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The New World Pictures Podcast is dedicated to every movie released by New World Pictures.  We talk about the things we loved and the things we hated along with the detailed history of each film's history and production.

Founded by the infamous Roger Corman, New World Pictures was responsible for the greatest genre and exploitation films of the 1970's and 1980's.  Remember all those movies that lived proudly in the Action, Horror, Comedy and Sci-Fi isles of the video store?  Titles like Death Race 2000, Hellraiser, Heathers and Piranha.  They were all made by New World Pictures.

In addition to talking about the films themselves, we talk with the Writers, Producers and Directors who worked with New World Pictures.
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It's our 2nd week of #Aprilsweeps where we continue to celebrate the TV movies made by New World Television. This week we immerse ourselves in the exciting/dangerous/sexy?/cigarette 1986 made for TV vigilante-action film THE GLADIATOR (not that GLADIATOR)! Starring Ken Wahl, Nancy Allen, and Robert Culp and surprise (spoiler) appearance by Rick Dees!  Join Marc, Erica, and Ryan as they reminisce about a simpler time when seat belts were optional, Weinerschnitzel went by Der, and soccer refs needed no prior experience or knowledge of the game. Marc teases out a possible fall lineup for NWPP and resurfaces a deep musical cut.
Ep. 116: The Gladiator

Ep. 116: The Gladiator

2024-04-1601:05:49

It's our 2nd week of #Aprilsweeps where we continue to celebrate the TV movies made by New World Television. This week we immerse ourselves in the exciting/dangerous/sexy?/cigarette 1986 made for TV vigilante-action film GLADIATOR. Not that Gladiator! Starring Ken Wahl, Nancy Allen, and Robert Culp and surprise (spoiler) appearance by Rick Dees! Join the Marc, Erica, and Ryan as they reminisce about a simpler time when seat belts were optional, Weinerschnitzel went by Der, and soccer refs needed no prior experience or knowledge of the game. Marc teases out a possible fall lineup for NWPP and resurfaces a deep musical cut.  Plus we learn serious impact smoking has on your ability to discern food flavors.  They don't make TV movies like this anymore.
Ep. 115: False Witness

Ep. 115: False Witness

2024-04-0901:17:18

It's #Aprilsweeps where we celebrate the TV movies made by New World Television.  We're kicking things off with 1989's False Witness starring Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) and Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice).  Lynne Jacoby (Phylicia Rashad) is a district attorney investigating the attempted murder of a popular daytime TV talk show host not unlike luminaries like Sally Jessy Raphael.  Bobby Marsh (Philip Michael Thomas), an Assistant District Attorney and Jacoby's lover, joins the investigation and shows the world that not all investigators are good at their job.   What lacks in real suspense is more than made up for with uncomfortable shoulder kissing.  We learn that Marc doesn't recognize the difference between CSI and Law & Order, Erica talks about the many musical roles Philip Michael Thomas was up for, Ryan struggles to pronounce "Phylicia" and we debate which is the best Miami Tourism Board theme song.  You will want to witness this episode.  
It's that time of year when we celebrate the work of director/producer Roger Corman, by watching some of his past work and report it back to each other!  Will Marc, Ryan, and Erica watch the same movie or will they, as they have from the very first Roger Corman Birthday Celebration, not watch the same film? You will have to listen to find out! This episode comes live from the New World cafe, with a smattering of fans there to join the celebration. Happy Birthday, Roger! Thank you for you do and all you have done! 
Our sub-series Convince Me returns after a long hiatus to close out #MarchMadness as we say goodbye to the sports movies of New World Pictures. But will the co-host who adores this blend of Looney Tunes and National Basketball Academy star Michael Jordan be able to convince the other co-hosts to love it? You'll have to listen to find out! That's all, folks!
Ep. 114: Heart

