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 132: John Amplas

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West talk with a man who is an actor, a director, and the Associate Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company who teaches acting as a Professor with the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, John Amplas. John is best known for his roles in the George Romero films MARTIN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS. DAY OF THE DEAD, and CREEPSHOW and is a terrific guy. Later, Thom & Langley go over some news, review some trailers, and make a few recommendations. Stick around after the show... Langley and Thom come back and talk for a minute about the recent deaths of George Romero and Martin Landau.


Featured song: Rush ""Didacts and Narpets" 

Episode 131: David Del Valle

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell & Langley J West talk with David Del Valle, journalist, columnist, film historian, radio & television commentator and one of the leading authorities on the horror/science-fiction/cult & fantasy film genres. David is an old friend and an absolute joy to talk with and we're overjoyed to bring him to you. Later, Thom and Langley talk news, review some trailers, and make some recommendations. 

Episode 130: Chad Savage / Haunted Attractions

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West talk with artist, designer, and haunter, Chad Savage about The Haunted Attraction. From the Orton and Spooner Ghost House which opened in 1915 in Liphook, England to Disney's Haunted Mansion and your local carnival thrill rides, we discuss them all. Heck, we even go into things like corn mazes, haunted hayrides, Hell houses, and Midnight Spook shows. Of course, we also go around the table and make a few film and book recommendations. This was a super fun show to do... and it shows in its run-time (a little over two hours). Please enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it. 

Featured song: Kenji Kawai "Making of Cyborg"

Chad's site: www.sinistervisions.com

Episode 129: Lorelei Shannon / The Southern Gothic

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West are joined by author / game designer, Lorelei Shannon (as well as her daughter, Neon Minerva!) for a discussion of The Southern Gothic. Wikipedia defines "Southern Gothic" as "a sub-genre of Gothic fiction / film that takes place in the American South. Common themes in Southern Gothic literature include deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may or may not dabble in hoodoo, ambivalent gender roles, decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events relating to or stemming from poverty, alienation, crime, or violence."  We'll also talk a bit of News, review a few trailers, and make some recommendations. So, grab yourself a mint julep or some sweet tea and join us for Southern Gothic, y'all. 

Featured song: Frank Zappa "Dance Me This"

Buy Lorelei's terrific southern gothic novel, POSSUM KINGDOM by clicking below:

Possum Kingdom
By Lorelei Shannon

 

 

 

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.