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The Movie Crypt

Filmmakers Adam Green (FROZEN, the HATCHET franchise), Joe Lynch (MAYHEM, EVERLY), and Arwen the Yorkie host this inspirational and educational program that offers a fully comprehensive look at the entertainment industry, the artistic process, and the enduring struggle of not giving up on your dreams. By candidly sharing their own trials and tribulations in Hollywood, Adam and Joe create an extremely honest and heartfelt dialogue with their guests. The hilarious, heartbreaking, and therapeutic “artist on artist” conversations focus on each guest’s individual journey and the various hurdles they have personally faced and conquered along the way. With guests ranging from Academy Award winners, entertainment icons, and A-list celebrities... to cinematographers, editors, studio executives, and countless other crucial positions not typically featured in the spotlight, an average episode of THE MOVIE CRYPT offers more insight for navigating the entertainment industry than an entire semester of film school. Hailed by Entertainment Weekly magazine as “one of the top 20 podcasts you should be listening to” [Issue #1345], a new episode of THE MOVIE CRYPT has been released every single Monday without fail since the day the podcast launched on May 6, 2013. To get the FULL version of every new episode every Monday morning simply subscribe to our Patreon for just $1 a month! Our early episodes, access to our monthly LIVE events, and more are all available at:


Ep 568: Cameron and Colin Cairnes
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmakers Cameron and Colin Cairnes (LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL, 100 BLOODY ACRES) join Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss their career journey and the making of their new hit film. From growing up in Australia in the 80’s as fans of cinema and the movies that inspired them to pursue a career in filmmaking… to the late night talk shows, hosts, and famous moments in television that inspired their script for LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL… to the challenges they faced crafting a story set entirely in one location and implementing a “found footage/documentary” style… to the various technical nuances and camera tricks they used to present the film in as realistic a way as possible… to how they work together as both brothers and filmmakers… to the social media backlash the duo faced over using A.I. technology to generate a few of the film’s graphics (and WHEN that decision was actually made)… Cameron and Colin take us deep behind the scenes of one of the year’s most talked about horror films and their devilish late night journey together. Meet Adam Green at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Irvine, TX May 17th - 19th where he’ll be appearing alongside Kane Hodder, Danielle Harris, and FX artist Robert Pendergraft from the HATCHET franchise and offering the first ever “Victor Crowley” photo op! Visit for details.
60:17 4/22/24
Ep 567: Michael Mohan
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Michael Mohan (IMMACULATE, THE VOYEURS, EVERYTHING SUCKS) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey and the making of his hit new horror film IMMACULATE (in theaters now). From seeing BACK TO THE FUTURE as a child and how the film set him on his journey of becoming a filmmaker… to going to Chapman for film studies and the indie films that made the impossible dream of becoming a filmmaker seem possible for him… to shooting and editing short films and scenes for actor friends in need of “tape” for their reels… to his trials and tribulations working on various film and television projects on his way to his first feature… to what it’s been like working with actress Sydney Sweeney on multiple projects… to how he convinced the IMMACULATE producers to hire him with an extensive pitch deck… to some completely coincidental similarities that IMMACULATE shares with a certain other “neo-Nunsploitation” horror film that’s currently in theaters… to his great advice on not relying only on sustainable gigs… and how he created IMMACULATE’s incredible final shot… Mohan is certainly having an amazing moment and deservedly so! Also… Adam gets Sea Monkeys again after a traumatic first experience with them as a child, the group shares the first CD’s they ever bought, Joe and Michael explain their philosophy on using Letterboxd, and Adam reveals his biggest personal issue with the theatrical poster for his 2010 film FROZEN in this terrifically candid conversation between three filmmakers. Meet Adam Green, Kane Hodder, and Felissa Rose from the HATCHET franchise next weekend (April 19th - 21st) at New Jersey Horror Con in Edison, NJ! For more upcoming 2024 appearances visit 
59:26 4/15/24
Ep 566: Vera Drew
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Vera Drew (THE PEOPLE’S JOKER) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss her career journey and the making of her debut feature THE PEOPLE’S JOKER - in theaters now! From her work with Second City in college and her love of performing live comedy… to her first internship working with the amazing Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim… to going on to editing on show’s like Sacha Baron Cohen’s WHO IS AMERICA, TIM AND ERIC’S BEDTIME STORES, COMEDY BANG BANG, and I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE… to the moment that she realized it was time to move on and do her own thing… to how she came to the decision to tell her deeply personal story in the form of THE PEOPLE’S JOKER - a queer coming of age movie that parodies the characters of DC comics… to how she pulled off such a technically complex production while simultaneously feeling she was physically coming apart herself… to her film’s triumphant premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and the legalities that followed which ALMOST set the film back… to the pros and cons of crowd funding and the delicate balance of managing a team of uniquely different visual artists… Vera truly opens up in this inspiring conversation that is both comical and touching. Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a filmmaker trying to cope with the anxiety of directing, Vera gives sound advice on what to consider before going the “parody” or “fair use” route with a project, and Adam finally confronts Joe over an issue he’s had with him for years. Meet Adam and Joe THIS WEEKEND at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI (April 12th - 14th)! Adam will also be appearing at NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19), MONSTERPALOOZA in Pasadena, CA (May 31 - June 2), and SCAREFEST in Lexington, KY (Oct 18 - 20)! More appearances for 2024 TBA!
