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Frankenstein's Podcast

Frankenstein's Podcast

By Joe Praska and Kalid Hussein
Kalid and Joe discuss creature-features, monsters, supernatural beasts, aliens and the like from all corners of pop. culture.
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28 - 'STAR WARS' DAY SPECIAL! The Rancor w/Luke Johnson
May the Fourth be with you 2021 edition! It's a Frankenstein's Podcast STAR WARS DAY special! Joined by friend of the podcast & Star Wars expert, Luke Johnson, Kalid & Joe chat about one of the franchise's most iconic monsters, the Rancor. Shout out to Jim Hall for the music! Check out more of his stuff here, and if you like what you hear, please consider donating to support his work here! And also, thanks to Alex Wozniak for help with editing his episode. Episode notes can be found here.
01:12:59
May 4, 2021
27 - BOOK CLUB! Junji Ito's 'Uzumaki' w/Jim Tandberg
We're back with another BOOK CLUB! episode! Kalid & Joe are joined by artist, anime/manga aficionado, and longtime friend, Jim Tandberg, to discuss Junji Ito's pioneering horror manga, 'Uzumaki,' about a town haunted by spirals. Shout out to Jim Hall for the music! Check out more of his stuff here, and if you like what you hear, please consider donating to support his work here! Episode notes can be found here.
01:11:50
April 20, 2021
26 - ‘Pandorum’ and Crafting Monsters w/Cole Taylor & Travis Milloy
Kalid & Joe sit down with writer/director, Travis Milloy (Pandorum, Infinity Chamber), and writer/VFX professional, Coleman Taylor, to chat about the 2009 sci-fi/horror creature-feature Pandorum, writing and creating monsters, the evolution of creature effects, and more!  Shout out to Jim Hall for the music! Check out more of his stuff here, and if you like what you hear, please consider donating to support his work here! Episode notes can be found here.
01:20:02
April 6, 2021
25 - Playing Gods, Monsters and Aliens w/Dominic Burgess
Kalid and Joe have a chat with actor & writer Dominic Burgess. Dominic has made a name for himself as a recognizable character actor in a number of projects and has built an impressive resume of genre roles, including The Flash, The Magicians, and Star Trek: Picard. We talk about our geeky interests, prosthetics/makeup, the VFX processes, and what it's like to play a such a varied myriad of wacky characters! Shout out to Jim Hall for the music! Check out more of his stuff here, and if you like what you hear, please consider donating to support his work here! Episode notes can be found here.
01:10:22
March 23, 2021
24 - Deep Sea Double Feature! ('Underwater' & 'The Meg') w/Emelyne Museaux
Kalid & Joe are joined by certified life coach, movie junkie, TV fanatic and co-host of the GBB Podcast, Emelyne Museaux, for a double feature! We chat about two, deep-sea creature features: Jon Turteltaub's The Meg from 2018 and William Eubank's Underwater from 2020. Special shout out to Jim Hall for the music! Please consider donating to support his work! Episode notes can he found here.
01:33:19
March 9, 2021
23 - 'The Thing' w/Erik Kollasch
Kalid and Joe are joined by editor, movie-buff, and friend of the podcast, Erik Kollasch, to discuss John Carpenter's classic creature-feature, 'The Thing,' from 1982 and (of course) its titular monster. Special shout out to Jim Hall for the music! Please consider donating to support his work! Episode notes can he found here.
01:19:41
March 4, 2021
22 - The Monsterpocalypse in 'Love & Monsters' w/Nicole Praska
Kalid and Joe are joined by Nicole Praska (who made her first appearance on the podcast back in Episode 6) to discuss the creatures from the 2020 film, Love & Monsters, from director Micheal Matthews. Special shout out to Jim Hall for the new music! Please consider donating to support his work! Episode notes can he found here.
01:06:26
February 9, 2021
21 - BOOK CLUB! Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
Kalid and Joe discuss the first volume of the Hugo & Eisner Award-winning comic series, Monstress, by Marjoire Liu with art from Sana Takeda from Image Comics.  Volume 1 - titled, Awakening - brings together the first 6 issues of the series in trade paperback format. Episode notes can be found here.
