Mon, 22 May 2023
MONSTER PARTY TAKES ON THE DANGEROUS MISSION OF DEFUSING SOME BOMBS!
In this episode, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, attempt to save the reputation of some of the genre's most maligned movies. It's a philosophical film challenge of monster kid proportions, that we've cleverly called... BAD MOVIE... OR IS IT?!!!
When we consider the ingredients that make a genre movie "bad," we think of things like poor scripts, laughable acting, and questionable special effects. But in certain instances, those elements can result in something quite entertaining. And even films with all the right ingredients can be misundertood and under-appreciated by both critics and audiences. It can simply be a matter of bad timing. We're talkin' to you, Zardoz!
Well luckily, the timing was right for booking the guest in this episode. She's a lifelong sci-fi fan and mega-talented writer, who has worked on such fan favorites as MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 and HANGIN' WITH DR. Z. Please welcome, for the first time on MONSTER PARTY... TAMMY GOLDEN!
NOW GO GIVE THAT TURKEY SOME LOVE! UNLESS THAT'S ILLEGAL IN YOUR STATE.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Bad_Movie_Or_Is_It_Tammy_Golden.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:01pm PDT
Sat, 13 May 2023
MONSTER PARTY GETS A FEW THINGS OFF THEIR TOY CHEST!
SHAWN SHERIDAN, JAMES GONIS, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to a topic that has shaped their lives, and maxed out their credit cards. So gather your Mego figures around your favorite podcast listening device, and brace yourselves for... THE MONSTER PARTY TOY TIRADE!!!
It's no secret that the hosts of MONSTER PARTY love toys! Old, new, mint, loose, or custom, collecting toys is a passion that can border on obsession. And with current world-wide acceptance of nerd culture, this love of so-called childish things shows no signs of stopping.
In this frank and often bellicose discussion, MONSTER PARTY addresses the various complexities of having an ever-growing toy collection. How did this all start? How did/does it affect your love life? What are your toy pet peeves? What were the toys that got away? How do we keep up with all the great new stuff coming? And so much more, dear listeneners!
Joining us for this riotous rant, is a Rondo award-winning journalist, filmmaker, blogger, producer, magazine editor, and cherished member of the MONSTER PARTY family! Aside from bringing us the classic long-form 80's horror documentary trilogy, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, he is also a connesuir of classic toys and collectibles. Please welcome back, the man, the legend... DAVID WEINER! (ALIENS EXPANDED, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PT 1-3, IN SEARCH OF TOMORROW, FAMOUS MONSTER OF FILMLAND, IT CAME FROM... BLOG, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT)
So if you like to hear grown men pontificating about the various toylines of STAR WARS, DUNE, ALIEN, NECA, STAR TREK, GODZILLA, SECTAURS, FUNKO POPS, UNIVERSAL MONSTERS, SUPER 7, MEGO, G.I. JOE, PLANET OF THE APES, SIDESHOW, HOT TOYS, and more... you might want to get in on this!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Monster_Party_Toy_Tirade_David_Weiner.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm PDT
Tue, 25 April 2023
ONCE AGAIN, MONSTER PARTY GOES TOPIC-LESS! WILL IT ALSO FINALLY GO PANTLESS?
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, revisit the topic that is no topic, yet all topics! It's a no holds barred onslaught of off-the-cuff chit-chat that for absolutely no reason, we are calling... ANYTHING GOES: THE OBLITERATION!!!
Welcome to a free range exploration of the peculiar mindscapes that occupy the MONSTER PARTY cast! We don't want to spoil anything, but if you like spicy banter about Star Wars, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, gashapon, movie set archeology, future carpet tech, superhero streets, and sci-fi plumbling, this episode is definitely your jam!
