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By Lucas Mangum

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Ghostwatch: The TV Special That Traumatized an Entire Nation
Ghostwatch: The TV Special That Traumatized an Entire Nation
In 1992, the BBC aired a Halloween special starring its own anchors and featuring an excursion into a purportedly haunted house. The results led to Ghostwatch being one of the most controversial made-for-TV movies ever made. Jeff and Lucas unpack the movie itself and its notorious reputation.
01:32:43
January 26, 2023
The Deadly Spawn (1983 Monster Movie)
The Deadly Spawn (1983 Monster Movie)
Shot on a budget of only $25,000, The Deadly Spawn is an iconic 80s monster movie. As much as Jeff loathes 80s slashers, he loves 80s monster movies. Lucas likes both, big surprise. They dive into the making of this movie and highlight their favorite moments. 
01:16:15
January 19, 2023
Graduation Day (1981 Slasher Movie)
Graduation Day (1981 Slasher Movie)
This week on Make Your Own Damn Podcast, Lucas tortures Jeff with another slasher movie. This time it's the well-loved (but not by Jeff) 1981 hidden gem Graduation Day. Distributed by Troma Entertainment, this cult classic features Christopher George (Fulci's Zombi 2 and City of the Living Dead), Linea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Demons), and Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White!
01:17:03
January 12, 2023
Our Top Tens of 2022
Our Top Tens of 2022
Jeff and Lucas come back swinging with their top ten movies of the previous year. A lot of the entries may surprise you, but not as much as a plethora of internet issues surprised us this week. The gods did not want us to do a listicle, it seems, but we did it. We won. If you love the show, consider supporting us on the Patreon. 
01:35:41
January 06, 2023
Krampus (2015 Christmas Horror Comedy)
Krampus (2015 Christmas Horror Comedy)
Director Mike Dougherty followed up his Halloween masterpiece Trick 'r Treat with Krampus an old school monster movie set on Christmas. Jeff and Lucas rundown the film's plot, the production, and Christmas movies in general in this extra special Christmas spooktacular episode of Make Your Own Damn Podcast.
01:18:34
December 22, 2022
The Children (1980 American Horror Film)
The Children (1980 American Horror Film)
This week on Make Your Own Damn Podcast, Jeff and Lucas look at Troma's other killer kids movie. This one's got atomic hugs, body-melting, and a score by Friday the 13th's Harry Manfredini!
01:09:19
December 15, 2022
Cannibals II: The Flesheaters
Cannibals II: The Flesheaters
Jeff and Lucas discuss the much-maligned cannibal subgenre, as well as movies containing cannibalism either through explicit depictions or inference. Cannibal Ferox, Blood Diner, Motel Hell, Silence of the Lambs, The Green Inferno, and Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea all get mentions. Ruggero Deodato is still the king. We like Joe D'Amato too. Umberto Lenzi, not so much.
01:47:23
December 08, 2022
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989 Superhero Comedy)
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989 Superhero Comedy)
First, The Toxic Avenger saved Tromaville from a corrupt mayor and gym-rat bullies. Then, he took Tokyo, Godzilla-style. Now, he squares up against the Devil Himself in The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie. A self-fulfilling prophecy for Troma, it chronicles Toxie's selling out to Apocalypse Inc and subsequent redemption. It's an intriguing note in the company's history, but is it any good? Well, you'll have to listen and find out. If you want to support the show, check us out on Patreon.
01:08:57
November 24, 2022
Thankskilling 3: NOT the Worst Movie Ever
Thankskilling 3: NOT the Worst Movie Ever
A meta labor of love sequel to a DIY, no-budget slasher, THANKSKILLING 3 has the dubious honor of being called the worst movie of all time by armchair movie critics, but is it? The short answer is no, and you might be a poser if you think it is. If you're not a poser, and you'd like to support our show, stop by our Patreon for bonus episodes and other goodies: Make Your Own Damn Podcast is creating podcasts | Patreon
01:23:50
November 17, 2022
The Wedding Party: Brian DePalma's Student Film Starring Robert DeNiro
The Wedding Party: Brian DePalma's Student Film Starring Robert DeNiro
Somehow Troma Entertainment has the distribution rights to the 1940s-style wedding farce Brian DePalma made in graduate school. And Robert DeNiro's in it! We have... very little else.
46:34
November 10, 2022
The End of the World
The End of the World
Today, Jeff and Lucas discuss the much-maligned disaster movie genre. Like most much-maligned genres, we love it, and argue that it's a lot deeper and more interesting than its detractors would have you believe. 
