October 28, 2020

Episode 491: The Frighteners (1996)

Special Guest: Jeffrey Combs, Grant Major
Guest Co-Hosts: Jeff Meyers, Chris Stachiw

We conclude #Shocktober2020 with a look at Peter Jackson's The Frighteners (1996). Made between Heavenly Creatures and The Lord of the Rings series, the film was a signal to Hollywood that Peter Jackson could play by the rules. It’s the story of Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox), a man with a gift that he can commune with the dead. He uses this to bilk the people of Fairwater out of money by haunting houses via his dead friends. Unfortunately for Frank and the rest of Fairwater there’s a serial killer who plagues the city in hopes of scoring a record number of kills.

Chris Stachiw and Jeff Meyers discuss the film with Mike while Production Designer Grant Major and co-star Jeffrey Combs talk about the making of the movie.

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Buy The Frighteners on Blu-Ray
Buy The Frighteners novelization

Original Soundtrack - Danny Elfman
"Don't Fear the Reaper" - Blue Oyster Cult


October 21, 2020

Episode 490: Motel Hell (1980)

Special Guests: Kevin Connor, Frank Cotolo
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Ben Buckingham

It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent's fritters!

Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to talk about Kevin Connor's 1980 horror/comedy starring Rory Calhoun and Nancy Parsons, Motel Hell.

Connor discusses his work on the film as well as his earlier work while dishes about working with Wolfman Jack.

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Buy Motel Hell on Blu-Ray
Buy Frank Cotolo's books on Amazon
Buy From Communion to Cannibalism: An Anatomy of Metaphors of Incorporation by Maggie Kilgour

"Escape from Motel Hell" - Brad Fiedel
"Clap for the Wolfman" - The Guess Who
"You're Eatin Out My Heart And Soul" - Kregg Nance
"Eating My Heart Out" - Mitchell Torok
"Timothy" - Buoys


October 16, 2020

Special Report: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-2013)

Special Guest: Mitch Watson
Guest Co-Hosts: Carol Borden, Father Malone

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re not talking about a movie for once but, instead, we're looking at Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated. It was the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby gang and it ran from 2010 to 2013 with a total of 52 episodes spread over 156 weeks. It was also one of the best and most self-referential animated series that I’ve ever seen.

Producer Mitch Watson shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the show and the challenges it faced.

Father Malone (You've Never Seen) and Carol Borden (The Cultural Gutter) discuss the show, the live action films, and animation with Mike.

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Buy Mystery Inc Season 1
Buy Mystery Inc Season 2
Watch Mystery Inc on Netflix
Buy Scooby Apocalypse
Read Nicole Perlman Q&A: How 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Went From a Writers Program Project to Record-Breaking Film by Joshua Stecker
Read The Mysterious Music of Scooby-Doo!

"Feel In My Heart (The Words Get Stuck In My Throat)" - Kipp Hamilton
"Scooby Snack" - Fun Lovin' Criminals


October 14, 2020

Episode 489: The Company of Wolves (1984)

Special Guest: James Gracey
Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Heather Drain

#Shocktober2020 continues with a look at Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves (1984). It's a melange of tales based on the writings of which intertwine and layer upon one another. At the heart is a re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale but there's much more than that.

Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss the film and women's burgeoning sexuality. This episode features an interview with James Gracey, author of the Devil's Advocates book about The Company of Wolves.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy The Company of Wolves on Blu-Ray
Buy The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Buy Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Original Soundtrack
"Little Red Riding Hood" - Sam the Sham and the Pharohs


October 9, 2020

Special Report: Nightbreed (1990)

Special Guest: Charles Haid
Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Tim Luz

On this special episode we’re looking at Clive Barker's Nightbreed (1990). It’s the story of Aaron Boone (Craig Scheffer) who dreams of a place called Midian, an underground world of monsters. His psychiatrist, Doctor Decker (David Cronenberg) also wants to go there but to destroy all the monster life.

