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Earlier this year, Monday Afternoon Movie gifted you faithful listeners with the Paul Lynde Halloween Special, which has surely enriched your lives forever. Now, we are celebrating Christmas with yet another Paul Lynde special — one even less remembered and perhaps even less good: ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which aired just once in 1977 and …
 
Sam started this podcast to celebrate how bonkers made-for-TV movies could be back in the day, but this episode, about 1975’s THE UFO INCIDENT, requires a different approach. In short, this movie is good. Starring two Academy Award-winners — James Earl Jones and Grandma Bev herself, Estelle Parsons — THE UFO INCIDENT tells the story of Betty and Ba…
 
The only this better than a made-for-TV thriller with Karen Black is one where she plays dual roles. Sam is joined by actor Miguel Pinzon to talk though this “supernatural or not?” entry from 1977. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Patreon! Follow Sam Pancake on Twitter Follow Miguel Pinzon on Twitter Visit the official w…
 
Patty Duke has a revered place in the annals of made-for-TV horror for the wonderfully bonkers CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW, but five years before she played the lead in SHE WAITS, a more traditional “woman in a house” chiller that also stars Dorothy McGuire and Beulah Bondi. How does it hold up? Actor Doug Plaut talks it out with Sam. Listen to MAM’s …
 
What better place to spend Halloween than in a haunted house with Paul Lynde? Well, lots of places, really, but this Halloween, Sam is spending the holiday not only with Mr. Lynde but also with Drew Mackie and Glen Lakin, host of the sister podcast Gayest Episode Ever, which looks at LGBT-focused episodes of classic sitcoms, meaning this one-hour c…
 
Barbara Eden stars in this 1974 ABC Movie of the Week, which puts a sci-fi twist on the “Help! There’s something in my womb!”-subgenre of horror flick made in the style of Rosemary’s Baby. To clump discuss this schlocky goodness, Sam is joined by founding SNL cast member Laraine Newman, who is a delight. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledg…
 
The ABC Movie of the Week for the week of October 30, 1974, DEATH CRUISE delivers exactly what that title promises: death, several times over, happening specifically on a cruise ship. The film stars patron saint of this podcast, Kate Jackson, alongside Richard Long, Tom Bosley and Polly Bergen, and on hand to discuss it is actress Natalie Lander — …
 
The only thing better than Robert Stack teaming up with Vera Miles is Sam Pancake teaming up with returning guest Stacey Yvonne to discuss 1974’s THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE, about a family moving into a new home to discover that someone — or something — would rather they hadn’t. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Pa…
 
What is the secret of Love House? And will intrepid investigating marrieds Kate Jackson and Robert Wagner uncover the mysteries in time? Sam is joined by Tymberlee Hill for this campy dive into old Hollywood. Originally airing in 1976, it also stars Sylvia Sidney, John Carradine, Bill Macy, Joan Blondell and more. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.co…
 
Have you ever thought the film Maximum Overdrive just had too many possessed vehicles? If so, 1974’s KILLDOZER! may be the film for you. Clint Walker stars a construction foreman tasked with battling a bulldozer given malevolent sentience by an ancient meteorite. Sam is joined by returning guest Marc Anthony Samuel to talk about why this made-for-T…
 
It’s a rare case of a TV movie in the U.S. becoming a theatrical release in Japan: 1978’s THE BERMUDA DEPTHS, which has Carl Weathers, Connie Sellecca, and Leigh McCloskey exploring sea monsters off the Bermuda coast. If that’s not enough, there’s also Rankin/Bass connection, and director Jim Fall joins Sam to talk it through. Sam on Twitter: https…
 
When we last left Sam and special guest Chris D’Arienzo, they were discussing the best movie ever about a rock band investigating mysterious goings-on at Magic Mountain. What edge-of-your-seat thrills await you in the shocking conclusion! Well, you have to listen to it to find out. We’re not just going to tell you. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.c…
 
There’s actually so much going on in this 1978 NBC telefilm about the rock band Kiss battling an evil inventor to save Magic Mountain that we are splitting into two parts, just because we couldn’t imagine sparing you all a single second of this. To discuss this landmark motion picture, Sam brings in Chris D’Arienzo, the Tony-nominated writer of the…
 
