill.com/game/forgotten-hill-puppeteer/

House KEEPING

Tyler: Deep Cuts Horror Trivia! Next Friday!

It’s not relevant to ANYTHING we are talking about, but can I drop some love for this Kickstarter please? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dmk73/monsters-from-the-public-domain-a-5e-bestiary

The Cotorie our local kids theatre is coming back and BOY DO THEY HAVE an AWESOME first show along with Mesner Puppet Theatre They have How to Snag a Sea Monster

WE WILL BE “AT” PANIC FEST. BUY A Ticket. STREAM US!!!! https://panicfilmfest.com/

Essential Question: Can Fear Dot Com be called hard boiled.

IMDB Summary: A New York City detective investigates mysterious deaths occurring 48 hours after users log onto a site named feardotcom. 

To be fair its actually a site named feardotcom.com

Directed by William Malone of the House on Haunted Hill remake fame

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen DorffStephen DorffMike
Natascha McElhoneNatascha McElhoneTerry
Stephen ReaStephen ReaAlistair
Udo KierUdo KierPolidori
Amelia CurtisAmelia CurtisDenise
Jeffrey CombsJeffrey CombsStyles
Nigel TerryNigel TerryTurnbull
Gesine CukrowskiGesine CukrowskiJeannine
Michael SarrazinMichael SarrazinFrank Bryant
Jana GüttgemannsJana GüttgemannsLittle Girl
Anna ThalbachAnna ThalbachKate
Siobhan FlynnSiobhan FlynnThana Brinkman
Evie GarrattEvie GarrattAlbino Woman
Lex KrepsLex KrepsTenant
Joan McBrideJoan McBrideMrs. Richardson

First Off We should discuss what it is to be hardboiled

HOW TO TELL: A snap-brim hat, a trench coat, and a frosted-glass office door may well appear on a dust jacket, even though they are utterly anachronistic. If a handgun isn’t illustrated, be surprised. The flap copy may include such words as dame, P.I., dick, shamus, for hire, and “a case for.” The cover is probably dark, with a lonely street or storefront, possibly with rain.

https://crimereads.com/what-is-a-hard-boiled-novel/

My blog post about it from 2017:

And here’s Roger Ebert’s somehow-glowing 2-star review where he says “If the final 20 minutes had been produced by a German impressionist [sic] in the 1920s, we’d be calling it a masterpiece.”

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/feardotcom-2002

Audience score of 18% and 3% critic score….YIKES

Also this movie has more dutch angles than amsterdam. 

So it has some decent scares

4 Movies 

SEVEN and The Ring

Silent Hill and Masters of Horror: Fair-Haired Child

ALU

Hi everyone, I’m really sorry to have to tell you all this but this is coroner Mike typing. Whilst Fimbley was watching ‘feardotcom’ he had a sudden seizure from one of the many over the top fast cutting flashing scenes and died. Before he passed though he wanted me to tell you all that, “this film makes no fucking sense, it looks awful, it sounds awful and that everyone who made this should be put out of business. Whoever thought that the fast cutting mid 2000s sequences was a good idea was fucking moron. Seriously fuck this movie.” Then he died.

I’m really sorry to have to be the one to tell you this but the film was still playing when I got there and to be fair, I’d have probably died if I had to watch any more of it so I don’t blame him for just letting go. 

Condolences.

Cheerio.

Coroner Mike.

NEXT WEEK: PANIC FEST!!!!