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How to Survive

'How to Survive' is a film review podcast with a twist. The discussion centres around one key question: 'How would you survive in this movie?' Each episode centres around one classic movie. Often, they are horror movies, but there are also lots of thrillers, action movies, adventure movies and the occasional romantic drama for good measure. If you've ever rolled your eyes when the victim goes outside alone; tutted when the killer returns from the dead; or shouted 'DON'T GO IN THERE!', this is the podcast for you. If you have ideas on How to Survive, or recommendations for films we should consider, send them over to: HowToSurviveShow@Gmail.com
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Sep 20, 2017

It's episode 110... and I don't know if the house is haunted, but I hope it is.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) tells the story of the Rey family. Shortly after the birth of their new son, the Reys begin experiencing strange goings-on in their home. All signs point to a haunting - and when the main characters from the first film show up you know there's going to be trouble...

We talk about the importance of sharing critical information about hauntings with similarly afflicted family members; as well as the hysterical idolatry of a mostly forgettable horror movie victim, and more!

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Sep 13, 2017

It's episode 109... and we may be a podcast, but we're not a f*cking podcast.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) tells the story of two brothers, Seth and Richie, who get into a bad situation when they kidnap a family on a road trip and escape to Mexico They head to a bar for the night, but all is not what it seems with the bar's staff and patrons  

We hash out optimal business hours for mythical creatures; the importance of keeping your promises; and more!

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...

If you try to run, I've got six little friends and they all run faster than you do  

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Sep 6, 2017

It's episode 108... and may we come in?

Let the Right One In (2008) tells the story of Oskar, a young boy who is bullied at school, and makes friends with his new neighbour, Eli. They form a tight bond, but all is not as it seems with Eli, and why does she only come out at night?

We address the logistics of harvesting blood from members of the public; the poor economy of helping a mythical creature feed; and the benefits of travelling in the dead of night. 

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Att fly är livet, at dröja döden

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Aug 30, 2017

It's episode 107... and something wicker this way comes...

The Wicker Man (1973) tells the story of Sgt. Howie of the Scottish constabulary. Howie is sent to the remote Hebredian island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. What he finds is a town devoted to pagan rituals, but could  something more sinister be brewing under the surface? (The answer is yes).

We discuss the importance of not drinking on the job; the lethal risks of a life of chastity; and the merits of a strong negotiation strategy when dealing with cult leaders.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Take a seat. I believe it is better to receive a shock with the knees bent.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Aug 23, 2017

It's episode 106... and look what's happened to Rosemary's Baby...

Rosemary's Baby (1968) tells the story of Rosemary, a young woman who falls pregnant after moving into a new home. But the pregnancy is fraught with unusual side-effects, and her creepy neighbours won't leave her alone.

We discuss the importance of supervising the preparation of your food; the limitations of hiding in plane sight; and when all is said and done, why not just go with it?

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

No pope ever visits a city where the newspapers are on strike.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Aug 9, 2017

Jurassic Park (1993) tells the story of Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler, two paleontologists (well, one paleontologist and one paleobotanist...) who are summoned to a new theme park to make sure it is safe for visitors. The theme at the park is 'dinosaurs', and the park's owner, John Hammond has been able to clone real dinosaurs from their blood, preserved in amber.

Before long, the park's systems fail, and it becomes a classic case of man vs. The Cloneasaurus Rex.  

We discuss what it means to spare no expense; the importance of finding the right man for the job; and the dangers of stopping halfway when it comes to genetic design.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates podcasts....

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Aug 2, 2017

It's episode 103... and you're one ugly motherf**ker..

Predator (1987) tells the story of Major Allan 'Dutch' Schaefer, a mercenary who takes on the job of rescuing a kidnapped diplomat in the Venezuelan jungle. Along with his team, they soon realise they've been double-crossed by Dutch's old friend, CIA operative, 'Dillon'. The two are soon at each other's throats, and then an alien shows up and starts killing everyone.

We discuss the ethics of intergalactic game hunting; the benefits of a tight-lipped approach to stealth; and of course, the safest way to store explosives when you're in an eighties action movie.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

If it bleeds, we can kill it...

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Jul 26, 2017

It's episode 102... and you can't trust anyone but family...

It Comes at Night (2017) tells the story of Paul and his family, who have survived a plague and now live in a house in the woods, desperate to stay protected from disease and would-be attackers. Their volatile existence is threatened when a man breaks in. And that's about as much as we can say without spoiling it...

We discuss the finer points of interior design; the importance of maintaining a positive attitude to health and safety, even during a crisis; and a cost-benefit analysis of killing everyone you come into contact with on sight.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

We never go out at night. Got it?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Jul 19, 2017

It's episode 100!!!!! ...and that goalie was pissed about something..

Freddy vs. Jason (2003) tells the story of Freddy Krueger, an evil phantom who haunts teenagers and kills them in their dreams. With his power weakening, he enlists the help of Jason Voorhees, the Camp Crystal Lake killer. Why? Because they needed to be crowbarred together somehow.

