I love to talk, and so naturally I love the podcast format, which provides a casual, fun, and freeform way to share all the things I dig about genre pop culture. Below, please find a one-stop shop for the various podcasts I’ve either hosted or guested on. Enjoy!
THE FAMOUS MONSTERS PODCAST
Hosted by David Weiner (episodes 1-13): The official podcast for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Living up to the classic and nostalgic roots of Forrest J Ackerman’s iconic magazine while staying current and ahead of the curve, every episode features entertaining genre pop-culture conversations and interviews with top artists, stars, and filmmakers. Horror. Sci-Fi. Fantasy. Fun!
FELLOWSHIP OF THE NERD
Hosted by Caroline Stephenson: In a galaxy far, far away… There was a group of nerds with tons of semi-useful knowledge covering comics books, video games, movies, cosplay and everything in between. With their powers combined, they formed a league — a fellowship if you will — determined to discuss only the dorkiest of topics. These are their stories, discussing the latest and greatest in Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy while paying homage to the classics. I’m in most of the episodes, but not all!
Hosted by Heidi Bennett: Entertainment Journalist and Pop Culture Curator David Weiner shares his passion for conducting long-form interviews with some of his favorite filmmakers and creators while working for Entertaining Tonight, as the Executive Editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland and currently as a freelance journalist and blogger at It Came From…
Hosted by Brian Heiler & Jason Lenzi: Hell hath frozen over, we’re doing the Dune show. Long joked about as a “never gonna happen”, the Dune show became our #1 listener requested episode and well, give the folks some spice! We’ve brought in our pal and uber fan David Weiner of the awesome It Came From Blog to join us and discuss not only the film but the book series. David and Jason carefully explain why they love the film to Brian, who isn’t quite taking the spice if you know what I mean. Along the way we talk about the director, the cast, the upcoming remake, the TV mini-series, Saturn 3, the horribly misguided attempt to sell Dune products to children and Yor the Hunter from the Future frisbees (seriously). It’s actually one of our best shows ever, who’da thunk it?
Hosted by Brian Heiler & Jason Lenzi: For our 41st episode, we’re joined by Famous Monsters of Filmland Editor David Weiner for a discussion of all things robotic. We each pick and discuss our favorite and least favorite mechanical men from film and television over the decades. Along the way, we talk about toys, comics, and even radio drama. We open the show with some words about the passing of David Bowie. Topics Discussed: THE BLACK HOLE, DOCTOR WHO, THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, LOST IN SPACE, BUCK ROGERS, LOGAN’S RUN, SPACE ACADEMY and more.
THE BLACK HOLE episode: https://plaidstallions.blogspot.ca/2017/05/pod-stallions-53-black-hole.html
Hosted by Brian Heiler & Jason Lenzi: For our 53rd show, we are joined once again by former Famous Monsters editor and current host of “It Came From Blog” Mr. David Weiner for a rousing two-hour discussion on Walt Disney’s 1979 Science Fiction opus THE BLACK HOLE: Its origins and somewhat discordant tone, the interesting cast, what the ending might mean, the multitude of merchandise, its trailer, comic book sequels, and the attempted remake. We also touch on subjects like STAR WARS, Shreddies cereal (blech), SALVAGE ONE, Starlog magazine and BUCK ROGERS. It’s jam-packed with late ’70S science-fiction goodness.
WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 3: http://monsterpartypodcast.libsyn.com/who-would-win-vol-3-with-david-weiner
Hosted by James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe & Matt Weinhold: The guys have left their old Studio City digs behind, and set up their new secret headquarters in the not-so-secret city of Van Nuys! What better way to make a new place feel familiar, than with a popular topic, and a favorite guest? Help us by helping yourself to another round of our most beloved schoolyard game…it’s, WHO WOULD WIN? VOL. 3!!! And helping us to christen our new fortress of nerditude, is friend of the show, and geek supreme… DAVID WEINER! (FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, IT CAME FROM…)
THE ISLAND OF WISHLIST TOYS: http://monsterpartypodcast.libsyn.com/the-island-of-wishlist-toys-with-david-weiner
Hosted by James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe & Matt Weinhold: The guys put on their brainiac thinking caps to come up with their perfect dream toys! Prepare to take an inebriated excursion to… THE ISLAND OF WISHLIST TOYS!!! Joining us for this pie-eyed play date is returning guest and Monster Party patron saint, writer/producer/director/toy imagineer DAVID WEINER! (ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, IT CAME FROM…)
SCI-FI & HORROR GAME-CHANGERS: http://monsterpartypodcast.libsyn.com/horror-sci-fi-game-changers
Hosted by James Gonis, Shawn Sheridan, Larry Strothe & Matt Weinhold: The guys discuss those groundbreakers of the genres — HORROR & SCI-FI GAME CHANGERS! — with the executive editor of their other favorite horror magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland, David Weiner! Expect a spirited conversation covering everything from sound, color, make-up, stop-motion animation, CGI, and gore to an impassioned debate over Uncle Gilbert from THE MUNSTERS!
