TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Leigh Whannell

Season 02 | Episode 19

Leigh Whannell

Writer / Director

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.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Saw (2004)
Dead Silence (2007)
Upgrade (2018)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Network (1976)
Total Recall (1990)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Robocop (1987)
The Thing (1982)
The Howling (1981)
Star Wars (1977)
Jaws (1975)
Gravity (2013)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Gremlins (1984)
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)
Armageddon (1998)
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Darkman (1990)
Die Hard (1988)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
Out of Africa (1985)
The Artist (2011)
8 1/2 (1963)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Fargo (1996)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
Magnolia (1999)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Alien (1979)
Aliens (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Piranha (1978)
Explorers (1985)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Goonies (1985)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1979)
Renegades (1989)
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)

Leigh’s upcoming Invisible Man remake

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

Daniel Waters podcast episode

This list is also available on 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.