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!

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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 around the last week of August, but I’ll  update this post and our social media when I know when the exact date!

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.

Episode 32: Supernatural Romance!

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I managed to get an episode up in a timely manner! And just in time for Valentine’s Day. On this episode, Dan and I discuss small screen romance… with a supernatural twist! Titles on tap are the 1971 remake of Death Takes a Holiday and the 1995 Lifetime Original Movie Deadly Love! Spoiler: They are awesome. Enjoy and remember to only speak of love!

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Our next episode will be devoted to the lovely Kathleen Beller and we’ll be looking at No Place to Hide (1981) and Deadly Messages (1985). Remember to send feedback!

Episode 31 is Here! Snowbound Terror is Waiting for You!

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I can’t believe I got this online. My computer hates me… But we’re here with episode 31 and it’s all about winter-set scares as we discuss the classic Snowbeast (1977) and the not-a-classic-but-pretty-dang-fun Ski Lift to Death (aka Snowblind, 1979). So let’s hit the slopes!

 

We’ll be back so very soon with a new episode (recording either February 7th or 8th), and again, as we did last  year, we’ll only speak of love. But this time it’s supernatural love, as we watch and discuss Death Takes a Holiday (1971) and Deadly Love (1995). Send feedback!