It's going to take more than another computer glitch or two to keep Monster Kid Radio down! Derek dug into the archives and found a recording from Fandom PDX 2020 featuring David Heath and Chris McMillan in which they talk about Classic Sci-Fi for Modern Audiences in front of a live crowd. Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monster of FIlmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
Go Forth and Game's Tom Gurganus takes Derek to the beach to spend some time with The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (dir. Don Weis). And even though somebody interrupted the conversation, it was fun to spend just a few more lingering moments at the beach with Boris Karloff. Plus Listener Feedback, Kenny's Look at Famous Monster of FIlmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
LISTENER FEEDBACK! Need we say more? How about we mention that Mark Matzke delivers an Ultra punch with this week's Beta Capsule Review, and Kenny keeps the monster love going with his look at Famous Monsters of Filmland?
There's a certain thrill Derek gets when he gets to watch a movie he's never seen before, and when it's directed by the likes of William Castle, he knows he's in for a treat! Steve Turek from the DieCast Movie Podcast suggested they discuss Castle's Let's Kill Uncle, and it was a lot of fun. How fun? Listen to this episode to find out! And stick around for Kenny's Look at Famous Monster of FIlmland and Mark Matzke' Beta Capsule Review!
Do you remember when Derek co-produced a podcast called 1951 Down Place? Did you know that there was an episode recorded that was never released? Did you know that - after three years - that episode will finally be set free into the podosphere? This week, Derek is joined by Scott Morris (and a kidney stone?) to discuss the 1971 film Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (dir. Roy Ward Baker), and this episode features all the old 1951 Down Place segments - the James Bond Connections, the Disney Connections, and the Doctor Who Connections (courtesy of Don Falkos). Also this week, another excellent installment of Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland and an ultra edition of Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review.
Coffee and Cthulhu! The Shadow Over Portland's Chris McMillan joins Derek this week for a recording-in-the-wild over coffee to discuss their Top Three Favorite Lovecraft Film Adaptations. Can you handle this madness? Can Kenny with his Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland? Can Mark Matzke with his Beta Capsule Review?
It's been a while since Derek went - and took you with - to a Weird Wednesday screening at the Joy Cinema (https://www.thejoycinema.com), but when someone rings the bell outside the wrestling ring, he's gotta go! The Witches Attack (dir. José Díaz Morales) was the movie on deck, Jeff Polier was the friend that came with, and the Beta Capsule Review is hitting a milestone this week (thanks, Mark!).
After watching the 1978 version, Derek went back to watch the original 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel), and he didn't do it along. Author Stephen D. Sullivan took a break from working on his upcoming Kindle Vella serial to join Derek to talk about the film. Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monster of Filmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
Derek needed a bit of downtime after the past few weeks, but he's not sleeping on Monster Kid Radio! In this week's episode, he reflects on just what it takes to be the producer of the podcast. Plus Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review and Listener Feedback!
Derek recently watched the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel) for the first time. What does he think of the 1978 version of the film directed by Philip Kaufman? Author Jonathan Inbody joins him this week on Monster Kid Radio to find out! Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monster of Filmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
1932's Doctor X (dir .Michael Curtiz) is a film of firsts, as this week's guest - Micah Harris - tells us this week on Monster Kid Radio! And one of those firsts? This was a first-time watch for Derek! Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
He's a monster kid. He's an independent filmmaker. He's Sébastien Godin, and he's joining Derek this week on Monster Kid Radio. Seb's a busy guy and doesn't seem to know how to NOT make movies, and us monster kids are all the better for it. He's gearing up to shoot his biggest film to date - The Damnation of Dracula - while he has at least three other movies waiting for him once that movie's finished. He took some time to hang out with Monster Kid Radio to talk about The Damnation of Dracula, why he does what he does, and how he manages to do all this and find time to sleep. We also have a Listener Email and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
There's nothing quite like the TV show "Dark Shadows." It's spooky, it's gothic, it's got vampires . . . and it's got a LOT of episodes and story lines. Fortunately, there's a (relatively) new podcast - Terror at Collinwood - that's exploring all things Dark Shadows, and it's hosted by friend-of-the-show Penny Dreadful (aka Danielle Gelehrter). She joins Derek this week to discuss her podcast, her history with Dark Shadows, and more! Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review!
Two podcasters. Two giant monsters. Four films. This week, Robert Kelly from the Record All Monsters podcast joins Derek to reflect on the way Legendary Pictures has handled two of the biggest monsters of all time - King Kong and Godzilla. It's a fun conversation between two podcasters having a fun time discussing these fun movies. And don't miss the latest Beta Capsule Review from Mark Matzke.
