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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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Feb 22, 2017

It's episode 80... and you weren't supposed to help her...

The Ring (2002) tells the story of Rachel Keller, a woman who falls foul of a cursed videotape. The curse means that anyone who watches the video tape will die exactly seven days after they see it - and after Rachel's son watches the video too, the race is on to find out what's really going on.

We talk about how quick-fix internet marketing could save your life; the merits of recognising when your behaviour is upsetting wild animals; and the importance of keeping your drains clear of waste foods.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

What is it with podcasts? You take one person's tragedy and force the world to experience it... spread it like sickness.

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

Feb 15, 2017

It's episode 79... and possession is nine tenths of the law...

The Exorcist (1973) tells the story of Chris MacNeil, a hollywood actress whose daughter, Regan becomes possessed by a demon. Will enlisting the help of a local priest be enough to save Regan's soul?

We talk about the necessity of stringent diagnostic criteria in modern medicine; the benefits of trusting your colleagues in tense situations; and the importance of listening to experts of all kinds - especially when you've brought them in to do a specific job.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

The power of Christ compels you!

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

Feb 14, 2017

It's Valentine's Day, and what better way to celebrate than by watching a mediocre slasher film?

But this is no ordinary episode! To celebrate the official day of lovers around the world, we've invited our better halves onto the show to help us tackle the greatest love story ever told (about a mining village that gets attacked by a rogue miner...)

Normal service resumes tomorrow.

Feb 8, 2017

It's episode 78... and we are what we believe we are...

Split (2017) tells the story of Casey. A young girl who is kidnapped along with her two friends by a man calling himself Dennis. It turns out Dennis is one of twenty-three personalities living inside the body of one man, and there could be an even more menacing twenty-fourth personality on the way... Will Casey and her friends escape before it's too late?

We talk about the key principles of controlling a conversation; the benefits of excessive violence against the extremely vulnerable; and (as ever) the importance of sticking to your principles.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

Weren't there those two guys on a podcast a while ago... what were their names?

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

Feb 1, 2017

It's episode 77... and no more being kept in the dark...

Under the Shadow (2016) tells the story of Shideh, a young woman trying to protect her daughter during a major barrage attack in the Iran-Iraq War. During the attack, a missile hits their apartment but fails to detonate. A neighbour claims that the bomb brought with it an evil spirit, and Shideh's world is turned upside down...

We talk about the importance of getting your priorities right; a balanced approach to stress-management; and some common sense parenting advice when you find yourself in a warzone.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

The movie is in Farsi, so there's no pithy quote to put here, but according to IMDB the movie was actually shot in Jordan, not Iran. So there.

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

Jan 25, 2017

It's episode 76... and no more keeping you in the dark...

Lights Out (2016) tells the story of Rebecca and Martin, two siblings whose lives are turned upside down when a ghost from their mother's past re-emerges. But this is no figurative ghost... it's an actual demon who can only attack in the dark.

We talk about the very real risk of killer candles; the dying art of neighbourly charity; and the importance of rigorous ethical approval in experimental science.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

There's no you without me!

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

Jan 18, 2017

It's episode 75... and everything is permitted...

Assassin's Creed (2016) tells the story Cal Lynch, a man who is taken from death row (after being executed) to a research facility run by The Knights Templar.

Cal is forced to live out the memories of his ancestor, a master assassin whose only goal in life was to keep the mysterious Apple of Eden from falling into the hands of The Knights Templar. 

We talk about the benefits of having nothing to lose; the merits of doing a thorough job in killing your enemies (especially when you're an assassin); and as always, the benefits of clear and concise communication.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

We work in the dark to serve the light.

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

Jan 11, 2017

It's episode 74... and time to wake up...

Passengers (2016) tells the story of Jim, a passenger aboard an interstellar spaceship which is heading to a new settlement. The passengers are all kept in a state of hibernation for the 120 year journey. Disaster strikes, and Jim wakes up. Driven mad by loneliness, will he wake up another passenger, Aurora, sentencing her to death for his own selfish ends? Yes he will. But will they survive?

We talk about the difficulty of creating working robotic legs well in advance of them being useful; a well-calculated economy of sharing out a lifespan; and some of the most glaring mistakes in the history of spaceship design.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

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

If you live an ordinary life, all you'll have are ordinary stories.

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

Jan 4, 2017

It's episode 73... and have you ever seen fire in zero gravity? It's beautiful...

