Monster Party

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. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:52pm PST

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!!!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:36pm PST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm PST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:21pm PST

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.

Direct download: Monster_Party_Anime_Tommy_Yune.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm PST

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!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Disaster_Movies_Jeff_Bond.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm PST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:46pm PST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm PST

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.

Direct download: Monster_Party-Movies_For_A_Rainy_Day.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38am PST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:31pm PST

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.

Direct download: Monster_Party_Wicked_Wheels_Wally_Wingert.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm PST

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm PST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm PST

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 CANDIDATETHE 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)

....and SLEEP!

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm PST

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! 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:09pm PST

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!

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:54am PST

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. 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:23pm PST

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!

Direct download: Monster_Party_Games_Scott_Rogers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:04pm PST

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! 

 

Direct download: Monster_Party_Macabre_Marriages_Roger_Nygard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm PST

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!

 

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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?

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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! 

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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!

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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!

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