THE FEAR MERCHANT – THE BAZAAR CAST
Hosted by R.M. Martin: Joining me today I have David Weiner; a veteran writer and editor whose career spans more than 25 years. He has written for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT for 13 of those years and he is also the last editor of the popular magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. His new endeavour; It Came From Blog is an entertaining snapshot into what David consumes and enjoys himself. Over the years David has interviewed many people, we got to talk about some of his favourite moments from throughout his career and geeked a little bit too hard over STAR WARS as we had just seen the 40th anniversary of the original theatrical release. There are lots of fun nuggets and industry insight which I won’t spoil, so get comfortable as this is the most jam-packed interview yet.
THE CHEAP CHILLS SHOW
Hosted by Ben Walker and Amanda Walker: Ben and Amanda are joined by Entertainment journalist and former Famous Monsters of Filmland Editor David Weiner. We watch trailers to films that were featured on some of our favorite, classic FM covers. We recall some classic FM memories, and that time we teamed up to cover the release of Dana Gould’s Stan Against Evil (IFC). Plus why is Vincent Price such a stud? And who else has the “IT” Factor?
HELLBENT FOR HORROR
INTERVIEW ABOUT ’80S HORROR DOCUMENTARY: https://hellbentforhorror.com/2018/10/16/episode-076-we-lost-it-in-the-80s-an-interview-with-the-creators-of-in-search-of-darkness/
Hosted by S.A. Bradley: The ’80s were horror movie heaven. A wild mixture of new technology, misfit filmmakers, obscure distributors, rich dentists trying to find tax shelters, buckets of blood and latex, and home video rental helped usher in one of the most prolific and influential eras in horror film history. A new documentary in the works, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: A JOURNEY INTO ICONIC ’80s HORROR, has the potential to become the definitive look at this wild decade of horror. Join my guests, Director David Weiner and Executive Producer Robin Block as they discuss their documentary, their passions and what movies they consider their “First Kiss”!
LOOP N’ LARRY: GUARDIANS OF GEEK
IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS Interview: https://loopnlarry.podbean.com/e/loop-n-larry-guardians-of-geek-ep-7/
Hosted by Loop & Larry: Loop N’ Larry are very proud to present our first SPECIAL PRESENTATION! Join us as we talk, direct from Los Angeles, with very special guest, David Weiner, Writer/Director of “In Search of Darkness: The Definitive ’80s Horror Documentary”! With his years at Entertainment Tonight and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, David is one of the preeminent experts on pop culture and the history of horror on film! You won’t want to miss his incredible stories!
KILLER HORROR CRITIC
BREAKING DOWN PHANTASM II & IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/killerhorrorcritic/episodes/2019-03-26T23_38_25-07_00
Hosted by Matt Konopka: David Weiner, director of the upcoming ’80s horror documentary, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS, joins me to discuss our favorite entry in Don Coscarelli’s nightmarish franchise, PHANTASM II!
THE NICK TAYLOR HORROR SHOW
IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS Interview: http://nicktaylorhorrorshow.libsyn.com/in-search-of-darkness-the-definitive-80s-horror-documentary-director-david-weiner-episode-15
Hosted by Nick Taylor: Director David Weiner’s IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS is an upcoming horror documentary that comprehensively tells the story of ’80s horror in all of it’s bloody, nostalgic glory. I enjoyed talking to David a lot, he’s a very passionate and knowledgeable filmmaker. We dove deep into the documentary and did a whole bunch of geeking out about ’80s movies.
