The Projection Booth Podcast

The Projection Booth has been recognized as a premier film podcast by The Washington Post, The A.V. Club, IndieWire, Entertainment Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine. With over 500 episodes to date and an ever-growing fan base, The Projection Booth regularly attracts special guest talent eager to discuss their past gems, including Elliott Gould, John Waters, Ed Harris, Luke Wilson, Chris Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Bruce Dern, Willem Dafoe, Michael Palin, Tim Rice, John Landis, William Friedkin, Julie Taymor, Joe Dante, and more. The podcast features discussions of films from a wide variety of genres with in-depth critical analysis.

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Episode 345: TerrorVision (1986)
Shocktober 2017 continues with a look at the offbeat horror comedy TerrorVision (1986). Written and directed by Ted Nicolaou, the film centers on the Putterman Family who, while father Stan -- Gerrit Graham -- is installing a new satellite dish and accidentally receive a distant transmission of a horrific hungry monster which proceeds to feast on the family.
162 min
Episode 344: The Tenant (1976)
Shocktober 2017 continues with a the 1976 film from Roman Polanski, The Tenant . Adapted from a book by Roland Topor (Fantastic Planet), the film also stars Polanski as Trelkovsky, a man in need of a new apartment.
97 min
Episode 343: Mad Love (1935)
Shocktober 2017 kicks off with Karl Freund's final film as a director and Peter Lorre's film film in America, Mad Love (1935). Based upon Maurice Renard 's The Hands of Orlac, the film shifts focus from the titular Orlac to Dr. Gogol, a cunning physician who specializes in some questionable procedures.
153 min
Episode 342: Happy End (1966)
We wrap up the first Czechtember series with a film from director Oldrich Lipský, 1966's Happy End, an experimental comedy (which is as unusual as that sounds) that puts scenes in opposite order and runs motion backward from the death of our main character (Vladimír Menšík) while he gives the voice-over account of life from birth.
81 min
Episode 341: The Cremator (1968)
Czechtember continues with a look at Juraj Herz's The Cremator (AKA Spalovac mrtvol). Released in 1968, the year of the Prague Spring, the film stars Rudolf Hrusínský as Karl (or Roman) Kopfrkingl, a man dedicated to the idea of liberating the soul from the body through the practice of cremation.
104 min
Special Report: Patty Farmer on Starring the Plaza
On this special episode, Mike talks with author Patty Farmer about her work including her latest books, Starring the Plaza and Playboy Laughs.
33 min
Episode 340: Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
Czechtember continues with a look at Pavel Jurácek's Case for a Rookie Hangman (AKA Prípad pro zacínajícího kata) from 1970.
135 min
Special Report: The Running Man (1987)
Set in the distant year of 2017, The Running Man (1987) is set in a dystopian world where reality television rules the airwaves and the most popular show pits criminals against muscle-bound, spandex-clad "stalkers".
235 min
Episode 339: Closely Watched Trains (1966)
We kick off the first annual "Czechtember" with a look at the most-easily accessible films of the Czech New Wave, the charmingly disarming 1966 film Closely Watched Trains (AKA Ostre Sledované Vlaky or Closely Observed Trains).
153 min
Episode 338: The Swimmer (1968)
The 1968 film by Frank and Eleanor Perry, The Swimmer (based on the John Cheever short story of the same name), stars Burt Lancaster as Ned Merrill, a Connecticut executive who decides to head back home by swimming through the pools of his neighbors, a "river" which he names "Lucinda" after his wife.
285 min
Episode 337: Intacto (2001)
We're up all night to get lucky as we discuss the 2001 film from director and co-writer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Intacto which stars Leonardo Sbaraglia as Tomás, a man who survives a plane crash and who may just be the luckiest man in the world.
115 min
Special Report: Michael Lucker on Crash! Boom! ...
On this special episode, Mike talks with writer Michael Lucker about his career in Hollywood (including co-writing the screenplay for A Vampire in Brooklyn) as well as his recent book, CRASH! BOOM! BANG! How to Write Action Movies.
33 min
Special Report: Albert Pyun on Interstellar Civ...
