Sat, 28 March 2020
MONSTER PARTY CAN'T BE STOPPED!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, make social distancing, VERY social! Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, MONSTER PARTY has unfortunately been forced into self quarantine. But, being quarantined doesn't mean the fun has to end. That's why we proudly bring you this CDC compliant episode, entitled... QUARANTINE FUNHOUSE!!!
Now that you're all being forced to hole up in your various nerd caves, some of you may be looking for ideas on how to overcome your cabin fever. And FYI, it's not by watching the film, CABIN FEVER. Uggh!
With the help of ZOOM remote conferencing, and something we like to call, "pizazz", the MONSTER PARTY gang suggest numerous activities for avoiding monster kid boredom. We could provide you with some examples right here, but then that would spoil some of the white hot excitement this episode has to offer.
NOTE: Since we recorded this using ZOOM and headset mics, the sound quality of this podcast is not quite at the level of a typical episode. But despite the technical limitations, we have done our best to bring you all humor, enthusiasm, info, and personal attacks you've come to expect from MONSTER PARTY!
STAY HEALTHY MONSTER PARTIERS!
Fri, 13 March 2020
MONSTER PARTY PRESENTS AN EPISODE THAT WILL BE MUSIC TO YOUR EARS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a deep dive into a part of movie making that is essential in bringing a film to life. Yes, we've talked about doing this episode for years, but now, the waiting is over! MONSTER PARTY proudly presents... SOUNDTRACKS!!!
What would iconic films and TV shows like STAR WARS, STAR TREK, JAWS, DOCTOR WHO, ALIENS, SUSPIRIA, and HALLOWEEN be, without the genius of the composers who scored these classics? MONSTER PARTY examines the careers of such legendary composers as JOHN WILLIAMS, JERRY GOLDSMITH, ENNIO MORRICONE, LALO SCHIFRIN, JAMES HORNER, JOHN CARPENTER, GOBLIN, and a host of others!
Guiding our way through all this musical magnificence, is another new guest to MONSTER PARTY. He's celebrated actor, writer, producer, journalist, podcaster, temp track editor, and film music expert... DANIEL SCHWEIGER! (ON THE SCORE, FANGORIA, CINEFANTASTIQUE, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, BUBBA HO TEP, FREE ENTERPRISE, THE LURKING FEAR)
Find out more about the exciting world of Daniel Schweiger at Filmmusicmag.com And please, make MONSTER PARTY the soundtrack of your lives!
Mon, 2 March 2020
MONSTER PARTY SPENDS SOME QUALITY TIME WITH OUR FICTIONAL FRIENDS!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be friends with your favorite characters from the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, and horror? Well, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, have done just that, in a very special episode entitled... CHARACTERS WE'D LOVE TO HANG WITH!!!
Let's all put on our imagination caps, and ponder which of our favorite heroes and villains would be a blast, or a drag. Brace yourself for some volcanic debates over who would be our "besties" (or "beasties") from STAR WARS, STAR TREK, D.C., MARVEL, UNIVERSAL HORROR, LORD OF THE RINGS, CLASSIC SCI-FI, and MORE!
Joining us on this journey into imaginary speed friending, is a celebrated director, screenwriter, producer, and podcasting giant! Please welcome for the first time on MONSTER PARTY... JONATHAN LONDON! (GEEKSCAPE, NERD RAGE, FANBOY FUNHOUSE, DOC OF THE DEAD, SINGLEDOM, GAY BY DAWN)
ATTENTION MONSTER PARTIERS: For all of you who have joined us on our MONSTER PARTY PATREON adventure, we give you our heartfelt thanks! Which brings us to some exciting news! This episode debuts THE MONSTER PARTY PATREON RAFFLE! Winners will be chosen at the end of each podcast, and will be shipped a box of special genre goodies! But the only way to be eligible, is to become a MONSTER PARTY PATRON. So if you haven't done it yet... MAKE IT SO!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Characters_We_d_Love_To_Hang_With_Jonathan_London.mp3
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Thu, 13 February 2020
MONSTER PARTY SERVES UP ANOTHER DOLLOP OF TELEVISUAL TORMENT!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to a ghoulish goldmine of ghastly gifts. Whether we're talking cathode ray creepers, or streaming screamers, the time has come for another episode celebrating all the terrors that your home theater system can handle. It's... HORROR TV VOL. 2!!!
To be frank, this is kind of a strange episode. Yes, we do talk quite a bit about HORROR TV, past and present. But, we also take a few tangents, that are as necessary as they are entertaining. How did these tangents come about? Well, that might have something to do with our very special return guest!
Joining us once again is a BIG friend of the show, and a powerhouse of entertainment! He's a celebrated comedian, actor, writer, producer, and hands down, the best DR. ZAIUS impersonator in the business. MONSTER PARTY is proud to welcome back... DANA GOULD! (STAN AGAINST EVIL, CREEPSHOW, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, THE SIMPSONS, CONAN O'BRIAN, GEX, SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM)
Just keep telling yourself... it's only a TV show!
Tue, 4 February 2020
MONSTER PARTY GIVES 2019 SOME VERY TOUGH LOVE!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, load up their brand new opinion cannons, and fire away at all that 2019 had to offer. We implore you to brace your 2020 ears for the verbal assault that will rain down on... THE BEST AND WORST OF 2019!!!
Since they knew this discussion would get heated, the MONSTER PARTY guys decided to tackle this one on their own. A guest would have only served as one more thing from 2019 to criticize!
Listen in HORROR, as grown men engage in character assassination over such nerd targets as STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, THE MANDALORIAN, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, JOKER, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, GAME OF THRONES, MIDSOMMAR, THE LIGHTHOUSE, SHAZAM, and MANY MORE!
2020 just started... and MONSTER PARTY is already pissed off!
Sun, 19 January 2020
IT'S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE. BUT PISSING HER OFF IS JUST PLAIN STUPID!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, explore what happens when nature has had enough of our bulls**t! Whether the result is nuclear nightmares, fearsome foliage, or sapien saltines, they all fit perfectly under the terrestrially toxic title of... ECO-HORROR!!!
Aside from discussing the aforementionad fictional eco-horrors (and whole lot more), we also delve into the possibilities of these civilization smashing scenarios coming true. Let's face it, lately, the truth has been much scarier than fiction!
To help us sort the facts from the flim flam, is a our own ecological expert! He's a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism; and an acclaimed filmmaker, best known for his documentaries on climate change, soil carbon, and other ecological issues. He also like to think of himself as "a scientist wrangler"! MONSTER PARTY welcomes for the first time... PETER BYCK! (CARBON COWBOYS, CARBON NATION: A CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS MOVIE [THAT DOESN'T CARE IF YOU EVEN BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE], REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, GARBAGE)
MOTHER NATURE CAN BE A REAL MOTHER!
Tue, 31 December 2019
MONSTER PARTY PUTS HORROR UNDER YOUR SKIN!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, know what annoys you when it comes to fright films. That's why they've torn themselves away from their precious bluray players, and turned that irritaiton into podcast GOLD! Let's usher in the New Year with a tempestuous topic that could only be titled... HORROR PET PEEVES!!!
What are we sick of? Well, that would be telling. You'll just have to listen to the episode to find out. But would that kill you? We hope not. Because dying is one of our pet peeves.
Joining us for this audacious example of audio outrage, is a long time friend of the show, who may just be as pissed off as we are. He's an acclaimed writer, comedian, producer, and unparalled napkin cartoonist, and his given earth name is.... JOHN MATTA! (MATTA NAPKIN, THE EPIC TALES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, BE COOL SCOOBY DOO!, BEWARE THE BATMAN, DUCK DODGERS, THE JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT)
If this one doesn't make your anger even angrier, you need to kick your anger's ass!
Thu, 19 December 2019
MONSTER PARTY DECKS THE HALLS WITH TONS OF REALLY COOL STUFF!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, all have two things in common. They LOVE PRESENTS, and they LOVE YOU! That's why they're sharing the must have items on their holiday "wish lists", to make sure your loved ones don't screw up your gifts again this year. Remember, when it comes to nerds, one size doesn't fit all. But prepare to have all that yuletide shopping stress lifted, as we present... THE MONSTER PARTY HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019!!!
But if that were not enough to jingle your bells, MONSTER PARTY gets a visit from our own young, smooth, FATHER CHRISTMAS! He's our own beloved unpaid intern, a fantastic artist, and the founder of SEA DEMON VINYL toys... KEVIN SMITH!
Never mind those crudely painted wooden trains that SANTA'S WORKSHOP is always putting out! This holiday season, get a gift with THE MONSTER PARTY SEAL OF APPROVAL. In your face Kringle!
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Monster_Party_Holiday_Gift_Guide_2019_Kevin_Smith.mp3
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Sat, 7 December 2019
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO OPEN A BOOK ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, OR HORROR MOVIES...
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to their extensive genre film guidebook libraries, for another round of America's fast growing game of chance! Beware MONSTER PARTIERS, for... THE MAD MOVIE SMACKDOWN WALKS AMONG US!!!
Once again, the boys randomly flip through various film reference books like THE PYSCHOTRONIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TO FILM, and THE CREATURE FEATURES MOVIE GUIDE. When their cocktails tell them the moment is right, they stop on a page, blindly stab a finger at an entry, and discuss said entry. What ensues, can only be described as... life affirming!
Returning to MONSTER PARTY and THE MAD MOVIE SMACKDOWN, is an old friend who is a writer/actor/producer, and the man who made SHAMROCK SHAKES sexy... KEN DALY! (NERD POKER, STAN AGAINST EVIL, THE SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM, DUCK DODGERS, MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID, QUINCY M.E., THE KARATE KID)
Try playing this game yourselves! It may just save your marriage.
NOTE: During this episode, we experienced a cocktail versus soundboard incident. So if you hear any fluctuations in sound quality, blame Matt Weinhold.
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Mad_Movie_Smackdown_Walks_Among_Us_Ken_Daly.mp3
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Sat, 16 November 2019
MONSTER PARTY GIVES THANKS WITH A HEAPING HELPING OF THE THANKLESS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, serve up a bountiful banquet of bad! On the menu are cinematic turkeys, stuffed with atrocious acting, dismal direction, laughable lines, and egregious effects. Add some mashed potential, and a ladel of godawful gravy, and you've got an episode that insists it be called... THE MONSTER PARTY TURKEY SHOOT!!!
This guest-less gathering of the MONSTER PARTY family, will introduce our listeners to some of the worst genre films in film history. What we found is that while many of the movies ended up becoming our guilty pleasures, others revealed themselves to be just...plain...crap! But if you're like us, you'll probably watch them anyway.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM MONSTER PARTY!!!
Fri, 8 November 2019
MONSTER PARTY LOOKS AT THE LIGHTER SIDE OF SCI-FI!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, all share a deep love for speculative fiction. But making science fiction funny, or even amusing, is apparently not as easy as it looks. The MONSTER PARTY gang gets to the bottom of all this, with an episode featuring the on-the-nose title of... SCI-FI COMEDY!!!
Following in the footsteps of the HORROR COMEDY episode we did a few years back, this podcast explores what makes a sci-fi comedy successful. We dissect the most obvious examples like SPACEBALLS, GALAXY QUEST, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THE ORVILLE, and RED DWARF, but also dive deep into some of the more obscure science fiction related comedies. As per usual, be ready to add a bunch more titles to your must see list!
Helping us sift the futuristic fun from the fails, is a mega-talented filmmaker, actor, and comic book writer, who has brought us titles featuring such genre favorites as VAMPIRELLA, BETTIE PAGE, and ELVIRA! MONSTER PARTY is proud to welcome for the first time... DAVID AVALLONE! (THE SECRET DIARY OF BETTIE PAGE, DRAWING BLOOD, ZORRO: SWORDS OF BLOOD, ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK, DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE, THE SHADOW)
The future is going to be hilarious! Right? ...sigh.
Sat, 26 October 2019
MONSTER PARTY THROWS A HALLOWEEN PARTY IN 12' X 14' FOOT ROOM!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, bring back a MONSTER PARTY tradition, but with a Halloweeny twist. Once again, we throw out all the rules, and bring you a show that could only be called... ANYTHING GOES: THE HALLOWEEN EDITION!
Get ready for an All Hallow's Free-For-All, where we talk about everything and anything remotely connected to Halloween! Of course, we discuss all the Halloween staples like costumes, candy, decorations, traditions, and more of our favorite scary movies. But we also take a few boozy tangents that are guaranteed to frighten, confound, and delight!
Joining us for this ghostly gathering of ghastly gadflies, is a man who is not only an actor, a voice artist, a writer, and a producer; he is also the visionary enterpenuer who started BIFF BANG POW! TOYS AND COLLECTIBLES... JASON LENZI! (LIFE AFTER FLASH, WIPEOUT, BANDS REUNITED, BEAT THE GEEKS, LET'S BOWL)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN MONSTER PARTIERS!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Anything_Goes_The_Halloween_Edition_Jason_Lenzi.mp3
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Sun, 13 October 2019
MONSTER PARTY DOCUMENTS DOCUMENTARIES!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, go behind the "behind the scenes" films, that give us a deeper appreciation of our favorite fright flicks! MONSTER PARTY starts off the HALLOWEEN season with an episode honoring our favorite... HORROR DOCUMENTARIES!!!
