Needless Things Podcast 83 – Star Wars Talk

November 26th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker and Needless Things' Head of Research Ryan Schweck talk about the build-up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens!

From books to comics to video games to toys – of course toys – there has been plenty of Star Wars merchandise in the ten years since the last theatrical release. The guys talk about Marvel's new comics, Hasbro's various toy lines, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Listen in as Phantom does his best to deal with a horrific space virus and Ryan deals with the pain of the elusive Captain Phasma, while both of the guys deal with the mysterious pronunciations of the new trilogy characters!

Be sure to join the new Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

Black Friday” by Faith No More

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
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Needless Things Podcast 82 – Warpo Toys

November 20th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker talks to Bryan Katzel, one of the masterminds behind retro toy makers Warpo Toys!


After making a huge splash with the incredible Legends of Cthulu line of action figures, Warpo has returned to Kickstarter with an exciting, all-new project – Don’t Cuddle the Krampus! Inspired by the gross-out toys of the 80s, specifically My Pet Monster, this plush Krampus is designed to be both a wacky pal for kids and a clever novelty item for adults.

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Listen in as Phantom and Bryan talk retro toys, the process of developing and launching a toy line, and recruiting industry legends like Jim Groman to work on their products!

Be sure to join the new Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

The Devil You Know” by The Mystery Men?

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
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Needless Things Podcast 81 – VHS Glitch

November 12th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker talks to mysterious synth artist and musician VHS Glitch about the revival and nostalgic value of synthesizer-based music, digital marketing, the modern cult of personality surrounding music, and much more!

VHS Glitch is a music composer for games and visual media and independent
Synthwave artist. Little is known about the enigmatic and talented creator other than this brief bio:

Finally, the wait is over, I have arrived. I was created to save humanity from the mind-controlling grasp of modern technology, technology which seeks to make you all forget the past. Stored on a special VHS cassette tape and placed in a VCR programmed to activate at this specific time, I am here to keep the spirit of the 80s alive with rad tunes and totally bitchin' graphics!

Listen in as Phantom conducts one of the most unique interviews Needless Things has produced!

Be sure to join the new Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

Meet the Cure” by VHS Glitch

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
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Needless Things Podcast 80 – Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland: The Saga of Empire Pictures

November 6th, 2015
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Phantom Troublemaker talks to Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures about his newest project, a documentary on Empire Pictures, the revolutionary movie studio that produced such genre classics as Re-Animator, Ghoulies, TerrorVision, Zone Troopers, and many more!

On October 14th, Daniel launched a monstrous Kickstarter Campaign to complete the official feature documentary about the rise and fall of Empire Pictures. This exciting production, entitled Celluloid Wizards in the Video Wasteland: The Saga of Empire Pictures, follows the life of producer Charles Band (The Puppet Master series) leading up to the creation of the most ambitious B-movie studio of the 1980's. While other independent film companies were targeting the growing home video market, Band was releasing low-budget horror and fantasy features to drive-ins and multiplexes around the world.  

The thrilling saga of Empire Pictures will be told through the eyes of the innovative team of filmmakers and film professionals who worked together to reinvent and reinvigorate the independent film industry in the 1980s. Thus far, Daniel has interviewed more than 40 individuals to tell this epic story, including director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Robot Jox), director/effect artist John Carl Buechler (Troll), editor/director Ted Nicolaou (TerrorVision), actress Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), actor Richard Moll (Metalstorm, The Dungeonmaster), and director/producer Charles Band. He has also unearthed over 500 behind the scenes photographs, as well as 20 hours of rare archival video footage. Visit the official Empire Pictures website for more details! 

Daniel is inviting you to JOIN THE ADVENTURE and help bring this electrifying story to life. With this Kickstarter Campaign, he hopes to raise $25,000 to cover all the final production and post-production expenses. This includes filming additional interviews, digitally transferring rare 35mm film elements and trailers, covering any legal fees, and contracting award-winning illustrator Paul Shipper to create an original theatrical one-sheet campaign for the documentary. The funds will also be used to commission an original film score by renowned Empire Pictures composer Richard Band

Listen in as Phantom and Daniel discuss the impact that Empire had on their lives and taste in movies, as well as the process of creating documentaries and special features!

Be sure to join the new Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

Re-Animator Main Title” by Richard Band

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
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