On this special episode, Mike talks with writer/director Albert Pyun about his latest film, the sci-fi epic Interstellar Civil War: Shadows of the Empire (2017). They also discuss Pyun's dementia and how he was able to use this as an artistic method in the creation of his film.
27 min
Episode 336: THX-1138 (1971)
The first feature film from director George Lucas, THX-1138 (1971) features a world in which love is outlawed and mind-altering drugs are mandatory. The film stars Robert Duvall as the titular THX-1138 and Maggie McOmie as LUH-3417 as roommates who eventually develop into something much more despite the totalitarian regime in which they live.
242 min
Episode 335: The Bellboy (1960)
The 1960 directorial debut from Jerry Lewis, The Bellboy, also stars Lewis in the titular role. He's Stanley, a put upon hotel worker at the Fountainbleu hotel in Miami. The film doesn’t necessarily have a three act plot per se but is more an opportunity for a string of gags.
128 min
Episode 334: La Marge (1976)
Also known as The Streetwalker, The Margin, and sometimes even as Emmanuel 77, La Marge film stars Joe Dallesandro as Sigismond, a loving husband who leaves his wife and child to head to Paris. While there he learns of the sudden, unexpected death of his aforementioned family and spends a few days living in fringes of society, spending most of his time with Diana, played by Sylvia Kristel, a prostitute.
241 min
Episode 333: Akira (1988)
Based on his manga of the same name, and released two years before the end of the comic series, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988) tells the tale of Kaneda -- a teenage punk in a motorcycle gang -- and Kei -- a member of an underground resistance -- and their adventures in NeoTokyo.
165 min
Episode 332: Visitor Q (2001)
Written by Itaru Era, the 2001 movie from prolific director Takashi Miike Visitor Q tells the story of a family in disarray. The unemployed father (Ken'ichi Endô) a former newsman who laid off after an unfortunate incident, the mother (Shungiku Uchida) a heroin addict who prostitutes herself for money to get a fix, the son (Jun Mutô) is a victim of bullying who then bullies his own mother, and the daughter (Fujiko) who has left home to become a prostitute as well.
136 min
Special Report: CinemAbility (2013)
On a special episode of The Projection Booth Steve Byrne and Sean Gray join Mike to discuss the documentary film CinemAbility (2013). Directed by Jenni Gold and co-written by Samuel Reed, the film looks at the long history of portraying disabilities on screen.
102 min
Special Report: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! (1988)
Keenan Ivory Wayans's I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) is at once a parody of and follow-up to Blaxploitation films of the 1970s. In it, Wayans stars as Jack Spade, the new blood trying to take down Mr. Big (John Vernon) with a team of classic heroes like John Slade (Bernie Casey), Hammer (Isaac Hayes), Slammer (Jim Brown), Kung Fu Joe (Steve James) and Fly Guy (Antonio Fargas).
132 min
Episode 331: The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her ...
Peter Greenaway's The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989) tells the tale of Albert Spica (Michael Gambon), a monstrous gangster putting on airs as a gourmand. This loutish brute is the co-owner of a restaurant where he, his wife Georgina (Helen Mirren) and his crew are regulars. Also a frequent patron at the restaurant is Michael (Alan Howard), a book dealer who is secretly Georgina’s lover.
112 min
Episode 330: Arrebato (1979)
Elric Kane joins Mike to discuss the 1979 film from director Ivan Zulueta, Arrebato. The film stars Eusebio Poncela as Jose, a director who’s dissatisfied with his own work. He soon meets Pedro (Will More), a filmmaker of a different sort.
89 min
Special Report: Torchbearer (2016)
We’re looking at the 2016 documentary from director Steve Bannon, Torchbearer. The film stars Phil Robertson, better known as “The Duck Commander”, and is an hour-long sermon which warns against the perils of secularism.
142 min
Special Report: Don "The Dragon" Wilson
Mike talks to action star Don "The Dragon" Wilson about his careers in acting and kickboxing. They discuss the Bloodfist series, Red Sun Rising, Batman and Robin, and his latest work with director Michael Baumgarten, Paying Mr. McGetty and The Martial Arts Kid.
72 min
Episode 329: On the Silver Globe (1988)
Initially begun in 1977 and not released until (1988, Andrzej Zulawski, On the Silver Globe, is based on a series called The Lunar Trilogy by Zulawski's great uncle Jerzy.
