Usually I have quite the dilemma when announcing the most-downloaded episodes of the year as there's always those last few episodes of the year. This time around I've only got one more episode slated to come out for 2017 but have had a few weeks break from new episodes so the dust has settled.

That said, here are the most-downloaded 2017 episode of the year, starting with our most popular episode on John Carpenter's They Live:
  1. They Live (1988)
  2. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  3. American Psycho (2000)
  4. THX-1138 (1971)
  5. The Running Man (1987)
  6. Akira (1988)
  7. Fire Walk with Me Redux / Twin Peaks The Return
  8. Mommie Dearest (1981)
  9. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
  10. The Swimmer (1968)
I'm never surprised to see what's tickled the fancies of people but I'm always surprised at what doesn't make the list. As I always say, these episodes may be a good place to start but I encourage folks to check out the other episodes as well.
Meanwhile, here are the least-downloaded episode of the year starting with the lowest number:
  1. Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965)
  2. Tom of Finland (2017)
  3. Happy End (1966)
  4. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
  5. Arrebato (1979)
  6. The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)
  7. The Lure (2015)
  8. Torchbearer (2016)
  9. Intacto (2001)
  10. The Cremator (1968)
That's just about the entire Czechtember line-up!


Here's something I've never done before... These are the episodes from 2017 that I had the most fun putting together for whatever reason that weren't listed above:
  1. The Cars that Ate Paris (1974)
  2. Over the Edge (1979)
  3. Making Mr. Right (1987)
  4. The Lost One (1951)
  5. The Ninth Configuration (1980)
  6. La Grande Illusion (1937)
  7. Kissed (1996)
  8. Wanda Whips Wall Street (1980)
  9. The Intruder (1962)
  10. La Marge (1976)
Thanks to everyone who keeps the show going!
12/18/2017

Special Guests: Mermaid Cindy, John Athanason
Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, David Rodgers

Released in the United States as The Lure , Agnieszka Smoczynska's 2015 film Corki Dancingu is the story of two mermaids, Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver (Marta Mazurek), who join the world of humans as singers at a dinner club. To say the least, the have a little trouble fitting in.

Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) and David Rodgers (Bingecast) join Mike to discuss this modern take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's Ondine. Guests include John Athanason of Weeki Wachee State Park as well as a real life mermaid!

Listen/Download Now:

Links:
Buy The Lure on Blu-Ray
Buy The Lure Soundtrack
Buy The Lure Soundtrack by Ballady I Romanse
Contribute to the latest GUTTERTHON!

Music:
"The Housefly 3" - The Lure Soundtrack
"The Loop" - The Lure Soundtrack
"Abracadabra" - The Lure Soundtrack

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11/17/2017

Special Guests: Dome Karukoski, Pekka Strang, Seumas F. Sargent, Jessica Grabowsky
Guest Co-Host: Maitland McDonagh


Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen redefined gay erotica with his intricate, fetishistic drawings of muscle-bound uniformed men. Dome Karukoski's 2017 bio-pic Tom of Finland explores the life of Laaksonen (Pekka Strang) and his legacy.

Maitland McDonagh (120 Days Books) joins Mike to discuss Tom of Finland, Daddy and the Muscle Academy, and more.

Download Episode Now:

Links:
Buy Tom of Finland on (Region-Free) Blu-Ray
Buy Daddy and the Muscle Academy on DVD
Buy Tom of Finland by Dian Hanson
Buy The Complete Kake Comics
Learn about the Tom of Finland Foundation
Get the Tom of Finland emoji
Read more about the Tom of Finland emoji set
Order Man Eater by Dick Jones

Music:
"Tom of Finland" - Cat Rapes Dog
"You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester

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11/11/2017

Special Guests: Marc Meyers

Mike talks to director Marc Meyers about his film My Friend Dahmer (2017). Based on the graphic novel by , the film tells a humanistic story about one of America's most notorious serial killers.

Now open at theaters across the USA.

Links:
Buy My Friend Dahmer by Derf
Be sure to Like My Friend Dahmer on Facebook
Follow My Friend Dahmer on Twitter

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Music:
"Mad World" - Gary Jules

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11/10/2017

Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Terry Frost

Directed by Joseph Cates and written by and , Who Killed Teddy Bear? (1965) stars Sal Mineo as Lawrence Sherman, a waiter at a nightclub and Juliet Prowse as bartender Norma Dain. Someone has an unhealthy obsession with Norma and keeps making obscene phone calls to her.

