Monster Party

MONSTER PARTY PRESENTS A LIBATION CELEBRATION!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, pay tribute to the unofficial fifth member of the team. It's time give a toast to the toast, with this conversation cocktail we simply call... BOOZE!!!

Over the years, MONSTER PARTY has cherished and chastised our ole friend, DEMON BOOZE. But for this episode, we're putting its genre film and television appearances in the spotlight! 

What HAMMER HORROR film would be complete without a snifter of spirits in a Victorian study, or a pint of beer at Baron Frankenstein's favorite pub? What fun would STAR TREK be without the deleterious effects of Romulan Ale, or an impromptu drinking contest with Scotty? And what better way to make life's troubles melt away, than with a nice bottle of TENAFLY VIPER? 

These a just a few examples of alcohol's many fine movie and TV performances that will be discussed on this podcast. Which begs the question, "Where's the BOOZE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD?!!!"

Inebri-aiding us with this episode is a very special guest, who is also a huge MONSTER PARTY fan! He's one of only twenty MASTER CICERONES (which is basically the beer equivalent of a MASTER SOMMELIER) in the world, and is the host of his own fangtastic horror podcast, HALLOWEEN IS FOREVER! Let's give a super sloshy, happy drunk welcome to... BRIAN REED!

NOTE: When it comes to booze, as with our podcast, please use responsibly! And yes, we're already planning for BOOZE VOL.2!!!

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GET READY TO GROOVE TO THE HAPPENING SOUNDS OF MONSTER PARTY!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a behind-the-scenes dive into a fascinating aspect of filmmaking that can often be taken for granted. It's an ear-enlightening audio adventure known to the professionals as... SOUND DESIGN!!! 

In this rare peek behind the sound studio veil, we explore the delicate artistry that goes into building the audio landscape of a film or TV show. You'll learn how sound design can act as narrative that punctuates the emotional impact of a piece, as well as the painstaking work that goes into this craft.

We'll also delve into the origins of the iconic sound effects from many of your favorite genre films. Whether were talkin' lightsabers, phasers, alligators, bar room brawls, or a little ditty  called The Wilhem Scream, this is an episode you do not want to miss!

Joining us for this soundtrack of excitement is an award-winning sound designer, sound mixer, sound editor, and composer. He's worked on numerous genre films, TV shows, and video games, as well as the MATT WEINHOLD classics, THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT 3: LEGACY OF TIME and WHACKED. Please welcome... JAMEY SCOTT! (LOST OLLIE, AGENTS OF SHIELD, CRAWL, BLACK LIGHTNING, RAISED BY WOLVES, THE DARK TOWER, AND A GAZILLION MORE!)

EAR-DRUMROLL PLEASE..

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY GOES UNDER THE KNIFE!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, don their scare scrubs, and enter their operating theater of thrills! You'll need an insanity innoculation before attending this Mardi Gras of malpractice that we call... SINISTER SURGERIES & MEDICAL MAYHEM!!!

In this thought-provoking, wince-inducing episode, the MONSTER PARTY gang puts the medical establishment to the test. Expect a whole bunch of hard-hitting and like super-scientific questions like: "Are two heads better than one, if one is racist?",  "Is my cat hitting on me... and why?", "How much does a human centipede need to hydrate?", and "Where do I find the best wine in an emergency room?" The answers will shock you!

Joining us for this triage of terror is a medical professional who is board certified in Internal Medicine, recieved a BA in Psychology and BS in Biological Sciences from STANFORD UNIVERSITY, got his MD from NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL CENTER. He now practices in Oahu, Hawaii, which is pretty frickin' sweet! Please welcome for the first time on MONSTER PARTY... DR. ALBERT LIN, MD! 

WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY OF THE PROCEDURES DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE AT HOME. SPECIFICALLY, OUR HOMES.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY IS STILL WATCHING!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, go media surfing once again, in hopes of finding new genre gold, or re-discovering an old favorite. Pour yourself a Red Bull and absinthe, and buckle up for... WHAT WE'RE WATCHING VOL. 2!!!

This time, we're sampling the current crop of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy shows from various networks, digging into our DVD/Blu-ray/download archives, and evaluating many of the recent films Hollywood has visited upon us. To cut to the chase, all of us have finally seen SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME, and we have a few things to say about it.  To save time, you should probably become outraged now.

