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Author: Peaches Christ & Michael Varrati

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Join cult leader Peaches Christ & filmmaker Michael Varrati for some hilarious and hardcore audio worship of their favorite cult movies! Each episode focuses on a unique film, filmmaker, performer, or genre and includes special guest stars, super-fans, and surprises befitting midnight movie celebration. Subscribe today and truly become one of the Children of the Pod-corn!
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We have such sights to show you! This week, Peaches and Michael are opening a different kind of box for the holidays in celebration of 1987's HELLRAISER and its sequels! In addition to discussing the film's contributions to a generation's sexual awakening, our hosts delve into the cultural impact of Clive Barker's unfettered imagination and why the future of horror was always queer. Joining the conversation are two of the films' Cenobite sensations and iconic stars, Doug Bradley and Simon Bamford, aka "Pinhead" and "Butterball," who share stories and insight about being part of a hellish delight that changed pop culture forever. What's more, Doug dishes on the strange trajectory of becoming the spiky face of the franchise...and Simon spills some unexpected, but devilish tea. This Hell-iday Special is not to be missed as Midnight Mass has Christmas with the Cenobites! From Uncle Frank to Julia's frank fabulousness, this episode has it all! Go! 
There's a giant blow dryer in our pool! This week, Peaches and Michael have come from beyond the stars and crashed in the Valley to celebrate 1988's EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY! In addition to discussing this cult classic 's quintessential 80s aesthetic, our hosts delve into its camptastic message of sexual empowerment. Joining the conversation is none other than the film's iconic creator and star, the legendary Julie Brown, who shares memories of making the movie and out of this world insight on her storied career. Then, film curator and super fan Sam Sharkland stops by to talk about a lifetime of love for this singular cinematic sensation, as well offers thoughts on why EARTH GIRLS may have contributed to number of personal awakenings. From Angelyne to bubbly blondes, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 20: Auntie Mame

Episode 20: Auntie Mame

2021-12-0801:42:58

Life is a banquet! This week, Peaches and Michael intend to live, live, LIVE as they celebrate 1958's AUNTIE MAME! In addition to discussing the undeniable might of Rosalind Russell, our hosts delve into the movie's messaging about the power of chosen family. Joining the conversation is drag superstar and theater icon Charles Busch, who offers stories of a lifetime of Mame love, as well as his time playing the character on stage. Then, acclaimed screenwriter and producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles stops by to share how the film gave her a new life perspective when she needed it most, and also give pointers on what it means to be an eccentric Auntie. From naked schools to Gooch's night out, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 19: Ed Wood

Episode 19: Ed Wood

2021-12-0101:38:23

When it came to making bad movies, he was the best! This week, Peaches and Michael are donning their furriest pink sweaters in celebration of 1994's ED WOOD! In addition to discussing Tim Burton's biopic love letter, our hosts delve into the legacy of the man who inspired it and how he became one of the true Patron Saints of Cult. Joining the conversation is legendary horror host Mr. Lobo, who offers insight on a lifetime of Ed Wood worship, and shares stories of his time working on the PLAN 9 remake. Then, author and podcast host Mike Noyes stops by to talk about his own fandom and the lasting message that Edward D. Wood Jr. imparted on a generation of filmmakers that followed. From Vampira's vixen vibes to Criswell's perturbed prognostication, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 18: The Baby

Episode 18: The Baby

2021-11-2401:26:49

What goes on in this nursery isn't for kids! This week, Peaches and Michael are busting out their caftans and reading up on childcare, because they're celebrating 1973's THE BABY! In addition to discussing this twisted opus's depraved and possibly problematic attributes, our hosts also delve into why it's the perfect film to show your family this holiday season. Joining the conversation is legendary queer horror maven Alan Rowe Kelly, whose love for this movie is second only to his lauding of its star, the incomparable Ruth Roman. Then, drag icon Mrs. Vera stops by to talk about the time she led a troupe in a remake of THE BABY's theatrical trailer...and why the movie's shock value endures! From psychedelic raves to questionable breastfeeding, this episode has it all! Go!
Valley girls vs. the apocalypse! This week, Peaches and Michael are hitting the mean, abandoned streets in celebration of 1984’s NIGHT OF THE COMET! In addition to discussing the movie’s influence on the badass genre heroines that would follow, our hosts delve into the powerful symbology of handing a broken world to future generations. Joining the conversation is the film’s iconic star, Kelli Maroney, who shares memories of her time on the set of this cult classic, as well as what it means to embrace its spitfire legacy. Then, celebrated comics author and Eisner Award-Winner Marc Andreyko stops by to dig into his longtime obsession with the movie, and why, through its camp, he believes it shares a little something with Shakespeare. From Mary Woronov to the DNA of Buffy, this episode has got it all! Go! 
Episode 16: The Bad Seed

