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 80: The Thirteenth Floor (1999): Craig ...
In this bonus interview with Craig Bierko, we discuss Scary Movie 4, Cinderella Man, Easy to Assemble, and much more.
48 min
Special Report: Detropia (2012)
Continuing our coverage of Detroit this week, we're looking at the new documentary Detropia as well as some other Detroit docs such as Detroit Wild City and After the Factory.
144 min
Episode 79: Detroit 9000 (1973)
We're reporting from downtown Detroit from the locations used in Arthur Marks's policier Detroit 9000, the story of a black and white cop who get the thankless job of investigating a robbery which quickly turns into a political hot potato.
105 min
Special Report: QWERTY (2012)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we talk about the new indie rom com QWERTY and how we're bringing it to the Maple Theater in October!
61 min
Episode 78: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Are you familiar with the Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold in space... The first sequel in the Star Trek film franchise, The Wrath of Khan brought adventure and excitement back along with an old face, Khan...
75 min
Episode 77: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (...
Dario Argento's freshman film is an exercise in style and suspense. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage reworks Fredric Brown's Screaming Mimi through a giallo perspective.
104 min
Episode 76: Tromeo & Juliet (1996)
Troma gave the bird to the bard in this reworking of Shakespeare's classic.
96 min
Episode 75: Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
It's booty time across the USA! We're discussing the ill-fated Andrew "Dice" Clay vehicle The Adventures of Ford Fairlane in which he portrays a rock & roll detective with a dirty mouth and a bad attitude.
89 min
Episode 75: Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990):...
More of the interview with writer Floyd Mutrux from the Adventures of Ford Fairlane episode.
14 min
Episode 75: Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990):...
More of the interview with writer Rex Weiner from the Adventures of Ford Fairlane episode.
25 min
Episode 75: Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990):...
More of the interview with writer Daniel Waters from the Adventures of Ford Fairlane episode.
42 min
Episode 74: CSA - Confederate States of America...
What if the South had won the Civil War? It might look a lot like Kevin Willmott's acerbic mockumentary.
77 min
Episode 73: The Coffin Joe Trilogy
This night he'll possess your corpse then at midnight he'll take your soul... Yes, Coffin Joe is the embodiment of evil...Jose Mojica Marins remains one of the stalwart pillars of cinema from one of the most populous countries in the world. He's...
111 min
Episode 72: Raw Force (1982)
Kung Fu, Cannibals, Zombie Samurais, topless girls, green gravediggers, and Adolph Hitler... That's just a start of what Edward D. Murphy's Raw Force has to offer.
58 min
Episode 71: An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
Four friends search for freedom in Israel and find something else in Amos Sefer's An American Hippie in Israel, an arthouse exploitation flick.
58 min
Special Report: Jubilee Hitchhiker (2012)
Novelist and screenwriter William Hjortsberg (Legend, Angel Heart) gives the scoop on his book Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan. The book is an exhaustive look at one of the most fascinating and under-rated writers of the...
59 min
Episode 70: Vanishing Point (1971)
Celebrate your independence with Vanishing Point. One of the best road movies of the '70s, the film tells the story of Kowalski (Barry Newman), a driver, who's tearing ass across the southwest to get a car from Colorado to San Francisco in 15 hours.
63 min
Episode 69: The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Melvin was a 90 pound weakling until nuclear waste turned him into The Toxic Avenger... We're talking to special guest Lloyd Kaufman about the film that re-defined Troma, spawned three sequels (so far), a kids' cartoon, comic books, and a way of life.
92 min
Episode 68: Raw Talent (1984)
Raw Talent is the story of a struggling actor (Jerry Butler) who ends up in the world of adult film, manipulated by an underhanded female director (Lisa DeLeeuw). The first entry in a trilogy, Raw Talent lampoons the industry. It combines wit and...
145 min
Episode 68: Raw Talent (1984) - Jerry Butler
Bonus episode for our Raw Talent show. This is an interview with Jerry Butler.
38 min
Episode 68: Raw Talent (1984) - Joyce Snyder
Bonus episode for our Raw Talent show. These are extra excerpts from the interview with Joyce Snyder.
12 min
Episode 68: Raw Talent (1984) - Larry Revene
Bonus episode for our Raw Talent show. This is the second part of the interview with Larry Revene.
38 min
Episode 67: Battles without Honor and Humanity ...