60:37 4/8/24
Ep 565: Jonathan Lipnicki
PUBLIC VERSION. Actor and producer Jonathan Lipnicki (JERRY MAGUIRE, STUART LITTLE, THE LITTLE VAMPIRE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey.  From his start as a child star in JERRY MAGUIRE, THE LITTLE VAMPIRE and LIKE MIKE… to what it was like working opposite a CG mouse in the STUART LITTLE films… to why he credits his parents for how he remained grounded and avoided the dark side of childhood stardom… to continuing to consistently act on both stage and screen as he grew up… to why he made the decision to move out of Los Angeles… to more recently working as a producer… to the making of his latest slasher feature CAMP PLEASANT LAKE (now available)… Jonathan is full of great advice on how to remain proactive and how to find happiness in both your craft and your real life.  Meet Adam and Joe NEXT weekend at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI (April 12th - 14th)! Adam will also be appearing at NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19), MONSTERPALOOZA in Pasadena, CA (May 31 - June 2), and SCAREFEST in Lexington, KY (Oct 18 - 20)! More appearances for 2024 TBA!
53:28 4/1/24
Ep 564: Weston Razooli
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Weston Razooli (RIDDLE OF FIRE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss the making of his debut feature film which is currently playing in US theaters. From the films that influenced the young filmmaker before art school beckoned him… to how he cast the kids as the leads in his bespoke quest… to how he got his cast and crew on board with the style of the world he was creating… to shooting on Super 16mm and why he almost pulled the plug on the film just a few days in to shooting… to what it took to get a music cue from one of the most infamous horror films of the 70’s… to RIDDLE OF FIRE’s amazing world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival… Weston’s debut film is one of the most unique cinematic experiences of the year and this conversation is all that and a plate full of blow pops! Meet Adam and Joe at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI April 12th - 14th! Adam will also be appearing at NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19), MONSTERPALOOZA in Pasadena, CA (May 31 - June 2), and SCAREFEST in Lexington, KY (Oct 18 - 20)! More appearances for 2024 TBA!
59:04 3/25/24
Ep 563: Dave Parker Returns
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Dave Parker (THE HILLS RUN RED, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, PUPPET MASTER: DOKTOR DEATH, IT WATCHES) returns to THE MOVIE CRYPT to discuss the making of his latest film YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE LET ME IN (now playing on Tubi). From the whirlwind process of being hired to direct the project and immediately shipping off to Italy… to the supposedly “haunted” villa that much of the film was shot in and filming in a real underground tomb… to the challenges and the joys of helming a film as a “work for hire” while still finding ways to creatively make it your own… to the secrets for winning over a new crew… to returning to work with the great Charlie Band and directing PUPPET MASTER: DOKTOR DEATH (2022)… to how to stretch a production’s extremely limited resources to create the best possible film… to why editing experience can be so crucial to directing… Dave’s experiences from the last several years are an inspiring lesson on how to hang in there when it feels like things aren’t going the way you want it to and just how quickly the tide can change. Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a filmmaker who is working crew jobs while looking to prepare for the moment when he steps into the director’s chair, Dave dishes on the food in Italy, and the group nerds out on the 2024 Oscars and the movies they’ve been digging. Check out Dave’s first MOVIE CRYPT appearance way back on episode 19 in the “Classic Crypt” tier on Meet Adam NEXT weekend (March 22 - 24) at HORRORHOUND WEEKEND in Cincinnati, OH when he appears along with HATCHET franchise stars Kane Hodder, Joel David Moore, Joshua Leonard, and Zach Galligan! Meet Adam and Joe together at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI April 12th - 14th! Adam will also be appearing at NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), and TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19)! More appearances for 2024 to be announced soon!
