TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Guillermo del Toro

Season 05 | Episode 02

Guillermo del Toro

Writer / Director / Producer

Writer/director Guillermo del Toro (Nightmare Alley, The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) discusses a few of his favorite movies with Josh and Joe.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Nightmare Alley (2021)
Nightmare Alley (1947) – Stuart Gordon’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Drive My Car (2021)
Wicked Woman (1953) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)
Modern Times (1936)
City Lights (1931)
The Great Dictator (1940)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review, Dennis Cozzalio’s Muriel Awards capsule review
Vertigo (1958) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Brian Trenchard-Smith’s review
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
The Young And The Damned (1950)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The Golem (1920) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (1927)
Alucarda (1977)
Greed (1924) – Dennis Cozzalio’s Muriel Awards capsule review
Taxi Driver (1976) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
District 9 (2009) – John Sayles’s trailer commentary
The Host (2006)
Memories Of Murder (2003)
The Exterminating Angel (1962) – Glenn Erickson’s review
El Bruto (1953)
Simon of the Desert (1965)
Susana (1951)
Rehearsal of a Murder a.k.a. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) 
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Viridiana (1961)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Frankenstein (1931) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, TFH’s Frankenstein Quiz
Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Journey’s End (1930)
The Road Back (1937)
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) – Ed Neumeier’s trailer commentary
Targets (1968) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Old Dark House (1932) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Invisible Man (1933) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Freaks (1932)
Duel (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Black Sabbath (1963) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Arcane Sorcerer (1996)
Barry Lyndon (1975) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
Brazil (1985)
Time Bandits (1981) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Twelve Monkeys (1995) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Tideland (2005)
The Devils (1971) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary
Planet of the Apes (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary 
The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Oliver! (1968) – Bob Weide’s trailer commentary
Mad Max (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Blues Brothers (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
The Return of Doctor X (1939) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Beyond The Forest (1949)
Piranha (1978) – Jon Davison’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Star Wars (1977)
I Confess (1953) – Guillermo del Toro’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Notorious (1946) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
North By Northwest (1959)
The Birds (1963) – Eli Roth’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Foreign Correspondent (1940) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary

Other Notable Items

Kim Morgan
Nightmare Alley novel by William Lindsay Gresham (1946)
Cornell Woolrich
Cate Blanchett
Buster Keaton
Harold Lloyd
Laurel and Hardy
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
Charlie Chaplin
The Cinerama Dome
Luis Bunuel
Juan López Moctezuma
William Wyler
Frank Capra
Giorgio de Chirico
Sidney Lumet
Bong Joon-ho 
Carlos Saura
Jonathan Swift
Erich Von Stroheim 
Sinclair Lewis
Francis Bacon
Edvard Munch 
John Hurt
Vincent Van Gogh
Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelly (1818)
James Whale
Boris Karloff
Stendhal syndrome 
Colin Clive
Universal Pictures
The Museum of Modern Art
Andy Devine
Peter Bogdanovich
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Curtis Harrington 
John Abbott
The Forbidden Hollywood Collection by Warner Archive
Tod Browning
“Duel” short story by Richard Matheson (1971)
The Shrinking Man novel by Richard Matheson (1956)
“Arena” short story by Fredric Brown (1944)
Star Trek TV series (1966-1969)
“Arena” episode of Star Trek (1967)
Nightmares and Geezenstacks short story collection by Fredric Brown (1961)
“A Nightmare In Yellow” short story by Fredric Brown (1961)
Billy Goldenberg 
Night Gallery TV series (1969-1973)
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
Rod Serling
Charles Beaumont
Jack Laird
Thriller TV series (1960-1962)
Richard Thomas
Mario Bava
The Sins of the Fathers episode of Night Gallery (1972)
Terry Gilliam
German Expressionism
Mad magazine (1952- )
Will Elder 
The Clayne Crawford podcast episode
Bruce Willis
Toronto Film Festival
Ken Russell
Derek Jarman
Oliver Reed
Telluride Film Festival
Heavy Metal magazine (1977- )
George Miller
Jon Lithgow
Looney Tunes
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Michael Curtiz
Bette Davis
TFH Guru John Sayles
Phil Tippett
Rob Bottin
Jon Berg
Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant
TFH Guru John Landis
William Cameron Menzies
George Sanders
Gabriel Figueroa
Greg Toland

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.