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The Horror Pod Class Episode 125: The Superdeep

Tyler: Welcome to Episode 125 of the Horror Pod Class. We took the summer off to enjoy going out to our favorite places, restaurants, and cities. While we were gone Missouri proved its gonna missouri and is now a cesspool of the delta variant. So pretty much exactly as we left you all. I am joined tonight as I am most nights by The cohostest with the mostest. The sassiest skeleton I know…Orrin Grey. What have you been up to since we last appeared here man?

Orrin: Wor. King. Holy shit, I have been absolutely slammed with freelance work pretty much ever since the last time we got together. Sadly, most of it is the kind of work-for-hire stuff I either can’t talk about or it wouldn’t be interesting if I did, but it’s certainly been keeping me busy.

Tyler: Tonight we are going to discuss what we have been reading and watching, highlight some free content on the internet and finally we are going to take an in depth (like WAY In Depth, Like 2 miles underground in depth) look at the Shudder film The Superdeep. But before what have been the stand outs for you this summer. 

Also Panic Fest has moved. April 8-18

What Have We Been Watching/Reading

Tyler: Black Summer, The Howling Village, The Walking Dead World Beyond, Fear Street Movies, John Langan’s The Fisherman, PLain Bad Heroines by Emily Danforth.

Orrin:  I did manage to watch something that came out in the last 20 years and also read something that is actually from the future! The latter is the latest from Stephen Graham Jones, My Heart is a Chainsaw, which I reviewed at Signal Horizon and which should be out later this month.

Dark Corners of the Web:

Howl from Beyond the Fog, a 35-minute short kaiju film from 2019 that’s made entirely with puppets. It’s on Prime and/or Tubi, and can be our Dark Corners of the Web if we want.

Essential Question: How close does Superdeep get to real zombie fungus.

A small research team went down below the surface to find out what secret the world’s deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found turned out to be the greatest threat in history. And the future of humanity is in their hands.

Cast (in credits order)  

Milena RadulovicMilena RadulovicAnya
Sergey IvanyukSergey IvanyukMikheev
Nikolay KovbasNikolay KovbasYury
Vadim DemchogVadim DemchogGrigoriev
Kirill KovbasKirill KovbasPeter
Nikita DyuvbanovNikita DyuvbanovNikolay
Viktor NizovoyViktor NizovoyBig Daddy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Albina ChaykinaAlbina ChaykinaKira
Dmitriy ErmoshinDmitriy ErmoshinSpecial Forces
Ilya IlinykhIlya IlinykhSergeant
Vladimir KolidaVladimir KolidaRadio Operator
Nikita LyushnenkoNikita LyushnenkoSpecial Forces
Maksim RaduginMaksim RaduginMan
Alexei SdobnovAlexei SdobnovTarabukin
Darya ShagalDarya ShagalOlga
Konstantin TernovoyKonstantin TernovoySpecial Forces
Andrey TrushinAndrey TrushinShahter
Evgeniy TscherkashinEvgeniy Tscherkashin
Artyom TsukanovArtyom TsukanovEgorov

I need to point out that, within the first 10-15 minutes of this movie, there are specific moments homaging Predator (helicopter flight), The Thing (encounter upon landing), and Aliens (elevator/dropship).

Russian Horror has been great lately: Specifically I totally dug Sputnik which is an alien creature feature with a ton of heart.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/how-the-zombie-fungus-takes-over-ants-bodies-to-control-their-minds/545864/

https://www.cnet.com/news/cicadas-face-bizarre-death-zombie-fungus-that-eats-away-at-their-butts/

Also Zombie Fungus features heavy in The girl with all the gifts movie and book (M.R. Carey). I have a chapter coming out in nonfiction anthology about Girl. Its one of my favorites. 

4 Movies

Orrin: The Void and Devil’s Pass

Tyler: In the Earth, Girl with all the gifts….Also Gaia is great.

AALU

Squirmy, gooey bullshit. I’m begging Russian horror to deal with anything other than the Sovet Union

NEXT WEEK: House of Wax (2005), which should have some real gems of AALUs to choose from.