60:19 3/18/24
Ep 562: Jeff Wadlow
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Jeff Wadlow (IMAGINARY, CRY WOLF, KICK-ASS 2, NEVER BACK DOWN, TRUTH OR DARE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss his career. From his amazing story working on Michael Bay’s PEARL HARBOR… to winning the 2002 Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival and getting his first feature (CRY WOLF) made… to how he got the gig directing NEVER BACK DOWN against all odds… to his long career writing and directing for both features and television… to his experience making KICK-ASS and the making of his latest film IMAGINARY (in theaters now)… Jeff’s career journey is as exciting to hear about as it has been to watch over the last two decades! Meet Adam and Joe at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI April 12th - 14th! Adam will also be appearing at HORRORHOUND WEEKEND in Cincinnati, OH (March 22- 24), NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), and TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19)! More appearances for 2024 to be announced soon!
59:48 3/11/24
Ep 561: Eshom and Ian Nelms
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmakers Eshom and Ian Nelms (RED RIGHT HAND, SMALL TOWN CRIME, FATMAN) join Adam, Joe, and Arwen to share their career journey. From a fateful car accident that lead to the purchase of their first camera… to making the move to LA and working at Arclight Hollywood… to their detailed writing and directing process working together as brothers… to the making of their very first short film SQUIRREL TRAP and their triumphant first festival screening (for only 20 people)… to learning early on how to deal with criticism and public opinion… to how they navigate the casting process… to their bold decision to cast Mel Gibson as “Chris Cringle” in their brilliant 2020 action/comedy FATMAN… and a deep dive into the making of their latest film RED RIGHT HAND (in theaters now)… Eshom and Ian will inspire any aspiring filmmaker out there to stop waiting for permission and just go for it! Meet Adam and Joe at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI April 12th - 14th! Adam will also be appearing at HORRORHOUND WEEKEND in Cincinnati, OH (March 22- 24), NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), and TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19)! More appearances for 2024 to be announced soon!
60:17 3/4/24
Ep 560: Andrew Cumming
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Andrew Cumming joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss the journey to making his debut feature film OUT OF DARKNESS (in theaters now). From starting out with commercials and shorts… to moving into directing episodic television series (RIVER CITY, CLIQUE, COLD FEET)… to getting the inspiration to make a horror/adventure set 45,000 years in the past… to working with his co-writers to create a new language for his characters to speak… to how he pulled off such an ambitious, gorgeously lensed film with limited time and resources… to how he managed to shoot in so many remote locations across Scotland… Andrew is full of great advice for other filmmakers on knowing what your “trailer moments” will be and the art of creating the proper creature shriek! Meet Adam and Joe at ASTRONOMICON in Livonia, MI April 12th - 14th! Adam will also be appearing at HORRORHOUND WEEKEND in Cincinnati, OH (March 22- 24), NEW JERSEY HORROR CON in Edison, NJ (April 19 - 21), and TEXAS FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND in Irving, TX (May 17 - 19)! More appearances for 2024 to be announced soon!
61:31 2/26/24
Ep 559: Ted Geoghegan Returns
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Ted Geoghegan (WE ARE STILL HERE, MOHAWK) returns to discuss his latest feature, the Saturn Award nominated BROOKLYN 45 with Adam, Joe, and Arwen. From trying something completely different on the heels of his successful 2015 horror film WE ARE STILL HERE with his 2017 historical action drama MOHAWK… to the pride he takes in hearing from an indigenous elderly Mohawk man that his film was “the first time he ever saw a film in his native language”… to making his triumphant return to the horror genre with BROOKLYN 45 and working closely with his father (a US Air Force veteran) on the screenplay’s authenticity… to the benefits of shooting a contained story on a built set with fly away walls… to the incredible reception BROOKLYN 45 received after it’s world premiere at the South By South West film festival (it is currently available on SHUDDER and available to rent digital)… Ted returns 300 episodes later with a seasoned perspective and lots of great new stories! Also, Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” to a listener who is growing tired of gratuitous cursing in so many modern TV series and films, Joe’s SUITABLE FLESH premieres on SHUDDER, and Adam announces 3 more conventions scheduled for March and April in his ever growing list of 2024 appearances.
58:46 2/19/24
Ep 558: Richard Elfman
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker and musician Richard Elfman (FORBIDDEN ZONE, SHRUNKEN HEADS, MODERN VAMPIRES) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss his career journey. From his humble upbringing in the most unlikely of towns… to how his love for the weird and wild took him around the world… to his part in the creation of THE KNIGHTS OF OINGO BOINGO (which then morphed into the famed 80’s rock band OINGO BOINGO)… to making his 1980 surreal classic FORBIDDEN ZONE… to jumping back into filmmaking after a long stint performing live music and writing for magazines… to working closely with his brother Danny Elfman as a composer on his films… to working with challenging budgets and winning over temperamental actors… to the making of his latest feature, the “Valentine Vampire” opus BLOODY BRIDGET (currently on the festival circuit)… to how he met his muse and BLOODY BRIDGET star Anastasia… Richard brings us on his fascinating 4+ decade ride through stage and screen!