Joining us for this conversational cataclysm is a return guest and MONSTER PARTY pal, who never ceases to amaze! He's an ingenious painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and makeup FX wizard, who has lent his talents to such companies as KNB EFX GROUP and DON POST STUDIOS! Please welcome back the incomparable... MARK TAVARES! (LAND OF THE DEAD, SPY KIDS, WISHMASTER, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, HONEY I BLEW UP THE KID, CHILD'S PLAY 3, BILL & TED'S BOGUS ADVENTURE, IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, DR. GIGGLES, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD, SUPER ADVENTURE TEAM (With MATT WEINHOLD!), and MANY MORE!
THIS TIME, ANYTHING GOES ON AND ON AND ON!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Anything_Goes_The_Obliteration__Mark_Tavares.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm PDT
Mon, 10 April 2023
MONSTER PARTY WANTS TO HAVE A WORD WITH YOU!
This time, JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take a psychiatric approach to fun! No, it's not getting juiced up on meds and wrestling each other in a padded room. It's... THE MONSTER PARTY WORD ASSOCIATION GAME!!!
This game works just the way you think! The members of MONSTER PARTY take turns presenting a word to the others, and must immediately respond with the first horror, sci-fi, or fantasy thing that pops into their heads. It's just that simple... and disturbing!
This topic was first stress-tested in a special, PATREON ONLY episode, and was proven to be sound. It also proves that there's nothing better for body and mind than becoming a MONSTER PARTY PATRON! Well, there may be a few things better. Like some med-fueled padded room wrestling!
We think you'll enjoy this rare peek inside the collective subconscious of MONSTER PARTY, and hope you'll try this game out with your family and friends. If they can handle it!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Monster_Party_Word_Association_Game.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm PDT
Mon, 27 March 2023
MONSTER PARTY HAS A CULT FOLLOWING! AND WE CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO CATCH US!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, take another in-depth look at the films that fly below the mainstream, yet have managed to gain a loving and loyal audience. Can your viewing queue handle the stress as... THE KILLER CULT FILMS STRIKE BACK!
Like in our previous cult film episodes, we present a more than ample helping of mind-blowing, genre-bending cinema, gauranteed to spice up any midnight movie night. We've got imaginative foreign films, unhinged horror gems, sci-fi curios, outrageous comedies, rock-n' roll fantasies, cult film classics, fun failures, and more! So much more, we'll have to do another episode!
Joining us once again for this orgy of oddities, is our go-to guide to the off-beat. He's a celebrated film historian, author, journalist, reviewer, and host of the eternally-running cable TV show, MEDIA FUNHOUSE! Please welcome back, our MONSTER PARTY cult film curator... ED GRANT! (THE MOTION PICTURE GUIDE, TV GUIDE, MOVIES ON TV, FILMS IN REVIEW, PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO, VIDEOSCOPE, THE VIDEO MOVIE GUIDE, GROOVY MOVIES)
THE KILLER CULT FILMS ARE BACK! AND IF YOU'RE LUCKY... YOU MAY BE THEIR VICTIM!
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Killer_Cult_Films_Strike_Back_Ed_Grant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:40pm PDT
Mon, 13 March 2023
MONSTER PARTY BRINGS YOU A PETRIFYING PROGRAM OF PECULIAR PAIRINGS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, delve the depths of their film knowledge, to create the ultimate in imaginary movie mashups. Get your hot-oiled popcorn ready for... THE MONSTER PARTY MOVIE MARQUEE!!!
In a game that we're fairly confident you've all played, we come up with our own dream billings of horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. We're talkin' double features, triple features, and even "Go Ape" style movie marathons. We've linked the films by theme, but also by title, with the later primarily for comedic effect. Because we love comedic effects! But only if they're practical.
Joining us for all this marquee-noclastic merriment , is a film connoisseur, a valued friend, and a return guest! He's not only a renowned actor, TV host, filmmaker, and comedian (from The Tonight Show!!!), but a long time MONSTER PARTY supporter and fan! Please welcome back, the eternally entertaining... MARK PITTA! (THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, MAD ABOUT YOU, 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN, DR. KATZ: PROFESSIONAL THERAPIST, MORNINGS ON 2, TOTALLY HIDDEN VIDEO)
FOR THIS EPISODE, MONSTER PARTY IS BOOKING THE THEATER! BUT WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILTY FOR THE HOTDOGS!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Monster_Party_Movie_Marquee_Mark_Pitta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm PDT
Mon, 27 February 2023
MONSTER PARTY GOES TO WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE FACE!
