Filmsquatch Podcast Debuts Today!

Bigfoot is out there…..you better watch your back!

Well, it’s time to make a pretty big announcement! Yours truly and Pop Ninja Podcast host, Patrick Bennett, have set out to watch ALL of the Bigfoot films that are out there in the wild. As we watch them, we’ll review them and share our thoughts on the films on the Filmsquatch Podcast! We will be watching the good Bigfoot films, the bad Bigfoot films, and a few films that we’d probably love to forget as well. Our first episode debuts today and you can find a link to the episode here.

The first film that we are taking a look at is a personal favorite of mine. We’ll be talking about Abominable starring Matt McCoy and Haley Joel! I’ve actually blogged about this film way back in 2017 during that year’s Thirty-One Days O’Horror and you can check that out here. This film also co-stars Tiffany Shepis, who was supposed to be in attendance at the Houston Horror Film Festival later this month but recently cancelled. I hope to get to talk with her one day and mention the podcast to her. Hopefully she’ll check it out! We have plenty of other films waiting in the wings, but be sure to us know if there are any Bigfoot related flicks that you want us to check out and we’ll get them on the pod!

I hope that all of you will take a look at this new and exciting podcast that Patrick and I have started. Don’t worry, I’ll still be very active on this blog and will still be providing reviews of films, books, movies, and more right here!

Thanks for checking out my post. See you soon!

The Phantom Never Dies Podcast

“The Ghost who walks……

I recently completed listening to the six episode podcast The Phantom Never Dies. Hosted by the amazing Maria Lewis, The Phantom Never Dies takes a look at the world’s first superhero. From the printed page to the big screen and on all formats in between, Kit Walker, a.k.a. The Phantom, has been around since 1936.

Lewis takes listeners on a journey that starts…well…at the beginning of the Phantom’s story. If you check out the podcast (and I hope that you do), you’ll learn how Lee Falk came up with the idea of the character and how a man who is very much mortal manages to never die. You’ll get juicy information on attempts to make a film prior to the Billy Zane fronted 1990’s film. You’ll learn about the Phantom’s impact on Indigenous Australians and the Wahgi People. You’ll also get to hear about Defenders Of The Earth, the Fantomen, and the Jennifer Lopez connection to the character.

If you regularly read my blog posts or happen to be my friend in the real world, you know how much I love the Phantom, especially the classic serial starring Tom Tyler. You also know that I’ve reviewed the NECA Defenders of the Earth action figure released awhile back, the Billy Zane film, and (SPOILER ALERT) I’ll be reviewing the most recently released NECA figure of the Phantom very soon. Finding this podcast fueled my love for the character even more and encouraged me to seek out some of the old comics.

Pop Culture Queen Supreme Maria Lewis.

I’ll be talking about the Phantom and other serial superheroes on April 2, 2022 at CyPhaCon. I’ll definitely mention The Phantom Never Dies as well. I hope to see all of you there and I hope that you hit me up about Maria Lewis’ amazing podcast.

Thanks for checking out my post. You need to listen to The Phantom Never Dies. It’s really fun and delivered by Lewis with a ton of energy and a twinkle in her eye!

Fave Five From Fans Podcast

“From the creepy swamps deep in the heart of Cajun Country…”

I’ve been attending conventions for over a decade now and one of the things that I enjoy most about going to them is the journey there and the ride back home. Why? Because while me and my friends are cruising down the highway to a convention, we talk about things. Those things range from memories of prior conventions to upcoming book and film releases. We also make lists: top five favorite…, top ten best…, etc. The Fave Five From Fans Podcast took this type of discussion that many con-goers engage in and put it in podcast form.

Host Jamie Ray invites a friend (or two…and in at least one case, three) to join him on the air to share their list of their five favorites of a specific subject. The subject can literally be anything from their five favorite Chuck Norris movies to their five favorite slasher towns. The guests and Jamie take turns alternately revealing their favorites from fifth to first with a couple of honorable mentions tossed in for good measure. They also give their reasons for putting things on their lists. Some of the reasons are sentimental, others are more technical, and a few might even be admittedly silly. That’s what makes each episode so much fun. You never know what’s going to be on the list and the reasons that things make the list can open up some excellent conversations.