134 min
Episode 328: Over the Edge (1979)
Jonathan Kaplan's Over the Edge (1979) tells the story of a group of disaffected youths growing up in the sterile confines of a remote suburb. Their folks dig on that almighty dollar, seeking to continue to build up the cookie cutter homes of New Granada, even if it means knocking down the local rec center, the only place the kids have to congregate in any sort of civilized manner.
320 min
Special Report: American Psycho (2000)
Based on the controversial book by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho (2000) tells the tale of Wall Street's Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), his murderous rampage, and the world of the late 1980s Manhattan.
234 min
Episode 327: Wings of Desire (1987)
Wings of Desire, the 1987 film from Wim Wenders, stars Bruno Ganz as Damiel and Otto Sander as Cassiel, two angels out of many that watch over Berlin. They are immortal observers, watching the goings-on of the myriad people around them.
87 min
Special Report: The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017)
Mike talks with Jeffrey Schwarz about his latest documentary, The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017) which follows the life and career of producer and caftan enthusiast Allan Carr. We discuss his triumphs like Grease and La Cage aux Folles as well as Grease 2 and Can't Stop the Music.
51 min
Special Report: Jeremiah Tower - The Last Magni...
Mike talks to Lydia Tenaglia about her film Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent (2016), a documentary about culinary pioneer Jeremiah Tower and his travels and travails.
56 min
Episode 326: John Dies at the End (2012)
Based on a book by David Wong, Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End (2012) stars Chase Williamson as a character named David Wong while Rob Mayes plays the titular John. The film chronicles the otherworldly adventures of Dave and John as they ingest a new drug, Soy Sauce, and travel to other dimensions.
103 min
Special Report: Jad Smith on Alfred Bester
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with Professor Jad Smith about his book, Alfred Bester, part of the University of Illinois Press series, Masters of Science Fiction.
56 min
Episode 325: One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Based on Charles Neider's book The Authentic Death of Hendry Jones, One-Eyed Jacks (1961) tells the tale of Rio AKA The Kid, played by Marlon Brando, and Dad Longsworth, played by Karl Malden.
134 min
Special Report: Steven Shainberg on Rupture
On this special episode, Mike talks with director Steven Shainberg about his career from The Big Hit (1996) to Secretary (2002), to Fur (2006) to his latest, Rupture (2016) starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis, and Peter Stormare.
74 min
Special Report: Cinetopia 2017
Mike talks with Brian Hunter about the line-up for Cinetopia 2017, the annual film festival which takes place in Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit.  For more information visit
45 min
Special Report: Nineteen Eighty Four (1984)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth we discuss Michael Radford's 1984 version of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four starring John Hurt as Winston Smith, Suzanna Hamilton as Julia, and Richard Burton as O'Brien.
198 min
Episode 324: The Lost One (1951)
In The Lost One (AKA Der Verlorene) (1951) we find Peter Lorre as Dr. Karl Rothe (AKA Dr. Karl Neumeister), working at a displaced persons camp after World War II. When a figure from his past, Hösch (AKA Nowak) (Karl John), appears at the camp the two men reminisce about their shared history during the war.
146 min
Special Report: Karen Lunder on Gifted (2017)
Mike talks to producer Karen Lunder about some of her work from the early days of working on Todd Solondz's Happiness, John Tucker Must Die and Mr. Woodcock to her recent string of successes including The Founder, Eye in the Sky, and Arrival.
46 min
Episode 323: The Ninth Configuration (1980)
Written and directed by William Peter Blatty, The Ninth Configuration (1980) has been known at points and was based on his novel Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane. The film stars Stacy Keach as Col. Hudson Kane, a new psychiatrist at an unusual retreat for men who have cracked up during the Vietnam War.
169 min
Special Report: Who is Arthur Chu? (2017)
Rod Lott joins Mike to discuss the 2017 documentary Who Is Arthur Chu?? The film is ostensibly about "Jeopardy" champion Arthur Chu but goes into larger discussions of race, gender, nerd culture, and more.