01:21:04
November 03, 2022
Killer Condom (1996 Cult Horror Movie)
Killer Condom (1996 Cult Horror Movie)
A landmark film in the history of queer genre cinema, Killer Condom is a notorious entry in distributor Troma Entertainment's mid-90s revival. We've got a protagonist with a foot-long dong, prophylactics with sharp teeth designed by H.R. Geiger, mad scientists, and the grimy streets of pre-Guiliani New York. In other words, everything! Killer Condom is the rubber that rubs you out.
01:14:41
October 27, 2022
Cannibal Holocaust: Ruggero Deodato's Splatter Epic
Cannibal Holocaust: Ruggero Deodato's Splatter Epic
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Unquestionably the most controversial film ever made, Cannibal Holocaust was unleashed upon audiences in 1980. It's been talked about at-length, but Jeff Burk has uncovered some even more shocking behind-the-scenes information regarding this landmark film. And despite all its baggage, Cannibal Holocaust remains infuriatingly good. Support the podcast by buying our merch: Home | Make Your Own Damn Podcast (bigcartel.com)
02:42:57
October 20, 2022
PLAGA ZOMBIE (1997 Argentine Horror Film)
PLAGA ZOMBIE (1997 Argentine Horror Film)
PLAGA ZOMBIE is an independent horror movie short on resources but long on guts. Originally released in 1997, it launched a Latin American splatter franchise that's still going strong today. Jeff and Lucas take a deep dive into its goriest scenes.
01:00:49
October 14, 2022
Gimmicks Galore! The Art of William Castle
Gimmicks Galore! The Art of William Castle
Known primarily for schlocky hits like House on Haunted Hill and 13 Ghosts, William Castle was the horror genre's equivalent to a carnival barker. His movies came with unique theater experiences that still resonate to this day.
01:34:41
October 06, 2022
Splatter University (1982 American Slasher Movie)
Splatter University (1982 American Slasher Movie)
An 80s slasher movie with a Troma twist, Splatter University tells the age-old tale of an escaped mental patient stalking co-eds. Plus, the abortion conversation, dick stabbings, boob stabbings, and slasher movies where no character is safe.
01:14:37
September 29, 2022
The Nine Inch Nails Broken Movie
The Nine Inch Nails Broken Movie
We're not sure there's ever been a music video project like NIN's Broken Movie. A faux snuff film intercut with videos for every song off the Broken EP but "Last" and the two secret tracks, it was one of the most sought out pieces of media of the modern era. It was leaked to bootleg sites in the mid-2000s (purportedly by Trent Reznor himself), it's never had an official release. We discuss it in depth in this trip down memory lane for two 90s kids who are now approaching middle age. If you like the show, consider buying a shirt: Melting Tee | Make Your Own Damn Podcast (bigcartel.com)
01:30:39
September 22, 2022
The Taint (2011 Horror Comedy)
The Taint (2011 Horror Comedy)
In the late aughts, Virginia filmmakers Drew Bolduc Dan Nelson set out to film the post-apocalyptic splatter movie The Taint. An exploration of misogyny, violence, and sexual violence with some highly impressive Troma-esque gore, The Taint is the sort of B horror flick that would play well at a party. This episode was NOT sponsored by BlueChew.
47:20
September 15, 2022
20 Years of Eli Roth
20 Years of Eli Roth
Possibly the most polarizing figure in horror filmmaking, Eli Roth splattered onto the scene twenty years ago with CABIN FEVER. Jeff is a mega-fan, and in this week's episode, he argues for Roth's validity as a creator and personality. 
02:08:38
September 08, 2022
Girls School Screamers (1985 Supernatural Slasher Movie)
Girls School Screamers (1985 Supernatural Slasher Movie)
This week, Jeff and Lucas look at a slasher movie that also mines the haunted house and possession subgenres for its tropes. Girls School Screamers is basically a trope-fest, shot in Philadelphia in the 1980s by John P. Finnegan and distributed by Troma (who also reshot parts of the film). Lucas is much kinder to this one than Jeff is, but they both agree: the music by John Hodian is excellent.
56:03
September 01, 2022
The Town That Dreaded Sundown: A True American Horror Story
The Town That Dreaded Sundown: A True American Horror Story
In 1976, genre giants Samuel Z. Arkoff and Charles B. Pierce unleased the crime thriller THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, a film that inspired a meta sequel/remake by the makers of American Horror Story, local controversy, and nightmares for co-host Lucas Mangum. We dive deep into this effective slice of regional filmmaking.
