TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Fred Dekker

Season 01 | Episode 11

Fred Dekker

Writer / Director

Live from Son of Monsterpalooza! Writer/Director Fred Dekker (The Predator, Night of the CreepsThe Monster Squad) discusses his favorite man in a rubber suit monsters with Josh and Joe.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Night of the Creeps (1986)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Predator (2018)
Predator (1987)
Predators (2010)
Alien vs. Predator 2: Requiem (2007)
Terror From The Year 5000 (1958)
Night of the Demon (1957)
The She-Creature (1956)
Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
It Conquered The World (1956)
Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965)
Schlock! (1973)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Alien (1979)
This Island Earth (1955)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Star Wars (1977)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Robocop (1987)
Starship Troopers (1997)
On The Border (1998)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
The Howling (1981)
Xtro (1982)
Explorers (1985)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
The Thing (1982)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Shining (1980)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Red Sun (1971)
Hell In The Pacific (1961)
The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)
The Wolfman (2010)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Frankenhooker (1990)

Other Notable Items

Miguel Arteta’s podcast episode
Russ Meyer
Brian A. Prince
Forrest J. Ackerman
Beverly Garland
Basil Gogos
Ray Harryhausen
TFH Guru John Landis
TFH Guru Rick Baker
Kaiju movies
John Chambers
Roddy McDowall
Kim Hunter
Sal Mineo
Steve Calvert
Emil Van Horn
Stan Winston
Milicent Patrick
Universal Pictures
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Weta Digital
Mars Attacks! Topps trading cards
Paul Verhoeven
Paul McCrane
Casper Van Dien
John Woo
Jabba the Hutt
Phil Tippett
Stuart Freeborn
Mike Edmonds
David Barclay
Toby Philpott
Salacious Crumb
David Naughton
Robert Picardo
Steve Wang
Tom Woodruff Jr.
Matt Rose
The Metaluna Mutant
Warner Brothers backlot
Charles Hallahan
Richard Dysart
Bill Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
The Coen Brothers
Charles Bronson
Toshiro Mifune
Lee Marvin
Jack Kevan
Ben Chapman
Ricou Browning 
H.R. Giger
Carlo Rambaldi
Ridley Scott
Yaphet Kotto
Veronica Cartwright 
Bolaji Badejo 
Val Lewton
Walter Hill’s rewrite of Alien
The first Illeana Douglas Movies That Made Me podcast episode
The Film Scene with Illeana Douglas podcast
The cinematic atrocity that was the Star Wars: Special Edition trilogy

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.