Episode 29: Kilt Weasels and Other Charismatic Macrofauna

, with special guest:
Windy's chest is also a creature.

Windy’s chest is also a creature.

Good tidings, dear listeners! This week, we are joined by Jennifer Menken of the Bell Museum of Natural History for an episode all about movie critters! That’s right, we’re bringing SCIENCE to creature features!

SCIENCE also brought us the tasty Protocolo 2011 Tempranillo that we drank while recording this episode. Please feel free to sip along!

Now, before we go to the show notes, we have a couple of corrections for this episode:

  • Melissa was mistaken in how she pronounced H. R. Giger. It’s actually “GEE-ger,” as heard in videos where the man pronounces his own name. Melissa knows this, but she had some wine and old habits kicked in.
  • Melissa is also fully aware in her current sobriety that Peter Capaldi’s kilt was full of mongoose, not weasel. While mongeese look like weasels, they are in suborder Feliforma (like cats and hyenas), not Caniformia (like dogs and weasels). We deeply apologize to any weasels to whom we gave false hopes about inhabiting Peter Capaldi’s kilt.

Show notes and links behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Alien Resurrection
Alien vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Fly
The Blob
The Thing
The Mist
Pitch Black
Dark Crystal
Flash Gordon
Godzilla 2014
Godzilla 1998
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

People mentioned:
H. R. Giger
Sigourney Weaver
Ron Perlman
John Hurt
Veronica Cartwright
Kevin Peter Hall (Guy in the Predator suit)
Doug Jones
Andy Sirkis
Joaquin Phoenix
Vin Diesel
Harper Goff


Here’s a link to the video of Sigourney Weaver actually making that basket:

Zombie ants with fungus:

Sadly, the Dark Crystal “Director’s Cut” has been taken down, per the Jim Henson Company. However, here’s a good interview with the creator of the video, which describes what he set out to do:

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