The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Recorded LIVE at Monsterpalooza, writer/director Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious, Upgrade) joins Josh and Joe on stage to talk practical effects, the longterm benefits of film versus digital, and more.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Dead Silence (2007)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Thing (1982)
The Howling (1981)
Star Wars (1977)
Small Soldiers (1998)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
Ready Player One (2018)
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Die Hard (1988)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Out of Africa (1985)
The Artist (2011)
8 1/2 (1963)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Goonies (1985)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1979)
Never Too Young To Die (1986)
The Time Travelers (1964)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
The Abyss (1989)
The Avengers (2012)
Other Notable Items
The Saw franchise
Waverley Gardens Twin Cinema in Melbourne, Australia
Institute of Gremlins 2 Studies Twitter account
Ash Williams himself, Bruce Campbell, who preceded Josh and Joe’s panel at Monsterpalooza
Makeup wunderkind Rob Bottin
Jack White’s esoteric recording methods
Joe’s Eerie, Indiana television series (1991-1992)
The Insidious franchise
Joe Dante’s great hair
Bonnie Bedelia’s very great, very 80s hair in Die Hard
Lost Boys saxophonist Tim Cappello
Director Richard Quine’s filmography
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 Host
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.