Once again, with a topic this massive, we decided to concentrate on our personal favorites. And we have A LOT! Documentaries covering topics like UNIVERSAL MONSTERS, VAL LEWTON, HAMMER HORROR, THE GEORGE ROMERO "DEAD" SERIES, THE SHINING, THE ALIEN FILMS, THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, GODZILLA, and MANY MORE!
Joining us for this celebration of docu-dread, is a celebrated writer, long time friend of the show, and a horror documentary filmmaker in his own right! MONSTER PARTY is super excited to welcome back, the writer, director, and co-producer of the 4 HOUR documentary, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: A JOURNEY INTO ICONIC '80s HORROR... DAVID WEINER! (ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, THE "IT CAME FROM... " BLOG)
Listen, enjoy, and find out what KEN BURNS has been doing wrong all these years!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Horror_Documentaries_David_Weiner.mp3
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Sun, 29 September 2019
MONSTER PARTY TAKES A WIDE EYED LOOK AT ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST POPULAR EXPORTS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, explore a Japanese cultural phenomenon that continues to entertain, influence, and astound! You are about to enter the wondrous world of... ANIME!!!
Now, with a topic is huge, there was no way we could cover every great anime film or TV show. So if we left something you love out, please don't be mad! That being said, we do cover a wide swath of anime history! This includes many early anime TV shows, groundbreaking feature films, and a list of our personal favorites.
Joining us for this exciting and provocative discussion, is an artist, writer, and game designer, who is currently the creative director at HARMONY GOLD! You know, the people who brought us friggin' ROBOTECH! MONSTER PARTY is beyond proud to welcome... TOMMY YUNE! (ROBOTECH, THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT, BUSTER THE AMAZING BEAR, SPEED RACER, RACER X, FX FIGHTER, GEN 13, SUPERMAN Y2K)
WARNING: This episode contains quite a few spoilers, so please listen responsibly.
And stick around after the end music, for some extra anime chat about eating a piece of someone's head. Seriously.
Thu, 12 September 2019
MONSTER PARTY MIXES UP A CATACLYSMIC COCKTAIL OF CATASTROPHE!
In this episode, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, ask questions like, "Is there such a thing as too many movie stars?" and "What is SENSURROUND, and is it really necessary?" These questions and more, will be answered in an episode that celebrates... DISASTER MOVIES!!!
We're talkin' earthquakes, burning skyscrapers, planet pulverizing meteors, capsized ocean liners, atom bombs, hurricanes, killer bees, and MORE!
Joining us for this intoxicating tribulation, is an author whose recent book, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN, honors Hollywood's one and only "master of disaster." MONSTER PARTY is proud to welcome for the first time... JEFF BOND! (THE MUSIC OF STAR TREK, FILM SCORE MONTHLY, GEEK MONTHLY, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, CINEFANTASTIQUE, THE ART OF STAR TREK: THE KELVIN TIMELINE)
If you'd like to purchase, THE FANTASY WORLDS OF IRWIN ALLEN (and I mean, why wouldn't you?), go to https://creaturefeatures.com/shop/books/the-fantasy-worlds-of-irwin-allen/
Be envy of your friends... before it's too late!
Sun, 1 September 2019
IT'S OUR 150TH EPISODE! AND IT'S ANOTHER FREE-FOR-ALL, THAT'S FREE FOR ALL!
JAMES GONIS, LARRY STROTHE, SHAWN SHERIDAN, and MATT WEINHOLD, celebrate their 150th episode of MONSTER PARTY with a listener favorite. Once again, we break open the nerd pinata, when... TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL STRIKES BACK!!!
If you don't know how this game goes, the guys pull random topic ideas from a plastic skull, and are forced to discuss them at cocktail-point. Needless to say, this is an that episode provides the listener with a petrifying potpourri of pulse pounding possibilities!
Joining us on this terror train of topics, is a man who is special effects make-up wizard, monster sculptor, and genre artist supreme! MONSTER PARTY welcomes back long time friend of the show... MARK TAVARES! (WISHMASTER, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, LAND OF THE DEAD, PHANTOMS, CHILD'S PLAY 3, THE WALKING DEAD, DON POST STUDIOS, and A GAZILLION MORE CREDITS!)
Volunteering for topic pulling duty is Marks' wife (a genre expert in her own right), the lovely and charming... ERIN HAGGERTY!
Warn your friends! The topic for our 150th episode is "legion", for it is many!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Topic_Free-For-All_Strikes_Back_Mark_Tavares.mp3
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Fri, 16 August 2019
MONSTER PARTY CELEBRATES THE SCIENCE FICTION PIONEERS TIME DID NOT FORGET!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, fire up their cocktail time machine, and take a trip into speculative fiction's past. It's an episode honoring the early architects of wonder, who we like to call... SCI-FI TRAILBLAZERS!!!
Prepare to descend 20,000 leagues into the history of science fiction, as we discuss the works of JULES VERNE, H.G. WELLS, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, and many more!
Joining us for this journey to the center of excitement, is a long time friend of the show, and fellow monster kid. He's a writer, director, film historian, and does a pretty amazing HERBERT LOM impression! MONSTER PARTY is proud to welcome back... C. COURTNEY JOYNER! (NEMO RISING, SHOTGUN, PUPPET MASTER III:TOULON'S REVENGE, PRISON, TRANCERS III, CLASS OF 1999, DOCTOR MORDRID, LURKING FEAR, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM)
Get ready for passionate discussion, that goes from the WAR OF THE WORLDS, to a WAR OF WORDS!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Sci-Fi_Trailblazers_C_Courtney_Joyner.mp3
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Tue, 6 August 2019
It's raining cats and dogs...and MONSTERS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dust off a rare gem from the MONSTER PARTY VAULT! It's an extra boozy episode, featuring just the core cast, that's guaranteed to provide a hailstorm of hilarity. Get out your most ghoulish galoshes for... MOVIES FOR A RAINY DAY!!!
The next time you're stuck inside the house due to rain (or heat, if you live in the San Fernando valley), MONSTER PARTY will help you weather the storm with some helpful movie tips. We've got everything from iconic film franchises, offbeat cinematic oddities, Netflix guilty pleasures, and tokusatsu treasures from the far east!
Since this episode was recorded a while back, expect a minor amount of time stamping. This includes some pre-series finale talk about GAMES OF THRONES, a detailed description of who HARRY POTTER is, and SHAWN SHERIDAN sporting a freshly repaired liver!
Treat yourself to the audio version of a hot cup of cocoa! Spiked, of course.
Wed, 17 July 2019
MONSTER PARTY RETURNS TO AN INCREDIBLY FUN TOPIC!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, wipe the dust from an old topic they first tackled during the early days of MONSTER PARTY! Prepare your panicked pulse for... INCREDIBLY STRANGE TITLES VOL. 2!!!
We certainly don't want to give anything away in this episode summary, but what we can say is that this current batch of incredibly strange movie titles is even better than the last one! Whether it's a title consisting of a single word, or one that runs the risk of turning into a novella, we've got something strange for every taste. As long as your taste is as strange as ours.
Joining us for this macabre multitude of monstrous monikers, is a comedian, a writer, a friend of the show, and a podcast trailblazer! MONSTER PARTY is deliriously proud to welcome back... CHRIS MANCINI! (EAR BUDS:THE PODCASTING DOCUMENTARY, COMEDY FILM NERDS, THE COMEDY FILM NERDS GUIDE TO MOVIES, ASYLUM, LONG AGO & FAR AWAY)
Now if you'll excuse us, we need to start compiling the list for INCREDIBLY STRANGE TITLES VOL. 3!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Incredibly_Strange_Titles_Vol_2_Chris_Mancini.mp3
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Sun, 7 July 2019
MONSTER PARTIERS... START YOUR ENGINES!!!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, plant themselves in the driver's seat, for a high octane topic they've been wanting to tackle for ages... WICKED WHEELS!!!
We're talkin' cars, motorcycles, and other wheeled vehicles that either sparked our imaginations, or sent a shiver down our spines. Evil vehicles like THE CAR, CHRISTINE, and the truck from DUEL! Or super awesome cars like BATMAN'S BATMOBILE, the SPEED RACER'S MACH 5, and BLADE RUNNER'S POLICE SPINNER! But that's only a small sample of the motorized mayhem in this pulse pounding, pedal to the metal podcast!
Riding shotgun for this episode is a friend of the show, a celebrated voice actor, and a "wicked wheels" owner! He actually owns his own STARSKY & HUTCH FORD GRAND TORINO! MONSTER PARTY welcomes back... WALLY WINGERT! (SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM, THE TONIGHT SHOW, FAMILY GUY, BATMAN VS. TWO FACE, INVADER ZIM, LADY DYNAMITE, AND A TON OF OTHER CREDITS! IMDB THIS GUY!)
And if that wasn't enough white knuckle excitement, we also have a BONUS GUEST! It's actress/model/host/super nerd... SARA RAFTERY! (ANNABELLE COMES HOME, BLACK JESUS, BIT, HELLEVATOR, HOUSE OF THE WOLFMAN)
Buckle up for an episode that can only be described as "HELL ON WHEELS!" But in a nice way.
Fri, 21 June 2019
IT'S MONSTER PARTY'S GRADUATION DAY!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, enroll in a sinister semester of scares, when they take on the terrifying tutorial topic... SCARY SCHOOLS!!!
Whether it's satanic students, alien infested academics, perilous proms, demonic dancers, shameless shapeshifters, teenage terrorists, dystopian delinquents, or sophomoric serial killers, MONSTER PARTY is committed to your higher education. Just as long as the drinks hold out!
Joining us for this creepy commencement speech, is a new edition to our extended podcast family. MONSTER PARTY welcomes celebrated comedy writer, producer, horror movie expert, and fellow scary school survivor... AARON LEE! (FAMILY GUY, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, COMEDY CENTRAL CELEBRITY ROASTS, PARADISE PD, SUPERSTORE... AND HE WAS IN A PUNK BAND WITH A NAME SO INCREDIBLE, IT CAN ONLY BE REVEALED ON THE SHOW)
Put on your cap and "groan", and prepare yourself for an episode that's more fun than a werewolf in girl's dormitory. Or a ghoul in school. Take your pick.
Wed, 5 June 2019
WE WILL "SAVE IT FOR OUR STAR WARS EPISODE" NO LONGER!
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, proposed the idea of doing a MONSTER PARTY episode entirely about STAR WARS! Now, after years of nipping at the edge of this Death Star size topic, the time has finally come. At long last, we present... STAR WARS!!!
Stay on target for a lively and often combative episode, that dives deep into the history and legacy of what is arguably the most popular genre franchise of all time! From the feature films and TV specials; to animation, novels, comic books, collectibles, and more; STAR WARS has proven itself to be a "force" that is with us...always.
One of the reasons it's taken us so long to do a STAR WARS episode, is that we were waiting for the perfect guest to become available. Then BOOM! As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced... it happened!
Joining us is a return guest, a friend of the show, and a Weinhold family in-law! He's a legendary comic book artist/writer, and our go-to-guy for all STAR WARS knowledge. MONSTER PARTY proudly welcomes back... DARICK ROBERTSON! (THE BOYS, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, HAPPY, OLIVER, WOLVERINE, NIGHTCRAWLER, PUNISHER, JUSTICE LEAGUE, and SO MUCH MORE!)
But that's not all! Joining this on this Star Destroyer of fun, is the fruit of Darick Robertson's loins/Jedi Knight in training... OWEN ROBERTSON!
Get ready for an episode that's so enjoyable, it'll tickle you right down to your midichlorians!
Sun, 26 May 2019
When you hear the words, "70's Air", you will be impelled to listen to... MONSTER PARTY!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a terrifying trip into the subconscious! Look deeply into the eyes of your Sideshow Toys 1/6 Dracula figure and relax, as we delve into the world of... HYPNOTIC HORROR!!!
Get ready for a high spirited discussion of films that incorporate some form of hypnosis. It's a wide ranging list that includes such genre classics as, DRACULA, SVENGALI, THE SHE CREATURE, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE UFO INCIDENT, THE HYPNOTIC EYE, A STIR OF ECHOES, and the ACADEMY AWARD winning film, GET OUT! And, MORE!
Oh, and we also talk about a super great movie called, THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE! Funny coincidence, MONSTER PARTY did a commentary track for the recent Blu-ray release of THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE, put out by SHOUT FACTORY! What are the odds?!
