Now Playing Podcast Donation Drive - Spring 2017

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Since 2007 Now Playing Podcast has strived to bring you unfiltered conversations and heavily researched explorations of Hollywood's most (and least) successful film franchises. Because of your support we are able to release a new show for free every single week, with no breaks. With additional bonus shows, Now Playing listeners are able to hear an average of 55 podcasts annually on our main feed.

But what is free for the you to download is not free for us to make. Now Playing Podcast does not rely on sponsors or advertisers -- we are backed by donations from listeners like you! We could not keep this show on the air without listener support, so if you enjoy these podcasts, please consider donating and we will reward you with the gift of more podcasts!

Now Playing's Spring 2017 Donation Drive

We are again in the midst of our biannual donation drives where listeners help support the show and we say "Thank You" with bonus movie reivew podcasts!

For this drive we are offering four different series based upon level of donation.

After the donation drive ends July 31 the packages above will no longer be available, and the podcasts will increase in price on Podbean. So get your shows now and help keep Now Playing on the air!

SILVER LEVEL - $10 or more
Pirates of the Caribbean

GOLD LEVEL - $25 or more
Pirates & Aliens

PLATINUM LEVEL - $40 or more
Pirates, Aliens, and
Planet of the Apes

PEAKING LEVEL - $70 or more
Pirates, Aliens, Apes,

5 Total Podcasts! 11 Total Podcasts! 20 Total Podcasts! Over 60 Total Podcasts!

How It Works

The Spring 2017 Donation Drive works slightly differently than any before.

There are two methods to donate to Now Playing and hear these bonus movie reviews.

Donate with PayPal

  • Choose from Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Peaking levels ONLY
  • Save money by donating for an entire series
  • Receive links to your show in up to 2 business days (often much sooner)
  • Get shows through password protected RSS feed or Web Page
  • Subscribe right on your iOS device or any WebDAV (Password) compatible Podcatcher

Get shows through PodBean

  • Choose from Now Playing's entire catalog of exclusive donation drive podcasts
  • Episodes Available Individually - Hear only the shows you want.
  • Listen to your show instantly
  • Credit Card Payment only.
  • Per-transaction international fee.
  • Get shows through the PodBean App (available on Android and iOS) or the PodBean Web Site
  • Download the shows to manually sync to your iOS device

Donate Now Through Paypal

If you want to use the PayPal donation (as previous donation drives worked) please select your level below.

Silver Level - $10 or More

Get the Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective Series.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Available Now!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Available Now!
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Available Now!
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Available Now!
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Available Now!

Gold Level - $25 or More

Get the all the shows above AND Alien Retrospective Series.

Alien Podcast Available Now!
Aliens Podcast Available Now!
Alien 3 Podcast Available Now!
Alien Resurrection Podcast Available Now!
Prometheus Podcast Available Now!
Alien: Covenant Podcast Available Now!

Platinum Level - $40 or More

Get the all the shows above AND The Planet of the Apes Retrospective Series.

Planet of the Apes (1968) Podcast Available Now!
Beneath the Planet of the Apes Podcast Available Now!
Escape from the Planet of the Apes Podcast Available Now!
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes Podcast Available Now!
Battle for the Planet of the Apes Podcast Available Now!
Planet of the Apes (2001) Podcast Available Now!
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Podcast Available Now!
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Podcast Available Now!
War for the Planet of the ApesPodcast Available Now!

Peaking Level - $70 or More

30 Episodes Available Now! Then get a new show each week during Showtime's upcoming Twin Peaks season, starting May 21!

Get the all the shows above AND the entire Twin Peaks TV Series Retrospective Series.

Get Our Bonus Podcasts Through PodBean

For many years our supporters have received bonus podcasts during our bi-annual donation drives. That catalog of listener exclusive shows has grown, and so has the demand for us to make these reviews available to all listeners.

Now, In celebration of 10 years of Now Playing Podcast you can hear these bonus reviews on our PodBean Hosting Site. Download the shows individually or, if you are a completist (like us), you can download every donation bonus show we've ever offered, plus every new bonus show for 12 months.