Heather Drain and Terry Frost join Mike to talk about this sleazy thriller.

Links:
Buy Who Killed Teddy Bear? on DVD-R
Listen to the Hell's Belles podcast
Listen to the Paleo-Cinema podcast
Listen to the Martian Drive-in podcast

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Music:
"Who Killed Teddy Bear" - Josie Cotten
"Under the Wires" - The Cramps

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11/01/2017

Special Guests: Chrysta Bell, Clare Nina Norelli
Guest Co-Hosts: Christine Makepeace, John Walker

Is it future...? Or is it past...? It's a bit of both as we revisit David Lynch's Fire Walk With Me (1992) along with "Twin Peaks" Season 3 (AKA "Twin Peaks: The Return") on this final #Shocktober2017 episode. We speak specifically about the Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me - Teresa Banks and the Last Seven Days of Laura Palmer fan edit as well as Mark Frost's The Secret History of Twin Peaks.

Interviews feature Chrysta Bell, who played Agent Tammy Preston, and Clare Nina Norelli, author of the 33 1/3 book Angelo Badalamenti's Soundtrack from Twin Peaks.

Podcasters John Walker of Movie Schmovie and Christine Makepeace of the Feminine Critique join Mike to drink full and descend to attempt to put the latest incarnation of "Twin Peaks" in context. What year is it?

Poster art by Cristiano Siqueira AKA Crisvector.

Listen/Download Now:

Links:
Listen to our original TP: FWWM episode
Buy Twin Peaks: The Return on Blu-Ray
Buy Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me on Blu-Ray
Buy Twin Peaks: The Original Series, Fire Walk With Me & The Missing Pieces
Buy Twin Peaks Limited Event Series Soundtrack Score
Buy Twin Peaks Music from the Limited Event Series
Buy Anthology Resource Vol. 1 by Dean Hurley
Read about Mark Frost's Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier
Read This Is Why the New 'Twin Peaks' Sounds Weird as Shit by Colin Joyce
Read Sometimes a Mistake is Just a Mistake by Mat Cult
Read The Possibility of Parallel Realities in TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN by Michael Glover Smith
Read I’m Not Me by Brad Nelson
Check out Rosemary Stretch
Visit the Mountains Etc. page
Learn more about Christine Makepeace

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10/25/2017

Special Guests: Ted Nicolaou, Diane Franklin, Gerrit Graham
Guest Co-Hosts: Josh Hadley, Moe Porne

#Shocktober2017 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 including wife Rachel (Mary Woronov), son Sherman (Chad Allen), grandpa (Bert Remsen), daughter Suzy (Diane Franklin), and her metal head boyfriend O.D. (Jon Gries).

Podcasters Moe Porne (No Budget Nightmares) and Josh Hadley (Lost in the Static) join Mike to discuss this classic of Charles Band's Empire empire.

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Links:
Buy TerrorVision on Blu-Ray

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10/19/2017

Guest Co-Hosts: Alex Winter, Jamey Duvall

#Shocktober2017 continues with a the 1976 film from Roman Polanski, The Tenant . Adapted from a book by (Fantastic Planet), the film also stars Polanski as Trelkovsky, a man in need of a new apartment. He finds one where the previous occupant has defenestrated herself. After her death, he's able to move in and finds that his neighbors don't like him being noisy... in fact, they don't like him being him at all. Some put this alongside Polanski's Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby as his “apartment trilogy” in which explores the terrors of urban paranoia.

Jamey Duvall of Movie Geeks United! and writer/director/actor Alex Winter join Mike to discuss what many consider to be Polanski's most personal film.

Listen/Download Now:

Links:
Buy The Tenant on DVD
Buy The Tenant by Roland Topor
Buy the soundtrack CD by Phillip Sarde
Learn more about the Fan Preservation of The Tenant
Visit the official Alex Winter website
Check out the Movie Geeks United Kubrick Series
Listen to our Eyes Wide Shut episode

Music:
"The Tenant" - Play Dead
"The Tenant" - Japan

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10/10/2017