Ep. 114: Heart

2024-03-1901:16:40

We continue #MarchMadness with 1987's HEART starring Brad Davis (MIDNIGHT EXPRESS), Frances Fisher (UNFORGIVEN) and Steve Buscemi (EVERY OTHER MOVIE YOU LIKE).  At the heart of HEART lies Eddie, a boxer beset by misfortune who seeks the elusive "big win." More than just possessing a formidable right hook, Eddie is distinguished by his immense drive and unwavering heart.  Get it? Like a lot of boxing movies, HEART leads up to a final big fight, but there's a trick.  A mobster has bribed Eddie's promoter, Nicky (Steve Buscemi), and manager, Buddy (Frank Adu) to fix the fight.  If this sounds like THE PRIZE FIGHTER without the comic sensibilities of Tim Conway and Don Knotts you would be right.  Also, there's no musical number in HEART. While Eddie gets himself into fighting shape, we talk about smelling salts, difficult breakups and the value of having a generous vacation policy.  Marc uses the opportunity to talk about another unrelated movie he likes and Erica brings up a new angle for her eventually-to-be-made movie, STEAMIN'.  This episode has something for everyone.
Ep. 113: Raw Courage

Ep. 113: Raw Courage

2024-03-1101:24:33

We continue #MarchMadness with a movie that's not exactly about sports per se, but does feature a lot of running which is not just a form of self-torture, as some might think, but a sport! The film is a passion project for actor Ronny Cox, who also co-wrote the movie with his wife Mary, and depicts Cox and two other runners as they become targets of a survivalist militant group in the New Mexico desert!  M. Emmet Walsh leads the group who warns of the terrifying, and wholly unexplained, "crunch" that is coming for us all,   We also discuss Marc's new side podcast and nutrition drink, Erica feels good about a certain life choice, and Ryan gets grossed out by feet! Don't miss this discussion of a rarely discussed New World film!
Ep. 112: The Prize Fighter

Ep. 112: The Prize Fighter

2024-03-0601:13:40

Welcome to our first episode of #MarchMadness where we will talk about all the sports themed movies released by New World Pictures. Kicking off the month is 1979's THE PRIZE FIGHTER, starring funny guys Tim Conway and Don Knotts in their first non-Disney pairing! Join us for this family-friendly comedic romp (sorry kids, no titty count) as we debate such hot topics as carnivals versus fairs, is LITTLE NICKY a good movie, and take a deep dive into the pros and cons of investing in glue. So many things you will love, and perhaps some things you'll agree with us, you hated! All this and more in a sporty episode you will not want to miss!
Ep. 111: Hell Hunters

Ep. 111: Hell Hunters

2024-02-2601:17:161

We wrap up our celebrated #febWARary with 1988's Hell Hunters directed by Ernst Ritter von Theumer.  Hell Hunters follows a team of Nazi hunters - Maud Adams (Octopussy), Candice Daly (The Young and the Restless), and Romulo Arantes (Blame it on Rio) - as they attempt to stop a former Nazi played by Stewart Granger (King Solomon's Mines) from unleashing a deadly poison that will turn people into zombies.   Take away the Nazi angle and Hell Hunters sounds surprisingly similar to the John Stamos / Gene Simmons masterpiece, "Never Too Young to Die".  If you thought that movie was horny, this movie takes it to a whole new level.  You see, the jungle is so full of life because it's so horny and our team of Nazi hunters spend a lot of time in the jungle.  They also attempt to make sweet, sweet love under a gushing waterfall in what might be the best(?) sex scene we've seen since Crystal Heart. Erica also makes a compelling case that spreadable butter is the ultimate aphrodisiac.  We talk a lot about spreadable butter and unibrow guy and loose airport security during the 1980s.  Like Hell Hunters, this episode goes to a lot of unexpected places. 
Ep. 110: Breaker Morant