Event Horizon (1997) tells the story of the crew of the Lewis and Clark, a spacecraft on a mission to recover another ship (the Event Horizon) which has been missing for seven years. When they reach the Event Horizon (accompanied by the ship's designer, Dr. Weir), the crew are overwhelmed by ghostly events and their very survival is soon at stake.

We talk about how keeping your hands to yourself is generally a safe option; the importance of leaving haunted vessels where they are; and the subtle differences in latin phrases.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... we created How to Survive to reach the stars, but she's gone much, much farther than that. She tore a hole in our universe, a gateway to another dimension. A dimension of pure chaos. Pure... evil. When she crossed over, she was just a ship. But when she came back... she was alive! 

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

Dec 28, 2016

It's episode 72... and the cash cow is ready for milking...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) tells the story of Jyn Erso, a young woman who is caught up in the rebel's fight against the empire directly before the events of Star Wars (1977). Jyn and her new friend Casian head a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star to give the rebels a chance to blow it up.

We talk about the benefits of wireless communication; the advantages of having an entire droid army at your disposal; and the risks of keeping your unstoppable secret weapon hidden away until the fight is practically over.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... the power we're dealing with here is immeasurable.

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

Dec 26, 2016

It's the second of our 2016 Christmas Special!

Die Hard (1989) tells the story of John McClain, an NYPD cop who will stop at nothing to save a group of hostages from Hans Gruber, a terrorist mastermind who is staging a complex robbery at McClain's wife's Christmas Party!

We talk about the greatest movie villain of all time; the importance of professionalism from emergency services staff; and the dangers of shouting your thoughts when you're trying to remain inconspicuous. 

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... Hans, babe, put away the gun, this is radio, not television.Another classic film solved by the best movie podcast in the world.

Another movie solved by the greatest film podcast in the world!

Dec 23, 2016

It's the first of our 2016 Christmas Specials!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) tells the story of Kevin McCallister, a young boy who becomes separated from his family at the airport, and ends up fending for himself in New York City. To make things even more complicated, Kevin is facing off against his past foes, The Wet Bandits (who have now rebranded...).

We talk about the importance of learning from your mistakes; the risks of a lax approach to workplace safety, and a professional weighs in on just how much The McCallister Family should be trusted to raise children.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...Get Outta here you nosey little pervert or I'm gonna slap you silly!!!

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

Dec 21, 2016

It's episode 71... and it's all hands on deck...

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) tells the story of a group of hapless teenagers who get killed by Jason Vorhees. Some of them get killed on a boat. 5 minutes of the movie takes place in Manhattan where some others are killed and then Jason gets killed (but he's probably not dead). There we saved you having to watch it.

We talk about the risks of holding unlicensed boxing matches whilst at sea, with no medical personnel anywhere around; the importance of using doors properly; and the responsibilities of the urban planning committee to ensure the waste disposal is properly carried out throughout the city of New York.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...You don't wanna end up drowning like that Voorhees boy, do you? He never learned how to swim, either. And he's still at the bottom of this lake.

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

Dec 14, 2016

It's episode 70... and everybody's favourite metamorphosing pets...

Gremlins (1984) tells the story of Billy, a young man whose father buys him a strange mystical pet for Christmas. Before long, Billy accidentally causes the pet to multiply, generating dozens of gremlins who terrorise his town - and its up to Billy to stop them.

We talk about the importance of clear communication when the stakes are high; the simple mechanics of kicking small animals; and just how an inventor can be so badly wasted in a movie.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... I warned you. With podcast comes great responsibility. But you didn't listen.

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

Dec 7, 2016

It's episode 69... and there's magic in the air...

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) tells the story of Newt Scamander, a collector and protector of magical animals. Newt travels to New York city, where he immediately loses his magical animals and ends up embroiled in all kinds of mayhem while he hunts them down. (Also it's set in the Harry Potter universe)

We talk about the lax approach to HR management exhibited by the American magical society (I can't remember their name and I'm damned if I'm going to look it up); the importance of keeping a cool head in order to prevent blowing your cover; and just how easily a senator's death can be swept under the rug.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... I ain't got the brains to make this up.

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

Nov 30, 2016

It's episode 68... and the world's greatest movie dad is taking on some aliens!

War of the Worlds (2005) tells the story of Ray, a deadbeat father who is forced to step up and be there for his children when everything they ever knew or loved is destroyed by aliens. 

