TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Richard Stanley

Season 03 | Episode 05

Richard Stanley

Writer / Director

Color Out Of Space writer and director Richard Stanley discusses HP Lovecraft’s influences on the movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Color Out Of Space (2020)
Die Monster Die! (1965)
The Haunted Palace (1963)
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Aquaman (2018)
The Lighthouse (2019)
Underwater (2020)
Sh! The Octopus (1937)
Frankenstein (1931)
Dracula (1931)
King Kong (1933)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The UFO Incident (1975)
Re-Animator (1985)
The Thing (1982)
Possession (1981)
Winter Light (1963)
Solaris (1972)
Stalker (1979)
Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)
From Beyond (1986)
Dagon (2001)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
1917 (2019)
The Gate (1987)
The Beyond (1981)
The Theatre Bizarre (2011)
Mandy (2018)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Bad Boys For Life (2020)

Other Notable Items

The Vista Theatre in Los Angeles
The Daniel Noah and Elijah Wood podcast episodes
H.P. Lovecraft
Arthur Machen
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Edgar Allan PoeLovecraft’s novella The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward
American International Pictures
The Shadow Out Of Time novella by Lovecraft (1936)
“The Dunwich Horror” (1929) short story by Lovecraft
“Pickman’s Model” episode of the Night Gallery TV series (1971)
“Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture” episode of Night Gallery (1971)
Harlan Ellison
Scooby Doo franchise
Jeffrey Combs 
The Cthulhu Mythos
Weird Tales magazine (1922- )
Animated The Real Ghostbusters TV series (1986-1991)
Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise
The evolving paleontological perspective on the Plesiosaurus
The Loch Ness Monster
“Grey” aliens
Communion alien abduction book by Whitley Streiber
James Earl Jones
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)
Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Verne (1864)
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (1912)
Tyrannosaurus Rex
“The Rats In The Walls” short story by Lovecraft (1924)
“The Call of Cthulhu” short story by Lovecraft (1928)
“The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath” short story by Lovecraft (1943)
Lovecraft’s Dream Cycle short story series
“The Colour Out of Space” short story by Lovecraft (1927)
The changing personifications of ghouls in fiction
TFH Guru Stuart Gordon
Brian Yuzna
Who Goes There? novella by John W. Campbell (1938)
At The Mountains of Madness novella by Lovecraft (1936)
Amazing Stories Magazine (1926- )
Isabelle Adjani
Carlo Rambaldi
Andrzej Żuławski
Ingmar Bergman
Andrei Tarkovsky
Joe’s “favorite director,” Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) in King Kong
Merian C. Cooper
Willis O’Brien
Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films
Famous Monsters of Filmland (1958- )
Warren Publishing comics
Creepy comic magazine
Eerie comic magazine
Marvel horror comics
Euclidean geometry
Fractal geometry
The Formosa Cafe
Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch in Southern California
Stuart Gordon’s Masters Of Horror episode, “Dreams in the Witch-House”
String theory
Barbara Crampton
David Gale
Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelley (1818)
Dracula novel by Bram Stoker (1897)
Lovecraft’s Arkham County terrain
Stephen King
Danse Macabre non-fiction book by Stephen King (1981)
Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator: The Musical (2011)
The Steve Allen Theater
The Jeffrey Combs one-man play Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Stuart Gordon
Mother of Toads by Clark Ashton Smith
Ouija boards
Severin Films
Cannes Film Festival
Catriona MacColl
Lucio Fulci
Nicolas Cage
Vincent Price
Werner Herzog
Klaus Kinski
Marlon Brando
Steven Spielberg

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.