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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!

Jun 8, 2018

The Invitation is a movie that takes a very different take on cults, so lets unpack this film a bit and dive into some academic literature on the subject.  Cults are a mainstay of the horror genre, but here we see way more nuance.

1:30- Tyler just read  Andrea Subisatti's Doctoral Thesis.  Andrea is the co-host of Faculty of Horror, where they discuss horror genre films.  If you like The Horror Pod Class then you have got to check out Faculty of Horror.

3:00-  Make sure you check out Paul Tremblay's article about school shootings over at the Boston Globe.  

4:00-  Mike just finished reading The Fisherman by John Langan.  It is super awesome and if you haven't yet read it, you really ought to.  Click here to buy it now on Amazon or even better, head by your local book store and see if they have it there.  It is super important to support local book stores, especially the idependent ones. I got turned on to it from our Horror Pod Class Facebook group, click here to join the discussion!

7:30- Shout-out to Robert, our newest Patreon member!  We do this podcast out of the goodness (or evil) of our own hearts, but if you would like to help support us financially to cover the server costs of both the Horror Pod Class podcast and our website, you can head on over to our Patreon Page


9:30- Tyler talks about Dead Right Horror Trivia, if you want to know more check them out on Facebook.

11:30-  Go check out The Invitation on Netflix before Mike and Tyler spoil the hell out of it.  Mike didn't like it so much, but it is one of Tyler's favorite movies.  Go figure, they don't always agree.

13:30-  This movie has John Carroll Lynch in it!  He is one of our favorite creepy character actors.

20:00-  There has been an absolute ton of content, both documentary and docudramas, about cults.  We really recommend that you check out the Heaven's Gate Podcast for its nuanced look inside that particular cult.

23:00-  Mike and Tyler talk all about a great article by Elena Greco entitled, "The Use of Persuasion in Cults." It is available for free on, if you are interested we recommend that you check it out. is free, but you do have to start and account to sign up and access the content.   

28:00  Tyler drops a reference to the Sunk Cost Fallacy.  Read more about it and how it skews our judgement here.

29:15-  Mike really likes a website run by a guy named Taylor Holmes.  Taylor does a great job of discussing movies in a deep and meaningful way and you can check out his great article all about The Invitation and then continue with an interview that was conducted with the co-writer of the movie, Phil Hay.

34:20-  Tyler came up with a really interesting article entitled "Gangs and guilt: Towards a new theory of horror film" by Suzanne Kord.  It is also available to read for free at this link!

36:30-  Mike talks all about the movie Sound of My Voice which co-stars Brit Marling.  It is not quite as good as OA, which she is in also, but Sound of My Voice has a really great start and premise, then third act not so much.

44:00-  Tyler mentions an episode of This American Life, you can listen to it right here.

47:00-  Link to Reply All Podcast about Incels.

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