Dan used to love post-apocalypse horror, especially the BBC’s ‘humanity-destroying plague’ classic, Survivors (1975-77). But he hasn’t re-watched it since COVID-19 hit, as he feared it would be too much like real life; for the same reason he hasn’t seen Steven Soderbergh’s eerily prophetic film Contagion (2011), which has had a new lease of life on streaming since lockdown. Stella and Ian join him in rediscovering these chilling tales and to discuss horror in a time of pandemic. And there’s another phone call from Howard, bringing The Bag of Death.
Please note, the general discussion of Contagion and the first episodes of the TV and audio versions of Survivors contains some minor spoilers (as well as a spoiler for the opening scene of the first episode of The Walking Dead).
00.00.41 Introduction and news
00.10.55 The Walking Dead opening analysis (includes a spoiler)
00.16.10 Pandemic horror introduction
00.20.07 Contagion chat
00.41.21 Survivors (TV) chat
00.56.50 Survivors (audio) chat
01.10.50 The Bag of Death (with Howard)
Relevant Links and Availability
Contagion (2011) is currently free to stream if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber in the UK
Survivors, the 1975-77 TV series, can be streamed via BritBox in the UK (as Stella mentions, some of it is also on YouTube – but it shouldn’t be)
Dan’s review of Survivors Series Nine (2019) will soon be posted on our own blog page
Waco: Madman or Messiah is currently streaming on Netflix in the UK