Of course, this episode would not nearly be as excellent as it is, without the knowledge and guidance of our special guest! He has performed his DangerMagik and TranceNosis shows in 25 countries, for presidents, princesses, generals, and superstars of entertainment! It is our honor to welcome award winning stage hypnotist, certified hypnotherapist, writer, magician, and professional ghost hunter... MICHAEL MEZMER! (SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE, THE LEEZA GIBBONS SHOW, SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANS MULTIPLE AWARD WINNER, 11 TIME A.C.H.E. AWARD WINNER FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION)
Mon, 6 May 2019
CUE HALLOWEEN THEME... NOW!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, wish you a happy FRIDAY THE 13TH/VALENTINE'S DAY/PROM NIGHT/GRADUATION DAY, by bringing you this "cutting edge" celebration of one of the most infamous sub-genres of horror... SLASHER MOVIES!!!
Find a nice comfy chair made of human skin and relax, while we chronicle all those movies you loved... and Siskel & Ebert HATED! Of course, we honor such classic films as PSYCHO, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, HALLOWEEN, and FRIDAY THE 13TH! But that's just the beginning! We also go far off the mainstream gore grid, and dig up some little known and/or little appreciated horror gems! Would you expect anything less from MONSTER PARTY?!!!
Giving SHAWN SHERIDAN a heads up that somebody else knows their obscure horror films, thank you very much, is author/actor/wrestler/slasher film expert... RONNIE ANGEL! (SLASHED DREAMS: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SLASHER FILMS, SLASHED DREAMS PART 2: THE NIGHTMARE CONTINUES, MEATHOOK MASSACRE: THE FINAL CHAPTER, ALIENS IN LA, GRINDSPLOITATION 666)
Can you hear that? It's the new episode of MONSTER PARTY! And it's coming from INSIDE THE HOUSE!
Sun, 28 April 2019
IF YOU THOUGHT PART 1 WAS JUST THE BEGINNING, YOU WOULD BE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again bring the city of Pasadena to its quivering knees! We've got yet, still yet, even more fearsome fun, as we present MONSTER PARTY... LIVE AT MONSTERPALOOZA 2019: PART 2!!!
AND GUESS WHAT? IT'S OUR LONGEST EPISODE TO DATE!
As the gang continues to chronicle the events of day 2 and 3 of the MONSTERPALOOZA convention, you'll meet and greet an even wider array of ghastly guests! It's an outrageous avalanche of artists, actors, comedians, filmmakers, collectors, collectible dealers, toy designers, special effects wizards, makeup legends (we're talking about you, TOM SAVINI!), authors, publishers, entrepreneurs, cosplayers, more monstrous kids, and even an ACADEMY AWARD WINNER! Of course we must not forget the gas that powers our podcast chainsaw... THE MONSTER PARTY FANS!
We sincerely thank all the kind folks who have supported our show, and dropped by our booth to say hello. YOU ARE THE BEAST...UM... BEST!
MONSTER NOTE: Please check out our social media pictures to see pictures of some of our especially special friends, including ingenious body artist PASHUR, model supreme MADI HUFFMAN, and the man who brought our iconic MONSTER PARTY kaiju to life... ADAM G. HULTS!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Live_At_Monsterpalooza_2019_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54am PDT
Mon, 15 April 2019
PASADENA NEVER KNEW WHAT HIT IT!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again descended upon the city of Pasadena's HAUNTED CONVENTION CENTER, to dominate the lucky souls within! Grab yourself a stiff drink, and/or a reasonably priced heating pad to warm your shivering spines, as you experience MONSTER PARTY... LIVE AT MONSTERPALOOZA 2019: PART 1!!!
When you're dealing with an event so profoundly massive as MONSTERPALOOZA, there's no way to fit all the fiendish fun we had into one episode. Therefore, we not-so-humbly submit to you, the first part of our epic audio adventure into THE ART OF MONSTERS! Expect a dazzling array of artists, actors, filmmakers, collectors, collectible dealers, toy designers, special effects wizards, makeup experts, authors, publishers, entrepreneurs, cosplayers, literal monster kids, and most important... THE MONSTER PARTY FANS!
Our warmest thanks go out to everyone who has supported our podcast, and came out to see us! WE LOVE YOU... TO DEATH!
MONSTER NOTE: If you're wondering why SHAWN SHERIDAN is heard in our opening segment, then disappears for a while, it's because he was unable to attend MONSTERPALOOZA on Friday night. This was due to a professional commitment and not his fault, but it does how much Shawn is actually carrying the rest of us.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Live_At_Monsterpalooza_2019_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm PDT
Sat, 30 March 2019
In this episode, MONSTER PARTY asks the question: Are those kids torturing a naked drunk, or just playing OPERATION?
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, grab ahold of their joysticks, and take on one of their most challenging topics... GAMES!!!
Admittedly not the most game savvy of nerds, the MONSTER PARTY gang realized they needed the perfect guest to do this topic justice. Through a series of strategic moves, and bit of rolling the dice, they landed on a man who is a game designer, bestselling author, Disney Imagineer, and the best damn game historian in the universe! MONSTER PARTY welcomes... SCOTT ROGERS! (MAXIMO, PAC-MAN WORLD, GOD OF WAR, LEVEL UP! THE GUIDE TO GREAT VIDEO GAME DESIGN, SWIPE THIS! THE GUIDE TO TOUCHSCREEN GAME DESIGN, MICKEY'S FUN WHEEL CHALLENGE, RAYGUNS AND ROCKETSHIPS, PANTONE)
Then, by consulting the mystic "EYE OF ZOHAR", we also managed to nab game enthusiast, and a MONSTER PARTY friend of the show, who coincidentally happens to be the wife of Shawn Sheridan... GINA SHERIDAN!
Get ready for a 6 player journey through the entire history of games! We go from the earliest travel games (like the one in King Tut's tomb), on to the world of classic board games, the invention of PONG and the rise of the video games, the resurgence of pinball games, the arcade vs home console conundrum, the DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS revolution, and beyond!
Don't let your day go KERPLUNK! Listen now!
Tue, 12 March 2019
Let MONSTER PARTY be your MONSTROUS MARRIAGE COUNSELORS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, pop the question, "Why don't more marriages last?" Answer: Because they become... MACABRE MARRIAGES!!!
In this matrimony challenging episode, MONSTER PARTY investigates married couples who take the vow, "Til death do we part", a little too literally. We've got amorous aliens, bloody brides, demented Don Juans, gruesome grifters, insensitive insectoids, perverse parents... AND MORE!
Walking us us down the aisle of this potentially thorny subject, is a returning guest and an acclaimed filmmaker, who brought us such films as TREKKIES, TREKKIES 2, SUCKERS, and THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE... ROGER NYGARD!
Roger's new award winning documentary, THE TRUTH ABOUT MARRIAGE, may provide a few of you with some practical help in avoiding your own MACABRE MARRIAGE. For the rest...there's always Mexico!
SPOILER ALERT: In this podcast, we discuss a certain episode of GAME OF THRONES, that features a rather non traditional wedding ceremony. If you haven't seen this episode, you may want to fast forward ahead. You're welcome.
ATTENTION: Stay tunes after the end music and outtakes for the kaiju conclusion of our BONUS CONTENT from the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in Chicago! Bringing it all home is our old pal, TERROR OF MECHA-GODZILLA enthusiast... ADAM G. HULTS!
Thu, 28 February 2019
WITH GREAT POWER, COMES A GREAT DEAL OF ARMCHAIR MOVIE PITCHING!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dig deep into their utility belt of excellent ideas, and present you with the very best of their... DREAM SUPERHERO MOVIES!!!
Get ready for a captivating capeful of heroically hopeful superhero dream films, that we'd give our Fortress of Solitude to see! We've got everything from insane crime fighters and cartoon rock bands, to prehistoric adventurers and monster fighting vigilantes! And MORE!!!
There's no way we could have done this topic without the help of a friend of the show, who also happens to be our go-to superhero expert. We're talking about comedian/actor/writer/director/producer/anti-hero... FRED BELFORD! (PINKY MALINKY, NOT EXACTLY NEWS, SECRET MOUNTAIN FORT AWESOME, I GET THAT A LOT, MEGALODON)
I think our kryptonite is loving this episode too much!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Dream_Superhero_Movies_Fred_Belford.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54am PDT
Sun, 17 February 2019
IT'S THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY...ONE MORE TIME!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again gather beloved characters from horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, and pit them against each other! If you haven't already guessed our topic by the reading the title of this episode, we proudly present... WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 4!!!
"WHO WOULD WIN?" is one of the most popular and requested MONSTER PARTY topics, and here's why? We all come up with a list of various genre mashups (ex. Thanos vs. Santa Claus), then debate who would win in a hypothetical fight. These beastly battles can can cross time, franchises, movies, television, and sometimes, even logic. Two characters go into a room...one comes out. And we even argue over the merits of the room!
Joining us for this fight we're calling,"THE FRAY OFF SHERMAN WAY", is long time friend of the show, and a formidable creature in and of himself. It's THE PITBULL OF COMEDY... BOBBY SLAYTON! (ED WOOD, WONDER WHEEL, CRISIS IN SIX SCENES, THE RAT PACK, DREAMGIRLS, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON)
Feel free to contact us with a "WHO WOULD WIN?" of your own, and who knows, we may use it in an upcoming episode!
BONUS: Stick around after the end music and ouuttakes, for yet another G FEST MOMENT, recorded at the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in CHICAGO. This time, we chat with father and son monster suit making team... MATT & SIG TICHOTA! Matt? Can you adopt us?
Direct download: Monster_Party_Who_Would_Win_Vol_4_Bobby_Slayton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:31am PDT
Mon, 4 February 2019
Say the magic word... MONSTER PARTY!!!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, wave their wands, and pull an intriguing and mysterious subject out of their "topic hat." Alakazam! It's... MAGIC!!!
With such an important and historically significant topic, MONSTER PARTY managed to book a guest is who not only an expert in magic, but an overall entertainment powerhouse! He was the frontman and creative force behind the critically acclaimed band, POSSOM DIXON; he's an accomplished film actor who's starred in such genre films as A GHOST STORY, HANUKKAH (with the late DICK MILLER), DECAY, and Ryan Gossling's directorial debut, LOST RIVER; and he has appeared in countless TV shows including CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI, N.Y., COMEDY BANG! BANG!, GLOW, and STRANGE ANGEL!
But most importantly for this episode, our guest is an award-winning magician (Voted "Stage Magician of the Year” and "2014/2015 Parlour Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.), who mixes dark humor, mentalism, and devilish good looks. MONSTER PARTY welcomes... ROB ZABRECKY!
Get ready to have your preconceived ideas of magic, sawed in half, as we delve into magic related films, famous magicians, magic kits, toys, magic shop air conditioning, and even the intricacies of auctioneering!
Listen now, before this episode disappears in a puff of smoke...but it probably won't.
And if you love ectoplasm, be sure to check out Rob's hilarious YouTube seance show, OTHER SIDE with ZABRECKY!
Tue, 22 January 2019
MONSTER PARTY IS HONORED TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORK OF A GENRE LEGEND!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, bring into the studio, an artist/designer/writer/explorer, who has worked on practically every single thing we love! Take our claw...um...hand...and let us guide you through... THE WEIRD WORLDS OF WILLIAM STOUT!!! (PAN'S LABYRINTH, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, GODZILLA: THE SERIES, ROCK N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, and a giant list of credits that eventually will break IMDB!)
Mr. Stout was kind enough to share a host of stories, ranging from negotiating his was through the often precarious entertainment industry, doing design for theme parks, creating zombies with character, digging for dinosaur bones, showing antarctic leopard seals who's boss, and so much, much more!!!
Be sure to pick up Bill's the new book... FANTASTIC WORLDS: THE ART OF WILLIAM STOUT! Available on AMAZON, and wherever really cool things can be purchased. BOOM!
And stick around after the end theme music for more outtakes, and a BONUS STORY from WILLIAM STOUT! Why? Because we like you!
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Weird_Worlds_of_William_Stout_William_Stout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59am PDT
Mon, 7 January 2019
MONSTER PARTY WANTS YOU TO TURN OVER QUITE A FEW NEW LEAVES!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, challenge themselves (but mostly others), to grab the NEW YEAR by the demon horns, and make some changes! It's a creepily cathartic episode we've decided to call... NEW FEAR'S RESOLUTIONS!!!
No one in the world of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, is safe from MONSTER PARTY'S self improvement targets! Expect the kind of combative debating and personal attacks you've come to expect from this podcast. So much for leaf turning!
Joining us for this resolution roundup, is longtime friend of the show: comedian supreme, actor, and host of THE DORK FOREST podcast... JACKIE KASHIAN! (CONAN, I AM NOT THE HERO OF THIS STORY, LAST COMIC STANDING, COMEDY CENTRAL, THE JACKIE & LAURIE SHOW)
BONUS: After the outtakes, stick around for another heartwarming G FEST MOMENT, recorded at the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in Chicago! This time, we present G FEST GAME ROOM COORDINATOR, and SUIT ACTOR IN TRAINING... MICHAEL McCANTS!