60:38 2/12/24
Ep 557: Barnaby Clay
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Barnaby Clay (THE SEEDING) joins Joe Lynch for an interview recorded in front of a LIVE audience at USC. From his years working in the commercial and music video world working with artists such as Rhianna, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Gnarls Barkley… to the 8 years that he spent developing the story that ultimately blossomed into his first feature narrative THE SEEDING (currently in theaters and available on VOD)… to the difficulties of shooting out in the desert… to what inspired the already notorious opening scene and the film’s world premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival… Barnaby details the long journey behind his feature film debut and even takes a few questions from the USC audience!
51:18 2/5/24
Ep 556: Lee Ving
PUBLIC VERSION. Musician and actor Lee Ving (lead singer for FEAR, actor in FLASHDANCE, STREETS OF FIRE, CLUE, DUDES, NIGHTMARES) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his incredible career. From growing up in a working class family in Philadelphia, PA… to his many decades fronting L.A.’s seminal hardcore punk band FEAR… to the band’s legendary performance on Saturday Night Live in 1981 (arranged by the great John Belushi) that resulted in absolute mayhem… to what it was like making the transition to acting in feature films with FLASHDANCE (1983)… to his preferred approach to acting and what he feels makes a character feel real and not just like an actor playing a role… to his experience riding Harley’s and shooting Walter Hill’s STREETS OF FIRE… to working with director Penelope Spheeris - first as one of the subjects of her 1981 documentary THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION and then as an actor in her 1987 film DUDES… to working with the all-star cast of Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Leslie Ann Warren, and Eileen Brennan in 1985’s CLUE… Lee shares his journey living and performing under the lights of both the stage and screen for 50 years (so far)!
58:23 1/29/24
Ep 555: Josh Forbes
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Josh Forbes (DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS, CONTRACTED: PHASE 2) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss his career journey. From honing his craft and making his mark as a music video and commercial director… to making the jump into feature films… to the difference between subversive bloody fun and b-movie shlock… to working with the great Jonah Ray (MST3K, VICTOR CROWLEY) in a leading man role and the amazing Alex Winter (THE LOST BOYS, BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE) as an absolutely unrecognizable character under incredible make-up in DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS… to how Josh made his creative choices on such a quirky film as a director who truly enjoys considering and trying the numerous ideas that such a talented cast excitedly comes to the project with… to why the decision was made to change “William Brown’s” artistic journey from that of a struggling cartoonist to that of a struggling prog rock musician… to how Josh and his make-up FX team pulled off such fantastical characters and elaborate effects sequences with the extremely limited time and resources of an indie budget and what it was like working with a diva swine… Josh pulls back the blood soaked and intestine splattered curtain on his latest feature opus! DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS is currently playing in select theaters and streaming on SHUDDER. Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a fellow podcaster facing a creative crossroads, Joe gets certified fresh, Adam gets clean as a whistle, and Chuckwagon returns in this fun and informative conversation.
60:01 1/22/24
Ep 554: Nick Shafir
PUBLIC VERSION. Screenwriter Nick Shafir (I.S.S.) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss his journey to becoming a working screenwriter with a film that’s currently playing in theaters all across the country. From a dyslexic aspiring writer living in New York City who discovered THE MOVIE CRYPT podcast back in 2014 and drew his own personal inspiration from it… to paying his dues at various jobs including being the writer’s assistant to the staff of a major network TV series where he was expected to fix toilets and once reprimanded for “walking too loud”… to selling his sci-fi screenplay I.S.S. during the pandemic and what it was like handing his baby off to a creative team and a production process that he wouldn’t be directly involved with from day to day… to why he believes it would be a disservice for an aspiring filmmaker to NOT go through both the wonderful highs and the soul crushing lows that accompany most every artist’s journey… to what it’s really like surviving for 6 months or more without a paycheck in sight yet not throwing in the towel and giving up on your dream… to how exactly Nick took his brilliant single location concept and crafted a complex character driven sci-fi thriller… to the research that he needed to do to believably write a story about scientists living on the space station… to the nonstop anxiety and constant self-doubt that an artist endures while hoping and praying that somehow someone somewhere will discover and recognize your talent… to the triumphant moment of having I.S.S. world premiere at the prestigious Tribeca film festival only to not even be allowed to step foot on the red carpet or talk about the movie due to the WGA strike… we’ve been waiting and waiting (and waiting) to share Nick’s story with you all and the time has finally come! Also, Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a writer in search of tips on how to improve the dialogue in their screenplays which turns into a super in-depth 20 minute discussion on writing character’s with unique voices. After a decade of watching his journey and rooting for him every step of the way… on January 5, 2024 Nick Shafir walked into the ArieScope Studio as an accomplished union screenwriter with a film on the eve of opening in theaters nationwide. He is a friend, a colleague, and now… a GUEST on THE MOVIE CRYPT podcast.  We couldn’t possibly ask for a more inspiring way to be starting off 2024 than with this amazing 2-hour conversation! Will YOU be the next Nick Shafir? Strap in, get to work, and hopefully we’ll see you here in our studio soon!