52:52
January 26, 2021
20 - The Destroyer from 'Xena: Warrior Princess' (S4E03, "A Family Affair")
Kalid & Joe discuss The Destroyer, featured in the 3rd episode of season 4 ("A Family Affair") of Xena: Warrior Princess.  Episode notes can be found here.
54:08
January 12, 2021
19 - Geeking Out Over Star Trek & Prosthetics w/Noah Averbach-Katz
Actor Noah Averbach-Katz (currently portraying the Andorian, Ryn, on Star Trek: Discovery) joins Kalid and Joe to chat and just generally geek out out about Star Trek, creature effects, Doug Jones, Dungeons & Dragons and more!  Noah Averbach-Katz is a Julliard-trained actor who has taken part in a number of theater productions as well as some film and television roles.  He's currently portraying the newest Andorian character, Ryn, in the newest season of Star Trek: Discovery alongside his wife, Mary Wiseman, who plays Sylvia Tilly.  Apart from Trek, he's an avid Dungeons & Dragons player and works to support programs such as T1International (to support his fundraiser, click here) achieve their goals of providing access to insulin for all who need it.  You can follow Noah on Twitter @N_A_K and be sure to watch Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access!  Episode notes can be found here.
56:50
December 29, 2020
18 - Monstrous Festivities in 'Krampus' w/Joel Brewster
Kalid & Joe are joined by writer and genre-buff, Joel Brewster of Westcoast Strange, to chat about the 2015 Christmas-themed horror movie, Krampus, directed by Mike Dougherty & starring Adam Scott and Toni Collette.   Episode notes can be found here.
01:17:08
December 22, 2020
17 - Death Angels from 'A Quiet Place' w/Chris Harvey
Kalid and Joe are joined by longtime friend & host of the Crime Therapy podcast, Chris Harvey, to discuss John Krasinski's 2018 creature-feature, 'A Quiet Place.'   Episode notes can be found here.
01:10:39
December 15, 2020
16 - ZOMBIES! From 'Shaun of the Dead'
Kalid and Joe do Zombies!  We specifically chat about the 2004 classic, 'Shaun of the Dead,' and the numerous zombie-related references throughout. Episode notes can be found here.
01:03:50
December 1, 2020
15 - Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers from ‘C.H.U.D’ w/Mike Lester
Comedian, Mike Lester from the I Love You, Mana podcast, joins Kalid & Joe to unpack all that is C.H.U.D. - the 1984 hidden gem of a film from director Douglas Cheek.   Episode notes can be found here.
01:09:23
November 17, 2020
14 - The creatures of 'A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting' w/Miss Shannan Paul
Joined by fellow podcaster, radio & TV host, Miss Shannan Paul, Kalid & Joe discuss the monsters and creatures of Netflix's new Halloween flick, 'A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting,' based on the book of the same name by Joe Ballarini and directed by Rachel Talalay. Episode Notes can be found here.
01:13:55
October 27, 2020
13 - Ripper the Tardigrade from 'Star: Trek Discovery' w/Michael AKA The TREKLAD
This episode, Kalid & Joe are joined by Micheal (AKA The Treklad) to talk about the mushroom-loving tardigrade-esque creature lovingly referred to as 'Ripper,' from 'Star Trek: Discovery.' We focus on episodes 3-5 of season 1 that make up what we call, 'the tardigrade arc.' Episode notes can be found here.
01:22:46
October 20, 2020
12 - Audrey II from 'Little Shop of Horrors' w/Heather Shapiro
This episode, Kalid & Joe get their groove on to a monster musical! Joined by comedic writer, director and actor, Heather Shapiro, the crew discuss Frank Oz's 1986 film, Little Shop of Horrors, and its carnivorous, monstrous plant, Audrey II.  Episode notes can be found here.
01:19:20
October 6, 2020
11 - The Werewolf from 'An American Werewolf in London' w/Collin Brehmer
Beware the moon! Kalid & Joe are joined by movie fan, podcaster and pop culture fanatic, Collin Brehmer of the Thirst for the Worst podcast, to chat about the 1981 John Landis horror/comedy classic, An American Werewolf in London.   Episode notes can be found here.