01:56:43
August 25, 2022
Lollilove: Jenna Fischer's Pet Project Co-Starring James Gunn
Lollilove: Jenna Fischer's Pet Project Co-Starring James Gunn
Co-written and directed by Jenna Fischer (THE OFFICE), LOLLILOVE is a mockumentary with an emphasis on mocking! When two shallow celebrities land on a self-serving idea for helping the homeless, they embark on an odyssey of rejection, relationship strain, and getting in over their heads. LOLLILOVE is a movie that launched multiple careers, and it's funny as hell to boot! It's a prime example of "making your own damn movie" and criminally underseen, considering its place in Hollywood history. Leave it to Troma to make seeing this hidden gem possible.
01:29:30
August 18, 2022
Genre of Excess: The History, Influence, and Future of Body Horror
Genre of Excess: The History, Influence, and Future of Body Horror
According to Wikipedia, "body horror" is "is a subgenre of horror that intentionally showcases grotesque or psychologically disturbing violations of the human body." The most famous purveyor of such films is the legendary Canadian director David Cronenberg, but he is one of many creators to work in this subgenre that traces its roots back to Gothic literature and remains more popular than ever. Plus, the difference between body horror and gore films, the prophetic narrative of VIDEODROME, Alex Jones is going down, and 5 body horror films you haven't seen.
01:53:19
August 11, 2022
Fear Comes in Waves: 2009's TRIANGLE
Fear Comes in Waves: 2009's TRIANGLE
From IMDB, "Five friends set sail and their yacht is overturned by a strange and sudden storm. A mysterious ship arrives to rescue them, and what happens next cannot be explained." Vague? It's because you can't talk about 2009's TRIANGLE without spoiling it. Oops.
50:47
August 04, 2022
64 - THE TOXIC AVENGER, PART II: TOXIE TAKES TOKYO!
64 - THE TOXIC AVENGER, PART II: TOXIE TAKES TOKYO!
On the heels of the controversial TROMA'S WAR, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz returned to what brought em to the dance with THE TOXIC AVENGER, PART II. The film follows the titular monster hero of superhuman size and strength from the streets of Tromaville to the shores of Tokyo, where he arrives Godzilla style! Accidentally shot as a four-hour film, then split into two (with the later TOXIC AVENGER, PART III: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF TOXIE), the second entry of this ooey, gooey franchise struggles to live up to the triumphs of the original, but there are reasons for this. We dive in head-first. Plus, Lucas met Lloyd Kaufman, Wesley Southard's newest book, and getting ready for Scares That Care.
01:30:54
July 28, 2022
DETENTION: Music Video Maven Joseph Kahn's Meta-Slasher Masterpiece
DETENTION: Music Video Maven Joseph Kahn's Meta-Slasher Masterpiece
There has never been a movie like Joseph Kahn's DETENTION. Like an Adderall-fueled dubstep remix of a 90s slasher, things get meta quickly, but that's only the beginning! There's a time-traveling alien bear, a slasher named Cinderhella, subverted stereotypes, and no respect for genre tropes. We at MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN PODCAST love it and think you will too!
01:47:58
July 14, 2022
MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL: STORY OF A JUNKIE (1987 Exploitation Film)
MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL: STORY OF A JUNKIE (1987 Exploitation Film)
In this controversial film, punk filmmaker Lech Kowalski gives us an up-close and personal look at the life of a junkie in 1980s New York. Awash in pre-Guliani grime and featuring scenes of authentic heroin use, STORY OF A JUNKIE is quintessential exploitation cinema. It's an ugly and uncomfortable watch, absent of story or commentary. Instead, Kowalski opted to frankly document these scenes without judgment or additional context. Our take: smoke weed, trip hard, but avoid the hard stuff like the plague.
01:01:13
July 07, 2022
The Importance and Legacy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
The Importance and Legacy of Anchor Bay Entertainment
Anchor Bay Entertainment can date its origins back to two home video distributors: Video Treasures, formed in 1985, and Starmaker Entertainment, founded in 1988. The companies competed with each other for years, until they were sold to the Handleman Company, and formed a new corporate umbrella: Anchor Bay Entertainment, on May 2, 1995. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Anchor Bay specialized in the release of horror films, particularly cult films and slasher movies from the 1970s and 1980s, exposing the likes of Lucio Fulci, the EVIL DEAD films, and DAY OF THE DEAD to an entire generation of genre fans through their special edition, uncut releases.
