Kicking off a new podcast series, The Kolchak Tapes, Kulture Shock's Chris Stachiw and The Projection Booth's Mike White discuss The Night Stalker and the character of Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin).

Reporter Carl Kolchak's first reported encounter with the supernatural, The Night Stalker, was broadcast on January 11, 1972 to jaw-dropping ratings.

Based on a book by Jeff Rice and adapted by (I Am Legend), the made-for-TV movie was produced by Dan Curtis (Dark Shadows) and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.

Special Guest: Professor Mark Dawidziak, author of The Night Stalker: A 25th Anniversary Tribute.

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Buy The Kolchak Papers by Jeff Rice
Buy The Night Stalker / The Night Strangler on DVD
Visit Mark Dawidziak's blog
Buy Mark Dawidziak's Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life
Visit The Kolchak Tapes Facebook page
Subscribe to The Kolchak Tapes on iTunes

Music by John Walker, Robert Cobert, Gil Milles


Special Guest: Doyle Green, Dolly Read-Martin, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar, Erica Gavin, Stu Phillips, Lynn Carey
Guest Co-Host: Heather Drain, Jordan Blossey

Russ Meyer's first of two films for 20th Century Fox is a swinging quasi-sequel to Jacqueline Susann's tawdry Valley of the Dolls. Written by , Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) tells the tale of a female rock group who move out to Hollywood only to find it a cess-pool of broken dreams where only the strong and pure of heart survive.

Interviews include Doyle Green (Lips, Hits, Tits, Power: The Films of Russ Meyer), Dolly Read-Martin (Kelly), Marcia McBroom (Pet), Erica Gavin (Roxanne), John Lazar (Ronnie "Z-Man" Barzell), Stu Phillips (Composer), and Lynn Carey (Vocals).

Joining Mike this week are Heather Drain and Jordan Blossey.

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Bonus Interview: Stu Phillips

Buy Beyond the Valley of the Dolls on Blu-Ray
Buy the Beyond the Valley of the Dolls soundtrack
Buy Life Itself by Roger Ebert
Buy Lips Hips Tits Power: The Films Of Russ Meyer by Doyle Green
Buy Square Jaw and Big Heart - The Life and Times of a Hollywood Actor by Charles Napier
Visit the official Jim Rugg website
Donate to Boxes of Hope
Visit the official Erica Gavin website
Visit the official Stu Phillips website
Hear more of Lynn Carey on Soundcloud
Visit the official Lynn Carey/Mama Lion facebook page
Visit the BVOD Criterion page
Visit the official Edy Williams website
Read the Cease and Desist Memo

Come With The Gentle People (vocals by Lynn Carey and Barbara Robinson)
Find It - Stu Phillips & Lynn Carey
Sweet Talkin' Candy Man (vocals by Lynn Carey and Barbara Robinson)
Look On Up At The Bottom (vocals by Lynn Carey and Barbara Robinson)
Ampersand (&) - Stu Phillips
Candy Man - Mama Lion
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (vocals by The Sandpipers)
Look On Up At The Bottom - Redd Kross


Special Guest: Steven Okazaki

Mike talks to Steven Okazaki about his documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai (2016) which examines the samurai films of Toshiro Mifune, especially those he made with Akira Kurosawa.

Mifune: The Last Samurai will be released on home video in the U.S. on April 25, 2017.

Visit Strand Releasing's Mifune: The Last Samurai page
Visit Steven Okazaki's website

"Yojimbo Theme" - Masaru Satô

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Special Guest: Randall Emmett

Mike talked to producer Randall Emmett about his career (Narc, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Lone Survivor) and the long journey Martin Scorsese's Silence (2016) took to get to the silver screen.

Download the Silence screenplay
Learn more about Masahiro Shinoda's version of Silence (1971)

"Silence" + "Cicada Voices in His Head" - Kim Allen Kluge & Kathryn Kluge

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Special Guests: Dean Defino, Jimmy McDonough
Guest Co-Hosts: Beth Accomando, Miguel Rodriguez

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to violence, the word and the act.

A trio of busty go-go dancers (Tura Satana, Haji, Lori Williams) kill a man in the desert and kidnap his girlfriend before attempting to rob a lascivious old man and his two sons in the heated melodrama Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) from auteur Russ Meyer.