The opening film in the epic tale of loyalty and betrayal amongst post-war Yakuza, Fukasaku's Battles without Honor and Humanity was a cynical look at Japanese society. Returning to the Projection Booth this week is Coffin Jon of
74 min
Episode 66: Freejack (1992)
Come with us to the distant future, 2009, as we talk about Freejack, a dystopian flick about bodysnatching and hair gel.
59 min
Episode 65: The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972)
Rob and Mike head up to the wilds of northern Michigan with Cine du Sasquatch expert -- and author of The Bigfoot Filmography -- Dave Coleman, to discuss The Legend of Boggy Creek.
84 min
Episode 64: Flooding with Love for First Blood,...
Just in time for Memorial Day, The Projection Booth honors those who served by serving up a "super mega epic" episode looking at the various incarnations of First Blood, from David Morrell's book, to the Ted Kotcheff film.
230 min
Special Report: Cinetopia and The State of Mich...
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike looks at the Cinetopia film festival in Ann Arbor and the state of the state's film scene. This episode also includes upcoming festival deadlines, festivals, screenings and a very special event at...
43 min
Episode 63: Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Pier Paolo Pasolini's controversial, shocking, and darkly comical artsploitation flick, Salo (or The 120 Days of Sodom) is based on a work by the Marquis de Sade transplanted to fascist Italy.
120 min
Episode 62: Miami Blues (1990)
Real badge. Real gun. Fake cop. That's Miami Blues in six words but there's so much more than that to this terrific adaptation of Charles Willeford's work by George Armitage.
61 min
Episode 61: The Ghastly Love of Johnny X (2012)
Witness the sordid tale of juvenile delinquents from outer space and their rebellious rampage of resurrection and rock & roll in The Ghastly Love of Johnny X!
100 min
Episode 60: Grace of My Heart (1996)
Allison Anders's Grace of My Heart tells the story of Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas), a singer/songwriter whose life and loves are documented through song.
66 min
Episode 59: Superbman: The Other Movie (1981)
You will believe a pie can fly after we talk about Superbman: The Other Movie, a parody flick from the early '80s. Rob and Mike also discuss parodies, fan films, and other cinematic tributes.
58 min
Episode 58: An Honest Liar (2014)
The Amazing Randi has made a career out of outing charlatans and injecting a needed dose of rational thinking to an irrational world. Now he's the subject of a new documentary, An Honest Liar.
47 min
Episode 57: Night Dreams (1981)
An avant-garde adult film, Night Dreams shows the erotic fantasies of Mrs. Van Houten (Dorothy La May) in nightmarish detail. Directed by F.X. Pope (Francis Delia), the film was written by Jerry Stahl and Stephen Sayadian.
58 min
Episode 56: Mean Guns (1997)
Take a bunch of hardened criminals, set them at one another at the behest of Ice-T, and add a mambo beat... that's the genius of Albert Pyun's Mean Guns.
59 min
Episode 55: Putney Swope (1969)
We're gonna sink the boat on this episode of The Projection Booth with special guest Robert Downey as we talk about Putney Swope and much more.
71 min
Episode 54: The Hitcher (1986)
There's a killer on the road... John Ryder (Rutger Hauer). He's The Hitcher and he's terrorizing Jim Halsey (C. Thomas Howell) in Robert Harmon's classic road terror flick.
81 min
Episode 53: The Visitor (1979)
The battle between good an evil gets worked out via an all-star cast in The Visitor, a crazy Italian/American hybrid. Cue the music....
58 min
Episode 52: Frankenhooker (1990)
Be sure to bring a date to this special episode of The Projection Booth celebrating Frankenhooker and our one year anniversary. WSG Frank Henenlotter and new co-host, Rob St. Mary!
59 min
Episode 51: Battle Royale (2000)
Are you ready to rumble? Join us on the island this week for legendary filmmaker Kinji Fukasaku's 60th and final film, Battle Royale.
58 min
Episode 50: Cube (1997)
Cube, a low-budget character study from Canada, kick-started Vincenzo Natali's career in creating intelligent science fiction films.
59 min
Episode 49: Series 7: The Contenders (2001)
A modern day gladiatorial exhibition where contestants fight to stay alive... all for our television entertainment in Series 7: The Contenders.
58 min
Episode 48: Chicken Park (1994)
Chicken Park is a "parody" of Jurassic Park but with chickens. Funny, no? No. This cinematic monstrosity comes to American shores courtesy of Jerry Cala.
