Thom Carnell

Author, Journalist, Genre Specialist

Action-horror author Thom Carnell brings you such thrillers as No Flesh Shall Be Spared and Carpe Noctem.

Episode 128: The Road Picture

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West go solo for a discussion of The Road Picture (a transformative adventure which occurs while traveling). From the Hope & Crosby pictures and CANNONBALL RUN to PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES and the FAST AND THE FURIOUS films, we'll cover them all (you'll be surprised by some of the titles we bring up). So grab your coat and your hat and come along, we're hittin' the road... on this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast! 


Featured song: The Creepshow "Zombies Ate Her Brain"

Episode 127: Thomas Deja / The Horror Anthology

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West are joined by author and Fangoria alum, Thomas Deja, for a discussion on The Horror Anthology. From the 1945 classic DEAD OF NIGHT through the Amicus years (TALES FROM THE CRYPT, VAULT OF HORROR, DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS) and up to present day (TRICK 'R TREAT, THE ABCS OF DEATH, and XX), we'll take a look at them all. Of course, we'll also look at News, review some trailers, and make a few recommendations. 

Featured Song: Chingon (featuring Robert Rodriguez) "Cuka Rocka"

Episode 126: Ian & Tori Bracken / Extreme Cinema

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West sit down with Ian and Tori Bracken for a discussion on their horror film production company, Bracken Basement Production. We'll also talk a bit about the making (and appreciation) of extreme cinema. A word of warning... A lot of the films we discuss on this episode should be approached with a bit of caution. We're talking extreme genre film here, kids: A SERBIAN FILM, CALVAIRE, MARTYRS, INSIDE, IRREVERSIBLE, NEKROMANTIK, The GUINEA PIG films, and Nacho Cerda's AFTERMATH, to name but a few. Afterward, we'll go over a bit of news and make some recommendations.

Featured Song: Los Xochimilcas "She Loves You"

Episode 125: Blaxploitation

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, BLEEDINGHAM's Gary Washington, poet Robert Lashley, and Langley J West chat about the Blaxploitation Film phenomenon of the 1970s. From COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, COFFY, SHAFT, and THE MACK to BLACK DYNAMITE and POOTIE TANG, we'll try and cover them all. We'll also talk about the impact these films had on society and the impact they had on black culture. Then, Langley and Thom go over some news, review some trailers, and make a few recommendations.

Episode 124: Sports Movies

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Jon Edwards, and Langley J West discuss Sports Movies. From PRIDE OF THE YANKEES and KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL AMERICAN to A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN and PREFONTAINE, we try to cover them all. We'll also do some news, review some trailers, and make a few recommendations. 

Featured song: Margot LeFebvre "C'est La Faute au Bossa Nova"

Episode 123: Tina Rivets Cosplay

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On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West talk with Pacific Northwest cosplay artist, Tina Rivets Cosplay. We'll discuss how someone goes from Fan to Fabricator, how costumes are conceptualized and built, and where does someone go to learn how to make this stuff? As usual, we'll also go over some news, look at a few trailers, and make a few recommendations.

Episode 122: Podcast on the Fly

I know... I know... we weren't going to do an episode this week due to Thom And Langley being at Crypticon Seattle, but here's the deal: Thom ended up coming home a day early and decided to call Brian. After a minute, we thought, "Why aren't we recording this for a podcast?" And so, we did just that. So, this episode is just us chatting over some news, some trailers... y'know, just old friends talking. This one's very casual and really fun. 

Episode 121: Our Favorite Fight Scenes

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West discuss "fisticuffs in cinema," that is... seminal fight scenes in film. We'll brush up against some martial arts cinema, but mostly... we're looking at the time-honored fist fight. We'll also look at some news and make some recommendations. 

Episode 120: Nick "The Hat" Gucker

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West chat with artist / musician, Nick Gucker. Nick is a Pacific Northwest convention staple, a great guy, and one hell of an artist. We talk about Nick's artwork, his Process, and a bit about what influences him as an artist. We'll also cover some news and make some recommendations.

Here are some samples of Nick's work:

Episode 119: King Kong

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Brian Ellison, and Langley J West discuss King Kong. From his early appearance in 1933 to the latest SKULL ISLAND, we'll look at why the original film is ALWAYS amongst Creative's Top 10 Films as well as all of the other the incarnations of the big ape. Langley and Brian really shine in this episode while Thom sits back and plays Devil's Advocate. Of course, we also look at some News, review a few trailers, and make a few recommendations. 

