The Damn Dirty Geeks take another stab and celebrating and studying the horror film genre with our special guest, producer/director Mike Mendez.
Like two of our previous podcast guests, Andrew Kasch and John Skipp, Mendez also directed a segment of the horror anthology film TALES OF HALLOWEEN released last October. Mike’s segment “Friday the 31st” pits a deranged serial killer against his feminine quarry who turns the tables in a shocking twist of the typical slasher formula. Mendez also discusses BIG ASS SPIDER!, his affectionate horror/humor tribute to the big bug movies of the 1950s, his SyFy movie LAVALANTULA, and working with Dolph Lindgren on his latest film DON’T KILL IT.
Mike Mendez: Big Ass Spiders and Modern Horror
We revisit films like CARRIE, THE HILLS HAVE EYES and FRIDAY THE 13th that were early influences on Mike’s youth and inspired his eventual career. Mike also jumpstarts a rousing discussion of James Cameron’s genre-mashing sequel ALIENS, arguably Cameron at the top of his directorial form, and how his long-delayed extension of his AVATAR franchise may be too late to remain relevant.
Mike and the DDG also take an enjoyable detour to describe our worst movie-going experiences as fans and audience members, harkening back to the days before online movie ticketing and reserved seats, asking how this electronic line-up experience has changed the fan experience at theaters.
We weave all these subject threads together in a larger examination on the state of current independent horror films and filmmakers, existing and thriving outside the formulaic entries of higher-budget studio franchises or even compete against them at the box office.
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BIG ASS SPIDER!– purchase Mike Mendez’s big bug horror film via Amazon.com
LAVALANTULA – purchase Mike Mendez’s SyFy movie via Amazon.com
TALES OF HALLOWEEN – stream this fun 2015 horror anthology film co-directed by Mike Mendez via Amazon.com
ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE – stream the cult film co-starring our own Frank Dietz via Amazon.com
ALIENS – purchase the Blu-ray edition of James Cameron’s entry in the ALIEN franchise via Amazon.com