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The geek-driven podcast where a group of film industry pros and Special Guests discuss all aspects of genre entertainment.

The Damn Dirty Geeks are: Frank Dietz, Frank Woodward, Jack Bennett, Trish Geiger and Scott Weitz, combining our geek credentials to discuss a wide, entertaining range of podcast topics. So expect a lot of talk about classic horrors, dinosaurs, black lagoons, monsters from the Id, time lords, final frontiers, galaxies far, far away and, of course, planets where apes evolved from men.

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Live from Monsterpalooza with Kirk R. Thatcher and David Colton

The Damn Dirty Geeks recorded our first live audience podcast episode at Monsterpalooza 2017 with two special guests: actor/writer/director/puppet creator Kirk R. Thatcher and co-creator of The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, David Colton.

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Going APES with H.M. Wynant and Michael Schlesinger

The Damn Dirty Geeks geek out with our special guest and first APES film alumnus, actor H.M. Wynant, who discussing his roles in CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and THE TWILIGHT ZONE, plus our second guest, filmmaker Michael Schlesinger.

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The Fear Fetish with Staci Layne Wilson & Curt Lambert

The Damn Dirty Geeks recently spent another fantastic evening discussing independent horror and genre film movies with another prominent woman filmmaker, Staci Layne Wilson, also joined by one of her frequently cast actors, Curt Lambert.

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Going Wild Card in THE TWILIGHT ZONE

The Damn Dirty Geeks are back for Year Two of our podcast as we celebrate our second anniversary of the show, and we’re starting off on the wild side! A quick change of recent recording plans resulted in our second Damn Dirty Geeks Wild Card episode that dives straight into THE TWILIGHT ZONE with a dizzying collage of discussion topics.

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Filmmaker IZZY LEE on LOVECRAFT and WOMEN IN HORROR

As October and Halloween approach, the Damn Dirty Geeks revisit the horror genre with an energized episode featuring indie horror filmmaker Izzy Lee, discussing her body of work and discussing the long overdue growth of female directors and talent in the genre.

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JIM BEAVER on DEADWOOD & CRIMSON PEAK

The Damn Dirty Geeks continue our roll discussing great entertainment moments with experts in their craft, thanks to popular character actor Jim Beaver. Jim prolific career is filled with memorable characters that made lasting impacts on the films and series in which he appeared, including DEADWOOD, SUPERNATURAL, JUSTIFIED, and recently Guillermo del Toro’s gothic drama CRIMSON PEAK.

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MIKE HILL: MAKER OF MONSTERS

This episode combines two of the DDG’s favorite things: the genre character sculptures of artist Mike Hill and our combined love for werewolves in the movies!
Mike Hill’s figures of movie characters including Lon Chaney as The Wolf Man, Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein creature and many more have been featured displays on horror conventions and are prized collectibles by genre devotees including Guillermo del Toro.

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THE JOHN CARPENTER LEGACY

Though a couple of our Geeks weren’t available for this episode, Jack, Scott and Frank Woodward recently gathered to share our appreciation for director John Carpenter, who has created at least two classics in his varied career yet remains an unsung director by the Hollywood studio system.

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MIKE MENDEZ: BIG ASS SPIDERS and MODERN HORRORS

The Damn Dirty Geeks take another stab and celebrating and studying the horror film genre with our special guest Mike Mendez, director of indie horror films including BIG ASS SPIDER!, LAVALANTULA and the 2015 horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN.

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SAM WITWER Part 2: The STAR WARS Universe

The Damn Dirty Geeks have scored another fantastic two-part podcast episode with our special guest, actor Sam Witwer. The DDG and Sam talk about his film and TV series roles in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s THE MIST, his part in the pilot of THE WALKING DEAD, and his starring role as the troubled vampire Aidan in SyFy’s hit series BEING HUMAN.