58 min
Special Report: Manos - The Hands of Fate (1966)
The Master will be pleased. Manos: The Hands of Fate is a classic tale of lust, love, and betrayal. Hear Ben Solovey talk about how he's restoring the film to its glory.
53 min
Episode 47: Score (1974)
Break out the pepper mill and poppers, it's time to talk about Radley Metzger's groundbreaking erotica, Score. Bring someone you want to excite.
67 min
Episode 46: The Apple (1980)
Life is nothing but showbusiness in 1994... in The Apple, a 1980 Israeli musical retelling of Genesis, Revelation and Faust.
88 min
Special Report: Punishment Park (1971)
In this special #Occupy edition of the Projection Booth, we look at Peter Watkins's seminal faux documentary film Punishment Park and discuss what it means forty years later.
59 min
Episode 45: Static (1985)
A quirky little film from Mark Romanek and Keith Gordon, Static tells the tale of Ernie Blick, an inventor whose latest creation will revolutionize the world.
69 min
Episode 45: Bonus Interview: Keith Gordon
More of the interview with writer/director/producer/actor/nice guy Keith Gordon from the Static episode.
32 min
Episode 44: Auschwitz (2011)
Love him or hate him, Uwe Boll makes some of the most challenging films around. Auschwitz puts Boll into new territory with this harrowing mix of documentary and drama about the Holocaust.
66 min
Episode 43: The American Astronaut (2001)
Follow the adventures of Samuel Curtis (writer/director Cory McAbee) as he travels through the solar system on a quest to recover the body of Johnny R. It's just another sci-fi musical comedy western.
64 min
Special Report: Not Bad for a Human
This special episode features an interview with Joseph Maddrey, author of Nighmares in Red, White & Blue, The Making of T.S. Eliot, and co-author of Not Bad for a Human, all about Lance Henriksen.
57 min
Episode 42: Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
A motorcycle cop (Robert Blake) with a code of honor can't make it in the turbulent early '70s. That's the story of Electra Glide in Blue but The Projection Booth has the real story.
88 min
Episode 41: Straight Time (1978)
Dustin Hoffman stars in the adaptation of Edward Bunker's No Beast So Fierce, Ulu Grossbard's Straight Time. Along for the ride is the author of The Suicide Game, Andy Rausch.
53 min
Episode 40: Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)
Are you ready to accept our domination? WDET reporter Rob St. Mary joins Mike in the Theater of the Macabre as we dissect Bloodsucking Freaks, a classic of exploitation from director Joel M. Reed.
81 min
Episode 39: The Italian Connection (1972)
Delve into the world of Eurocrime with a look at Fernando DiLeo's The Italian Connection along with Eurocrime documentary director Mike Malloy.
56 min
Episode 38: The Woman Chaser (1999)
A tragically overlooked and underrated film adaptation of Charles Willeford's psychotic look at the movie industry through the eyes of used car salesman Richard Hudson, this film was the toast of the indie movie scene in 1999.
75 min
Episode 37: World's Greatest Sinner (1962)
Joining me in the Projection Booth this week is Marisa Young of The Timothy Carey Experience. We're looking at Carey's pièce de résistance, World's Greatest Sinner, the story of one man's desire to be god.
92 min
Episode 36: Hickey & Boggs (1972)
Hickey & Boggs, a nihilistic neonoir directed by and starring Robert Culp, gets examined in The Projection Booth by Mike and Mondo Justin along with guest Joe Robin and Richard Edwards.
59 min
Episode 35: High & Low (1963)
Joining Mike & Mondo Justin is VCinema's Coffin Jon. The trio talks about Akira Kurosawa's noir classic, High & Low.
56 min
Episode 29: Last Action Hero (1993) Part 2
Unable to let sleeping dogs lie, Mike and Mondo Justin get back in the ring with The Samurai from GGTMC and continue to duke it out about Last Action Hero. Also in the fray are user call-in comments. Get ready to rumble again!
64 min
Episode 34: The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
The revolution will not be televised. It'll be a subversive flick from director Ivan Dixon and writer Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat by the Door.
60 min
Episode 33: The Man From Earth (2007)
David Lee Smith is John Oldman, a college professor who reveals to his colleagues that he's actually a centuries-old caveman. So begins a captivating yet intimate philosophical meditation on immortality, history, science and faith.