If you're not interested in the vault series and just want to help out the show, please consider a donation at ourPodBean Patron Site and we will still reward you with new, exclusive movie reviews.

And thank you to all of our current backers!

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Now Playing's 10th Annversary Celebration -- The Vault Opens

We are, for the first time, making all our previous donation series available to new listeners. More, for the first time ever, you are now able to pick individual episodes from a series!

If you want all our bonus episodes plus every extra show we do in the next 12 mos you can pledge for a 12 month subscription to every episode. Or you can select individual reviews to get by using the links below.

We are in the process of getting all these episodes up on PodBean. You can see all available episodes now through the links below, and check back often as we keep adding new shows!

To get these episodes you will need an account on To get the episodes requires you to be on a web browser. Once you've donated for the episode you can then listen to it on the PodBean player in the App store, or download it to your computer to listen or sync to your mobile device.

Once you donate or subscribe these episodes will be available immediately! There will not be any waiting as these are processed by PodBean, versus our previous donation shows where we processed all donations by hand.

Episode 1: The Hitcher (1986)
Episode 2: House
Episode 3: Chopping Mall
Episode 4: April Fool's Day (1986)
Episode 5: Vamp
Episode 6: Deadly Friend
Episode 7: Trick or Treat
Episode 8: From Beyond

Episode 1: Critters
Episode 2: Invaders from Mars (1986)
Episode 3: Space Camp
Episode 4: Labyrinth
Episode 5: Big Trouble in Little China
Episode 6: Night of the Creeps

Episode 1: Alien
Episode 2: Aliens
Episode 3: Alien 3
Episode 4: Alien: Resurrection
Episode 5: Prometheus
Episode 5: Alien: Covenant

Episode 1: Battle Royale
Episode 2: Battle Royale 2: Requiem

Episode San Diego Comic Con Exclusive 2010: I Know Who Killed Me
Episode Spring 2011 Bonus Episode: Deep Blue Sea
Episode Fall 2011 Bonus Episode: The Golden Child
Episode Spring 2012 Bonus Episode: The Garbage Pail Kids Movie
Episode Fall 2012 Bonus Episode: Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Episode Spring 2013 Bonus Episode: Prince of Darkness
Episode Fall 2013 Bonus Episode: Lifeforce
Episode Spring 2014 Bonus Episode: Zardoz
Episode Spring 2014 Bonus Episode: Speed Racer
Episode Feb 2015 Bonus Episode: Jupiter Ascending
Episode Spring 2015 Bonus Episode: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
Episode Spring 2015 Bonus Episode: The Goonies
Episode Spring 2015 Bonus Episode: Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
Episode Fall 2015 Bonus Episode: Disco Godfather
Episode Spring 2016 Bonus Episode: Making Contact

Episode 1: Child's Play
Episode 2: Child's Play 2
Episode 3: Child's Play 3
Episode 4: Bride of Chucky
Episode 5: Seed of Chucky
Episode 6: Curse of Chucky

Episode 1: Demons (Demoni)
Episode 2: Demons 2

Episode 1: The Evil Dead
Episode 2: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
Episode 3: Army of Darkness
Episode 4: Evil Dead

Episode 1: The Exorcist
Episode 2: The Exorcist II: The Heretic
Episode 3: The Exorcist III
Episode 4: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Episode 5: Exorcist: The Beginning

Episode 1: The Fly (1958)
Episode 2: Return of the Fly
Episode 3: Curse of the Fly
Episode 4: The Fly (1986)
Episode 5: The Fly II

Episode 1: Ghostbusters (1984)
Episode 2: Ghostbusters 2
Episode 3: Ghostbusters (2016)

Episode 1: The Hunger Games
Episode 2: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Episode 3: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Episode 4: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

Episode 1: Independence Day
Episode 2: Independence Day: Resurgence

Episode 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Episode 2: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Episode 3: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Episode 3: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Episode 1: Jaws
Episode 2: Jaws 2
Episode 3: Jaws 3-D
Episode 4: Jaws: The Revenge

