HTP Episode 037 – Tonjia Atomic

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Tonjia Atomic is the director of many cult films, not the least of which being “Manos Returns”. In this episode, she and I discuss how the film came together, and how to create the perfect balance of solid filmmaking craft with a low budget and the most surreal of source materials. Obviously, the sequel to Manos could not be totally serious, but no one wanted it to be outright campy either.


You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official website, TonjiaAtomic.com. You can watch Manos Retuns on Amazon Prime, and for news on the project, it’s best to check the Facebook feed, but there’s also a Twitter and Instagram as well.


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HTP Episode 031 – Sampo Returns!

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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” is the Webmaster for Satellite News and was first on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 19. This latest chat is a wild ride, fueled by COVID-19 and fan speculation. We discuss how to use MST3K as a “comfort food” in times of quarantine, Chris suggests using Pod People to go to sleep, I counter with Red Zone Cuba. Meanwhile, his favorite episode is The Violent Years, while I never get tired of Teenagers from Outer Space or I Accuse My Parents. And, of course, Manos comes up.

Chris breaks the news that Joel is doing the MST3K Live At-Home Show with Moon Zero Two. I reveal that I participated in the MST3K Home Game, while Chris was interviewing the cast prior to season 8.

Special request: Chris mentions that there was a special showing of I Accuse My Parents at the Colonial Theatre in Pennsylvania, in which he participated. Does anyone have a recording of this?


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News


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HTP Episode 028 – Madison Spencer Engle …and Picard!

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Madison Spencer Engle, who first appeared on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 10 and then again in Episode 22, is a favorite in the Star Trek Cosplay community. Here we wrap up our discussion of Season 1 of Picard, checking our observations from the earlier episodes and seeing how we feel about all the changes to our beloved universe.

Madison frequently does her cosplay to benefit such causes as Hope’s Kids and Walk for the Blind



Here’s where you can keep tabs on Madison, and follow her positivity:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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HTP Episode 027 – Pete Doree

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Independent comic artist Pete Doree has created an amazing tribute story titled “Stan & Jack”, which puts Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the roles of Fantastic Four-Style superheroes. Pete and I sit down and have a chat about his project, as well as our love of Silver- and Bronze-Age comics from Marvel and DC. We also work through our pain points with the Batman movies as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Again, please be sure to order “Stan & Jack” and follow Pete’s Twitter Account. For more of his writing, check out The Kids From Rec. Road, a blog in which Pete is a partner and co-creator.


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HTP Episode 025 – Michael Mueller


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Director of the 2020 indie film, The E-Listers: Life in the Back Lane, Michael Mueller is one of the most promising independent filmmakers today. His movie is based on the lives and career struggles of
“extras” in the movie industry: people who have non-speaking parts in films. Based in Atlanta, GA, Michael took a script by Edward Reid and delivered a real love letter to people with a passion for making film.


Again, please be sure to check out The E-Listers Movie and watch the trailer early. Michael can be followed at his website, M3 Creative.



Geek Resource: DVD Verdict – Fantastic old-school, no-nonsense DVD and Blu Ray reviews. Has some of my old writing from the mid-2000s.


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HTP Episode 024 – Jack O’Halloran


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Jack O’Halloran is an actor from one of the greatest eras of Hollywood filmmaking. Star of some of my favorite movies, like Superman and Superman II, Jack has some amazing insights into movies. In this episode, he and I discuss working with greats such as Marlon Brando, Chuck Norris, and Robert Mitchum. Jack also shares first-hand experience with the JFK assassination and the rise and fall of the drug war and organized crime. His current novel, Family Legacy, looks to tell the true history of the connection between the Kennedy family and the lives of ordinary Americans in the 20th century.


Again, please be sure to check out Jack’s book, Family Legacy.



Geek Resource: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Literally the best history podcast ever, a great mind for picking apart tons of topics, from the Cold War to the Mongol Invasions.


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HTP Episode 023 – “Captain” Deana Dolphin


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Deana Dolphin, MST3K’s “Fan Ambassador” has become a champion for the show and for getting MSTies around the world together– both online and in real life. Hosting watch parties, live events, and meet-ups, Deana reaches out to fans everywhere. In this episode, she and I talk about her adventures in the fan community, visiting the MST3k set, and her love of Agonywolf Media. Currently, she’s trying to organize the 5th Annual Turkey Day MSTie Meet Up.


Here’s where you can find Deana: Twitter, Instagram, Reddit


Deana’s Facebook page is open to new fans, and here are the groups she admins or in which she’s an active member:

Deana also supports MSTie Minute, another great collection of fans, and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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HTP Episode 021 – Zoe Plait

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Zoe Plait is one of MST3K’s biggest “Professional Fans.” She worked with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff on “The Mads are Back” live show, and in this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, she and I sit down and get to the heart of what makes the show great. More than that, we address how fandom can have a positive effect on mental illness, and ponder her future writing projects. During the episode, we also bring up the MST3K Playstation Underground issue.


Here’s where you can keep tabs on Zoe’s projects:

Twitter, Miss Misery (Official Site)



Geek Resource: National Alliance on Mental Illness – A great resource for getting a little extra help in life.


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HTP Episode 020 – Mur Lafferty


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Mur Lafferty is an author and podcasting pioneer. Having released her first book, Playing for Keeps, free as an audio podcast, she helped pave the way for e-books and audio distribution as we know it today. Authoring the novelization of the Solo movie, this brings her into the Star Wars universe, and with her latest book, “Minecraft: The Lost Journals,” she brings life to the amazing video game franchise. Currently, she continues to connect with her fans via her podcasts “I Should Be Writing”, “Ditch Diggers” and “Escape Pod”. In this episode, we discuss how the digital landscape has changed since she got her start, what it’s like to be an established writer, and how to keep up your motivation to be creative.


Here’s where you can check out Mur’s Universe:

Twitter, Murverse (Official Site)



Geek Resource: Manuscript Wishlist – The big site for getting to know what the writing market is hungry for!


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HTP Episode 019 – Chris “Sampo” Cornell


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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” has been one of the key webmasters for MST3k since websites were still new and different. In this episode, Sampo and I share stories of how fandom has grown since the birth of the modren internet, and how passion for a show can lead you to being involved in the show itself.


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News



Geek Resource: Satellite News – The site we’ve been talking about all through the episode!


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