We talk about the worst father in movie history; the benefits of planning an invasion properly; and just how much someone can overact when sitting on a chair...

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... this is not a war any more than there's a war between men and maggots... This is an extermination.

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

Nov 23, 2016

It's episode 67... and we've arrived...

Arrival (2016) tells the story of a doctor of linguistics as she is enlisted by the US Army to help talk to some newly arrived aliens. Why are the aliens here? We can say literally nothing about it without spoiling it...

We talk about the difficulties of teaching a non-human species to speak a human language; the relative futility of keeping an internationally televised invasion a secret; and just how useless a theoretical physicist is when you need to action!

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... If you could see your whole life laid out in front of you, would you change things?

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

Nov 16, 2016

It's episode 66... Konichiwa!

Battle Royale (2000) tells the story of a class of Japanese school children (primarily through two classmates: Nanahara and Noriko). The class is kidnapped and taken to a remote island where they are then forced to fight to the death by their teacher, Kitano. Hilarity ensues.

We talk about the merits of taking advantage of people's vulnerable emotional state; the benefits of a tower-defence approach to beginning the game; and a tense debate about whether it's better to opt out, or play with the effort you can muster.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure...today's lesson is, you kill each other off till there's only one left. Nothing's against the rules.

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

Nov 9, 2016

It's episode 65... and may the odds ever be in your favour...

The Hunger Games (2012) tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who is forced to take part in a death match against other youngsters, but you can bet she'll make some friends along the way...

We talk about some of the stupidest names in movie history; the best way to produce a death match for television; and our most fierce debate yet: should players just kill everyone around them?

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... He can throw a hundred pound sack of flour right over his head. I've seen it.

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

Nov 2, 2016

It's episode 64... and the best movie we've ever seen which features a taxi driver being taken hostage by a hitman...

Collateral (2004) tells the story of Max, an LA taxi driver who picks up the wrong fare. The wrong fare is Vincent, a hitman who forces Max to drive him around the city as he kills everyone on his list. 

We talk about the importance of not leaving your work to the last minute; the logistics of hiring a car when anonymity is essential; and the benefits of just walking away...

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... Bullets and the fall killed him.

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

Oct 31, 2016

It's Halloween, and a special treat for our favourite Halloweenies!

This is the How to Survive: Trick or Treat Extravaganza 2016.

This is the 'Trickt' episode, and we're talking about one of the scariest horror movies of recent years.

Check back later today for the 'Trick' episode.

Oct 31, 2016

 

It's Halloween, and a special treat for our favourite Halloweenies!

This is the How to Survive: Trick or Treat Extravaganza 2016.

This is the 'Treat' episode, and we're talking about one of the best modern horror movies of the past five years.

Check back later today for the 'Trick' episode.

Oct 26, 2016

It's episode 63... and the greatest hitman horror ever...

Kill List (2011) tells the story of Jay, a hitman who has been out of work for some time. Convinced to return to the job by his wife and his business partner, Jay's life is soon turned upside-down when he becomes embroiled in the world of the occult.

We talk about the benefits of gun modification; the benefits of acting like a Hackney crack addict; and how to become a hero of the working class.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... No more guitar, mate. Not in restaurants. There is a time and a place. And your time and place is in a very isolated location, where no-one is likely to be for about a hundred years. Ok?

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

Oct 19, 2016

It's episode 62... and a lesson in the world of love...

The Lobster (2015) tells the story of David, who lives in a society where anyone incapable of finding love will be turned into an animal after 45 days alone. David finds himself at an intensive relationship-building course at a hotel, with his deadline fast approaching.

We talk about the animals best equipped to survive; the benefits of being a cold-blooded killer; and how to set up the most generic dating profile in the world.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... If you encounter any problems you cannot resolve yourselves, you will be assigned children, that usually helps.

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

Oct 12, 2016

It's episode 61... and he's still out there... waiting...

Friday the 13th: Part VII The New Blood tells the story of Tina, a young woman with psychic powers (no, really) who has returned to Camp Crystal Lake to recover from the memories of killing her father there using her psychic powers (no, really) many years ago. The rest of the film is Jason Vorhees killing teenagers.

We talk about just how far the limits of psychic powers can be tested; the greatest Friday the 13th based quiz you'll hear this week; and we catch up on one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.

All of which leads to one big question: 

How would you survive?

Whatever happens, one thing's for sure... KING TUT... RISES FROM THE TOMB!

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

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