60:11 1/15/24
Ep 553: Heather Graham
During THE MOVIE CRYPT’s 8th annual “Yorkiethon” last month, actress and filmmaker Heather Graham (BOOGIE NIGHTS, THE HANGOVER, SWINGERS, AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, BOWFINGER) joined Adam, Joe, and Arwen LIVE to discuss working on her latest film- Joe Lynch’s SUITABLE FLESH (now available on digital and Blu-ray). From growing up as an insecure, brainy, drama geek who never thought of herself as pretty… to becoming an internationally famous actress and considered one of the most beautiful women in the world… to the films and actors that inspired her and made her fall in love with cinema… to playing the iconic role of “Rollergirl” in Paul Thomas Anderson’s BOOGIE NIGHTS and the lasting impact that the film has had on our culture… to what it was like working with Joe and playing multiple characters inhabiting the same body in SUITABLE FLESH… this conversation with Heather was an absolute blast and we were so lucky to have her join us for our annual benefit for Save A Yorkie Rescue!
65:31 1/8/24
Ep 552: 2023 Wrap Up Special
PUBLIC VERSION. Happy New Year! Hosts Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Arwen look back on the past year of MOVIE CRYPT episodes and highlight some of the films, TV shows, and books that they loved in 2023. Need a New Year's resolution? Start enjoying the FULL version of every week's new episode by supporting this program for just $1 a month at! 
59:30 1/1/24
Ep 551: Eli Roth
PUBLIC VERSION. Merry Christmas and happy belated Thanksgiving! Recorded LIVE during YORKIETHON 8 on December 10, 2023, filmmaker Eli Roth (CABIN FEVER, HOSTEL, THE GREEN INFERNO, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his craft and career journey. From the long gestating impetus for THANKSGIVING which started way back in his childhood… to the constant fear that all filmmakers share over someone else beating you to an idea… to the difficulties of making violent horror films while navigating the MPAA… to which gory gags Eli had to scale back on with his holiday slasher… to how the demise of physical media and the rise of streaming has drastically changed the business model of film financing… to the fun of creating a great misdirect and keeping your audience guessing on a killer’s identity… Eli candidly discusses how he creates his unique brand of fun and crowd pleasing horror.   Adam and Joe recap the enormous success that was YORKIETHON 8, Adam has a heart to heart about CABIN FEVER 2 with Eli that was 20 years in the making, the boys’ moms stop by to humiliate them, and Mrs. Green drops a major truth bomb about Adam’s personal life in this special 2.5 hour “Santa-size” holiday episode!
97:57 12/25/23
Ep 550: Travis Greene & Jonathan Buchanan
PUBLIC VERSION. Director Travis Greene and writer Jonathan Buchanan (8 FOUND DEAD- currently available to rent or purchase digitally) join Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss the making of their award winning new feature. From the writing of 8 FOUND DEAD’s non-linear story and pushing back on the note to “unfold it” and tell the story in a more traditional order of events… to Travis risking it all by selling his house to finance the production and then finding himself renting a place that just so happened to be the perfect location to shoot the film… to the import role that Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee Shop and their legendary Raspberry Mocha played in helping the film come to life… to blocking and staging a story in four separate but converging timelines… to how Jonathan’s years as a prop master and Travis’ years as an editor prepared them for producing their very own feature without getting caught up in the usual first-time producer pitfalls… to knowing when and when not to listen to test audiences’ opinions of early cuts even when they are filled with trusted friends… to going on to win “Best Feature” and “Best Director” at the 2022 ScreamFest in Los Angeles… we hope that this incredibly inspiring conversation helps push you to stop waiting for someone else’s permission and start making your dream a reality! Remember, ”if not now WHEN?”   Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a listener who is about to move to the United States and who is looking for some tips about attending her very first horror convention, Adam has some advice for grumpy convention celebrities, and the boys joke about what a big success YORKIETHON 8 will be… several weeks before finding out just how successful it actually was! But more on that next week in our special Christmas episode!