Your own experiments will have to wait, because it's time for another episode of Monster Kid Radio. This week, David Heath calls in from his goat farm to discuss the 1968 film The Astro-Zombies (dir. Ted V. Mikels), and he does so while Tura Satana is nearby (really!). Of course, Kenny shares his Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review tackles another amazing episode of Ultraman. Plus, Listener Feedback!
Fritz Lang's classic film M is celebrating its 70th birthday this year, and there can be no better way to celebrate this movie's milestone than to discuss it with Cineversary's Erik J. Martin. It's a dark film . . . but it's oh-so-good. Also this week, we have a new installment of Atomic Tales, Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review, and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Yes, in this episode Derek compares the iconic Bronson Caves to the Egyptian Pyramids. Why? You'll have to listen to find out! This week, D. B. Spitzer joins Derek to discuss the most famous movie featuring a man in a gorilla suit and what looks like a diving helmet - 1953's Robot Monster (dir. Phil Tucker). And, of course, the show is made more complete with Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review.
Paul McComas returns to Monster Kid Radio this week to regale us with a story of the time he saw King Kong IN PERSON! King Kong - Alive on Broadway ran from 2018-2019 in New York, and Paul and his wife attended one of the performances. The memories made that night have lasted with Paul, and he shares those memories with Derek. Of course, it wouldn't be an episode of MKR without Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland AND Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review.
Deader than Dead: A Reddy Boys Mystery is the newest book from Michael Legge (aka the horror host Dr. Dreck), and this week he joins Derek on Monster Kid Radio to talk about it. (It's a fun read!) Additionally, they spend a good deal of time talking about one of Michael's favorite classic actors - Dwight Frye. Kenny returns to the podcast with a piping fresh hot Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke Ultra-hits us with another Beta Capsule review.
Lucha de Mayo 2021 concludes when Chris McMillan returns for another . . . kinda-sorta luchador movie? 1973's 3 Dev Adam, aka Three Giant Men (dir. T. Fikret Uçak) is the movie on deck today, and it's a Turkish film featuring El Santo . . . and his buddy Captain America fighting evil Spider-Man. WHAT?!? During their conversation, Derek almost flashes back to a previous podcasting life when, for some reason or other, Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead comes up. Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland Flashback brings us back to how the magazine covered Mexican horror films, and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule review features the debut of one of Derek's favorite Ultra Kaiju.
Lucha de Mayo 2021 continues when Chris McMillan from the Shadow Over Portland swings into action with 1968's The Batwoman, aka La mujer murcielago (dir. René Cardona). This superhero/spy/luchadora movie brings a lot to the table, and Chris and Derek break it down this week. We have the next installment of Atomic Tales from Stephen D. Sullivan and Saint Euphoria Pictures, and Mark Matzke's latest Beta Capsule Review.
Lucha de Mayo 2021 continues with another Blue Demon film . . . sort of. Go Forth and Game's Tom Gurganus joins Derek this week to discuss the film Blue Demon and Zovek and the Invasion of the Dead (dir. René Cardona). It's a movie with a luchador, zombies, a werewolf (for some reason), and . . . Zovek. Also, a Flashbook Famous Monsters Look with Kenny, and Mark Matzke teases your taste buds with this week's Beta Capsule Review.
Kenny from Ol' Mexico kicks off Lucha de Mayo 2021 with Derek when they discuss the 1969 film Blue Demon y las invasoras (dir. Gilberto Martínez Solares). (And Derek actually pronounces Lucha de Mayo correctly . . . most of the time.) And it's a double-shot of Kenny this week as we revisit a classic Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland. Mark Matzke hits us with another Beta Capsule Review, and we have Atomic Tales #3 ("Bugged by Flying Saucers") from Stephen D. Sullivan.
Fly me to the moon, Alistair Hughes! Or, at least, join Monster Kid Radio this week to discuss one of Hammer Films' few forays into science fiction - Moon Zero Two (dir. Roy Ward Baker). Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland takes a look at a movie I would have never thought would make an appearance on the podcast, and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review discusses the return of one of Derek's favorite Ultra kaiju!
Stop-motion animation is magical, and those who practice this craft are magicians. This week, one of those magicians joins Derek on Monster Kid Radio. Ryan Lengyel (Theseus and the Minotaur, Cowgirls vs. Pterodactyls) shares his love of stop-motion animation, and then he and Derek go through their Top Three Favorite Non-Harryhausen Stop Motion Movies. Plus, Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and the return of Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review.
It's science fiction to make you think. It's The 27th Day (dir. William Asher). Scott Morris stuck around from his appearance on the podcast last week to discuss a particular favorite sci-fi film with Derek. And to honor the co-host of Disney, Indiana, Kenny brings us a special Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland segment.