We discuss the benefits of keeping your mouth shut when you're on the run; the economics of drugging an entire town of people; and the importance on establishing a solid rationale for a project, before awakening an unstoppable wraith who loves killing teenagers.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

You're not even scary. And let's talk about the butter knives. What is with the butter knives? You trying to compensate for something? Maybe coming up a little short there between the legs?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world

Jul 12, 2017

It's episode 100!!!!! ...and things are going bump in the night...

Paranormal Activity (2009) tells the story of Micah and Rachel, a young couple whose lives are turned upside down when they are haunted by a demon. We see their lives unravel through videotapes made by the couple during their gradual demise, in the most carefully edited and dramatised 'found footage' movie yet.

We discuss the benefits of trusting the experts; the merits of leaving your house the instant you know beyond any reasonable doubt that it's haunted; and the best idea of all: throw a massive house party.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Basically, they're these malevolent evil spirits that only exist to make podcasts for their own amusement. It's pretty creepy- I mean, they've been doing this for years, like decades, and sometimes they're really intelligent in the way they do things to freak you out.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jul 5, 2017

It's episode 99... and we all go a little mad sometimes....

Psycho (1960) tells the story of Marion Crane; a young woman who steals a large sum of money from her employer and runs away to meet up with her secret lover. On the way to meet him, she stops for the night at the Bates Motel, and surely nothing can go wrong there...

We discuss the importance of always having diagnostic criteria ready to go; the benefits of a good alibi; and the old age practice of locking the door while you're in the bathroom.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

A boy's best friend is his mother!

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jun 28, 2017

It's episode 98... and I'm drawing a line in the f**king sand here. Do not read the Latin!

The Cabin in the Woods (2011) tells the story of a group of teenage friends who decide to spend the weekend at a remote cabin in some remote woods. Once they arrive at the cabin, bad things start to happen. But everything is not as it seems...

We have our first Quick-Fire Survival Round; we discuss the benefits of using the 'surviving ally' horror trope to your benefit; and the benefits of using the 'surviving enemy' horror trope to your benefit.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Statistical fact: Cops will never pull over a man with a huge bong in his car. Why? They fear this man. They know he sees further than they and he will bind them with ancient logics.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jun 21, 2017

It's episode 97... and another mist opportunity...

The Mist (2007) tells the story of David, a family man whose world is turned upside down when he and his son (and a bunch of townsfolk) are forced to shelter in a supermarket when a thick mist descends on their town. This is no straightforward weather problem, as hidden within the mist are all manner of violent and disgusting monsters - and they seem intent on killing everyone in the supermarket.

We discuss how the importance of quickly killing everyone in your family weighed against the merits of not killing anyone in your family; the most effective way to convert someone away from dogmatic religion; and the benefits of keeping your mouth shut when confronted with an angry mob.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jun 14, 2017

It's episode 96... and we're all in a spin...

Twister (1996) tells the story of Jo and Bill, an estranged husband and wife who share a love of chasing tornadoes in the name of scientific research. Brought back together, they seek to use Bill's invention to record what happens INSIDE a tornado - but in order to do that, they have to get dangerously close to the monstrous cyclone...

We discuss how intellectual property laws can save lives when chasing deadly weather; we offer a quick word on the benefits of resource preparation; and a reminder to always keep food in the house in case of unexpected guests.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

 

That's no moon. It's a space station!

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Jun 7, 2017

It's episode 95... and It hasn't got a name. It's a new system. I wanted us all to discover it! No one's ever been down here before.

The Descent (2005) tells the story of a group of women who travel deep into an underground cave system in the name of adventure. As is the way with horror movies, they become trapped, and soon begin to realise that they might not be alone...

We wonder at length why anyone would want to go into a narrow cave; we bring advice to the caving world from the world of water activities; and we continue to wonder at length why anyone would want to go into a narrow cave.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

[Sarah is trapped in a tunnel and Beth is trying to calm her down with a joke]

Hey, you love this one, "How do you give a lemon an orgasm?" You tickle its citrus!

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

May 31, 2017

It's episode 94... and the future's not set. There's no fate but what we make for ourselves...

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) tells the story of John Connor, the son of Sarah Connor. John is the fresh target of Skynet's time-travelling Terminator unit, but help comes from an unexpected source.

We talk about the benefits of simply ignoring the effects of your sedatives; the thin line between being too insane for prison, but just sane enough for a mental asylum; and the benefits of 'Divide and Conquer' (particularly when fighting against a single enemy).

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

I know now why you cry. But it's something I can never do.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

May 24, 2017

It's episode 93... and look on my works ye might, and despair...

Alien: Covenant (2017) tells the story of a group of space colonists travelling from earth to their new planet. On the way, their ship becomes damaged. Receiving a distorted signal from a nearby Earth-like planet, they decide to investigate, but they soon get more than they bargained for...

We talk about the benefits of wearing helmet, space suit and breathing apparatus during space exploration; the merits of having crew members who don't need to wear helmets, space suits and breathing apparatus during space exploration; and we make a strong case for using any type of interrogation to verify someone's identity.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Nobody understands the lonely perfection of my dreams...

