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Christmas Vacation Bonus Episode 1: The Griswold Effect

The Wilder Ride

Release Date: 11/13/2018

Halloween Spooktacular 2019 show art Halloween Spooktacular 2019

The Wilder Ride

This year was our 5th year to bring a live Halloween show to life on WBHF, AM 1450 and FM 100.3. Hosts Alan Sanders, Walt Murray and BK discussed several Halloween subjects including candy, movies, monsters, ghost stories and Dracula. There two guest segments: Lezlie Sawyer chatted about her acting career and some of her recent cosplay work as Elvira; author, JW Webb discussed his short, The Haven. The evening wrapped with a discussion over which actors have played Dracula the best and worst.

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Hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray are joined by Susan Delmonico and Brad Stephens to breakdown one of the 100 best comedies of all-time according to the American Film Institute -- Ghostbusters! The first episode is going to be available as a bonus episode to our regular listeners as well as our Patreon subscribers. To get the rest of the weekly episodes, you will need to join us at Patreon.com/TheWilderRide and subscribe at The Waco Kid level or higher.

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The Princess Bride - Episode 1 show art The Princess Bride - Episode 1

The Wilder Ride

In this first episode, hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray are joined by their wives, Susan Delmonico and Amy Murray, to discuss the beloved film, The Princess Bride. As part of our Patreon season, instead of breaking the film down minute-by-minute, we opt for a more relaxed and open discussion of the film, the actors and some of the behind-the-scenes stories we have researched. We hope you enjoy this month's Patreon special as we bring you a new episode each and every Wednesday during the off-season.

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The Big Lebowski - Part 1 show art The Big Lebowski - Part 1

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This season, we opted for a new approach. Instead of moving through the movie in sequence, hosts Alan and Walt, along with guests, Susan Delmonico and Brad Stephens, kick back and talk about the film. It's a new and refreshing way for the listener to enjoy hearing our Wilder Ride take on this classic Cohen Brothers movie. The first episode is going to be available as a bonus episode. To get the rest of the weekly episodes, you will need to join us at Patreon.com/TheWilderRide and subscribe.

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Blazing Saddles Bonus: Inteview with actor Burton Gilliam show art Blazing Saddles Bonus: Inteview with actor Burton Gilliam

The Wilder Ride

In this bonus episode to our season two coverage of Blazing Saddles, we were thrilled to be able to interview actor Burton Gilliam about playing the role of Lyle. We covered a range of topics, including how he got into the movie Paper Moon, meeting Madeline Kahn and quitting his job as a firefighter. We discuss all of his major scenes in the film as well as his friendships with Alex Karras, Slim Pickens and Burt Reynolds.

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Now that Blazing Saddle (the movie) is complete, we bring you a bonus recap of season two and a tease for season three. Several guests returned to give their thoughts on this past season. Walt and Alan provide additional thoughts and commentary before announcing the big reveal. After playing the trailer, our hosts sign off for their hiatus. However, they announce plans to cover 4-6 movies before the start of season three, all via their Patreon page. Thanks to everyone who was part of our Wilder Ride!

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Walt and Alan take the time in the final episode to go through the final seconds of the film and the 30 seconds of end credits. While going through the finale, they discuss the actors and some of their favorite lines and moments from the movie. By the end, they set the stage for one final bonus episode still to come.

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Blazing Saddles episode 92: The penultimate episode show art Blazing Saddles episode 92: The penultimate episode

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Our penultimate episode continues with Sheriff Bart and The Waco Kid riding their horses into the setting sun. As they get down the trail, they meet up with a Cadillac. They driver gets out while the passenger grabs the horses. The driver opens the doors for Bart and Jim. Once inside, the limo speeds off and continues their ride into the sunset.

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Bart admits he's leaving because things have gotten pretty dull. Revered Johnson gets emotional with his goodbye. This leads Mongo to also get a little emotional. Charlie wishes Bart well and as he slaps five with the Sheriff, Bart tells them all to keep the faith. As Bart rides to the edge of town, we see the Waco Kid. He asks Bart where he's headed. Bart simply says, "Nowhere special." The Waco Kid pushes his hat up and looks off into the West. "Nowhere special. I always wanted to go there."

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Blazing Saddles episode 90: You shot the bad guy show art Blazing Saddles episode 90: You shot the bad guy

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We open with Hedley commenting about the stuntwork of Douglas Fairbanks. He falls over and into what appears to be fresh concrete. The Waco Kid notes Bart shot the bad guy. They look down and see Hedley has written his name in the fresh concrete and added a dollar sign. They decide to go into the theater to check out the rest of the movie. We shift to the town of Rock Ridge, circa 1874. Howard Johnson implores Sheriff Bart to stay. Bart says his work there is done. The whole town then call him on his BS.

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More Episodes

Our listeners have spoken! Our newest Patreon show will breakdown the holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. From now until Christmas, we will release 7 episodes. The first one is free to everyone. The remaining six shows will drop weekly from now until Christmas Eve on our Patreon page. The main take away from the opening credits is a concept we call, the Griswold Effect.

In our first episode, we discover “The Griswold Effect” is able make even the best of us behave like total idiots. In the opening credits, we can see how Santa Claus falls victim to this effect. We end the episode just as Clark’s boss is about to talk to him about his “crunch enhancer.”

The opening credits transition to Clark Griswold picking a fight with two red necks in a pickup truck. This leads to a near-death event on the road before they launch through a snowbank and into a Christmas tree lot. They then hike the frozen Yukon and find the perfect Christmas tree, without any regard for its size. Once home, it becomes obvious the tree is far too big for their living room. However, Clark insists it is perfect, even after springing the limbs free, breaking two windows in the process.

While Clark and Ellen retire and he deals with sticky, sap on his hands, they begin to chat about the holidays. We learn they will be hosting each of their families for a huge holiday celebration. The next morning, we discover the main reason for Clark’s actions is his hope to receive a large Christmas bonus. This detail is actually at the core of the events of the rest of the film. As we proceed throughout the next six episodes, we will break down the remainder of the movie, ending on Christmas Eve.