Episode 16: The Bad Seed

2021-11-1001:34:03

Children can be nasty, don't you think? This week, Peaches and Michael are tying their braids as tight as a noose in celebration of 1956's THE BAD SEED! In addition to discussing horror's obsession with murderous youth, our hosts delve into the unique legacy Rhoda Penmark created for a generation of cinematic brats. Joining the conversation is Dr. Andrew Scahill, author of THE REVOLTING CHILD IN HORROR CINEMA: YOUTH REBELLION AND QUEER SPECTATORSHIP, who not only unpacks this movie's camp value, but also sheds light on the larger queer connotations of the silver screen's evil progeny. Then, BAD SEED super collector David P. stops by to share how this movie fueled his memorabilia addiction...and stays to reveal the gay content that didn't survive the transition from stage to screen. From Leroy's shoes to lightning strikes, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 15: Matilda

Episode 15: Matilda

2021-11-0301:42:33

No more Miss Nice Girl! This week, Peaches and Michael are having a big piece of chocolate cake in celebration of 1996's MATILDA! In addition to discussing the film's inherent queerness, our hosts delve into the unquestionable cult impact of director Danny DeVito's unique vision. Joining the conversation is none other than Matilda herself, the legendary Mara Wilson, who shares stories and insight about making this singular sensation of a film and what it means to have grown up with its legacy. Then, internet icon and bestselling author Connor Franta stops by to share how MATILDA has been part of his own journey, and why YouTube culture is closer to Midnight Movies than we may think. From Miss Honey to the dangers of the Chokey, this episode has it all! Go! 
Hello darlings! This week, Peaches and Michael are stirring the cauldron and lighting some jack o'lanterns in honor of the true reason for the season: ELVIRA! In addition to discussing Elvira's role as the "Patron Saint of Halloween," our hosts delve into this acclaimed icon's impact on pop culture and her long lasting connection to the queer community. Joining the conversation is the alter-ego of the Mistress of the Dark herself, Cassandra Peterson, who talks about her new autobiography, YOURS CRUELLY, as well as shares insight on four decades of ruling the night. Equal parts Idol Worship and a Midnight Mass office Halloween party, this episode is a celebration of tricks, treats, and the woman who has given audiences both for 40 years. From Gonk to Scooby Doo, this episode has it all! Go! 
The buzz is back! This week, Peaches and Michael are grabbing some barbecue and steering clear of the backroads as they celebrate 1986's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2! In addition to discussing the film's radical usage of dark comedy, our hosts explore this sequel's journey to becoming a separate cult sensation from its legendary predecessor. Joining the conversation are two of CHAINSAW 2's iconic stars, Caroline Williams and Bill Moseley, aka "Stretch" and "Choptop," who share thoughtful insight on the movie's longevity, as well as stories of their unique journey(s) with it, which include tales of screaming auditions, wicked manicures, and much, much more. From Tobe Hooper to Leatherface reciting soliloquies, this episode has it all! Go! 
All revved up and ready to go! This week, Peaches and Michael are dodging the hall monitors and dancing in the gym as they celebrate 1979's ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL! In addition to discussing the film's intersection of rock rebellion and teen comedy, our hosts explore the importance of the punk ethos in the cult canon. Joining the conversation is drag legend Heklina, who shares stories of how her love of The Ramones led to a lifetime of transgressive anarchy. Then, award-winning author Michelle Tea stops by to talk about how the film's lead, Riff Randell, is an unquestionable queer icon. From the majesty of Mary Woronov to the draginess of Joey Ramone, this episode has it all! Go!  
Episode 11: Blood Diner

Episode 11: Blood Diner

2021-10-0601:49:25

First they greet you, then they eat you! This week, Peaches and Michael have cooked up a delicious dish in celebration of 1987's BLOOD DINER! In addition to discussing the film's brand of unhinged comedy, our hosts explore the trailblazing importance of the woman behind the camera who dared to deliver one of cult's goriest romps. Joining the conversation is the legendary director of BLOOD DINER herself, Jackie Kong, who shares stories of committing to a singular vision and making the movie her way. Then, Matt Desiderio, publisher of BLOOD VIDEO, stops by to talk about his truly fan-tastic journey with this cannibalistic caper. From brains in jars to Franken-goddesses, this episode has it all! Go! 
Everyone's entitled to one good scare! This week, Peaches and Michael are staring into the mouth of madness as they celebrate the horror master himself: John Carpenter! In addition to discussing Carpenter's genre-defining filmography, our hosts dig into the legendary auteur's flair for atmosphere and thoughtful curation of gender politics. Joining the conversation is iconic actor, musician, and filmmaker Thomas Dekker, who starred in Carpenter's VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, and subsequently grew up with an obsessive admiration of Carpenter's legacy. From the demon engine of CHRISTINE to the bubble gum ass-kicking of THEY LIVE, this discussion is a full-fledged Idol Worship of the man who shaped modern fright to what it is today. Escape from New York and listen! 
Don’t feed the plants! This week, Peaches and Michael are taking an interest in bloodthirsty botany as they celebrate 1986’s LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS! In addition to discussing the film’s show-stopping musical numbers and monstrous alternate ending, our hosts delve into why this story of a killer plant is some of cult cinema’s finest social commentary. Joining the conversation is the legendary Bob the Drag Queen, who shares memories of a lifetime of LITTLE SHOP love, as well as thoughts on why the story is a perfect Shakespearean allegory. Then, fandom superstar Clarke Wolfe stops by to talk about the delicate balance of horror and comedy, and why there’s a little Oz in Audrey 2’s story. From Ellen Greene to muthas that are mean & green, this episode has it all! Go! 
You've gotta have a gimmick! To mark the first ever "Idol Worship" installment of the show, Peaches and Michael are feeling a certain tingle as they celebrate the legacy of foundational filmmaker William Castle! In addition to discussing Castle's staggering filmography (THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, THIRTEEN GHOSTS, HOMICIDAL, to name a few), our hosts dig into this legendary auteur's flair for showmanship that inspired a whole generation of monster kids. Joining the conversation is famed producer and William Castle's daughter, Terry Castle, as well as her son, filmmaker Kyle Newell, who share stories of what it's like to grow up in a family whose lineage is committed to fright. Then, acclaimed director Chelsea Stardust stops by to talk about the profound impact Castle has had on her own work...and how his influence continues to be felt in the horror films of today. From Joan Crawford to electrified seats, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 7- Desperate Living

