I could not be more excited about Joel Hodgson’s kickstarter to bring back MST3K. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is 2 puppets and one human watching terrible old sci-fi, mystery and camp movies from the past against a blue screen. They mercilessly mock the films acting, special effects, production and writing throughout. The show was around in the 90s and was a staple of the midwest particularly.
Here’s the kickstarter: http://kck.st/1SFQVq2
If you’ve never seen the show, here’s a good primer of excellent episodes that are worth buying on DVD:
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie: This Island Earth
A big-name Universal film featuring a meandering random plot filled with overacting and silly science. Although it’s called “the movie” its essentially the same as an episode. The riffing is especially great on this one and some of the one-liners come out of nowhere. Its a very quotable one.
Mitchell is a ridiculous 70’s crime drama about a corrupt detective with a drinking problem. For some reason people are impressed and attracted to Mitchell although he seems like he’s about to have a heart attack during most of the film. There’s not a likable character in the entire thing and lots of terrible music too.
I Accuse My Parents
Another ill-planned film that just kind of goes in random directions. I guess the moral of the story is don’t be a liar with a complicated haircut and get involved with the mob. I like when the title is declared a few minutes in and the gang decides that was the entire film.
The Beginning of the End
Producer Burt I. Gordon’s films are regular targets for MST3K teams sarcasm. In this one GIANT GRASSHOPPERS ATTACK CHICAGO! Well, mostly normal size grasshoppers climb on postcards of Chicago. I love when the team augments at the lines of a distressed communications officer communique with “I don’t know how but they’ve arrange air support from the mexican army. Also, the general was a giant grasshopper in disguise” This movie has some of the most hilarious theme music ever, it’s just like a mash up of way too many notes in some random order played by en entire orchestral with full bombast.