The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Master of Horror Greg Nicotero takes us on a stroll through some of his favorite movies, as well as a trip through every home video format you’ve ever heard of… and some you haven’t.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
The Howling (1981)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Horror of Dracula (1958)
The Time Machine (1960)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
The Towering Inferno (1974)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Broadcast News (1987)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Star Wars (1977)
Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
What’s Up Doc? (1972)
Logan’s Run (1976)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1949)
Nightmare Cinema (2019)
War of the Gargantuas (1970)
The Green Slime (1969)
Other Notable Items
Creepshow TV series (2019- )
The Walking Dead TV series (2010- )
Night Gallery TV series (1970-1973)
The Sarah Silverman Program TV series (2007-2010)
The Los Angeles Times
Chiller Theatre TV series (1963-1984)
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
Universal Classic Monsters
Star Trek TV series (1966-1969)
Lost In Space TV series (1965-1968)
Land of the Giants TV series (1968-1970)
TFH Guru Mick Garris
KNB EFX Group
The Cinefex Magazine article on Little Shop of Horrors
The James Bond film franchise
Manimal TV series (1983)
TFH Guru John Landis’s “Thriller” music video (1983)
Lon Chaney Jr.
Abbott and Costello
Cinefantastique magazine (1967- )
The Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 Criterion set
The Post Mortem with Mick Garris podcast
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 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.