TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Mick Garris

Season 01 | Episode 16

Mick Garris

Director / Writer

Filmmaker Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, Nightmare Cinema, Sleepwalkers, Critters 2) walks us through his favorite rock and roll movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

God Told Me To (1976)
Piranha (1978)
Shivers (1975)
Nightmare Cinema (2019)
Almost Famous (2000)
Horsefeathers (1932)
The Howling (1981)
Riding The Bullet (2004)
My Dinner with Jimi (2003)
Tapeheads (1988)
Dirty Duck (1974)
Still Crazy (1998)
Withnail and I (1987)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Small Soldiers (1998)
All You Need Is Cash (1978)
Let It Be (1970)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)
Help! (1965)
It’s Trad, Dad! a.k.a. Ring-A-Ding Rhythm (1962)
Yellow Submarine (1968)
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming! (1966)
Under The Cherry Moon (1986)
Flipper’s New Adventure (1964)
The Boat That Rocked a.k.a. Pirate Radio (2009)
Love Actually (2003)
Head (1968)
Woodstock (1970)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
The Last Waltz (1978)
Wolfen (1981)
Nasty Habits (1977)
The Omega Man (1971)
Ed Wood (1994)
Absolute Beginners (1986)
The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980)
Addams Family Values (1993)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
Hold On! (1966)
Mrs. Brown (1997)
Hold That Ghost (1941)
Clambake (1967)
Ferry Cross The Mersey (1965)
Quadrophenia (1979)
The Magic Christian (1969)
Blindman (1971)
Candy (1968)
Tommy (1975)
The Bride (1985)
Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)
The Exorcist (1973)
It Might Get Loud (2008)
The Beatles at Shea Stadium (1967)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)
Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Other Notable Items

TFH Guru Larry Cohen
The Z Channel
TFH Guru Jon Davison
Barbara Steele
Paul Bartel
Dick Miller
Lynn Lowry
The Post Mortem with Mick Garris podcast
Mick’s old band, Horsefeathers
Blumhouse Productions
Cameron Crowe
The San Diego Door
Janis Joplin
Jimi Hendrix
Rod Stewart
Tower Records
Frank Zappa
Rolling Stone Magazine
Gentle Giant
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Joe’s “The Greibble” episode of the Amazing Stories TV series (1985-1987)
Don McLeod
The Turtles
Howard Kaylan
George Wendt
John Lennon
John F. Kennedy
Mark Volman
The Roxy Theatre
Sites that list streaming options
Jeff Lynne
Bill Nighy
Brian Gibson
Lynne Whitfield
Bruce Robinson
Syd Barrett
Spinal Tap: Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean
Bruno Kirby
Rob Reiner
AVCO Embassy
The Rutles
George Harrison
Eric Idle
Mick Jagger
Paul Simon
Monty Python
American Cinematheque
Jayne Mansfield
Frank Tashlin
Steve Allen
77 Sunset Strip TV show (1958-1964)
“Be-Bop-A-Lula”, Gene Vincent (1956)
Richard Lester
George Martin
Phil Spector
Flipper TV show (1964-1967)
Pamela Franklin
Richard Curtis
The Monkees
Jack Nicholson
Ringo Starr
Martin Scorsese
The Wolfen novel (1978)
Glenda Jackson
Charlton Heston
Michael Lindsay-Hogg
“Teddy Boys”
David Bowie
“Quiet Life” by Ray Davies
The Kinks
Patsy Kensit
Julien Temple
Michael Jackson’s “Ghosts” music video, directed first by Mick and finished by Stan Winston
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video, directed by TFH Guru John Landis
Mick’s The Shining TV miniseries
Stan Winston
James Cameron
Digital Domain
Scott Rudin
Rick Baker 
Herman’s Hermits
Jean Arthur
Arthur Lubin
Mister Ed TV series (1961-1966)
Elvis Presley
The Jordanaires
Where The Action Is TV series (1965-1967)
Paul Revere and the Raiders
Freddie and the Dreamers
Gerry and the Pacemakers
Gerry Marsden 
Chad and Jeremy
Peter and Gordon
The Dick Van Dyke Show TV show (1961-1966)
“Come and Get It” by Badfinger
The tragedy of Badfinger 
Apple Records
The Concert For Bangladesh album, George Harrison and Friends (1971)
Magic Christian Music soundtrack album, Badfinger (1970)
Tony Anthony
Pete Ham
Tom Evans
Harry Nilsson
Mariah Carey 
Quadrophenia album, The Who (1973)
Tommy album, The Who (1969)
Franc Roddam
Pink Floyd
The Beatles TV show (1965-1969)
Peter Max 
Early 1960s Czech Jules Verne movies
The Edge
Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin
Jack White
Robert Zemeckis
Brill Building
The Ramones
The Clash
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
P.J. Soles
Joey Ramone

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.