01:48:33
June 30, 2022
A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990 Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy)
A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1990 Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy)
One of Troma's most publicized titles, even decades after its release, A NYMPHOID BARBARIAN IN DINOSAUR HELL takes viewers in a post-nuclear fallout version of Tromaville, where all manner of mutants run rampant. Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum take a deep dive into the cult hit, the low-budget production, and when it became the subject of clickbait outrage in 2010.
01:22:21
June 23, 2022
Extreme Horror Cinema is Back with THE SADNESS
Extreme Horror Cinema is Back with THE SADNESS
THE SADNESS is quintessential splatter horror. Inspired by the controversial CROSSED comics, this Taiwanese rage-zombie flick serves as a stark contrast to elevated horror and monster-as-metaphor movies that dominate the box office and streaming platforms.  When the populace of their city goes mad with sexually violent urges, a young couple traverses the carnage, hoping to find each other, but who is immune, and can they stay safe? Now streaming on Shudder and rife with Covid-era paranoia, THE SADNESS has drawn comparisons to the likes of A SERBIAN FILM and CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST for its extreme content. 
01:28:02
June 16, 2022
Leatherface versus Debbie Rochon in HELLBLOCK 13
Leatherface versus Debbie Rochon in HELLBLOCK 13
On the eve of her execution, serial killer Tara (Debbie Rochon) passes the time by telling The Executioner (Gunnar Hansen, Leatherface in the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) a trilogy of horror stories, but that's not all she has planned for the night! HELLBLOCK 13 is Troma Entertainment's foray into the anthology format. Jeff and Lucas discuss the film and their favorite horror anthologies. 
01:20:05
June 09, 2022
Found Footage, Analog Horror, ARGs, and Suspension of Disbelief
Found Footage, Analog Horror, ARGs, and Suspension of Disbelief
In the summer of 1999, horror fans were treated to the now seminal THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Not even a decade later, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise launched and consequently generated a resurgence of films using the found footage technique. While these are the two most notable examples, a plethora of other movies--not solely horror--have employed found footage to tell their stories. The technique has a rich history, stretching beyond the medium of film and all the way back to epistolary novels such as DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN. Plus, PETSCOP, THE SUN HAS VANISHED, and GEMINI HOME ENTERTAINMENT are prime examples of how the technique has evolved, the reason why this approach works so well, and a list of obscure found footage movies you probably haven't seen. 
02:03:37
June 02, 2022
The Most Tasteless True Crime Documentary Ever Made
The Most Tasteless True Crime Documentary Ever Made
Lauded by the hosts of LAST PODCAST ON THE LEFT as the trashiest true crime documentary ever made, BAZAAR BIZARRE chronicles the life and crimes of serial killer Bob Berdella. Released by Troma Entertainment in 2004, it features interviews with those involved in the case intercut with gory reenactments, musical numbers, and rage-fueled narration by crime writer James Ellroy. There has never been a movie like BAZAAR BIZARRE. It's tasteless, even for Troma, and we at MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN PODCAST love it.
01:08:10
May 26, 2022
The Strange Saga of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1971 Exploitation Horror Film)
The Strange Saga of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD (1971 Exploitation Horror Film)
I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is quintessential exploitation horror. It was made specifically to compete with the graphic violence on display in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, it was sold as a double feature with I EAT YOUR SKIN, a film made almost a decade earlier and never distributed, and writer/director David E. Durston went on from it to make hardcore gay pornography before leaving filmmaking for three decades. When a group of LSD-addled, devil-worshipping hippies terrorize the residents of a small town, a young boy exacts horrific revenge by feeding them meat pies injected with rabies. It isn’t long before everyone goes mad and all manner of carnage ensues. The first film to get an X-rating by the MPAA for violence alone, and heavily censored upon release, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD is 1970s exploitation horror at its best.
01:34:29
May 19, 2022
Beware! Children at Play (1989 Horror Film)
Beware! Children at Play (1989 Horror Film)
From Troma's website: "Childhood used to be about jumping rope and playing hopscotch…but in one little backwoods town it’s now about slitting throats and eating flesh! While visiting Tromaville, the DeWolfe family discover a terrifying secret. God-fearing parents panic as their children mysteriously disappear. Little do they know that only thing worse than their children disappearing would be them coming back! Lured into a cannibalistic cult, doe-eyed innocents are transformed into mindless killing machines. Parents and children face off in the most stomach-churning finale of mutilated flesh to bloody the screen!"
01:11:54
May 12, 2022
Why Do We Love This Sick Sh*t?
Why Do We Love This Sick Sh*t?