Do yourself a favor, and make a NEW FEAR'S RESOLUTION of your own! Remember... rules are meant to be broken!
Direct download: Monster_Party_New_Fears_Resolutions_Jackie_Kashian.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT
Sun, 23 December 2018
DRACULA says,"I never drink...wine." But THE FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER says wine is, "Good! Good!" MONSTER PARTY says, "Hey you two, come together over vodka!"
To round out the end of 2018, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, honor two beloved actors who have become cinematic legends! What would the horror genre be without the genius of... BORIS KARLOFF & BELA LUGOSI!
KARLOFF & LUGOSI were terror trailblazers in such classic films as DRACULA, FRANKENSTEIN, WHITE ZOMBIE, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and even teamed up in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE BLACK CAT, THE RAVEN, and THE BODY SNATCHER!
Get ready to rediscover these two acting greats, when we welcome our very special guest. It's writer, cinema historian, and unparalleled Karloff & Lugosi expert... GREG MANK! (IT'S ALIVE! THE CLASSIC CINEMA SAGA OF FRANKENSTEIN, BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF: THE EXPANDED STORY OF A HAUNTING COLLABORATION, HOLLYWOOD'S MADDEST DOCTORS, ONE MAN CRAZY: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLIN CLIVE)
AND IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH, WE'VE GOT BONUS CONTENT! After the outtakes, we return to the 2018 G FEST CONVENTION in CHICAGO for another G FEST MOMENT! This time, we've got our brother from another monster... THOMAS FITCH! Recorded at the G FEST AFTER PARTY, after cocktails.
HAPPY HORROR-DAYS, and have a great NEW FEAR'S EVE! More frightful fun coming in 2019!
Mon, 10 December 2018
HAVE A HOLLY, JOLLY, NEW EPISODE OF... MONSTER PARTY!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, follow their shiny, inebriated noses to Santa's Podcast Factory. It's a festive celebration of those Yuletide events we eagerly wait for every year... CHRISTMAS SPECIALS!!!
Expect all your favorites! Family TV show staples like RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, FROSTY THE SNOWMAN, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and MORE!
Also on our checked twice list are holiday themed films, cartoons, songs, and TV show episodes! But since this podcast is hosted by natives from THE ISLAND OF MISFIT PEOPLE, brace yourselves for some weird and horrifying entries, like CHRISTMAS EVIL, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY. Yes, you heard us... Ice Cream Bunny.
Helping us unpack all these wonderful holiday presents, are a new guest, and a friend of the show! We got writer/director/producer/cool thing experts... GREG EHRBAR (MOUSE TRACKS: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY RECORDS, THE ANIMAGIC WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS, SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN:AUDIO COMMENTARY, THE TOM & JERRY SHOW) & CONSTANTINE NASR! (THE ANIMAGIC WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS, WALKING THE MILE "DIRECTOR'S CUT", BATMAN: BIRTH OF THE MODERN BLOCKBUSTER, THE MIST)
Put one ear in front of the other, and listen to MONSTER PARTY! But, headphones may be more comfortable.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Christmas_Specials_Greg_Ehrbar_Constantine_Nasr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:15pm PDT
Sun, 25 November 2018
THE FEARSOME FAMILY FEAST!!! With PATRICK RAY, GINA SHERIDAN, KATHY & KERRY STROTHE, & CARRIE WEINHOLD!
MONSTER PARTY offers you a frightening family affair!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, invite their loved ones over for an intimate exchange of nerd talk, we call... THE FEARSOME FAMILY FEAST!!!
After a traditional holiday meal of pizza and booze, we fired up the mics, and welcomed dignitaries from the houses of MONSTER PARTY. This delegation included PATRICK RAY (MATT'S BROTHER-IN-LAW), GINA SHERIDAN (SHAWN'S WIFE), KATHY & KERRY STROTHE (LARRY'S DAUGHTER & WIFE), & CARRIE WEINHOLD (MATT'S WIFE)!
If you want to know what MONSTER PARTY is thankful for (aside from NIGHT OF THE LEPUS), this is the show for you!
WE LOVE YOU MONSTER PARTY FANS!
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Fearsome_Family_Feast_Patrick_Ray_Gina_Sheridan_Kathy_Strothe_Kerry_Strothe_Carrie_Weinhold.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:33pm PDT
Sun, 11 November 2018
Once again, MONSTER PARTY gets the book thrown at them!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, revisit a game more challenging than, "Bobbing For Vodka"! More perilous than, "Pin The Tail On The Traffic Cop". It's... REVENGE OF THE MAD MOVIE SMACKDOWN!!!
Like before, the rules are ridiculously simple: We pick a genre movie guidebook like, The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, or John Stanley's Creature Feature Movie Guide; flip through the pages, and randomly SMACKDOWN our fingers on a film entry. Whatever comes up...we have to discuss! This game is also a great way to name your baby! Who wouldn't want a child named "FIREHEAD"?
Aiding us in this monstrous game of TERROR TRIVIA, is returning friend of the show, comedian, actor, writer, modeler, and overall talent tsunami... RICK OVERTON! (WILLOW, GROUNDHOG'S DAY, EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE, I'M DYING UP HERE)
ATTENTION: Stay around after the outtakes (including some great behind-the-scenes tales from WILLOW, and a STERLING HAYDEN one-man show!) for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features KENT NESSA & JASON NESSA from the DAIKAIJU NETWORK podcast, and it also takes place at the bar. Soooooo predictable.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Revenge_Of_The_Mad_Movie_Smackdown_Rick_Overton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm PDT
Mon, 29 October 2018
MONSTER PARTY trick or treats at THE GREATEST HOUSE ON EARTH!
This scare season, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, forgo the usual TPing of each other's homes, and celebrate ALL HALLOWS' EVE with some class. It's a terrifying tour through Tinsel Town called... HALLOWEEN, HOLLYWOOD STYLE!!!
To experience a true Hollywood Halloween, you need to be in the perfect location, and we managed to find just the right spot. We paid a visit to the home of legendary actor, director, producer, writer, and owner of literally THE BIGGEST SCI-FI/HORROR COLLECTION ON EARTH... RICH CORRELL! (LEAVE IT TO BEAVER, HAPPY DAYS, FULL HOUSE, STEP BY STEP, CO-CREATOR OF HANNAH MONTANA, and SO MUCH MORE!)
If that's not enough bang for your Halloween buck, we also managed to book a gorgeous and talented lady who is not only a PLAYBOY icon, but THE QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN herself... BRIDGET MARQUARDT! (THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR, SCARY MOVIE 4, THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ELVIRA, BRIDGET'S SEXIEST BEACHES, CELEBRITY PARANORMAL PROJECT)
Prepare yourself for a slew of great true-life stories involving such luminaries as BORIS KARLOFF, PETER LORRE, FAY WRAY, HAROLD LLOYD, STAN LAUREL, JACK PIERCE, WALT DISNEY, VINCENT PRICE, BASIL RATHBONE, RICK BAKER, ROBERT ENGLUND, HUGH HEFNER, and even MR. ED! It's a HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA not to be missed!
NOTE: We had some audio issues during the recording of this episode that we did our best to rectify. But don't worry, the ghosts in our machines are now "safely" stored in an Ecto Containment Unit.
ATTENTION: Stick around after the bloopers for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features BRYAN CLARK from ATTACK OF THE KILLER PODCAST! Seriously, listening to it may kill you. So please, wear a helmet.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Halloween_Hollywood_Style_Rich_Correll_Bridget_Marquardt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33am PDT
Fri, 12 October 2018
Snap your fingers MONSTER PARTIERS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky look at the monster kid's answer to THE BRADY BUNCH. It's... THE ADDAMS FAMILY!!!
The original ADDAMS FAMILY cartoons in THE NEW YORKER, led to a hit television show in the 60s, numerous animated series, TV specials, several feature films, and even a musical! And like one of Gomez's trains, THE ADDAMS FAMILY shows no sign of stopping! Case in point, our guest for this episode. She's the gifted and beloved actress who played the original, and dare we say, the definitive, WEDNESDAY ADDAMS... LISA LORING! (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, FANTASY ISLAND, AS THE WORLD TURNS, BLOOD FRENZY, DEATH FEUD, ICED)
Join us for a fascinating talk with this genre icon, then stick around after the bloopers for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features one of our most loyal MONSTER PARTIERS... ANGELA McNICHOLS. We also interviewed her boyfriend ROBB GATICA, but we'll save that for our WKRP IN CINCINNATI episode.
Mon, 1 October 2018
When it comes to movies, MONSTER PARTY is finally in charge!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, become imaginary movie moguls and present a question they've all mused about while lying in their coffins on a sunny day... "WHAT IF I HAD MY OWN MOVIE STUDIO?!!!"
Joining us as another studio head honcho is a comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and musician, who is nothing short of 100% bonafide comedy royalty! He's a founding member of the groundbreaking comedy troupe, THE KIDS IN THE HALL, and is a man who really knows how to turn a studio around! It's SCOTT THOMPSON! (THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW, HANNIBAL, AMERICAN GODS, THE SIMPSONS, WHAT WOULD SAL DO?, THE KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN)
Get ready for an often combative episode, that tackles all the serious challenges facing a forward thinking studio chief. We're talkin' political correctness, drug use, parking, omelette stations, "females", and more!
ATTENTION: Stick around after the outtakes for another BONUS AUDIO segment, recorded at the 2018 G FEST convention in CHICAGO. This one features Canadian MONSTER PARTIER... JAMES THOMPSON! No relation to Scott..we think.
Direct download: Monster_Party_What_If_I_Had_My_Own_Movie_Studio_Scott_Thompson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm PDT
Sun, 16 September 2018
Time to get out your frustrations, MONSTER PARTIERS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dig deep down into their notorious noodles, to reveal every science fiction trope that really irks them. It's a cathartic trip into the future that we call... SCI-FI PET PEEVES!!!
Joining us in this space age spleen venting is a guest who is practically MONSTER PARTY family. She's a comedian, an actor, an Emmy Award winning writer and producer; and will do no podcast other than MONSTER PARTY! It's your favorite cocktail podcast provocateur... SUE MURPHY! (THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, ELLEN, WANDA DOES IT, CHELSEA LATELY)
It's time to take those pet peeves for a walk. Just keep them off our lawn!
ATTENTION: Stick around after the outtakes for the first in a series of special BONUS AUDIO segments, recorded at 2018 G FEST in CHICAGO. This one features MONSTER PARTIER... ROB LAURICH!
Thu, 30 August 2018
MONSTER PARTY TRIES TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, embark on a trip into another dimension where popular non-genre films are now horror movies. Listen in as the gang go around their fancy new podcast table, and take turns pitching ideas for taking a beloved mainstream movie and turning it into something HORRIFYING! It's an episode we arrogantly call... SHOULD'VE BEEN A HORROR FILM!!!
No surprise, we managed to book the perfect guest to tackle this mind-blowing concept. It's actor, comedian, podcaster, and improviser supreme... REGAN BURNS! (DOG WITH A BLOG, HALFWAY HOME, SUPERNATURAL, OBLIVIOUS, CRITICALLY YOURS, and EVERY COMMERCIAL ON TELEVISION!)
This is a game you can play at home! Come up with your own pitches and share them with us! You know you want to!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Shouldve_Been_A_Horror_Film_Regan_Burns.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm PDT
Mon, 20 August 2018
MONSTER PARTY knows, the suit makes THE MONSTER!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, due their best to hide their zippers, and tackle the kaiju sized topic of... MONSTER SUITS!!!
Any listener knows how much we all love a great (or sometimes even bad) monster suit! From creations like THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and GODZILLA, to H.R. GIGER's "ALIEN" and CHEWBACCA, monster suits continue to thrill and fascinate us. And speaking of thrilling and fascinating, MONSTER PARTY once again manages to score the perfect guest for this topic. It's monstrously talented monster suit creator...TED HAINES! (FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, BLADE II, WISHMASTER, CARNOSAUR, DOLLMAN VS. DEMONIC TOYS, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, THE MUPPETS, and MUCH MORE!)
WARNING: If you plan on making a HUMAN CENTIPEDE suit, don't forget lots of air holes!
Wed, 1 August 2018
THE GANG ARE BACK TOGETHER...SORT OF!
So here's the story: While JAMES GONIS, MATT WEINHOLD, and Matt's wife, CARRIE, attended SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL COMIC CON 2018, LARRY STROTHE was called away on important business and was unable to attend. SHAWN SHERIDAN, just released from the hospital (and towing around an intravenous antibiotic tube), was able to make it down to San Diego with his wife GINA, but was only able to enjoy the Con from his hotel room. Using his trusty Comic Con press pass, James managed to book as our guest, MEGO TOYS expert, and owner of DR. MEGO'S REPROS... DR. MEGO! Luckily, we were able to convince DR. MEGO (aka PAUL CLARKE) to make his way up to Shawn's recuperation room for a fun and informative discussion about... THE WORLD OF MEGO!!!