Joining us for this screaming streaming party is an acclaimed writer, producer, and game designer, who worked with MATT WEINHOLD on the classic CD-ROM game: THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT 2: BURIED IN TIME! Making his MONSTER PARTY debut, please welcome... ERIC DALLAIRE! (SHADES: THE GEHENNA DILEMMA, THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT: PEGASUS PRIME, THE JOURNEYMAN PROJECT 3: LEGACY OF TIME, STAR TREK: AWAY TEAM, STAR TREK: HIDDEN EVIL, THE SIMPSONS GAME, GUNDAM 0079: THE WAR FOR EARTH)

WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS QUITE A FEW SPOILERS. BECAUSE WE CAN'T HELP SPOILING YOU!

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY GOES TOO FAR WITH THE FAR EAST!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a tour of the continent that has provided us with a tsunami of fiercely original and delightfully twisted films. It's a yokai guided-tour through the celluloid nightmare known as... ASIA SHOCK CINEMA!!!

ASIA SHOCK covers wide array of films from various countries,  featuring dark and often bizarre plotlines, outrageous and over the top violence, and a heapin' helping of controversy.

Oh, and let's not forget all the revenge! We've got vengeful spirits, vengeful lovers, vengeful prisoners, vengeful fighters, vengeful monsters, vengeful gods, vengeful phones, and even a vengeful toilet. Hope you're not feeling flushed! Hahahaha! sigh

Joining us for the first time on MONSTER PARTY is the man who literally wrote the book about this fascinating sub-genre of movies. He's a celebrated Asian film expert, and author of the sold out book, ASIA SHOCK: HORROR AND DARK CINEMA FROM JAPAN, KOREA, HONG, AND THAILAND.  He's also Matt Weinhold's childhood friend, mentor, and partner in mayhem. Please welcome... PATRICK GALLOWAY! (STRAY DOGS & LONE WOLVES: THE SAMURAI FILM HANDBOOK, WARRING CLANS, FLASHING BLADES: A SAMURAI FILM COMPANION)

HAS THE WORLD GOT YOU DOWN? TRY SOME ASIA SHOCK TREATMENT! SEE, YOU'RE FEELING BETTER ALREADY.

 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY REJOINS THE CULT THAT DEFIES DEPROGRAMMING!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again offer sacrifices to the god of offbeat, under-appreciated cinema. It's a return to the raucous, ribald ritual, reverently referred to as... REVENGE OF THE KILLER CULT FILMS!!!

This time, we've got another maniacal menagerie of foreign fantasies, rock' n' roll relics, animation artifacts, comedic cavorting, thoughtful thrillers, un-pc policing, spoofy spy-ploitation, trailblazing troikas, and MORE! Can you handle MORE?!!! We think so.

Joining us for this cinematic salvage operation is a return guest who graced our internet waves for ATTACK OF THE KILLER CULT FILMS. He's a passionate film historian/author/journalist/reviewer, and host of the long-running cable TV show, MEDIA FUNHOUSE! MONSTER PARTY is positively tickled to welcome back... ED GRANT! (THE MOTION PICTURE GUIDE, TV GUIDE, MOVIES ON TV, FILMS IN REVIEW, PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO, VIDEOSCOPE, THE VIDEO MOVIE GUIDE, GROOVY MOVIES)

JOIN THE MONSTER PARTY CULT, AND EXPERIENCE ECSTASY AND ENLIGHTENMENT!

And don't worry, we wont ask you to give us all your material wealth like those other cults. I mean, unless we're talking vintage Mego figures!

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY HAS SEEN THE FUTURE... AND IT DOESN'T WORK!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, offer some quality control for the world of tomorrow. Tighten your skant for a fantastically FUBAR festival of fun called... FUTURE FAILS!!!

So what's a FUTURE FAIL? Well, it's either some sort of technology that the sci-fi genre promised us that we never got, or technology that is sooooo stupid, we should consider ourselves lucky we never got it. We'd love to give you more specifics, but then we'd be a future fail.

Joining us for this consumer cautionary tale, is a returning guest who is a MONSTER PARTY favorite! She's a gifted comedian, writer, producer, director, and E.T. provacateur, who always brings the party to our podcast. Please welcome back.... SUE MURPHY! (CHELSEA LATELY, WANDA AT LARGE, THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, EWOKS)

IF ALL THIS WERE NOT ENOUGH, WE'VE GOT A SPECIAL DROP IN FROM OUR OLE PAL DAVID WEINER, AND SOME FABULOUS MONSTER PARTY NEWS!

TAKE THAT THE FUTURE!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:11am PDT

YOU CAN DO IT, MONSTER PARTY!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a "fantastic journey" with a celebrity who's IMDB credits could circle the Earth. He was always a  welcome presence in our young lives, and it's an honor to have him on our show. Taking time out from his busy schedule up on Witch Mountain, please welcome, the one and only... IKE EISENMANN!!!