57:18 12/18/23
Ep 549: RoboDoc
PUBLIC VERSION. Documentary filmmakers Eastwood Allen and Chris Griffiths join Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss their epic 4-part documentary series ROBODOC: THE CREATION OF ROBOCOP. From how they got their start working on non-fiction documentaries about other films like HELLRAISER, FRIGHT NIGHT, and the IT mini-series… to why they felt the need to tell the story of how ROBOCOP was made… to how they didn’t get “RoboCop" himself (Peter Weller) to sit down for an interview until the very last minute and how his incredibly candid words brought ROBODOC to a whole different level… to what it’s like walking into Paul Verhoeven’s Malibu house for the first time… to the dying art of special features on physical media… to the trials and tribulations of funding a project like this through Kickstarter and what film they MAY do next (which made Joe VERY happy)… this super-sized episode will make you wish had 3 more parts to listen to! 
58:11 12/11/23
Ep 548: The Adams Family
PUBLIC VERSION. The Adams Family of filmmakers - John Adams, Zelda Adams, and Toby Poser (HELLBENDER, WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS, THE DEEPER YOU DIG) join Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss their journey as a filmmaking family! From making the decision to stop waiting for permission and start making films on their own… to the importance of practice and why trial and error is crucial if you’re going to learn how to do it yourself… to how they create their films in a way that makes the production possible to pull off WELL within their limited resources… to how they have been able to create professional, theatrical quality films with extremely low budgets (fancy sausage is the key!)… to the making of their latest feature WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS… this conversation puts the value in family values!  Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a filmmaker having trouble letting go of a finished project and moving on to the next, the Adams Family shares why they are proud to be longtime MOVIE CRYPT Patreon members (we didn’t pay them to say it- really!), and the boys gear up for YORKIETHON 8 next weekend (12/8 - 12/10) on!
59:05 12/4/23
Ep 547: Andrew Bowser
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Andrew Bowser (WORM, JIMMY TUPPER VS THE GOATMAN OF BOWIE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss has his career journey and the making of his latest film ONYX THE FORTUITOUS AND THE TALISMAN OF SOULS. From learning and developing his filmmaking craft while working at companies like Nerdist (where he briefly worked with Adam and Joe on the SABER 3 short film) and while working on indies and other web content… to the decade he spent forming his (in)famous “Onyx” viral character on YouTube and other online platforms… to bringing ONYX THE FORTUITOUS AND THE TALISMAN OF SOULS (now available on Screambox) to life on the big screen with the help of friends and fans who contributed to the project’s kickstarter campaign… to creating a RE-ANIMATOR reunion (of sorts) by casting Barbara Crampton and Jeffrey Combs in the film… to ONYX’s triumphant Sundance world premiere and the arrival of one of 2023’s most celebrated genre efforts… this is a fun, inspiring and highly nerd-tactic dive into the mind of a true indie artist who isn’t afraid of making something a little more niche. YORKIETHON 8 is less than 2 weeks away! Join Adam, Joe, and DOZENS of Arwen’s celebrity friends Friday December 8th through Sunday December 12th as they bring you live comedy, live music, live film commentaries, live interviews, Arwen’s Silent Auction, a live script reading of a never before seen/heard un-produced screenplay for a HUGE film franchise that you all know and love dearly, and much, much more! Watch the entire LIVE marathon FREE on THE MOVIE CRYPT’s 8th annual LIVE 3-day variety show to benefit Save A Yorkie Rescue is always THE podcast event of the year! Trust us… you’re not gonna want to miss a single amazing minute of YORKIETHON 8!  While part of the fun of YORKIETHON is not knowing who will be appearing next or what will be happening on the show from hour to hour, if you want spoilers just follow @Arwen_Fn_Green on Twitter/X where she always gives loads of “bad hints” in the weeks leading up to the event!
64:41 11/27/23
Ep 546: Michael Kennedy
PUBLIC VERSION. Screenwriter and Producer Michael Kennedy (FREAKY, IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss his career journey. From working as an animation assistant and IT support on FAMILY GUY for 10 years and what it was like when his writing career took off and he was able to head out on his own… to the making of FREAKY and its release during the pandemic.. to defining his voice as a writer and finding his lane… to the comical tribulations of being a writer where others get credit for a writer’s wins while the writer takes the blame for aspects that were beyond their control… to the making of his latest film IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE and his love for holiday movies… to the look of the villains he has created and the design of their masks… to how heartbreaking it is that so few will ever hear a film’s actual sound mix in the modern era of streaming films on tablets, phones, and poorly set up home theater systems… to why “old” can always be “new” again if a story is told with a fresh and original voice… Michael’s amazing success story is candidly laid out in this truly honest conversation about the filmmaking process. The group also discusses how unfortunate it is that the original BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974) doesn’t get more of the respect it deserves, when it may be better to write a script on spec instead of pitching the idea first, and how even the most well intended decisions by executives to make a film more inclusive can backfire when the audience can tell that they’re being pandered to.
