Editor in Chief, Show Host – Mike Murphy
Badasses, Boobs and Body Counts was inspired by Mike’s father and Bob Wilkins, the San Francisco Bay Area show host for station KTVU’s Creature Features. If Mike wasn’t at the Drive-In with his dad watching horror films, he was in front of the TV every Saturday night watching films like THE GORGON (1964) or MONSTER FROM THE OCEAN FLOOR (1954) hosted by the colorful Wilkins.
In the early 80s, Mike was introduced to Italian director Lucio Fulci when he saw ZOMBIE (1979) at a local walk-in theater, forever transforming Mike’s taste in horror. Cheesy 50s monster movies were exchanged for Italian gore despite the challenge of finding foreign horror due to poor distribution in the U.S.
After an amazing run of 80s horror films, Mike discovered director Andy Sidaris in his local rental shop. Sidaris’ ability to exploit strong, independent, and beautiful women in his films was amazing and, like Fulci’s ZOMBIE, the films of Sidaris altered Mike’s taste dramatically.
When the DVD boom came in the late 90s, Mike was addicted to buying everything related to horror and exploitation. His obsession resulted in what is now an extraordinary film collection.
Mike currently hosts Badasses, Boobs and Body Counts, a podcast that discusses Grindhouse and Exploitation cinema of all types. Along with fully producing this weekly show, Mike manages the daily operation of this website. When not working on the site or the podcast, he’s typically watching some sleazy picture.
Show Co-Host – Iris Saravia
From the tender age of six, Iris has been watching B-movies, Sci-Fi, and Exploitation, finding that the lower the budget, the more entertaining the movie. If she wasn’t sneaking to watch late night movies on television like the socially conscious THE BORN LOSERS (1967), enjoying the salacious thrills of DRESSED TO KILL (1980), or marveling at the dystopian future of LOGAN’S RUN (1976), she was immersed in books about Sinbad the Sailor, Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian and Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles.
In the age of Hollywood Video and the local VHS rental store, more movies like THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER (1982), KRULL (1983) and STUDENT BODIES (1981) became readily available. As a teen, it was in these hallowed aisles during the age of VHS and BetaMax that Iris discovered her love for all things Linda Blair and killers stalking naughty teens. Being multilingual, not only were English dubbed foreign movies available, but Italian, French and Spanish films were fair game for exploration.
Iris wet her feet in the podcast world when she was the co-host of Moviecopia. She then struck out on her own with the Movie-Fan Attic Podcast and is also one of the usual suspects on the Theme Warriors Podcast. When she was given the opportunity to become a part of the BBandBC team, it was a dream come true. Watching boom mics on screen, listening to poorly dubbed films, being immersed in the cult and grindhouse films that she loves, and discussing them with her best friends – this is when she is the happiest of all.
Show Co-Host – Mark Sering
Mark has been a fan of movies, especially horror films, for as long as he can remember. Born at a time when drive-ins were still a big part of Southern culture and UHF stations flooded their programming with low budget movies, Mark consumed genre movies that would not only shape his future movie watching habits, but help him become the person he is today.
The advent of the home video market only fueled his appetite for movies. In 1991, he came across Norman’s Video Store, a shop that had been renting VHS since the late 70’s. This opened Mark’s eyes to a new world of films with 70’s softcore and exploitation fare. Wanting to find out as much as he could about these obscure films in a pre-Internet world, Mark started buying any and all movie fanzines that he could get his grubby hands on. This would lead him further down the rabbit hole of movie obscurities thanks to ads for a video company called Something Weird Video (SWV). He would later work for SWV, supplying video content to their YouTube channel in 2015.
In gaining positive recognition through the Internet, Mark has been given some great opportunities over the past few years. In addition to working with SWV, Mark was asked – completely out of the blue – to co-host the Hollywood Upside Down podcast covering the films of Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski with Mike Murphy! The opportunity to talk to the directors and actors who were a part of that world remains a definite highlight in his life. After a year of doing the podcast, it was agreed that the show couldn’t continue without becoming too repetitive, so Mike and Mark parted ways. Mike forged ahead with BBandBC while Mark faded into obscurity where he sat in a darkened room, watched movies, and urinated in eco-friendly plastic bottles. Inevitably, the band will always get back together. In late 2015, it was announced that Mark would be joining the cast of BBandBC and, as of this writing, he hasn’t broken the show yet!
Managing Editor, Contributor – Drew Beckmann
Growing up in St. Louis, MO, during the 1970s, Drew took advantage of the local television stations’ steady supply of Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, The Three Stooges shorts, and Abbott & Costello features where he was introduced to the Universal Monsters. When not watching movies, he explored the realms of the then new Advanced Dungeon & Dragons roleplaying game, read the adventurous works of Robert E. Howard, and indulged in serious analysis of sequential art (he read comic books). A late night airing of an uncensored cut of the original WALKING TALL (1973) grabbed his attention with its ugly violence and flashes of nudity, promising that cinema had more to offer for those who dared to seek it out.
