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Jenn Wexler: The Ranger, How to Crash a Christmas Party, and Theme Park Fun! - The Picking Brains Podcast

Four years ago I had the pleasure of having Jenn Wexler on the podcast to discuss her short film, Halloween Bash. Fast forward to this year’s Chattanooga Film Festival and Jenn was in attendance to screen her feature debut, The Ranger which will easily be near the top of my Continue with the brain picking...


Joe Bob Briggs: The Glory Of Exploitation! - The Picking Brains Podcast

Every year once April rolls around it means one thing. Time for Joe Bob Briggs to melt minds with his yearly presentation at The Chattanooga Film Festival. Joe Bob was once again gracious enough to join the podcast for a chat on exploitation, his weekly Taki Mag articles, future endeavors, Continue with the brain picking...


Tommy Lee Wallace: Halloween memories, IT, and Music - The Picking Brains Podcast

Here’s a special Halloween treat for all of you. Tommy Lee Wallace joins me to discuss his memories on the Halloween franchise, the IT mini series, directing Fright Night 2 and Vampires 2, projects that never materialized, his time with John Carpenter and so much more. Halloween III is Continue with the brain picking...


Brian Williams talks Space Babes, not handling snakes, and not being Charlie Manson - The Picking Brains Podcast

Brian Williams returns to the podcast to discuss Space Babes from Outer Space, not handling snakes, not being Charlie Manson, independent film, the importance of supporting artists, and so much more. Brian’s been a friend of the show for years and is truly one of the best creative minds currently Continue with the brain picking...


At The Airport, Documentaries, And Oscarbating! - The Picking Brains Podcast

Nathan and I return to discuss Days of the Dead Indy, the greatness of Arrow Video releases, finally meeting Scout Taylor Compton, Diary of a Deadbeat, Frankenstein Created Bikers, and the dangers of Oscarbating (patent pending). We also announce our need for a theme song and we want you, the Continue with the brain picking...


Scott Schirmer: Plank Face,Bandit Motion Pictures, And The Merits Of Jurassic World - The Picking Brains Podcast

Longtime friend of the podcast, Scott Schirmer stops by to discuss his new film, Plank Face, Bandit Motion Pictures and the merits he see’s in Jurassic World. We also discuss Harvest Lake, the struggles of being a truly independent filmmaker, the art of filming a rape scene, making emotional films Continue with the brain picking...

Blair Bathory: The Horror Host With The Most - The Picking Brains Podcast

The guest this episode is Blair Bathory. Blair is the creator/host of Fear Haus which is the home of the best independent horror short films in the world. I was honored to be invited to the Fear Haus set to speak with Blair on a litany of topics including Continue with the brain picking...

Can Evrenol- A Tour Of Hell with The Best Tour Guide - The Picking Brains Podcast

Nathan and I have been told to go to Hell on numerous occasions so for this episode we decided to go deep into the depths of Hell with the best tour guide we could find. Can Evrenol is the writer/director of Baskin, which hit us like a ton of bricks when we saw it at the Chattanooga Film Festival earlier this year. Baskin is the rare instance where a genre film left us discussing the possible meanings for hours after the theater lights came up. In this episode we discuss the making of...

Ken Hanley: Fangoria, Horror Media, & Sphere Throwing - The Picking Brains Podcast

Ken Hanley joins me this episode to discuss his experiences at Fangoria, being the Editor-In-Chief, the current state of horror media, social media's effect on the genre, and how great it would be to see Don Coscarelli singing karaoke while throwing Phantasm spheres. Fangoria is one of the staples in any horror fan's education and love of the genre. Support Ken and his staff as they continue to bring horror fans thought provoking and fun content. Like Fangoria on Facebook & Follow on...

Sasquatch, Car Alarms, & Crabflies with the crew of The Sighting - The Picking Brains Podcast

Adam Pitman, David Blair, and Life Noell are the guests this episode. We discuss their film The Sighting aka Paper Dolls. The Sighting is a film that has survived the distribution fight that independent films battle and now after ten years the film can be seen by all. Adam, David and Life share great stories from the making of the film as well as discuss the future films they have in the works. I highly recommend you check out The Sighting it's an amazing feat of independent film making....

Jeff Burr: Whisper to a Scream, Eddie Presley, & Straight Into Darkness - The Picking Brains Podcast

The guest this episode is writer/director, Jeff Burr. Jeff & I discuss his influences growing up in Georgia, his time at USC, working in the advertising department at New World Pictures with Jim Wynorski, Whisper to a Scream, Leatherface, Eddie Presley, and his current views of the genre. Thank you to Jeff for the time and lively conversation. I highly recommend checking out Jeff's work and be on the lookout for any new films he has coming out in the future. Outro song is: The Man Who...


