TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Eli Roth

Season 03 | Episode 07

Eli Roth

Director / Producer

Director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, Eli Roth’s History of Horror) takes us on a journey through endlessly rewatchable cable movies of the 80s.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Gremlins (1984)
Get Out (2017)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Scarface (1983)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Cabin Fever (2002)
Hostel (2005)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Halloween (1978)
Modern Problems (1981)
Going Ape! (1981)
Hunk (1987)
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Jaws (1975)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Back To The Future (1985)
The Howling (1981)
The Groove Tube (1974)
Caddyshack (1980)
Weekend Pass (1984)
Stoogemania (1986)
The Whoopee Boys (1986)
Hot Dog… The Movie (1984)
Disorderlies (1987)
Jekyll and Hyde… Together Again (1982)
Night Patrol (1984)
Blood Diner (1987)
The Underachievers (1987)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Under the Rainbow (1981)
Private School (1983)
Private Lessons (1981)
Private Resort (1985)
Zapped! (1982)
Carrie (1976)
Lovelines (1984)
Breakin’ (1984)
Police Academy (1984)
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987)
Pandemonium (1982)
Student Bodies (1981)
Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
The Gumball Rally (1976)
Going Berserk (1983)
Joysticks (1983)
Satan’s Cheerleaders (1977)
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984)
Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
Never Too Young To Die (1986)
F.A.R.T. The Movie (1991)
On The Right Track (1981)
My Bodyguard (1980)
Tex (1982)
Little Darlings (1980)
Over The Edge (1979)
The Outsiders (1983)
Meatballs (1979)
Meatballs Part II (1984)
Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986)
Meatballs 4 (1992)
The Goonies (1985)
Stripes (1981)
Friday (1995)
Looker (1981)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Slither (2006)
PCU (1994)
Runaway (1984)
Dreamscape (1984)
The Woman In Red (1984)
The Lady In Red (1979)
Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980)
Funny Farm (1988)
Foul Play (1978)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Fletch (1985)
Slap Shot (1977)
Up The Creek (1984)
Serial (1980)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
The Stunt Man (1980)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
S.O.B. (1981)
The Party (1968)
The Pink Panther (1963)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Animal House (1978)
Up The Academy (1980)
Heaven Help Us (1985)
Buford’s Beach Bunnies (1993)
Springbreak USA, a.k.a. Lauderdale (1989)
Midnight Madness (1980)
Super Fuzz (1980)
Teen Lust (1979)
Fairy Tales (1978)
Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy (1976)
Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974)
Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1981)
Emanuelle in Bangkok (1976)
Emanuelle in America (1977)
Emanuelle Around The World (1977)
Emanuelle And The Last Cannibals (1977)
Black Emanuelle (1975)
Emanuelle On Taboo Island (1976)
The Green Inferno (2013)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Porky’s (1981)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
King of New York (1990)
The Addiction (1995)
Ms. 45 (1981)
Rambo: First Blood Part 2 (1985)
Three On A Meathook (1972)
Pink Flamingos (1973)
Extraterrestrial Visitors, a.k.a. The New Extraterrestrials, a.k.a. The Pod People (1983)
Pieces (1982)
The Best of Sex and Violence (1982)
Terror In The Aisles (1984)
Truck Stop Women (1974)
Mandy (2018)
One Cut Of The Dead (2017)
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) 
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Krush Groove (1985)
Tougher Than Leather (1988)

Other Notable Items

Eli Roth’s History of Horror on AMC
Fangoria
Tobe Hooper
John Landis
Wes Craven
George Roero
Jordan Peele
“Run Rabbit Run” by Flanagan and Allen
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” by Harry Simeone
Key and Peele’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch sketch, where Keegan-Michael Key plays Joe
Talk Is Jericho podcast
Brett Easton Ellis Podcast
Masters of Horror TV series (2005-2007)
O.J. Simpson
Don Johnson
YouTube
FaceTime
Billy Crystal
HBO
TFH Guru Don Coscarelli
Chevy Chase
The Tubes
Patti D’Arbanville
Dabney Coleman
Cinemax
Lawrence Bassoff
James Coco
John Allen Nelson
Deborah Shelton
Steve Levitt
Brad Pitt
Chuck Workman
Michael O’Keefe
Paul Rodriguez
Denholm Elliott
Eddie Deezen
“Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco
Dick Butkus
Chuck McCann
McDonald’s Hamburger University
Mike Marvin
David Naughton
Frank Koppala
Leigh McCloskey
Sandy Hackett
Mark Blankfield
Stanley Kubrick
Linda Blair
The Unknown Comic
Jackie Kong
Carrie Fisher
Billy Barty
Phoebe Cates
Matthew Modine
Sylvia Kristel
Johnny Depp
Rob Morrow
Playboy Magazine (1953- )
Scott Baio
Heather Thomas
Willie Aames
Greg Bradford
Michael Winslow
The Police Academy film series
The Cheech and Chong film series
Robert J. Rosenthal
Bruce Joel Rubin
Alfred Hitchcock
Steven Spielberg
Jacques Tourneur
Paul Reubens
Alfred Sole
Giallo cinema
John Candy
Joe Flaherty
Eugene Levy
Jim Greenleaf
Greydon Clark
Pac-Man
The Joysticks soundtrack
David Gordon Green
Joe Don Baker
Sam Firstenberg
Quentin Tarantino
John Stamos
Gene Simmons
Gary Coleman
Norman Fell
Diff’rent Strokes TV series (1978-1986)
Vanity
George Lazenby
James Bond
Matt Dillon
Kevin Dillon
River Phoenix
Kristy McNichol
Chris Makepeace
Corey Feldman
TFH Guru Adam Rifkin
Daniel Waters
John Larroquette
Ernie Kovacs
Jack Benny
“The Nairobi Trio” skit performed by Ernie Kovacs
Michael Crichton
“Looker” by Sue Saad
Fred Dekker
Stryper
Jeremy Piven
The Police
Jonas Brothers
Adam Levine
Iron Maiden
Iggy Pop
Tom Selleck
Gene Wilder
Kelly LeBrock
Benji film series
Joe Camp
Benjean
“Arrow Through Me” by Paul McCartney
Martin Mull
Tuesday Weld
Christopher Lee
The Serial novel by Cyra McFadden (1977)
Richard Rush
Rita Moreno
Alan Arkin
James Caan
Ralph Reed
Richard Mulligan
Julie Andrews
William Holden
Robert Vaughn
Tim Matheson
Jennifer Runyon
Mad Magazine (1952- )
USA Up All Night with Joe Bob Briggs (1989-1998)
Commander USA’s Groovie Movies (1985-1989)
Sergio Corbucci
Ernest Borgnine
James Hong
Showtime TV network
Kristen Bell
Kristine DeBell
Harry Hurwitz
Emanuelle film series
Veronica Mars TV series (2004-2007, 2019)
Laura Gemser
Gabriele Tinti
Bitto Albertini
Ivan Rassimov
George Eastman
Video Watchdog’s analysis of the Emanuelle films and starlets
Nico Fidenco
Nocturno Magazine
Abel Ferrara 
Dario Argento
Blockbuster
Netflix
Amazon Prime
Juan Piquer Simón
Ian Sera
John Carradine
Robert Carradine
Keith Carradine
Shudder
She Kills: A Shudder Original Podcast
The Fat Boys
Run-DMC

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.