As the 1980s dawned with the Golden Age of Home Video, several local VHS rental stores presented ample opportunity for young minds to corrupt themselves on uninhibited low budget horror and exploitation films. Discovering harder-edged material like I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978), ILSA: SHE WOLF OF THE SS (1975), PINK FLAMINGOS (1972), and the wildly inventive THE EVIL DEAD (1981), Drew was determined to uncover every boundary pushing element film had to offer. The Tivoli, a local independent theater, provided a steady stream of better quality cinema with screenings of foreign films like Akira Kurosawa’s THE SEVEN SAMURAI (1954), cult movies like David Lynch’s ERASERHEAD (1977), and rediscovered cinematic masterpieces like Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958).
With gainful employment and little disposable income in the 1990’s, Drew was able to pursue his obsession with film first through laserdisc and then DVD. Obscure movies from the likes of directors Jess Franco, Joe D’Amato and Lucio Fulci could be tracked down in more complete or alternate versions and presented in much better quality for not only enjoyment, but also analysis and discussion in print and through online forums.
Drew currently resides in Chicago, IL, with his wife and kids. He’s been enjoying the evolution of home video and online film discussion with the BBandBC podcast in regular rotation along with a handful of other excellent podcasts that explore the world of cinema. He’s happy to be joining the BBandBC team, contributing back to the community that hosts Mike, Iris and Mark have cultivated by providing content and editing services to the BBandBC website.
Genre TV Editor – Kevin Bachelder
Kevin is a life-long fan of science fiction/fantasy TV and movies, having first been exposed to the genre in the early 70s through Star Trek reruns and Creature Double Feature airings on a local Boston UHF channel.
He’s been podcasting about genre TV and movies since 2005 and has nearly 1,000 show episodes under his belt over the past decade. His participation in those shows contributed to four Parsec Awards in the Best Fan Podcast category. Kevin speaks frequently at sci-fi conventions and, for the past five years, has hosted the popular Sci-Fi Drive-In Theater Heckle Along event in the American Sci-Fi and Fantasy Media track at Dragon Con. You can find Kevin’s shows at TuningInToSciFiTV.com.
Kevin will be contributing to the site bi-monthly by delivering short audio episodes focused on genre TV. These audio segments will be delivered via the current BBandBC Podcast feed.
Contributor – Johnny Stanwyck
Johnny Stanwyck has been fascinated by exploitation films since the age of 8 when he blundered behind the curtains of the “adults only” section of his local video store. An interest blossomed into obsession thanks to regular raids of his friends’ father’s porn stashes and late-night cable TV in the 1980’s.
30+ years later he writes a blog at GrindhouseSchoolhouse.com covering exploitation, sleaze and adult motion pictures of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as well running a popular YouTube channel that boasts over 15.7 million combined views as of January 2017. Johnny’s writing on smut and smut-peddlers has appeared in publications such as The Cinema Sewer and various genre websites.
When he’s not slobbering over sleaze, Johnny digs disco, his dog, soul music and complaining about his day job. He and his partner live in the Pacific Northwest.
Contributor – Tristan Thompson
It was an afternoon television showing in 1980 of THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK (1972) that would spark the beginning of a deep-rooted fascination for horror and cult movies for Triston. Stolen glimpses at the gory centre-spreads of Fangoria, the rabid musings of Chas Balun, and the wondrously crimson explosion of unregulated home video, cemented that love affair. Of course, being sent home from school for reading James Herbert’s The Rats in class, the relationship has often been turbulent!
Tristan Thompson is a UK horror movie scene correspondent who has contributed to the Fangoria, Sex Gore Mutants and the Miskatonic Horror Film Studies websites. During the ‘golden age’ of print Tristan has contributed to The Dark-Side, Shivers, Is It Uncut?, Flesh & Blood and Delirium. He is the co-author of The Ilsa Chronicles (a study of the Ilsa She-Wolf of the SS film quartet) and Blazing Magnums: Italian Cop-Crime Movies of the 70s (both Midnight Media).
Tristan has great fun writing up the long-running annual “A-Z Guide” for the Abertoir Horror Film Festival Program and is convinced that the letter J is the most problematic letter in the alphabet.
Contributor – Rich Strahsburg
The first movie Rich Strahs can remember seeing is BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985) on VHS, an occasion that jump-started his lifelong love of cinema. Some of his fondest memories include the all day movie marathons of Charles Bronson’s DEATH WISH films his father would watch yearly.
In the late 90s to early 00s, Rich and his friends would visit the video store in search of the best worst films available on the rental shelves of the time. Playing this “game”, movies like KATE’S ADDICTION (1999), the Traci Lords vehicle SHOCK ‘EM DEAD (1991), and CREMAINS (2001) became legendary amongst his small group of low budget cinephiles. Rich is also a lifetime wrestling fan, which has only lowered his expectations of what quality entertainment can be.
You can find him on random episodes of Chunky Larry’s Creature Features and at the local movie stores browsing the aisles looking for a movie that is worse than CREMAINS.