Joe Bob Briggs 2: Chattanooga Boogaloo - The Picking Brains Podcast

This episode Nathan and I return to the Chattanooga Film Festival and welcome Joe Bob Briggs back to the show. We cover a litany of topics this episode including running moonshine in a Ford Escape, Gary Busey's head dent, Capoeira, The Howling 7, his film studio, a new book he has coming out and how the MonsterVision set has ties to the Honeymooners. We highly recommend that you go and see Joe Bob live at an event near you. You won't be disappointed. Thank you again to Joe Bob Briggs for...


1940’s horror with David Skal - The Picking Brains Podcast

This episode we return to our series of horror by the decade. For the 1940's we decided to bring in an expert and we got the best. David Skal is the foremost authority in classic horror. We break down the films, stars, & inner workings of the genre at the time with David. If you've ever wanted a fun in depth analysis of horror in the forties then this is the episode for you. We also find some time to discuss the legendary Ernest Thesiger. Thank you again to David for the time &...


Harvest Lake, Bubba the Redneck Werewolf, & Days of the Dead:Atlanta Recap - The Picking Brains Podcast

This episode Nathan and I review and discuss Harvest Lake and Bubba the Redneck Werewolf. We also provide you with a breakdown of Days of the Dead: Atlanta and our favorite segment, Listener Email. Thank you to all of the listeners that email the show. We truly love hearing from you. Email the podcast: Like the Podcast on Facebook Follow the Podcast on Twitter Like the Son of Celluloid on Facebook


Bill Oberst Jr.- This generations Lon Chaney - The Picking Brains Podcast

The guest this episode is Bill Oberst Jr. If you are a fan of the genre you've seen Bill ascend to the top in a wide variety of roles. Bill & I discuss a wide array of topics ranging from his youth, his take on Mark Twain, his love of the stage, the state of the genre, and his soon to be iconic portrayal of Papa Corn in Billy Pon's Circus of the Dead. Bill is what the genre needs. He's a world class actor in every sense. Give the episode a listen and prepare yourselves for Circus of the...


Most anticipated films of 2016 - The Picking Brains Podcast

Nathan and I break down the films of 2016 that we are looking forward to. You won't find any big budget studio films on this list. These films are aiming to bring the horror. We also review Dr. Spine & Spades. Two films by director, John Wesley Norton. Email the show and let us know what you are looking forward to in 2016. Check out John and Boomstick Films Here Like the Podcast on Facebook Follow on Twitter


Nick Maley- Save Yoda - The Picking Brains Podcast

The guest this episode is the Yoda Guy, Nick Maley. Nick was a part of Stuart Freeborn's team on Star Wars & The Empire Strikes Back. Nick played an integral part on Stuart's team in the creation & realization of Yoda. Nick is leading the charge in the Save Yoda fundraiser. Nick and I discuss the effort to bring back a practical Yoda puppet, his experiences on the Star Wars films, his time in the FX industry and his charity work. Check the episode out and help spread the word to Save Yoda....


Top 13 of 2015 - The Picking Brains Podcast

Nathan and I wrap up the year with our best of 2015. We highly encourage you to check out these films and help spread the word for the independent filmmaker's that are giving their all for the genre we love. Thank you to all of our listeners for supporting the show this year. 2016 is going to be a big year for the show and the genre.


Gunnar Hansen Tribute - The Picking Brains Podcast

The saw is family and this episode we pay tribute to the head of the family. Gunnar Hansen was more than just a boogeyman. He was an author, philanthropist, and all around great human being. Nathan and I are joined this episode by Adolfo from Days Of The Dead and Stevan Mena, the writer/director of Brutal Massacre. We discuss Gunnar from the standpoints of fandom, conventions, working on set with him and the friendship he and Stevan shared. Thank you to Adolfo and Stevan for the time and...


Michael Biehn, George Mihalka, & Matthew Leutwyler: 24 Hour Rental & Uncanny - The Picking Brains Podcast

This episode the guests are Michael Biehn & George Mihalka in support of the new series, 24 Hour Rental and Matthew Leutwyler in support of the new film Uncanny. I highly recommend you check both of these out. Uncanny is out in stores now and 24 Hour Rental is coming to Hulu. Thanks again to Michael, George and Matthew for the time and discussion. Like the podcast on Facebook Follow on Twitter


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