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Make Your Own Damn Podcast

Make Your Own Damn Podcast

By Lucas Mangum
Make Your Own Damn Podcast is a show where co-hosts Lucas Mangum and Jeff Burk look back on the wonderful, whacky films of Troma Entertainment.
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Talkin' Troma with Talkin' Troma's Zack Beins
Filmmaker and host of the excellent Talkin' Troma podcast stops by Make Your Own Damn Podcast, and together we round robin our 5 favorite Troma movies. Things get crazy and weird, as expected. 
September 20, 2021
All the Love You Cannes
Jeff and Lucas take a gander at Lloyd Kaufman's documentary ALL THE LOVE YOU CANNES and pivot to discuss their own experiences with industrial trade shows in the world of independent art. 
September 13, 2021
Super-crack! Exploding hookers! Weird science! Frankenhooker is New York grindhouse trash cinema meets Universal Monsters, and we love it! 
September 6, 2021
Bloodsucking Freaks
Made in 1976 by people mostly associated with the porn industry, Bloodsucking Freaks is quite possibly the most notorious Troma movie ever, but is it any good? Listen as Jeff and Lucas deep-dive, dissect, and analyze this cult classic.
August 30, 2021
The Suicide Squad (2021)
In 2018, director James Gunn (writer of Tromeo and Juliet) was fired from Disney. They rehired him a year later, but during that hiatus from the largest entertainment company on the planet, he wrote and directed The Suicide Squad. Of all his movies done since entering the mainstream, this most embodies the Troma spirit. 
August 24, 2021
Squeeze Play!
This week Jeff and Lucas look at the first of Lloyd Kaufman and company's sex comedies, the softball and sexy-time flick SQUEEZE PLAY! Plus, the many waves of feminism and the history of wet t-shirt contests!
August 16, 2021
Sick Sock Monsters From Outer Space
Want to make a movie but don't have any money? No problem. You got socks. You got garbage. You got recyclables. Sick Sock Monsters From Outer Space EMBODIES Lloyd Kaufman of Troma's single commandment: MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE. Is that a good thing? You'll have to listen to find out.
August 9, 2021
The Lucio Fulci Special
In 2001, five years after Italian director Lucio Fulci passed into the great beyond, Troma Entertainment picked up the distribution rights for the Godfather of Gore's low-budget dystopian sci-fi flick The New Gladiators (or Warriors of 2072). Jeff and Lucas deep-dive into this hidden gem, as well as announce the release of Lucas Mangum's newest book: The Final Gate. Co-written with Splatterpunk Award winner Wesley Southard, it's the ultimate prose tribute to the late horror maestro. You can preorder here:
August 2, 2021
Luther the Geek
In carnie terminology, a geek was a sideshow act involving the eating of strange, inedible things (in the old days, this often invited biting the heads of chickens). In Roger Ebert's review of the Troma classic Mother's Day, the critic used the term "geek cinema" to describe films intended to shock and disgust. Luther the Geek is a 1989 movie about a deranged killer terrifying a family after his release from prison. Jeff and Lucas dissect the latter in this latest episode of Make Your Own Damn Podcast, a podcast where they look back on the wonderful, whacky films of Troma Entertainment.
July 26, 2021
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
This week on Make Your Own Damn Podcast, we deep-dive on co-host Jeff's favorite Troma movie! With blood, goo, nudity, and political commentary, Poultrygeist is Lloyd Kaufman's Tromasterpiece.
July 19, 2021
Redneck Zombies
In this 1987 cult classic, the dead walk! But not because of a viral outbreak or hell running out of room. This time, it's ... radioactive moonshine? That's right, listeners! This week, Jeff and Lucas examine Pericles Lewnes's shot-on-video oddity Redneck Zombies.
July 12, 2021
Class of Nuke 'Em High
What's going on at Nuke 'Em High? Jeff and Lucas break it down for you when they examine this Troma classic and even uncover the previously undiscussed tragedy of the movie's monster!
July 5, 2021
Rabid Grannies
Jeff and Lucas examine the beloved possession flick Rabid Grannies. First things first, the villains the title refers to are neither rabid nor grannies. That said, it's still a great title, and this is a wild movie with a wild (and mysterious) production and release history.
June 28, 2021
Father's Day
Jeff and Lucas take a look at the sleeper grindhouse hit Father's Day. A joint venture between Troma and the now-defunct Astron-6, Father's Day is a wildly inappropriate and enjoyable slice of cinematic splatter and gonzo exploitation. Our hosts deep dive on the film itself as well as the gory details surrounding its production and subsequent release.