SHAWN SHERIDAN, JAMES GONIS, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, genuflect at the feet of the artform that has shaped them! Raises your glasses and man your bladder pumps, as MONSTER PARTY salutes... THE ART OF PRACTICAL EFFECTS!!!
MONSTER PARTY loves practical effects! Sure, CGI is now all the rage, but nothing puts a spring in our step like seeing an actor bring life to a foam rubber makeup appliance! Or an animatronic alien wreaking havoc!! Or latex skin bubbling! Or stop motion dinosaurs! Or live action dinosaurs! Or... Sorry. Sometimes we get a bit carried away.
In this episode, we champion the genius of classic makeup legends like Lon Chaney, Jack Pierce, John Chambers, William Tuttle, and the Westmore family, as well as the groundbreaking work of trailblazers like Dick Smith, Rick Baker, Rob Bottin, and Stan Winston. And in the SFX category, we've always got some love for greats like Willis O' Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and Eiji Tsuburaya!
Joining us for this parade of practical praise, is a guest who knows of what he speaks He's an Emmy Award-winning makeup FX artist, who has worked on such iconic projects as JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING, LEGEND, THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV MOVIES, CRITTERS, TREMORS, COMMUNION, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, MEN BLACK, CSI, and MORE! Please welcome our new mega-talented monster kid friend .. JOHN GOODWIN!
AND... IF YOU ENJOYED THIS EPISODE (HOW COULD YOU NOT?), PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL "PATREON ONLY" EPISODE WITH JOHN GOODWIN AT THE VALLEY RELICS MUSEUM! IT'S THE PRACTICAL THING TO DO.
Direct download: Monster_Party_The_Art_of_Practical_Effects_John_Goodwin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm PDT
Mon, 13 February 2023
MONSTER PARTY WANTS TO BE YOUR VALENTINE! BUT... IT PROBABLY WON'T WORK OUT.
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, fully embrace the true VALENTINE'S DAY spirit, with an episode that explores the genre pitfalls of love. Get ready for Cupid's arrow to tear your heart out and show it to you, as MONSTER PARTY presents... DOOMED ROMANCES!!!
Let's face it, when it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship in horror, sci-fi, or fantasy films, the track record isn't good. Sure, at the end of some films, it my seem like the happy couples go off to live happily ever after... but what about after that? And what if you're in love with a monster? Or an alien? Or a murderer? Or all three at once? And don't get us started about dudes who don't tell you about their army of rats!
To help us understand the complexities of all these dubious hookups, we enlisted the best romance expert we could find, with the least amount of effort. She's an Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, and a dear friend of MONSTER PARTY, not to mention, the object of your doomed affections. Please welcome back, the always awesome... SUE MURPHY (THE SOUP, CHELSEA LATELY, WANDA AT LARGE, THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW, THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, EWOKS)
MONSTER PARTY LOVES YOU! IT'S JUST THAT WE'RE NOT IN LOVE WITH YOU.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Doomed_Romances_Sue_Murphy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT
Mon, 30 January 2023
LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! IT'S... WE HAVE NO IDEA!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, unearth some of the strange, stupid, or forgotten superheroes of yesteryear. Get ready for a heapin' helping of hazy heroics, as MONSTER PARTY presents... SUPERHERO OBSCURA!!!
In this current golden age of superhero films, TV shows, video games, and of course, comic books, there has been no shortage of A-list meta-human material. And during this time, a few lesser known characters like The Guardians of the Galaxy have blasted their way to being household names. Does this mean that some other forgotten heroes may have a chance to re-surface and make it to the big time? In this podcast, we hope to make that happen!
We've got obscure superheroes from golden age funnybooks, defunct publishers, little known satirical sendups, short-lived cartoons, failed TV pilots, and more!
