TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

William Stout

Season 02 | Episode 08

William Stout

Illustrator / Artist / Writer

Legendary artist and production designer William Stout takes us on an epic journey through a few of his cinematic favorites.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Wizards (1977)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1979)
The Mist (2007)
The Prestige (2006)
House (1986)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz (2005)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Predator (1987)
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
First Blood (1982)
The First Power (1990)
The Hitcher (1986)
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
The Right Stuff (1983)
Blood Freak (1972)
It’s Alive (1974)
Grave of the Vampire (1972)
Alien (1979)
Dead and Buried (1981)
Body Melt (1993)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Return of Doctor X (1939)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
On Borrowed Time (1939)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Tomorrow is Forever (1946)
There’s Always Tomorrow (1956)
Hellzapoppin’ (1941)
Once Upon A Time (1944)
One Froggy Evening (1955)
The Fall (2006)
Murder, He Says (1945)
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
Black Sheep (2006)
Infested (2002)
The Silent Partner (1978)
Think of a Number (1969)
LA Confidential (1997)
Tell No One (2006)
Point Blank (2010)
The Day The Earth Caught Fire (1961)
X The Unknown (1956)
First Men in the Moon (1964)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)
A Boy And His Dog (1975)
The Stranger Within (1974)
The Rapture (1991)
Grabbers (2012)
Freaks (1932)
The Faculty (1998)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
The Leech Woman (1960)
Murder, My Sweet (1944)
Dagon (2001)
The Stuff (1985)
God Told Me To (1976)
Q The Winged Serpent (1982)
Black Caesar (1973)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Body Snatchers (1993)
The Invasion (2007)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Raw Meat a.k.a. Death Line (1973)
Grindhouse (2007)
The Gate (1987)
Frailty (2002)
Viy (1967)
Nosferatu (1922)
The 27th Day (1957)
20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)
Endangered Species (1982)
Monster in the Closet (1986)
Popeye (1980)
Breaking Away (1979)
Gremlins (1984)
Buried Alive (1990)
Impulse (1984)
Impulse (1974)
The Hidden (1987)
Dune (1984)
Conan The Destroyer (1984)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
Attack The Block (2011)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Ant-Man (2015)
Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
Mandy (2018)
Night of the Juggler (1980)

Other Notable Items

The Oscar broadcast’s then-reigning decision to not air four awards live (they would later backtrack after being almost universally lambasted).
Little Annie Fanny
Heavy Metal magazine
The New Dinosaurs
New Dinosaur Discoveries A-Z
Legends of the Blues
The Rocketeer
Fantastic Worlds: The Art of William Stout
Harlan Ellison
The Jonah Ray podcast episode
Mysterious Science Theatre 3000
The Gilbert Hernandez podcast episode
TFH Guru Larry Cohen
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Harvey KurtzmanWill Elder comics
Kirk Alyn Superman serials
Jonathan King’s filmography
Curtis Hanson’s filmography
Think of a Number, Swedish book on which Silent Partner is based
The Quatermass movies
Twin Peaks
The eccentricities of David Lynch
The World Theater in Los Angeles
The Goldman Theater in Philadelphia
William Stout’s Mondo Nosferatu prints
Hoyt Axton’s music career
The New Beverly Cinema

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.