Derek is joined by the head mouse wranglers at Disney, Indiana, Tracey and Scott Morris, to discuss a movie from 1994 - Ed Wood (dir. Tim Burton). Yes, we realize that historically, it's not very accurate. And, yes, we know it plays fast and loose with the portrayals of some of our monster kid heroes. But, yes, we still love the movie. Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland takes a look at some Wood films, as well as one of Derek's favorite Disney films. And Mark Matzke introduces us to the Alien Baltan in his Beta Capsule Review.
When he's not maintaining the New York City Giant Monster Attack Map (http://foxtrotstudios.net/html/nycgmam.html), or creating his award-winning short films (http://foxtrotstudios.net/), Mark Bailey is learning all that he can about Ed Wood. In this never-before-heard conversation from the heyday of the Plan 9 By Podcast, Mark and Derek discuss whether or not Wood really was the "worst director of all time," as well as the merits of the so-called "bad movies" of the world. Also, Mark Matzke brings us into the Ultraman era with his Beta Capsule Review, Kenny has another Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, there's Listener Feedback, and MORE in this week's Monster Kid Radio.
Due to the state of the world last summer, there was no Monster Bash, but that didn't slow Ron Adams down one bit! There WILL be a Monster Bash event this summer, and this week, Ron tells Derek all about it. Plus, don't miss Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review, Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and another installment of Atomic Tales by Stephen D. Sullivan and Christopher R. Mihm! And, hey, it's Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award Season! (https://rondoaward.com/)
Haven Podcasts' Regor (Then is Now Podcast, The East Meets The West) joins Derek this week to head down to Arizona to take on some angry arachnids with William Shatner when they discuss Kingdom of the Spiders (dir. John "Bud" Cardos). Plus, don't miss Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland! And, hey, it's Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award Season! (https://rondoaward.com/)
Derek didn't mean to watch Supernatural (dir. Victor Halperin) for this week's show. Well, he DID, but he thought he was going to be watching something else. Was he glad he done goofed up? And how did this week's guest Stephen D. Sullivan (https://sdsullivan.com/) feel about it? Find out this week on Monster Kid Radio. Plus, don't miss Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland! And, hey, it's Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award Season! (https://rondoaward.com/)
Get off the tracks! Here comes Horror Express (dir. Eugenio Martín)! Author and film historian Troy Howarth joins Derek this week for a discussion about this Cushing-Lee-Savalas classic. And, of course, we have Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review.
Let's join Cyrus, Hilda, Medea, and Buck, as well as Bram Stoker award-winning author Nicole Cushing, and keep an eye out for 13 Ghosts (dir. William Castle). Nicole and Derek discuss the film and they even manage to pull it off without the assistance of Illusion-O or Ghost Viewers. Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland takes a look at William Castle's background, and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review takes a look at a non-giant-monster episode of "Ultra Q."
Also, Derek takes a moment at the top of the show to talk about the passing of one of our own, monster kid Tim Durbin. Rest in peace.
Derek returns to his zombie roots when he and Go Forth and Game's Tom Gurganus go looking for diamonds while avoiding the Zombies of Mora Tau (dir. Edward L. Cahn). Oh, let's be honest. Derek would go running TOWARD the zombies! But before he does anything foolish, he introduces Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review, Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland . . . and a new segment - Atomic Tales: Stories of Science, Mystery, and Excitement from Stephen D. Sullivan and Saint Euphoria.
Monster Kid Radio usually covers monsters that exist only in the movies. But what if those monsters were real . . . and were hanging out in Fouke, Arkansas? This week, Monster Study Group's Mark Matzke takes Derek monster-hunting in The Natural State (yes, that really is Arkansas' nickname) as they discuss 1972's The Legend of Boggy Creek (dir. Charles B. Pierce). If that's not enough Matzke for you, Mark also has this week's Beta Capsule Review ready to go as well! No week would be complete without Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Derek goes through the Patreon Executive Producer Roll Call.
We showed 1948's Unknown Island (dir. Jack Bernard) last weekend at the Monster Kid Movie Club, so what better time to talk about the movie itself here on the podcast? Author Stephen D. Sullivan (https://sdsullivan.com/) joins Derek this week to discuss this early-ish dinosaur film. Kenny has another look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke breaks down another episode of Ultra-Q in the Beta Capsule Review.
This week, Derek invites Anthony D.P. Mann to the podcast to discuss his history with podcasting, audio drama, production, acting, filmmaking, and the crowd-funding for the upcoming film Bug-Eyed Monsters from Outer Space! Kenny has another great Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke keeps going Ultra-strong with his Beta Capsule Review. Plus Listener Feedback.
