The New World Pictures Podcast

The New World Pictures Podcast

The New World Pictures Podcast is dedicated to every movie released by New World Pictures. Founded by the infamous Roger Corman, New World Pictures was responsible for the greatest genre films of the 1970's and 1980's. Remember all those movies that lived proudly in the back isles of the video store? Most of them were made by New World Pictures. From Death Race 2000 to Hellraiser and Piranha to Heathers. We talk about them all. The things we loved and the things we hated along with the detailed history of each film's history and production. Some movies are great. Some are bad. All of them are New World Pictures.


March 27, 2023 94 min
We couldn't think of a better way to wrap up #prisonmarch than an interview with the Writer and Director of REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS, Tom DeSimone.  We dig into the making of REFORM SCHOOL GIRLS and the different script changes that shaped the film.  Tom talks about casting Wendy O. Williams, meeting Pat Ast in a NY nightclub and the casting of Sybil Danning as Sgt Sutter.  

We also talk about one of our top 5 favorites, A...
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#PrisonMarch continues with writer/director Tom DeSimone's Reform School Girls, and joining us to discuss this definitive women-in-prison film is Erin Dawn from the Manic Movie Monday Podcast! We discuss a new twist on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, fancy hands, and knock-off workout tapes!  Plus, we get some clarification on prison de-lousing and crunch the radish numbers!  
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Prison March continues its sentence with a film that was Nearly New World: 1973's TERMINAL ISLAND! Find out how director Stephanie Rothman (THE STUDENT TEACHERS, THE VELVET VAMPIRE) ended up making this with competitor Dimension Pictures instead of New World! Find out if we were able to look away from free-minded murderer Tom Selleck as he battles against future Magnum P.I. co-star Roger E. Moseley! Grab all your denim and pre...
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March 6, 2023 78 min
Join us as we kick off Prison March, an entire month dedicated to a few of New World's many, many, many women in prison films. 

Our first Prison March selection is 1971's WOMEN IN CAGES which features sex at sea, organized crime, and a cock fight - all within the first six minutes! 

The NWPP team will treat you like a dignitary as they walk you through important lessons to keep in mind should your untrustwort...
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We close out #Febsessed with a TORMENT Reunion Special! We talk with John Penney (THE KINDRED, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3), Scott Alexander (ED WOOD, DOLEMITE IS MY NAME) and Earl Ghaffari (ENCANTO, FROZEN) about making 1984's TORMENT.  

These three friends share a long and storied history which made this less of an interview and more of a conversation.  They talk about how they got their start in filmmaking includin...
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February 20, 2023 91 min
Our 2nd film for #Febsessed involves an overworked detective tracking a serial killer in San Francisco, yet doesn't star Clint Eastwood! Writer/performer Jean Black joins us to discuss this under seen thriller about the difficulty of meeting a future in-law without your significant other, and the hazards of dating in San Francisco!  We also highlight the terrific performances, especially the one by Gary Oldman, who is complete...
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We continue our exploration of #Febsessed with a conversation with Marie Laurin, star of last week's episode, TALKING WALLS.  Marie shares the history of TALKING WALLS including development delays, reshoots and the mysterious Director's Cut.  Many questions were answered and, yet, many questions remain.

Marie talks about working on CREATURE with Klaus Kinski and her almost-not-so-brief stint working on THREE'S COMPANY...
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February 6, 2023 68 min
Welcome to #Febsessed, where we discuss the New World movies about obsession, and what better way to start than 1987's TALKING WALLS! But is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a love story? It is! Director Stephen Verona's story about a guy filming other people getting it on while falling in love left us as confused as we were thrilled which is better than nothing at all! Listen as we dissect this video store gem about the wild...
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We end Disastruary with our first Godzilla film released by New World Pictures: 1974's GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA! And who better to discuss this with us but actor/writer/director Graham Skipper, who literally wrote the book on the subject: Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the Monsters. Graham fills us in on loads of Godzilla movie information and lore, while we unwrap this intricate gift of a movie filled with Plan...
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January 23, 2023 84 min
We continue #disastuary with 1978's THE BEES, a movie that explores the imminent threat of Africanized bees smuggled into the United States by Big Honey and the wacky world of the scientists that study them.  

