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Not just another bad movie podcast, Blank Check reviews directors' complete filmographies episode to episode. Specifically, the auteurs whose early successes afforded them the rare ‘blank check’ from Hollywood to produce passion projects. Each new miniseries, hosts Griffin Newman and David Sims delve into the works of film’s most outsized personalities in painstakingly hilarious detail.
 
In The Filmcast, hardcore geeks David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Jeff Cannata debate, pontificate, and delve into the latest films, TV shows, and other entertainment-related items from the past week. Weekly guests include everyday bloggers, webmaster luminaries, film directors, and movie stars from all walks of life. You can reach us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com and find more podcast episodes at http://www.thefilmcast.com
 
Join host Adam Peacock as he talks to the lesser known characters from your favorite horror films. Each week is an all new, fully improvised journey into the unknown featuring friends and luminaries from the worlds of comedy, horror, and beyond. The A.V. Club calls My Neighbors Are Dead "Comedic Gold," Dread Central says it's "The Best Horror Podcast You’re Not Listening To," and Rue Morgue says the show is "Exactly the comedic palate cleanser we need heading into 2018."
 
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We've got a fun one this week as Scott Wampler (Fangoria's The Kingcast) joins us to talk about his early interest in horror and more before he introduces us to an Olive Garden manager who not only created Sausage Fest, but also may be Pennywise the Dancing Clown's landlord. Don't miss it. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors Instagram: @M…
 
It’s the Blank Check / Kingcast crossover event you’ve all been waiting for! Scott Wampler and Eric Vespe join us to discuss John Carpenter’s “Christine” - the first Stephen King adaptation we’ve covered. What is more terrifying - a sexy vintage car that kills people? Or Barbra Streisand’s basement mall? A difficult question, we know. This episode …
 
Don’t adjust your sunglasses - it’s another epic crossover podcast! The Doughboys join #TheTwoFriends to tackle Carpenter’s still-relevant anti-capitalist alien action classic. Is “Rowdy” Roddy Piper the greatest wrestler-turned-actor? Who actually wrote the iconic bubblegum line? Which hard seltzer is the best and why is it White Claw Surge? And y…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the movie Titane, Lamb, and Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special. For the feature review, the Filmcast is joined by Phil Nobile Jr. to talk about No Time to Die, the latest entry in the James Bond series. Follow Phil Nobile Jr. on Twitter. Read Phil's review of No Time To Die here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to rec…
 
This week Adam talks to two sibling alums of Bates High School (played by real life siblings, the amazingly talented Emmy and Sam Laybourne) who are to this day dealing with the after effects of their now infamous prom night. Don't miss it. Want to hear more from Emmy and Sam? Check out an extended interview over on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com…
 
This week we’re kicking off our true crime miniseries with THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK featuring two special guests the cast of THE SOPRANOS: Joe Perrino (now Vincent on Power) and Robert Iler (aka AJ freakin Soprano!!!) Bada bing baby! References: David Chase in Deadline David Chase in Games Radar David Chase in Deadline David Chase in Roger Ebert A…
 
Every filmmaker gets one “Satan in a jar in a basement” movie and this is John Carpenter’s! Keith Phipps (The Next Picture Podcast) joins us to chat “the anti-God,” fictional British scientist Bernard Quatermass, and young David Sims’ humble beginnings as an “It’s Always Sunny” recapper at the AVClub. The boys also establish that Ben loves “wet evi…
 
David talks about the new Netflix filmThe Guilty, Devindra mentions the Apple TV+ series Foundation, and Jeff brings up The Problems with Jon Stewart. For the feature review, the Filmcast is joined by Matt Zoller Seitz, Editor-at-large at RogerEbert.com and author of The Sopranos Sessions, to watch Many Saints of Newark. Find out how does this preq…
 
This week's episode takes Adam to a Burkittsville, Maryland Applebees to sit down with home renovator Glenda Phipps (the ridiculously funny Mary Holland). Glenda just recently got to work flipping the infamous Blair Witch house and returned with some strange ailments, only twelve fingers of wine, and an order of Mozzarella sticks can repair. Don't …
 
This week we're introducing our new miniseries sponsored by Criminal Content! For the next 2 months, Eye of the Duck will be devoted to classic films based on real crime stories. Welcome to Scene of the Crime. Credits: Eye of the Duck is created, hosted, and produced, by Dom Nero and Adam Volerich. Scene of the Crime is a Production of Criminal Con…
 
You know what ol’ Jack Burton would do on an episode like this? Bring back Jason Mantzoukas and Paul Scheer, of course! The HOW DID THIS GET MADE? guys make their triumphant return to Blank Check to discuss yet another Kurt Russell masterpiece, and lament the lack of Russell-esque stars in today’s Hollywood landscape. There’s some John Landis sland…
 
It’s another double feature night on the Filmcast. David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by a friend of the show, Daanish Syed, to chat about Candyman (2021), the new Nia DaCosta film, and Free Guy, the latest Shawn Levy movie. Follow Daanish Syed on Twitter @_DaanishSyed Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike …
 
