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Join us for a discussion of cult films. Featuring reviews, interviews, and news.






Episode 424: Krull (1983)

Released in 1983, Krull was directed by Peter Yates and written by Stanford Sherman. The film stars Ken Marshall as Colwyn, a somewhat brash young warrior who is betrothed to Lysette Anthony as Lyssa. The two are to form an alliance between two kingdoms -- to unite their armies in hopes of defeating The Beast and his Slayers, ruthless extra terrestrials bent on taking over their world. But when their wedding is crashed, Lyssa is taken and Corwyn has to lead a rag tag group to rescue her....


Special Report: Film Safari 2019

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to film freak Andrew Leavold (The Search For Weng Weng, The Last Pinoy Action King) who wants to be your guide for some far-out movie locations. Hear his pitch for two "Film Safaris" to Mexico and Spain where you can walk in the same steps of The Man with No Name or your favorite lucha libre. Listen to the episode, watch the video, and drop Andrew an email at


Episode 425: It Happened Here (1964)

Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo’s It Happened Here tells the story of Pauline, a nurse who lives in a world where the Nazis took over the UK during World War II. At first she goes along with the rule of the Reich until she witnesses -- and unwittingly participates in -- their cruelty, prompting her to join the British Resistance. Wynter Tyson and Caelum Vatnsdal join Mike to discuss alternate histories, Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here, and when fascist aliens took over the United...


Episode 423: Annihilation (2018)

Writer/director Alex Garland's Annihilation (2018) stars Natalie Portman as Lena, a biologist, who has lost her husband to a place called Area X. She is a part of a team that goes into Area X, perhaps in search of answers, or for something more. Tony Black and Chris Stachiw join Mike to discuss the film, its odd release, and much more.


Episode 421: Belladonna of Sadness (1973)

Released in 1973. Eiichi Yamamoto’s Belladonna of Sadness is an animated story of Jeanne and Jean, two poor young people in France during the Middle Ages who get married. However, when the Jean can’t pay the local ruler ten cows in tribute for their wedding, the ruler decides to take his payment out of Jeanne via by deflowering her. This sets the tone for the film and our young couple’s relationship. Hell's Belles Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger join Mike to discuss the film, feminism,...


Episode 420: But I'm A Cheerleader (1999)

We're looking at Jamie Babbit’s But I’m A Cheerleader. Released in 1999, the film stars Natasha Lyonne as Megan, the titular cheerleader who seems to have some very “unnatural urges” according to her parents, teachers, and friends. She’s sent to a camp where she gets re-educated in the ways of heterosexuality.


Special Report: The Lavender Scare (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to Josh Howard the director of The Lavender Scare (2019) a documentary about the systematic purge of gays and lesbians from the government in the 1950s and how the injustices they faced helped spur the Gay Liberation Movement. Learn more at


Episode 419: Minority Report (2002)

We conclude our back to back discussions of Philip K Dick adaptations with a look at 2002’s Minority Report. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film was originally set as a sequel to Total Recall (1990). It's the story the chief of pre-crime (Tom Cruise) -- a unit of the police that uses psychics to arrest people before they commit the crimes they are predicted to do. When he's fingered for an impending murder of a man he doesn't even know, things get complicated. Tim and Corinne Luz of the...


Episode 418: Total Recall (1990)

We’re kicking off back to back discussions of Philip K Dick adaptations with a look at 1990’s Total Recall. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the film spent years in turnaround until Arnold Schwarzenegger was attached and got the thing made. It's the story of a common construction worker who dreams of life on Mars. When he learns of a procedure that can implant memories of being on Mars, things get a little complicated. Rob St. Mary and Jedidiah Ayres join Mike to discuss the complicated road...


Episode 417: Emperor of the North Pole (1973)

Based loosely on the writings of Jack London and Leon Ray Livingston, Robert Aldrich's Emperor of the North Pole (1973) tells the story of two hobos in the American Northwest during the depression -- A Number One (Lee Marvin) and Cigaret (Keith Carradine). The two have a very uneasy relationship with one another and a completely antagonistic relationship with Shack (Ernest Borgnine), a railwayman who doesn’t want any freeloaders on his train.


Special Report: Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited (2019)

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we’re looking at the 2019 film Taking Tiger Mountain Revisited. It’s an update of the 1983 film Taking Tiger Mountain which stars a young Bill Paxton as Billy Hampton, a man who’s been brainwashed and sent to a patriarchal country by a group of militant females in order to assassinate its leader and stop the widespread human traffic in which the leader indulges.


Special Report: McBeardo's Teen Movie Hell

Mike "McBeardo" McPadden has done it again; trawling through the sludge of a film subgenre to find the commonalities while holding up both the gems and the most execrable examples of teen flicks in his latest book, Teen Movie Hell.


Episode 415: The Mad Max Series

On this epic episode of The Projection Booth, we remember the road warrior, the man we called Mad Max. In the roar of an engine, he lost everything and became a shell of a man, a burnt-out desolate man, a man haunted by the demons of his past, a man who wandered out into the wasteland. And it was here, in this blighted place, that he learned to live again. Ben Buckingham and Mike Thompson join Mike White to discuss the ever-shifting landscape of George Miller’s Mad Max series from its...


Episode 416: Daughters of Darkness (1971)

It seemed a fairly ordinary night when Stefan and his wife Valerie, two young, normal, healthy kids on their honeymoon. They stop in Belgium on their alleged way to England where they check into a nearly abandoned hotel. There they encounter the mysterious Countess Bathory and her assistant Ilona. From there, some strange things start to happen in Harry Kumel’s Daughters of Darkness (1971).


Special Report: Other Side of the Wind Redux

On this special episode of The Projection Booth we're looking at Orson Welles's The Other Side of the Wind again. Way back in May 2015, four years ago, it was still something of a dream that this film would ever get completed and shown to the world. There were rumors but there had been rumors before. Ken Stanley and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss Orson Welles's latest film along with special guests Bob Murawski, Josh Karp, and Joseph McBride.


Special Report: Other Side of the Wind Redux: Bob Murawski

As part of the Other Side of the Wind Redux episode, Mike talked with Academy Award-winning editor Bob Murawski about his early days in Michigan, working on Sam Raimi's films, Grindhouse Releasing, and more.


Episode 414: Outland (1981)

Peter Hyams’s Outland (1981) plays like a Western in space with Sean Connery as Marshall W.T. O’Neil, the head lawman at a rough and tumble mining colony where a mysterious series of deaths puts him at odds with the powers that be.


Special Report: Cinetopia 2019

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to festival director Ariel Wan about the 2019 Cinetopia Film Festival. The fest takes place in Ann Arbor, Bloomfield Twp, Dearborn, Detroit, and Royal Oak between May 10 - 19, 2019. For more information visit


Special Report: A Woman's Work - The NFL's Cheerleader Problem

On this special episode of The Projection Booth, Mike talks to director Yu Gu, former Oakland Raiderette Lacy Thibodeaux-Fields, and former Buffalo Jill Maria Pinzone about the documentary A Woman's Work: The NFL'S Cheerleader Problem which tackles the startling pay inequity of the National Football League.


Episode 413: M (1931)

Fritz Lang's M (1931) is the story of a child murderer (Peter Lorre) in Berlin during the last years of the Weimar Republic. When the police fail to capture the terror of Berlin it's up to the criminal underworld to do the job.