While most movies are made to appeal to specific audiences, we're not sure who this movie was made for.  Was it made for Bee scientists?  Was it made for disaster movie fans?  Was it made for environmentalists? ...
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January 16, 2023 51 min
Disastruary continues with a Nearly New World selection: 1979's METEOR from  director Ronald Neame! Listen and find out how this was Nearly New World and why it's Nearly New World!  Plus, why does Sean Connery drink so much coffee? And how was Brian Keith cast as a Russian scientist? We'll break it all down for you! Hoowee!
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We begin #Disastruary with 1979's UP FROM THE DEPTHS, directed by long-time Roger Corman collaborator Charles B. Griffith (GRAND THEFT AUTO, SMOKEY BITES THE DUST, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS) which follows a Hawaiian resort under attack from a giant... shark? Monster? Fish? Well, anyway, something aquatic attacks them after being released by an underwater earthquake. We dive into the "disaster" of it all, most of which seems t...
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2022 is dead, long live 2023!  But, before we move on, it's time for everyone's favorite award show: the Worldies! Yes, the award show that honors the very best in films (that we watched this year)! Plus, our Running Top 5 for 2022!

Joining us to hand out these awards are several of our former guests: Lauren Flans from Coming Out with Lauren and Nicole ( ), Peter Fluet (
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December 24, 2022 41 min
Wait a minute, ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS was nearly a New World Picture? It's true! Listen to find out how, plus our thoughts on Ernest P. Worrell, the snakes, the many costumes, and of course, Vern! Are you aware of what we mean? 
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Finally, Cannon and New World Pictures join forces to discuss a film where other people join forces to take out other forces!  Of course, we're talking about our guest, writer/performer and co-host of The Cannon Canon Podcast Frank Garcia-Hejl, and our Cannon-iest movie yet, DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR, starring football player-turned TV star Fred Dryer!  Based on real events, we'll get into all the pertinent issues of the film, inc...
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We've wanted to talk with Writer, Director, and Producer Patrick Read Johnson for some time now and it was worth the wait.  Patrick shares some amazing stories about getting his start in the film business and how he swapped sci-fi stories with George Lucas on the set of BATMAN RETURNS.  

He also talks about working on wearing multiple hats while working on DEAD HEAT.  It isn't often that you are able to do special eff...
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December 5, 2022 84 min
We kick off #Deathcember, our celebration of New World movies with the word "death" in them, with ANGEL OF DEATH, from both director Jess Franco and Andrea Bianchi! We frequently say on the NEW WORLD PICTURES PODCAST that you don't need to see the movie to enjoy the episode.  While ANGEL OF DEATH is no different, it's practically impossible to accurately describe this movie. 

Is it about a Jewish commando team hunting...
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We kick off our new Monday release schedule with an interview with Writer, Director, and Actor, Charles Dennis.  As many of you #NWPPVIPs know, we love 1983's COVERGIRL and were thrilled to have a chance to talk with Charles about the movie. Did you know the director shot a separate film within the film?  We sure didn't.

Charles shares with us how he got his start in radio and the theater as a child.  He shares how he...
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Jason from the Force Five Podcast joins us as #Newoirvember continues with 1987's SISTER, SISTER, the debut of director Bill Condon (GODS AND MONSTERS, CHICAGO). But is it noir? Southern noir? Or Southern Giallo? We debate that as we discuss how to be a good hotel guest (welcome new sponsor, Hilton!), the horniness of the  bayou, and what it's like to grow up while constantly living in a shadow.

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 #Newoirvember continues with Part 2 of our 3-part conversation with producer and director Donald P. Borchers, who produced both ANGEL and CHILDREN OF THE CORN for New World Pictures and helped get the post-Corman era off to a good start. In this episode, we discuss Ken Russell's CRIMES OF PASSION, which Borchers produced and discuss how the film almost had a monkey wearing a diaper in it, the bargaining with the MPAA, and how...
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