Long before the Conjuring franchise took on the murder trial of Arne Johnson, NBC aired a TV movie inspired by those real-life events: 1983’s THE DEMON MURDER CASE. And while some might expect a made-for-TV production to pale in comparison, this one boasts Kevin Bacon, Andy Griffith and Cloris Leachman and gives the big-screen counterpart a run for…
 
Premiering on ABC in 1971, this film features the best line-up of four actresses this side of The Golden Girls: Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick and Sylvia Sidney. Joining Sam to discuss DO NOT FOLD — which may or may not be considered a horror movie, depending on what kind of girl you are — is playwright and performer Justin Elizabeth Sayre…
 
In case you’ve ever wondered how Carrie would play out as envisioned by Joan Rivers, 1973’s THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO more or less does that. Wendi McClendon-Covey joins Sam to discuss a pre-Grease Stockard Channing’s turn as Miriam Knight, who’s not the prettiest girl on campus… yet. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsampancake Wendi on Twitter: …
 
Sam pays tribute to the patron saint of made-for-TV movies, Cloris Leachman, who died on January 27 and left behind not only great roles on the theatrical films and beloved sitcoms but also more TV movies than you might expect. Rest in peace, rest in power! Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Patreon: https://www.patreon.co…
 
Sam Pancake's gripping exploration of the non-theatrical Stepford Wives movies concludes with a very Lifetime original movie-style take starring Donna Mills and Michael Ontkean. And the very funny Greta Titleman is on hand to discuss whether the gender-flipped plot justifies this 1996 film's existence. Also listen to the other two installments in S…
 
Sam’s survey of the Stepford sequels continues with 1987’s THE STEPFORD CHILDREN, which stars Barbara Eden as the latest unknowing wife to fall into the clutches of Stepford, Connecticut. And he’s joined in this outing by Tim Murdock, cheerful horror gay and co-host of the Happy Horror Time, a podcast that puts the gay gaze on all things horror, Su…
 
We’re back — if not for a full-sized serving of Monday Afternoon Movie, then at least for a mini-season to kick off the new year. Sam Pancake is diving into the Stepford sequels, the TV-only continuations of the 1972 theatrical release The Stepford Wives. And here to discuss the first one — 1980’s REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES, starring Sharon Gles…
 
Sam brings 2020 to a close with a decidedly less scary selection: 1977’s IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS, which had Marlo Thomas playing the lead in a gender-flipped remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, centered on Mary Bailey as the one who needs to be shown what a difference she makes in the lives of her loved ones. Actress and comedian Sarah Thyre joins S…
 
What’s scarier than an undead scarecrow avenging murder? Well, the Deep South, for one. This 1981 gem gets celebrated, analyzed and otherwise trampled by the unstoppable team of Sam Pancake and Drew Droege. And yes, they do imitate the accents. Also have a listen to Drew’s previous Monday Afternoon Movie episode, in which he discusses a movie that …
 
Celebrate Halloween two days late not with the TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker but the 1972 TV movie that first introduced Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak. It influenced generations of subsequent paranormal-themed TV shows, but does it hold up today? Not so much, says special guest Dave Holmes, who objects to this take on vampire horror being s…
 
Monday Afternoon Movie hits its 50-episode milestone with the thrilling conclusion to the THIS HOUSE POSSESSED episode. Will Sam make it to the end of the episode alive? Will special guest Karen Kilgariff let slip which horrific crime is, in fact, her favorite murder? Whose voice is saying “Previously on Monday Afternoon Movie”? Some or also maybe …
 
Afternooners, have we got a whopper for you. Not only do you get to hear a frank and incisive discussion of the 1981 made-for-TV horror movie THIS HOUSE POSSESSED but also Sam’s comrade in commentary for this season finale is My Favorite Murder co-host Karen Kilgariff. They. Go. Into it. They actually went so into it that we decided to break up thi…
 
