TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Larry Fessenden

Season 04 | Episode 14

Larry Fessenden

Writer / Producer / Director / Actor

Writer, director, producer, editor, cinematographer, and actor Larry Fessenden chats with hosts Joe Dante & Josh Olson about some of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Habit (1995)
Jakob’s Wife (2021)
Phantom Thread (2017)
The Last Winter (2006)
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
The Crawling Eye (1958)
The Reptile (1966)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Casablanca (1942)
Jaws (1975)
Man Of A Thousand Faces (1957)
Scarlet Street (1945)
Suspicion (1941)
Rope (1948)
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Frankenstein (1931)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Dracula (1931)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Mean Streets (1973)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Playtime (1973)
The Thing (1982)
The Howling (1981)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
An American Werewolf In Paris (1997)
I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Ginger Snaps (2001)
The Terminator (1984)
The Wolfman (2010)
Van Helsing (2004)
The Mummy (2017)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Invisible Man (2020)
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)
Wendigo (2001)
Fargo (1996)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Seven (1995)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Irréversible (2002)
Memento (2000)
Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)
Funny Games (1997)
Funny Games (2007)
Inside (2007)
I Stand Alone (1998)
Angst (1983)
The Shining (1980)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Back To The Future (1985)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
The Tenant (1976)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Knife In The Water (1962)
Cul-de-sac (1966)
Repulsion (1965)
An Officer And A Spy (2019)
Bringing Out The Dead (1999)
Goodfellas (1990)
Raging Bull (1980)
The Departed (2006)
The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988)
After Hours (1985)
The Dead Zone (1983)
The Fly (1986)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Going My Way (1944)

Other Notable Items

John Cassavetes 
Barbara Crampton
Travis Stevens
Werner Herzog
Michael Powell
Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia
Steven Spielberg
Lon Chaney
Forrest J. Ackerman
Famous Monsters Of Filmland
Boris Karloff
Jack Pierce
James Cagney
Joseph Pevney
Edward G. Robinson
Jack Nicholson
Robert De Niro
Dustin Hoffman
Alfred Hitchcock
Joan Fontaine 
Cary Grant 
TFH Guru Guillermo Del Toro
Glenn Strange
Bela Lugosi
Dwight Frye
George A. Romero
The Criterion Collection
The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles
Albert Brooks
Harvey Keitel
Jodie Foster
Martin Scorsese 
Michael Powell
François Truffaut 
Jean-Luc Godard
Jacques Tati
John Carpenter
TFH Guru John Landis
Rob Bottin
Joe Johnston
Benicio del Toro
Rick Baker
Tom Cruise
Francis Ford Coppola
The Leigh Whannell Podcast Episode
James Whale
Claude Rains
Ed Begley Jr.
Carl Gottlieb
Kino Lorber
The Larry Fessenden Collection 
IFC
Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection 
The Coen Brothers
Frances McDormand
Peter Stormare
Steve Buscemi
Bugs Bunny
Michael Haneke
Sundance Film Festival 
Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers 
Scatman Crothers
Vivian Kubrick’s documentary The Making Of The Shining
Milos Forman
Danny DeVito
Taxi TV series (1978-1982)
Michael Berryman
Roman Polanski
Lionel Stander
Bob Dylan
Nicolas Cage
John Goodman
Ving Rhames
Paul Schrader
Jeffrey Boam 
The Dead Zone novel by Stephen King (1979)
The Shining novel by Stephen King (1977)
The Stand novel by Stephen King (1978)
David Cronenberg

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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.