TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

John Landis

Season 02 | Episode 11

John Landis


Legendary director and Trailers From Hell Guru John Landis visits with Josh and Joe about his favorite musicals… sort of.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Animal House (1978)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1982)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
West Side Story (1961)
My Fair Lady (1964)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The Music Man (1962)
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Two Weeks With Love (1950)
The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
Great Expectations (1946)
Hopscotch (1980)
Meteor (1979)
Scrooge (1970)
The Odessa File (1974)
The Horse’s Mouth (1958)   
Les Girls (1957)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Tunes of Glory (1960)
The Swarm (1978)
When Time Ran Out… (1980)
Volcano (1997)
Dante’s Peak (1997)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Gypsy (1962)
Show Boat (1929)
Show Boat (1936)
Show Boat (1951)
The King and I (1956)
Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1966)
Cabaret (1972)
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
Pretty Maids All In A Row (1971)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)
Robot Monster (1953)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)
Walk on the Wild Side (1962)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Pink Panther (1963)
Airplane! (1980)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Trading Places (1983)
Three Amigos (1986)
Meatballs (1979)
Cape Fear (1991)
Far From Heaven (2002)
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Flying Down To Rio (1933)
Top Hat (1935)
All That Jazz (1979)
Chicago (2002)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
42nd Street (1933)
The Running, Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959)
Chinatown (1974)
Coming To America (1988)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Black Panther (2018)
Stormy Weather (1943)
Us (2019)
Get Out (2017)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
52 Pickup (1986)
Gotti (2018)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1972)
Oliver! (1968)
Oliver Twist (1948)

Other Notable Items

Debbie Reynolds
“Aba Daba Honeymoon” (1950)
Ronald Neame
Hamilton (2015)
Bob Fosse
The Scottsboro Boys musical
Elmer Bernstein
Henry Mancini
Paul Robeson
The Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire musicals
Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone
Key and Peele’s Gremlins 2 pitch meeting sketch
John Glover
Kelly Preston
George Sidney
The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film by W. K. Stratton
The New Beverly Cinema
John Barry
Tony Randall

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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.