Now, when we talk MEGO, we're talkin' about the groundbreaking toy company that brought us some of the most coveted action figures since the 1970's. MEGO gave us drooling nerds, high quality fabric clothed figures from such franchises as STAR TREK, PLANET OF THE APES, MARVEL & DC SUPERHEROES, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and many, many more! Oh, and they also brought us a little thing called, THE MICRONAUTS! And that's only scratching the surface.
And, if that were not enough, we've also recorded an extra wrap-around segment that includes some of Larry Strothe's fondest MEGO memories! Isn't it nice when Larry's memories are fond?
Whew! So there you have it! We've re-united the band, and as long as we can rely on modern medicine, it'll stay that way!
Tue, 24 July 2018
HOLY TOPIC, MONSTER PARTIERS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN (kind of), LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a totally biased look at those struggling second bananas, doing what they can to get their fair share of the spotlight. Feast your ears on... THE BEST & WORST SIDEKICKS!!!
Joining us once again is a writer, producer, and performer, who as a child actor, introduced the world to Chicken McNuggets! He's more than just a guest, he's MONSTER PARTY family. Please welcome back... KEN DALY! (THE KARATE KID, THE USUAL SUSPECTS, SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM, MR. SHOW, DUCK DODGERS, STAN AGAINST EVIL)
In this episode, we not only dissect what it takes to make a good & bad sidekick, we lament the absence of a sidekick of our own. Due to a medical emergency, SHAWN SHERIDAN regretfully had to miss the recording this episode. However, he did manage to provide us with his own "Best & Worst Sidekick" list, straight from his hospital bed! Shawn's perfectly fine now, but not having him on the mic, showed us just how much we need him. That being said, Ken, you're resume was very impressive.
LONG LIVE SHAWN SHERIDAN!!!
Sun, 8 July 2018
With this episode, MONSTER PARTY enters a new age!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, have left their old Studio City digs behind, and set up their new secret headquarters in the not-so-secret city of Van Nuys! No more keeping Carrie Weinhold up at all hours, while a bunch of nerds drink in her dining room, arguing loudly about ET, running zombies, and MIP toys. Now, we have our own permanent studio!!!
What better way to make a new place feel familiar, than with a popular topic, and a favorite guest? Help us by helping yourself to another round of our most beloved schoolyard game...it's, WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 3!!! And helping us to christen our new fortress of nerditude, is friend of the show, and geek supreme... DAVID WEINER! (FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, IT CAME FROM...)
MONSTER PARTY has a new home! We mean, besides that place in your twisted hearts.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Who_Would_Win_Vol_3_David_Weiner.mp3
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Sat, 23 June 2018
MONSTER PARTY redefines the word...ADVENTURE!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, engage in an intimate conversation amongst themselves, in an attempt to uncover more of the geeky life-experiences that shaped them. It's an episode we have had the gall to call...ADVENTURES IN NERDLAND!!!
This new edition of MONSTER MONSTER features hair-raising tales of devious adolescent pranks, on-the-job mishaps, action figure anal retentiveness, child art trauma, dream/nightmare tattoos, birthday party humiliations, and MORE!
MONSTER PARTY humbly invites you to take a pub crawl through the mindscape that is our NERDLAND! We want you to make it yours!
Wed, 6 June 2018
Set aside some time MONSTER PARTIERS! This episode is a real page turner!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take this golden opportunity to salute those pulse pounding periodicals that continue to shape our nerd lives. It's...HORROR & SCI-FI MAGAZINES!!!
Why is this a golden opportunity, you may ask? Because the guest for this voluminous topic, happens to be the KING of horror & sci-fi mags himself! He's the co-creator/publisher of such genre tomes as STARLOG, FANGORIA, CINEMAGIC, FUTURE LIFE, and COMICS SCENE, as well as producing the STAR TREK 20th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION, and the STAR WARS 10th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION. MONSTER PARTY proudly welcomes... KERRY O'QUINN!
Kerry's vast knowledge of publishing and colorful stories, paint a fascinating picture of how fandom has grown, and changed over the years. This episode is not to be missed! Just like all the other ones!
And be sure to look for the KERRY O'QUINN documentary, "FROM THE BRIDGE," hosted by GEORGE TAKAI! Coming soon!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Horror__Sci-Fi_Magazines_Kerry_O_Quinn.mp3
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Sat, 26 May 2018
The wait for the conclusion of our convention cliffhanger is over MONSTER PARTIERS! And, we promise it won't be a letdown like, RETURN OF THE JEDI!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again man their trusty MONSTER PARTY booth, at the MONSTERPALOOZA convention in scaaaaary Pasedena, California. Strap yourselves in for another onslaught of chilling chat with convention goers, cosplay enthusiasts, MONSTER PARTY fans, our friends and family, and special guests that includes, DANA GOULD, BOBBY SLAYTON, 2013 PLAYMATE OF THE YEAR: RAQUEL POMPLUN, WILLIAM STOUT, and MORE!
MONSTER PARTY would like to thank all of our old and new fans, our guests, and our wonderful pals, for making this event the success that it was! And, special thanks goes out to ELIOT BRODSKY, for making the MONSTERPALOOZA convention possible. You have our beast witches!
ATTENTION: Once again, this PART 2 of our MONSTERPALOOZA adventures, so if you didn't listen to PART 1, you'll be completely lost! Well, maybe not completely lost, but a little disoriented...but, not really, Look, just listen to PART 1, okay! Jeez!
Sun, 13 May 2018
MONSTER PARTY brings the party to the people!
In their first ever official convention appearance, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, hold court at the best monster festival in the world... MONSTERPALOOZA!!!
Since the convention took place over a three day period, this is just PART 1 (Friday & Saturday) of the monster kid antics that took place at this incredible event! Prepare your deviant minds for special guests, convention floor color commentary, interviews with fans, and the usual squabbling that made MONSTER PARTY, the podcast you know and love!
If you've always wanted to attend MONSTERPALOOZA, and never had the chance, let MONSTER PARTY be your virtual guides! Sit down and pour yourself a cocktail of pure excitement. Because, LIVE AT MONSTERPALOOZA: PART 2 is coming!
Sun, 29 April 2018
MONSTER PARTY shows you how to build a better action figure!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, give you a Santa's elf's eye view of what it takes to bring a toy from concept to reality, in an episode simply called... TOY MAKING!!!
Showing us what it takes to get the toys we love to our shelves, is CO-OWNER/CEO of BIF BANG POW! TOYS...JASON LENZI! Jason's wonderful company has brought us delights from such franchises as FLASH GORDON, THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, THE MARVEL & DC UNIVERSE, DEXTER, STAR TREK, KISS, and oh so much more!
BUT WAIT TOY SHOPPERS, THERE'S MOR\E!
In this episode, we also welcome the next generation of toy makers! From SEA DEMON TOYS, it's MICHELLE OLIVIER & KEVIN SMITH! Michelle and Kevin are currently producing a line of vinyl sofubi figures, starting with their Lovecraftian creation...JOHNNY INNSMOUTH!
Get ready for a playdate...with, EXCITEMENT!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Toy_Making_Jason_Lenzi_Kevin_Smith_Michelle_Olivier.mp3
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Mon, 16 April 2018
In this episode, MONSTER PARTY is in your face! Virtually.
Get ready for JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, to jump out of your listening device, and into your lap! We're going to take a stereoscopic journey into... THE WORLD OF 3-D!!!
There was literally only one guest suitable for a discussion of this massive subject, and he agreed to join us in three dimensions! He's an award-winning filmmaker, CEO of 3-D SPACE 3-DSPACE.org , and Director of the LA 3-D Movie Festival... ERIC KURLAND!
Eric has been a life-long champion of 3-D in all its forms, including films, photos, View-Master, lenticulars, comic books, posters, and more! He's turned this passion into a fantastic career, and has consulted on 3-D projects for clients that include National Geographic, Nintendo, and NASA/JPL! But, his IMAX-size resume doesn't end there. Eric's 3-D music videos for the band, OK GO, included the Grammy nominee,“All Is Not Lost,” and he was lead stereographer on the Oscar-nominated animated short “MAGGIE SIMPSON in THE LONGEST DAYCARE.”
Eric also owns his own ROBOT MONSTER costume, which he occasionally wears. But only for ROBOT MONSTER emergencies.
Mon, 2 April 2018
It doesn't matter whether you thought our past episode, OVERRATED & UNDERRATED, was overrated or underrated. WE'RE DOING IT AGAIN!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, have dusted the cobwebs off a beloved old topic, and are tickled pink to present you... UNDERRATED & OVERRATED VOL. 2!!!
Once again, the title says it all! We each bring up a movie, book, or other bit of nerd nonsense, and defend it as either "overrated" or "underrated." And if that weren't fun enough, this is all done while wiping each other's angry spittle from our faces.
Joining us for this audacious orgy of opinions, is a man who doesn't pull any punches....well, maybe the physical ones. It's TV show host, power nerd, and movie reviewing icon... SCOTT MANTZ! (ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, JUST SEEN IT, 50 YEARS OF STAR TREK, SCI-FI ENTERTAINMENT)
This episode is guaranteed to make you yell at your listening device. If it yells back, you may have accidentally called your mother. And if it's not too much trouble, could you ask her what she thinks about SUPERMAN 3?
Direct download: Monster_Party_Overrated__Underrated_Vol_2_Scott_Mantz.mp3
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Thu, 15 March 2018
Once again, MONSTER PARTY seeks guidance from a mass produced plastic skull!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, leave their decision making to chance, when they return to a topic that's part nerd talk, part game show. It's the... REVENGE OF TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL!!!
You remember how this goes! We fill a plastic skull with a bunch of topic ideas written on small pieces of paper, we each pick one at random, then discuss it until someone throws a punch. And, this goes on for over two hours! Fun, right?!
The last time we played this game, we were joined by acclaimed comedian, writer, and cartoonist... JOHN MATTA! (THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW, BEWARE THE BATMAN, DUCK DODGERS, STAY COOL SCOOBY DOO, MATTA NAPKIN) This time we pulled some strings, ordered some honey walnut shrimp, and managed to book...guess who? JOHN MATTA!!!!
But, not only do we have this long time friend and supporter of MONSTER PARTY returning to the show, we also have actress, model, and daughter of Gaylord St. James (the father in the original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT!) ...JOLINE TOWERS!
Sure, this is a game you could play with your own friends, but, wouldn't you rather play it with us? C'mon, don't be a clown!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Revenge_of_Topic_Free-For-All_John_Matta_Joline_Towers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29pm PDT
Tue, 6 March 2018
This time, the anthill is going to step on you!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, give each other an Empire State Building-sized case of the heebie-jeebies, in this creepy, crawling episode called... BIG BUGS!!!
And for a topic this unnerving and HUGE, we managed to book THE DEADLY MANTIS of guests! He's the writer/director of such entomologically epic films as BIG ASS SPIDER and LAVALANTULA, as well as THE GRAVEDANCERS, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, and DON'T KILL IT! Look out! It's MIKE MENDEZ!
But if that weren't enough, prepare yourselves for a special musical performance that can only be described as... actually, it can't be described.
MONSTER PARTY has a bug up its ass. And damn it, it's gonna stay there for a while!
Mon, 19 February 2018
Unlike Seinfeld, this episode of MONSTER PARTY is about EVERYTHING!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to a topic that was normally reserved for COMIC CON. But, since they couldn't all be in San Diego last year, the gang has decided to haul out this favorite, right now! Yes, it's the return of... ANYTHING GOES!!!
For a topic like this, it helps to have a guest who knows quite a lot about a lot of things, especially when it comes to entertainment. So, we welcome to MONSTER PARTY, power manager, producer, musician, and all around knowledge guru... BRUCE SMITH!
At OMNIPOP TALENT GROUP, Bruce manages some of the greatest names in showbiz, including many previous MONSTER PARTY guests! We're talkin' Rick Overton, Jimmy Pardo, Cooper Barnes, Laura Ortiz, Doug Jones, Oscar Nunez, Andy Kindler, Doug Benson, Maria Bamford, and Scott Thompson, just to name a few! Oh, and he also handles some guy named Matt Weinhold.
It's ANYTHING GOES!!! And, the first thing to go is common courtesy. So what else is new?
Thu, 1 February 2018
Coming soon to MONSTER PARTY! And by soon, we mean, NOW!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dissect some of the most important advertising tools, when it comes to selling a film or product. We're talkin' ... TRAILERS & COMMERCIALS!!!
Of course, who better to give us a "fly on the wall" view of these unique attention grabbers, than comedian, filmmaker, and acclaimed commercial director... JORDAN BRADY! (I AM COMIC, I AM ROAD COMIC, I AM BATTLE COMIC, MARIA BAMFORD: THE SPECIAL SPECIAL SPECIAL! & THE BEST DAMN EGGO WAFFLE COMMERCIALS EVER MADE) He's also the inventer of the "chocolate chip squib." But you knew that.