70 min
Episode 32: The Killer (1989)
One podcast. Two men. Ten Thousand Bullets. We're looking at John Woo's landmark action film The Killer; examining its origin and impact. Our special guest this week, Kenneth Hall, has written the book on Woo.
76 min
Episode 31: Big Wednesday (1978)
It's been called the greatest surfing movie of all time. But Big Wednesday is so very much more than just a film about surfing. It's a story of epic friendship, and the changing of the tides in one's life.
59 min
Episode 30: Desperate Living (1977)
Take a trip with Mike and Mondo Justin to Mortville where we'll be joined by writer/director John Waters and star Mink Stole as we talk about the twisted lesbian fairy tale Desperate Living. Break out the oatmeal cookies!
66 min
Episode 29: Last Action Hero (1993) Part 1
Mike and Mondo Justin are joined by The Samurai from The GGTMC podcast. They'll be discussing the misunderstood and justly maligned big ticket summer Hollywood blockbuster of '93 — Last Action Hero — starring the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger.
60 min
Episode 28: Darktown Strutters (1975)
We're hopping on our hogs and talking about the Darktown Strutters, one of the most madcap blaxploitation flicks ever made. Come with us as we follow Syreena (Trina Parks) as she looks for her momma, uncovering a web of intrigue.
57 min
Episode 27: Kenneth Anger's Magick Lantern Cycle
Mike and Mondo Justin examine the dangerously influential dark cinematic magick of movie magus Kenneth Anger. The guys break down Anger's infamous Magick Lantern Cycle noting its significant impact on underground film as well as mainstream Hollywood.
151 min
Episode 26: Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Salutations from the other side! Mike and Mondo Justin are joined this week by Ari the Principal Archivist at as we dissect Brian De Palma's rock and roll musical Phantom of the Paradise. With Special Guest Jessica Harper.
55 min
Episode 25: Shag (1989)
Mike and Justin are on-the-road again, coming to you from under an umbrella on sunny beaches of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The guys look back at the 1989 southern coming-of-age story Shag that's set during the innocent summer of '63.
108 min
Special Report: Fright Night (1985)
Mike and Mondo Justin bring you a bonus show about FRIGHT NIGHT and the 2011 re-imagining. Justin chats with writer/director of the 1985 film Tom Holland. Outside The Cinema podcast's Bill Fulkerson visits the show.
59 min
Episode 24: The Forbidden Zone (1980)
Go down, down, down to The Forbidden Zone with Mike, Mondo Justin, and special guest commentator Skizz Cyzyk discuss the cult film favorite; a mix of live action, animation, musical scenes, and madness in the sixth dimension.
59 min
Episode 23: Streets Of Fire (1984)
This week Mike and Mondo Justin get crazy and have a blast chatting about the 1984 Walter Hill directed, STREETS OF FIRE. Justin talks with the star of the film, Michael Paré
59 min
Special Report: Captain America (1990)
When Captain America throws his mighty sheild, all those who chose to oppose his sheild must yeild -- including Mike and Mondo Justin along with special co-host, fellow Jackalope Jockey Josh Hadley.
58 min
Episode 22: Tapeheads (1988)
Let's get into trouble, baby! It's time to look at the 1988 film Tapeheads starring John Cusack, Tim Robbins, and a whole heck of a lot of other people. Follow as Josh and Ivan form Video Aces.
59 min
Episode 21: Traxx (1988) (Original)
Chili flavored cookies anyone? The guys look back at this vastly forgotten and ahead of it's time not-on-DVD action spoof about a world mercenary who suddenly decides to retire to become a famous cookie baker.
57 min
Episode 20: Crime Wave (1985)
Then, from the north, came John Paizs's wonderful, quirky comedy from 1985, Crime Wave. Mike and Mondo Justin are joined this week by Skizz Cyzyk in discussing the Canadian classic.
81 min
Episode 19: The Big Red One (1980)
Film is a battleground this week as Mike and Mondo Justin storm Sam Fuller's masterpiece, THE BIG RED ONE. While smoking Fuller's favorite cigar, the guys examine the film, it's original release, and the Richard Schickel reconstruction project.
105 min
Episode 18: Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
Mike and Mondo Justin hang out with the actual blades and hookers on the Sunset Strip this week as they talk about Baron, AKA the Candy Tangerine Man. Loving husband by day... pimp by night. Special guest director Matt Cimber.
51 min
Episode 17: The Warriors (1979)
Come out and play with Mike and Mondo Justin as they come to you from the depths of New York City. The guys make podcast history by examining the 1979 Walter Hill classic, The Warriors, with the majority cast by their side.
