TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Darren Lynn Bousman

Season 03 | Episode 53

Darren Lynn Bousman

Writer / Director

Darren Lynn Bousman (Death of Me, Saw II, III & IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera) joins Josh and Joe to discuss his favorite over-the-top musicals of the 70s.

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Movies Referenced In This Episode

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Sorcerer (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Death of Me (2020)
Jesus Christ: Superstar (1973)
Pennies From Heaven (1981)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Requiem For A Dream (2000)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
Gremlins (1984)
The Room (2003)
Rocky (1976)
Hair (1979)
The Apple (1980)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978)
Tommy (1975)
Quadrophenia (1979)
Altered States (1980)
The Devils (1971)
Trapped Ashes (2006)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Devil’s Carnival (2012)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Rent (2005)
Wild In The Streets (1968)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Jazz Singer (1980)
Forbidden Zone (1982)
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
The First Nudie Musical (1976)
Chatterbox (1977)
Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963)
Cabaret (1972)
Saw II (2005)

Other Notable Items

Final Draft
Paris Hilton
Elvira
Angelyne
The William Friedkin podcast episode
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jesus Christ Superstar rock opera (1970)
Ted Neeley
Carl Anderson
Barry Dennen
Oklahoma! musical play (1943)
Tom Waits
Stephen McHattie
Darren Aronofsky
Hair musical play (1967)
Chuck Norris
The Cannon Group, Inc.
Yoram Globus 
Menahem Golan 
Ken Russell
The New Beverly Cinema
Allan Love 
Catherine Mary Stewart
Ann-Margret
TFH Guru Mick Garris
The Die Hard film franchise
Norman Jewison
Miloš Forman
Treat Williams
Barry Bostwick
Brian De Palma
Gene Wilder
Neil Diamond
Susan Tyrrell
Richard Elfman
Amoeba Music
Cindy Williams
Ron Howard
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Candice Rialson
Seinfeld TV series (1989-1998)
Herschell Gordon Lewis 
Irwin Corey
Elton John
Lionsgate
David Goyer
Kevin Greutert

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.