This 1975 thriller capitalizes on the decade’s rampant Bermuda Triangle craze and then amps it all up with some supernatural horror. Will Kim Novak make it out alive? Why do all of her outfits look so cute? Do you think she signed onto this because she’s literally the only woman in the entire movie? Sam is joined Writer Carey O’Donnell to find out …
 
It's Halloween in August! Because why not? This week, Sam is celebrating this off-season holiday with performer and writer Naomi Ekperigin, and they’re discussing THE MIDNIGHT HOUR, a 1985 TV movie that gives you 100 percent of your daily requirement of Shari Belafonte. Now is that a tribute to ”Thriller”? An homage? A knockoff? A parody? You get t…
 
You are not having as bad of a week as Valerie Harper is in this movie, but if you’ve ever wanted to see Rhoda get dragged through hell, this 1982 offering is the movie for you. And Ruth Gordon is there too! And an iguana! This week, Sam is joined by easily the least famous guest he’s had so far: Drew Mackie, producer of Monday Afternoon Movie and …
 
Sam said it right at the top of the episode, and you really can’t get better than that: “The Love Boat Goes to Hell.” The Aaron Spelling-produced CRUISE INTO TERROR film combines the best aspects of leisure cruises and haunted Egyptian sarcophaguses. On board to discuss it is one of the foremost trash enthusiasts in the greater Los Angeles area (in…
 
Have you ever watched a movie liked The Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure and thought it would have been so much better if it had taken place at an amusement park and also there was a vague supernatural element to it? If yes, then we’ve got the right movie for you. This 1979 features a lot of action, the destruction of an actual amusement …
 
What’s better than Diana Scarwid, P.J. Soles and Dinah Manoff all in one movie? Easy: 1977’s THE POSSESSED also has a young Harrison Ford! It’s a good supernatural made-for-TV marvel, and we’ve got the lovely Stacey Yvonne over to talk every drop of life out of this one. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Patreon: https://…
 
A 1970 made-for-TV offering in the style of What’s the Matter With Helen? and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, this one subs Anthony Perkins into what is usually the “old lady in peril” role. It also stars Julie Harris and Joan Hackett, and to discuss the melodramatic thrills, we have the wonderful Sherry Vine — drag queen, comedian and frequent c…
 
What if Mary from Little House on the Prairie got magical powers? No, she doesn’t get her eyes back. In, this 1981 made-for-TV marvel answers the question in the darkest possible way, and a very funny lady with green hair, actress and comedian Jessica Jean Jardine, is on hand to talk up the Craft-iness of it all. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie…
 
There’s a woman in trouble and her only hope for rescue is… Olivia de Havilland, a former asylum patient whose hands don’t work. This might seem like very bad odds for the woman in question, but don’t count Olivia de Havilland out yet: at a spry 104 years old, this Hollywood legend might just outlive us all. Actress, comedian and fellow screaming w…
 
Is Dr. Alex Lauder losing his mind? Or his he being visited by the ghost of his daughter? Or is it a third shocking thing? Melanie Hutsell, comedic actress and all-around neat lady, attempts to answer these questions and more. DAUGHTER OF THE MIND, which aired in 1969, happens to be one of the first high-quality offerings from ABC's Movie of the We…
 
Happy pride month! To celebrate the gayer side of made-for-TV magic, Sam is giving you the gift of a new episode that is not about a horror film. I know, I know. THAT CERTAIN SUMMER is a 1972 drama starring Hal Holbrook and Martin Sheen, and it’s the first teleplay to address the subject of homosexuality in a positive, sympathetic manner. It’s actu…
 
Welcome to hell. Literally. We’d love to say that this episode is the first of the new season, but seeing as how we’re all grounded until summer, this is going to be a one-off until Sam can invite his friends over without risk of certain death. Luckily, this one is a great one: Jeff Nelson, camp impresario and Scream Factory co-founder, talks with …
 
Sam and returning guest Rose Abdoo trek into the steamy jungle that is this final entry in the Amanda Reyes Recommends series of Monday Afternoon Movie. Released in 1979, A VACATION IN HELL stars Michael Brandon, Priscilla Barnes and Maureen McCormick in a tale of an island vacation turned into a harrowing adventure. It gets Amanda’s seal approval …
 
