Rue Morgue Podcast


on January 31, 2013 | 4 Comments

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It’s the conclusion of our chat with Veteran Canadian director Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, The Apprentice of Duddy Kravitz, Weekend At Bernies) who dropped by the Rue Morgue Studio of Kangaroo Carnage to talk about his 1971 existential horror masterpiece Wake In Fright.

On this episode, Ted explains the incredible tale of how the film slipped into obscurity, why it was nearly lost forever and how it was eventually recovered and given a new lease on life.

And if you’re a fan of Kotcheff’s action classic First Blood (1982) starring Sylvester Stallone, you’re in for a serious treat. For the very first time ANYWHERE, Kotcheff explains the TRUE story of why Kirk Douglas abandoned the role of Colonel Sam Trautman.

These are some of the best stories ever revealed on the show to date.



Wake In Fright has been digitally restored and re-issued in North America by Drafthouse Films.

It’s available now on home video but if you get the chance to catch it during one of its limited theatrical dates, don’t miss it. This motion picture deserves the widest canvas possible.

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Tags: first blood, ted kotcheff, wake in fright

Responses to Episode 103: TED KOTCHEFF VOL. II

  1. Chris soto says:

    Another delicious episode Mr.Feedback just listened to Pt.1and2 Awesome.

  2. owen garth says:

    FB you are such a First Blood fanboy! I wouldn’t be surprised if you wore your John Rambo headband during the interview.

  3. maestro says:

    What a great interview! I get the feeling it wouldn’t be hard to get some beers and sit around a campfire with Mr. Kotcheff and just listen to him tell stories until morning rolls around.

    Also, I loved how Ted kept addressing Feedback as ‘Stuart’ throughout the interview. I kept thinking that Lance was also in the room and being ignored just like when people write in for Post Apocalypse.

    First Blood was a little before my time and I never gave it much thought since “Rambo” is kind of cliched at this point but I definitely need to check it out after hearing this. That clip of Stallone’s monologue gave me chills. Needless to say, I am absolutely going to check out Wake In Fright. The audio clips of Donald Pleasence coupled with Kotcheff’s commentary was just awesome. I’m looking forward to it.

    This podcast has turned me on to so many movies I otherwise wouldn’t have even known about. Thanks again!

  4. FDBK says:

    Thanks for the comments, fellas. Glad you dug this interview as much as I did.

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