Cannibalism, torture, rape, war crimes, and necrophilia. These are common themes found in underground cinema and extreme horror. Is it possible for art to go too far? What is the appeal of this vile content to seemingly well-adjusted fans? Authors Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum attempt to unpack these questions and more as they examine some of the most extreme films ever made. This episode is one of self-reflection where they ask themselves why such material appeals to them. Plus, what are the political underpinnings of these films? Which films are more concerned with personal horrors? And what movie perfectly bridges the gap between the personal and the political? This is Make Your Own Damn Podcast's most intense discussion yet. You've been warned.
01:22:45
May 06, 2022
Hollywood Kills! The Meta Brilliance of Rufus B. Seder's SCREAMPLAY
Hollywood Kills! The Meta Brilliance of Rufus B. Seder's SCREAMPLAY
The Troma Team is proud to present SCREAMPLAY, the story of aspiring screenwriter Edgar Allen (Rufus B. Seder) as he arrives in Hollywood carrying his most valuable possessions: a battered suitcase and a typewriter. Edgar Allen’s best attribute is his wild imagination. He imagines scenes so vividly for the murder mystery he is writing that they seem to come to life…and they do! As mysterious murders pile up, and Edgar Allen must confront aging actresses, rock stars, and the police in the bleak setting of broken dreams in Hollywood. As the line between reality and imagination becomes more blurred, Edgar Allen convinced the only way to be a real writer is to suffer, is driven slowly mad. With an appearance by legendary writer, director and actor George Kuchar as Martin, SCREAMPLAY is the gritty suspense fest that takes Hollywood by the throat and strangles it!
01:05:55
April 28, 2022
TUSK: Kevin Smith's Criminally Underrated Body Horror Movie
TUSK: Kevin Smith's Criminally Underrated Body Horror Movie
On the 259th episode of SModcast, indie legend turned Hollywood darling turned cinematic outlaw Kevin Smith and longtime collaborator Scott Mosier read a bizarre want ad in which a homeowner was offering free lodging, so long as the tenant was willing to wear a Walrus costume. This led to an in-depth discussion about a hypothetical horror film inspired in equal parts by Stuart Gordon, David Cronenberg, and THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. By the time of its premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, TUSK was no longer a hypothetical. The film has gone on to become Smith's most controversial to date, but here at Make Your Own Damn Podcast, we give it the reexamination we believe it deserves.
02:01:44
April 21, 2022
The Toxic Avenger - Episode 50
The Toxic Avenger - Episode 50
We made it to 50 episodes and thought it all too appropriate to cover Troma's most famous movie, a movie as old as us and soon to be remade. We're talking, of course, about 1984's THE TOXIC AVENGER. With ripping limbs, head-crushing, and deep-frying of hands, this movie is a gory classic. It's also got a wicked sense of humor, social commentary that still resonates today, and a runtime that other superhero movies can learn from. We discuss our personal histories with the film, some behind the scenes stories, the upcoming remake, and how well THE TOXIC AVENGER might play to modern audiences.
01:56:15
April 14, 2022
The Importance and Legacy of Something Weird Video
The Importance and Legacy of Something Weird Video
Something Weird Video was founded in 1990 by Mike Vraney. Based out of Seattle, it takes its name from the movie Something Weird, which was directed by “Godfather of Gore” Herschel Gordon Lewis. In addition to distributing the works of Lewis, they’ve also distributed films by Doris Wishman (a prolific female director of sexploitation films) and Ed Wood (specifically, The Violent Years and Jailbait), as well as movies starring famed pinup model Bettie Page. Something Weird Video specializes in exploitation B to Z movies. That Basket Case may have the highest production values of their distributed titles says something. But there is something incredibly charming about this little distribution company. If the appeal of exploitation movies is the possibility for us to see what they cannot see anywhere else, then Something Weird Video is every bit as important as Troma Entertainment, Grindhouse Releasing, Blue Underground, Vinegar Syndrome, and Unearthed Films. Their catalogue features everything from schlocky horror to softcore and hardcore pornography. They’ve made it their mission to preserve the sorts of films that mainstream companies wouldn’t bother taking the time to preserve. This doesn’t just include bizarre or shocking works, but also kids commercials, rare cartoons, and early films featuring all-Black casts. For this alone, they are a noteworthy company.
01:17:34
March 31, 2022
Suicide: A 2001 German Horror Film Distributed by The Troma Team
Suicide: A 2001 German Horror Film Distributed by The Troma Team
What do those final moments look like when someone chooses to end their life? What's the difference between a death film and a snuff film? This German horror movie from 2001 dares to ask these questions--and answer them. Plus, the value of extreme horror movies, the impact of losing a loved one, and the crassness of marketing.
