TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Don Coscarelli

Season 01 | Episode 12

Don Coscarelli

Writer / Director

Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep, John Dies At The End) discusses the non-horror movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Still Crazy (1998)
Phantasm (1979)
The Graduate (1967)
The Oscar (1966)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
John Dies At The End (2012)
Goldfinger (1964)
Dr. No (1962)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Bedlam (1946)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
From Russia With Love (1963)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Florida Project (2017)
Short Term 12 (2013)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Payday (1972)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Wanda (1970)
Tangerine (2015)
The City of Lost Children (1995)
8 ½ (1963)
The General (1926)
The Cameraman (1928)
Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Little Foxes (1941)
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Grizzly Man (2005)
The Cold Blue (2018)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Point Break (1991)
Point Break (2015)
The Haunting (1999)
The Wicker Man (2006)
Near Dark (1987)
Big Wednesday (1978)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Turkish Delight (1973)
Keetje Tippel (1975)
Tarzan and the Lost City (1998)
On The Border (1998)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Crash (2005)
The Blue Max (1966)
The Last Valley (1971)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972)
Phantasm II (1988)
Piranha (1978)
Putney Swope (1969)
Greaser’s Palace (1972)
Chafed Elbows (1966)
Sorry To Bother You (2018)
La Jetée (1962)
Trainspotting (1996)

Other Notable Items

The Mick Garris podcast episode
Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy’s Worricker telefilms (Page Eight, Salting the Battlefield, and Turks and Caicos)
The WWE 
Mannix TV show (1967-1975)
CHiPs TV show (1977-1983)
Josh’s piece “I Will Not Read Your ****ing Script”
AVCO Embassy
TFH Guru Mick Garris
TFH Guru Jon Davison
Bubba Ho-Tep novella by Joe R. Lansdale (1994)
John Dies at the End graphic novel by David Wong (2001)
Don’s memoir True Indie (2018)
Ossie Davis
Bruce Campbell
The Stand miniseries (1994)
Ruby Dee
John F. Kennedy
Roger Moore
Timothy Dalton
Daniel Craig
Pierce Brosnan
Sean Connery
Stanley Kubrick
Peter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Rip Torn
Barbara Loden
Sean Baker
FilmStruck (RIP)
Elia Kazan
TFH Guru Roger Corman
The star of Bedtime for Bonzo
Francois Truffaut
Ingmar Bergman
Akira Kurosawa
Lina Wertmueller
Pedro Almodovar
TFH Guru Guillermo del Toro
Federico Fellini
UCLA Film School
Buster Keaton
Fatty Arbuckle
Burke’s Law TV show (1963-1966)
William Wyler
Gregg Toland
Hoagy Carmichael
Harold Russell
Myrna Loy
Virginia Mayo
Fredric March
Dana Andrews
The Motion Picture Production Code
Gladys George
Ray Teal
Hugo Friedhofer
Spike Lee
Bronzeville (2017)
Boardwalk Empire TV show (2010-2014)
Werner Herzog
Erik Nelson
Steven Spielberg
John Milius
Patrick Swayze
Keanu Reeves
Lori Petty
Tom Cruise
Paul Verhoeven
Casper van Dien
Monique van de Ven
Kevin Costner
Graham Greene
Mary McDonnell
Rodney A. Grant
Wes Studi
John Barry
Jerry Goldsmith
Joel Goldsmith
James Clavell
Michael Caine
Omar Sharif
Robert Downey Sr.
Trainspotting — the hobby

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.