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TED NEWSOM REUNITES CHRISTOPHER LEE and PETER CUSHING

The Damn Dirty Geeks are back after a busy hiatus (of exciting new projects) with the first of a string of new podcast episodes! First up is our salute to two Hammer horror greats, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, who were united by our episode guest Ted Newsom in his superb documentary FLESH AND BLOOD: THE HAMMER HERITAGE OF HORROR. In this hour, Ted regails us and DDG listeners with tales of bringing Lee and Cushing together professionally for the final time as narrators of Newsom’s Hammer documentary, as Cushing passed away only three months after the duo recorded their parts in early 1994.

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

The Damn Dirty Geeks continue our ongoing discussion about the STAR WARS cinematic universe with our official review episode on THE FORCE AWAKENS. While we recorded this episode last December just after THE FORCE AWAKENS blasted into theaters for a billion-dollar box office run, we delayed publishing it to give as many STAR WARS fans and DDG listeners to see the film. The wait is over, and the Geeks’ lightsabers are clashing in full-force now!

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SAM WITWER Part 1: THE MIST and BEING HUMAN

The Damn Dirty Geeks have scored another fantastic two-part podcast episode with our special guest, actor Sam Witwer. The DDG and Sam talk about his film and TV series roles in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s THE MIST, his part in the pilot of THE WALKING DEAD, and his starring role as the troubled vampire Aidan in SyFy’s hit series BEING HUMAN.

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GREG NICOTERO: more JAWS and DAWN OF THE DEAD

Year Two of the Damn Dirty Geeks podcast starts off big with our first podcast guest of 2016, director/executive producer/special effects master Greg Nicotero, who joins the DDG for two hours discussing one of our favorite films, Steven Spielberg’s thriller JAWS. In Part 1 of our evening with Greg Nicotero, he shares how seeing JAWS in 1975 prompted many nightmares and his earliest aspirations to learn how such movie creatures were made.

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WESTWORLD and the 1970s

Recorded in late 2015 but unleashed now, saddle up for this rollicking fun podcast episode taking aim at WESTWORLD, Michael Crichton’s 1973 futurist thriller, with side trips to discuss what the Damn Dirty Geeks love about 1970s cinema. While being a superb representation of cinematic tastes in 1973, WESTWORLD also proved highly influential on science fiction/action films to come amid the burgeoning computer boom in the decade.

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GREG NICOTERO and JAWS, Part 1

Year Two of the Damn Dirty Geeks podcast starts off big with our first podcast guest of 2016, director/executive producer/special effects master Greg Nicotero, who joins the DDG for two hours discussing one of our favorite films, Steven Spielberg’s thriller JAWS. In Part 1 of our evening with Greg Nicotero, he shares how seeing JAWS in 1975 prompted many nightmares and his earliest aspirations to learn how such movie creatures were made.

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STAR WARS: Our Special THE FORCE AWAKENS Preview

The Damn Dirty Geeks finally wrap up our pre-THE FORCE AWAKENS conversation about all things STAR WARS before J.J. Abrams’ film opens in theaters on December 18th! Frank Woodward joins Jack, Scott and Frank D after Part 1 and 2 of our STAR WARS debates and discussion as we count down the final seven days until we see the highly anticipated Episode 7 story unfold.

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WALKING AND TALKING DEAD

The Damn Dirty Geeks revisit one of our favorite topics and TV shows, THE WALKING DEAD in our first wildcard episode linking up several hot topics. This time, both Franks, Scott and Jack address the recent Season 6 cliffhanger episode that put Glenn’s life in the hands of zombie-horde fate, and how this trend of keeping audiences in suspense over mid-season breaks has changed modern television.

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DARAN NORRIS and THE 007 FILES

With SPECTRE now in theaters, actor and voice artist Daran Norris — an uber 007 fan himself — recently joined the Damn Dirty Geeks to share our mutual fascination and fandom of James Bond films and fiction from Ian Fleming’s first novel up to the 24th film.