Episode 1: Jurassic Park
Episode 2: The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2
Episode 3: Jurassic Park 3
Episode 4: Jurassic World

Episode 1: Leprechaun
Episode 2: Leprechaun 2
Episode 3: Leprechaun 3
Episode 4: Leprechaun 4: In Space
Episode 5: Leprechaun: In the Hood
Episode 6: Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood
Episode 7: Leprechaun: Origins

Episode 1: Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Episode 2: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Episode 3: Day of the Dead (1985)
Episode 4: Land of the Dead
Episode 5: Diary of the Dead
Episode 6: Survival of the Dead

Episode 1: Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Episode 2: Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Episode 3: Day of the Dead (2008)

Episode 1: The Hobbit (1977)
Episode 2: The Lord of the Rings (1978)
Episode 3: The Return of the King (1980)

Episode 1: Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring
Episode 2: Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
Episode 3: Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
Episode 4: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey
Episode 5: The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
Episode 6: The Hobbit - The Battle of the Five Armies

Episode 1: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Episode 2: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Episode 3: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Episode 4: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Episode 5: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Episode 1: The Matrix
Episode 2: The Animatrix
Episode 3: The Matrix Reloaded
Episode 4: The Matrix Revolutions

Episode 1: Men in Black
Episode 2: Men in Black II
Episode 3: Men in Black 3

Episode 1: Planet of the Apes (1968)
Episode 2: Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Episode 3: Escape from the Planet of the Apes
Episode 4: Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Episode 5: Battle for the Planet of the Apes
Episode 6: Planet of the Apes (2001)
Episode 7: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Episode 8: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Episode 8: War for the Planet of the Apes

Episode 1: Poltergeist (1982)
Episode 2: Poltergeist 2
Episode 3: Poltergeist 3
Episode 4: Poltergeist (2015)

Episode 1: Psycho (1960)
Episode 2: Psycho 2
Episode 3: Psycho 3
Episode 4: Bates Motel
Episode 5: Psycho IV: The Beginning
Episode 6: Psycho (1998)

Episode 1: Reservoir Dogs
Episode 2: True Romance
Episode 3: Natural Born Killers
Episode 4: Pulp Fiction
Episode 5: Four Rooms
Episode 6: From Dusk till Dawn
Episode 7: Jackie Brown
Episode 8: Kill Bill: Volume 1
Episode 9: Kill Bill: Volume 2
Episode 10: Grindhouse (including Planet Terror and Death Proof)
Episode 11: Inglorious Basterds
Episode 12 : Django Unchained
Episode 13 : The Hateful Eight

Episode 1: Re-Animator
Episode 2: Bride of Re-Animator
Episode 3: Beyond Re-Animator

Episode 1: The Return of the Living Dead
Episode 2: Return of the Living Dead Part II
Episode 3: Return of the Living Dead 3
Episode 4: Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis
Episode 5: Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave

Episode 1: Shaun of the Dead
Episode 2: Hot Fuzz
Episode 3: The World's End
Episode 4: Paul
Episode 5: Attack the Block

Episode 1: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Episode 2: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Episode 3: War of the Worlds (2005)

Episode 1: The Thing From Another World
Episode 2: The Thing (1982)
Episode 3: The Thing (2011)

Episode 1: Troll
Episode 2: Troll 2

Episode 1: 28 Days Later
Episode 2: 28 Weeks Later

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Episode 1: Westworld
Episode 2: Futureworld

Episode 1: World War Z

Support Now Playing Through Our PodBean Crowdsourcing Campaign

For those who want to support Now Playing more than just getting individual episodes, we have started a PodBean Patron page. You can help our show and get some campaign rewards -- including exclusive, bonus podcasts! These shows will not be available for purchase -- they are only available to our backers, or those who get an annual subscription for all our shows.

Backers of our campaign also have access to other rewards, including chances to pick a movie for us to review or to even guest on an episode!