The very wholesome and good SCHOOL OF ROCK is on Netflix now, so we used this opportunity as an excuse to rewatch the film and devote our last episode of September to it. Big announcements about October/November to come soon!!!! References: Lessons Learned in School of Rock 15 Years Later: The Oral History of School of Rock A Brief History of ‘Scho…
 
Voyager II may be approaching the “Termination Shock” (Ben’s new favorite phrase), but we’re on earth cherishing the otherworldly romance of John Carpenter’s STARMAN! Vanity Fair’s Katey Rich returns to discuss Jeff Bridges’ impressive performance, the illustrious career of Hollywood script doctor “Dinky” Dean Reisner, and the one sandwich that’s a…
 
In this bonus After Dark episode, David, Jeff, and Devindra to make sense of a series of strange tweets about Preacher, then discuss what it's like to avoid Venom spoilers. To hear the rest of the story next week, and to sign up to listen to ad-free episodes and/or bonus After Dark episodes, go to Patreon.com/filmpodcast.…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the Emmys, Cry Macho, and Y: The Last Man. For the feature, the Filmcast is joined by Kendra James, producer at Crooked Media, to talk about Come From Away, the Broadway musical now available on Apple TV+. Follow Kendra James on Twitter @KendraJames_ Pre-order Kendra's new book Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving …
 
This week, the great Josh Gondelman discusses learning about horror and Goodfellas from The Simpsons and Animaniacs parodies. Then we are introduced to the owner and proprietor of the Pine Tree Manor, the top shelf competition to the Overlook Hotel, in this The Shining themed episode. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors Instagram: @MyNeig…
 
We're so stoked for THE MATRIX 4 that we had to do an episode on a Wachowski film. This week we talk about SPEED RACER and what video editing is like when there are no rules, with Adult Swim and ERIC ANDRE SHOW editor, Jonathan Kramer. Rex Racer was right!! References: The Making of Speed Racer Speed Racer to Become a Film Speed Racer is Back on Tr…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Ariel Fisher, managing editor at Fangora.com, to discuss the Matrix 4 trailer, the Clinton impeachment, and Motel Makeover. For the feature reivew, the Filmcast watches Malignant, the latest horror film by James Wan. Follow Ariel Fisher on Twitter @Afis8 Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to…
 
This week we talk about the power of film and get some solid recommendations from the great Dhruv Singh before we are joined by a member of the custodial staff from The Bates Motel who has almost figured out the mysteries held within its walls...almost. All that and more on this Psycho themed episode. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors I…
 
This week, we talk Sam Raimi, Marvel's upcoming NO WAY HOME, Alfred Molina, Spider-Variants, and the one, true Spider-Man of our generation– the brilliant (but lazy) Tobey Maguire in SPIDER-MAN 2!! Hello, Peter. References: Tobey Maguire and Alfred Molina in IGN Sam Raimi for BBC VH1 Goes Behind Spider-Man Tobey Maguire's Screen Test Danny Elfman i…
 
Here’s the thing about THE THING - it might be the best movie we’ve ever covered? Emily VanDerWerff joins us (and joins the five-timers club!) to discuss Carpenter’s Arctic paranoia classic, which was unfairly maligned upon release. Topics covered include the “Brimley COCOON Line,” the film as a trans allegory, and dogs getting their faces peeled b…
 
David, Devindra, and Jeff remember actor Michael K. Williams. For the feature review, the Filmcast watches Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first Asian superhero movie. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watch. Thanks to Mike C for building the Hashtag Slashtag website: https://hashtagslash…
 
This week Adam is joined by actor, writer, and fellow film enthusiast Mel Cowan who tells of a unique film camp experience that turned him into a horror fan. And then if you've ever wondered what it feels like to not be invited over for dinner at the neighbors house, well this week's guest has you beat. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors…
 
Grab your eyepatches - it’s Snake Plissken time! Karen Han joins the gang to chat Carpenter’s action classic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK - which was actually filmed in St. Louis! Topics covered include NSFW tattoos, Lee Van Cleef’s badass gravestone, the 90s documentary where Ernest Borgnine just drives a bus, and John Carpenter’s rather pedestrian taste …
 
The Filmcast is off this week, but in its place, it's a blast from the past! David and Jeff review Fantastic Four, with a newly recorded intro reflecting on where we think these characters might be going in the MCU. Thanks to our sponsors this week: Fast Growing Trees. Improve your landscaping by visiting fast-growing-trees.com/FILMCAST and get 15%…
 
The great Seth Morris stops by to tell Adam about the horrors of the Bay Area in the 70's, wanting to be a splelunker, and more before we are joined by an AirBnB host in North Carolina who may have given some woman travelers a map to an "undiscovered" cave system that led to their untimely demise. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors Insta…
 
This week we bid farewell to our son (the Xenomorph) with Sarah Welch Larson, author of "Becoming Alien: The Beginning and End of Evil in Science Fiction's Most Idiosyncratic Film Franchise." This is a podcast about movies, and the scenes that make them special. Usually on our show, we explore a film we love, a new release, or ask our guests to bri…
 