I SAW THAT YEARS AGO
Revisiting BUCKAROO BANZAI ACROSS THE 8TH DIMENSION: http://istya.libsyn.com/ep-188-the-adventures-of-buckaroo-banzai-across-the-8th-dimension-movie-review
Hosted by Martyn Darkly & Gentleman Joe: The comedy podcast that sees how movies, and our memories, stand the test of time. We’re joined by entertainment journalist David Weiner who brings with him a movie choice that seemed a good idea at the time. Join us for…The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
WAYNE GAYLE VARIETY HOUR
Fall 2015 Interview: http://www.cartoonistconspiracy.com/sushipodcast/2015/08/the-wayne-gale-variety-hour-ep-104-famous-monsters-of-filmland-with-fmofs-managing-editor-david-weiner/
Hosted by Danno Klonowski: Danno is thrilled to be joined by a longtime Hollywood journalist and pop culture geek who is now the new Managing Editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine — David Weiner! Danno and David discuss how his love of FM as a kid has — through hard work, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS junket, and JJ Abrams — led him to where he is today. We discuss FM’s founder Forrest J Ackerman, the history of the magazine, where he’s taking it, and much, much more. Then, David has his knowledge of terrible horror sequels tested in the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR MOVIE GAME!!! And finally, Danno and David discuss his personal experience with the Amityville house, his time at Full Moon Entertainment in the ’90s, meeting his hero Mel Brooks, his love of TIKI, and more!
THE FEAR MERCHANT – THE STOCK ROOM
Hosted by R.M. Martin: We’re here again with returning co-hosts of the show David Weiner (It Came From Blog) and Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu). Today we discuss Solo: A Star Wars Story. Did we enjoy it? Did studio strife ruin the film? Does Han shoot first? You’ll have to listen and find out. Sit back relax and enjoy the show.
We’re here again with returning co-hosts David Weiner (It Came From Blog) and Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu). Today we discuss Deadpool 2: Did we enjoy it? How did it compare to the original? Did Céline Dion nail it? You’ll have to listen and find out.
We’re here again with returning co-hosts of the show David Weiner (It Came From Blog) and Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu). Today we discuss Avengers: Infinity War.
Did we enjoy it? Is it worth the 10 year wait? Did Thanos kill you? You’ll have to listen and find out. Sit back relax and enjoy the show.
Hosted by R.M. Martin: We’re here again with returning stalwarts of the show David Weiner (It Came From Blog) and Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu). Today we discuss Star Wars: The Last Jedi in its entirety. Did we enjoy it? Is it a worthy contender for the 40-year celebrations? You’ll have to listen and find out.
Hosted by R.M. Martin: Join Richard and returning guests David Weiner (It Came From Blog) and Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu) as we discuss whether Justice League saw injustice at the box office, will we side with the Metahumans or the Metacrictics?Listen to find out!
Hosted by R.M. Martin: Join Richard and returning guests David Weiner (It Came From Blog) and Martin Adil-Smith (The Spirals of Danu) as we discuss whether Blade Runner 2049 can replicate the magic and noir charm of Ridley Scott’s 1982 original. This episode features new music from Werewolves in Siberia. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
HUMAN ECHOES PODCAST
Hosted by Tony Southcotte & Albert Berg: Editor David Weiner sits down with Al and Tony to talk about the history of genre fiction in popular culture and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Then they review the ’90s classic horror-comedy western, TREMORS!
THE GEEK SPEAK SHOW
December 17, 2015: http://thegeekspeakshow.libsyn.com/645-the-state-of-the-franchises
Hosted by Henry San Miguel: With hours to go before THE FORCE AWAKENS is released around the world, Henry & Angel welcome some guests to discuss the state of the STAR WARS and STAR TREK franchises. David Weiner (Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine) kicks off the discussion by referencing his exclusive THE FORCE AWAKENS interview with Mark Hamill and giving his thoughts on the STAR WARS franchise and where STAR TREK is going with movie number three of its reboot…
January 14, 2016: http://thegeekspeakshow.libsyn.com/71-the-geeks-guide-to-2016
Hosted by Henry San Miguel: The seventh season of The Geek Speak Show kicks off! Henry goes over movie release dates and return dates for TV shows before bringing in David Weiner from Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine to talk about what he and FM are looking forward to in 2016. David also gives all the info on the Famous Monsters’ Silver Scream Festival in Santa Rosa.
Hosted by Henry San Miguel: Henry kicks off the episode by going over all the events the show will be covering this month and some details about THE CONJURING 2. Then, David Weiner (Executive Editor, Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine) checks in to talk about FM’s Silver Scream Festival happening this weekend in Santa Rosa.
