Episode 39! Ghost Stories for Halloween!

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We made it! It’s the scariest time of the year, so the Made for TV Mayhem Show crew decided to talk about a couple of classic ghost story TVMs. Our latest episode dives into the otherworlds of The Woman in Black and The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (both 1989), and ghoulish times were had! Enjoy!


Our Small Screen Vixens episode will be released sometime in November! Sorry about that, everyone. But have a veddy sceddy Halloween!

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The Snowbeast Contest!

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Dan, Nate and Amanda eagerly waiting on contest entries!

… and our winner is… Ralph Roullard! Hooray!

And here’s the episode where we read some of our Snowbeast vs. ? entries and draw the winner. We had a blast with these. Thank you to all who entered.  You are brilliant and we love you!

 

As I mentioned in this episode, I’m contributing a chapter to an upcoming book titled Scared Sacred. If you’d like to sign up for updates on the upcoming Scared Sacred, just click on this link!

Episode 37: Back to the Beach TVMs!

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We’re back (finally) and we’re enjoying the warm water and sandy beaches as we discuss Zuma Beach (1978) and The Hustler of Muscle Beach (1980)! Come along, catch some rays and Hang 10.


And don’t forget to check out our Snowbeast Blu Ray Giveaway! We’ll be back at the end of August to announce the winner with a special minisode!

Snowbeast Blu Ray Giveaway!

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Gorgeous Blu Ray cover art for Retromedia’s release

It’s Christmas in July, folks!

I recently wrote the liner notes for Retromedia’s Blu Ray release of Snowbeast, and I’d like to share the TV movie love with our listeners. Thanks to Mr. Fred Olen Ray, the god behind Retromedia, I’ve got an extra copy of Snowbeast that I’ll be raffling to anyone who participates in our contest, so keep reading for the rules and regulations (or listen to our mini-minisode):

 

We’re asking listeners to pair Snowbeast up with their other favorite TVM monster (ex. the Gargoyle or the Zuni Fetish Doll, etc.) and then write a short synopsis (1-2 paragraphs) about their monster mashup duels. You can just give us the story, but feel free to include a cast, or perhaps a director and screenwriter if you so choose. Be as creative as you want.

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Robert Logan eagerly awaits your entries!

The only rule we’re applying to your synopsis is that you choose a monster from the classic era of the telefilm (1964-1999 roughly), and preferably from a network production as opposed to a cable TVM (although if you feel so passionate about it, do as you please).

And feel free to use a “human monster” if you think you can argue your point. Remember the creepy guy with the voice box in Night Terror? He’s all yours if you can get him in a good match up with Mr. Snowbeast!

Here’s an example I gave to Dan and Nate:

Snowbeast v. The Zuni Doll:

Karen Black’s friend, Karen Valentine inherits the Zuni doll and takes it in on a ski vacation with her and her boyfriend, played by Monte Markham. Markham is a recovering alcoholic and nobody believes him when he says the Zuni doll is alive (he’s detoxing, guys!). One night it chases him out of the resort and they run into Snowbeast, and the two fight to the death…

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This is the claw that will be picking our raffle winner!

We’d love to hear from everyone, but please note that I can only send the Blu Ray through domestic shipping. Sorry, I can barely even afford those rates… But we’d love to hear from one and all. US citizens will get their name put in a hat, and in our next episode we’ll read out a few of our faves and pick our winner! Feel free to leave your story open-ended. If we read yours we can all discuss who wins the battle!

If you have an entry or a question, drop us a line at TVMayhemPodcast@gmail.com! We’ll record August 29th, so all entries must be received by midnight (PST) on August 28th.

I’m so excited!

Episode 35: Propaganda TV Movies!

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We’re back (finally), and it’s all about those TV movies that made you go hmmmm… we’re looking at the two classic message movies Go Ask Alice (1973) and Mazes and Monsters (1982). Sorry for the delay. Hope you enjoy!

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We’ll be back in July with two sun and sand adventures, Zuma Beach (1978) and The Hustler of Muscle Beach (1980). Send us some feedback via our contact us page!

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Episode 34: We’re Bonkers for Beller!

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We’re back, and so soon (Amy, soon!). On this episode we give a lot of love to one of our favorite small screen leading ladies, Kathleen Beller and discuss No Place to Hide (1991) and Deadly Messages (1985). There’s romance, twists and turns, gaslighting, betrayal, crimped hair and one damn nice pizza guy! Enjoy!


And just a reminder: Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999 was nominated for a Rondo Award! If you are so inclined, please send your votes to taraco@aol.com.

And, as I mentioned on the podcast, Bill Ackerman from Supporting Characters and I recorded a Blu Ray commentary for Arrow’s upcoming release of Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left! It’s dropping in May, but you can pre-order in the UK via Arrow, or through Diabolik DVD here in the states.

Be sure to send feedback for our next episode. We’re talking propaganda telefilms and so we’ll be watching Go Ask Alice (1973) and Mazes and Monsters (1982)! We’ll most likely be recording around the middle of April. So excited!

Talking Patty Duke with Bill Jankowski

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We’re back with a very special episode dedicated to one of our favorite Queens of the TV Movie, Patty Duke! We’re discussing the wonderful new book In the Presence of Greatness: My Sixty Year Journey as an Actress, which was written by Patty Duke and Bill Jankowski. Bill joins us to talk all things Patty and we had a blast! Enjoy!


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And buy Bill’s book:

Amazon
Bear Manor
Barnes and Noble

Also, follow Bill on the facebook page he has, or check out this website for the book.