94 min
Episode 322: Mommie Dearest (1981)
Based on the scandalous memoir by Christina Crawford, Frank Perry's Mommie Dearest (1981) gave the world a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.
191 min
Special Report: Stories from the Trenches, The ...
On a special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to author Marco Siedlmann about his upcoming book, Stories from the Trenches: The Official Sam Firstenberg Book as well as the subject of the book himself, Sam Firstenberg, the director of films such as American Ninja, American Samurai, Cyborg Cop, and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.
83 min
Episode 321: Wanda Whips Wall Street (1981)
In Larry Revene's Wanda Whips Wall Street (1981), Veronica Hart stars as Wanda Brandt, a serious business woman who plies her feminine wiles while taking over Tyler Industries, despite investigators Lou Perrini (Jamie Gillis) and Ed Drummond (Ron Jeremy) being hot on her trail...
128 min
Ego Fest 5: Planet Ego
It's been over a year since we've pulled back the curtain and done an "Ego Fest." Rather than discussing a specific film, this episode is all about The Projection Booth itself. It's the real dirt, off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.
299 min
Special Report: Tami Stronach
Mike talks with actress Tami Stronach from her early days and starring as The Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story (1984) to her dance and theater career as the co-founder of The Paper Canoe Company.
20 min
Episode 320: eXistenZ (1999)
eXistenZ, the 1999 film from writer/director David Cronenberg stars Jennifer Jason Leigh as Allegra Geller, a game designer who has been marked for death by a faction known as the “Realists”. After an assassination attempt she escapes with her ineffectual bodyguard, a PR nerd named Ted Pikull played by Jude Law.
155 min
Special Report: Faran Tahir
Mike speaks with actor Faran Tahir about his early days and more recent roles in Iron Man, Star Trek, Escape Plan, Once Upon a Time, and more.
31 min
Episode 319: The Red Shoes (1948)
Daniel Bird and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss the 1948 film from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Red Shoes. The film centers on the tumultuous world of dance, namely ballet. We follow Julian Craster (Marius Goring) and Vicky Page (Moira Shearer) through triumphs and misfortunes.
103 min
Episode 318: La Grande Illusion (1937)
Set during World War One, Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion (1937) stars Jean Gabin as Lt. Marechal, an airman who, along with Captain Boeldieu (Pierre Fresnay), are shot down by Captain Rauffenstein, who’s played by Erich von Stroheim. The two Frenchmen then spend most of the rest of the film in POW camps, primarily Hallbach and Wintersborn where they meet an array of fellow prisoners.
154 min
Special Report: They Live (1988)
Yes, we're talking about John Carpenter's They Live (1988) wherein a man with no name -- or a name that means nothing -- Nada ("Rowdy" Roddy Piper) comes to Los Angeles looking for work only to find a vast conspiracy instead.
258 min
Special Report: The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (2...
On this special episode, Mike talks with Nancy Andrews the director of The Strange Eyes of Dr. Myes (2015), a short film cum feature cum web series.
43 min
Episode 317: Kissed (1996)
Based on Barbara Gowdy's short story We So Seldom Look on Love, Lynne Stopkewich's Kissed (1996) is an unusual love story wherein Sandra Larson (Molly Parker) has an attraction to death while Matt (Peter Outerbridge) is attracted to Sandra.Axel...
199 min
Special Report: Miranda Bailey
Mike talked with writer/producer/director/actress Miranda Bailey about some of her past and future projects including Swiss Army Man, Super, Don't Thing Twice, Diary of a Teenage Girl, and The Pathological Optimist.
22 min
Episode 316: Doctor Detroit (1983)
We wrap up '80s month with a housecall from Doctor Detroit (1983), the story of mild-mannered professor, Clifford Skridlow (Dan Aykroyd) and how he transforms into super-pimp Doctor Detroit.
160 min
Special Report: Freep Film Festival 2017
Mike talks with Steve Byrne of the Detroit Free Press about the 2017 Freep Film Festival, the documentary-focused fest that runs from March 30-April 2, 2017.
34 min
Episode 315: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
In Martin Brest's Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Eddie Murphy stars as Detroit police officer Axel Foley. He pursues the killers of his childhood friend to Beverly Hills where the local constabulary find his methods questionable.