Enter an upside-down world, where trailers & commercials are the main feature! The world of MONSTER PARTY!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Trailers__Commercials_Jordan_Brady.mp3
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Sun, 21 January 2018
REJOICE! MONSTER PARTY has unearthed even more hidden horrors!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, revisit one of their all time favorite topics! It's that one where they dig deep into their vast knowledge of fright films, to come up with a list of offbeat oddities from the sinister screen! Yes, it's... HORROR OBSCURA VOL. 2!!!
Helping them negotiate their way off the beaten terror track, is return guest and big-time friend of the show, writer/director/novelist/film expert supreme... C. COURTNEY JOYNER! (FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM, PUPPET MASTER III: TOULON'S REVENGE, LURKING FEAR, DOCTOR MORDRID, BUSHWACKED: THE JOHN BISHOP SHOTGUN SAGA, NEMO RISING)
Just when you thought you'd completed your horror film "must see" list, MONSTER PARTY provides you with a new one! Isn't life grand?!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Horror_Obscura_Vol_2_C_Courtney_Joyner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:17pm PDT
Sat, 6 January 2018
HAPPY NEW YEAR MONSTER PARTIERS!
To start off the NEW YEAR right, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, play a cinematic game of "What If?" and look at the genre films we almost got to see... THE FILMS THAT NEVER WERE!!!!
Of course, we got the singularly perfect guest for this topic! He's the writer, director, actor, animator, who brought us the always fascinating documentary, "THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES:WHAT HAPPENED?" ...JON SCHNEPP! (METALOCALYPSE, SPACE GHOST:COAST TO COAST, AQUA TEEN HUNGER FORCE, THE VENTURE BROS., THE ABCs OF DEATH, SLAYER:REPENTLESS)
Prepare yourself for tales of controversial casting, studio infighting, inadequate ninjas, and a heapin' helping of movies we'd love to see to made!
YAY 2018! Fingers crossed!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Films_That_Never_Were_Jon_Schnepp.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm PDT
Thu, 21 December 2017
Santa's making a list, and checking it twice... because the toy you want doesn't exist!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, put on their BRAINIAC thinking caps, to come up with their perfect dream toys! Prepare to take an inebriated excursion to... THE ISLAND OF WISHLIST TOYS!!!
Joining us for this pie-eyed play date is returning guest and MONSTER PARTY patron saint, writer/producer/director/toy imagineer... DAVID WEINER! (ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, IT CAME FROM...)
MONSTER PARTY celebrates the holidays with another raucous episode, guaranteed to fill your ear-stockings with joy. Wait...what? Ear-stocking don't exist either? DAMN YOU SANTA!
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Island_of_Wishlist_Toys_David_Weiner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:31am PDT
Fri, 8 December 2017
MONSTER PARTY paints a pretty swingin' picture!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, listen to their monstrous muses, and embrace the finest of fine arts... THE ART OF MONSTERS!!!
Think the fantastic Aurora model kit of JAMES BAMA! The diabolically delightful devil girls of COOP! The FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND covers of BASIL GOGOS! And the incredible work of one the most popular, iconic, and creative artists of our time! We're talking about our special guest, and the answer to every monster kid art lover's dream... SHAG!!!!
This episode is so good, it belongs in a museum! Or should we say "BOO-seum"? No...we definitely should not say that.
Tue, 21 November 2017
MONSTER PARTY looks at the future, through the films of the past!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, examine the often imperfect task of predicting the future through movies and TV, in an episode we call... FUTURE PAST!!!
Joining us on this guided tour through these antiquated and often hilarious cinematic worlds of tomorrow, is a return guest of legendary proportions! MONSTER PARTY welcomes back actor, comedic force of nature, eerily accurate futurist... RICK OVERTON! (I'M DYING UP HERE, VEEP, THE OFFICE, EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS, THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF JULES VERNE, GROUNDHOG DAY, WILLOW)
Transporters! Flying cars! Force-fields! Phasers! Did we ever get them? And if we did, can you remind us where we left them?
Thu, 9 November 2017
Along time ago, in a condo's dining area off the kitchen, in a galaxy, actually, quite near... MONSTER PARTY!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, had a ridiculous amount of fun when they welcomed hilarious comedian/podcaster, MIKE SCHMIDT, to send up the best and worst of HORROR TAGLINES!!! The episode was so popular, the guys had to get this guy back for another round!
Yes, the great, MIKE SCHMIDT (THE 40 YEAR OLD BOY PODCAST) returns to take a crack at... SCI-FI TAGLINES!!!
Just like with our HORROR TAGLINES episode, the rules are simple: Each person takes a turn reading out a SCI-FI TAGLINE, and the rest have to guess what the film is. It's a game you can play along with at home, in the safety of your own drinking nook!
Remember, MONSTER PARTY is the warmest place to hide. Next to a JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING fleece blanket, of course. Thank you Etsy!
Wed, 25 October 2017
NEWSFLASH: MONSTER PARTY just figured out what "REDRUM" means!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, venerate a modern master of horror literature in special HALLOWEEN episode! Let us give you a tantalizingly and terrifying tour through... THE WORLD OF STEPHEN KING!!!
Helping us sort through the voluminous volumes that make up the work of Stephen King, is documentary filmmaker and King expert... CONSTANTINE NASR!
Constantine has produced and directed many of the featurettes on the DVDs of your favorite films and TV shows, including THE GREEN MILE, THE WALKING DEAD, THE MIST, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, HOUSE OF WAX, THE VAL LEWTON HORROR COLLECTION, and many, many more!
The gang immediately bonded with Constantine, especially after he presented us with an actual piece of THE GREEN MILE, taken directly from the set. Of course, the squabbling over who would actually get this rare collectible eventually turned violent.
If you listen to one episode of MONSTER PARTY, this is "IT!" Ha! See what we did? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sigh.
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_World_of_Stephen_King_Constantine_Nasr.mp3
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Tue, 17 October 2017
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MONSTER PARTIERS!
In this landmark 100th episode, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to their roots with the topic of their first ever MONSTER PARTY episode. Behold listeners, it's... REVENGE OF WORST MONSTERS!!!
In the tradition of the wet-behind-the-ears style of our debut episode, we skewer cinema's most un-scary, un-realistic, un-satisfying creatures! And what better guest to guide us through this monster-gone-wrong celebration, than a special friend that Matt Weinhold reacquainted with during is recent back surgery... PERCOSET!
We dedicate this episode to all our fans who have kept this ridiculous little podcast growing over the years. We love you, and we promise more devilish delicious delights to come!
KEEP AMERICA STRONG! KEEP LISTENING TO... MONSTER PARTY!
Direct download: Monster_Party_100th_Episode_Revenge_Of_Worst_Monsters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21am PDT
Mon, 2 October 2017
MONSTER PARTY is thrilled to horrify you!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, tackle the age old question that has defied people who care about this sort of thing for ages... is it THRILLER OR HORROR?!!!
What makes a film horror or thriller? Is it the story, the atmosphere, the music, gore, or whether the film has an A-list cast? Can a film be both? Or neither? Wait...what?
Helping us negotiate our way through these perplexing celluloid dilemmas is comedian/writer/actor/hooligan... KEVIN KATAOKA! (TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL, NEWSREADERS, MADTV, DR. KATZ)
With this episode, MONSTER PARTY is definitely not horrified to thrill you!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Thriller_Or_Horror_Kevin_Kataoka.output.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm PDT
Thu, 14 September 2017
MONSTER PARTY has a fit of GILLMANIA!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, celebrate the films and legacy of a very special monster. It's every true monster kid's favorite love struck fish-dude... THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON!!!
Joining us on this historic expedition is a special guest who holds the record the longest ever episode of Monster Party... it's writer/Creature expert/gentleman... DAVID J. SCHOW! (THE CROW, CRITTERS 3 & 4, LEATHERFACE:THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III, MASTERS OF HORROR, THE OUTER LIMITS COMPANION, THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50)
We also witness the return of a comedian who never met a gillman he wouldn't make fun of... it's actor/comedian/pitbull... BOBBY SLAYTON! (ED WOOD, GET SHORTY, THE RAT PACK, DREAMGIRLS, THE ARISTOCRATS, MARON, MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN, WONDER WHEEL)
THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON tagline pretty much says it all about this episode: Amazing! Startling! Shocking! We'd add: SEXY!
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Creature_From_The_Black_Lagoon_David_J_Schow_Bobby_Slayton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm PDT
Thu, 31 August 2017
This time, MONSTER PARTY does it by the book!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, have created a game more challenging than the one where they see who can be the first to get so drunk, they can't say the word, "shapeshifter." It's... THE MAD MOVIE SMACKDOWN!!!
The rules are simple: We pick a genre movie guidebook like, The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, or John Stanley's Creature Feature Movie Guide; close our eyes, flip through the pages, and randomly jab our fingers at a film entry. Whatever come up...we have to discuss! No matter how obscure, or awful it is. Sounds fun, right? RIGHT?!!!
Joining us for this terrifying game of nerd Russian Roulette, is returning friend of the show, actor/writer/dungeon master... KEN DALY! (THE KARATE KID, MR. SHOW WITH BOB AND DAVID, DUCK DODGERS, NERD POKER, STAN AGAINST EVIL)
WARNING: If you plan on playing this game at home, please drink somewhat irresponsibly.
Tue, 22 August 2017
MONSTER PARTY WANTS TO BELIEVE! And we believe we'll have another drink!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, go "in search of" aliens, bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and other assorted cryptozoological oddities that can be filed under the classification of... UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA!!!
Joining us on this quest for truth is the acclaimed director/producer of such documentaries as TREKKIES, TREKKIES 2, SIX DAYS IN ROSWELL, and THE NATURE OF EXISTENCE... ROGER NYGARD!
Get ready for an informative and challenging discussion that will not only blow your mind...it'll also put it back together.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Unexplained_Phenomena_Roger_Nygard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29am PDT
Tue, 8 August 2017
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, shed their casual spandex and put on their super fancy heroic spandex, for another look at those marvelously memorable metahumans! Because we think you may have at some point in the past asked for it, it's... SUPERHEROES VOL. 2!!!
Snared in our lasso of truth is special guest, actor, writer, and honest to goodness TV superhero... COOPER BARNES!
You may know Cooper from his starring role as CAPTAIN MAN on the hit NICKELODEON show, HENRY DANGER! We know him as one of the most knowledgeable, hilarious, and uncharacteristically in shape comic book nerds we've ever had the pleasure of sharing our microphones with.
Please enjoy this exciting audio adventure, brought to you by your friendly neighborhood MONSTER PARTY!
Mon, 24 July 2017
Choose your weapons! MONSTER PARTY suggests, VODKA!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take you on an auditory armory tour of some of the most fantastic and formidable devices of destruction! It's the BEST & WORST HORROR & SCI-FI WEAPONS!!!
Bringing his best thousand yard stare to the battlefield is past guest and super friend of the show, comedian, actor, and love weapon... MARK PITTA! (THE TONIGHT SHOW, TOTALLY HIDDEN VIDEO, FRIDAY NIGHT VIDEOS, MAD ABOUT YOU)
MONSTER PARTY ALERT: Stick around after the end music for a bonus edition of MARK PITTA'S CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS! Recorded in DRUNK-O-PHONIC!
One could argue that the most dangerous weapon in the MONSTER PARTY arsenal is DEMON BOOZE! So listen responsibly.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Best_Worst_Horror__Sci-Fi_Weapons_Mark_Pitta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm PDT
Tue, 11 July 2017
It's date night MONSTER PARTIERS!
This time, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, tackle the often tricky subject of romance in the horror, science fiction, and fantasy genres. Prepare your pitter-pattering hearts for a look at... LOVE, MONSTER PARTY STYLE!!!
Helping us make sense of all these strange new feelings is the lovely, hilarious, and talented star of such genre favorites as THE HILLS HAVE EYES, HOLLISTON, THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF HORROR, and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... LAURA ORTIZ!!!
Prepare to get all gooey over murderous lonely hearts, incestuous shapeshifters, satanic love triangles, cross species courting, adolescent androids, cannibal crossed lovers, and oh so much more!
Love is in the air, and there's a good chance it's going to kill you! But what else is new?
Direct download: Monster_Party_Love_Monster_Party_Style_Laura_Ortiz.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am PDT
Tue, 27 June 2017
MONSTER PARTY wants you to go where not very many sci-fi fans have gone before!
Just when you finished watching all the films we turned you on to in our classic episode HORROR OBSCURA, MONSTER PARTY has a new assignment. JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD have come up with a whole new list of seldom seen science fiction cinematic surprises, that can only be described as... SCI-FI OBSCURA!!!
Bringing his own selection of unearthed science fiction gold is our very special guest, Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, writer, and whiskey enthusiast... KEVIN AVERY! (TOTALLY BIASED WITH W. KAMAU BELL, LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, THE JIM JEFFERIES SHOW)
MONSTER PARTY gives you even more reasons to shun the daylight, pour yourself a cocktail, and retreat to comfort of your big screen TV. No wonder nerds have such wonderful skin!