Tim Durbin from Viewing the Classics (http://viewingtheclassics.blogspot.com/) joins Monster Kid Radio this week for a look at a little known Cold War flying saucer movie called The Bamboo Saucer (dir. Frank Telford). Mark Matzke brings us a Beta Capsule Review featuring (another) one of Derek's favorite kaiju, and Kenny breaks down another issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.
We're starting 2021 with a trip to the Himalayas with Steve Turek from the DieCast Movie Podcast in search of The Snow Creature (dir. W. Lee Wilder) . Mark Matzke brings us a particularly prescient Beta Capsule Review, and Kenny breaks down another issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland.
After 40 years, does The Shining (dir. Stanley Kubrick) still trap people in its maze? We'll find out this week on Monster Kid Radio when Paul McComas returns to the show to discuss this 1980 film with Derek. Mark Matzke brings us his eighteenth Beta Capsule Review, and we've lost track of how many times Kenny has brought us a Look Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Remember in the early days of Monster Kid Radio when Disney, Indiana's Scott Morris would swing by the show with a Christmas-themed monster movie around this time of year? We're bringing that tradition back in 2020 with 1996's The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas (dir. Ian Emes). It's a new cast, but do they deliver the same Munster fun? We'll find out. Along the way, Scott gives us an update on all things Disney, Indiana, and Derek even finds a way to talk about pro-wrestling. Mark Matzke wishes us an Ultra Merry Christmas with his Beta Capsule Review, and Kenny brings us back in time with a Captain Company Catalog in his Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Stephen D. Sullivan (https://sdsullivan.com/) joins Derek this week on Monster Kid Radio to finally reveal the winners of this year's Monster Rally Retro Awards! Every year, we look into the genre's past and ask YOU to help us decide the Best Actors, Best Actresses, Best Directors, Best Movies, and Best Monsters of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. This year, we're focusing on 1936, 1946, and 1956. Kenny returns with his Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke takes us to the Land of Light with his Beta Capsule Review of another episode of Ultra Q.
The dust is still settling at MKR HQ and the massive 500th episode of the podcast, so this week Derek takes it a little easier and just kicks back to watch three movies . . . that many people have been shocked to hear that he's never taken the time to watch before. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel), The Incredible Shrinking Man (dir. Jack Arnold), and The Innocents (dir. Jack Clayton) are all on deck, and after FINALLY watching these three classics, Derek shares his thoughts. Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review (featuring one of Derek's favorite episodes of "Ultra Q"). Also, we have some Listener Feedback to catch up on.
Derek can think of very few things he's done consistently 500 times in a row, and he's so thankful to YOU, the listeners, the Monster Kids, the friends and fans, that have supported the podcast over the years! This week on the podcast, listeners of the show send in their thoughts on the podcast, Mark Matzke has another banger of a Beta Capsule Review, Kenny takes a Look at . . . something, and then we go back in time to Monster Bash 2019 for a late night game(-and-a-half) of the Classic Five with friends of the show Dominique Lamssies, Chris McMillan, Tracey and Scott Morris, Rich Chamberlain, Jeff Owen, Mitch Gonzales, Stephen D. Sullivan, Steve Turek, Ben Turek, and, of course, Kenny. (Hopefully we're not forgetting anybody!)
A Godzilla film or a Gamera film is a kaiju film. But a kaiju film isn't necessarily a Godzilla film or a Gamera film. This week, Derek welcomes fellow podcaster Robert Kelly to the show to discuss their Top Three Kaiju Films NOT featuring Godzilla or Gamera. Plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review, and Dr. Tongue!
Between Derek, Disney, Indiana's Scott Morris, and Comic Book Central's Joe Stuber, they have nearly three decades of podcasting experience between them. But is all that experience enough to tackle the likes of . . . Herman Munster? 1966's Munster, Go Home! (dir. Earl Bellamy) is on deck this week, and it features one of the coolest movie cars EVER! Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland details how that magazine covered this film, and Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review covers one of Derek's favorite episodes of "Ultra Q."
After an interrupted recording session at the cemetery, Dominique Lamssies and Chris McMillan joined Derek for a conversation about a movie that has . . . ahem . . . a reputation. It's The Creeping Terror (dir. Vic Savage), and they finally sit down to decide for themselves if it really is as bad as its reputation suggests. Surprisingly, The Creeping Terror was covered - with multiple pages - in Famous Monster of Filmland magazine, as Kenny's Look at FMoF will tell you. We know an entire episode devoted to The Creeping Terror might be a bit much. Fortunately Mark Matzke has your back with this week's Beta Capsule Review. All this, please Listener Feedback, an an announcement about a change being made to the Monster Kid Astronomy Club, and MORE!
