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Join cult leader Peaches Christ & filmmaker Michael Varrati for some hilarious and hardcore audio worship of their favorite cult movies! Each episode focuses on a unique film, filmmaker, performer, or genre and includes special guest stars, super-fans, and surprises befitting midnight movie celebration. Subscribe today and truly become one of the Children of the Pod-corn!

Join cult leader Peaches Christ & filmmaker Michael Varrati for some hilarious and hardcore audio worship of their favorite cult movies! Each episode focuses on a unique film, filmmaker, performer, or genre and includes special guest stars, super-fans, and surprises befitting midnight movie celebration. Subscribe today and truly become one of the Children of the Pod-corn!

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Join cult leader Peaches Christ & filmmaker Michael Varrati for some hilarious and hardcore audio worship of their favorite cult movies! Each episode focuses on a unique film, filmmaker, performer, or genre and includes special guest stars, super-fans, and surprises befitting midnight movie celebration. Subscribe today and truly become one of the Children of the Pod-corn!

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English


Episodes

Episode 22: Happy Hellidays & Hellraiser

12/22/2021
We have such sights to show you! This week, Peaches and Michael are opening a different kind of box for the holidays in celebration of 1987's HELLRAISER and its sequels! In addition to discussing the film's contributions to a generation's sexual awakening, our hosts delve into the cultural impact of Clive Barker's unfettered imagination and why the future of horror was always queer. Joining the conversation are two of the films' Cenobite sensations and iconic stars, Doug Bradley and Simon...

Duration:01:40:07

Episode 21: Earth Girls Are Easy

12/15/2021
There's a giant blow dryer in our pool! This week, Peaches and Michael have come from beyond the stars and crashed in the Valley to celebrate 1988's EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY! In addition to discussing this cult classic 's quintessential 80s aesthetic, our hosts delve into its camptastic message of sexual empowerment. Joining the conversation is none other than the film's iconic creator and star, the legendary Julie Brown, who shares memories of making the movie and out of this world insight on...

Duration:01:41:27

Episode 20: Auntie Mame

12/8/2021
Life is a banquet! This week, Peaches and Michael intend to live, live, LIVE as they celebrate 1958's AUNTIE MAME! In addition to discussing the undeniable might of Rosalind Russell, our hosts delve into the movie's messaging about the power of chosen family. Joining the conversation is drag superstar and theater icon Charles Busch, who offers stories of a lifetime of Mame love, as well as his time playing the character on stage. Then, acclaimed screenwriter and producer Lotti Pharriss...

Duration:01:42:58

Episode 19: Ed Wood

12/1/2021
When it came to making bad movies, he was the best! This week, Peaches and Michael are donning their furriest pink sweaters in celebration of 1994's ED WOOD! In addition to discussing Tim Burton's biopic love letter, our hosts delve into the legacy of the man who inspired it and how he became one of the true Patron Saints of Cult. Joining the conversation is legendary horror host Mr. Lobo, who offers insight on a lifetime of Ed Wood worship, and shares stories of his time working on the PLAN...

Duration:01:38:23

Episode 18: The Baby

11/24/2021
What goes on in this nursery isn't for kids! This week, Peaches and Michael are busting out their caftans and reading up on childcare, because they're celebrating 1973's THE BABY! In addition to discussing this twisted opus's depraved and possibly problematic attributes, our hosts also delve into why it's the perfect film to show your family this holiday season. Joining the conversation is legendary queer horror maven Alan Rowe Kelly, whose love for this movie is second only to his lauding...

Duration:01:26:32

Episode 17: Night Of The Comet

11/17/2021
Valley girls vs. the apocalypse! This week, Peaches and Michael are hitting the mean, abandoned streets in celebration of 1984’s NIGHT OF THE COMET! In addition to discussing the movie’s influence on the badass genre heroines that would follow, our hosts delve into the powerful symbology of handing a broken world to future generations. Joining the conversation is the film’s iconic star, Kelli Maroney, who shares memories of her time on the set of this cult classic, as well as what it means...

Duration:01:41:58

Episode 16: The Bad Seed

11/10/2021
Children can be nasty, don't you think? This week, Peaches and Michael are tying their braids as tight as a noose in celebration of 1956's THE BAD SEED! In addition to discussing horror's obsession with murderous youth, our hosts delve into the unique legacy Rhoda Penmark created for a generation of cinematic brats. Joining the conversation is Dr. Andrew Scahill, author of THE REVOLTING CHILD IN HORROR CINEMA: YOUTH REBELLION AND QUEER SPECTATORSHIP, who not only unpacks this movie's camp...

Duration:01:34:03

Episode 15: Matilda

11/3/2021
No more Miss Nice Girl! This week, Peaches and Michael are having a big piece of chocolate cake in celebration of 1996's MATILDA! In addition to discussing the film's inherent queerness, our hosts delve into the unquestionable cult impact of director Danny DeVito's unique vision. Joining the conversation is none other than Matilda herself, the legendary Mara Wilson, who shares stories and insight about making this singular sensation of a film and what it means to have grown up with its...

Duration:01:42:33

Episode 14: Halloween Special with Elvira!

10/27/2021
Hello darlings! This week, Peaches and Michael are stirring the cauldron and lighting some jack o'lanterns in honor of the true reason for the season: ELVIRA! In addition to discussing Elvira's role as the "Patron Saint of Halloween," our hosts delve into this acclaimed icon's impact on pop culture and her long lasting connection to the queer community. Joining the conversation is the alter-ego of the Mistress of the Dark herself, Cassandra Peterson, who talks about her new autobiography,...