Find All the Details and Pledge Now on our PodBean Page


How much do individual episodes cost?
Why does this episode cost what it does?
The shows are offered at a price based upon the original required donation. Our donation drives have had minimum levels of $10, $15, $25, and $35. Then Easter Eggs were available for specific variable donation amounts as well. The set minimum donation for those episodes was put into a formula that allows the original donors to have gotten the series at a savings over the individual episode prices.

For example, the Thing series was a Gold donation of $25 -- $15 above the Silver donation. That meant they paid $5 per episode. To make sure they got the best price we just added $0.99 so now they are $5.99. However Child's Play was 6 shows for $15 on last release, so $2.50 ea, so we are able to offer those at 2.99 now.

Can I get entire series in a bundle?
At present PodBean does not allow us to have multiple subscriptions with different episodes in each. We would really like to offer an Aliens or a Child's Play specific subscription that gets you all those episodes, but right now their only subscription gives you every episode. So for the time being series will need to be purchased on an episode-by-episode basis.
We are nagging PodBean to give us this option, and they have indicated they will look into it. You can Tweet to @podbeancom and tell them it's something you would like as well.

Do you plan on doing a 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM set?
We hadn't planned on doing a 10th Anniversary DVD-ROM set, however listener feedback could change that. If we did, it would ship in January, 2018, and contain every show released from 2013-2017. There would be bonus content but no reviews exclusive to the set. It would likely be 6 or 7 DVD-ROM discs with a cost of around $300. We could also reprint the 5th Anniversary DVD-ROM sets for those wanting all 10 years. If this is something you would be interested in e-mail If there is interest we will seriously investigate making it.

I am having a problem with a PodBean donation or pledge
I'm having a problem accessing episodes bought on PodBean PodBean is now handling all payments, and they can provide you support on any issues you're having with payment or accessing your shows. You can reach PodBean through their Support Portal.

How can I listen to bonus PodBean Shows?
Exclusive PodBean shows are available once you log into the PodBean App (available for iTunes and Android). Or through the PodBean web site you can download the show MP3s and then listen on your computer or sync manually to your mobile device.

Why can't I purchase a show on the PodBean App?
That is just not a feature PodBean offers (currently). At the moment to sign up and pledge for episodes you must go to the PodBean site.

How do I find your bonus episodes that are now available?
PodBean sorts our episodes by date and, at present, doesn't offer a view of just the donation episodes. You can use this page to find links above that take you directly to all the bonus episodes.

What does the annual subscription provide?
Those who subscribe for the 12 months receive access to all the shows listed above, plus every bonus show we do for 12 mos after you donate. This includes all new donation shows, as well as all podcasts exclusive as Crowdsourcing Rewards for our Patrons.

If I support the Patron Crowdfunding will I get access to the old donation drives?
No. The old bonus shows are only available individually, or through the annual subscription. But backers of $10 or more you will get a new exclusive show every 2 to 3 months

Will the Patron-exclusive shows also be available for individual purchase?
We have no plans to do that. These bonus shows will remain exclusive "thank yous" to the monthly Patrons.

Are you crazy with the price for an annual subscription?
We do realize the annual subscription price will cause sticker shock. It is a lot of money. But you are gaining access to 167 bonus podcasts by the end of January, 2017. Then as we put out more bonus shows over the next 12 months, that number will climb. By the end of 2017 that will average only $3 per podcast.
More, if you donated for every drive we've done over our 10 years of podcasting, including extra amounts for secret releases and this year's drives, the total is over $500. Those who donated initially did get these shows for less money than we are offering them for now, but not considerably.

What about the Twin Peaks podcast NOW PEAKING? How do I get those?
Now Peaking is a spin-off show that is not part of Now Playing. It will have its own site. Now Peaking is a donation series, and will be available by individual episodes or with a season pass. Details on those shows will be coming soon. However anyone who gets the Now Playing Season Pass will get the episodes of Now Peaking as well.

If you have any other questions please e-mail us at


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