August 16, 2018

Special Report: The Last Movie (1971)

Special Guests: Craig Rogers, David Marriott, John Buck Wilkin, Jessica Hundley, Nick Ebeling, Satya de la Manitou
Guest Co-Hosts: Ben Buckingham, Nick Dawson

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie. Barely released by Universal Pictures in 1971, the film stars Hopper as Kansas -- a man as middle-American as his name. He’s in Peru as a stunt man for a Western. When the cast and crew packs up and goes back to Hollywood, he stays behind where the natives form a sort of cargo cult around movie-making, holding up Kansas as their god, savior, and their sacrifice.

Mike talks to Craig Rogers and David Marriott from Arbelos Films who have restored The Last Movie and have re-released the film. He speaks to author Jessica Hundley, editor of Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967, John Buck Wilkin who performed music on both The Last Movie and Lawrence Schiller & L. M. Kit Carson's The American Dreamer. Finally, he speaks with Nick Ebeling, the director of Along for the Ride and its subject, Satya De La Manitou.

Nick Dawson and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss the film as well as its fascinating history.

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Links:
Buy the Along for the Ride book
Be sure to LIKE Along for the Ride on Facebook
Read My uneasy ride with Dennis Hopper by John Buck Wilkin
Read When Westerns Were Un-American by J. Hoberman
Read Hip Hopp: Dennis Hopper, Protest, And Popular Music by Dominic Preston
Read DENNIS HOPPER’S “THE LAST MOVIE” | THE FILM THAT BURIED A VISIONARY by JP

Music:
"Easy Rider, 1970" by Chris Sikelianos

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SCENE MISSING from Alex Cox on Vimeo.

August 15, 2018

Episode 377: The Parallax View (1974)

Special Guests: William Daniels, Bonnie Bartlett, Barna William Donovan, Shane O’Sullivan
Guest Co-Hosts: Chris Stachiw, Jess Byard

Alan J. Pakula's, The Parallax View (1974) stars Warren Beatty as reporter Joe Frady. After a mysterious series of deaths, Frady gets embroiled in an investigation that leads him to The Parallax Corporation, a shady company that finds and recruits sociopaths in order to use them as assassins.

Interviews this episode include actor William Daniels and his wife Bonnie Bartlett, author Barna Donovan (Conspiracy Films: A Tour of Dark Places in the American Conscious), and filmmaker Shane O'Sullivan (RFK Must Die).

Clip of Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Television Academy Foundation.

Jess Byard and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss the book, the script, the rewrite and the eventual final product.

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Links:
Buy The Parallax View on DVD
Buy The Parallax View by Loren Singer
Buy There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others by William Daniels
Buy Confirmation: Investigations of the Unexplained by Barna William Donovan
Buy Who Killed Bobby? : The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy by Shane O'Sullivan
Listen to our Executive Action episode
Listen to our Blow Out episode

Music:
Original Soundtrack by Michael Small

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August 10, 2018

Special Report: The Piano Teacher (2001)

Special Guest: Christian Berger
Guest Co-Hosts: Jared Bauer, Chris Stachiw

Based on the 1983 book by , Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher (2001) stars Isabelle Huppert as our titular pedagogue. She’s a woman trapped in a harrowing relationship with her mother. She is abused and belittled at home only to turn around and do the same to her students. Things change when she meets Walter Klemmer (Benoît Magimel ) who is a bit obsessed with his prickly piano teacher, leading to a mutually dissatisfying relationship between the pair.

Jared Bauer (Show Me The Meaning) and Chris Stachiw (The Kulturecast) join Mike to discuss this harrowing film. In an interview, Director of Photography Christian Berger talks about his career, the Cine Reflect Lighting System, and working with Michael Haneke.

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August 7, 2018

Episode 376: The Mack (1973)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jon Cross, Moe Porne

Michael Campus's The Mack (1973 ) stars Max Julien as Goldie, a man who was set up and goes to jail only to come out and fulfill his dream of becoming the baddest pimp in town. He’s got the mob, the cops, black nationalists, and fellow pimps to contend with... it’s a rags to fur and velvet story.

