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Ep 119: Bad Movies Need Love Too (with author Ed Kurtz)

Ever notice how sometimes, so-called "bad movies" are often way more fun than those stuffy Oscar winners? We did.

Sometimes, bad movies are the most fun you'll have in front of a small screen. All you gotta do is grab some like-minded friends and good times can be had by all. And while your personal mileage may vary, is there a science to the phenomenon? A credible explanation as to what separates the Good-Bad from the downright awful?

Eh, who cares. In the spirit of liking what you like, we're gonna shout out a slew of movies we love in spite of their flaws!

Along for the ride is the most excellent author/editor Ed Kurtz!

And later on, don't miss the debut of our brand new B-Segment as Justin Cooper tells you why he's GOT ISSUES.

Snag your copy of Ed's new anthology "In the Cold, Cold Ground: An Anthology of New England Horror" over at the Zon and other fine book sellers!


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The Brig: Granting No Quarter (with author Rey Nichols)

Rey chats about her latest novella starring hard-boiled monster-slaying detctive, Apollo Grant!

Down in the eldritch unknown of the BRIG… we have a writer, monster hunter and lover of staring too long into the abyss! Rey Nichols is the author of the Apollo Grant books and is here to talk all about the newly released third in that series GRANT NO QUARTER!

And if you stick around to the end, you'll find out how she got to be 2 degrees from Kevin Bacon and what her and Parasite Steve's top Bacon movies are!

Snag your copy of Grant No Quarter and all the Apollo Grant books direct from Mocha Memoirs Press!


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Ep 118: Video Pinballs Never Tilt

For the season 6 debut we've got a new host and plenty to say about pinball video games!

It's season 6 and the start of a whole new era of Ridoctopus with our new host Justin Cooper (AKA Coopster Gold)! Our man from Shytown wastes no time settling in as we celebrate some mean pinball video games. But there's no need to drive to your nearest amusement hall because these games can be played on such home platforms as the original Nintendo, various Game Boys, the TurboGrafx-16 and even MS-DOS!

And after we drop all the digital silver balls, we've got our first ever guest B-Segment as our pal Russ Lyman (from The Weekly Warp Pipe) says DIE MONSTER! You can find the video that inspired Russ's appearance on his YouTube channel! Be sure to like and subscribe to keep your world fun, bit by bit!


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S5E26 - Ep 117: Season 5 Finale / First Time Viewing of Classic Films

Our longest episode ever is packed with memories of another great year and half an hour of your amazing voice mails!

What can we say? We just didn't want this season to end...

After copious amounts of reminiscing over another amazing year, we dive into our annual final topic. Like every year, we asked you for voice mails, giving your quick reviews of a classic movie you watched for the first time this year. Every single year, this block gets longer and longer and season 5 was no exception. Thank you for coming out in droves to be a part of the show and for helping to make Retro Ridoctopus what it is.

Retroids... this one is for you.


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S5E25 - Ep 116: Godzilla: The Eras Tour (1999-2023)

We continue to stomp through every Godzilla film, as the Eras Tour rages on!

To celebrate the release of Godzilla Minus One and Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, we've got an episode so full of kaiju mayhem, we had to split it into two parts!

Back for the conclusion of this epic journey is our buddy Aldo, who continues to flex his superfan knowledge along the way. This time, Nintenjoe and Parasite Steve deliver the goods on the Millennium and MonsterVerse eras respectively, before this journey reaches it's final destination with the films that don't fit so neatly into the larger sections.

Don't worry, we didn't forget Shin!


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S5E24 - Ep 115: Godzilla: The Eras Tour (1954-1995)

Our buddy (and Godzilla superfan) Aldo returns to help us take down the King of the Monsters era by era!

To celebrate the release of Godzilla Minus One and Monarch: Legacy of Monsters, we've got an episode so full of kaiju mayhem, we had to split it into two parts!

Along for this epic journey is our pal Aldo, who takes us through the first 15 Godzilla movies (which comprise what is known as the Showa period) starting with the original Gojira in 1954, and ending with 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla.

Then your host 8-Bit Alchemy takes over, delivering every earth-shattering footstep of the Heisei era, which began with 1984's Return of Godzilla (known in America as Godzilla 1985) all the way through 1995's Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Look out for our follow-up part 2 where Nintenjoe and Parasite Steve will get around to the year 2,000 and beyond! It's GODZILLAAAAAAA!!!!


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The Brig: Reaping the Carrion Harvest (with author Morgan Sylvia)

Author and Poet Morgan Sylvia joins us to chat about her amazing work and the music in her prose!

For our last BRIG of season 5, Parasite Steve welcomes an old & dear friend who just happens to be another insanely talented writer!

Morgan Sylvia is an author from Maine with numerous published works including novels, short stories, poetry collections and everything in between. Whether she's writing long or short form, one thing is clear, the quality of the prose itself is always top of mind. This lends a musical quality to the language of her work. A poetic fingerprint that most authors never achieve. In other words, you should be reading her stuff!

Visit her official website for all things Morgan!

Snag your copy of the amazing (deluxe limited edition) Carrion Harvest from Thunderstorm Books!

And check out her author page on Amazon!


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S5E23 - Ep 114: TMNT Party / Nintenjoe's Last Stand

For Nintenjoe's final turn as your host, we chat about the totally rad films of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

The bummer is we have to bid farewell to our brother Nintenjoe, as this is his final time hosting the show. But being the totally radical dude that he is, he straps on the blue mask to lead us one final time into the land of nostalgia, as we celebrate the cinematic films of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Bringing the pizzas is our very good friend, Justin Cooper (from the Epic Tales From The Sewers Podcast), who practically exudes the green ooze of Turtle fandom from every pore! Trust us, dudes, this episode is so jam packed with Mutant Turtles and Teenage Ninjas, you'll have no choice but to say COWABUNGA!


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The Brig: Try Everything and Power Through (with author Kasey Lansdale)

Author, actor, singer, songwriter, Kasey Lansdale has built a career of never being afraid to yes.

For this episode of THE BRIG, we chat with the incredibly cool Kasey Lansdale! You might have seen her name on numerous anthologies, in the credits for Shudder's Creepshow or on one of her acclaimed country music albums. For this episode, we learn how she built an expansive career by never saying no to anything new!

A little later on we'll chat about some retro horror movies, but first, Kasey throws us a read from her story "The Disappeared" which appears in the newly released "Deathrealm Spirits" out by Shortwave Publishing!

Check out Kasey's official website!


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S5E22 - Ep 113: Ray Harryhausen and the Miracle of Dynamation (with screenwriter Scott Clevenger)

For over 30 years, Ray Harryhausen revolutionized what a movie monster could be—bringing joy & wonder to generations of fans.

Special effects titan Ray Harryhausen is rightfully renowned for pushing the medium of stop motion animation and single-handedly creating some of the most memorable on-screen monsters ever captured on screen. For this epic journey, we welcome back Scott Clevenger (from the Slumgullion podcast) to celebrate the mythic life and career of this legendary artist.

After starting with a little history on the man himself, we'll each present one of Harryhausen's 17 films. Making sure to keep his wonderful, if monstrous, creations in the spotlight.

Later on we have the results of the HARRYHAUSEN BATTLE ROYAL poll which we posted to the Facebook group before ending things on Nintenjoe's (hopefully not final) B-Segment.

On Twitter (X), be sure to follow Jeff @TheSlumgullion and Scott @Scottclevenger AND... you can and should listen to The Slumgullion anywhere you listen to our show and check out their website!


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