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Episode 112. Intruder Alert: Them (2006) & The Strangers (2008)

Lock your doors and check your windows because some uninvited guests are on their way. In this episode, Andrea and Alex explore the origins and hyperbole around the home invasion sub-genre and why there may be more to fear than those trying to break in. 
 
 
Class of 2022 Merch is here! Get our limited edition design with art by Laura Hokstad on whatever TeePublic can print it on.
 
Toronto Live Show! Come see us at The Garrison in Toronto on December 7 to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Tickets are PWYC with all proceeds going to Sistering.

REQUIRED READING

Ils/Them. Dir. David Moreau and Xavier Palud, 2006. 
The Strangers. Dir. Bryan Bertino, 2008. 
 

EXTRA CREDIT

The Lonely Villa, dir. D.W. Griffith (1909). The first home invasion horror film?
 
Hoodies Strike Fear in British Cinema – Jane Graham’s piece for The Guardian on the rise of Hoodie Horror.
 
Simulacra and Simulation – Jean Beaudrillard’s treatise on how the real is transformed into media. 
 
We Fear Each Other When Guns Themselves are the Real Danger – A reevaluation of what we have to fear when it comes to home invasion and why. 
 
History of Home Invasion movies – Remember when people actually posted content on Tumblr? T.L. Bodine does.

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Episode 111. Homegrown: 28 Days Later (2002)

Andrea and Alex cross the pond to revisit Danny Boyle’s post-apocalyptic film that brought the zombie genre back to (un)life. From virology to bodily autonomy to Brexit, there’s a lot to chew on. 
 
 
Class of 2022 Merch is here! Get our limited edition design with art by Laura Hokstad on whatever TeePublic can print it on.
 
Toronto Live Show! Come see us at The Garrison in Toronto on December 7 to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Tickets are PWYC with all proceeds going to Sistering.

REQUIRED READING

28 Days Later. Dir. Danny Boyle, 2002. 
 

EXTRA CREDIT

Varieties of Zombieism: Approaching Comparative Political Economy through “28 Days Later” and “Wild Zero”. Derek Hall’s examination of the metaphorical allusions in relation to the economy. 
 
Britain: Rough month or road to ruin? This episode of CBC’s daily podcast Front Burner covers the on-going strife in the UK from Brexit to now. 
 
Fast Zombie/Slow Zombie: Food Writing, Horror Movies, and Agribusiness Apocalypse by Michael Newbury. How the food economy is reflected in the modern zombie’s increased appetite.
 
Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic. The CDC’s decidedly playful attempt to teach the importance of emergency preparedness through a zombie narrative.

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Episode 110. Fight or Flight: Final Destination (2000)

Andrea and Alex evoke the spectre of Death in their analysis of James Wong’s turn of the century ode to vibes. From risk society to the abject, Final Destination has a plan for everyone. 
 
 
Class of 2022 Merch is here! Get our limited edition design with art by Laura Hokstad on whatever TeePublic can print it on.
 
Toronto Live Show! Come see us at The Garrison in Toronto on December 7 to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Tickets are PWYC with all proceeds going to Sistering.

REQUIRED READING

Final Destination. Dir. James Wong, 2000. 
 

EXTRA CREDIT

An Experiment with Time. J.W. Dunne’s exploration of pre-cognitivism and serialism as it relates to our experience of time. 
 
The Society of the Spectacle. Guy Debord’s Marxist analysis of how representation of events has become a unifying human experience to our detriment. 
 
Santa Muerte. An article on the controversial Mexican saint of the disenfranchised.
 
Risk Society. A summary of Anthony Giddens’ fourth chapter of Modernity and Self Identity (1991).
 

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Episode 109. Class Act: Society (1989)

The elite are literally a different breed in Brian Yuzna’s cult classic film about the perils of popularity and privilege. In this episode, Andrea and Alex dive into the mystique that surrounds the wealthy and explore why they need the rest of us to survive. 
 
 

REQUIRED READING

Society. Dir. Brian Yuzna, 1989. 
 

EXTRA CREDIT

Generation Multiplex. Timothy Shary’s fascinating book about the language of film and its influence on teen culture. 
 
Fran Lebowitz on Race and Racism. The iconic writer on inherited privilege. 
 
Baby Scoop Era. The period before abortion was legalized which saw a rise in adoptions.  
 
Orgies: A Brief History of Hanky-Panky. A look back at group sex through the centuries. 
 
Sociology of the elite. A faddish field, but experiencing a revival now due to growing social inequality.
 

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