October 16, 2019

Episode 437: Wolfen (1981)

Special Guests: Whitley Strieber, Rupert Hitzig, John D. Hancock, Craig Safan
Guest Co-Hosts: Stephen Graham Jones, Jedidiah Ayres

#Shocktober2019 continues with a look at the 1981 movie from director Michael Wadliegh, Wolfen. Based loosely on the 1978 book by , the film stars Albert Finney as Dewey Wilson, a world weary New York City cop who is assigned the macabre murder of real estate mogul Peter Vanderveer. Initially thought to be a terrorist plot, Wilson is assigned a psychologist, Neff (Diane Venora), to aid in his pursuit. They soon learn that they’re facing something much more sinister... and much older...

Stephen Graham Jones and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to talk about this film. Interviews include author Whitley Strieber, producer Rupert Hitzig, director John D. Hancock, and composer Craig Safan.

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Buy Wolfen on Blu-Ray
Buy The Wolfen by Whitley Strieber
Buy Hancock on Hancock by Michael Doyle
Buy Wolfen (The Unusued Score by Craig Safan
Buy Wolfen by James Horner
Buy Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
Read Sculptures of wolves mauling tourist appear in New York City parks

Scores by Craig Safan and James Horner
"Bark at the Moon" - Ozzy Osbourne
"The Killing Moon" - Echo & The Bunnymen
"Smuggler's Waltz / Bronx Lullaby" - Tom Waits
"South Bronx" - KRS-One


October 15, 2019

Special Report: Candice (2019)

Special Guest: Sheona McDonald
On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks with filmmaker Sheona McDonald about her work including her latest documentary, Candice (2019), all about the life of feminist, actress, filmmaker, and activist Candida Royalle (nee Candice Marion Vadala).

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Bonus Interview with Candida Royalle:

Learn more about Candice
Visit the official Candida Royalle website
Buy How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do: Sex Advice from a Woman Who Knows
Listen to Candida on The Rialto Report
Read Candida's contribution in The Feminist Porn Book
Read a great interview with Candida in Smashing Interviews

"Hang On Little Tomato" - Pink Martini
"Candida" - Tony Orlando & Dawn


October 9, 2019

Episode 436: Fade to Black (1980)

Special Guests: Dennis Christopher, Irwin Yablans, Craig Safan, Tim Thomerson
Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Bill Ackerman

Shocktober 2019 continues with a look at the 1980 film from director Vernon Zimmerman, Fade to Black. The film stars Dennis Christopher as Eric Binford, a youth who spends too much of his time watching and obsessing about movies. Unfortunately, Eric's a little mentally unstable thanks in part to his family which consists of his harridan Aunt Stella (Eve Brent).

Bill Ackerman and Heather Drain join Mike to discuss this fascinating look at fandom and mental illness. Interviews include stars Dennis Christopher and Tim Thomerson, producer Irwin Yablans, and composer Craig Safan.

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Buy Fade to Black on DVD

"Europa" - Blondie
"Tomorrow Night" - Shoes
"American Masquerade" - The Boxboys
"Main Title" - Craig Safan
"At the Movies" - Bad Brains
"Heroes Die" - Craig Safan


October 3, 2019

Special Report: Die Laughing (1980)

Special Guests: Jeff Werner, Carel Struycken
Guest Co-Hosts: David Kittredge, Maurice Bursztynski

On this special episode, Maurice Bursztynski and David Kittredge join Mike to discuss the 1980 film from director Jeff Werner, Die Laughing. The film stars Robby Benson as Pinsky, a cab driver who is also an aspiring rock star. As most cab drivers do, he inadvertently gets mixed up in a web of international intrigue.

Director Jeff Werner and actor Carel Struycken discuss the behind-the-scenes of this unusual spy thriller comedy.

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Buy Die Laughing on DVD
Buy Hit and Run by Nancy Griffin and Kim Masters

Grease Paint And Monkey Brains - White Zombie
Hot Rod Monkey - James Kochalka Superstar
Mr. Weinstein's Barber Shop - Robby Benson (and Rush Hour)
All I Want Is Love - Robby Benson (and Rush Hour)


October 2, 2019

Episode 435: World War Z (2013)

Special Guest: Sarah Juliet Lauro
Guest Co-Hosts: Patrick Bromley, Dahlia Schweitzer

Dahlia Schweitzer and Patrick Bromley join Mike to kick off #Shocktober2019 with a look at Marc Foster's World War Z (2013). It's not necessarily based on 's book of the same name though he gets a credit at the beginning. It’s a zombie apocalypse film starring Brad Pitt that takes Pitt around the world looking for the cause of and cure for a zombie plague.

Special guest Dr. Sarah Juliet Lauro, author of The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death, discusses zombies in a global context.

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Buy Train to Busan on Blu-Ray
Read Brad Pitt, Not So Hidden Racism and Sexism, and “World War Z” (2013) by Dr. Andrew Johnson Pegoda
Read Here's How 'World War Z' Originally Ended Before the Reshoots by Peter Hall
Read World War Z Writer Shares His Original Idea for Canceled Sequel by Ryan Scott

“The Dead Don’t Die” - Sturgill Simpson


September 30, 2019

Special Report: A Blonde in Love (1966)

Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Kevin Heffernan

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Kevin Heffernan and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss Milos Forman's Loves of a Blonde (1966). A mix of professional and non-professional actors, the film tells the tale of Andula (Hana Brejchová), one of hundreds of women that work in a factory who is introduced to an "eligible male" via a government-sponsored dance.

The track was originally produced for Second Run as the audio commentary for their A Blonde in Love blu-ray release.

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"Suicide Blonde" - INXS


September 25, 2019

Episode 434: The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Guest Co-Host: Jonathan Owen

We conclude Czechtember 2019 with a look at Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos’s The Shop on High Street. Also known as The Shop on High Street, the film was released in 1965 and written by , based on his own story and book. The film tells the tale of Tono (Jozef Kroner), a carpenter who has been refused from working on his little town’s major building project. Instead, he’s assigned to be the Aryan face of a Jewish shop run currently by Mrs. Lautman (Ida Kamińska), a nearly deaf and partially blind widow.

Jonathan Owen joins Mike to discuss this heart-wrenching story.

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Buy The Shop on High Street on Blu-Ray (All Region)
Buy The Shop on Main Street by Ladislav Grosman

"The Shop on Main Street" - Libor Pešek Prague Symphony Orchestra


September 18, 2019

Special Report: D. Harlan Wilson on J.G. Ballard

D. Harlan Wilson discusses his book from the University of Illinois Press, J.G. Ballard. Part of the Masters of Modern Science Fiction series, Prof. Wilson provides a look at Ballard's literary career as well as some of the adaptations of his work for the cinema.

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"Down In The Park" - Gary Numan
"Atrocity Exhibition" - Joy Division
"High Rise" - Hawkwind