June 21, 2021
Tales from the Crapper
An anthology film in the tradition of EC comics but with way more nudity and fart jokes, Tales from the Crapper is truly one of the strangest entries in Troma's filmography, and that's saying something!
June 14, 2021
The First Turn-On
Before changing independent cinema forever with The Toxic Avenger, the Troma Team liked to get us hot while simultaneous making us laugh. The last of Kaufman and company's early sex comedies was The First Turn-On, a summer camp film all about losing your virginity. No, Jeff and Lucas do NOT share stories about their first times, but we dive balls-deep into this little-seen Troma classic.
June 7, 2021
Surf Nazis Must Die!
Long before we were punching Nazis, Leroy's Mama was shooting them on the beach! Jeff and Lucas examine the cult classic Surf Nazis Must Die.
May 31, 2021
Terror Firmer
Terror Firmer is the latest moneymaking Dali-esque masterpiece unleashed by director Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team. Their trademark manic humor combines with a new darker sensibility to create the latest in a legendary line of genre-bending classics. Inspired by Lloyd Kaufman’s book, “All I Need To Know About Filmmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger” (Penguin Putnam), Terror Firmer is the most action packed, most personal, most bizarre, and most commercial celluloidal adventure in the 25-year history of Troma Entertainment. Honored by Film Festivals the world over, Terror Firmer has firmly established Troma as THE fount of mass appeal alternative cinema, the world’s source for something challenging and original.
May 24, 2021
Mother's Day, Part 2
Co-hosts Jeff and Lucas look at Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day remake. The verdict? It's very good but for very different reasons than the original. We uncover the political subtext of the film as well as the real life crimes that inspired it. Follow Make Your Own Damn Podcast on Twitter and like it on Facebook.
May 17, 2021
Mother's Day, Part 1
This week, Jeff and Lucas do a deep dive on a 1979 murder-in-the-woods classic featuring a sadistic mother figure. No, not Friday the 13th. We're talking about Mother's Day. Shot across the lake from Friday the 13th at the same time, the filmmakers of each movie shared more than a wrap party as you'll soon find out. Join Jeff and Lucas as they examine the Charles Kaufman-directed classic, rape-revenge movies, and feminism in horror.
May 10, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Podcast: Tromeo & Juliet
"All the body-piercing, kinky sex, and car crashes that Shakespeare wanted but never had! Join Tromeo (Will Keenan), Juliet (Jane Jensen), and Lemmy of Motorhead as they travel through Manhattan’s underground in search of climactic love, violence, and the American Way. Tromeo and Juliet is thrust forward with hyper-kinetic performances and a cutting-edge soundtrack." Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum do a deep dive on the James Gunn and Lloyd Kaufman collaboration Tromeo & Juliet, a punk rock love story filled to the brim with Gen-X nihilism. Plus, when it comes to mealworms and maggots, what's in a name? The meteoric trajectory of James Gunn's career, Troma movies provide sexual awakenings, and penis monsters!
May 3, 2021
Cannibal! The Musical
Long before becoming household names with the creation of South Park, a couple of film students named Trey Parker and Matt Stone got together with their friends and classmates to make a movie about Alfred Packer, the first person convicted of cannibalism in the United States. The result was Cannibal! The Musical, an irreverent yet quaint film full of songs and flesh-eating. The last stop on their search for a distributor was the infamous Troma Entertainment and the rest is history. Hosts Lucas Mangum and Jeff Burk talk about everything from the making of the film, the film itself, the true story of Alfred Packer, the INSANE commentary track on the DVD and early experiences with Parker and Stone.
April 26, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Podcast: Troma's War
Jeff and Lucas discuss Troma's War, Lloyd Kaufman's attempt to take the entertainment company mainstream. With more squibs than The Wild Bunch, mainstream aspirations and one of the most uncomfortable scenes ever, Troma's War is an oddity in a catalog of oddities. 
April 19, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Podcast: Introduction
Welcome to the first episode of MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN PODCAST, a show where we look back at the wonderful, whacky films produced and distributed by Troma Entertainment. In the introduction, co-hosts Lucas Mangum and Jeff Burk talk about how they became Troma fans, discuss filmmaker and co-founder Lloyd Kaufman, and rundown the list of famous filmmakers and actors who have worked with Troma in the past. If you like this show, check out Jeff's books and Lucas' books.
April 19, 2021