01:11:08
September 22, 2020
10 - The Gremlin from "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (The Twilight Zone)
Kalid & Joe discuss the classic episode, 'Nightmare at 20,000' and its infamous Gremlin that terrorized a young, despondent William Shatner for 25 minutes. Remember, when you listen to this episode, just know that you are about to enter...The Twilight Zone.  Episode notes can be found here.
44:44
September 8, 2020
9 - Brudlefly from 'The Fly' w/Zed Cutsinger
Kalid and Joe are joined by comedy writer and movie connoisseur, Zed Cutsinger, of the Views from the Vista and Male Gaze podcasts to talk David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of The Fly!  Episode notes can be found here.
01:10:32
August 25, 2020
8 - BOOK CLUB! Bitter Root Volume 1: Family Business
Kalid & Joe discuss the first volume of the Eisner Award winning comic series, Bitter Root (written by Chuck Brown and David F Walker and illustrated by Sanford Greene), and its wide array of monsters such as the hate-fueled Jinoo. Episode notes can be found here.
01:02:38
August 11, 2020
7 - Five Short Films for Monster Lovers w/Rod Faulkner
Kalid & Joe are joined by Rod Faulkner, creator of the 7th Matrix and host of the Eye on Sci-Fi Podcast, to discuss another 'corner' of pop. culture: short films!  We discuss 5 independently produced short films that feature monsters that we think fans of this podcast would enjoy. In order, we discuss: - The Birch - Blackwood - The Fisherman - Dark Wake - Dispel Episode notes can be found here.
01:05:30
July 28, 2020
6 - The Jennifer Succubus from 'Jennifer's Body' w/Nicole praska
On this episode, Kalid and Joe are joined by a very special guest: Joe's wife, Nicole Praska!  Nicole is a scientist, geek and feminist who brings a unique perspective to this episode's discussion which centers around the 2009 Karyn Kusama/Diablo Cody film, 'Jennifer's Body,' and the titular Jennifer who - through unfortunate circumstances - becomes a succubus who upends and disrupts the goings on in her small, northern-Minnesota hometown. Episode notes can be found here.
58:24
July 14, 2020
5 - The Gentlemen from "Hush" (Buffy the Vampire Slayer S4E10)
In this episode, Kalid and Joe chat about the eerily creepy and unnervingly polite Gentlemen from the renowned 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' episode, "Hush." Episode notes can be found here.
37:26
June 30, 2020
4 - The Entity from 'It Follows'
This episode, Kalid and Joe watch David Robert Mitchell's 2014 horror flick, 'It Follows,' and then discuss the mysterious, amorphous, relentless...thing...that follows the characters known as The Entity! And, as we mention early on in the episode, here are the links to help out protesters and those out there fighting for equality: National Bail Fund Network Reclaim the Block And one more we forgot to mention in the episode itself: American Civil Liberties Union Episode notes can be found here.
55:23
June 16, 2020
3 - Winged Devourers from 'The Beastmaster'
Kalid and Joe marvel at the unique world of Don Coscarelli's 'The Beastmaster,' while discussing one of its oddest features: the eery, humanoid, bird-like creatures known as the Winged Devourers! Episode notes can be found here.
46:01
June 2, 2020
2 - Gorilla Wolf Dogs from 'Attack the Block'
Kalid and Joe bite into (heh heh) Joe Cornish's 2011 alien creature-feature, Attack the Block starring John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker.  Do these aliens pass the 'four bears' test?  Will Kalid fight with or flirt with them?  Tune in to find out! Episode notes can be found here.
32:03
May 19, 2020
1 - The Gwoemul from 'The Host'
'The Host' is a 2006 South Korean monster flick directed by Bong Joon-ho about a mutated river creature that kidnaps a man's daughter the subsequent search for the missing girl by the man and his family.  Listen to Kalid & Joe stammer, fumble and awkwardly pause their way through their...let's say 'pilot' episode of this podcast while hints of an intelligent conversation sometimes poke through about this movie and it's monster. Episode notes can be found here.
37:21
May 5, 2020