Episode 118: For The Glory That Is Rome...

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Brian Ellison, and Langley J West discuss Sword & Sandal / Gladiator / Peplum films and the glory of Rome. From classics like SPARTACUS & BEN HUR to modern films like GLADIATOR and Starz SPARTACUS, we'll look at the genre's popularity and offer some specific titles for listeners to search out. As usual, we'll also do some News and talk about about What We've Been Watching.

Episode 117: John Dods

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West talk with FX Guru, John Dods. John has been described by CNN as "one of the world's foremost masters of disguise" and has created makeups ranging from the AIDS victims of Longtime Companion (1989), to the aliens, vampires, and zombies of the TV-series Monsters (1988), to the Beast in Disney's Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast (1994-2007). Other Broadway credits include Prosthetic Design for "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein" (2007) and "The Toxic Avenger Musical" (2009). Dods professional breakthrough happened in 1983 when his mechanical monsters for the indie-feature The Deadly Spawn (1983) appeared on 6 magazine covers and acquired cult status on Internet websites. Also, we'll also look at some News and make a few recommendations.

Episode 116: TV Movies of the Week

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West discuss TV Movies of the Week. In the late '60s and early-to-mid 1970s, long before home video or HBO, the networks aired movies made especially for television oftentimes featuring stars of yesteryear and/or serving as 'test runs' for properties that later became series. We'll also review some new trailers, make a few recommendations, and do some news. 

Episode 115: Westerns Revisited

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Brian Ellison, and Langley J West revisit The Western. We talked about this topic on an earlier episode, but... we've long held that any conversation changes when you 'swap out' the people in that discussion. And so, on this episode, we look at the genre and its influence on modern cinema. Of course, we'll also talk some news, review some trailers, and make a few recommendations. So, hitch up your ponies and come with us while we take another look at The Western.

Episode 114: Time Travel Films

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Brian Ellison, and Langley J West discuss Time Travel Films. From BACK TO THE FUTURE and HOT TUB TIME MACHINE to HG Well's THE TIME MACHINE and LOOPER to Nacho Vigalondo's TIMECRIMES and BRIGADOON, we do our best to cover them all. As usual, we'll also cover some news, look at some trailers, and give a few recommendations. 

Episode 113: Guns, Guns, Guns!!!

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell is joined by Jon Edwards for a discussion of Guns in Cinema. From the Uberti Sharps 1874 Long Range rifle with a 34" barrel, fitted with Vernier sight in QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER & the Barrett .50 cal. M82 Sniper Rifle in SMOKIN' ACES to Deckard's Blaster in BLADE RUNNER & the BFG from DOOM, we'll try to cover some of the more impressive weapons in film. We'll also talk about Reality vs Fantasy during gun play. We'll also talk about some news, new trailers, and make a few recommendations. 

Episode 112: The Porn Film

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West are joined by Cinekink co-founder / director, Lisa Vandever for a discussion on the Porn Film. We'll look at the genre's history, some notable benchmarks and personalities, and try to answer the question as to whether "adult" cinema can sit comfortably on the shelf next to "regular" cinema. As usual, we'll also do a bit of news and make a few recommendations.

Episode 111: John Wick

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Brian Ellison, and Langley J West discuss the JOHN WICK films. Exploding onto screens in 2014, JOHN WICK has redefined modern cinema's idea of how action and violence should be portrayed onscreen. Now, with the release of JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2, the production team of Chad Stahelski and David Lietch are poised to take on a whole slew of popular franchises like the HIGHLANDER series and DEADPOOL 2. We'll also talk about some news and offer listeners a few recommendations.

Episode 110: Genre Illustration

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West discuss Genre Illustration. From Frazzetta & Wrightson to Basil Wolverton & Jack Davis, we'll try to cover them all. As usual, we'll also go over some news items, some trailers, and then make a few recommendations. 

Episode 109: Punk Cinema

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On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Heather Buckley discuss Punk Cinema. From it's beginnings in England and on through its dominance of the American music scene, we'll look at why it's an important genre, who the main filmmakers are, and how its aesthetic has influenced the films you watch today.