Joining us in "The Fortress of Monster-tude," is a long-time friend and supporter of our show. He's an acclaimed author, writer, actor, improvisor, and podcaster, who also has the fascinating job of coming up with names for the world's most memorable things! Um, Swiffer anyone? MONSTER PARTY is proud to welcome back the lovely and talented... MARC HERSHON! (SUCCOTASH: THE COMEDY SOUNDCAST SOUNDCAST, THE FUNSTER, I HATE PEOPLE!, THE CALIFORNIANS, WEDDING DAZE, MONSTER MAKERS, SANTA JR., DIRECTOR OF NAMING AND VERBAL IDENTITY AT LANDOR & FITCH)
MONSTER PARTY SAYS: "UNMEMORABLES ASSEMBLE!"
Direct download: Monster_Party_Superhero_Obscura_Marc_Hershon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:14pm PDT
Sun, 15 January 2023
ONCE AGAIN, MONSTER PARTY IS READY FOR A ROOM RUMBLE!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to the hypothertical "room" where your favorite genre characters get up in each other's grill. Get ready for another round of ferocious face offs, as we bring you... WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 7: CARNAGEPALOOZA!!!
Long time listeners know how these episodes work, but for those of you just tuning in, here's the deal. It's just like the classic schoolyard game where you choose fictional characters from sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, put them in a room, and force them to do battle. Why? Because you can!
Joining us for this pugnacious podcast is a long-time friend of the show, who always knows a good fight when he sees one one. He's not only a successful actor, director, producer, and voice artist, but also the founder of the enormously popular, BIF! BANG POW! TOYS. And if that were not enough to make you swoon, he's currently the host of the YouTube sensation, PLASTIC SOUL: THE POP CULTURE SHOW BY ENTERTAINMENT EARTH! MONSTER PARTY is absolutely giddy to welcome back... JASON LENZI! (CANNONBALL, WIPEOUT, SUPERGROUP, BANDS REUNITED, BEAT THE GEEKS, LET'S BOWL)
MONSTER PARTY WANTS A PIECE OF YOU! SPECIFICALLY, THE PART THAT LISTENS TO OUR SHOW.
Direct download: Monster_Party_Who_Would_Win_Vol_7_Carnagepalooza_Jason_Lenzi.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm PDT
Sun, 1 January 2023
THE TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL IS BACK, BUT A CERTAIN PROP HAD OTHER PLANS!
JAMES GONIS, SHAWN SHERIDAN, LARRY STROTHE, and MATT WEINHOLD, return to the topic that is all topics! But due to a slight hiccup, we don't have our beloved plastic skull full of exciting, and sometimes moldy talking points. Thus, we present... TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL: OUT OF OUR SKULL EDITION!!!
In past "TOPIC FREE-ALL" episodes, we'd usually pull strips of paper with random topics out a plastic skull, and discuss whatever was written on them. But at the last minute, we discovered the skull was inaccessible. Not giving in to defeat, we quickly retooled our topic choosing process, and the show was saved! But we're not going to lie... the skull was missed.
One thing that did go very right was our choice of a guest! He's an acclaimed comedian, writer, cartoonist, friend of the show, and no stranger to TOPIC FREE-FOR-ALL! MONSTER PARTY is pleased to start the new year with the lovely and talented... JOHN MATTA! (MATTA NAPKIN, BEWARE THE BATMAN, THE EPIC TALES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, BE COOL, SCOOBY DOO!, DUCK DODGERS, THE MARTIN SHORT SHOW)
BONUS: IF ALL THIS IS NOT ENOUGH NEW YEAR MERRIMENT, WE'VE GOT A SPECIAL REVIEW OF THE NEW NETFLIX SERIES, "WEDNESDAY", BY OUR OWN KATHY STROTHE! IT'S TUBULAR!
SUCK ON THAT 2023!
Direct download: Monster_Party_Topic_Free-For-All_Out_Of_Our_Skull_Edition_John_Matta.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm PDT