Ladies and gentlemen, the podcast you are about to hear contains a discussion of the 1962 film Burn, Witch, Burn (dir. Sidney Hayers) with Derek and this week's guest Kevin Slick. Even today, in many parts of the world, people will hear Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review, and Listener Feedback.
Turn off the lights and make yourself comfortable because this week on Monster Kid Radio, Derek welcomes Erik Martin from the Cineversary podcast to talk about one of Erik's great passions - old time radio. Horror. Mystery. Suspense. And all without any moving pictures! Join us for this deep dive into a vintage media and medium that is still thrilling us to this day. Plus, Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review, Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and a check in with Dr. Tongue!
We watch monster movies all year round, but around Halloween, we want those monster movies to be special. And Hammer Films? They're definitely special. And this week's special guest - filmmaker Joshua Kennedy - knows his Hammer Films. This week, he and Derek discuss their Top Three Hammer Films to Watch During Halloween. It also turns out a particular magazine also discussed a particular Hammer Film to watch this time of year. Learn more during Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland. Monster Kids cannot live on Hammer Films alone, so it's a good thing Mark Matzke is here with his Beta Capsule Review.
Steve Turek from the Diecast Movie Podcast helped Derek this week when the Monsters in the Machine tried to stage a revolt and hid the audio files he needed for this week's episode. Fortunately, not only did Steve spend a few minutes with Derek for a chat about Halloween (and Conan AGAIN), but we have Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review and another visit from Dr. Tongue so all is not lost!
This week on Monster Kid Radio, Steve Turek from the Diecast Movie Podcast joins Derek to get wrapped up in The Long Hair of Death (dir. Antonio Margheriti). And you know what happens when a couple of friends get together to talk about a movie - not only do they talk about this Barbara Steele film, but they end up talking about a variety of other topics as well (including Conan the Destroyer (dir. Richard Fleischer) for some reason?). Also, Kenny has another Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Mark Matzke has another Beta Capsule Review!
We can't let a year go by without another installment of the Monster Rally Retro Awards here on Monster Kid Radio! This week, author Stephen D. Sullivan joins Derek to review the 1936, 1946, and 1956 nominees for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Movie, and Best Monster. Also, Kenny has another Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, Mark Matzke has another Beta Capsule Review, and even Dr. Tongue drops by to get his Scooby on!
This week's movie might have had several different names, but it stars the one and only Bela Lugosi! We're calling it My Son, the Vampire (dir. John Gilling) here on Monster Kid Radio this week when Taylor Gentry joins Derek to talk about this Lugosi . . . comedy? And if that's not enough, Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland also tackles the film! Mark Matzke's Beta Capsule Review continues through the original Ultra Q, and we've even got some Listener Feedback this week.
Punch! Punch! Punch! Watch out! Here comes Jet Jaguar! And we're not just talking about the band on this week's episode! This week, author Anthony Wendel joins Derek to discuss the 1973 film (although it wasn't released in the US until 1976) Godzilla vs. Megalon (dir. Jun Fukuda, Yoshimitsu Banno). Mark Matzke has another Beta Capsule Review, Dr. Tongue talks to us about some more monster collectibles, Kenny takes a Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and some listeners had some feedback for the show.
Will YOU get lost in The Maze (dir. William Cameron Menzies) with Derek and this week's guest, Jonathan Inbody? The only way to find out is to listen to this week's episode of Monster Kid Radio! When Jonathan isn't producing his X Meets Y Podcast, he's writing, he's making movies, and he's coming up with interesting takes on just-as-interesting movies like this week's film. Also this week we have Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and a Beta Capsule Review from podcaster/writer/kaiju kid Mark Matzke!
David J. Skal (http://www.monstershow.net/) is someone whose name should not be unfamiliar to monster kids. He's a film historian. He's an author. He's a documentary producer. And he's one of us. The newest book from David J. Skal is Fright Favorites: 31 Movies to Haunt Your Halloween and Beyond, and it's available NOW. Skal's name ALONE should be enough to convince you to buy the book, but in case you need some convincing he joined Derek this week on Monster Kid Radio to talk about the book, his background, and more! Also this week we have Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, the return of Dr. Tongue, and a brand new segment from podcaster/writer/kaiju kid Mark Matzke!
It's about time for another doctor visit, and Monster Kid Radio has you covered! Dr. Gangrene - aka Larry Underwood - joins Derek this week to discuss his upcoming movie Tales from Parts Unknown. It's an anthology film, kind of like the movie they discuss this week - 1973's The Vault of Horror (dir. Roy Ward Baker). We also have Listener Feedback and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, as well as a visit with author Stephen D. Sullivan about his upcoming book Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors!