Tue, 13 June 2017
If you're excited about this episode of MONSTER PARTY, give us a CHEKOV SCREAM!!!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, welcome a true science fiction legend... WALTER KOENIG!!!
Mr. Koenig is probably best known for his role as PAVEL CHEKOV in the original STAR TREK television series, but his amazing career didn't stop there! Walter had a recurring role in the TV show THE STARLOST, starred in the feature film MOONTRAP, and went on to appear in six of the STAR TREK motion pictures! As a writer, he created the character of ENIK on LAND OF THE LOST, and wrote "The Infinite Vulcan" episode of STAR TREK:THE ANIMATED SERIES. Of course Mr. Koenig truly blew all of our minds with his role as Psi-Cop ALFRED BESTER in the critically acclaimed television series, BABYLON 5!
WALTER KOENIG provides us with a thoughtful and often humorous look at the world of show business, and the ups and downs of being a cultural icon.
This episode is a MONSTER PARTY essential! So we expect you to download it before you can say, "Nuclear wessels."
Sat, 27 May 2017
This MONSTER PARTY episode isn't for wussies!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, celebrate those unsung and sung protagonists who overcome the odds, and denigrate the ones who don't. We're talking about... HORROR & SCI-FI HEROES!!!
Joining us in honoring and dishonoring the best and worst of these heroes is long time friend of the show, EMMY AWARD WINNING comedian/actor/writer/producer/hero... SUE MURPHY! (CHELSEA LATELY, ELLEN, HELLO ROSS, WANDA DOES IT)
Sue is a long time MONSTER PARTY fan favorite, and this is still the ONLY podcast she does! So, if you're looking for something heroically exclusive, this is it!
Now puff out your chest, grab a flamethrower, and pour yourself a stiff class of courage! MONSTER PARTY has your back!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Horror__Sci-Fi_Heroes_Sue_Murphy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PDT
Thu, 11 May 2017
MONSTER PARTY boldly goes where quite a few people have gone before! Specifically, a condo in Studio City with WAY too many action figures!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, push their booze engines to 80 PROOF, just to tackle their latest, star spanning topic... SPACESHIPS!!!
Joining us for the historic launch of this episode, is comedian, writer, producer, and friend of the show... FRED BELFORD! Fred once again brings his quick wit and nerd pedigree to challenge the gang on their spaceship preconceptions. And who doesn't love their spaceship preconceptions challenged?!
Expect the usual bi-weekly allotment of passionate bickering and character assassination, as we dissect the spacecraft from films and TV shows like STAR WARS, STAR TREK, ALIEN, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FLASH GORDON, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DOCTOR WHO, LOST IN SPACE, WAR OF THE WORLDS, GODZILLA, GAMERA, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, BLAKE'S 7, U.F.O., SPACE:1999, and MORE!
Don't miss the show that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs! And by the way, why isn't there a Kessel Rum?
Tue, 2 May 2017
Once upon a time, you watched what you thought was just an innocent kiddie film...and it scarred you for LIFE! And MONSTER PARTY understands.
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, dig deep into their most traumatic childhood memories, to you bring you an episode that may screw up your inner child even more... CREEPY KID VID!!!
Yes, we're talking about those films and TV shows that were presented to a young you like friendly family fare, but soon became the stuff of everlasting NIGHTMARES!
Returning to MONSTER PARTY to discuss these seemingly innocent cinematic day terrors, is actor, director, and voice over actor supreme... WALLY WINGERT! (THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, FAMILY GUY, NARUTO, SONIC BOOM, BATMAN:ARKHAM ASYLUM)
MONSTER PARTY WARNS YOU: When watching a CREEPY KID VID, keep telling yourself...it's only rated G, it's only rated G, it's only rated G...
Tue, 18 April 2017
MONSTER PARTY looks back at where we've been, and how far we've come!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, use their magic oracle (not to mention, a few shots of vodka) to peer into the past, present, and future of the horror/sci-fi/fantasy genre! Let's look at... NERD CULTURE: THEN & NOW!!!
Helping us tackle this Tim Burns-size project, is one of the most talented and passionate, monster kid trailblazers of today! It's the writer/producer/director/co-creator of such projects as the YOUTUBE series VIDEO GAME HIGH SCHOOL, and the new HULU sci-fi anthology series DIMENSION 404... DEZ DOLLY!
The minute Dez entered the studio, he felt like an old friend. And what brings friends closer together than having some drinks, nerding out, and being the occasional target of personal attacks? Welcome home Dez!
In addition to our usual 100% FUN GUARANTEE, stick around after the end music for some extra feisty backstage bloopers!
Now enjoy this audio pub crawl across time and space!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Nerd_Culture_Then__Now_Dez_Dolly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39am PDT
Tue, 4 April 2017
Snuggle up in your straitjackets MONSTER PARTIERS! Things are about to get CRAY CRAY!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, pay a visit to the laughing academy, when they delve deep into the lovable madness of... PSYCHOPATHS!!!
Helping us with a not-so-clinical diagnosis of this subject is, EMMY AWARD WINNING writer/producer/director... ROB COHEN! (THE BEN STILLER SHOW, THE SIMPSONS, SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM, THE BIG BANG THEORY, MARON, LADY DYNAMITE, MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000)
Rob goes off his meds, and joins us on a psychotic ride through some of screen history's most magnificent maniacs!
MONSTER PARTY BONUS: Just when you thought this episode had pushed you beyond the realms of sanity, stay tuned after the closing music for a special story from Rob Cohen (hint: it involves Canada and gun play), and some EXTRA PSYCHOPATH CHAT!
Insert maniacal laughter here.
Tue, 21 March 2017
MONSTER PARTY learns how to build a better tomorrow!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a trip from the drafting table into the future, when they get a crash course in... SCI-FI DESIGN!!!
Serving as our resident futurist is the conceptual artist for such films as ZATHURA, SPIDER-MAN 3, TRON:LEGACY, IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA:CIVIL WAR, and a whole bunch of AVENGERS films... PHIL SAUNDERS!
Phil gives us the nuts and bolts info on what it takes to make the perfect IRON MAN armor; the inside dope on such design pioneers as SYD MEAD, H.R. GIGER, and RALPH McQUARRIE; the origin story of a certain wisecracking A.I. from THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT CD ROM series; and so much more, it could fill a shared universe!
Of course, when Phil finally designs the perfect martini, we'll definitely have him back!
Mon, 6 March 2017
For this episode, MONSTER PARTY has assembled the perfect cast!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, roll out their mint-in-package casting couch for a rip snortin', side-splitting, but actually informative look into... HORROR & SCI-FI CASTING!!!
Giving us a look behind the audition veil, is veteran casting director and fellow genre nerd, G. CHARLES WRIGHT! (THAT 70'S SHOW, ANGER MANAGEMENT, THE MIDDLE)
G Charles provides us with the inside scoop on what it takes to book the right actor for the right project, and shares some hilarious stories of his time in the casting chair. Of course, expect the usual childish disagreements, personal attacks, and obvious sexual tension, that are an integral part of every MONSTER PARTY show.
Now give this episode a listen...in your own time...and have fun with it!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Horror__Sci-Fi_Casting_G_Charles_Wright.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm PDT
Mon, 20 February 2017
This time, MONSTER PARTY gets DANGEROUS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, decide to throw caution to the wind, and engage in some very risky podcasting. Just when you thought it was safe to settle in and listen to five inebriated nerds argue over one obscure topic, MONSTER PARTY brings you a... TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL!!!
Buckle up as the MP gang and their guest, pick random topics out of a plastic skull, and test each other's expertise at free form improvisational geeking out!
Joining us for this game of nerd Russian Roulette is comedian, writer, producer, napkin cartoonist, and friend of the show... JOHN MATTA! (THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW, THE ANDY DICK SHOW, BEWARE THE BATMAN, MATTA NAPKIN)
John brings his vast knowledge, razor sharp wit, and urbane decadence to this exciting night of...well...pulling topic ideas out of a plastic skull.
Like we said at the top... DANGEROUS!
Thu, 2 February 2017
A great man once said, "Who's going to believe a talking head?" We say, "How about five?!"
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, roll out the blood-red carpet, to welcome one of the best damn actors in the business! Pull up a slab, put your phasers on "Maker's Mark", and extend your pineal gland for... AN EVENING WITH JEFFREY COMBS!!!
Mr. Combs has delighted MONSTER PARTY listeners with performances in films like RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, THE FRIGHTENERS, CASTLE FREAK, DR. MORDRID, and many more! He's also lent his talents to television, playing host of memorable characters on shows like STAR TREK:DEEP SPACE NINE (who doesn't love to hate Weyoun?!), STAR TREK:VOYAGER, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE, BABYLON 5, and THE 4400.
If that weren't enough, Mr. Combs has taken the voice over world by storm in such projects that include SPIDER-MAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED, SCOOBY DOO! MYSTERY INCORPORATED (H.P. Hatecraft!), THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES, and as the voice of "Ratchet" in the TRANSFORMERS animated series, and video games. But a personal favorite of MONSTER PARTY has to be Jeffrey Combs' performance as EDGAR ALLEN POE, in his critically acclaimed one man show, NEVERMORE: AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE, directed by STUART GORDON! Two friends of the show... in one show!!!
Receive this reward from The Founders...may it keep you strong!
Mon, 23 January 2017
THE END IS NIGH! And as you know, when things get to "nigh', it's like...really bad!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, batten down their bomb shelters and stoke them with vodka, all in preparation to discuss the... THE APOCALYPSE!!!
It's the end of the world as you know it, and possibly a few end of the world scenarios you might not have thought of. Lucky you!
This time, MONSTER PARTY opens up their lead doors and welcomes back friend of the show, comedian, actor, and fellow horror podcaster... JOE DeROSA! (BETTER CALL SAUL, WE'LL SEE YOU IN HELL, COMEDY CENTRAL)
What better time than now to look back fondly at all our favorite movie, TV, comic book, and literary cautionary tales about THE END! If you love vicious cannibals, desolate hellscapes, majestic space arks, telepathic canines, and the usual assortment of post apocalyptic shenanigans, this is the episode you want to go out on!
ATTENTION! After the end music, stick around for a BONUS SEGMENT of "apoc talk", and another dose of behind the scene bloopers! THAT IS ALL!
MONSTER PARTY puts the "def" in DEFCON 1! Word.
Mon, 9 January 2017
MONSTER PARTY starts the New Fear...uh, Year, with a return to a much loved topic!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again pit sci-fi, horror, and fantasy's most powerful and terrifying creatures against each other in another edition of... WHO WOULD WIN?!!!
We don't want to give away too much, but expect big against small, hair against hairpiece, baby against worse baby; and of course, the MONSTER PARTY gang against their guest.
Bringing his best palm fist to this battle is comedian, filmmaker, podcaster icon...GRAHAM ELWOOD! (LAFFGHANISTAN, COMEDY FILM NERDS, EAR BUDS: THE PODCASTING DOCUMENTARY) Graham more than holds his own with this topic, and after the show, there was a lot of sweeping up of the minds he'd blown.
Listen in awe, as we bring you more of the dream battles you've been waiting for! And, feel free to contact us with pair-ups of your own! Who knows, it may be featured in a future volume of...WHO WOULD WIN?!!!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Who_Would_Win_Vol_2_Graham_Elwood.mp3
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Mon, 26 December 2016
MONSTER PARTY ends the year with an episode that is NEVER NOT FUNNY...or FRIGHTENING!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD make your holiday dreams come true by welcoming comedic force of nature and host of the trailblazing podcast, NEVER NOT FUNNY... JIMMY PARDO!!!
Since Jimmy is allergic to MW's familiars, the guys set up in his studio, and challenged him to answer the question, "WHY AREN'T YOU A BIGGER NERD?"
Sure, Mr. Pardo enjoys a good PLANET OF THE APES film, or cheering on "The Shape" in the HALLOWEEN film series. But, where is his action figure shelf?! Where is his Klingon dictionary?! Why doesn't he own a Lawgiver statue?! And would it kill him to wear some Stormtrooper armor from time to time?! C'mon Jimmy, we know you can do better!!
Help MONSTER PARTY expunge the fetid stench of 2016, with this attempt to give a celebrated comedian, the ultimate nerd makeover!
Next year...MONSTER PARTY may be coming for YOU!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Why_Arent_You_A_Bigger_Nerd_Jimmy_Pardo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm PDT
Mon, 12 December 2016
MONSTER PARTY celebrates the granddaddy of horror/fantasy/sci-fi fandom, and his remarkable legacy!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, ring in the holidays with a topic that should touch the palpitating heart of every Monsterpartier... FORRY ACKERMAN & THE MONSTER KID GENERATION!!!
