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The Horror Pod Class

Hey class!  Come meet Mike and Tyler, two high school teachers who absolutely love to talk and write about the horror genre!  We also own and write for a website named Signal Horizon, where you can get the latest news, reviews, and analysis of works from the horror and dark science fiction genres!

Feb 2, 2018

Hey Class!  On this episode of Horror Podclass we talk about the fantastic Australian horror film, The Babadook and its exploration of the stages of grief.  Find out what makes the Babadook a great horror movie and what is has to say about our culture.

Here are some useful links to some things we discuss in the show:

2:20-  Tyler is super interested in Secret Cinema which specialises in "live cinema" experiences, combining film screenings with interactive performances in purpose-built sets. 

4:18- Mike and Tyler both really like Scanner Darkly, a film by director Richard Linklater based a novel by Philip K. Dick.  Check out some more of our coverage of Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, now on Amazon Prime Streaming.

6:50- This month is Women in Horror Month, check out the first article we have out this month celebrating women in the genre.  Tyler's favorite woman in horror is Heather Langenkamp and Mike's is editor Ellen Datlow.  Her excellent yearly anthology series, The Best Horror of the Year, is currently on Volume 9.

18:45- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss psychiatrist wrote in the 60s about how people come to terms with their own deaths and deal with grief.  Read more about her and her 5 stages of grief model on Wikipedia.

43:50- Check out this awesome about how The Babadook inverts the typical horror mom trope.  Tyler says that it is from the Atlantic, but it is really from the great website Grantland and written by Hazel Cills.  You will come to learn that whenever Tyler doesn't know where an article he read came from, he just defaults to The Atlantic.

50:00- Here is a really interesting article about Mr. Babadook's second life as a gay icon.  Totally worth a read!

How the Babadook became the LGBTQ Icon we didn't know we needed from Vox.

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