Ep 481: Jeff Lieberman

The Movie Crypt

Aug 22 2022 • 1 hr

PUBLIC VERSION. Filmmaker Jeff Lieberman (SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER, SQUIRM, JUST BEFORE DAWN, BLUE SUNSHINE, REMOTE CONTROL) joins Adam, Joe, and Arwen to discuss his long career. From the pros and cons of 35mm vs DCP, vinyl records/analogue recordings vs CDs/digital files, Blu-Ray vs VHS… to how Jeff wasn’t even a fan of movies (“Why spend 2 hours of a date sitting in silence and staring at a screen together when you could be talking to each other instead?”) until he saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s BLOW-UP (1966) - a transformative cinematic experience that completely changed his direction in life… to how the positive affirmation and encouragement of a teacher made him realize that he was actually a talented writer… to how an anti-drug short film he made in 1972 (THE RINGER) helped secure him as the director for his screenplay SQUIRM in 1976… to why it’s a compliment to hear from fans that he “messed up their childhood”… to the real life horror movie set up that inspired Jeff’s big film that got away… to how a film’s score can be a disservice to creating true suspense… to a lesson in Hollywood accounting… to the writing of his new book DAY OF THE LIVING ME: ADVENTURES OF A SUBVERSIVE CULT FILMMAKER FROM THE GOLDEN AGE (now available!)… this in-depth conversation with a true legend of cinema is as enjoyable as it is educational.

Dr. Arwen provides “Hollywood Therapy” for a listener worried about going crazy between gigs and Jeff reveals how dancing with a gorilla on Halloween inspired SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER and the real reason why most fans don’t even realize that he wrote the second sequel to a beloved 80’s children’s movie.

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