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JOHN SKIPP and ANDREW KASCH tell their TALES OF HALLOWEEN

The scaring season is finally here as directors John Skipp and Andrew Kasch join the Damn Dirty Geeks to share our ghost stories and fond trick or treat memories about Halloween, all of which inspired their segment in the new anthology film TALES OF HALLOWEEN.

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GRAHAM SKIPPER and RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL

You’ll lose your heads listening to the Damn Dirty Geeks’ podcast visit from actor Graham Skipper as we talk about his lead role in RE-ANIMATOR THE MUSICAL and a few upcoming, anticipated horror films.

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TOM WOODRUFF JR. on BATMOBILES & PUMPKINHEADS

To the Batcave as the Damn Dirty Geeks welcome Academy Award-winning creature creator, makeup artist, actor and director Tom Woodruff, Jr. to discuss his amazing career and early influences that started him on his filmmaking journey.

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TOM HOLLAND and FRIGHT NIGHT

Actor/writer/director Tom Holland returns to continue his podcast with the Damn Dirty Geeks, this episode focusing on his highly popular 1985 twist on the vampire genre, FRIGHT NIGHT… for real!

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TOM HOLLAND and PSYCHO II

The full contingent of Damn Dirty Geeks — Frank, Jack, Frank, Trish and Scott — spent a wonderful and informative evening with actor/screenwriter/director Tom Holland to discuss his successful filmmaking career and his daunting task of writing the 1983 sequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s innovative horror thriller PSYCHO.

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STAR WARS, EMPIRE AND JEDI – A Look Back Part 2

In Part 2 of this double-episode, Frank, Jack and Scott return to discuss RETURN OF THE JEDI that capped off the Original (and at the time, the only) STAR WARS Trilogy in 1983. Comparisons and criticisms abound between JEDI’s lighter tone following up EMPIRE’s cliffhanger (some say unsatisfying) ending, and how Episode VI caught a bit of a bad reputation for being as much of a toy-selling product as an exciting franchise finale.

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STAR WARS, EMPIRE AND JEDI – A Look Back Part 1

With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS just a few months from blasting into theaters, the Damn Dirty Geeks revisit the classic, original STAR WARS trilogy in two full length podcasts. In Part 1 of this double-episode, Frank, Jack and Scott discuss in depth the unique clash of perfect timing and epic fantasy storytelling that launched a cinematic phenomenon in 1977.

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Uncle Ira’s Basement: THE DEAD ZONE

We’re on a roll with Stephen King films after our CHRISTINE episode, so the Damn Dirty Geeks make a U-turn back into Uncle Ira’s Basement for this mini-podcast about David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s THE DEAD ZONE. In this episode, Frank, Trish and Scott focus their psychic skills on Christopher Walken’s memorable performance in this tense Cronenberg thriller which arguably is the best feature adaptation of a King novel yet.

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COMIC CON: THE GEEKS AWAKEN

It’s the height of geek season as Comic-Con International takes over San Diego, California, drawing tens of thousands of comics, movies and genre entertainment fans from around the world to gather for a pop culture phenomenon. Frank, Scott, Trish and Frank take a fun look at the explosion of fan conventions, the studio dominance of Comic-Con panels, and the fashion trend of cosplay creations.

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Uncle Ira’s Basement: JOHN CARPENTER’S CHRISTINE

In this venture down into Uncle Ira’s Basement of mysterious findings, Damn Dirty Geeks Frank Dietz and Frank Woodward discuss Jack Bennett’s choice of film topic: John Carpenter’s tense, character-driven adaptation of the Stephen King killer car novel CHRISTINE.

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Uncle Ira’s Basement: DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE

Three of our Damn Dirty Geeks — Frank Dietz, Trish Geiger and Scott Weitz — pay the first of many DDG tributes to the great actor Christopher Lee while discussing one of his most popular Hammer horror films, DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE, released in 1968.

