I haven't done one of these in a while but have been feeling a bit festive this year so I thought I'd check out and review some newe...
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Conversations with John
I thought I would do something a little different with this show. Instead of covering movies with co-hosts and talking about the news I would sit down and talk to some of my favorite people. Over the years I've had a chance to meet and become friends with some interesting people. I hope that this show gives me an excuse to chat with them as well as make some new friends along the way. Things here will be very laid back and while I hope to have a new show for you every couple of weeks I'm not going to make any promises. All I will say is that I will endeavor to make each episode the best that it can be.
In this first show I was pleased to have a conversation with independent filmmaker Daniel Boyd of Drunken Yinzers productions. I got to chat with him about one of my favorite independent movies, Jagoff Massacre as well as their latest project a remake of Blood Freak. Dan is also a big movie fan and we got to share our love for Argento's Suspiria. It was a fun interview that I hope you enjoy. If you want to buy one of their movies check out the website here.
Maddie Deering is not only a good friend of mine who shares my enthusiasm for bad shark movies but she also is a filmmaker. Spirit Animal is a fun shot on video... yes actual video... horror film that I enjoyed the heck out of. We not only talk about her movies but also chat collecting VHS and our mutual love for Dario Argento flicks. I was very happy to have her on the show and encourage everyone to check it out.
Anthony Moran is an independent filmmaker from Detroit Michigan who made a fun movie called Strong Arm that I covered for Midnight Magazine. He is a cool guy and I had a wonderful conversation with him. Not only about his movie, but collecting VHS, muscle cars, and some of his favorite directors/actors/movies. We talked for quite a while so I split it up into a couple of episodes.
In this second part of the interview we take a deeper dive on his movie Strong Arm. What was it like shooting in Detroit and the message that he hopes the movie delivers are discussed. We also talk a bit about the state of the world and what he has in store for his next project. I'd like to thank Anthony again for taking the time to sit down and talk with me. He is a great guy and you should check out Strong Arm.
This is the first of another two parter. In this episode we cover Band's early career and his founding and running into the ground of his first studio Empire pictures. We also chat briefly about Wizard Video days. People seem to forget that he was early on in the VHS craze of the late seventies and early eighties. The picture is Tim and I at Cinema Wasteland... remember conventions? Hell remember seeing people's faces? Well for me the mask thing might be working.
This is part two of Tim and I's chat about Charles Band. This time we are talking about his later years and the founding of Full Moon. We talk about all the big franchises including the Puppet Master movies. There is a lot of cheesy movies discussed so if that is your thing download the episode and have some fun with us.
42nd Street Pete stops by to talk about growing up watching movies on television. Horror, Spaghetti Westerns, and all sorts of genre movies get brought up. We also get in some drive-in talk, kiddie matinees, and how video impacted the local movie shows. Spoilers... it wasn't good.