Mick Garris

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Season 05 | Episode 37

Mick Garris

My Favorite Year: 1986

Director/TFH Guru Mick Garris discusses his favorite year in film, 1986, with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Stir of Echoes (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Fly (1958) – Jesus Treviño’s trailer commentary

*The Fly (1986) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary

The Fly II (1989)

Fuzzbucket (1986)

The Howling (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings

Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, TFH’s Mogwai Madness

Alien (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings

*Aliens (1986) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

The Terminator (1984) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary

The Brood (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Scanners (1981) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary

Fast Company (1979)

Rabid (1977) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Shivers (1975)

Crimes of the Future (1970)

Crimes of the Future (2022)

Stereo (1969)

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary

Stand By Me (1986)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Green Mile (1999)

Apt Pupil (1998)

Mission: Impossible III (2006)

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – John Landis’s trailer commentary

The Sure Thing (1985)

The Princess Bride (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review

When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Misery (1990) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review

*Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s Friday The 13th film and soundtrack power rankings

Scream (1996) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Leonard Part 6 (1987)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – Mark Goldblatt’s trailer commentary

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary

*The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Invaders From Mars (1953) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s review

Invaders From Mars (1986)

Lifeforce (1985)

Paris, Texas (1984) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary

Breathless (1983) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary

The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, TFH’s ’Burbs Mania

Masters of the Universe (1987) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary

Motel Hell (1980)

Sleepwalkers (1992) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary

*From Beyond (1986) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review

Dolls (1987)

Re-Animator (1985) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review

Maniac (1934)

Calamity Jane (1953) – Stuart Gordon’s trailer commentary

*Big Trouble In Little China (1986) – Mike Mendez’s trailer commentary

Explorers (1985) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

*Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer (1986)

Midnight Cowboy (1969) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

*Blue Velvet (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review

Dune (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Eraserhead (1977) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary

The Elephant Man (1980) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review

Mulholland Drive (2001) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review and 4K Criterion Blu-ray review

The Fabelmans (2022)

*Something Wild (1986) – Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary

Working Girl (1988) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary

*Manhunter (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary

The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review and 4K Blu-ray review  

Red Dragon (2002)

Parasite (1982) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Q: The Winged Serpent (1982) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary

Blazing Saddles (1974) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s Blazing Saddles Thanksgiving

*Absolute Beginners (1986)

*52 Pick-Up (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

*Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

Time After Time (1979) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Pearl (2022)

*The Color Of Money (1986) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary

The Hustler (1961) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary

Top Gun (1986)

Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

*Hannah And Her Sisters (1986)


Other Notable Items

Mick’s previous podcast episode

David Hedison a.k.a. Al Hedison

Mike Connors a.k.a. Touch Connors

The Disney Channel

AVCO Embassy Pictures

Universal Studios

David Cronenberg

Charles Edward Pogue

Jeff Goldblum

Geena Davis

Mel Brooks

The Hollywood Theater in Los Angeles

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Hollywood

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame novel by Victor Hugo (1831)

William Malone

Different Seasons novella collection by Stephen King (1982)

Bill Warren

Tom Cruise

Ian McKellen

Rob Reiner

John Cusack

River Phoenix

Tom McLoughlin 

Ron Palillo 

Welcome Back Kotter TV series (1975-79)

Wes Craven

The Friday The 13th franchise

Daniel Waters

L.A. Film Festival

TFH Guru Illeana Douglas

TFH Guru John Landis

James Bond

Tobe Hooper

Cannon Films

L.M. Kit Carson 

Karen Black

Hunter Carson

Caroline Williams
Bill Moseley 

Dennis Hopper

Mathilda May

Bernard Quatermass 

Jean-Luc Godard

TFH Guru Roger Corman

TFH Guru Stuart Gordon

H.P. Lovecraft

Ed Naha

Jeffrey Combs

Barbara Crampton

Organic Theater Company in Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago

Black Cat episode of Masters of Horror (2007)

Dwain Esper

Re-Animator: The Musical (2011)

Nevermore: An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe one-man play (2011)

The Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles

“Thriller” music video by Michael Jackson (1983)

Doris Day

John Carpenter

Kurt Russell

Paramount Pictures

John McNaughton

Michael Rooker

Clive Barker

Tom Towles 

Henry Lee Lucas

David Lynch

Dino De Laurentiis

Our pals at Movies Unlimited

Richard Matheson

Du-par’s restaurant in Los Angeles

Dan Hedaya

Robert Forster

The Angriest Dog In The World comic by David Lynch (1983-1992)

Steven Spielberg

John Ford

Jonathan Demme

Ray Liotta

Melanie Griffith

Brian Cox

Hannibal Lecter

Michael Mann

Spy Magazine Dino De Laurentiis article

Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris (1981)

Tom Noonan

TCL Chinese Theaters in Los Angeles

Julien Temple

David Bowie

Ray Davies

The Kinks

John Frankenheimer

John Glover

Roy Scheider


Elmore Leonard


Clarence Williams

Star Trek film series

Nicolas Meyer

Leonard Nimoy

Robert Wise

Star Trek: The Original Series TV series (1966-1969)

TFH Guru Ti West

Martin Scorsese

Tom Cruise

Paul Newman

Nicole Kidman’s AMC trailer (2021)

The Los Angeles Times

John Waters’s movie theater “anti-smoking” PSA

Michael Caine

Woody Allen

Mia Farrow

Max Von Sydow

TFH Guru Josh Olson’s My Favorite Movie Year: 1992 podcast episode

TFH Guru Allan Arkush’s My Favorite Movie Year: 1975 podcast episode

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