In case you've been hiding under a gravestone, the late FORREST J ACKERMAN was a science fiction writer, literary agent, and editor of the first ongoing monster magazine, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND!
Known as Uncle Forry to his friends, Ackerman was one of the most active proponents of fantastic films and fiction, and practically single handedly started science fiction fandom! Forry was also known for his massive collection of genre treasures, and would often give fans a tour of the "Ackermansion."
Helping us to understand the impact that Forry left on a generation is writer/FX artist/Polynesian entertainer/studio vocalist/dark ride designer... JOE MOE! Joe took care or Forry during the last years of his life, and gives us a unique perspective on the man, as well doing the definitive Forrest J Ackerman impression!
If that were not enough, the gang is also joined by actress BARBARA LEIGH, star of such films as PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW, JUNIOR BONNER (alongside her then boyfriend Steve McQueen), and the cult classic TERMINAL ISLAND. But, Barbara may be best known by horror fans, as the first and best, live action cover model for VAMPIRELLA magazine!
And don't miss out on our special new segment: THE MONSTER PARTY GIFT GIVING GUIDE!
To paraphrase Uncle Forry, "Take this podcast home monster kids, you will love it!"
Direct download: Monster_Party_Forry_Ackerman__The_Monster_Kid_Generation_Barbara_Leigh_Joe_Moe.output.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49pm PDT
Mon, 28 November 2016
The person has spoken, and MONSTER PARTY listened!
In our first ever episode featuring a topic suggested by a listener (Thank you, Brandon Meyer!), JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, don't fear the reaper as they examine... THE BEST & WORST HORROR & SCI-FI DEATHS!!!
Joining us for this cinematic stroll through the cemetery is comedian/writer/actress/film nerdess supreme... JODI MILLER! (AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, SHOWBIZ TONIGHT, THE TONIGHT SHOW).
But, just when you thought this episode could rest in peace, stick around after the closing music for a bonus interview with the daughter of RICHARD TOWERS (a.k.a GAYLORD ST. JAMES, the vengeful dad from the original 1972 WES CRAVEN film, THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT), actress/model/filmmaker... JOLINE TOWERS!
To paraphrase the nanny from THE OMEN: Listen to MONSTER PARTY! It's all for you!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Best_Worst_Horror__Sci-Fi_Deaths_Jodi_Miller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:46pm PDT
Sun, 13 November 2016
MONSTER PARTY makes THANKSGIVING the new HALLOWEEN!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take this opportunity to give thanks for the excellent new IFC horror/comedy series... STAN AGAINST EVIL!!!
Joining us in this potluck of petrifying pleasures, is series creator/comedian extraordinaire/geek supreme, DANA GOULD (SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM, THE SIMPSONS, WORKING), and series writer SUSAN BURKE (VAMP'D, X PLAY, SOUTHBOUND).
Dana, Susan, and the guys engage in a lively discussion of subjects, ranging from the making of the series, Evil Dead comparisons, who is "The Snakeman", the consequences of being "egregiously pregnant, what demon made Lionel Ritchie dance on the ceiling, True Blood vs.The Vampire Diaries, what Arthur C. Clarke was doing in Sri Lanka, a Judy Garland sidebar, and yet, still, even still, more!
And after the closing music, keep listening for a fiery Thanksgiving debate about whether to keep a turkey mint-in-package, how to ruin tater tots, to cranberry or not to cranberry, and more holiday hijinks!
Keep America Strong! Watch STAN AGAINST EVIL on IFC!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Monster_Party_Against_Stan_Against_Evil_Dana_Gould_Susan_Burke.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:23pm PDT
Sat, 29 October 2016
Give MONSTER PARTY some sugar, baby!
To celebrate HALLOWEEN in the most awesome manner possible, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, decided to dedicate this year's All Hallow's Eve to one of the most beloved, and enduring horror franchises of all time...EVIL DEAD!!!
And somehow, the horror gods looked up upon us and smiled. For our guests, we managed to snag the stars of the hit STARZ TV series, ASH VS EVIL DEAD...DANA DeLORENZO and RAY SANTIAGO!
With Kelly and Pablo in the house, they really put the "party" in MONSTER PARTY! Get ready for behind the scenes tales, straight from the mouths of these Deadite battling warriors, not to mention Dana vs Mint In Box Barbies, Ray vs His Hair, book titles stranger than the Necronomicon, and how pumpkin ale saved Halloween!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Evil_Dead_Halloween_Extravaganza_Dana_DeLorenzo_Ray_Santiago.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm PDT
Sun, 16 October 2016
MONSTER PARTY says: When there's no more room in Hell...is a great way to start a horror movie tagline!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, use this very special podcast to celebrate perhaps one of the most important sales tools when it comes to marketing scary films... HORROR TAGLINES!!!
You know, those pulse pounding powerhouses of petrifying poetry, that grab our attention, and spark our imagination. Whether their great, bad, misleading, or confusing, a tagline is like a carnival barker, tempting us to experience the dark delights a horror film has to offer.
And, speaking of dark delights, there is no one more delightful to discuss this topic than comedian and host of podcast, THE 40 YEAR OLD BOY... MIKE SCHMIDT!
Mike, and the MONSTER PARTY gang, challenged each other to a two hour plus game of "Pin The Tagline On The Movie", and if you guessed the winner was "demon booze"... you're right!
But, don't let that stop you listeners from playing along! When it comes to HORROR TAGLINES, everybody wins!
Tue, 4 October 2016
MONSTER PARTY GETS DOWN AND DIRTY WITH EXPLOITATION FILMS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, embrace the salacious sanctity of celluloid sleaze, with a topic that could only be called... THAT'S EXPLOITATION!!!
Guiding us through this red light district of cult cinema, is a filmmaker that is no stranger to the genre. The director of such classics as DR. ALIEN, CREEPOZOIDS, PUPPET MASTER III, and SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA, it's DAVID DeCOTEAU!
But just when you thought you were content with one fantastic guest, we offer up another one at no extra cost! Rounding out the MONSTER PARTY, is film journalist/historian, and podcast raconteur...DAVID DEL VALLE!
MONSTER PARTY SAYS: Take your family to see an exploitation film. They'll be glad you did! Well...if they're our families.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Thats_Exploitation_David_DeCoteau.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:19am PDT
Mon, 19 September 2016
MONSTER PARTY says: If it ain't broke, use it until it is!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, go where everyone has gone before, as they take on the tried and true tropes of terror and technology...the WORST HORROR & SCI-FI CLICHES!!!
Helping us discern which of these cliches are terrible, and which ones we may actually kind of like, is comedian/television host... MARK PITTA! (THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON AND LENO, TOTALLY HIDDEN VIDEO, THE COMEDY CLUB)
Join us for this rib-tickling and ribald round robin, where we answer such questions as: "Why does the girl always trip and fall?, "Why doesn't the car start?", "What's the difference between a 'trope' and a 'toupee'?" and, "Is STRANGER THINGS unoriginal and overrated, or just unoriginal?"
Direct download: Monster_Party_Worst_Horror__Sci-Fi_Cliches_Mark_Pitta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04pm PDT
Sat, 3 September 2016
MONSTER PARTY takes the party to the people!
Join JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, for a monstrously marvelous milestone! It's a podcast that is a mix of in-studio commentary, and highlights of our first ever LIVE event, recorded at highbrow horror hangout, CREATURE FEATURES, as part of their GODZILLA: ALL ART ATTACK 2 gallery show.
Usually, a typical MONSTER PARTY episode would feature a celebrity guest, but this time, we made that guest YOU! Listen in, as audience members share their favorite (and occasionally flawed) Godzilla memories with a packed crowd. We did our best to re-create the standard MONSTER PARTY vibe, by offering an open bar, snacks, swag, raffles, and our usual trademark brand of adolescent squabbling.
Thank you TAYLOR WHITE, ERIC OCTOBER, MATTHEW ABRAMS, MICHELLE OLIVIER, and KEVIN SMITH, for making this experiment in merriment, a resounding success!
Now, maybe the London Palladium will return our calls.
Mon, 22 August 2016
MONSTER PARTY has seen it all! And, seen it again...and again...and again!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take aim at those coat tail riding, idea stealing, B list actor employing films that we love to hate, and hate to love... RIPOFFS & WANNABES!
When choosing a guest for this opinion fueled free for all, the MONSTER PARTY gang knew there was only one man for the job. You know him for his offbeat wit, impeccable timing, and matinee idol voice...it's comedian/actor... RON LYNCH! (BOB'S BURGERS, ADVENTURE TIME, HOME MOVIES).
We all love movies that burst at the screen with inspiration, but there's a warm place in our cold hearts for the ripoff and the wannabe. What they lack in originality, they often make up for in humor, charm, or utter ridiculousness! And let's not forget, although imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, it's also a good way to make a quick buck!
P.S. There's also a quite spirited discussion about spandex! It could be put off no longer.
Mon, 8 August 2016
Although Comic Con 2016 is over, why not relive it by sitting in on the most swingin' event since the furry orgy in the Convention Center parking lot... MONSTER PARTY!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again return to where "the world's greatest podcast featuring four cocktail swigging nerds wearing match T shirts," was spawned... THE SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL COMIC CON!!! As we do every year, this special Comic Con edition of MONSTER PARTY, features the topic that is no topic... ANYTHING GOES!
Joining the cacophony of inappropriate jokes, drunken insults, and ridiculously passionate toy buying stories, are a veritable Dean Martin Show closet-full of surprise guests, that include some old favorites and new faces! Or voices. Whatever.
Anyway, you know the drill, and to tell you more, would be a crime. Not a crime as horrendous as the one that serves as the premise for the HBO hit series, The Night Of. But hey HBO, it's not a contest!
Mon, 25 July 2016
MONSTER PARTY makes worlds collide!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, turn to their private stash of self-written fan/slash fiction, to come up with the nerdiest of nerd topics... CROSSOVERS WE'D LIKE TO SEE!
Yeah, you know this game! What if blah blah blah met such n' such? No, we're not giving away any of our brilliant ideas in this simple episode description. You're just going to have to listen!
Helping the gang in their attempt to create a genre universe gone haywire, is the absurdly talented actor and writer...STEVE BANNOS! You know him from FREAKS & GEEKS, BRIDESMAIDS, LOVE, GHOSTBUSTERS, and so many more roles, he's broken IMDB! But let's face it, IMDB had it coming.
There ain't no crossover, like a MONSTER PARTY crossover! Yes, that was a challenge.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Crossovers_Wed_Like_To_See_Steve_Bannos.mp3
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Sun, 10 July 2016
MONSTER PARTY is back, and in this episode, there will be blood!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, all made a list, checked it twice, and decreed which horror, science fiction, and fantasy films are the most... OVERRATED & UNDERRATED!!!
If you thought a topic like this might lead to arguing, character assassination, and numerous trips to the bar, you would be correct!
Dropping herself into this monstrous melee is return guest, comedian and famed William Windom impersonator... SUE MURPHY!
Remember Sue? She's the one who got James to admit he never watched an episode of Star Trek! Good times! Sue brought in her own list and attempted to engage in a calm and reasonable discourse on the merits of each film. We'd like to say that is what happened but of course, that would be a lie.
If there's one episode that's liable to piss off everyone, this is it! Let the MONSTER PARTY hate mail commence!
Mon, 27 June 2016
MONSTER PARTY has exhumed a petrifyingly pugnacious podcast, from it's abominable archive!
Take a trip back in time to the early days of MONSTER PARTY, where four middle-aged, snot-nosed upstarts named, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, took the horror podcast world by storm! It was a time of no guests; just piss, vinegar, and an endless stream of girl drinks. In this newly found MONSTER PARTY classic, recorded at a MONSTERPALOOZA convention a couple years back, the boys take on the subject of horror and sci-fi films with... INCREDIBLY STRANGE TITLES!!!
And when you get a film with an incredibly strange title, there are bound to be questions. Why shouldn't children play with dead things? What actually is a matter with Helen? And if you're having sex with Sister Hyde, what happens if she suddenly turns back to Doctor Jekyll?
All these questions and more, will be answered in this pulse pulverizing edition of MONSTER PARTY!
Mon, 13 June 2016
This time, MONSTER PARTY puts horror on a petrifying pedestal!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, make it ladies night, with this fearfully feminine fright fest featuring film's ferocious fear-fatales... FIENDISH FEMALES!
For a topic like this, we spared no takeout Chinese food, nor mid priced vodka to lure our special guest to CASTLE MONSTER PARTY! We welcome back friend of the show, stellar comedian and brilliant host of THE DORK FOREST, and Nerdist's, THE JACKIE AND LAURIE SHOW podcasts... JACKIE KASHIAN! Allow yourself an alluring abundance of killer queens, spiders with attitude, Borg royalty, snake cougars, biblical hellcats, real-life monsters, vampire siblings, a meat lady, and so much more. It is so much fun, it's almost embarrassing!
MONSTER PARTY likes its women like it likes its coffee... strong, with cashew milk, Stevia, and a drop of PURE EVIL!