01:32:47
March 24, 2022
Eyes of Fire (1983 Folk Horror Movie)
Eyes of Fire (1983 Folk Horror Movie)
Due to the success of The Witch and Midsommar, folk horror has become a trendy subgenre in the past decade, but it has its roots in films made as early as the 1950s. While The Wicker Man (1973) is the most famous example, there are numerous, lesser-known entries as well. One such film is 1983's Eyes of Fire. Boasting some impressive visual effects and cinematography, it shares a plot similar to The Witch but was largely forgotten until recently. It's DIY horror cinema to its core, with all the baggage that brings.
01:18:52
March 17, 2022
Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo, An Evil Dead Homage Straight Outta Tromaville
Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo, An Evil Dead Homage Straight Outta Tromaville
In 1987, a group of Michigan filmmakers took to the wilderness to make a monster movie about something evil in the woods. No, we're not talking about Evil Dead 2; we're talking about the little-seen, DIY, slapstick creature feature Frostbiter: Wrath of the Wendigo. Plus, indie horror comics, dubious origin stories, and the Michigan indie film scene.
01:28:41
March 10, 2022
Mainstream Exploitation
Mainstream Exploitation
Exploitation and grindhouse cinema are not dead! They have only changed skins. On the 45th episode of MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN PODCAST, authors Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum examine how exploitation subgenres of the 1970s have influenced the mainstream blockbusters of today.
01:28:26
March 03, 2022
Sizzle Beach, USA: The Movie Kevin Costner Doesn't Want You to See!
Sizzle Beach, USA: The Movie Kevin Costner Doesn't Want You to See!
Following the tradition of other A-list stars getting their start with Troma, Kevin Costner appears in this borderline softcore, beach party movie from way back in 1981. Jeff does not like this movie. He wants to fight it. He wants to fight Lucas for making him watch it. Kevin Costner once sued to get the rights to this movie. Why? You'll need to listen to find out.
55:20
February 24, 2022
Flesh for Frankenstein
Flesh for Frankenstein
Paul Morrissey's FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN is a film that works on multiple levels: it's both a horror movie and a comedy, a gorefest and imbued with erotica, a marriage of New York arthouse and Italian sleaze. A new favorite for the show, it stars Udo Kier and bears only a few degrees of separation from Andy Warhol, E.T.: THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL, former president Donald Trump, Madonna, and Korn. It's a wild movie and historically significant to boot.
01:46:47
February 17, 2022
The Dario Argento Special
The Dario Argento Special
Dario Argento, master of Italian horror, once had a film distributed by Troma Entertainment. It's 1996's The Stendhal Syndrome. Starring daughter Asia Argento as a police detective tracking a serial rapist, it explores themes of trauma in a nuanced, compelling way. Plot twist: The Stendhal Syndrome is now a Full Moon Feature. Go figure.
01:50:25
February 10, 2022
Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD (1990 Cult Superhero Movie)
Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD (1990 Cult Superhero Movie)
There has never been a film like Sgt. Kabukiman, NYPD. An attempt by Lloyd Kaufman and company to enter the mainstream with a crossover hit, Sgt. Kabukiman is a film that has a hard time deciding what it wants to be. Co-host Jeff Burk is not a fan. Lucas is much more forgiving. 
01:25:11
January 20, 2022
Street Trash (1987 cult horror movie)
Street Trash (1987 cult horror movie)
There are few films with such an impact on mainstream cinema than 1987's Street Trash. It's our most requested movie and often mistook for a Troma movie (much to Lloyd Kaufman's chagrin). Its director has been the steadicam operator on such everything from prestigious films as Titanic and Terminator 2 to genre classics like Jason Takes Manhattan. His filmography is only the beginning. Street Trash is a problematic but special and undeniably entertaining piece of cinematic history.
01:27:01
January 13, 2022
The Traveling Laymon Show (unaired pilot)
The Traveling Laymon Show (unaired pilot)
In early 2020, Lucas and Jeff recorded a pilot episode for a Richard Laymon podcast. The show never developed and the episode has been locked into the vaults until now. Enjoy the discussion exploring Richard Laymon's THE WOODS ARE DARK. If you enjoy it, let us know! Maybe one day we'll do more.
