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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 37: Return of the Living Dead

5/25/2022
Braaaiiinnns! This week, Peaches and Michael are dancing on tombstones in celebration of 1985’s RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD! In addition to discussing this classic’s brilliant meta-sequel approach, our hosts delve into the deeper symbolism of eating gray matter. Joining the conversation is QUEER FOR FEAR author and PhD of fright, Dr. Heather Petrocelli, who discusses a lifetime of punk zombie love and the connotations of the film’s comedic leanings. Then, trainer extraordinaire and BALONEY...

Duration:01:49:27

Episode 36: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

5/18/2022
They’re standing outside your door! This week, Peaches and Michael are steering clear of the produce aisle in celebration of 1978’s ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES! In addition to discussing the film’s sharp lampooning of B-movie culture, our hosts delve into how this cult classic led to a franchise that changed the zeitgeist forever. Joining the conversation is KILLER TOMATOES screenwriter and co-creator Costa Dillon, who shares stories about the can-do spirit of indie cinema and making...

Duration:01:11:59

Episode 35 - Idol Worship: Dario Argento

5/11/2022
Call your Three Mothers! This week, Peaches and Michael are donning their black leather gloves in a special Idol Worship celebration of Italian maestro of horror: Dario Argento! In addition to discussing this celebrated director's undeniable penchant for blood-soaked style, our hosts delve into the indulgent, fairytale logic of films like SUSPIRIA, PHENOMENA, and INFERNO. Joining the conversation is the rockin' writer of GIALLO, Sean Keller, who shares stories of crafting a script befitting...

Duration:01:44:38

Episode 34: Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

5/4/2022
Dishes are done, man! This week, Peaches and Michael are getting the QED report together in celebration of 1991’s DON’T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD! In addition to discussing the film’s unusual tonal shifts, our hosts delve into this cable-era classic’s important messaging regarding personal agency. Joining the conversation is drag icon Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, who speaks to the film’s enduring queer legacy and fashion aspirations. Then, acclaimed author and podcaster Laura Leigh Abby...

Duration:01:31:05

Episode 33: Cabaret

4/27/2022
In here, life is beautiful! This week, Peaches and Michael are celebrating the “divine decadence darling” of 1972’s CABARET! In addition to discussing this landmark musical’s layered messaging, our hosts delve into how this celebrated classic puts the “cult” into “culturally important.” Joining the conversation is drag legend Coco Peru, who shares stories of her personal friendship with Liza Minnelli and the power of cabaret as an artform. Then, acclaimed author and drag superstar Fauxnique,...

Duration:01:44:45

Episode 32: A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

4/20/2022
Ain’t gonna dream no more! This week, Peaches and Michael are taking Hypnocil and staying up late in celebration of 1987’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS! In addition to discussing this legendary sequel’s brilliant world-building, our hosts delve into why this particular entry in the franchise altered the course of pop culture forever. Joining the conversation is iconic filmmaker and FINAL DESTINATION creator Jeffrey Reddick, who reveals how his love of Elm Street set him on a...

Duration:01:52:26

Episode 31: Barb Wire

4/13/2022
Don’t call her babe! This week, Peaches and Michael are flinging their high heels in celebration of 1996’s BARB WIRE! In addition to discussing the film’s prophetic drag stylings, our hosts delve into the singular cult sensation that is Pamela Anderson and why she deserves her own brand of Idol Worship. Joining the conversation is acclaimed filmmaker and writer BJ Colangelo, whose lifetime of love for this movie has led her to be an outspoken voice for its pop culture reclamation. Then,...

Duration:01:44:11

Episode 30: Drop Dead Gorgeous

4/6/2022
Amer-I-Can! This week, Peaches and Michael are donning their tiaras in celebration of 1999’s DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! In addition to discussing the film’s powerhouse pageant cast, our hosts delve into the film’s mockumentary indictment of Americana. Joining the conversation is acclaimed performer and podcast host Teri Gamble, whose lifetime of love for the movie and its nuances continues to inspire her to be a Mt. Rose American Teen Princess. Then, drag superstar and Queer Horror creator Carla...

Duration:01:35:57

Episode 29: Skidoo

3/30/2022
The world can be a better place for you! This week, Peaches and Michael are taking a strange trip in celebration of 1968's SKIDOO! In addition to discussing this psychedelic curiosity's prophetic approach to mind expansion, our hosts delve into why this star-studded, Otto Preminger-directed fever dream deserves a cult rediscovery. Joining the conversation is celebrated artist and producer Brendan Haley, who talks about how he found his way to this movie via Carol Channing and never looked...

Duration:01:34:38

Episode 28: Madonna: Truth or Dare

3/23/2022
Strike a pose! This week, Peaches and Michael are voguing the house down in celebration of 1991’s MADONNA: TRUTH OR DARE! In addition to discussing how a documentary can be cult, our hosts delve into the film’s luminous representation of queer people in an era where there was little to be seen. Joining the conversation are three sensational stars of the film who bring their blonde ambition to the table. First, Luis Xtravaganza shares stories of choreographing a pinnacle moment in time…and...

Duration:01:43:13

Episode 27: Carrie

3/16/2022
They're all gonna laugh at you! This week, Peaches and Michael are putting on their best prom wear in celebration of 1976's CARRIE! In addition to discussing this zeitgeist defining classic's impressive roster of stars, our hosts delve into the film's undeniable significance for queer and marginalized audiences. Joining the conversation is none other than drag superstar Jackie Beat, whose intense love of this movie has evolved into a life long obsession. Among other things, Jackie dishes on...

Duration:01:15:17

Episode 26: Night of the Living Dead

3/9/2022
They’re coming to get you, Barbara! This week, Peaches and Michael have boarded themselves into the old farmhouse in celebration of 1968’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! In addition to discussing the undeniable legacy of filmmaker George A. Romero, our hosts delve into how this cult classic defined zombie cinema forever. Joining the conversation is one of the film’s legendary stars, Kyra Schon, who reminisces on playing the trowel-wielding Karen Cooper and offers insight on five decades of...

Duration:01:34:47

Episode 25: Shortbus

3/2/2022
Are you close? This week, Peaches and Michael are brushing up on the lyrics to the National Anthem in celebration of 2006's SHORTBUS! In addition to discussing this controversial classic's depiction of a sexual landscape before social media, our hosts delve into how the discourse surrounding the frank subject matter is more important today than ever. Joining the conversation is the film's creator and legendary auteur John Cameron Mitchell, who discusses the impetus for his radical vision and...

Duration:01:27:58

Episode 24: Shock Treatment

2/22/2022
This town doesn't just love television...they live it! This week, Peaches and Michael are zipping up their little black dresses in celebration of 1981's SHOCK TREATMENT! In addition to discussing this electric musical's prophetic vision of a reality television-laden future, our hosts delve into the film's tenuous legacy as the follow-up to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Joining the conversation is none other than Patricia Quinn, legendary cult icon and star of the movie, to share...

Duration:01:34:16

Episode 23: Creature From the Black Lagoon

2/16/2022
It's Season Two... and we're coming up from the depths! This week, Peaches and Michael are donning their best swimwear in celebration of 1954's CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON! In addition to discussing this classic's enduring impact on pop culture, our hosts delve into the Creature's undeniable connection to marginalized audiences. Joining the conversation is Mallory O' Meara, author of the best-selling THE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, whose love of the film helped uncover a critical piece of...

Duration:01:47:43

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