TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Bill Hader, Chapter 1

Season 02 | Episode 28

Bill Hader, Chapter 1

Actor / Writer / Producer

Our 50th guest takes hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante on a journey through some of the movies that inspired him in the creation and making of his hit HBO show Barry.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
Gremlins (1984)
Piranha (1978)
The Howling (1981)
The ’Burbs (1989)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Yi Yi (2000)
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
Duck Soup (1933)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Kanal (1956)
A Generation (1955)
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
Danton (1983)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Evil Dead II (1987)
National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
The Virgin Spring (1960)
The Last House on the Left (1972)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Shogun Assassin (1980)
Wolf Guy (1975)
Detour (1945)
Devil Girl From Mars (1954)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Strait Jacket (1964)
Blood on the Moon (1948)
Grindhouse (2007)
The Nanny (1965)
Scream of Fear (1961), a.k.a. Taste of Fear
Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)
Station Six-Sahara (1962)
Children of Men (2006)
The Evil Dead (1983)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Twitch of the Death Nerve (1972)
The Shape of Water (2017)
Darker Than Amber (1970)
Dark of the Sun (1968)
The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (a.k.a. The Osiris Chronicles) TV film (1998)
Oldboy (2003)
Léolo (1992)

Other Notable Items

Bill’s excellent HBO series Barry (2018- )
Saturday Night Live (1975- )
Bill’s brilliant Anthony Peter Coleman puppet class SNL skits: “Puppet Class with Seth MacFarlane” and “Anthony Coleman Takes Another Puppet Class”
Martin Short
Atlanta TV series (2016- )
Detroiters TV series (2017-2018)
Luis Buñuel
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
The Criterion Channel
The Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album
W.C. Fields
Edward Yang
Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Andrzej Wajda
Quentin Tarantino
The Coen Brothers
Roman Polanski
Game of Thrones TV series (2011-2019)
Cinefile Video
Jean-Pierre Melville
Werner Herzog
MUBI
Amy Heckerling
Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema box set from the Criterion Collection
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman box set from the Criterion Collection
The Lone Wolf and Cub film series
Lew Landers: secret director of Detour?
Seth Holt
Turner Classic Movies
Alfonso Cuarón
Emmanuel Lubezki
Paula Huidobro 
Pink Floyd
King Crimson
Mario Bava
Giallo cinema
TFH Guru Guillermo del Toro
The Travis McGee noir novel series
TFH Guru Dennis Lehane
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Pure Cinema Podcast
Francois Truffaut
Federico Fellini
Park Chan-wook
Bong Soo Han
The influence of Bruce Springsteen on screenwriters
Born to Run, Springsteen’s memoir
Springsteen on Broadway concert series and Netflix special

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.