Make sure you’ve got your Pee Chee folders and your No. 2 pencils, cuz the Made for TV Mayhem Show is going back to school again! This time we’re talking about the other three Rs: Rock and Roll and Rad! We’re talking about Ron Howard’s sweet coming of age telefilm Cotton Candy (1978) and the TVPG teen sex dramedy Senior Trip (1981). Our guest on this outing is the wonderful Mike McBeardo McPadden, author of the equally wonderful Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! We had a great time recording and we hope you enjoy listening!
We’re celebrating the master of the made for TV genre movie with a special Halloween episode dedicated to JLM, who sadly passed away earlier this year. What an amazing talent he was, and if you are not familiar with his work, we’re hoping to get you started with two classics, A Taste of Evil (1971) and The Strange and Deadly Occurrence (1974).
We will definitely be talking about “The Moxey Moment” as well as some similarities between these two films. If you’re interested in where that might go, check out an old blog post I did, comparing the two films.
We don’t quite have a recording date set yet, but it will probably be next week, so please contact us and let us know your fave Moxey flick, or anything else you’d like to say about one of the greats! We’ll see you soon!
*Still editing our back to school episode. Apologies. My schedule has been pretty messy. Thank you for your patience (and a big shout out to Dan for helping me with the more monotonous tasks!)
I guess the title of this article says it all! We are all terribly excited that we’re going to be providing the commentary track for Kino Lorber‘s upcoming release of the 1984 tele-thriller Amazons (due December 3rd).
I’ll just post Kino’s plot synopsis here:
THEIR TARGET: THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES… THEIR GOAL: WORLD DOMINATION!
When her patient—a prominent U.S. Congressman—dies in a bizarre accident just after surgery, Dr. Sharon Fields (Madeleine Stowe, China Moon) is framed on a charge of malpractice. With the help of Lt. Tony Monaco (Jack Scalia, The Rift), the tough-edged but charming detective assigned to look into the “accident,” the beautiful young surgeon makes a chilling discovery of a secret legion of Amazons, descendants from the legendary nation of women warriors who have vowed eternal war on the enemy race of Man. Now, the President-elect, who has carried into power the first woman Vice President, is slated to be the next “Stallion Kill.” Tense, fantastic, sinister, Amazons is a riveting and fast-paced action-thriller directed by Paul Michael Glaser (Band of the Hand, The Running Man). Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones), Stella Stevens (The Silencers), Jennifer Warren (Night Moves) and Leslie Bevis (Alien Nation) co-star as the leaders of the Amazons. Wonderful score by the great Basil Poledouris (RoboCop) and co-starring William Schallert (In the Heat of the Night), Nicholas Pryor (Risky Business) and Peter Scolari (TV’s Newhart).
• Audio Commentary by the MADE FOR TV MAYHEM Podcast Hosts Amanda Reyes, Daniel Budnik and Nathan Johnson • Trailers
Yeah, they kind of say it all above. This is a super stylish, intriguing and politically charged film that we are all honored to be associated with. Also, gratuitous Peter Scolari! Can it get any better?
We’re back (finally). So sorry for the delay. Especially with this episode, which is our love letter to some of Valerie Harper’s best known genre TV movies. We recorded it just a couple of days before we lost one of the most vibrant women in the world. I wanted to get this out sooner, so we could mourn together. But, thanks to some recording issues and a crazy schedule, it was not to be. Valerie will always be loved and never forgotten, so now is as good a time as any, I suppose. If we’d recorded this after her passing, it might sound a little different, but for now, we hope you enjoy our discussions of Night Terror and People Across the Lake. We miss you and we love you, Valerie. Godspeed.
And if you need more Valerie Harper TV horror movie goodness, I recorded an episode with the Hysteria Continues on Don’t Go To Sleep. You can listen here.
In happier news, we’re recording our next episode in just a few days! And we’re going back to school! We’ll be discussing Cotton Candy (1978) and Senior Trip! (1981). And we’ve got a special guest! Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, king of the retro teen movie genre, and author of the beyond-excellent Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! will be in the house! We’re recording this Wednesday, September 25th, so feel free to contact us with any thoughts on those TVMs before then! And thanks ever so much for your patience and for tuning in. We really appreciate you!
Even though I’m still plugging away at our Valerie Harper episode, I booked a guest for NEXT week. Yeah, I’m just that way. We’re going back to school with the great Mike McBeardo McPadden, and discussing two of his favorite telefilms: Cotton Candy (1978) and Senior Trip (1981)! We’ll also be talking about his INCREDIBLE new book, Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped!
Send feedback by Tuesday, September 24th via any one of our means of contact. We’ll see you soon!
Well, I somehow got a second episode together! Thank you for your patience! On Trap Cast #2 I talk about the episodes Flashback and Deadly Exposure, and I manage to keep the love train for Dr. Riverside rolling! It’s in my heart to do so. There were a couple of hiccups, and I’m still having trouble not talking fast. Like I said in the episode, we’re all a work in progress! So, thank you for your interest and a double thanks you for listening!
Who am I kidding? We all love Miss Harper! And now it’s time to share in the love when we discuss two of her best known horror TVMs, Night Terror (1978) and People Across the Lake (1987).
I know, I know! What about Don’t Go To Sleep? I covered that with the Hysteria Continues back in 2017, so I wanted to hit on two other charmers that are both pretty good and probably a little underrated. The good news is People Across the Lake is streaming on Amazon Prime, so please go watch it and send us feedback about either (or both) TVMs, or anything Valerie related. We’d love to hear from you!
We are taking a mini-hiatus though, so you’ll have at least until the middle of June to watch along. Between now and then I’m planning to upload Trap-Cast #2! Fingers crossed.
Also, since we won’t be around for a bit, I just wanted to say a few words about the Rondo Awards. Our beloved little podcast didn’t get a mention unfortunately, but I want to thank anyone and everyone who threw a vote our way, or just stopped by out of curiosity to see what we do. Since we’re not recording for a bit (aside from my Trapper John mini-sode), I’ll be promoting some of our horror episodes on social media in case you wanted to discover or revisit some of our older content. You guys are the best! Much love to all! Thanks for listening and hope to hear from you soon!