Hosted by Henry San Miguel: The Geek Speak Show kicks off the #AlienDay426 celebration with an ALIEN-themed episode! First, Henry, Helen, and Brenden give out the details on a special screening for Geek Speak listeners. Then, Famous Monsters of Filmland‘s Executive Editor, David Weiner, calls in to start the Alien Day episode…
THE RAY HARRYHAUSEN PODCAST
November 24, 2016: https://soundcloud.com/rayharryhausenfoundation/forry-centenary
Hosted by John Walsh & Connor Heaney: November 24, 2016, marks the 100th birthday of Sci-Fi legend Forrest J Ackerman, founder of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Forry was also one of Ray Harryhausen’s oldest friends, the two having met in the late 1930’s after discovering a shared interest in KING KONG. We catch up with former Famous Monsters editor David Weiner to discuss the friendship between Ray, Forry, and Ray Bradbury and hear a clip of the three legends in discussion.
REBEL FORCE RADIO
THE FORCE AWAKENS HYPE: http://www.rebelforceradio.com/shows/2016/2/10/rebel-force-radio-december-11-2015
Hosted by Jimmy Mac & Jason Swank: The STAR WARS – THE FORCE AWAKENS cast and crew met with the media at a special event in L.A. and our microphones were there! Hear from J.J. Abrams, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Jon Boyega, Kathleen Kennedy, Oscar Isaac and more. Plus, we go In The Cantina with David Weiner, the executive editor of Famous Monsters, who gives us the lowdown regarding their STAR WARS Spectacular, including his interview with Mark Hamill and discussion about all the famous monsters in the STAR WARS universe.
THE FORCE AWAKENS RECAP – December 25, 2015: http://www.rebelforceradio.com/shows/2015/12/25/rebel-force-radio-tfa-review-show-3
Hosted by Jimmy Mac & Jason Swank: After one week in release, THE FORCE AWAKENS continues to pack theaters and generate amazing conversation. The vibe continues here at RFR as we present our latest review show. From the humor to the drama of the film, we cover it all. … And Famous Monsters magazine executive editor David Weiner stops by to provide his critical take on EPISODE VII.
MORE PODCASTS DISCUSSING
IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS
THE SPOOL: MORE OF A COMMENT, REALLY…
Hosted by Clint Worthington: Entertainment journalist-turned-director David Weiner takes a breezy, accessible approach to such a robust subject in In Search of Darkness, drawing on his own clear affection for the genre and ease as an interviewer to draw out fun tidbits from the likes of Keith David, Tom Atkins, and Joe Bob Briggs. For this week’s podcast, I sat down to talk with Weiner about his love for ’80s horror, finding the grace notes in his interview subjects, and what lessons we still have to learn from that blessed decade in spooky cinema.
Hosted by Casey Kelderman: In Search of Darkness is a horror documentary about the greatest decade in horror history, the 1980’s. On this episode, we are joined by director David Weiner to discuss the doc. We ask David what it was like to interview legends like John Carpenter and Larry Cohen. Also, we ask him what his favorite snip-it from the documentary was that did not make the final cut.
THE RETRO CINEMA PODCAST
Hosted by Gidget & Angry Man: This week is HUGE. Not only is it a fun top ten where we discuss those creepy characters from 80s movies, but in a massive coup for us, David Weiner joins us with his top ten! David is the writer and director of the incredible ’80s horror documentary “In Search of Darkness” and kindly spent some time with us giving us his film experience and Top Ten as well as talking about this amazing documentary. You can’t miss this one!
THE CIVIL GORE PODCAST
Hosted by Tim & Brian: We have a fantastic show this week as we welcome special guest DAVID A. WEINER to the show! David is the writer and director of a spectacular new horror documentary called IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS. This four-plus hour journey into the horror golden years of the 1980s features more than forty celebrities and industry guests. It’s an absolute must-watch for horror fans! After the interview, we’ll give our thoughts on the film.
THIS WEEK IN GEEK
Hosted by Birdman: Birdman had the privilege to check out the new ’80s horror documentary In Search Of Darkness a bit early and have a sit-down interview with the director of the picture, David Weiner! So please sit back and join us for a discussion on the inner workings of putting together an expansive look at ’80s horror classics.
Hosted by Anthony Derington & Danielle Million: This week we’re talking with In Search of Darkness director David Weiner. David is a long-time writer, contributing to LA Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, and Famous Monsters of Filmland. He has a passion for 70’s and 80’s filmmaking so much so that he has a whole blog dedicated to the era. You can definitely see that passion translated in his new documentary that covers a wide variety of 80’s horror films.