TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

We Summon The Darkness

Season 03 | Episode 18

We Summon The Darkness

Alexandra Daddario / Alan Trezza / Marc Meyers

The star, Alexandra Daddario, the writer, Alan Trezza, and the director, Marc Meyers, of the terrific new film We Summon The Darkness walk us through some of their favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

We Summon The Darkness (2020)
Burying The Ex (2015)
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
American Beauty (1999)
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Sound of Music (1965)
L.A. Story (1991)
Ghost Dad (1990)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Roxanne (1987)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Fargo (1996)
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1998)
Defending Your Life (1991)
Modern Romance (1981)
The Jerk (1979)
Jaws (1975)
Notting Hill (1999)
Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
Love Actually (2003)
Marley & Me (2008)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Raging Bull (1980)
Mandy (2018)
Heathers (1988)
Ed Wood (1994)
Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Fletch (1985)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Batman Returns (1992)
Warlock (1989)
Beetlejuice (1988)
Star Wars (1977)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Swimmer (1968)
Sherman’s March (1985)
Amadeus (1984)
Amarcord (1974)
Hugo Pool (1997)
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000)
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
The Last American Virgin (1982)
Porky’s (1981)
Lemon Popsicle (1978)
Revenge of the Nerds (1984)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Eraserhead (1977)
The Devils (1971)
Song of the South (1946)
Tommy (1975)
Crimes of Passion (1984)
Gothic (1986)
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
The Fall of the Louse of Usher (2002)
Trapped Ashes (2006)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
My Friend Dahmer (2017)
Husbands (1970)
The Shining (1980)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Manhunter (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
L.I.E. (2001)
How He Fell In Love (2015)
Small Soldiers (1998)
A Place In The Sun (1951)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Panic Room (2002)
High Tension (2003)
Inside (2007)
Irreversible (2002)
The Idiots (1998)
The Celebration (1998)
Dancer In The Dark (2000)
Breaking The Waves (1996)
Trolls World Tour (2020)

Other Notable Items

Amy Forsyth
Maddie Hasson
Cinespia screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The John Wyatt Podcast Episode
Baz Luhrmann’s postponed Elvis Presley biopic
Steve Martin
The Ivy Restaurants
Steve Martin’s memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life (2007)
“The Great Flydini” sketch
Bill Cosby
Ron Perlman
Tiger King TV series (2020)
The Coen Brothers
William H. Macy
Anthony Perkins
Vince Vaughn
Gus Van Sant
Rick and Morty TV series (2013- )
Albert Brooks
Bob Dylan
Carl Gottlieb
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
Julia Roberts
Hugh Grant
Robin Williams
Bobcat Goldthwait
Charlie Kaufman
Joe Bob Briggs
The Daily Beast review of We Summon The Darkness
Daniel Waters
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
Harold Faltermeyer
John Hughes
TFH Guru Michael Lehmann
David Lynch
Stanley Kubrick
Christopher Walken
Jack Nicholson
Christian Slater
Winona Ryder
Blockbuster Video
Burt Lancaster
Frank Perry
Sydney Pollack
“The Swimmer” short story by John Cheever
Arthur Penn
Alyssa Milano
Robert Downey Sr.
The Satanic panic era
Fucking Slayer, dude
The West Memphis Three
Henry Rollins
Eddie Vedder
Johnny Depp
Peter Jackson
Atom Egoyan
Julian Sands
The Cannon Group, Inc.
Degrassi Junior High TV series (1987-1989)
Richard Marquand
Ken Russell
The Aero Theatre
Derek Jarman
TFH Guru Guillermo del Toro
Christopher Nolan
Quentin Tarantino
John Cassavetes
Vincent D’Onofrio
Patrick Magee
The Stanley Kubrick Exhibition
Dino De Laurentiis
Michael Mann
Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris (1981)
Succession TV series (2018- )
Tom Noonan
Harold Pinter
Alfred Hitchcock
Joan Allen
“In A Gadda Da Vida” song by Iron Butterfly (1968)
“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” song by Belinda Carlisle (1987)
Spice Girls
Chris Butler
The Waitresses
George Stevens
Elizabeth Taylor
Shelley Winters
David Koepp
David Fincher
Gaspar Noé
Lars von Trier
Jim Carrey
Adam Sandler
The Paprika Steen Podcast Episode
Dogme 95
Brad Pitt
Leonardo DiCaprio
George Clooney

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.