Monday, October 22, 2018

Episode 12: A-Haunting We Will Go

From the Disney film, Lonesome Ghosts, 1937


What was that? You thought you heard footsteps upstairs? But we're the only ones here... Join your Planet 8 crew as we explore the mysterious world of ghosts and the undead! We talk to intrepid investigators of the paranormal on this Halloween episode. Devin Sisk and Ellen MacFarlane take us  for some spectral encounters on the Napa Ghost and Legends Walking Tour (https://www.napaghosts.com/). Then Mina Harker tells us all about her Vampire Tour of San Francisco (http://www.sfvampiretour.com/), a creepy night-time journey through the Nob Hill area of the City. On top of all this, you'll get to hear Engineer Bob's own hair-raising ghostly encounter! We  want to thank the folks at Creatures Con for making these interviews possible.

We hope everyone has a fun-filled Halloween! Be sure to let us know what you thought of this episode, and if you have had an experience with the supernatural, feel free to share it with us in the comments here, or at the other places where you can find us:


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Our closing song this episode is The Zombie Stomp by the Del Airs. 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Episode 11: Horror Hosts A Go Go


It's October, so it's time for all things creepy and spooky! Come with us as we go back and explore the history of horror hosts with our good friend, the knowledgeable and witty Lord Blood-Rah. For many of us, our memories of classic horror and monster movies are inseparably bound with the unique characters who presented these films to us, late on a Saturday night. Bob Wilkins, Count Gore De Vol, Svengoolie, Elvira, Seymour -  the list goes on and on. We reminisce about these classic hosts, as well as talk about some of the newer ones,  the ins and outs of procuring films to show, and how many hosts have transitioned to the internet. If there's anything you wanted to know about horror hosts, you need to listen to this episode!

Commander Larry, Lord Blood-Rah, and Engineer Bob at the Chouinard Winery

Lord Blood-Rah has a couple of big shows coming up that are not to be missed. First, on October 13th, is Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre Halloween Horror Show at the Landmark Cinema in Peoria, Illinois! Our Lordship will be showing a bunch of scary short subjects followed with the cult favorite, Horror Express! You haven't lived til you've seen  Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly Savalas(!) together in a film.

Then on October 27th, Lord Blood-Rah brings the chills to Moraga, California and the Rheem Theater for his Halloween Psycho Show, where he'll screen selected shorts and the classic Dementia 13! For more details on both shows, and also info on how to catch Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theatre, go to his site: http://www.lordbloodrah.com/

Our closing song for this episode is from the talented Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia (http://www.cinemainsomnia.com/). Many thanks to him for allowing us to use it. We hope you enjoy "Halloween Candy."

That's it this time -we'll be back with more Halloween fun in a couple of weeks! Please tell us about your favorite horror host and your thoughts on the show either here or at:

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Episode 10: Podcast Team-Up with The Geek Speak Show!



Back when we were at Creatures Con in August, we were able to sit down with fellow podcasters Henry San Miguel and Annie Yang (well, Annie was on camera duty!) from the Geek Speak Show and have a great discussion about how we all got into podcasting, our favorite Star Trek series, what we thought about Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi,  - you name it! Henry and his fellow Geek Speakers have been running their podcast since 2010, so they're veterans. We hope you enjoy some behind the scenes talk and some plain old geeking out! You can find the Geek Speak Show at http://www.thegeekspeakshow.com/home.html

Annie, Larry, Karen (on iPad), Henry, and Bob at Creatures Con
We hope to team up with the good folks of Geek Speak again soon! Perhaps they can come visit the command center at Planet 8? Stay tuned...

This episode, we also wanted to give a few shout outs to some listeners who we've had interactions with. We really appreciate all of you who take the time to let us know what you think. Hearing from you and knowing our signal is not just getting lost in the vast reaches of intergalactic space makes this all worth it. So many thanks and keep those messages coming! You can leave comments here, or at our other outlets:


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Episode 9: Darth Vader Conquers Planet 8


Darth Vader...the Dark Lord of the Sith. One of the greatest villains in cinema history. From his fearsome look to his commanding voice to his dangerous mastery of the dark side, everything about him screams 'ultimate bad guy.' He's been impressing audiences since his first appearance in Star Wars in 1977 and now generations of fans have grown up with him through movies, animated shows, games, books, and toys. Join your Planet 8 crew as we discuss this legend - our earliest memories of Vader, favorite moments, and other thoughts.