01:07:11
January 06, 2022
Vegas in Space
Vegas in Space
Sideshow and drag performer Bobby Lugosi crashes the show to talk about the queer cult classic VEGAS IN SPACE. A low-budget effort made over the course of eight years, VEGAS IN SPACE follows soldiers who must pose as women to search for missing gems on the all-female planet of Clitoris. The film was written by the late notable drag performer Doris Fish and released by the notorious Troma Entertainment. It hasn't been seen by nearly enough people, and that's a shame. Plus, genre fans critique ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and GONE WITH THE WIND, imagination and effort can transcend budgetary restraints, our Mount Rushmore of queer creators, and the transcendent experience of drag shows. For more information about VEGAS IN SPACE, click here.
01:44:07
December 30, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Christmas Spooktacular with Christmas Evil
Make Your Own Damn Christmas Spooktacular with Christmas Evil
It's warm in Texas and cold in Oregon, but Lucas and Jeff are determined to align themselves in holiday cheer to talk about 1980's Christmas Evil, a film praised by the likes of Joe Bob Briggs and John Waters. It's an early slasher, still glistening with 70s grime, and it follows the Taxi Driver-like descent into murder of a lowly toy factory worker. As a boy, Harry saw Mommy fucking Santa Claus and it made an impression. As a grownup, fed-up with corporate greed and naughty children, he takes up the mantle of Old Saint Nick and prepares to shower the nice with gifts and the naughty with death. Plus, the U.K. video nasty phenomenon, Stanley Kubrick and H.G. Lewis, Christmas horror movie recommendations, and Joe Pera Talks with You.
01:36:08
December 20, 2021
Not My Fucked Up - Under the Knife (2018)
Not My Fucked Up - Under the Knife (2018)
Female beauty standards! Bad surgery! Travelogue footage! Jeff and Lucas break down TromaNow original Under the Knife, directed by Josh Hoffman. Plus, medical horror tropes, Train to Busan, and hardcore punk band Fucked Up. 
01:11:44
December 13, 2021
Surf Nazis Revisited with Scout Tafoya
Surf Nazis Revisited with Scout Tafoya
Jeff and Lucas break their moratorium on guests to chop it up with semi-professional critic and filmmaker Scout Tafoya about everything from reexamining universally loathed movies, Rob Zombie, the dystopia of Disney/Marvel, Jodorowsky's legacy, Troma giving chances to filmmakers who wouldn't otherwise get noticed, and a whole lot more. Check out Scout on Vimeo or Patreon. 
02:14:49
December 06, 2021
The Mangum Show Flashback: Anguish (1987)
The Mangum Show Flashback: Anguish (1987)
This week, Jeff and Lucas couldn't record, so we dug way back in the archives and found an old episode of a previous podcast where they discussed 1987's trailblazing but criminally underseen meta-horror film, Anguish. Directed by Bigas Luna, Anguish follows a serial killer who collects the eyes of his victims for his mother (played by Zelda Rubenstein of Poltergeist fame). Then, at about the 21-minute-mark, things shift in a BIG way. Caution: here there be spoilers.
01:16:33
November 30, 2021
Radiation March (Lloyd Kaufman-directed short film)
Radiation March (Lloyd Kaufman-directed short film)
If you've ever owned a Troma movie on DVD or Blu Ray, chances are you saw this early-80s oddity. A minute-long public service announcement about the dangers of climate change (then called global warming), it features dancing children clad in sunglasses and leotards and an ominous message. It's a work near and dear to Troma president Lloyd Kaufman, and we try to determine why.
38:00
November 22, 2021
Decampitated (1998 horror comedy slasher film)
Decampitated (1998 horror comedy slasher film)
This week on Make Your Own Damn Podcast, Jeff and Lucas examine the late 90s slasher parody Decampitated, trans representation in Troma movies, and the meta horror subgenre. 
01:09:01
November 15, 2021
Combat Shock (1986 exploitation war drama)
Combat Shock (1986 exploitation war drama)
Co-hosts Jeff and Lucas take on Troma's most nihilistic movie yet! With PTSD, cheesy 80s villains, family annihilation, and sets so grimy you can smell em through the screen, Combat Shock is a complicated, flawed, but ultimately interesting and worthy entry in Troma's catalogue. Plus, if you go far enough to the left, you get your gun rights back; Lucas gets candid about raising kids when you're mentally ill; and the important distinction between a horror movie and a horrific movie. 
