Special Guests: Russell Mulcahy, Gregory Widen
Guest Co-Hosts: Mike Thompson, Josh Hadley

There should be only one?

The Projection Booth celebrates our 300th episode with Russell Mulcahy's Highlander (1986), a science fiction/fantasy film in which immortals fight through time until only two remain -- Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and The Kurgan (Clancy Brown). Though originally a box office flop, the film found new life on cable and VHS before spawning a bizarre franchise.

The film's director, Russell Mulcahy, and original screenwriter, , discuss their relationship with Highlander. Josh Hadley and Mike Thompson join Mike White in unraveling the many incarnations of the film's progeny.

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Links:
Buy Highlander on DVD
Buy Highlander II: The Renegade Cut on DVD
Buy Women of Darby Pop #1 (featuring Mike Thompson)
Read the latest on the Highlander reboot
Read There Was So, So Much Drinking on the Original Highlander Set by Katharine Trendacosta
Read Mike Thompson's Highlander II article
Find more of Josh Hadley at 12:01 Beyond

Music:
Soundtrack - Michael Kamen
"Princes of the Universe" - Queen
"Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)" - Queen
"Who Wants To Live Forever" - Queen
"A Kind of Magic" - Queen

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Special Guest: Francis M. Nevins Jr.
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Cullen Gallagher

Noirvember 2016 concludes with a look at Arthur D. Ripley's The Chase (1946). Adapted by from a Cornell Woolrich novel, the film tells the tale of Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) a down-on-his-luck veteran who ends up working for gangster Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran) before falling for Roman's wife (Michèle Morgan) and stealing away with her to Cuba.

Cullen Gallagher and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss The Chase, Cornell Woolrich, and more.

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Links:
Buy The Chase on Blu-Ray
Buy Cornell Woolrich: First You Dream, Then You Die by Francis M. Nevins Jr.
Buy books from Maitland McDonagh
Read more from Cullen at Pulp Serenade

Music:
"Peter Lorre" - Satan's Pilgrims
"Peter Lorre" - Tony Miracle

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Special Guest: Stephen D. Youngkin
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Samm Deighan

Directed by Boris Ingster with a screenplay by , Stranger on the Third Floor (1940) defines the stylistic conventions that would come to be known as film noir. The movie stars John McGuire as a hot shot reporter and Margaret Tallichet as his best gal (who eventually becomes the protagonist). He's framed for a murder committed by the man only known as "The Stranger" (Peter Lorre).

Maitland McDonagh and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss this first entry in the film noir pantheon as well as what it helped spawn. Author Stephen D. Youngkin joins the program to talk about the captivating Peter Lorre.

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Links:
Buy Stranger on the Third Floor on DVD
Buy The Lost One: A Life of Peter Lorre by Stephen D. Youngkin
Buy books from Maitland McDonagh
Hear more from Samm Deighan on the Daughters of Darkness podcast
Visit the Diabolique Magazine website

Music:
"Peter Lorre" - The Jazz Butchers

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2016 has been one heck of a year for The Projection Booth. I've continued to strive for some stellar interviews as well as guest co-hosts while covering an eclectic mix of new, old, popular, and obscure films. Thanks to all of those guests and co-hosts, and thanks especially to everyone who's listened to the show.

I wanted to share the least downloaded episodes of the year. These may have skewed a bit due to the switching of hosts in September but I tried to work in the old tracking with the new. Likewise, these numbers are from late November and not counting any of the December shows:

Least Downloaded Episodes of 2016

  1. Looker (1981)
  2. Salvador (1986)
  3. Some Call It Loving
  4. Sholay
  5. The Last Dragon
  6. Smile
  7. Night of the Comet
  8. Sugar Hill
  9. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
  10. Pump Up the Volume
Again, I'm going to plead for folks to listen to those episodes if they haven't before as I think that most of them are pretty great. I'm surprised to see a few of those as being so low in the list.

As I did last year, I've put together a compilation of music from nearly every episode (omitting some specials) from 2016. It's as eclectic as I like the show to be. I hope folks find it enjoyable!