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

May 17, 2017

It's episode 92... and we just made the international sign of the donut...

Mars Attacks (1996) tells the story of an ensemble cast of politicians, soldiers, scientists, tv hosts and donut shop workers, as they fight back against attackers... from Mars!

We talk about how lucky we are to live in a world where Slim Whitman's hit 'Indian Love Call' can be played with three seconds notice; how the best defence is a good offence; and how easily the scientific method can be forgotten in place of positivity.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

All green of skin... 800 centuries ago, their bodily fluids include the birth of half-breeds. For the fundamental truth self-determination of the cosmos, for dark is the suede that mows like a harvest.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

May 10, 2017

It's episode 91... and statistical probability of survival just went up to fifty-three per cent.

Jason X (2001) tells the story of Jason Voorhees, the undead, unkillable monster who kills teenagers near a lake. Except now they've taken him away from the lake and put him on a spaceship. So now he's killing teenagers in space.

No, really...

We talk about the benefits of a well-lit combat environment; the importance of remembering your magical abilities of possession in combat situations; and the strangest but most effective robot upgrades on the market.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

You're lucky you weren't alive during the Microsoft conflict. Hell, we were beating each other with our own severed limbs.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

May 3, 2017

It's episode 90... and why did it have to be snakes?

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) tells the story of Indiana Jones, a world-renowned archaeologist, who spends his free time raiding tombs hunting for lost treasure. Jones is happy with his lot in life, until two spies from the US Intelligence Service inform him that the Nazis have begun searching for the mysterious 'Ark of the Covenant', which is said to make any army who holds it immortal.

Now Jones is in a race against time (and the Nazis) to find the ark, get the girl and save the world!

 

We talk about the the virtue of knowing when to say 'no' to dangerous missions, the importance of back-up on dangerous missions, and for the first time ever: A Choose Your Own Survival in glorious surround-sound.

All of which leads to one question...

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

You and I are very much alike. Movie Survival is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Apr 26, 2017

It's episode 89... and my name is The How to Survive Podcast. The purpose of today's experiment is to prove the object behind me is responsible for at least 45 deaths in the 4 centuries of it's recorded existence.

Oculus (2013) tells the story of Kaylie and Tim Russell. A decade ago, their parents were killed in mysterious circumstances, and Tim was blamed. Now, years on, they are reunited and set out to get their revenge on the real culprit: a haunted mirror!

We talk about the benefits of blaming any criminal activity on temporary mental illness; the advantages of knowing when to let go; and how technology can be used to plan the destruction of haunted furnishings.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

I've met my demons and they are many. I've seen the devil, and he is me.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Apr 19, 2017

It's episode 88... and I miss my f*cking dog. Goodnight.

Life (2017) tells the story of the crew of the International Space Station. After successfully intercepting a soil sample, sent from Mars, the team begin analysing a dormant single-cell lifeform. Before long, the cell has come to life, and before much longer the single cell has evolved into something much more deadly...

We talk about the appropriate risk analysis when you're an astronaut aboard the ISS; the importance of clear and comprehensive communication aboard the ISS; and the benefits of kindness towards all things aboard the ISS.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Goodnight Air.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Apr 12, 2017

It's episode 87... and the guns are out...

Free Fire (2017) tells the story of an arms deal gone wrong. On one side, a group of IRA terrorists, on the other, a swindling South African and his associates. After some bad blood between the group re-emerges, it's not long before both sides are locked into an all-out gunfight - as each individual battles to make it out alive.

We talk about the appropriate clothing to wear to a gunfight; the benefits of streamlining your deceit; and the difficulties of keeping count when under heavy stress.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Cardboard armour is protection from infection.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Apr 5, 2017

It's episode 86... and a the worst sequel to Meet the Parents yet...

Get Out (2017) tells the story of Chris, a young black man who is visiting his white girlfriend's parents for the first time. Once at their secluded home, Chris passes off their overly accomodating behaviour as awkward friendliness, but as the visit wears on, he begins to realise everything is not as it seems.

We talk about the importance of calling out racism wherever you see it; the difficulties of taking photographs using only natural light; and just how essential it is not to be hypnotised when someone is obviously hypnotising you.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

I would have voted for Obama for a third term.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Mar 29, 2017

It's episode 85... and let me list all the ways you're gonna die: rain, heat, disease-carrying flies, and we haven't started on the things that want to eat you alive.

Kong: Skull Island (2017) tells the story of a group of scientists and soldiers who travel to the newly discovered Skull Island in the name of scientific exploration. The Vietnam War has just ended, but no war could prepare them for what they face there: a really big gorilla!

We talk about a How to Survive staple: always listen to the experts; we discuss the risks of falling victim to the sunk cost fallacy; and we weigh up the appropriate responses to the crimes of animals.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... 

Remember the tale of Icarus, whose father gave him wax wings to fly. But he flew too close to the sun, and his wings melted, and he fell into the sea. But our wings are not made of wax, but Pennsylvania steel, guaranteed not to melt.

Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

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