Ep. 110: Breaker Morant

2024-02-1901:15:46

We continue #FebWARary with director Bruce Beresford's BREAKER MORANT, which covers the very well-known (to Americans) Second Boer War. We attempt to offer a small background on the War as we discuss this Academy Award-nominated film, which follows three soldiers court-martialed by their own military. Also, Erica discovers the movie was based on true events (but also, frustratingly, a play), Marc can't stop thinking about AGAINST ALL ODDS, and all three hosts reveal their own personal code. For more about this podcast, including our original t-shirts, head to www.newworldpicturespodcast.com. 
We return to #FebWARary for a Roger Corman/Cirio Santiago film that New World DIDN'T release, but could have! The film, one of Santiago's many Namsploitation films, is at least filled with action and the debut of Robert Patrick, the eventual T-1000 of James Cameron's T2. We sharpen our gaze towards THE EYE OF THE EAGLE as Ryan takes us on a deep dive of the film's soundtrack, Erica points out the unique costumes, and Marc attempts to remember a single character name.  
R.J. Kizer returns to the podcast! A longtime New World Pictures editor, R.J. made his directorial debut with the American scenes that were inserted into GODZILLA 1985, New World's re-edit of Toho's THE RETURN OF GODZILLA.  We discuss how he became involved with the project, what it was like working with Raymond Burr, why GODZILLA 1985 never made it to DVD, as well as why stories about other New World projects like BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, UP FROM THE DEPTHS, SPACE RAIDERS and even HELLRAISER! This is an in-depth look into the making of a New World film, from working with Roger Corman to working with GODZILLA 1985 producer Tony Randel and the 2nd New World ownership group! Don't miss this amazing conversation with a highly-entertaining New World veteran! 
Ep. 109: Last Plane Out

Ep. 109: Last Plane Out

2024-01-3001:30:22

We kick off #FebWARary with 1983's Last Plane Out, a semi-fictionalized account of the events that took place days before the Sandinista's removed Anastasio Somoza from power in Nicaragua. It stars Jan-Michael Vincent (Airwolf), Julie Carmen (In the Mouth of Madness) and Mary Crosby whose character shot JR in TV's Dallas. Sounds exciting, right?  Wrong. But, what is exciting is the announcement of our new airline, Air Erica.  It's exactly what NWPPVIP's have been asking for.  Air Erica is putting the "f" back into flying".  And by "f" we mean "fun".  That is unless you brought a chess board because we all know what that leads to. Looking for onboard entertainment?  Each flight features its own DJ (DJ Emergency Exit) spinning beats from takeoff to landing.  The plane doesn't land until the DJ Emergency Exit says so.  What about movies?  Air Erica has you covered.  You can choose from "Ice Pirates" or "Waterworld".  Staying hydrated is important on Air Erica. Not convinced?  Well, bring your cigarettes because on Air Erica every section is a smoking section.  We look forward to seeing you on the next Air Erica flight.  
Finally, Godzilla returns! And this time, he's sleepier than ever!  After 9 years away from the box office, Japanese film studio Toho decided they need to expedite another GODZILLA movie and created 1984's THE RETURN OF GODZILLA. That film ended up in the hands of New World Pictures, who chopped it up and added extra American footage starring none other than Raymond Burr, who appeared in the Americanized version of the original Japanese movie, and the result is GODZILLA 85, a movie only New World could make! We'll discuss alternate ways of dispersing Godzilla, birds, the film's unique marketing strategy, cadmium, and, of course, Dr. Pepper!  Joining us is a returning guest, writer and performer Ali Davis, who brings with her a love of GODZILLA movies and many questions about the film's (surprisingly) confusing plot! Don't miss the discussion of this New World classic. For more episodes, merch, and more, go to www.newworldpicturespodcast.com.  
In this #Monstruary episode we attempt to satisfy all your strange desires with 1971's Lady Frankenstien, directed by former Roger Corman regular Mel Welles (THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS). This spin on a classic tale was shot with an international cast, headlined by former Orson Welles regular Joseph Cotten. It's a real Welles-fest! Joining us in piecing this all together is the electric Chris Iannacone from Get Me Another podcast, you won't want to miss hearing this episode come to life. Follow Get Me Another here: https://twitter.com/GetMeAnotherPod Follow Chris here: https://twitter.com/ChrisIannacone For all our episodes, articles, and t-shirts go to www.newworldpicturespodcast.com. 
Are you new to the New World Pictures Podcast?  Well, there's no better place to start than our 2nd Annual Worldies where we hand out awards to the best New World Pictures films we watched in 2023. We invited former guests and NWPPVIPs to help us present these prestigious awards including:  Jean Black (guest on Ep. 79: Torment; follow here) Neumie (NWPP VIP and host of the After These Messages Sketch Comedy Podcast; follow here) Dirk Marshall (guest on Ep. 98: Zombie Nightmare and host of the VH US Podcast; follow VH US here) Kookie Kuckenbaker (NWPP VIP) Erin Dawn (guest on Ep. 81: Reform School Girls, Ep. 97: Breaking All the Rules, and host of the Manic Movie Monday Podcast) Ali Davis (guest on Ep. 75: Up From the Depths, Ep. 96: Cover Girl Models, and author of True Porn Clerk Stories) Ben Jones (NWPP VIP, follow him here) Dunbar Dicks (guest on Ep. 30: Too Hot to Handle; follow him here) We also rank our top 5 from 2023 and, new to the 2nd Annual Worldies, we rank our bottom 5.   A huge thanks to the guests we've had the opportunity to interview on this podcast, our guest presenters, and to all of you, our audience, for listening to the New World Pictures Podcast.  On to 2024!
On December 23, 1988, New World Pictures released the sequel to one of their greatest hits, thus creating #DIEcember for this podcast a mere 35 years later! We dig into this holiday delight and ask all the important questions, like: what happened to Kirsty's boyfriend Steve? What's the worst smell you can encounter at an airport? And what does Pinhead's version of hell?  Which character from this movie would you want as your roommate? We discuss that and much more in an episode that will hopefully help you celebrate the holiday season the way Clive Barker always intended!   
Will you survive this episode of DIEcember? Listen closely students so you don't miss a single detail of 1988's APPRENTICE TO MURDER!  Don't let the vague online summary fool you: "The small beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch community is rocked by a series of bizarre events which lead to a web of deception, violence and murder. APPRENTICE TO MURDER is a story of Infatuation with love, dreams and out-of-world temptations." OUT OF WORLD TEMPTATIONS, you say??? We're in! Follow hunky, star student Chad Lowe as he hides from rabid dogs, tans some hides while shirtless, sketches Mia Sara, and learns what he can from the mysterious Donald Sutherland.  Join us as we scratch the surface of what it means to practice Pow Wow, finally settle the score on which Baldwin brother is the sexiest, and the explore the unique experience of going under under.
Ep. 104 Hellgate