(Dr. Cushing's Chamber of Horrors cover art by Mark Maddox)
One of Derek's favorite things about producing Monster Kid Radio is when he gets to watch a new-to-him classic, or not-so-classic, monster movie. That is exactly what happened this week when author David Annandale returns to the podcast with The Flesh Eaters (dir. Jack Curtis). There are so many disparate elements coming together in this movie - the creator of DC Comics' Doom Patrol, a "Speed Racer" voice actor, a German actor with a decidedly German accent believably playing an American, mad science, unbelievable creatures, and gore effects almost as shocking as what would later be seen in Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Plus Listener Feedback and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
How has Monster Kid Radio gone over 480 episodes and NOT covered 1943's Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (dir. Roy William Neill)?!? Let's correct that this week with special guest Ricardo Delgado! Ricardo and Derek discuss this iconic film, break down WHY it's iconic, and how it influenced the course of the rest of the monster movies to come after it. On top of that, Kenny also has another amazing Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland this week!
Not every monster kid movie maker saved the movies they made with their friends when they were a kid, but Rob Hampton did, and we're better for it! Rob is the co-director of Super 8 Daze (with co-director John Morgan), and this week, he joins Derek for a conversation about his background, his career, and much more. Kenny also has his Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and it's also time to announce, and thank, July's Patreon Executive Producers.
This week, David Heath steps out of Dave's Corner of the Universe and onto Monster Kid Radio to join Derek to talk about one of their favorite writers - Robert E. Howard. How is this relevant to Monster Kid Radio? Howard's story "Pigeons from Hell" was adapted for television, directed by John Newland, and was introduced by one of MKR's Patron Saints - Boris Karloff. We have Listener Feedback as well, plus Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Disney, Indiana's Tracey Morris steps outside the House of the Mouse this week for a stop by Monster Kid Radio to discuss 1940's The Invisible Woman (dir. A. Edward Sutherland). What do they see in this film? Insert obvious joke about not being able to see anything here. Kenny also returns this week with a special Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Filmmaker Ansel Faraj and actor Nathan Wilson sit down with Derek to discuss their upcoming movie The Thousand and One Lives of Doctor Mabuse. This is the third time the duo has taken on the Doctor Mabuse character, and they discuss the journey they've taken from the first film (and others) to this most recent cinematic outing. Also, Ansel tells us whether or not they were haunted during the production of 2019's Loon Lake. Listener Feedback, and some announcements (some personal, some specific to Monster Kid Radio) round out the podcast this week.
Trust us. Derek and this week's guest, filmmaker Seb Godin, DO talk about 1971's Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (dir. Seth Holt, Michael Carreras) in this episode of Monster Kid Radio. But they also talk about other Hammer films, ideas for future episodes of Monster Kid Radio, Seb's new movie Blood Rites of the Vampyr and his upcoming movie Abominations of Frankenstein (check out the Kickstarter now!). And no episode would be complete without Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Go Forth and Game's Tom Gurganus wasn't playing around when he bought the movie Bride of the Gorilla (dir. Curt Siodmak) to Monster Kid Radio. (Tom might have stacked the deck. It's hard to go wrong with Lon Chaney, Jr.!) Derek reviews some Listener Feedback, and Kenny has another fantastic Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland!
Let's celebrate Ray Harryhausen's 100th birthday with Kenny and his special Classic Five look at The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (dir. Gordon Hessler). We'll also learn how many times Kenny met the legendary filmmaker and storyteller . . . and how he did it! (And later this week during our regularly scheduled episode of Monster Kid Radio, Kenny has a special Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland about The Golden Voyage of Sinbad!)
We've got a double dose of kaiju action this week on Monster Kid Radio! First, Kyle Yount drops by to talk with Derek about the upcoming virtual event Kaiju Con-Line. There's no G-Fest this year, but Kaiju Con-Line is looking to scratch that kaiju festival itch! Then, author Anthony Wendel discusses one of the coolest submarine movies you'll ever see - 1965's Atragon (dir. Ishirō Honda). There's also Listener Feedback, a musical . . . interlude (?), and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
We may not get to see him in person over what would have been this summer's Monster Bash weekend, but we can hear from Ron Adams when he joins Derek on Monster Kid Radio this week. The Monster Bash Conference is the highlight of the year for so many monster kids, and even though the event had to be cancelled this year, there are still ways to connect with, and support, the Monster Bash. And, as always, we have Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Derek's been sitting on The Colossus of New York (dir. Eugène Lourié) for a while now (there's a reason for that, and it gets mentioned in this episode). When The Haunted Cinema's Todd Brown suggested discussing this movie on Monster Kid Radio, Derek decided to finally give it a go! This is a little movie that asks some big questions, and - SPOILER ALERT! - it's GOOD. Kenny also brings his world-renowned Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, and Derek gives you a look ahead at this weekend's Social Distance Saturday streaming/screening/screaming.
