31 episodes

CRACKPOT CINEMA reels through charming and/or alarming vintage films that have, deservedly or not, slipped into obscurity. Hosted by Mike McPadden (author of "Teen Movie Hell" & "Heavy Metal Movies") & Aaron Lee (TV writer, former Exec Producer of "Family Guy")

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 44 Ratings

CRACKPOT CINEMA reels through charming and/or alarming vintage films that have, deservedly or not, slipped into obscurity. Hosted by Mike McPadden (author of "Teen Movie Hell" & "Heavy Metal Movies") & Aaron Lee (TV writer, former Exec Producer of "Family Guy")

    Ep 31 - Crackpot Beatles vs Bee Gees

    Ep 31 - Crackpot Beatles vs Bee Gees

    Crackpot Cinema: Ep. 31 — MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (1967) + SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978)
    On a very special final episode of Crackpot Cinema, Aaron Lee, Kat Ellinger and Ben Reiser pay loving tribute to our fallen pod-rade, Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, and also carry through with Mike’s plans for a special Crackpot Beatles Boxing Day Celebration.
    Tearjerking and gutbusting highlights include:
    • McBeardo takes the easy way out!
    • Ben Reiser: Will Work for Cookies!
    • Katrinka explains Boxing Day!
    • Victor Spinetti pronounces FOR THE LOVE OF BENJI!
    • McBeardo Bigger than Jesus!?!
    • Working Class Beatles vs. Art School Stones!
    • Do Brits know what spaghetti is?!?
    • Peter Frampton is Smeagol!
    • Strawberry Fields sings Strawberry Fields???
    • Sha Na Na is the missing link between Woodstock and Sgt. Pepper!!
    • George F*****g Burns fixes a hole!
    • Alice Cooper is Frank Zappa!
    • The Wall meets Xanadu!!
    And much, much, much more.
    Mike McPadden GoFundMe: gofund.me/9bd70663


    • 2 hr 12 min
    Ep 30 - Mike

    Ep 30 - Mike


    • 14 min
    Ep 29 - Bustin' Loose & D.C. Cab

    Ep 29 - Bustin' Loose & D.C. Cab

    Crackpot Cinema: Ep. 29 — BUSTIN’ LOOSE (1981) and D.C. CAB (1983)

    Guest co-host PAT HEALY comes roaring back for high-octane, outrageously anti-social, bizarrely heart-warming careen into the early-’80s R-rated comedy oddities BUSTIN’ LOOSE (1981) with Richard Pryor and D.C. CAB (1983) with — get ready — Mr. T, The Barbarian Brothers, Charlie Barnett, Marsha Warfield, Max Gail, Bill Maher, Irene Cara … AND Gary Busey as Dell (he demanded the special “AND” credit).

    Unnecessarily and inappropriately profane highlights include:

    • Joe Mason — Barber for Hire, Foot for Popemobile to Run Over!

    • The curious ’70s-turning-’80s phenomenon of R-rated PG movies!

    • How false advertising worked for BUSTIN’ LOOSE, but failed for BLUE COLLAR!


    • Gary Busey does filthy toilet floor “intestinal yoga”!

    • Mr. T pities the gimmick star who can’t crowbar “Just Say No” messaging into a filthy comedy about genuinely dangerous and reprehensible “heroes”!

    • Pat Healy tweet-slaps Adam Baldwin!

    • Timothy Carey goes to Hell — and Charlie Barnett drives him there!

    • The profound impact upon young Mike McPadden of NEW YORK magazine critic David Denby’s one-line summation of ST. ELMO’S FIRE — i.e., “Directed by the brutally untalented Joel Schumacher.”

    (Thank you to KINO LORBER for putting out BUSTIN’ LOOSE and D.C. CAB as Special Edition Blu-Rays!)

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Ep 28 - Patrick + Patrick Still Lives

    Ep 28 - Patrick + Patrick Still Lives

    Crackpot Cinema: Ep #28 — PATRICK (1978) and PATRICK STILL LIVES (1980)

    Give thanks! Actor, writer, director, funnyman, and comatose horror hero namesake PAT HEALY returns as the first-ever Crackpot Cinema Co-Guest-Host for a jarringly wide-eyed evaluation of the Ozploitation classic PATRICK (1978) and its utterly bughouse insane Italian rip-off/faux-sequel, PATRICK STILL LIVES (1980).