59:00 11/20/23
Ep 545: Franck Khalfoun
PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Franck Khalfoun (NIGHT OF THE HUNTED, P2, MANIAC) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope studio to discuss his career journey and the making of his latest film NIGHT OF THE HUNTED (available now in theaters and on VOD). From growing up in Miami and moving to California on a water polo scholarship where he studied theater and film… to making music videos in New York in the 90’s before moving back to Miami Beach, FL where he got a job on a feature film as a director’s assistant tasked with driving around and looking after a 12 year old Alexander Aja (HIGH TENSION, THE HILLS HAVE EYES remake)… to why horror films are the most universal and “international”… to his attraction to telling stories about the horrors of human nature more so than stories about fantastical creatures and ghouls… to the brilliant casting of Elijah Wood in his 2012 remake of MANIAC… to the craft of telling a compelling and gripping story in a single location… to the trials of being ghosted by producers and never paid for years of development work… to the reactions that his latest film (NIGHT OF THE HUNTED) received just off of the trailer and concept (a lone shooter targeting a gas station) in today’s mass shooting fatigued society… this is an amazing conversation that will surely make you think hard about the world we’re living in. Also, Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a listener who’s thinking about popping the big question, Adam shares what happened with KILLER PIZZA, and the ArieScope “fluffle” of rabbits are given an extra delicious feast! Mark your calendars! YORKIETHON 8 is happening over the weekend of December 8th - 10th! 
57:40 11/13/23
Ep 544: David Matthews
PUBLIC VERSION. Director of Photography David Matthews (JAKOB’S WIFE, GLORIOUS) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey and the making of his latest feature SUITABLE FLESH (directed by our own Joe Lynch and out NOW in theaters and on-demand). From first getting the bug for filmmaking and photography… to shooting everything from music videos and commercials to both short and feature length films… to working with different directors and shooting films outside of the Hollywood system… to his favorite moments making SUITABLE FLESH… David explains his process behind shooting ambitious films under tight budgets and schedules. Your “Viewer Mail” questions are answered and Joe also makes a big confession to David!  Mark your calendars! YORKIETHON 8 is coming December 8th - 10th!
59:40 11/6/23
Ep 543: Dennis Paoli
PUBLIC VERSION. Screenwriter Dennis Paoli (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND, CASTLE FREAK, DAGON, BODY SNATCHERS) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his incredible career. From fatefully meeting the great Stuart Gordon all the way back in High School and discovering just how much their artistic sensibilities overlapped… to his theater work as part of “The Human Race” satire group touring coffee houses in Chicago… to how performing “naked theater” wound up getting Stuart Gordon thrown in jail… to how producer Charles Band helped launch his, Stuart’s, and so many other’s careers… to how 1995’s CASTLE FREAK was truly a “labor of lust”… to the method behind his madness in tackling adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s work and how he separates the art from such a controversial and complicated artist… to his many years teaching Gothic literature… to working with our own Joe Lynch on their latest feature SUITABLE FLESH (now in theaters and on-demand!)… Dennis pulls the curtain back on his long screenwriting career. Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for an industry professional who’s at his breaking point with having to “give them what they want,” Joe has a wicked bad accident, and Adam goes behind the (smelly) scenes of this year’s ArieScope Halloween short HALLOWEEN SOCKS.
60:04 10/30/23
Ep 542: Renee Egan
PUBLIC VERSION. Reality TV casting director Renee Egan (FBOY ISLAND, THE PROFIT, FARMER WANTS A WIFE, JOE MILLIONAIRE) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss her career journey. From dropping out of college on medical leave and realizing it just wasn’t for her… to writing her own stories about animals and her very own Jonas Brothers fan fiction (no, really!) and getting ghosted by Kevin Jonas… to briefly spending time on the wild side and working in the Las Vegas nightlife industry bartending, doing bottle service and dabbling in modeling… to making her way to Los Angeles with her eyes on “something in entertainment”… to the friend that convinced her to try being an assistant in reality TV casting and then finding that she loved the job… to almost immediately getting promoted to an Associate position and then moving her way up by claiming she had been a Producer and “faking it til she made it”… to explaining how reality shows are cast, why the characters are indeed real, and just how much producing goes into the storytelling… Renee provides a peek behind the curtain of one of the most popular genres of television.  Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a filmmaker who’s family refuses to recognize his career choice as legitimate despite the progress he is making and who feels that his family's lack of support is holding him back, Renee shares her personal journey to developing better mental health, and Adam explains a huge problem that he has with a major decision that producers made on the most recent version of the television phenomenon that is MTV’s JERSEY SHORE.