243 min
Episode 314: Joysticks (1983)
We head to the arcade this week to discuss Greydon Clark's teen comedy Joysticks (1983) wherein the local gaming establishment is threatened by Mr. Rutter (Joe Don Baker). The film includes an incredible cast, featuring Jon Gries as King Vidiot.
207 min
Episode 313: Making Mr. Right (1987)
In Susan Seidelman's Making Mr. Right (1987), Frankie Stone (Ann Magnuson) is an ad executive whose new client, ChemTec, needs a major PR campaign in order to make the Ulysses robot (John Malkovich) palatable to the American public.
245 min
Episode 312: Never Too Young to Die (1986)
An outstanding example of '80s Action Cinema, Never Too Young to Die (1986) stars John Stamos as Lance Stargrove, the "son of Bond", who teams up with Peter Kwong and Vanity to take down the evil intersex rock-n-roll cult leader Velvet Von Ragnar Gene Simmons.
177 min
Episode 311: The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)
Peter Weir's The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) stars Terry Camilleri as Arthur Waldo, a meek man whose brother dies in a car accident outside of Paris, Australia -- a town whose economy relies on scavenging on the wrecks they create.
275 min
Episode 310: Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)
In Joan Micklin Silver's Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) John Heard plays Charles, a lovelorn man who pines for Laura (Mary Beth Hurt), who's taking a break from her relationship with Ox (Mark Metcalf).
239 min
Special Report: Greg Travis on Dark Seduction (...
Filmmaker Greg Travis discusses his career from his days doing stand-up, to his acting (Watchmen, Starship Troopers, Showgirls), and the 30 years-in-the-making Dark Seduction.
43 min
Episode 309: Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
Jerry Schatzberg's Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970) stars Faye Dunaway as Lou Andreas Sand, a model who has been used up and discarded by the fashion industry. Her former photographer and lover,
147 min
Special Report: Future Shock - The Story of 200...
Britain's ground-breaking 2000 AD comic introduced a raft of vital artists and writers along with indelible characters like Judge Dredd, Halo Jones, Strontium Dog, and more. The documentary Future Shock! The Story of 2000 AD (2014) tells the story of the ups and downs of this influential work.
134 min
Episode 308: Stalker / Сталкер (1979)
Andrei Tarkovsky 's Stalker (1979) is a deceptively simple film about three men who venture into the verdant and mystical "Zone" in search of a room where their innermost desires will come true. Based loosely on Roadside Picnic by Boris and Arkadiy Strugatskiy.
139 min
Special Report: Ted Raimi
Fellow Detroiter Ted Raimi discusses how he got into acting, what it's like having Michigan recreated in New Zealand, his work in Lunatics a Love Story, and much more in this interview.
29 min
Episode 307: The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
The 1949 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's short story, The Rocking Horse Winner (adapted and directed by Anthony Pélissier) is an intense family melodrama shot like a horror film. The film stars John Howard Davies as Paul Grahame, a young boy desperate to bring his mother happiness.
73 min
Special Report: The Intruder (1962)
Special Guest: Jason V. BrockGuest Co-Host: Elric Kane, Chris StachiwOn this special episode of The Projection Booth, we're looking at the 1962 film from Roger Corman, The Intruder. The film stars William Shatner as Adam Cramer, a stranger who...
133 min
Bonus Interview: Miguel Ferrer
Sadly, Miguel Ferrer has passed away. For some reason I have been sitting on the remainder of our interview with him from the Robocop episode.
49 min
Episode 306: Fantastic Planet (1973)
Vincenzo Natali and Jeffrey Babcock join Mike to look at the 1973 film from René Laloux, Fantastic Planet . Also known as La Planète Sauvage, this animated film was based on a book by Stefan Wul called Oms en série with visuals designed by Roland Topor of the Panic Movement.
91 min
Episode 305: Bonus Interview: Stu Phillips
Here's more from the composer of the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls soundtrack, Stu Phillips.
66 min
Special Report: Steven Okazaki on Mifune The La...
Director Steven Okazaki discusses his latest documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai. The film highlights Toshiro Mifune's samurai films, especially those he made with Akira Kurosawa.