A film brave enough to ask the question - what if there was fog? Just kidding - this movie is ACTUALLY about vengeful pirate ghosts and a lady with a sexy radio voice. CANDYMAN’s Nia DaCosta returns to the pod to ask whether or not fog is scary if you aren’t driving through it. Producer Ben wonders if the titular fog should have had a voice. Plus, …
 
It’s a double feature week here on the Filmcast. David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Walter Chaw to review Coda, the new Apple+ film directed by Sian Heder, and Pig, the film directed by Michael Sarnoski starring Nicholas Cage. Read Jenna Beacom's review of Coda here. Follow Walter Chaw on Twitter. Read Walter's work at Film Freak Central here.…
 
This week we're back to our regularly scheduled programming with the always hilarious Jon Gabrus (High and Mighty, ActionBoyz) who shares his experiences with horror, Sons of Anarchy, and more. Then we catch up with Ludlow, Maine resident J.P. Sanford who tells tales of accidental murder, a semen tree (yes, you read that right), and a second chance…
 
This week we investigate Ridley Scott's "Alien Covenant" (2017) with Scott Wampler (The King Cast), and search for the scene at its center. This is a podcast about movies, and the scenes that make them special. Usually on our show, we explore a film we love, a new release, or ask our guests to bring a movie they can’t wait to talk about. But this w…
 
It’s our biggest episode EVER as Alex Ross Perry brings his own dossier of talking points to tackle 1978’s iconic HALLOWEEN. We explore the history of American independent cinema as seen through the lens of the low-budget horror genre, and determine who’d be included in the slasher villain Mount Rushmore (Chucky isn’t carved into the rock; he’d be …
 
Jeff is back to talk about all things superhero. The cast discusses What If…, the new Marvel animated series, before jumping into The Suicide Squad with Frank Barbiere. Can the new James Gunn joint save the notorious franchise? Follow Frank on Twitter. Read Frank’s Astonishing Times here. Use #slashtag on Twitter to recommend a title for us to watc…
 
Our Summer Camp Massacre concludes as Adam comes face to face with the Whitlow Lake Slasher (our old friend and returning guest Alan Linic of Mystery County Monster Hunters Club, SNL). What will Adam learn about those who can commit such awful atrocities? And more importantly, what will Adam learn about himself. Don't miss this exciting finale. -- …
 
This week we investigate Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (2012), and search for the scene at its center. This is a podcast about movies, and the scenes that make them special. Usually on our show, we explore a film we love, a new release, or ask our guests to bring a movie they can’t wait to talk about. But this week, and throughout the summer, we’re d…
 
John Carpenter puts his own spin on Howard Hawks’ iconic western RIO BRAVO and Griffin learns about “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” - it’s our ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 episode! Screenwriter and film critic April Wolfe (2019’s BLACK CHRISTMAS) joins us as we discuss the most dramatic vanilla ice cream cone of all time. Is this one of Carpenter’…
 
David and Devindra invite Alisha Grauso, editor at ScreenRant, to review The Green Knight while Jeff moves across the country. For context, David and Devindra also review Excalibur (1981) and The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988) in preparation for the feature review. Read Alisha Grauso's piece about The Green Knight at Rottentomatoes here. Follow A…
 
This week we are joined by the owner of Poughkeepsie’s Pub, D'Angelo Brown (the always hilarious Edgar Blackmon), who fills us in as to how the murders have impacted his clientele, changed Wednesday Karaoke night song selection, and how the survivors are like superheroes. Don't miss it. -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors Instagram: @MyNe…
 
This week we are taking a quick (but mythical) detour away from Xenomorph Summer to explore some stunning scenes in one of 2021’s most ambitiously layered films, THE GREEN KNIGHT. Show notes: (all timestamps are approximate) Intro (00:00-00:36) Eye of the Duck at the Movies (00:36-05:03) What we talk about when we talk about The Green Knight (05:03…
 
Our long-awaited John Carpenter series kicks off with his ultra-low budget oddity debut DARK STAR. Ben goes Hollywood (actually, “Hosleywood”) to record with Emily Yoshida - the Mother of Blankies herself - *in person* in Los Angeles, and the gang debates possible names for the series. We landed on “They Podcast” - which is a departure from Griffin…
 
Peter Sciretta from Slashfilm takes over Devindra’s seat for the day. The cast discusses Scarlett Johansson’s Disney lawsuit, survival mode on the show Alone, and Marvel’s What If…? For the feature review, David, Jeff, and Peter take a ride on Jungle Cruise, the new film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Follow Peter Sciretta on Twitter. Subscribe to…
 
We are lucky this week to talk to Simon Cramp (Pat Reidy of Comedy Centrals South Side), the owner of Camp Whitlow Lake, as Adam's investigation continues. Simon fills us in on the campers safety guarantee, the benefits of water aerobics, and so much more. Don't miss it! -- SHOW INFORMATION Twitter: @MyDeadNeighbors Instagram: @MyNeighborsAreDead E…
 
This week we investigate Creative Assembly's "Alien Isolation" (2014) with Andy Kelly (PC Gamer), and search for the scene at its center. This is a podcast about movies, and the scenes that make them special. Usually on our show, we explore a film we love, a new release, or ask our guests to bring a movie they can’t wait to talk about. But this wee…
 
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