59:58 10/23/23
Ep 541: Danny Wu
PUBLIC VERSION. Documentary filmmaker Danny Wu (SQUARE ONE, AMERICAN: AN ODYSSEY TO 1947) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his career journey. From an aspiring basketball player living in Canada… to the injury that shattered his original dream… to becoming a YouTube vlogger with a decent sized audience… to the injustice he was witnessing that inspired him to pick up a camera and make a documentary (SQUARE ONE) about one of the most controversial topics in popular culture (the original 1993 Michael Jackson molestation allegation)… to teaching himself how to make a documentary film by MAKING A DOCUMENTARY FILM… to the terrific reception that SQUARE ONE received worldwide… to tackling a whole different kind of injustice with his new documentary AMERICAN: AN ODYSSEY TO 1947… to how he was able to secure interviews with pivotal resources such as the various Orson Welles scholars who appeared in AMERICAN and some of the resources who appeared in SQUARE ONE that had never shared their stories publicly before… to learning how to navigate the film festival circuit the hardest way possible… to the crazy way that a film’s trajectory can suddenly change by simply having the right person see and champion it… Danny’s story is incredibly inspiring to hear and his two DIY films so far have been absolutely exceptional! Stop waiting for permission to make your movie and just DO IT! Adam shares the story of how Danny initially came on his radar by doing something that he himself didn’t have the confidence to do and Danny shares a personal story about the SQUARE ONE premiere that Adam and Joe had no idea was coming. (You're gonna love it!) This phenomenal conversation is THE MOVIE CRYPT at its best and most inspirational. Check out SQUARE ONE on Amazon Prime (free with ads) and AMERICAN: AN ODYSSEY TO 1947 - currently available for rental on VOD.
60:02 10/16/23
Ep 540: Bonnie Burton
PUBLIC VERSION. Author and games writer Bonnie Burton (Lucasfilm/, GEEK DIY, STAR WARS CRAFT BOOK, HUNT A KILLER GAMES, GIRLS AGAINST GIRLS) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen in the ArieScope Studio to discuss her career journey. From growing up in Kansas and feeling “like an alien” out of place… to becoming a published author at age 7… to going to college in Boulder, Colorado (in the same graduating class as Trey Parker and Matt Stone of SOUTH PARK fame) with the goal of becoming a writer… to working at LucasFilm as the senior editor of… to how George Lucas predicted today’s current a la carte streaming services way back in 2001… to her efforts to show some fan love for the infamous STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL… to bumping into celebrities at Skywalker Ranch and marrying R2D2 at San Diego Comic Con… to creating her various STAR WARS craft books and drawing books… to what it means to be “lazy sexual” … to the importance of Joe Bob Briggs… to the way that the community of horror fans holds each other up… to what it was like being a “Death Rocker” before it was cool to be “Goth”… to the importance of being willing to pivot in a career journey and TONS more, this fantastic extended length episode ends with a heartfelt pep talk from Bonnie that every aspiring artist needs to hear! Also, Bonnie explains why you need to be willing to fail A LOT without giving up and Adam shares a story about working for a Hollywood heavyweight and the evil genius dog who made his life hell.
60:14 10/9/23
Ep 539: Mike Mendez & Alejandro Brugués
Filmmakers Mike Mendez (TALES OF HALLOWEEN, BIG ASS SPIDER) and Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD,  NIGHTMARE CINEMA) return to the podcast to discuss the making of their new anthology film SATANIC HISPANICS. From the genesis of the idea for a horror anthology based in Hispanic heritage… to applying the lessons they learned from working on previous anthologies… to the tonal shifts between stories that make for a well rounded viewing experience and the amount of trust and creative control that needs to be given to the other filmmakers on the project… Mike and Alejandro go through the process of bringing their idea to the big screen. Also, Mike shares his joy in being recognized as the “corpse f**ker” from CHILLERAMA, Alejandro thinks Adam’s rabbits look delicious, and Joe finds out how the production went on a project that he didn’t land.  With double guests comes a double shot of“Hollywood Therapy!” Dr. Arwen advises a listener who is looking to properly obtain exhibition rights for their film club’s programming and then leads the group through an extremely touching grief counseling session focused on enjoying life guilt-free after enduring a crushing loss. It’s a roller coaster of a conversation as four friends share big laughs and deeply personal life experiences.
65:16 10/2/23