Ep. 104 Hellgate

2023-12-1101:25:21

From the people that brought you Hellraiser and Night Patrol (you read that right) comes 1989's HELLGATE.  This movie stars Ron Palillo (Welcome Back Kotter) and a group of actors who weren't in Welcome Back Kotter as students (?) who's weekend getaway turns to terror when they're lured to a ghost town (?) called Hellgate.   This movie has everything.  Is it a horror movie?  Is it a sci-fi movie?  Is it a comedy?  Is it a producer's attempt to showcase their enviable car collection?  The answer to all these questions is, "yes".   We talk about the sadly overlooked traveling model industry, the lasting appeal of 1950's diners, and the challenges with using metal plates instead of band aids.  We also talk about boners more in this episode then ever before so you have that to look forward to.  We also debate whether Josie (the lead ghost in the movie) is trying to seduce Matt (Ron Palillo) for love or just so that he'll take over her daily chores.   This movie ranks high on our "fun meter".  If you liked ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE, then you owe yourself to take HELLGATE out for a spin.  Just watch out for brick walls.
We begin DIEcember, a celebration of the horror movies made by New World Pictures, with a movie that nearly made it into New World's history: 1992's WARLOCK: THE ARMAGEDDON directed by the late Anthony Hickox (HELLRAISER III: HELL ON EARTH) and starring the late Julian Sands in his second go-around as Satan's son. This time around, the Warlock has some new adversaries in the form of two teenage Druid warriors who train to face the evil Warlock by making baseballs fly through the air and befriending squirrels. Along the way, we discuss THE GREAT OUTDOORS, growing up on a film set, and the delicious menu at Black Angus!  Get ready for DIEcember, because this is only the beginning!   
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