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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Visit Riverdale Ave Books
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


October 3, 2018

Episode 385: Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Troy Howarth

Shocktober 2018 begins with the 1958 film from director Arthur Crabtree, Fiend Without a Face . Written by and based loosely on a story by , the movie stars Marshall Thompson as Major Cummings, an Army officer stationed at that pivotal American/Canadian border where he’s investigating the strange goings on in and around his base. Unfortunately, he’s got a case of Brains Gone Wild...

Maitland McDonagh and Troy Howarth join Mike to discuss this classic sci-fi film as well as some other naughty brain movies.

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Buy The Brain from Planet Arous
Read Fiend Without A Face, and its surprising controversy by Ryan Lamble
Listen to our episode on The Brain that Wouldn't Die

"Fiend Without a Face" - The Misfits


September 28, 2018

Guest Spots: Samurai September

I was recently asked to be part of "Samurai September" over at Kulture Shocked. Chris Stachiw looked at three classic Samurai films including two that I had never seen:

Kiru! (1968)

Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Hara-Kiri (1962)

September 26, 2018

Special Report: The Predator (2018)

On this special episode, Mike shares an episode of The Kulturecast where he joins hosts Chris and Eric to discuss the latest film from Shane Black that continues the saga of the Predator.

Be sure to visit www.kultureshocked.com for more of The Kulturecast!

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"Long Tall Sally" - Little Richard


Episode 383: Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Jim Laczkowski

#Czechtember2018 concludes with a look at Václav Vorlícek's Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966). Co-written by Vorlicek and , the film concerns a couple, Ruzenka and and Jindrich Beránek. Ruzenka (Dana Medrická) is a prestigious scientist who has discovered how to manipulate dreams -- though there are some unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Jindrich (Jirí Sovák) makes his own discovery as he reads a comic series about Jessie (Olga Schoberová) and her anti-gravitational gloves, just the thing to help him out at his job.

Jim Laczkowski of the Now Playing Network and Jonathan Owen (Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties) join Mike to discuss this wild comedy as well as some of the more serious undertones of the film.

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"Dream Police" - Cheap Trick


September 21, 2018

Special Report: Exorcist II - The Heretic (1977)

Special Guests: Brian Hoyle, Paul Talbot
Guest Co-Hosts: David Kittredge, Samm Deighan

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we fly upon the wings of a demon as we discuss John Boorman's 1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic.

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), the little girl who, on the cusp of womanhood, was possessed by a demon in William Friedkin’s 1973 film. She’s back... And so’s the demon, Pazuzu…This time the titular exorcist is Father Philip Lamont (Richard Burton) who is investigating what happened to the ill-fated Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) with the help of Dr. Gene Tuskin (Louise Fletcher) and her hypnosis machine.

Heretical super-fans Samm Deighan (Diabolique Magazine) and David Kittredge (who's directing a documentary about Exorcist II) join Mike (who did a commentary track on the new Scream Factory blu-ray release) to look at the film, how it came to be, and its fate after release. Professor Brian Hoyle (The Cinema of John Boorman) and writer Paul Talbot (The Unmaking of Exorcist II) join the fray to try and explain this cinematic oddity.

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Buy The Making of Exorcist II by Barbara Pallenberg
Read American Cinematorgapher August 1977 – The Photography of EXORCIST II THE HERETIC
Buy The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film Paperback edited by Danel Olson
Read about Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Read The Voice from Below by Mike White
Listen to our Alien 3 episode
Listen to our Ninth Configuration episode
Listen to our Sorcerer episode

"Magic and Ecstasy" - Mocket
"Magic and Ecstasy" - Ugly Papas
"Regan's Theme  (From “Exorcist II The Heretic”)" - The City of Prague Philharmonic
"Magic and Ecstacy" - Snakefinger
"Pazuzu" - Ennio Morricone
"Exorcist II" - Yasuto Tanaka


September 19, 2018

Episode 382: Marketa Lazarova (1967)

Guest Co-Hosts: Kat Ellinger, Samm Deighan

Czechtember 2018 continues with a discussion of František Vláčil's Marketa Lazarová (1967). Based on the book by , the film is an epic tale of fighting tribes in the 13th Century in the area that would become Czechoslovakia. The film is named after the maiden Marketa Lazarova (Magda Vásáryová) who befalls one of the many brigands in the sweeping, beautiful, black and white film.

Daughters of Darkness's Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film, sheep, and abduction.

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The Dispute - Vladimír Hirsch


September 13, 2018

Special Report: The Public Image is Rotten (2018)

Special Guests: Martin Atkins, Bill Laswell, Tabbert Fiiller
Guest Co-Hosts: Skizz Cyzyk, Chris Cummins

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we discuss the 2018 documentary on musical group Public Image Limited and John Lydon, The Public Image is Rotten.

We hear from PiL drummer Martin Atkins, bassist and producer Bill Laswell, and the director of The Public Image is Rotten, Tabbert Fiiller.

Crusty punks Chris Cummins and Skizz Cyzyk join Mike reminisce about "the good old days" and complain about the music the kids are listening to today...

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Bonus: Music Mix

Order Memories - My Time With Public Image Ltd by Martin Atkins
Buy John Lydon's Metal Box: The Story of Public Image Ltd by Phil Strongman
Buy Public Image Limited by Clinton Heylin
Visit the Jah Wobble website
ju Visit the Keith Levene website
Read an interview with Jeanette Lee
Visit the Fodderstmpf: PiL Fansite
Visit Public Image Live
Visit the Dark Circle Room

"Vampire" - PiL
"Have a Nice Day" - PiL
"Radio Four" - PiL
"Theme" - PiL
"Careering" - PiL
"Hymie's Him" - PiL