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SULTAN AND THE SATURDAY MORNING SING-ALONG

By far, this is the wackiest, uber-geekiest Damn Dirty Geeks podcast episode ever, thanks in part to our special guest Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki, whose own geek cred is extensive as you’ll find out when he joins in singing “deep cuts” from Saturday morning cartoon theme songs with the DDG team! We talk animated APES and TREK, Hanna Barbera, Jonny Quest and more.

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Uncle Ira’s Basement: THIS ISLAND EARTH

The Damn Dirty Geeks drop into Uncle Ira’s Basement for another mini-podcast episode as Frank Dietz and Frank Woodward put their normal-sized heads together to discuss Universal’s 1955 sci-fi classic THIS ISLAND EARTH, a fun iconic film with Metalunans, Mutants and interocitors.

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Uncle Ira’s Basement: EXCALIBUR

Delving into Uncle Ira’s Basement once again, Frank Dietz and Frank Woodward also take a trip back in history to examine and enjoy fond memories of EXCALIBUR, John Boorman’s 1981 glorious, violent, sexy vision of the King Arthur legends.

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Uncle Ira’s Basement: THE TRAILERS AWAKEN

Welcome to this second installment of Uncle Ira’s Basement in which Frank, Frank and Jack discuss the recent release of news-grabbing movie trailers — leading off with the blockbusting debut of the second teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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Premiere of UNCLE IRA’S BASEMENT Mini-Podcast: TROG

Finally, the Damn Dirty Geeks can reveal our newest podcast feature: Uncle Ira’s Basement, a series of mini-podcast episodes. In this debut Uncle Ira’s Basement episode, resident DDG hosts Frank Dietz and Frank Woodward revisit the 1970 cult horror film TROG, starring Joan Crawford and Michael Gough.

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FUNNY BUSINESS WITH BIG DAN FRATER

Something for everyone, a comedy episode tonight! Damn Dirty Geeks — Frank Dietz, Trish Geiger, Jack Bennett and Scott Weitz — welcome the prolific comedy actors Brian Howe and Alison Martin, fresh off launching their hilarious project The Audio Adventurebook of Big Dan Frater Volume 1.

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PLANET OF THE APES DAY Episode

In our special podcast celebrating the first PLANET OF THE APES DAY, comedian and lifelong APES movie fan Dana Gould joins Frank, Jack, Trish and Scott to discuss the entertainment legacy and personal connections to the entire APES franchise, including the new generation of films RISE and DAWN. In short, the Damn Dirty Geeks GO APE at last!

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Episode #004 – THE SECRET ORIGIN OF GEEKS

In our fourth podcast, the Damn Dirty Geeks reveal their inmost selves unto the audience. With help from returning guest Mallory O’Meara and special guest makeup effects artist Frank Ippolito, the gang recalls their humble nerd beginnings and how they blossomed into hyphenates in the entertainment biz.

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Episode #003 – WHEN THE WOLFSBANE BLOOMS

Our third podcast episode finds the Damn Dirty Geeks growling and howling under the full moon as we get under the skin of werewolf movies and mythology with special guest Mallory O’Meara — recorded on Lon Chaney Jr.’s birthday no less!

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Episode #002 – TV TERROR OF 2014

In our second podcast episode, the Damn Dirty Geeks close out our year-end recap exploring the highlights and dangerous shadows of 2014’s most notable TV terrors and dramas.

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Episode #001 – OF GODZ AND MONKEYS

Frank, Jack, Frank and Scott launch the Damn Dirty Geeks podcast with our review of 2014’s big-budget genre film events like GODZILLA and its Kairu-sized expectations, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s box office blast, and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES’ evolutionary impact on the feature franchise.