119 min
Episode 16: Robocop (1987)
Mike and Mondo Justin take to the streets of Old Detroit looking for their city's savoir, Robocop. Join us as we talk to some of the folks behind the film in this star-studded spectacular episode.
145 min
Episode 15: The Art of Dying (1991)
Mike and Mondo Justin take a look at the underrated late night cable gem in the rough, THE ART OF DYING This Hollywood Noir twists and turns more than a Coen Brothers film. The film was written and directed by Wings Hauser.
79 min
Episode 14: Flight to Fury (1964)
Monte Hellman joins Mike & Mondo Justin in The Projection Booth to discuss his classic flick Flight to Fury along with his latest directorial effort, Road to Nowhere. They talk about low budget filmmaking and the mystical healing power of Jack Nicholson.
48 min
Episode 13: Deadbeat At Dawn (1988)
Mike and Mondo Justin are joined by a friend and the show's first guest host, Jason Buchanan of All Movie Guide. The threesome discuss this 1988 low-fi masterpiece of film, DEADBEAT AT DAWN.
56 min
Episode 12: Shock Treatment (1981)
You'll find Mike and Mondo Justin in Denton this week, discussing the quasi-sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman's 1981 film Shock Treatment. Mike's gearing up for a screening at 92Y in NYC on 5/27/2011 and this show might get you...
49 min
Episode 11: Freaked (1993)
This isn't a podcast, it's an historical event. Mike and Mondo Justin have the totally twisted and hilarious creators of this cult classic on board. Get ready to piss yourself with laughter in this extra special one-of-a-kind reunion special.
142 min
Episode 10: Head (1968)
Can you dig it? It's The Monkees' 1968 movie that confounded critics and perplexed audiences. It's Head. Mike and Mondo Justin talk about the history of Head and discuss its inception and perception.
62 min
Episode 9: Free Enterprise (1998)
Et tu, Brute? Mike stabs Mondo Justin in the back, and breaks his heart as the duo get into a very heated debate over this much beloved William Shatner cult comedy classic.
74 min
Episode 8: Wacko (1983)
Mike and Mondo Justin get wacky with the whacked-out comedy Wacko from Projection Booth favorite Greydon Clark. Plus bonus interview with Zack Carlson of the incredible film book Destroy All Movies!
58 min
Episode 7: Stripteaser (1995)
The film centers around a blind, gun-toting obsessive (Rick Dean) who takes a strip club hostage. Doesn't sound like much does it? Well, a lot of people thought that as the film came to video stores in the mid '90s.
72 min
Episode 6: Dead Ringer (1982)
Mike and Mondo Justin are happy — hysterically so — to talk about the lost Meat Loaf film Dead Ringer. We talk to director Allan Nicholls about Dead Ringer and Nicholls's career, going from rock star to movie star to writer...
46 min
Episode 5: Red Scorpion (1988)
Red Scorpion is the story of Lt. Nikolai Rachenko (this week's special guest, Dolph Lundgren) who is sent out by his Russian government to assassinate an oppressive African revolutionary. Scripted by the notorious Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
63 min
Special Report: The Day The Clown Cried (1972)
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike and Mondo Justin share their recent find -- a rare copy of the "lost" film, The Day The Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis.
25 min
Episode 4: Dune (1984)
Arrakis... Dune... Desert Planet... Mike and Mondo Justin let the spice flow as they defend the maligned science fiction masterpiece from David Lynch. The director's biggest project to date, Dune managed to tick off just about everyone.
77 min
Episode 3: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (...
Mike and Mondo Justin sit down with Chris Gore for an interview. The dynamic duo also looks at The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, a classic NYC heist film that's suffered two unnecessary remakes.
63 min
Episode 2: Abar, The First Black Superman (1977)
The dynamic duo covers the amazing, bizarre and fun blaxploitation oddity: Abar - The First Black Superman including an interview star Tobar Mayo. Plus: Nerdlebrity Chris Gore on Charlie Sheen, and the Lost Cut of Star Wars from Impossibly Funky.
54 min
Episode 1: The Stunt Man (1980)
Mike and Mondo Justin invite you into The Projection Booth as the dynamic duo explores the amazing, and often forgotten 1980 Academy Award nominated action/drama masterpiece: Richard Rush's The Stunt Man.
68 min