01:52:53
November 08, 2021
Return to Return to Make Your Own Damn Podcast Volume 2
Return to Return to Make Your Own Damn Podcast Volume 2
Jeff and Lucas finish their deep-dive on the Class of Nuke Em High franchise in this their 30th episode. Return to Return to Nuke Em High Volume 2 is Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Team at their irreverent, frenetic best. Plus, getting screened at MOMA beats getting escorted at gunpoint from Cannes, meta is hard to pull off but great when done right, Lloyd Kaufman as Buffalo Bill cannot be unseen, and premium content on Troma Now.
02:13:39
November 02, 2021
Return to Nuke 'em High, Volume 1
Return to Nuke 'em High, Volume 1
This week, Jeff and Lucas take on the slickest (so far) of the Lloyd Kaufman films: Return to Nuke 'em High, Volume 1. "Torture porn" is a term that rolls off the tongue and Lucas is spacey. Plus, organic is bullshit, Uncle Lloyd's in a bad mood, armored wheelchairs, the MPAA still sucks, economic blacklisting of independent artists, Dave Made a Maze and other great works of art that fall through the cracks without the machine behind it, people really hate dead dogs but NY Times loves Troma, splitting movies in two, and the genius of Carlton Mellick III's Zombies and Shit!
02:01:14
October 25, 2021
Class of Nuke 'Em High 3 and Our Favorite Horror Franchises
Class of Nuke 'Em High 3 and Our Favorite Horror Franchises
Class of Nuke 'Em High 2 is a fun, over-the-top slice of 90s cinema. Can the same be said for Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Subhumanoid? Plus, Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum talk all about horror franchises, the place of the Nuke 'Em High films in that canon, our favorite series, Halloween Kills, Final Destination and Saw, the campy brilliance of David R. Ellis, 15 Minutes of Shame, and Man, Fuck This House by indie horror author extraordinaire Brian Asman. 
01:41:53
October 18, 2021
Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991 cult horror comedy)
Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown (1991 cult horror comedy)
Jeff was wrong about Class of Nuke 'Em High 2. It might be the most underrated movie we've covered to date. Brick Bronsky rules! Lisa Gaye rules! Don't mess with squirrels!
01:45:37
October 12, 2021
Igor and the Lunatics
Igor and the Lunatics
Hippies! Table saw bisection! Obnoxious laughter! IGOR AND THE LUNATICS has all this and more, but is it any good? Find out as Jeff Burk and Lucas Mangum dive into this little-seen bit of exploitation. Plus, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD and EASY RIDER are brilliant, we need to Twitter, and Zack Beins rules. Shoutout Rayne Havok. Shoutout Young Stepdad. 
01:30:19
October 04, 2021
Def by Temptation
Def by Temptation
Lucas and Jeff take a look at the seminal DEF BY TEMPTATION, a historically significant and compelling work of NY low-budget cinema.
01:56:11
September 28, 2021
Talkin' Troma with Talkin' Troma's Zack Beins
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. 
01:28:57
September 20, 2021
All the Love You Cannes
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. 
02:02:43
September 13, 2021
Frankenhooker
Frankenhooker
Super-crack! Exploding hookers! Weird science! Frankenhooker is New York grindhouse trash cinema meets Universal Monsters, and we love it! 
02:10:15
September 06, 2021
Bloodsucking Freaks
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.
02:23:19
August 30, 2021
The Suicide Squad (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. 
02:38:14
August 24, 2021
Squeeze Play!
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!
01:42:25
August 16, 2021
Sick Sock Monsters From Outer Space
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.
01:06:36
August 09, 2021
The Lucio Fulci Special
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: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0972JN4B4
02:18:08
August 02, 2021
Luther the Geek
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.
01:39:09
July 26, 2021
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead
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.
02:36:58
July 19, 2021
Redneck Zombies
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.
01:34:38
July 12, 2021
Class of Nuke 'Em High
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!
01:38:34
July 05, 2021
Rabid Grannies
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.
01:18:48
June 28, 2021
Father's Day
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.
02:40:39
June 21, 2021
Tales from the Crapper
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!
01:30:57
June 14, 2021
The First Turn-On
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.
01:29:55
June 07, 2021
Surf Nazis Must Die!
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.
47:07
May 31, 2021
Terror Firmer
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.
02:31:56
May 24, 2021
Mother's Day, Part 2
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.
02:14:31
May 17, 2021
Mother's Day, Part 1
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.
01:31:29
May 10, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Podcast: Tromeo & Juliet
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!
01:40:46
May 03, 2021
Cannibal! The Musical
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.
01:25:41
April 26, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Podcast: Troma's War
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. 
56:33
April 19, 2021
Make Your Own Damn Podcast: Introduction
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.
42:42
April 19, 2021