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‘LONG LIVE THE KING’ in L.A. THEATERS JUNE 16

Great news for our DDG podcast listeners and Kong fans! Our own Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger's feature documentary LONG LIVE THE KING, an affectionate tribute to the enduring appeal of King Kong,...
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Remembering Adam West

The Damn Dirty Geeks salute the life and career of actor Adam West, whose work on screen and friendship were a significant and joyous influence on our childhoods, lives and careers.

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DDG Podcast Live from WonderFest on June 3, 2017

Join us at WonderFest on June 3rd as the Damn Dirty Geeks record our second live podcast episode, this time from the highly popular annual hobby convention in Kentucky, with special celebrity guest actor Brian Howe from HBO’s WESTWORLD and THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN.

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DDG Among the Top Ten Geek Podcasts on HuffPo

The Damn Dirty Geeks were pleased to learn that our podcast was recently included in the list of Top Ten Geek Podcasts You Should Check Out Now on Huffington Post. Fellow filmmaker Eric Sharkey contributed this article to HuffPo, which includes nine other great and indispensable geek podcasts.

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DDG Live Podcast Recording at Monsterpalooza 2017

Start off your Monsterpalooza 2017 weekend with a bang: the Damn Dirty Geeks will be hosting our first LIVE podcast show on Friday, April 7th from 6:30-7:30pm at the Pasadena Convention Center! The entire DDG ensemble will be attending: Frank, Jack, Frank, Trish and Scott, plus our trusty sound engineer Brice recording it all for syndication via our online podcast feed.

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DDG-MADE KING KONG Documentary Selected by Multiple Film Festivals

LONG LIVE THE KING, the new documentary directed by Damn Dirty Geeks’ own Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, producer Scott Weitz and featuring an interview with Frank H. Woodward, starts its film festival run this weekend as an Official Selection at the St. Louis International Film Festival on Sunday, November 6th.

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Dana Gould’s STAN AGAINST EVIL Premieres on IFC

The DDG are very geeked for the Halloween premiere of podcast guest Dana Gould’s new horror comedy series STAN AGAINST EVIL, sneak previewing on IFC Halloween night at 11pm and making its two-episode premiere on IFC starting at 10pm on November 2nd.

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Celebrate KONG at the LONG LIVE THE KING World Premiere October 1st

We’re very proud to announce that the new documentary by DDG’s own Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger, LONG LIVE THE KING, makes its World Premiere at the Bay Area Film Events festival on Saturday, October 1st!

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Damn Dirty Geeks Podcast Now Streaming on iHeart Radio

Our Damn Dirty Geeks podcast continues to expand its listener base and add to our list of online distribution sources, as we’re proud to announce that you can now listen to our show on iHeart Radio players and apps. Our entire library of current and past episodes dating back to our 2015 debut is now available at iHeart, and you Heart-o-philes will continue to hear new episodes as we publish them. Be sure to add Damn Dirty Geeks to your station to get the latest from us!

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Official Damn Dirty Geeks Cocktail: The Devil’s Rain

If you’re a regular listener and subscriber of the Damn Dirty Geeks podcast, you’ve heard that we occasionally enjoy a tasty adult beverage while recording our shows. This podcast started as a fun gathering over drinks at Frank Dietz’s place, and we’ve never lost that vibe. Being mixologists of drinks and movies, the Damn Dirty Geeks now present the first Official Cocktail of our podcast: THE DEVIL’S RAIN.

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DDG PLANET OF THE APES SCREENING WRAP-UP

The Damn Dirty Geeks just wrapped our meet-up with friends after TCM/Fathom's screening of the original PLANET OF THE APES in Burbank, and a great time was had by all. The event started off with...
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PLANET OF THE APES SCREENING & DDG MEET UP JULY 24

Hot on the heels of the very successful fan meet up to celebrate our 2nd annual Planet of the Apes Day, the Damn Dirty Geeks are planning another APES fan gathering built around the TCM screening of the 1968 original PLANET OF THE APES on Sunday July 24th at 2pm in Burbank, CA.

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