Tim Luz and Samm Deighan join Mike to look at the various cuts of the film and its storied history. Actor Charles Haid talks about his role as Captain Eigerman (as well as his role in the pilot episode of Barney Miller.

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Buy Night Breed (The Director's Cut) on Blu-Ray
Buy Cabal by Clive Barker

"Johnny Get Angry" - Joanie Sommers


October 7, 2020

Episode 488: Poltergeist (1982)

Special Guests: Dahlia Schweitzer, Chris O'Neill, Oliver Robins, Mark Victor, Gary Sherman, Gil Kenan
Guest Co-Hosts: Christine Makepeace, Vincenzo Natali

We kick off Shocktober 2020 with a look at Tobe Hooper's 1982 film Poltergeist. It's the story of a suburban family beset by supernatural forces.

Vincenzo Natali and Christine Makepeace join Mike to discuss hauntings, the pedigree of the film, the sequels, and 2015 remake.

00:46:14 Dahlia Schweitzer talks about her upcoming book, Haunted Homes

01:42:32 Chris O'Neill talks about the questions of authorship and his upcoming book on Tobe Hooper

02:15:52 Oliver Robins talks about working on Poltergeist and Poltergeist II: The Other Side

02:36:43 talks about Poltergeist and Poltergeist II: The Other Side

03:19:08 Gary Sherman talks about Poltergeist III

04:20:07 Gil Kenan talks about the 2015 Poltergeist remake

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Bonus Interview with Oliver Robins:

Buy Poltergeist on Blu-Ray
Buy Poltergeist II: The Other Side on Blu-Ray
Buy Poltergeist III on Blu-Ray
Buy Poltergeist (2015) on Blu-Ray
Visit the Poltergeist fan site
Read Families divided, families united are big theme in Spielberg films by Anthony Breznican
Listen to the I Was There, Too episode with Martin Casella

Original Soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith
"Haunted House" - Jumpin' Gene Simmons


October 2, 2020

Special Report: The Antenna (2019)

Special Guest: Orçun Behram
Guest Co-Hosts: David Rodgers, Mark Begley

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at the 2019 film from director Orçun Behram, The Antenna. The film stars Ihsan Önal as Mehnet, a overseer of an apartment building in Turkey. We begin the film on the day when a new satellite dish is being installed that is part of a new era for the country where the government can now broadcast directly to its citizens’ televisions. Let’s just say that this isn’t the utopia that was promised.

David Rodgers and Mark Begley join Mike to discuss the the film which will play in select theaters starting October 2, 2020 and on VOD starting October 20, 2020.

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"Antenna" - Cities Last Broadcast
"Antenna" - Porcupine Defense


October 1, 2020

Guest Spot: The Evil Dead (1981)

I was recently a guest on the Wake Up Heavy podcast where I got to talk to host Mark Begley about The Evil Dead. It always makes this Michigander proud to talk about this legendary film.

Sam Raimi took the horror world by the neck and shook it until it begged for mercy. The Evil Dead caught the attention of Stephen King at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and his pull-quote, "The most ferociously original horror film of 1982," placed it on every genre fan's must-watch list. Coverage from Fangoria, along with great notice from a string of festival appearances, helped solidify its notoriety.

Made on a shoe-string budget in the woods of Tennessee by a bunch of friends from Michigan, the movie was an exercise not only in scares and gore, but in moxie and gumption. Before the film was even begun the trio of Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert formed Renaissance Pictures and took the business side of low-budget films seriously. They produced an instant classic that has withstood the test of time and spawned a franchise that has lasted 35 years.

Ash, his sister Cheryl, his girlfriend Linda, and they're friends Scott and Shelly take a little vacation to a dilapidated backwoods cabin and accidentally summon demonic forces. By the end of the night only Ash survives. Or does he? The Evil Dead may be short on story but it's long on dread, gore, and inventive film-making.

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Buy The Evil Dead trilogy
Buy The Evil Dead: The Musical soundtrack