Welcome to 2020! This week, General Hospital actor Mark Samuel joins Sam to discuss the 1979 thriller MURDER BY NATURAL CAUSES. The film, which has Hal Holbrook, Richard Anderson and Barry Bostwick playing men involved with a femme fatale Katharine Ross. It’s a sexy thriller — within the restraints of what could play on broadcast television in 1979…
 
More often than not, part of the fun of this podcast is laughing at the delightful bonkers nature of TV movies from this era. This week? It’s a different case. Sam is joined by film critic and fellow podcaster Dave White to discuss DUEL, the 1971 classic that introduced the world to a up-and-comer named Steven Spielberg. It’s stark. It’s tense. And…
 
Just one month after John Carpenter ruined the American babysitter market with HALLOWEEN, NBC aired SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME, a different tale of imperiled women. This one stars Lauren Hutton and Adrienne Barbeau, and it’s quite likely one of the better made-for-TV thrillers ever, but the real take-away might be how good Hutton is as the film’s heroi…
 
In episode two of what we’re calling Amanda Reyes Presents Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie, we look at 1979’s Death Car on the Freeway, a crime thriller we’d best describe as Duel But Not. Shelley Hack stars an intrepid journalist attempting to investigate the Freeway Fiddler, who probably has the worst nickname in the history of se…
 
Welcome to the fourth season of Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie, in which the list of featured films is curated by none other than Amanda Reyes, queen of TV movie fandom and author of the authoritative book on the subject. Amanda has handpicked every one of the films for the next few episodes, and for the episode she sits in the gue…
 
Sam Pancake’s exploration of the horrors of the animal kingdom edges toward its explosive climax with 1978's THE BEASTS ARE ON THE STREETS, a film that guest Nina Millin points out more than once features relatively few moments of actual animals on actual streets. But whatever. Carol Lynley stars as the only animal scientist who can stop a zoologic…
 
The 1976 TV movie The Savage Bees had audiences demanding “More! MORE!” Hollywood bigwigs knew that the three other bee-themed made-for-TV horror films wouldn’t be enough, and that they had to tell more of the story of Jeannie Deveraux. In 1978, our bug lady heroine returned to the small screen, though now played by Tovah Feldshuh, and this week, S…
 
After almost fifty years performing onscreen, Myrna Loy finally landed a role befitting her talents: as a wheelchair-bound hotelier besieged by ants. She stars opposite Suzanne Somers, Bernie Casey and Robert Foxworth in Ants!, a.k.a. It Happened at Lakewood Manor and also a.k.a. Panic at Lakewood Manor, because it’s always a good sign when a movie…
 
Sam Pancake’s personal war on bees continues with THE SAVAGE BEES, a 1976 made-for-TV creature feature that has the unique distinction of not sucking to the point that it was actually released in theaters abroad. How much does it not suck? Lizzy Cooperman — actress, comedian and avowed insectophobe — joins Sam to discuss the film, which stars Ben J…
 
What animal strikes more fear into the heart of man than… the banana spider?!?! Well, at least that’s the premise the creators of TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO were hoping would win over made-for-tv horror fans in 1977. This creature feature — weirdly a Christmastime release, for no reason in particular — doesn’t quite come together, but luckily act…
 
Half-human, half-animal and 100 percent made-for-TV magic! This week, Sam is talking about the 1977 sasquatchploitation favorite SNOWBEAST, starring Bo Svenson, Yvette Mimieux and Sylvia Sidney. And along for this sinister sleigh ride is Love Connie herself, John Cantwell, and there is perhaps no better team-up to discuss the less-remembered perfor…
 
Hey, remember when we thought the bees were going to kill *us* instead of the other way around? LOL! This 1974 bug paranoia flick stars none other than Gloria Swanson as a real queen bee (and queen B) alongside Kate Jackson, Eddie Albert and a whole lot of actual bees that were not compensated for their participation. Sam is joined by actor and com…
 
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