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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Buy TerrorVision on Blu-Ray


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.

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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

"The Tenant" - Play Dead
"The Tenant" - Japan



Special Guests: Gregory W. Mank, Stephen D. Youngkin
Guest Co-Host: Samm Deighan

Shocktober 2017 kicks off with Karl Freund's final film as a director and Peter Lorre's first film in America, Mad Love (1935). Based upon '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. He’s fascinated by the actress Yvonne Orlac (Frances Drake) and, rebuffed in his advances, manages to enter her life after he backhandedly helps her husband, concert pianist Stephen Orlac (Colin Clive), by giving him a new pair of hands after his have been crushed in an accident. But what kind of gift are the hands of a murderer on a master musician?

Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss the unusual American debut from Peter Lorre along with special guests Gregory W. Mank (Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre's Golden Age) and Stephen D. Youngkin (The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre).

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Buy Mad Love on DVD
Buy Mad Love on YouTube
Buy The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin
Buy Hollywood Cauldron: Thirteen Horror Films from the Genre's Golden Age by Gregory W. Mank
Read Filming the "Lucy" show

"The Girl Without Hands" - John Medeski & Scott Harding
"You Need Hands" - Malcolm McLaren
"These Hands" - The Damned


Guest Co-Hosts: Ben Buckingham, Kat Ellinger

We wrap up the first Czechtember series with a film from director Oldřich Lipský, 1966's Happy End, an experimental comedy (which is as unusual as that sounds) that puts shots 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. Of course, this provides us with constant ironic juxtapositions.

The film was co-written by Lipský and , the screenwriter behind some of the best comedies out of Czechoslovakia in the '60s and '70s.

Kat Ellinger and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss Happy End and other favorite Czech comedies.

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Buy Happy End on DVD-R
Buy Lemonade Joe on DVD
Buy other Oldrich Lipsky films
Learn more about the Memorial Hall of Lipský Family
Visit the Czech & Slovak Film Festival of Australia website
Visit the official Diabolique magazine website
Order Kat Ellinger's Daughters of Darkness episode
Listen to the Hells Belles podcast

"I Just Can't Be Happy Today" - The Damned



Guest Co-Host: Samm Deighan

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.

Samm Deighan joins Mike to discuss collaborators and the madness that gripped the world in the 1930s and '40s.

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Buy The Cremator on DVD
Buy The Cremator by Ladislav Fuks
Watch This Way to the Cooling Chambers: Making The Cremator
Keep up with Samm Dieghan at Diabolique Magazine

"Mili's Carousel (Lovely Acrobatics)" - Zdeněk Liška
"A Well-Respected Man" - The Kinks



Special Guests: Patty Farmer

On this special episode, Mike talks with author Patty Farmer about her work including her latest books, Starring the Plaza and Playboy Laughs. Find out more at www.patty-farmer.com.

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Special Guest: Peter Hames
Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan

Czechtember continues with a look at Pavel Jurácek's Case for a Rookie Hangman (AKA Prípad pro zacínajícího kata) from 1970. Very loosely based on the third part of 's Gulliver's Travels, the film tells the tale of Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) in the land of Balnibarbi, a surrealistic landscape where Lemuel has a hard time finding his footing, literally.

Kat Ellinger and Kevin Heffernan join Mike to discuss the malleability of Swift's satire and The Key to Determining Dwarfs, or The Last Travel of Lemuel Gulliver.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Case for a Rookie Hangman on DVD
Buy Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Buy The Czechoslovak New Wave by Peter Hames
Buy Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties by Jonathan Owen
Hear more of Kat Ellinger on the Daughters of Darkness podcast
Hear Kat's interview on the Supporting Characters podcast
Read Knot and Gender blog by Kevin Heffernan
Read The Crawling Eye Cult Media Blog by Kevin Heffernan

"The Flying Island" - Trevor Jones
"Laputa" - Trevor Jones



Special Guests: Steven E. de Souza, Kurt Fuller, George Linder, Rob Cohen
Guest Co-Hosts: Andrew Nette, Aaron Peterson


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". Based loosely on a novella by "Richard Bachman" (AKA Stephen King), the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards, a man framed as "The Butcher of Bakersfield" and thrown Running Man game, hosted by Killian (Richard Dawson), and featuring a cadre of killers including Jesse Ventura, Jim Brown, Professor Toru Tanaka, and more.

Andrew Nette and Aaron Peterson join Mike to discuss the film, its odd production history, and the resonance to today's world. We also discuss the work of Robert Sheckley and his influence on "people hunting people" films including The Million Game, The Price of Peril, The Tenth Victim and Freejack.

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Bonus Interview: Sven-Ole Thorsen

Outside the Cinema
The Kolchak Tapes
After Movie Diner
Proudly Resents

Music: "Planing the Escape" - Harold Faltermeyer
, screenwriter: 54:00

Music: "Running Man" - Casio Social Club
Kurt Fuller, actor: 1:43:00

Music: "Buzz Saw" - The Gee Cee's
George Linder, producer: 2:21:00

Music: "Running Man (Rework)" - Brain Inc
Rob Cohen, executive producer: 2:29:00

Music: "Running Man" - The Greatest Band of All Time
Discussion 2: 3:07:00

Outro Music:
"Running Man / Hunger Games Musical Spectacular" - Jon and Al Kaplan
"ICS Sponsors Credits" - Harold Faltermeyer

Buy The Running Man on DVD
Buy The Running Man by Stephen King / Richard Bachman
Buy The Running Man soundtrack by Harold Faltermeyer
Read more about Rob Cohen's The Hurricane Heist
Listen to the Remake this Movie Right! podcast
Buy books from Andrew Nette
Listen to the interview with Harold Faltermeyer on the Beverly Hills Cop episode
Listen to our episodes on Battle Royale, Death Race 2000, Series 7: The Contenders, Rollerball, Freejack, and Punishment Park