November 20, 2018

Episode 391: The Big Sleep (1946)

Special Guest: Dahlia Schweitzer
Guest Co-Hosts: Terry Frost, Eric Cohen

We continue our #Noirvember coverage with a discussion of The Big Sleep (1946). The first proper Philip Marlowe book by , it was the second appearance of Marlowe on screen, this time portrayed by Humphrey Bogart.

Eric Cohen and Terry Frost join Mike to discuss the pre-release version of Howard Hawks's film, how Bogart portrayed Marlowe, and the 1978 re-interpretation of the source material by Michael Winner.

Dahlia Schweitzer returns to The Projection Booth to discuss her upcoming book, L.A. Private Eyes.

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"Du plomb dans la cervelle" - Max Steiner
"And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine" - Anita O'Day


November 13, 2018

Episode 390: Murder My Sweet (1944)

Special Guest: Tom Williams
Guest Co-Hosts: Terry Frost, Eric Cohen

We continue our #Noirvember2018 coverage with the first in a trio of adaptations -- Edward Dymytrk’s Murder My Sweet (1944). Based on the second of Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, Farewell My Lovely, the film stars Dick Powell "as you've never seen him before."

Terry Frost and Eric Cohen join Mike to discuss the 1944 film and the 1976 adaptation. Tom Williams, the author of A Mysterious Something in the Light; the Life of Raymond Chandler, provides insight on Chandler's career in and out of Hollywood.

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"Farewell My Lovely" - Yeong-Wook Jo


November 6, 2018

Episode 389: The Getaway (1972)

Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Aaron Carruthers

#Noirvember2018 kicks off with the 1972 film from director Sam Peckinpah, The Getaway. Based on the novel by and adapted by , the film stars Steve McQueen as Doc McCoy and Ali MacGraw as Carol McCoy, two young lovers with nothing better to do than rob a bank with the duplicitous Rudy Butler (Al Lettieri) and the barely-a-character Jack Dodson (Bo Hopkins). Let’s just say that things don’t go as well as they should.

Maitland McDonagh and Aaron Carruthers join Mike to discuss the 1972 film, the 1994 remake.

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"Fly Away" - Lenny Kravitz


October 30, 2018

Episode 388: Session 9 (2001)

Special Guests: Brad Anderson, Stephen Gevedon
Guest Co-Hosts: Axel Kohagen, Jedidiah Ayres

Directed by Brad Anderson and co-written by Anderson and , Session 9 was released in 2001 and stars Peter Mullen as Gordon, the head of a team of asbestos abatement workers in a psychiatric institution. As the story unfolds we learn more about Gordon as well as one of the patients of the asylum whose story mirrors his.

Axel Kohagen (of the Super True Stories podcast) and Jedidiah Ayres (author of Peckerwood) join Mike to discuss the film, institutions, mullets, and much more.

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"Noon, About Noon" - Climax Golden Twins
"I Saw You" - Climax Golden Twins
"Piece for a Tape Recorder" - Vladimir Ussachevsky


October 23, 2018

Episode 387: The Mr. Vampire Series

Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, El Goro

Released in 1985, the original Mr. Vampire was directed by Ricky Lau and stars Lam Ching Ying as a Taoist priest who battles the forces of evil along with his two inept students. This became a blueprint for dozens of other films -- some of them under the Mr. Vampire moniker and others not. We discuss the “official” Mr. Vampire movies as well as the unofficial entries, some copycat films, and many other jiangshi movies along the way.

Samm Deighan (Daughters of Darkness) and El Goro (Talk Without Rhythm) join Mike to discuss all manner of hopping vampires, beautiful ghosts, bad subtitles, and Taoist magic. Get your sticky rice ready!

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Movies Discussed
Movie TitleChinese TitleYear
Mr. Vampire Geung si sin sang 1985
Mr. Vampire 2 Jiang shi jia zu: Jiang shi xian sheng xu ji 1986
Mr Vampire 3 Ling huan xian sheng 1987
Mr. Vampire Saga Jiang shi shu shu 1988
Shy Spirit Pa xiu gui 1988
Vampire vs. Vampire Yi mei dao ren 1989
Magic Cop Qu mo jing cha 1990
The Ultimate Vampire Jiang shi zhi zun 1991
Crazy Safari Fei zhou he shang 1991
Mad Mad Ghost Huang jin dao shi 1992
Mr. Vampire 1992 Xin jiang shi xian sheng 1992
The Musical Vampire Yin yue jiang shi 1992
Exorcist Master Qu mo dao zhang 1993
Vampire ExpertGeung Si Dou Cheung 1995
Rigor MortisGeung si2014

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"Mr. Vampire OST Guitar Cover" - TK Viper
"Mr. Vampire" - Glen Porter


October 22, 2018

Episode 386: Begotten (1990)

Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Ben Buckingham

We are discussing E. Elias Merhige’s Begotten. Released in 1990, the film is an experimental narrative about creation, religion, and more.

Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss experimental films, music videos, and much more.

"Anti-Christ Superstar" - Marilyn Manson

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October 21, 2018

Special Report: Survival of the Film Freaks (2018)

Special Guests: Kyle Kuchta, Bill Fulkerson

How does cult cinema survive and thrive in the 21st century? This notion is explored in the 2018 documentary Survival of the Film Freaks.

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."

Mike White talks to co-directors Kyle Kuchta (Fantasm) and Bill Fulkerson (Outside The Cinema) on this special episode.

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

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October 9, 2018

Episode 384: Suspiria (1977)

Special Guests: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Clare Nina Norelli
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Rob St Mary

We kick off #Shocktober2018 with a discussion of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria which stars Jessica Harper as Suzy Banyon, a young dancer who travels from New York to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy to not do lot of dancing but, instead, to become embroiled in a mystery...

Maitland McDonagh (Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento) and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss this classic, atmospheric horror tale. Authors Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Suspiria) and Clare Nina Norelli help unravel the mystery of Argento's most note-worthy film.

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Read Alexandra Heller Nicholas's interview with Barbara Magnolfi
Read Alexandra Heller Nicholas's Three Mothers Redux: Kathy Acker, Pina Bausch, Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria
Read Clare Nina Norelli's Scores on Screen column
Read about Stan Douglas's Suspiria installation

"Markos" - Goblin
"Suspiriorum" - Stan Douglas
"Suspiria (Celesta and Bells)" - Goblin
"Witch" - Goblin