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 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.

Episode 108: Video Game Films

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On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Brian Ellison discuss Video Game Films. From RESIDENT EVIL and SILENT HILL to POKEMON and SUPER MARIO BROTHERS, we look at them all. We also go over some news and offer few recommendations.

Episode 107: Political Films

In light of recent events, on this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West discuss Political Films (both films that are about politics and films that they themselves are political). We also look at some news and make a ton of recommendations.

Episode 106: Hart Fisher

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West talk with Boneyard Press publisher and AMERICAN HORRORS creator, Hart D. Fisher. Called by HERO's ILLUSTRATED "The Most Dangerous Man in Comics," Hart has been in the game for many years and is renown for his writing and the honesty with which he approaches Genre.
This one's a fun one, kids... 

Episode 105: Underappreciated Sci-Fi Films

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West discuss Underappreciated Sci-Fi Films. From SILENT RUNNING and COLOSSUS: THE FORBIN PROJECT to SOLARIS and DARK CITY, we look at some of our favorite films that may have slipped past you. Of course, we also go over some news and make a few recommendations.

Episode 104: Films Set at New Year's

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West discuss Films Set at New Year's. Yeah, we know... the topic is slim. Mostly, this is just a week for all of us to hang out, chat about movies, and play a bit of catch-up. We also do a bit of News about AVATAR-Land and make some movie recommendations.

Episode 103: Rankin & Bass

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Langley J West look at the films of television and holiday staple, Arthur Rankin, Jr and Jules Bass. From RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER to MAD MONSTER PARTY, we'll cover them all (even the lesser known shows). We also go over some news, review some trailers, and make a few movie recommendations. 
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Episode 102: Rick Baker

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West discuss the films of Special Makeup FX master, Rick Baker. Baker is a seminal name in the world of Makeup (having won the first Oscar for it) and we'll go over his filmography and his work since retiring from films. Of course, we'll also go over some news and make a few film / book recommendations. 

Episode 101: David Lynch

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West discuss the films of David Lynch. We'll begin with his early short films and make our way through his filmography (from ERASERHEAD & DUNE to LOST HIGHWAY & INLAND EMPIRE). We'll also go over some news items and make a few film / book recommendations.

Episode 100: Horror Hosts

On this, our hundredth episode, Thom Carnell and Langley J West discuss the phenomenon of the Horror Host. From Vampira and Zacherley to Bob Wilkins and Joel and The Bots, we'll look at their history, look at some of the better known hosts, and talk about the influence they had on all of us as kids. We'll also chat about some news and make a few book & movie recommendations.

Episode 99: Satanic Panic Films

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West discuss Satanic Panic films.

The term “satanic panic” was used to describe a reaction by people to media reports of "satanic ritual abuse" which was used to describe different behaviors, actions and allegations that lie between extremes of definitions. In 1988, a nationwide study of sexual abuse in U.S. day care agencies, led by David Finkelhor, divided "ritual abuse" allegations into three categories — cult-based ritualism in which the abuse had a spiritual or social goal for the perpetrators, pseudo-ritualism in which the goal was sexual gratification and the rituals were used to frighten or intimidate victims, and psychopathological ritualism in which the rituals were due to mental disorders. Subsequent investigators have expanded on these definitions and also pointed to a fourth alleged type of Satanic ritual abuse, in which petty crimes with ambiguous meaning (such as graffiti or vandalism) generally committed by teenagers were attributed to the actions of Satanic cults.
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As usual, we'll cover some recent news and make a few recommendations.
Yes, it's Old Scratch clawing at the door, kiddies!
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Episode 98: The Samurai Film

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell and Brian Ellison take a look at The Chanbara / Jidaigeki  Film (aka The Japanese Sword Drama aka The Samurai Film). We'll go over the highlights of the genre and delve into why it continues to appeal to a worldwide audience. We'll also go over some news and give a few movie & book recommendations. 

Episode 97: Tim Burton

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, it's HALLOWEEN! Our favorite holiday! And to honor it, Thom Carnell & Langley J West sit down and discuss the films of everybody's favorite oddball, Tim Burton.  From his early Stop-Motion films on through the promised BEETLEJUICE 2. we cover them all. Even the bad ones. We also do a bit of news and offer more film & book recommendations. 
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Episode 96: Westworld

On this episode of The Bonus Material Podcast, Thom Carnell, Heather Buckley, and Langley J West discuss the first few episode of HBO's new series WESTWORLD. We'll also get an update on what Heather's been up to as well as we eulogize a friend and discuss a few movies and books that you may want to search out. This one's informal, but fun, kids...