Ike has starred in such MONSTER PARTY favorites as ESCAPE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, RETURN FROM WITCH MOUNTAIN, THE AMAZING COSMIC AWARENESS OF DUFFY MOON, DEVIL DOG: THE HOUND OF HELL, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (He's only SCOTTY'S NEPHEW!), and the short-lived but much-loved 70's sci-fi series, THE FANTASTIC JOURNEY! He's also guest starred in a multitude of classic TV shows that include GUNSMOKE, MANNIX, KUNG FU, EMERGENCY, WONDER WOMAN, FANTASY ISLAND, EIGHT IS ENOUGH, THE JEFFERSONS, T.J. HOOKER, and a ton more!

Aside from his on-screen projects, Ike has lent his vocal talents to such works as NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND, GOBOTS, DINO-RIDERS, POM POKO, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME 2: THE SECRET OF THE BELL, and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE. I know, it's like music to your ears!

And years after the release of first two WITCH MOUNTAIN films, Ike re-united with his co-star, KIM RICHARDS, in the reboot film, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN. And all they found was a Rock.

Ike was gracious enough to give us a pretty big chunk of his day to discuss his amazing career, and regale us with some truly fascinating behind-the-scenes tales. I mean, this guy worked with the likes of DONALD PLEASENCE, CHRISTOPHER LEE, RODDY McDOWALL, RAY MILLAND, and BETTE FREAKIN' DAVIS!

Not bad for a kid armed only with talent, determination, and telekinetic powers. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm PDT

THE SKULL RETURNS! AND THIS TIME...IT'S PISSED!

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, bring back another MONSTER PARTY tradition that's a virtual tribulation of trivia. Secure your nerves in their panic room, as we present... TOPIC FREE FOR ALL: THE ANNIHILATION!!!

For those of you who have never experienced a TOPIC FREE FOR ALL, the format goes like this: 1) We stuff pieces of paper with topic ideas into a plastic skull bucket. 2) We each pull one of the pieces of paper out of the skull 3) We read out loud the topic that has be chosen. 4) We discuss and debate. 5) Drink and repeat!

These topics would be better defined as "top-ettes"  Topics that may not be long enough for a full episode, but with enough meat on them for a short, fiery skull sesssion. So expect a catastrophic collection of categories, as we converse about films, TV shows, actors, monsters, animation, secret crushes, and more! 

Joining us once again for more MONSTER PARTY merriment, is an immensly talented author, screenwriter, director, actor, film journalist, and long time friend of the show. And talk about a skull full of information! Please welcome back... C. COURTNEY JOYNER! (NEMO RISING, SHOTGUN, DOCTOR MORDRID, THE LURKING FEAR, PUPPET MASTER III: TOULON'S REVENGE, CLASS OF 1999)

So we called this installment, THE ANNIHILATION, mainly because we wanted it to sound sexy, but also because we're annihilating your expectations! Didn't expect that, did you?

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm PDT

MONSTER PARTY IS ITCHIN' FOR A FIGHT! JUST NOT ONE INVOLVING US.

JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, once again throw the hats of their favorite genre characters into the ring. Or to be more precise, room! Yep, it's the return of a time-honored playground game that this time, we've titled for no apparent reason... WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 6: THE CONUNDRUM DOMINATION!!!

Most of you know the rules to this game but for any newcomers, here's how it goes: Two characters enter a room, one comes out. Oh, and there's some fighting inbetween. Now, we know you all played this game in your youth with your friends, but isn't it way more fun listening to group of supposedly full-grown men do it? Especially when one of them has OD'd on a box of See's Candy chocolate balls!

Helping us referee these maniacal mashups is a return guest who we consider MONSTER PARTY family! He's an extremely talented comedian, actor, writer, improviser, TV host, and filmmaker, who has dazzled us with his numerous appearances on various incarnations of THE TONIGHT SHOW. Please welcome back...  MARK PITTA! (HOUSESITTER: THE NIGHT THEY SAVED SIEGRIED'S BRAIN, THE COMEDY CLUB, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, MORNINGS ON 2, DR. KATZ, PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST, TOTALLY HIDDEN VIDEO)

WARNING: THIS PODCAST CONTAINS QUITE A FEW MOVIE SPOILERS, SO BEFORE LISTENING, YOU MIGHT WANT TO WATCH EVERY GENRE FILM EVER MADE. C'MON! YOU CAN CAN DO IT!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am PDT

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