Episode 7- Desperate Living

2021-09-0802:03:38

Tell your mother! This week, Peaches and Michael are stewing up a vat of rat poison to celebrate John Waters’s 1977 cult classic DESPERATE LIVING! In addition to discussing the film’s disdain for the suburbs and parallels to the WIZARD OF OZ, our hosts dig into why Mortville is ultimately a place of chosen family. Joining the conversation is verified cult legend and the star of DESPERATE LIVING herself, Mink Stole, who shares memories of her time making this classic, as well as stories of her life in Dreamland. Then, punk rock party promoter Seth Shubin and iconic drag king Fudgie Frottage stop by to talk about the film’s ongoing transgressive legacy in queer spaces and how John Waters changed their lives. From broken vases to leather bear armies, this episode has it all! Go! 
Siempre Viva! This week, Peaches and Michael debate taking the potion of eternal youth as they celebrate 1992’s DEATH BECOMES HER! In addition to discussing the film’s gothic roots and classic Hollywood homages, our hosts dig into why we find Meryl and Goldie at war so damn delicious.  Joining the conversation are legendary drag icons Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme, who not only reminisce about their time performing in Peaches’ parody stage show DRAG BECOMES HER, but dig into why this film has such a queer resonance. Then, Fayna Sanchez, star of ONYX EQUINOX and CREEPSHOW, stops by to peel back the layers of what DEATH BECOMES HER reveals about how the film industry treats women. From Isabella Rossellini's knowing camp to the disappearing Tracey Ullman, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 5 - Troma

Episode 5 - Troma

2021-08-2501:29:10

It’s a subhumanoid meltdown! This week, Peaches and Michael rally for “reel” independence as they celebrate Troma Entertainment, the legendary studio that has built a bonafide cult thanks to decades of subversive cinema. In addition to discussing such Tromatic films as THE TOXIC AVENGER and CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, our hosts explore the notion of what it means to curate a film landscape that constantly bucks the mainstream. Joining the discussion is the legendary co-founder of Troma himself, Lloyd Kaufman, who shares a bit of his history going against the grain. Then, genre icon Tiffany Shepis stops by to discuss her TROMEO beginnings and what lessons from those punk rock cinema days she still carries with her.  From Toxie to filmmaking moxy, this episode has it all! Go! 
Episode 4 - Jawbreaker

Episode 4 - Jawbreaker

2021-08-1801:24:22

We killed the teen dream! This week, Peaches and Michael take a slo-mo strut down the hallway as they celebrate 1999's JAWBREAKER! In addition to discussing the film's Rocky Horror roots and impeccably curated punk rock queerness, our hosts explore the holy triumvirate of "teen bitches" that changed the way we view high school films forever. Joining the discussion is the legendary writer & director of JAWBREAKER itself, Darren Stein, who shares his insight on what happens when cult fandom claims a movie as their own. Then, Eve Lindley, acclaimed star of DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE, stops by to discuss how her JAWBREAKER obsession has been a lifelong odyssey...and how, in many ways, the movie's characters reflect her own growth. From Pam Grier to the girl every teen fears, this episode's got it all! 
Episode 3 - Friday the 13th

Episode 3 - Friday the 13th

2021-08-1301:51:18

You’re doomed! You’re all doomed! This week, Peaches and Michael take a trip to camp as they celebrate the ongoing legacy of the 1980 horror classic FRIDAY THE 13th and its many beloved sequels. In addition to discussing the film’s undeniable impact on pop culture, our hosts delve into our obsession with final girls, the grand guignol of Betsy Palmer, and why there’s value in slasher movies. Joining the conversation is genre legend and the star of the original FRIDAY THE 13th herself, Adrienne King, who shares her insight on four decades of fandom and a powerful, personal story about finding light in the darkness. Then, Grady Hendrix, bestselling author of THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, stops by to discuss how his work was undeniably influenced by the F13 franchise and why final girls are, in many ways, part of our modern mythology. Grab your camp counselor badges, hop in the canoe, and let’s GO! 
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