Sunday, December 15, 2019

The G-g-g-ghosts of TCTT Christmas Past

Our latest episode, Ep99 - Night Killer (1990), is not only our last 'regular' episode, but it's also the last Christmas episode. Yep, it's a movie set during Christmas and lest you think we're reaching, a Christmas gift plays a dramatic role in the story, so we're counting.
We've compiled the Christmas episodes we've done over the years here, to make them easy to find for our listeners who might need a diversion from 'family fun' this season. Happy Holidays to you and have a wonderful New Year! Thank you for listening. We have one finale episode left that will be the original TCTT crew* left to go. After that, we'll finish our Attack of the Mushroom People riff and give that away and then close up shop for the foreseeable future. Cheers!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Night Killer (1990)

John Morgan and Ben McClure return to talk about NIGHT KILLER by "Clyde Anderson" (Claudio Fragasso), an erotic psycho-thriller with some Bruno Mattei slasher inserts added after the fact. Peter Hooten (Orca & the TV pilot for Dr. Strange) gives a fevered performance that is something to behold, but the whole film is a wild ride!

"Naw, see...if it were strep, there'd be little white patches in there."

There's something familiar about this Federico Kruegerrio character...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Demon Cop!!!

Matt's joined by regular guest Jacob Balcom and his cousin Seth Garon, who returns to talk about DEMON COP, the Blood Meridian or The Sound and the Fury of psychotronic auteur films. Demon Cop seems to be the tragic story of a widower who becomes the host of a demon of retribution & changes into a beast with the moon to stalk the members of Denver/Aurora Hills gangs. A virtually impenetrable web of exposition, non-sequitur scenes, and kaleidoscopic plot that simply must been seen to be believed.

"Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea..."

Cameron Mitchell isn't on a smoke break; he's WORKING

Monday, October 28, 2019

The final TCTT Halloween Mix is here!

The previous Halloween mixes have always been popular episodes, so we're pleased to offer up the last one before we close shop. Thanks for all the support and have a happy Halloween.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The 2019 Halloween Episode Extravaganza!

IT'S HERE! Our final Halloween episode of the run and we've got a doozy. Joseph Dufresne, creator & host to TV and the Internet's Uncle Eerie Lee Shivers, joins us to talk about horror hosts of the past and today, Halloween annual must-watch classic films, and Mark (FEEDERS) Polonia's 2009 HALLOWEENIGHT.

on FACEBOOK on YouTube


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

BONUS ep: Horror-enaissance!

The Halloween ep will be here tomorrow, but here's a snippet that was cut for time. Matt and his guest Joseph Dufresne discuss whether or not we're in a renaissance of horror now.

Sunday, September 29, 2019


We are happy to share links to downloads of past movie riffs with you. Thanks to all who either purchased them from Rifftrax or donated to charities for them in the past. At this point, we want to put them out there into the world to hopefully spread some joy to the folks who haven't seen them yet. The Ghosts of Hanley House and the Christmas Tree riffs are still available via our podcast feed and YouTube.
We have also compiled all of our post-episode "stingers" into one massive slab of psychotronic fun for you to enjoy at the end of this episode.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Matt Mair Lowery's LIFEFORMED & Fred Olen Ray's ALIEN DEAD

Matt is joined by Matt Mair Lowery, writer of Dark Horse Comics' LIFEFORMED, and Jason Farrell to talk about Matt's 2nd volume of his YA alien invasion opus and all things comics...and Fred Olen Ray's 1980 cinematic train wreck ALIEN DEAD, where a houseboat in a Florida Swamp meets a meteorite that creates flesh-eating zombies...that look like last-minute Halloween costumes. We've said it before and we'll say it again: ED WOOD GOT SCREWED!

Matt Mair Lowery's LIFEFORMED comic.

Jason Farrell's DOUGLAS & DRAGONS, an actual-play Pathfinder podcast

Emperor *there* was a villain, not this greasepaint rinky-dink horseshit here

"I can haz Lynyrd Skynyrd album?"

Monday, August 26, 2019

Dragon Hunt

Adam & Kyle return to review DRAGON HUNT, the canuxploitation sequel to TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER, sees the villain Jake return w/ a new metal hand & an armada of mercenaries. He wants the heads of Mick & Marty McNamara as revenge for losing the battle (and his hand) to them in the first movie. Ninjas, poachers, beast-masters...oh, my!

Pew! Pew! Aaaahhhhh! Ka-BOOOM!

Sir, has anyone ever told you that you look like W.C. Fields?