23 min
Episode 305: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Russ Meyer's first of two films for 20th Century Fox is a swinging quasi-sequel to Jacqueline Susann's tawdry Valley of the Dolls. Written by Roger Ebert, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) tells the tale of a female rock group.
334 min
Special Report: Producer Randall Emmett on Silence
Mike talked to producer Randall Emmett about his career (Narc, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Lone Survivor) and the long journey Martin Scorsese's Silence (2016) took to get to the silver screen.
30 min
Episode 304: Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
A trio of busty go-go dancers (Tura Santana, Haji, Lori Williams) kill a man in the desert and kidnap his girlfriend before attempting to rob a lascivious old man and his two sons in the heated melodrama Faster, cat! Kill! Kill! (1965) from auteur Russ Meyer.
159 min
Episode 303: The Lone Wolf & Cub Saga
The Lone Wolf & Cub Films (also known as the Babycart Films, the Kozure Okami Films, the Shogun Assassin series and more) are six movies released from 1972-1974 starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Itto, the Shogun's decapitator.
128 min
Special Report: The Thing (1982)
Initially lambasted by critics, John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) was a brilliant adaptation of John W. Campbell's novella Who Goes There?. The film tells the story of a dozen men in Antarctica who are infiltrated by an alien shapeshifter.
274 min
Episode 302: Lemon Popsicle (1978)
Lemon Popsicle (AKA Eskimo Limon AKA Going All the Way) is a heartfelt 1978 coming-of-age sex comedy written and directed by Boaz Davidson and produced by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
184 min
Episode 301: Run of the Arrow (1957)
Sam Fuller's Run of the Arrow (1957) tells the tale of O'Meara (Rod Steiger) the man who shot the last bullet of the Civil War. Disenfranchised by Reconstruction, he heads west to live with the Sioux (lead by Charles Bronson). Relevant in 1957 when the U.S. was tearing itself apart over Civil Rights, the film is still as relevant in today's tumultuous times.
180 min
Episode 300: Highlander (1986)
The Projection Booth celebrates our 300th episode with Russell Mulcahy's Highlander (1986), a science fiction/fantasy film in which immortals fight through time until only two remain -- Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and The Kurgan (Clancy Brown). Though originally a box office flop, the film found new life on cable and VHS before spawning a bizarre franchise.
198 min
Episode 299: The Chase (1946)
Noirvember 2016 concludes with a look at Arthur D. Ripley's The Chase (1946). Adapted by Philip Yordan from a Cornell Woolrich novel, the film tells the tale of Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) a down-on-his-luck veteran who ends up working for gangster Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran) before falling for Roman's wife (Michèle Morgan) and stealing away with her to Cuba.
110 min
Episode 298: Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)
Directed by Boris Ingster with a screenplay by Frank Partos , Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) defines the stylistic conventions that would come to be known as film noir. The movie stars John McGuire as a hot shot reporter and Margaret Tallichet as his best gal (who eventually becomes the protagonist).
116 min
Episode 297: Decoy (1946)
Difficult to find on home video for many years, Jack Bernhard's Decoy (1946) stands as a highly off-beat film noir in which Margot Shelby (Jean Gillie) plays the consummate femme fatale with designs on the $400,000 her lover, Frankie (Robert Armstrong), has hidden.
65 min
Special Report: The Frontier (2015)
The Frontier (2015) is a retro neo-noir in which Laine (Jocelin Donahue), a woman on the run, finds her way to a diner/hotel where the owner, Luanne (Kelly Lynch) hosts an amalgam of shady characters.
42 min
Special Report: The Greasy Strangler (2016)
One of the most delightfully unusual movies of the decade, Jim Hosking's The Greasy Strangler (2016) is the tale of Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and Big Brayden (Sky Elobar), a father and son with a tense and greasy relationship. Trouble starts when Janet ( Elizabeth De Razzo), a disco tourist, enters the picture...
59 min
Episode 296: Mulholland Dr (2001)
David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) lived a double life as a television pilot and feature film. A neo-noir that plays with themes of identity, roleplaying, and obsession, the film stars Naomi Watts as innocent ingénue Betty Elms and Laura Elena Harring as Rita, a woman with a past hidden from herself.