Two of my favorite episodes featured Jamie and guest Matt Hernandez discussing Batman. Specifically, one episode dealt with Jamie and Matt’s favorite versions of Batman from the comics and the other episode focused on Batman in films and television. It was interesting to hear how Jamie’s list contrasted with Matt’s list and how their own lives molded their viewpoints on each version of Batman that they chose for their list. Other episodes include favorite Disney films, shark films, Six Million Dollar Man episodes, and even Jimmy Stewart films.

I met Jamie at a convention (surprise) a few years ago and we’ve talked with one another at conventions ever since. He’s an extremely nice guy and a wonderful podcast host. I highly recommend Fave Five From From Fans. The show is available on multiple podcasting platforms and has a large social media presence across the web. Visit the show’s website to learn more about the show and the find links to all of their podcasts and social media accounts. Hopefully I’ll get to be a part of the show in the future. I’ve got plenty of lists in my brain.

Thanks for checking out my latest post. I’ll be covering more podcasts, more Dimestore Reads, action figures, and a new tabletop game in the very near future!

Wild Thing Podcast

A Serious And Entertaining Look At The World Of Bigfoot

I love Bigfoot. I first fell in love with the big guy as a child when I saw television shows such as In Search Of…, documentaries, and many, many (usually bad) movies about him, the Abominable Snowman, and other cryptids. Specifically, the movie that really sparked my interest in Bigfoot was Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues. Most Bigfoot enthusiasts and Squatchers reference 1972’s The Legend of Boggy Creek as the film that struck home for them, but its official 1985 sequel was the first cryptid film that I ever saw in a theater and I was hooked. I was nine years old at the time and decided that I wanted to grow up to find Sasquatch. I haven’t found him yet.

Wild Thing Podcast logo taken from the website.

Despite being unsuccessful in finding Bigfoot, I’ve remained a huge fan. I read books on Sasquatch, follow a number of Bigfoot research groups and individuals on the web, and watch television programs on the subject of Bigfoot such as Finding Bigfoot. In the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to podcasts about cryptozoology. One of the podcasts, Sasquatch Tracks, turned me on to another podcast, Wild Thing. I highly recommend Sasquatch Tracks and I’ll blog about them in another post, but for now I want to focus on Wild Thing hosted by Laura Krantz.

Photo of Wild Thing host Laura Krantz by Kelsey Ray (from the LA Times article).

Wild Thing is a great podcast. All of the episodes clock in under an hour (usually thirty to forty minutes) and feature Krantz, a distant cousin of Sasquatch legend anthropologist Grover Krantz. While she doesn’t necessarily believe in Bigfoot, she does want to learn about the hunt for the creature and those individuals in pursuit of the legend. That’s what separates this particular podcast from the others. Krantz treats the subject with dignity and respects all of those that she interviews. She goes on a hunt, talks with a number of well known and not-so-well-known Bigfooters, scientists, and individuals and even gets some DNA samples tested. She does this not to ridicule anyone or to prove that Bigfoot exists. She does it simply to learn about the wild world of Bigfoot.

The hunter becomes the hunted! Photo taken from Anchor Blog.

Krantz does inject some humor throughout each episode. Again, it doesn’t make light of the subject or of any of the people involved, it just adds more appeal to the podcast as a whole. Some of the topics covered in Wild Thing include Grover Krantz, Peter Byrne, the Woo, evidence collection, people that profit off of Bigfoot, and many other wonderfully cryptid things.

The first season is nine episodes long with a few bonus episodes thrown in for good measure. There’s also a second season of Wild Thing that focuses on UFOs, aliens, and strange things in the nighttime sky. I haven’t listened to that season yet, but I will definitely check it out soon.

Season Two logo taken from the website.

If you’re interested in Bigfoot, the Yeti, or any other apelike cryptids out there and want a serious and genuine look at the people that are on the lookout for such things, give Wild Thing a listen. Let me know what you think of the podcast if you have listened to it and drop some of your favorite podcasts in the comments section!

Thanks for checking out this post. I’ll be adding more podcast posts in the near future.