We don't talk about Val Lewton enough on Monster Kid Radio. Let's fix that this week with Paul McComas joins Derek to talk about one of the Karloff-Lewton films - 1945's Isle of the Dead (dir. Mark Robson). And, of course, Kenny presents his Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Lucha de Mayo 2020 comes to an end with a look at 1964's Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy (dir. René Cardona). It's about time Monster Kid Radio took a look at the ladies with this luchadora film, and he does it with Mark Pedersen from Dr. Tongue's I HAD THAT SHOPPE! Mark also has a special announcement about an upcoming video series you'll want to watch; we have Listener Feedback; information about this weekend's Social Distance Saturday virtual movie watrch party, and Kenny has another amazing Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Week Three of Lucha de Mayo brings Blue Demon to the table when Kenny joins Derek to discuss 1968's Blue Demon Versus the Infernal Brains (aka Blue Demon contra cerebros infernales) (dir. Chano Urueta). Blue Demon has more than the powers of lucha available to him in this movie, but will it be enough to stop these brains? Listen to this week's Monster Kid Radio to find out! Plus Derek reacts to Monster Kid Radio receiving the Silver Bolo Award from The Last Drive-In, Listener Feedback, and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
Lucha de Mayo 2020 continues when podcaster/writer/filmmaker Jonathan Inbody returns to Monster Kid Radio with a luchador movie to discuss. The movie? 1962's Neutron vs. the Death Robots (dir. Federico Curiel). The film doesn't feature any of the "Big Three" of luchador films, but does that hurt it, or make it even more interesting? Listen to find out. Kenny has another Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, Derek finally screws a particular something up, and this weekend's Social Distance Saturday screening is announced.
Happy Lucha de Mayo! To celebrate, Derek kicks off Monster Kid Radio's annual look at luchador-flavored genre films (or is it genre-flavored luchador films?) with the 1974 film Macabre Legends of the Colony (Leyendas macabras de la colonia) (dir. Arturo Martínez). Can the trios tag team of Mil Máscaras, Tinieblas, and El Fantasma Blanco save the day in this film this time around? We'll find out when author Frank Schildiner tags into this episode to break down the movie in a spoiler-filled conversation. Plus Listener Feedback!
The 1970s was a good decade for horror on American television, and this week, the Diecast Movie Review's Steve Turek returns to the show to share his love of 1972's Gargoyles (dir. Bill Norton) with Derek and the Monster Kid Radio listeners. If he's able to survive their encounter with gargoyle'd Bernie Casey, Derek will also review Listener Feedback and welcome Kenny back to the show for another Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
After almost four years, Rod Barnett (NaschyCast and The Bloody Pit of Rod) returns to Monster Kid Radio to finally continue their journey through Antonio Margheriti's Gamma One series of films. The War of the Planets is on deck, and it's a wild ride. Also, the 2020 Monster Movie Madness comes to an end with Diecast Movie Review's Steve Turek, and Kenny has another fantastic Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland. And is that Customer Feedback?
Up until a few years ago, The Beast from the Beginning of Time (dir. Tom Leahy) was a movie that no one in the podosphere was talking about. That changed when Rich Chamberlain introduced it to the late podcasting legend Vince Rotolo, and since then, the movie has only gained notoriety . . . slowly. This week, Rich and Derek discuss the film and its growing legacy. Also, Steve Turek returns to review the results of the Frightful Four Vote-Off in this year's Monster Movie Madness Tournament, Listener Feedback, and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
You've no idea how long Derek has wanted to talk about Dracula vs. Frankenstein (dir. Al Adamson) on Monster Kid Radio, and, finally, after over 450 episodes, he's making it happen. He's joined by writer Stephen D. Sullivan to talk about the movie, what it means to them, and why it's a lot better than people give it credit for. Steve Turek stops by to go over the latest results in the 2020 Monster Movie Madness tournament, and Kenny has another great look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
As I've said on the podcast many times, I'm fascinated that so many Monster Kids and fans of classic horror and sci-fi movies end up in creative careers, or at least in creative hobbies. I know so many of you draw, write, craft, produce . . . and sometimes it's not even monster-kid-themed stuff! (And that's okay. No judgment!)
During the Coronapocalypse, a lot of small businesses are taking a hit, and there are a number of suggestions online about how to support these businesses during this time.
I'm sure there are other businesses and makers doing similar things to make sure they'll survive and be around for us all once we come out on the other side of this pandemic. And I want to make sure the Monster Kid Radio audience knows about them.
If you have an online business or have been forced to take your business online or virtual, and it's something you think Monster Kids would like to know about, contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be happy to promote anything relevant through the podcast, or even during the Social Distance Saturday online movie screenings.