Duration:01:09:18

Episode 13: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

10/20/2021
The buzz is back! This week, Peaches and Michael are grabbing some barbecue and steering clear of the backroads as they celebrate 1986's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2! In addition to discussing the film's radical usage of dark comedy, our hosts explore this sequel's journey to becoming a separate cult sensation from its legendary predecessor. Joining the conversation are two of CHAINSAW 2's iconic stars, Caroline Williams and Bill Moseley, aka "Stretch" and "Choptop," who share thoughtful...

Duration:01:46:53

Episode 12: Rock N' Roll High School

10/13/2021
All revved up and ready to go! This week, Peaches and Michael are dodging the hall monitors and dancing in the gym as they celebrate 1979's ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL! In addition to discussing the film's intersection of rock rebellion and teen comedy, our hosts explore the importance of the punk ethos in the cult canon. Joining the conversation is drag legend Heklina, who shares stories of how her love of The Ramones led to a lifetime of transgressive anarchy. Then, award-winning author...

Duration:01:32:19

Episode 11: Blood Diner

10/6/2021
First they greet you, then they eat you! This week, Peaches and Michael have cooked up a delicious dish in celebration of 1987's BLOOD DINER! In addition to discussing the film's brand of unhinged comedy, our hosts explore the trailblazing importance of the woman behind the camera who dared to deliver one of cult's goriest romps. Joining the conversation is the legendary director of BLOOD DINER herself, Jackie Kong, who shares stories of committing to a singular vision and making the movie...

Duration:01:49:24

Episode 10 - Idol Worship: John Carpenter

9/29/2021
Everyone's entitled to one good scare! This week, Peaches and Michael are staring into the mouth of madness as they celebrate the horror master himself: John Carpenter! In addition to discussing Carpenter's genre-defining filmography, our hosts dig into the legendary auteur's flair for atmosphere and thoughtful curation of gender politics. Joining the conversation is iconic actor, musician, and filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who starred in Carpenter's VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, and subsequently grew...

Duration:01:25:18

Episode 9: Little Shop Of Horrors

9/22/2021
Don’t feed the plants! This week, Peaches and Michael are taking an interest in bloodthirsty botany as they celebrate 1986’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! In addition to discussing the film’s show-stopping musical numbers and monstrous alternate ending, our hosts delve into why this story of a killer plant is some of cult cinema’s finest social commentary. Joining the conversation is the legendary Bob the Drag Queen, who shares memories of a lifetime of LITTLE SHOP love, as well as thoughts on why...

Duration:01:42:23

Episode 8 - Idol Worship: William Castle

9/15/2021
You've gotta have a gimmick! To mark the first ever "Idol Worship" installment of the show, Peaches and Michael are feeling a certain tingle as they celebrate the legacy of foundational filmmaker William Castle! In addition to discussing Castle's staggering filmography (THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THIRTEEN GHOSTS, HOMICIDAL, to name a few), our hosts dig into this legendary auteur's flair for showmanship that inspired a whole generation of monster kids. Joining the conversation is famed...

Duration:01:44:15

Episode 7- Desperate Living

9/8/2021
Tell your mother! This week, Peaches and Michael are stewing up a vat of rat poison to celebrate John Waters’s 1977 cult classic DESPERATE LIVING! In addition to discussing the film’s disdain for the suburbs and parallels to the WIZARD OF OZ, our hosts dig into why Mortville is ultimately a place of chosen family. Joining the conversation is verified cult legend and the star of DESPERATE LIVING herself, Mink Stole, who shares memories of her time making this classic, as well as stories of...

Duration:02:03:38

Episode 6- Death Becomes Her

9/1/2021
Siempre Viva! This week, Peaches and Michael debate taking the potion of eternal youth as they celebrate 1992’s DEATH BECOMES HER! In addition to discussing the film’s gothic roots and classic Hollywood homages, our hosts dig into why we find Meryl and Goldie at war so damn delicious. Joining the conversation are legendary drag icons Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme, who not only reminisce about their time performing in Peaches’ parody stage show DRAG BECOMES HER, but dig into why this film...

Duration:01:44:47

Episode 5 - Troma

8/25/2021
It’s a subhumanoid meltdown! This week, Peaches and Michael rally for “reel” independence as they celebrate Troma Entertainment, the legendary studio that has built a bonafide cult thanks to decades of subversive cinema. In addition to discussing such Tromatic films as THE TOXIC AVENGER and CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, our hosts explore the notion of what it means to curate a film landscape that constantly bucks the mainstream. Joining the discussion is the legendary co-founder of Troma himself,...

Duration:01:29:10

Episode 4 - Jawbreaker

8/18/2021
We killed the teen dream! This week, Peaches and Michael take a slo-mo strut down the hallway as they celebrate 1999's JAWBREAKER! In addition to discussing the film's Rocky Horror roots and impeccably curated punk rock queerness, our hosts explore the holy triumvirate of "teen bitches" that changed the way we view high school films forever. Joining the discussion is the legendary writer & director of JAWBREAKER itself, Darren Stein, who shares his insight on what happens when cult fandom...

Duration:01:24:22

Episode 3 - Friday the 13th

8/13/2021
You’re doomed! You’re all doomed! This week, Peaches and Michael take a trip to camp as they celebrate the ongoing legacy of the 1980 horror classic FRIDAY THE 13th and its many beloved sequels. In addition to discussing the film’s undeniable impact on pop culture, our hosts delve into our obsession with final girls, the grand guignol of Betsy Palmer, and why there’s value in slasher movies. Joining the conversation is genre legend and the star of the original FRIDAY THE 13th herself,...

Duration:01:51:18