Monday, August 12, 2019

Ep94 - Howling: New Moon Rising (1995)

We had regular guests Joe Kincher & Jacob Balcom and their wives Jolie and Alicia join us for dinner and screening of Howling: New Moon Rising (a.k.a. Howling 7), a film by writer-producer-director-star Clive Turner.
After we finished the film, we tried to make sense of it. It takes place in Pioneertown, CA, and takes place in Pappy + Harriet's western saloon. There's footage from other Howling films, and two guys working for the church to stop the lycanthropic curse...we think. This was a mess.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Separating the ART from the ARTIST: Clownhouse (1988)

Jason Farrell and Joe Kincher join us to discuss Victor Salva, the director of Clownhouse, who was convicted for raping the child star this film from 1988, and how and why he has continued to have a film-making career over the last 30 years. This was a springboard to a larger discussion about the matter of separating the art from the artist.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lady Street Fighter (1981)

Matt tries to make sense of James Bryan & Renee Harmon's glorious grindhouse mess LADY STREET FIGHTER with guests John Morgan (a decorated TCTT veteran of Bryan/Harmon's THE EXECUTIONER, PART II) and first-time guest Ben. We had a blast picking up the pieces of our minds.

Support the amazing work the AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE is doing! Purchase the LADY STREET FIGHTER/REVENGE OF LADY STREET FIGHTER double fetaure Blu-Ray HERE and keep America strong!

Friday, June 21, 2019

WINGS HAUSER 2019: Wilding (1990)

In the aftermath of the Central Park Jogger case, two L.A. cops (demi-god Wings Hauser & Joey Travolta) clash with disaffected and detached teens of their city who are on a violent rampage. Jack & Lad from the Rogue Riffers join us to discuss this important message film ripped from yesterday's headlines...and more importantly, Wings Hauser.

Rogue Riffers:

Monday, June 17, 2019


We're ending Wings Hauser Month with a bang: Jack and Lad from the Rogue Riffers joined us to talk about WILDING: THE CHILDREN OF VIOLENCE, just one of the sleazy exploitation movies made to capitalize on the Central Park jogger case of 1989. Look for the episode here or in your feed soon.

Friday, June 7, 2019

WINGS HAUSER 2019: Street Asylum

Our 2nd annual Wings Hauser Month starts with a bang:
Jacob Balcom and Joe Kincher are back to discuss STREET ASYLUM: a quasi sci-fi tale about b-modded cops wilding out on the criminal scum of the not-at-all-future L.A.Featuring Nixon Watergate thug G. Gordon Liddy as a fascist ex-police running for mayor.

In Portland? Check out Joe's show at SUM Gallery:

Have ears? Check out Jacob's album:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 are the Wings beneath my Hauser

Our first episode of Wings Hauser month, STREET ASYLUM, is coming very soon. In the meantime, why not check out some of last year's offerings by some other great podcasters?

Living to Die

Cold Fire

Blood Money


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tales from the QuadeaD Zone!

Matt is joined by Devin Bruce and Andrew Shaw to discuss TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE, a shot-on-video horror anthology from 1987.
This flick plays like a Tales from the Dark Side episode that was locked in a hot car during a heatwave: loopy Casio themes, cam-mounted spotlights, and non-professional actors make for a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.

Devin does Scotch and Comics:

Andrew writes Cul-de-Sac:

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

TCTT at the Movies: Q, THE WINGED SERPENT (Larry Cohen Tribute)

The great screenwriter and director Larry Cohen left this earthly realm on March 23rd of 2019. The Hollywood Theatre in Portland dedicated a showing of Q: The Winged Serpent in his honor. Jacob Balcom and Matt got mic-ed up and attended the screening and then broke down the crazy later on Skype. Starring: Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, and Richard Roundtree and NYC.

Sunday, April 28, 2019


Jason Farrell and Joey Cruz join Matt to celebrate Walpurgisnacht/Hexennacht (or what we just call 'Halloween in April') by watching Hack-o'-Lantern a much sought-after VHS horror flick starring Hy Pyke as the satanic pumpkin-farming grandfather of the Drindle family. It's Halloween Night and Grandpa's been grooming grandson Tommy to dedicate his life to the Dark One (like a Satanic confirmation?). Meanwhile, someone in the coven's robes wearing a mask is dispatching folks, willy-nilly.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

TCTT Goes A*P*E at the Movies!

TCTT goes to the movies! Joined by JB from The Broken Plane Podcast, we ventured out to Joy Cinema to see A*P*E, a 3-D quickie aimed at beating Dino De Laurentiis' big-budget and much-hyped remake of KING KONG to the screen.
Shot in South Korea on a budget of $23,000 in 14 days, this one doesn't quite measure up to the Jeff Bridges one, but does that one have King Kong flipping the camera off? No, I didn't think so. How many 3-D snakes are thrown at and knock over the camera in that one

? Zero? Hard pass.