Jon Cross (The After Movie Diner) and Moe Porne (No-Budget Nightmares) join Mike to discuss this classic blaxploitation film.

Links:
Buy The Mack on DVD

Music:
"The Mack" Soundtrack - Willie Hutch

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August 2, 2018

Survival of the Film Freaks Premiere!

August 6, 2018­ – How does cult cinema survive and thrive in the 21st century? This notion will be explored when Survival of the Film Freaks has its World Premiere at HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival (#H2F2), Sunday August 26 at 11AM CST in Indianapolis, IN.

Joe Bob Briggs, Ted Raimi and Adam Green are just a few of the familiar faces that you'll see in this documentary that is both a love letter to and in-depth study of "cult."

"It's a wonderful, full-circle feeling," says co-director Kyle Kuchta. "Bill and I both started our respective professional careers at horror conventions; that's actually how we met. So to be able to premiere our film at one of the biggest conventions in the country feels amazing."

Kuchta was directing Fantasm, a documentary about horror conventions when he met Bill, the host of the cult film podcast Outside The Cinema.

"Ever since I was a young kid I always remember being fascinated by the idea of weird and wonderful films," Fulkerson states. "So after over two years of work, it's really exciting to premiere the flick, especially for a group of like-minded individuals. It makes me happier than the VHS box art for The Barbarians."

Film Freaks will be premiering in good company that weekend. #H2F2 will also include the world premiere of the Joe Dante-produced Camp Cold Brook, screenings of horror favorites Jason Goes To Hell and The Lost Boys, and more. The film festival is part of HorrorHound Weekend, and all details about the convention can be found here.

Keep up on everything at the Survival of the Film Freaks Facebook page.

July 31, 2018

Episode 375: Society (1989)

Special Guest: Brian Yuzna
Guest Co-Hosts: Terry Frost, Jay Bauman

"I thought it was going to be number one at the box office but then again I was delusional." -- Brian Yuzna

Terry Frost and Jay Bauman join Mike to look at the 1989 film from director Brian Yuzna, Society. The film stars Billy Warlock as Bill Whitney, a suburban teen who feels that things are amiss in his life.

Music:
"Eat the Rich" - Motörhead
"Sirotinja Uvijek Najebe (Kill The Poor)" - Kud Idijoti

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July 24, 2018

Episode 374: Kings and Desperate Men (1981)

Special Guests: Andrea Marcovicci, Arden R. Ryshpan
Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Kremer, Jonathan Marlow

Two terrorists -- Daniel Kremer and Jonathan Marlow -- break into The Projection Booth to discuss the 1981 Canadian thriller Kings and Desperate Men .

Produced by, directed by, and starring Alexis Kanner, the movie is the story of an arrogant talk show host -- played by Patrick McGoohan. He and his family are taken hostage by a handful of gun-wielding terrorists. The main terrorist -- played by Kanner -- goes on the air with McGoohan’s character and they engage in tense battle of words.

Written for the screen by , the film's Christmas setting and terrorist plot caused Kanner to sue the makers of Die Hard for damages.

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Links:
Buy Kings & Desperate Men on VHS
Visit the official Andrea Marcovicci website
Read a review of Kings & Desperate Men
Read Daniel's interview with Andrea Marcovicci
Read more about Kings & Desperate Men

Music:
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" -

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July 23, 2018

Special Report: Mission Caligula (2018)


Special Guests: Kelly Holland, Alexander Tuschinski
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Rob St. Mary

On this special episode Maitland McDonagh and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss the latest developments to the continuing story of Tinto Brass & Bob Guccione's Caligula (1979) uncovered in the recent documentary Mission: Caligula (2018).

Director Alexander Tuschinski, working with Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland, have made some startling discoveries about the film that promise to thrill film fans.

Links:
Discover Maitland McDonagh's work at Riverdale Ave. Books
Give to Rob St. Mary's Detroit Punk Archive project

Music:
Score by Bruno Nicolai

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Listen to the Caligula episode:
Listen to "TPB: Caligula" on Spreaker.

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Mission: Caligula from Alexander Tuschinski on Vimeo.