May 31, 2019
Welcome back to the Horror Pod Class! Today we are talking about a movie that is frankly.... well pretty rough. It's the 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust and while it has its problems and its problematic elements, it is often cited as both a horror classic and the first found footage film. Today, we are diving into the film that everyone always mentions but maybe hasn't watched start to finish. We both watched the whole movie, except Tyler skipped the turtle scene, and did some research about where a movie like this comes from and what cultural significance it might still have in our internet age.
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But hey, before we get to that here is what we are reading and watching this week:
The Best Horror of the Year Volume 11 edited by Ellen Datlow is frankly awesome. Her picks are always great and volume 11 has some of the best yet. It's out later this summer, make sure you preorder a copy.
We talk about the recently released on VOD movie Possum which is super creepy. It's about 90 minutes of some of the most uncanny stuff you will ever see.
Undertow Publications has released the first book in its Contemporary Classics line, which are hardcover signed and numbered collector's editions of recent seminal works. The first book, The Moon Will Look Strange by Lynda E. Rucker is shipping now and limited to 100 copies. Just look at how awesome that cover looks:
The next book in the line is The Lost District by Joel Lane, due out later this year. Even more exciting, books 3 and 4 of the line will be The Fisherman by John Langan and Contagion by Brian Evenson. Runs will be limited and priority will go to those who have bought earlier copies so get on this train while you still can!
Dark Corners of the Web: Dark Corners of the Web: A really great story that we first read in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 10 has been made into a great episode of Pseudopod. Whatever Comes After Calcutta by David Erik Nelson.
Rugero Deodato himself says just a horror movie about Cannibals, but we don't know if we totally buy it. He has a short coming up in an anthology movie called Deathcember.
Get smart with Tyler on Cinema Veritae with this reading from USC.
For a great read about horror in general with a particularly good focus on slasher and mondo films, check out Adam Rockoff's The Horror of it All.
From The Atlantic: "When a Snuff Film Becomes Unavoidable."
Mike talks about the on-air suicides of Bud Dwyer and Christine Chubbuck.
NEXT WEEK: Getting ready for Summer! The horror coming up this summer that you can't miss!