Monday, March 25, 2019


Matt is joined by Jacob Balcom and his cousin Seth Garon to discuss Michael J. Murphy's DEATH RUN. If Jacob were writing for TV Guide, his description would read "The grown-up kid from H.R. Pufnstuf and his girlfriend wake up in post-apocalyptic England to fight a Nazi and cannibals." Do we need to say more about this super-8 doozy?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Weng Weng in D'Wild Wild Weng!

Matt is joined by Gordie Adams and Rolito Galagate to discuss D'Wild Wild Weng, a western comedy adventure starring the 2' 9" martial arts film star of the Philippines Weng Weng. Mr. Weng and Gordon are sent to the Mexican region of the Philippines to investigate the death of the mayor of Santa Monica, a town that has been taken over by the evil Sebastian and his horde of Mexican stereotypes along with Ku Manchu and his samurai (ninjas).


Gordie podcasts, too. Check out his Gordcast.

Saturday, February 23, 2019


We've begun quietly sharing that we're retiring the show after Ep100.

We love doing it, but the time demands for selecting guests & scheduling recordings have become a bit too much. We should have hired an intern!

We're considering Ep85-100 our final "season" and looking forward to going out with a bang. We’ll be giving away some goodies, printing a small batch of shirts for guest gifts, and taking movie requests. 

So, let us know if there's a movie you'd like to hear us cover or a guest you'd like to have come on (or return to) the show, either in the comments or @thats_trash.

We appreciate each and every listener out there and hope you’ve enjoyed listening as much as we’ve loved talking about these movies over the years.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Matt, Joe, and Jacob do another in-person episode. This time Matt shared AFTER LAST SEASON and we talked about our feelings afterward. If you haven't seen I guess? You'll know another survivor when you meet them: a glazed look in their eyes, random small talk, and an aversion to '90s computer animation.

Your sculpture makes me want to stab my marshmallow face with an icicle.

Half the movie looks like this...seriously.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

New music from Dave Alluisi

Before TCTT, there was a book podcast called The Bookhouse Boys. BBoy Dave Alluisi has just shared an album of his wonderful intimate music. RIYL: Iron & Wine, Elliott Smith, and Leonard Cohen
Check it out.
You may remember Dave was a guest WAAAAY back on our third episode: ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Up next...and...lost Ex-Hustlers found

Next week, we'll be doing something a little different. We'll be watching a movie for the first time together and then recording our show immediately after (sort of like how we did with F.A.R.T.: The Movie, but 'tapping out' isn't an option this time).
This time, Joe and Jacob will come together to watch 2009's After Last Season...a movie with a cat-on-a-Casio soundtrack, a cardboard and paper MRI machine, and 'cutting edge' computer animation straight out of 1990's The Mind's Eye series. It appears that YT has had to pull the full film down, but you can find it if you roll your sleeves up and look.

 Also, Matt dug up the final track that the guys were wrapping up when the band Ex-Hustlers went on (what turned out to be permanent) hiatus. He edited together a final version of the various mixes and even made a vintage MTV-style music video for it. Enjoy.

Monday, February 4, 2019


Matt is joined by Kyle and Adam to discuss the 1986 Canuxploitation martial arts classic TWIN DRAGON ENCOUNTER. Mullets, mustaches, matching vans...SOLD! This movie stars Michael and Martin McNamara, twin kickboxing brothers who produced the film to brand themselves as Canada's answer to Chuck Norris (or the animated version of Rambo).

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Thank you, Mr. Miller...

Debuting in Roger Corman films of the '50s, Dick Miller was the jovial every-man character actor for generations of moviegoers.
A personal favorite is 1959's A Bucket of Blood, directed by Corman. It's hilarious and morbid and a perfect jab at the bohemian pretensions of the Beat era. He would often reprise that character, Walter Paisley, in other film and TV appearances: Hollywood Boulevard; The Howling; Twilight Zone: The Movie; Chopping Mall; Shake, Rattle & Rock; Rebel Highway...including his last role, in the as-yet-unreleased movie Hanukkah.

Thanks for all the thrills, chills, and laughs, Mr. Miller.

Sunday, January 13, 2019


Matt's love affair with the filmography of Renee Harmon continues. Joe and Jacob are back to talk about this 1986 shot-on-video movie that's got mad science, gaslighting, pool parties, a hooded killer, and a ghost. Directed by Felix Girard.