TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your host Josh Olson

Season 02 | Episode 07

Drew Friedman

Illustrator & Cartoonist

Illustrator, cartoonist, and Shemp afficianado Drew Friedman joins us to discuss his most profound seminal cinematic influences.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Cabin In the Woods (2012)
The Ski Bum (1971)
Freaks (1932)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)
Dracula (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Invisible Man (1933)
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)
The Outlaws Is Coming (1965)
March of the Wooden Soldiers/Babes in Toyland (1934)
Stan & Ollie (2018)
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
Mother Riley Meets The Vampire (1952)
Modern Times (1936)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Cuckoo on a Choo Choo (1952)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Harvey (1950)
Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)
Shangri-La (1961)
Gone With The Pope (1976/2010)
Massacre Mafia Style (1974)
Harem Alek (1954), a scene-by-scene remake of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Last Year At Marienbad (1961)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Black Sleep (1956)
The Beast Of Yucca Flats (1961)
Night of the Ghouls (1984)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Return From The Past/Gallery of Horror (1967)
The Sentinel (1977)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Patsy (1964)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Skidoo (1968)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The Comic (1969)
The Desperados (1969)

Other Notable Items

Warts And All book by Drew and Josh Alan Friedman
Kevin Doherty’s upcoming documentary on Drew (via Shout Factory)
The filmography of Tor Johnson 
Any Similarity To Persons Living Or Dead Is Purely Coincidental book by Drew and Josh Alan Friedman
Schlitzie from Freaks
American Horror Story
Marnin and Morgan, Drew’s parody comic romance
Universal monsters
The Munsters
September Film Facts Magazine onJohn Zacherle/Zacherley‘s Centennial, featuring a list of Drew’s favorite monster movies
Sally Starr
Officer Joe Bolton
Wee Willie Webber
Larry Storch
F Troop
Bobby Barber
Turner Classic Movies
The Abbott and Costello Show
Martin and Lewis
The New Beverly Cinema
Ed Wood
“Dante’s Inferno” Famous Monsters of Filmland Article
The Fifty Worst Films Of All Time
Tor Johnson’s appearance on You Bet Your Life
The Day The Clown Cried
The diverse filmography of John Carradine
The Best Of Sex And Violence
Martin and Lewis
The Ritz Brothers
Clark and McCullough

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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 Host

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.