Then, join us as we talk to... Darth Vader! Of course, fans know that David Prowse played Vader in the original trilogy (and James Earl Jones has provided the iconic voice of the character). But Prowse has not been the only actor to portray Vader. At Creatures Con in San Ramon, California, we had the good fortune to interview C. Andrew Nelson. Nelson has had an extensive career in the motion picture industry, beginning in visual effects with LucasArts and ILM. It was there that he was tapped to play Darth Vader! Nelson has played Vader in games, commercials, TV shows, and in the Special Edition. We got to talk to him about what it was like putting on that costume, and the many amazing experiences he has had! He's a fantastic storyteller. You can find out more about him at his site: http://candrewnelson.com/

Larry, C.Andrew Nelson (applying Force choke), Karen (on ipad), and Bob
For our Sensor Sweep, Karen looks at Marvel's Darth Vader comic series. She recommends the first 25 issues, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, which picks up with Vader right after the destruction of the Death Star (the first one!). It's a great glimpse into the personality of the Dark Lord. These comics have been collected into trade paperbacks and can be found in stores, libraries, or at Amazon or sellers like In-Stock Trades.


That's all for this time! We hope you enjoy the show. Please share your thoughts in the comments section, or head over to Twitter or Facebook: 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Episode 8: Mad about Universal Monsters



Who doesn't love the Universal Monsters? Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon - if you're like us, you grew up spending Saturday nights glued to the TV screen, watching these classic horror films. On August 28th, Universal will release a 30 film collection with all films in blu-ray format! Yeah, OK, they did release an 8 film set a few years ago...but this has got everything!

In celebration, your crew has sought out renowned horror film host, Lord Blood-Rah, to discuss our favorite Universal monsters! This is a topic near and dear to all of our twisted little hearts.  So grab some popcorn and tune in. We'll discuss the monsters, the films, the actors, you name it. Who was your favorite monster? Favorite film? Which actor did you enjoy the most as the Frankenstein Monster? Listen in and share your thoughts with us here or on our Twitter or Facebook pages.

Larry, Lord Blood-Rah, and Bob in the Monster Garage

Our guest Lord Blood-Rah has some great events coming up. On Saturday, September 1st, you can catch Lord Blood-Rah's Nerve Wrackin' Theater live at the Chouinard Winery in Castro Valley, CA for a classic monster double feature: Universal's Dracula and Frankenstein. The films will be shown outdoors when the sun sets, so bring a picnic basket, and enjoy some of the fine wines available.

On October 13th, in Peoria, IL, Lord Blood-Rah will present his Nerve Wrackin' Theater Halloween Horror Show at the Landmark Cinemas. His Lordship will present a variety of shorts followed by the classic Horror Express.  For more information, please see Lord Blood-Rah's page, http://www.lordbloodrah.com/events.html

As always, you can find us at:

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Episode 7: Going Where Monsters Walked


Have you ever watched a classic sci-fi or monster movie and wondered, "Where the heck did they film this?" If so, this is the podcast for you! This episode the crew -Larry, Bob, and Karen - have a sit down with Gail and Ray Orwig, authors of the terrific book, Where Monsters Walked: California Locations of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1925-1965. Gail and Ray discuss what drove them to write the book, the secrets to finding so many filming locations, and the many adventures they had along the way! What was the hardest, but most fulfilling movie location to find? You'll have to listen to find out -but it involved some enlarged critters...

Ray, Gail, Bob, and Larry
To get your copy of this marvelous book, check out Amazon or the publisher, McFarland.

Ray and Gail will be appearing at Creatures Con, on August 12th, in San Ramon, California. For more information, visit https://www.creaturescon.com/home.html. Be sure to stop by and say hi, and get a copy of the book!

Your Planet 8 crew -at least Commander Larry and Engineer Bob - will take some shore leave and  also attend Creatures Con! Come by their table and get some goodies, and you may wind up on a future episode!

As always, you can find us at:

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Episode 6: Robots Invade Planet 8!




It's all about robots in this episode! Yes, robots, helpers or horrors? Will mankind wind up with friendly assistants like R2-D2, or are we more likely to create the Terminator? Join your Planet 8 crew Larry, Karen, and Bob as they discuss some of their favorite robots and androids from movies, TV, animation, and comics. We'll look at Data from Star Trek, a number of super-robots from Japan, The Vision from Marvel Comics, and well, a few more obscure characters. As usual, don't be surprised if the crew goes off on some tangents...including a discussion of Popeye? Be sure to tell us about your favorite robots in the comments section, or come over to our Twitter or Facebook pages:

For our Sensor Sweep, Larry looks at the 1000th issue of Action Comics, featuring 11 stories about Superman by a virtual who's who of comics creators. Larry particularly enjoyed "Never-Ending Battle" by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, where the Man of Steel travels through time -and the different incarnations of Superman in comics and other media - to  return home to Lois. This special 80-page issue was released in June with at $7.99. It may still be available at your local comic shop. A number of variant-cover editions were published. 


Thanks for listening!