181 min
Episode 295: Existo (1999)
In Coke Sams's Existo (1999), the Moral Majority runs the U.S. while artists like Existo (Bruce Arnston) and Maxine (Jackie Welch) hide out in The Sewer, an underground club run by Colette Watchuwill (Gailard Sartain).
165 min
Special Report: In Search of Lost Films
Mike talks with author Phil Hall about his book, In Search of Lost Films, an invaluable resource for fans of film history. Published by BearManor Media, Hall writes about a few of the better-known lost films but, moreover, delves into dozens of obscure titles as well as several sequences of better-known films that have yet to be recovered.
38 min
Episode 294: Pontypool (2008)
In a rather different take on the typical zombie story, Bruce McDonald's Pontypool (2008) has the English language as the infectious agent which drives people mad. Written by Tony Burgess (and based on his novel, Pontypool Changes Everything), the film stars Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy
190 min
Special Report: PIN (1988)
Adapted from a novel by Andrew Neiderman, Sandor Stern's Pin (1988) stars Terry O'Quinn as a doctor who speaks to his children Leon (David Hewlett) and Ursula (Cynthia Preston) through the anatomical dummy, Pin.
172 min
Episode 293: Martyrs (2008)
On this Shocktober episode, the subject of "New French Extremity" films are under discussion, specifically Pascal Laugier's Martyrs (2008).
110 min
Special Report: Killer Party (1986)
On this Shocktober special, Kat Ellinger of the Daughters of Darkness podcast and Jim Laczkowski of the Directors Club podcast (among others) join Mike to discuss the 1986 horror comedy from director William Fruet, Killer Party in which a trio of...
71 min
Episode 292: The Shining (1980)
Adapted from a novel by Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick The Shining (1980) tells the tale of Jack (Jack Nicholson), Wendy, (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd) Torrance, a family who spend a winter at the Overlook Hotel in Colorado.
261 min
Bonus Interview: Chris Gore on the Future of Fi...
Chris Gore dishes about the next steps after the recent successful fundraiser for Film Threat including a new project with Rob St. Mary...
14 min
Special Report: Doomed: The Untold Story of Rog...
In 1994, Roger CormIn 1994, Roger Corman rushed to start the production of The Fantastic Four -- an adaptation of Marvel's quartet of superpowered beings who (somewhat) represented the four elements of earth (The Thing), Air (Invisible Girl), Fire (The Human Torch) and water (Mr. Fantastic). an rushed to start the production of The Fantastic Four -- an adaptation of Marvel's quartet of superpowered beings who (somewhat) represented the four elements of earth (The Thing), Air (Invisible Girl), Fire (The Human Torch) and...
144 min
Episode 291: Night of the Creeps (1986)
Fred Dekker's Night of the Creeps (1986) is a love letter to science fiction movies of the '50s. It's the story of Chris (Jason Lively) and JC (Steve Marshall), two friends who accidentally unleash a zombie plague from outer space onto their college campus.
168 min
Episode 290: Duck Soup (1933)
Directed by Leo McCarey, Duck Soup (1933) was the last of the four Marx Brothers' run at Paramount. A send-up of politics and warmongering, Duck Soup is an anarchic collection of sight gags, wordplay, and surrealism in which Groucho Marx plays Rufus T. Firefly, the man who will save Freedonia from disaster.
228 min
Episode 289: Sonny Boy (1989)
Special Guests: Robert Martin Carroll, Graeme Whifler, Michael BostonGuest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Mike MalloyProduced by Ovidio Assonitis, Sonny Boy 1989 stars David Carradine and Paul L. Smith as Pearl and Slue, two desert-dwellers who end...
195 min
Special Report: Christopher Lloyd at Fanexpo 2016
Rescued from the brink of disaster, the audio of Mike's Q&A with Christopher Lloyd from FanExpo 2016 may be a little rough around the edges but is, hopefully, still enjoyable.
38 min
Episode 288: The Mafu Cage (1978)
Directed by Karen Arthur, The Mafu Cage (1978) stars Carol Kane and Lee Grant as Cissy and Ellen, two sisters who live together in a large, sprawling house. Ellen is a scientist with a potential boyfriend and a world outside the house while Cissy lives in the house and, really, in her own head.
102 min