Welcome to F*EAR CANDY, assistant editor Mike Vanderbilt’s bi-weekly column curating only the best in film, music, and genre podcasting.
Stuart Gordon stopped by the Post-Mortem Podcast to chat with Mick Garris about his career. The director reveals that he doesn’t watch much horror, as he will leave a theater if a film becomes too intense for him. He also details working with authors Roald Dahl and Ray Bradbury as well as shedding some light on his original pitch for Disney’s HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS.
Bret Easton Ellis chats with producer Dana Brunetti—whom Vanity Fair called “Hollywood’s most openly disliked and secretly beloved executive”—about the new age of television, the death of the theatrical experience, and the flooded market of “content.” Ellis’ opening monologue alone is worth a listen, touching on his fondness for ALIEN: COVENANT and THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS as well as pointing the question, can a television director be an auteur, or is that simply for the show runner.
Hollywood royalty Keith Carradine stops by Songtalks With Richard Marx to recount writing and recording the song “I’m Easy,” which appeared in Robert Altman’s NASHVILLE. The tune peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart upon its release in 1976 and Carradine took home both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song that year.
On this week’s ’80s All Over, Scott Weinberg and Drew McWeeny take listeners back to August of 1981 as they discuss two DAILY GRINDHOUSE favorites: HEAVY METAL and John Landis’ AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. The hosts also delve into sleazy PRIVATE LESSONS and the silly slasher movie parody, STUDENT BODIES.
Dion Baia and J. Blake offer up some more 30th anniversary nostalgia as they look back on Vestron Pictures debut release, DIRTY DANCING on Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers. A surprise hit in the summer of 1987, the film also breathed new life into Raspberries frontman Eric Carmen’s career and showed us all that not only is Patrick Swayze a charming, handsome, terrific dancer, but the mother fucker can sing too.
On I Was There Too, Guest hosts Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci sit down with actor Jack Grinnage who made his (credited) cinematic debut in 1955’s REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Grinnage also appeared in 1958’s KING CREOLE and recalls meeting Colonel Tom Parker.
Tags: '80s All Over, Bret Easton Ellis, Dana Brunetti, Dirty Dancing, Drew McWeeny, I Was There Too, Keith Carradine, Mick Garris, Patrick Swazye, Post-Mortem Podcast, Richard Marx, Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, Scott Weinberg, Stuart Gordon