Comic Book Central's Joe Stuber returns to the show, and he's bringing The Boys with him! Joe and Derek are determined to have the time of their lives with The Time of Their Lives (dir. Charles Barton). Steve Turek stops by to go over the latest results in the 2020 Monster Movie Madness tournament, and Kenny has a super look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
The Diecast Movie Reviews Podcast's Steve Turek joins Derek this week to see if together they can unravel the mystery of Sh! The Octopus (dir. William C. McGann), but not until they go over the results of the first round of voting in the 2020 Monster Movie Madness Tournament. Plus, Feedback and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland!
Award-winning author Nicole Cushing (no relation) joins Derek this week to talk about a very underrated film from the Universal canon - 1932's The Old Dark House (dir. James Whale). This is one weird movie, in the best way possible! And since it's March, it's time for another round of March Monster Madness. Steve Turek from the Diecast Movie Review Podcast sits down with Monster Bash's Ron Adams to go over the bracket for 2020. All this plus Feedback and Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland! Have a potato!
Get ready to hop in a rocket ship headed for Mars . . . sort of. This week, Comic Book Central's Joe Stuber makes a long-awaited return to the podcast to revisit MKR-favorites Abbott and Costello. This time, he and Derek discuss 1963's Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (dir. Charles Lamont). In honor of Joe's appearance on the show this week, Kenny crafted a special Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, plus Listener Feedback.
Man, oh, MAN! Derek is really excited about this one! This week on Monster Kid Radio, he's joined by three other members of the Monster Conservancy - Joshua Kennedy, Christopher R. Mihm, and Stephen D. Sullivan - to talk about Universal's Dark Universe. (This recording took place before the release of the new Invisible Man film.) Along the way, topics as diverse as The Brady Bunch, professional wrestling, Star Trek, and the Fast and the Furious franchise come up. It's a doozy of a roundtable! Plus, Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland!
Flashback February 2020 concludes by looking back in time at a movie Monster Kid Radio has already talked about - 1960's The Time Machine (dir. George Pal). Charles Babbage joins Derek to spin those talking rings to discuss this classic science fiction film. And don't forget Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland!
Flashback February 2020 continues as Derek welcomes Frank Dietz back to Monster Kid Radio to revisit one of their favorite Peter Cushing films - Island of Terror (dir. Terence Fisher). Can you survive the attack of the silicates? And can you stand Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland, or even Listener Feedback?
Flashback February 2020 continues this week as Derek and a guest revisit a film previous discussed on Monster Kid Radio. This time, Derek's sister-in-law Loree joins him to start a club to go fight monsters. 1987's The Monster Squad (dir. Fred Dekker) is an incredible love letter to the monster movies of the past, and it just happens to be a favorite film of both Derek and Loree. Kenny takes a Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland and discovers some movies not yet covered on MKR. Get ready to rock until you drop!
Week One of Flashback February begins with a return to a hands-down-no-doubt-about-it-bonafide classic film - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (dir. Charles Barton). It's been several years since Monster Kid Radio has visited this film, and Disney, Indiana's Scott Morris was up to the task to join Derek for this return. We saw what we saw when we saw it! Or, should we say, we heard what we heard when we heard it! Also, Derek reviews a listener voicemail, discusses the Rondo Awards, celebrates the Naschycast's 10-year anniversary, and enjoys Kenny's Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.
To close out The Satanic Rites of January, Derek is joined by longtime contributor and even longer time friend Chris McMillan. Chris is the mastermind behind The Shadow Over Portland, so you know he knows what he's talking about, especially when it comes to 1975's The Devil's Rain (dir. Robert Fuest). This movie was also covered back in the day in the pages of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, and Kenny's going to break that down for us.
Saddle up! This week's installment of The Satanic Rites of January brings us to the land of Hammer Films when author Frank Schildiner joins Derek to discuss the film The Devil Rides Out (dir. Terence Fisher). And to introduce this week's episode, Derek's niece Lexi Deluxe took over the microphone! Professor Frenzy has a Bedtime Story, and Kenny has a Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland. Let's ride!
The movie that inspired this month's theme is on deck this week! The Satanic Rites of Dracula (dir. Alan Gibson) gets the Monster Kid radio treatment with returning guest Alistair Hughes. The last time Alistair was on the show was when he discussed Dracula A.D. 1972 (dir. Alan Gibson), and this week's film is a direct sequel to that film. How does it compare? Does it stand alone as it is? Listen to Alistair and Derek to find out. Derek has some other business to go over, Professor Frenzy has a Bedtime Story, and Kenny has a Look at Famous Monsters of Filmland.