Beth Accomando and Miguel Rodriguez of the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival join Mike to discuss this paean to female power and fast cars. Guest Dean Defino is the author of the Cultography on Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, while Jimmy McDonough penned Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Faster Pussycat Kill Kill on Blu-Ray
Buy Faster Pussycat Kill Kill on DVD
Buy Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film by Jimmy McDonough
Buy Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (Cultographies) by Dean Defino
Learn more about the Cultography series
Visit the official Russ Meyer website
Listen to the Cinema Junkies podcast
Be sure to LIKE The Film Geeks on Facebook

"Faster Pussycat Kill Kill" - The Neptunas
"Faster Pussycat Kill Kill" - The X-Ray Harpoons
"Thunder Kiss '65" - White Zombie
"Faster Pussycat" - The Cramps


Special Guest: Marc Walkow
Guest Co-Hosts: Geoff Todd, Axel Kohagen

The Lone Wolf & Cub Films (also known as the Babycart Films, the Kozure Okami Films, the Shogun Assassin series and more) are six movies released from 1972-1974 starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Ogami Itto, the Shogun's decapitator. After he's framed by the villainous Yagyu clan, he travels the countryside with his young son in a tricked-out baby cart as an assassin and son for hire. Adapted from the manga by author Kazuo Koike, the films are both gorgeously contemplative and gory bloodbaths.

Geoff Todd and Axel Kohagen join Mike to discuss the original manga, the television adaptations, the 1989 follow-up film, the 1992 reboot, and a handful of influences that the films have had on American popular culture.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Lone Wolf & Cub on Blu-Ray
Buy the manga from Kazuo Koike
Buy the TV series from Kuroto Kagigumi
Buy Assassin on the Road to Hell (LW&C 7) on DVD
Read The Lone Wolf Legacy, Part 1 – Baby Cart in Purgatory, or: Lone Wolf on TV by Tom Mes
Read The Lone Wolf Legacy, Part 2 – Shogun Assassin, the Bastard Cub by Tom Mes
Read The Lone Wolf Legacy, Part 3 – The Endless Road by Tom Mes
Read The Road to Hell: Designing Lone Wolf and Cub by Eric Skillman
Listen to the Talk Without Rhythm episode on LW&C 1 & 2
Read Ogami Itto On the Road of Meifumado by Mike White
Subscribe to Korzure Okami's YouTube Channel
Download Jonathan Higgins's Babycart Schematic

Music from Hideakira Sakurai and Kunihiko Murai


Wrapping up 2016, Mike has been a guest on a few terrific shows...

See Hear Podcast

Mike joined the regular hosts of the See Hear Podcast to discuss the Australian musical, 20th Century Oz.


On Radiodrome, Mike discussed the four films of the House series. The one with William Katt, not the Japanese House.

Special Guests: John Kenneth Muir, Jez Conolly, Dean Cundey, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites
Guest Co-Hosts: El Goro, Patrick Bromley

Initially lambasted by critics, John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) was a brilliant adaptation of John W. Campbell's novella Who Goes There?. The film tells the story of a dozen men in Antarctica who are infiltrated by an alien shapeshifter.

Interviews include authors John Kenneth Muir (The Films of John Carpenter), Jez Conolly (Devil’s Advocates: The Thing), actors Joel Polis (Fuchs), Thomas G. Waites (Windows), and cinematographer Dean Cundey.

Patrick Bromley of the F This Movie podcast and El Goro of the Talk Without Rhythm podcast join Mike on this very special episode.

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Bonus Interview with Stuart Cohen:
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Buy The Thing on Blu-Ray
Buy The Films of John Carpenter by John Kenneth Muir
Buy Devil's Advocates: The Thing by Jez Connelly
Buy The Thing (BFI Modern Classics) by Anne Billson
Visit Stuart Cohen's website
Visit the Joel Polis website
Visit the Thomas G. Waites website
Visit Jez Conolly's official website
Visit John Kenneth Muir's blog
Watch ‘Big John’: A 75-Minute Precious Exploration of John Carpenter’s Life, Work and Ways
Read John Carpenter's The Thing had an Icy Critical Reception
Read Ennio Morricone’s unused score for The Thing ended up in The Hateful Eight by Ben Kaye
Listen to Special "The Thing" Commentary for Patricia Stevens by The After Movie Diner
Read The Men Who Were 'The Thing' Look Back on a Modern Horror Classic by Simon Abrams and Matt Zoller Seitz
Listen to the The Thing Read Along Book
Here more from Dean Cundey on The Projection Booth
Listen to our interview with Keith David
Hear more Patrick Bromley on F This Movie!
Hear more El Goro on Talk Without Rhythm

"Burn It" - Ennio Morricone
"Bestiality" - Ennio Morricone
"Fuchs" - Ennio Morricone
"The Thing that was Bennings" - Ennio Morricone
"Desolation (Main Theme)" - Ennio Morricone
That Thing" - Who Ha
"I Know I'm Human" - Beckett


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