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Track List

SongArtistEpisode
Rhythm of the NightDeBargeThe Last Dragon
Weapons for El SalvadorThe ExSalvador
Where is My Mind?Maxene CyrinKnock Knock / Death Game
Good Old DadThe Ron Hicklin SingersKnock Knock / Death Game
I'm Afraid of AmericansDavid BowieShowgirls
On the RadioCheap TrickEgo Fest IV
Swing on a StarBing CrosbyHudson Hawk
LookerSue SaadLooker
Computer in LovePerrey KingsleyDemon Seed
Demon SeedThe ProteusDemon Seed
Haa Jab Tak Hai JaanLata MangeshkarSholay
Yeh Dosti Hum NahinKishore Kumar & Manna DeySholay
Everybody KnowsLeonard CohenPump Up the Volume
ChangelingThe DoorsThe Changeling
The Air That I BreatheThe HolliesNight of the Comet
Spank My Booty (Reprise)Lords of AcidSecretary
You're Tearing Me Apart (Feat. Lisa)Microw JupiterRoom Full of Spoons
She Blinded Me with ScienceThomas DolbyScience Crazed
No One ElseWeezerBad Timing: A Sensual Obsession
(Every Day Is) HalloweenMinistryElvira, Mistress of the Dark
Bela Lugosi's DeadBauhausEd Wood
Delta DawnHelen ReddySmile
Hard to Be a GodGrant StevensHard to Be a God
Dybbuk ShersThe KlezmaticsThe Dybbuk
The Laziest Gal in TownMarlene DietrichStage Fright
SukiyakiKyu SakamotoThe Slanted Screen
Wake in Fright themeJohn ScottWake in Fright
Barton Fink ScoreCarter BurwellBarton Fink
Dare to be StupidWeird Al YankovicUHF
Charlie Don't SurfThe ClashApocalypse Now
Holiday in CambodiaThe Dead KennedysApocalypse Now
SleeepwalkSanto & JohnnySome Call it Loving
Once upon a DreamLana Del ReySome Call it Loving
Talk With GrandmotherLuboš FišerValerie and Her Week of Wonders
ValerieBroadcastValerie and Her Week of Wonders
I'll Be YouThe ReplacementsCeline and Julie Go Boating
The Map RoomJohn WilliamsRaiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made
Tickled to DeathCombustible EdisonTickled
Les Yeux Sans VisageCombustible EdisonEyes Without a Face
Eyes Without a FaceBilly IdolEyes Without a Face
Sheila's SongViva SoundtrackThe Love Witch
Here In The DarknessGreg StoneSorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama
Main ThemeAsei Kobayashi / Micky Yoshino / GodiegoHouse
Trance DanceKorla PanditKorla
Supernatural Voodoo Woman (Pt.1)The OriginalsSugar Hill
Dancing DildosSoundtrackThe First Nudie Musical
The Powerful Fully-Transistorized Dick Tracy Two-Way Wrist RadioMan or Astro-man?Dick Tracy
Still in HollywoodConcrete BlondesThe Hidden
I Will Wait for YouJohnny MathisThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Watch What HappensSergio MendesThe Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Crossroads of your lifeTommy LeonettiMassacre at Central High
Vertigo Main ThemeHerrmannVertigo
Carlotta ValdezHarvey DangerVertigo
Straw DogsStiff Little FingersStraw Dogs
I Am The OwlThe Dead KennedysInterview with Oliver Stone
Back in TimeHuey Lewis & The NewsQ&A with Christopher Lloyd
Maybe It Ain'tDavid CarradineSonny Boy
Freedonia Is Going To WarMusic and lyrics by: Bert Kalmar, Harry RubyDuck Soup
The CreepsSocial DistortionNight of the Creeps
Silver SurferThe CavemenDoomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman's the Fantastic Four
Come and Play with Us, DannySmearballsThe Shining
AprilWhite SisterKiller Party
Best TimesAlan Brackett and Scott ShellyKiller Party
MartyrDepeche ModeMartyrs
Muscle in PlasticBauhausPin: A Plastic Nightmare
WordsMissing PersonsPontypool
Fuckin-AExisto SoundtrackExisto
Hoop HoopExisto SoundtrackExisto
I've Told Every Little StarLinda ScottMulholland Dr.
Llorando (Crying)Rebekah Del RioMulholland Dr.
Get on the GreasyAndrew HungThe Greasy Strangler
House Of PiesFriends Of Dean MartinezThe Frontier
Femme FataleThe Velvet Underground & NicoDecoy
That ThingWho HaThe Thing
Peter LorreJazz ButcherStranger on the Third Floor
Princes of the UniverseQueenHighlander
ApacheJorgenRun of the Arrow
Are You Ready for the Sex Girls?Gleaming SpiresLemon Popsicle
Ogami Itto's ThemeHideaki SakuraiLone Wolf & Cub
Dedicated to those we've lost in 2016 including Jon Polito, H.G. Lewis, David Bowie, Prince, Jean-Jacques Perrey, and more.

Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Christa Faust

Difficult to find on home video for many years, Jack Bernhard's Decoy (1946) stands as a highly off-beat film noir in which Margot Shelby (Jean Gillie) plays the consummate femme fatale with designs on the $400,000 her lover, Frankie (Robert Armstrong), has hidden. She needs to break him out of jail in order to get her hands on the money and does so by allowing him to be executed, only to bring him back from the dead...

Writers Christa Faust and Maitland McDonagh join Mike to discuss this usual film.

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Links:
Buy Decoy on DVD (Film Noir Set)
Buy Decoy on DVD (Double Feature)
Read a great article about Decoy
Buy Maitland McDonagh's books
Visit the official Christa Faust website
Learn more about Peepland
Visit the Hard Case Crime website

Music:
"Femme Fatale" - The Velvet Underground & Nico

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Special Guests: Oren Shai, Webb Wilcoxen
Guest Co-Host: Jared Case

The Frontier (2015) is a retro neo-noir in which Laine (Jocelin Donahue), a woman on the run, finds her way to a diner/hotel where the owner, Luanne (Kelly Lynch) hosts an amalgam of shady characters.

Film archivist Jared Case joins Mike to speak to director Oren Shai and co-writer about this new film.

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Links:
Buy The Frontier on Blu-Ray
Visit the official website
Visit The Frontier on Kino Lorber
Be sure to LIKE The Frontier on Facebook

Music:
"House Of Pies" - Friends Of Dean Martinez

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Special Guest: Jim Hosking
Guest Co-Host: Skizz Cyzyk

One of the most delightfully unusual movies of the decade, Jim Hosking's The Greasy Strangler (2016) is the tale of Big Ronnie (Michael St. Michaels) and Big Brayden (Sky Elobar), a father and son with a tense and greasy relationship. Trouble starts when Janet ( Elizabeth De Razzo), a disco tourist, enters the picture...

Skizz Cyzyk joins Mike to talk about this hilarious film.

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Links:
Buy The Greasy Strangler on Blu-Ray
Buy the Greasy Strangler soundtrack
Visit the official Jim Hosking website
Check out Jim Hosking's Vimeo page
Be sure to LIKE The Greasy Strangler on Facebook

Music:
"Get on the Greasy" - Andrew Hung

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TIC TAC. HAIRDRESSER. 30 SECOND COMMERCIAL. from Jim Hosking on Vimeo.

Special Guests: Laura Harring, Patrick Fischler
Guest Co-Hosts: Jedidiah Ayres, Erik Marshall

David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001) lived a double life as a television pilot and feature film. A neo-noir that plays with themes of identity, roleplaying, and obsession, the film stars Naomi Watts as innocent ingénue Betty Elms and Laura Elena Harring as Rita, a woman with a past hidden from herself.

Mike talks to Patrick Fischler and Laura Harring about their roles in Mulholland Drive (and a lot more). Professor Erik Marshall and author Jedidiah Ayres help elucidate the mystery of Mulholland Drive.

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Links:
Buy Mulholland Dr on Blu-Ray
Buy the Mulholland Dr soundtrack
Read the Mulholland Dr script
Read I Had a Dream about This Place by Mike White
Visit an invaluable Mulholland Dr website
Visit the official Laura Harring website
Follow Patrick Fischler on Twitter
Buy books from Jedidiah Ayres
Read Jedidiah Ayres's blog
Hear more of Erik Marshall on the That's A Wrap podcast
Listen to the Rena Riffel interview
Listen to the Frannk Collison interview

Music:
"Dwarfland/Love Theme" - Angelo Badalamenti/David Lynch
"Mulholland Drive/Love Theme" - Angelo Badalamenti
"I've Told Every Little Star" - Linda Scott
"Llorando (Crying)" - Rebekah Del Rio

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