    Patrick-Is-Ready-for-His-Handjob highlights include:

    • The international plague of PSYCHOKINESIS!

    • Frog snuff!

    • Fireplace poker gynecology!

    • The power of a properly aimed bottle-to-the-face to unleash PYSCHOKINESIS!

    • Richard Franklin’s orangutan erotica opus starring Elisabeth Shue!

    • The many faces that make up the face of PATRICK star Robert Thompson! We see Roger Daltry, Malcolm McDowell, Marjoe Gortner, Gerrit Graham, Mark Blankfield, Joaquin Phoenix, David Patrick Kelly (“Luther” from THE WARRIORS), and, of course, Marty Feldman. Who else ya got?


    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ep 27 - Whatchoo Talkin’ ’Bout, Rainn Wilson

    Ep 27 - Whatchoo Talkin’ ’Bout, Rainn Wilson

    Crackpot Cinema: Ep #27 — Whatchoo Talkin’ ’Bout, Rainn Wilson

    Rainn Wilson guests on Crackpot Cinema to marvel at Gary Coleman living in a train station locker and picking racetrack winners in the 1981 opus, ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

    That’s right! RAINN WILSON! The once-and-forever Dwight Schrute/Bassoon King/Soul Pancake Yogi subjected himself not only to this curious farce about a homeless kid with psychic gambling powers, he also helps us suss out:

    • Why 1981 is the ultimate year for Cinematic Crackpotica!

    • The matchless excitement of vintage Fall Preview TV specials!

    • ALL the words to the Kaptain Kool and the Kongs’ theme song!

    • Norman F@¢&ing Fell!

    • How frazzled, fractured Inner Child McBeardo might have prompted one co-host to rate ON THE RIGHT TRACK as a “Gary Coleman” rather than a “Gary Colon.”

    And — PAY ATTENTION HERE — if you listen all the way through, Rainn makes a very special offer to YOU, our beloved Crackpot Public! (Get ready to tweet #OnTheRightTrack to @rainnwilson)

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 26 - Student Bodies

    Ep 26 - Student Bodies

    Crackpot Cinema: Ep #26 —“Student Bodies” (1981)

    Craft your horsehead bookends, watch out for gum on the steps, and DON’T drink Malvert’s prom punch! Crackpot Cinema is here to salute writer-director Mickey Rose’s bombastically brilliant slasher spoof, STUDENT BODIES!

    Jenny Nixon of The Museum of Home Video busts out her finest paperclips and chalky erasers to join Mike and Aaron in discussing all things in the uproarious orbit of this first, best, and of funniest of ’80s horror parodies. Among our topics:

    • Richard Belzer as Richard Brando as The Breather!

    • Richard Belzer as Richard Belzer in CAFÉ FLESH!

    • MTV’s Martha Quinn misconstrued as Prince Valiant in a Plum Sweater!

    • Woody Allen convulsing over somebody talking through a rubber chicken!

    • Why STRIPES should have been rated “J” — as in, “Light a J!”

    • How choosy moms may choose Jif, but Cool Moms rent you FACES OF DEATH from Madman’s Video Vault!

    • The kid who claimed, “STUDENT BODIES was so gross, it made a dog puke!” — and then Jenny’s dog proves it!

    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

drummergurl ,


I luv this show. It’s going to be so sad when I’m finished listening to all the available episodes. I didn’t know Mike personally but somehow we were actually Facebook friends.
This show has a great unique perspective that isn’t pretentious or annoying. They are hilarious, welcoming but also cranky in the best way. There’s a lot of depth, extensive knowledge and an obvious love for film.

FilmPodcastLove ,

Please come back!

The untimely loss of host Mike McPadden still shocks months later, but there’s still enough wit, talent, and film knowledge among this terrific podcast’s co-hosts and collaborators for a reboot. The show’s unique and outrageous pairings of movies—many dragged from the dustbin of obscurity—spur great chats about related pop-cultural ephemera: short-lived TV shows, forgotten comedians, trends in porn, living in N.Y. and L.A. in the 70s, etc. Whether you see the films discussed or not, the conversations are always hilarious and thought-provoking.

GemmaTaddison ,

Great listen even if you aren’t a movie buff

I’ve been a fan of mike Mcpadden since his book “teen movie hell” was released. His expertise in that niche of cinema is next level, so to have an ongoing podcast where he breaks It down even further with special guests is a total treat!!!

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