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323 - The Castle of Fu Manchu



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The NyQuil of movies. In fact I'm starting fade away right now.


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Another one some dingus decided to DCMA so that people in North America can't watch.


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47:17 - Servo: "Come on, what is this? Kirlian photography?" Crow: "Yeah, Moe, Larry and Kirlian photography!"
That made me chuckle. I thought I'd mention, for those of you who don't know what Kirlian photography is, it's a method of photography that captures electrical coronal discharges. Of course some people thought it had something to do with "auras" and that kind of stuff. You can read about it and see an example here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirlian_photography


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Clyde Rysdale - 5 months ago

Third time watching this one. I'm starting to believe the rumors that I'm a masochist.


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Drew - 6 months ago

"Well, doctor, thank you for coming."
JOEL: "I didn't mean to, but the new seat covers ..."
Ha, wow... fairly risquée joke for mst3k


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Marcus Hardy - 7 months ago

one of my personal favs when i started watching this show again. Toms singing through the opening credits always makes me die laffing.


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BEN P - 7 months ago

Doctor Petrie is also Dr. John H. Watson from the 1954 Sherlock Holmes series. =D


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Jessica Jensen - 8 months ago

I realize I'm in the minority here, but I like this episode. The riffs make it so worth it. Yes, this movie is bad in so many ways, but aren't ALL of the movies they riff bad in many ways?! Hooray for this episode!


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John Threll - 10 months ago

OMG, seriously, do they have to pay people to own a copy of this movie since Christoper Lee is in it? I still think Manos is worse, but man, I would rather sit through three viewings of Mighty Jack than watch this ever again.


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Tommy Toms - 10 months ago

I'm surprised Servo didn't reference Cat's Cradle when Fu Manchu announced his plan to turn all the water on Earth into ice (unless he did and I didn't notice...)


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Eulalia Vox - 11 months ago

So much robot weeping! Those poor bots (and Joel, valiantly trying to keep it together) have suffered so, so much!


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We all know Fu Manchu as a villain and a mustache, but Sax Rohmer actually described Fu as ‘hairless’, for 50 points and control of the board: Which actor was the first to portray Fu Manchu with a mustache?


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Donald Petkus - 12 months ago

Fu Manchu's lost technology could be helpful in dealing with global warming and rising sea levels.


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Joseph Ewing - about 1 year ago

The Victor/Victoria girl is hot, much more so when they capture her and her long hair is revealed partially.


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Tanishia Williams - about 1 year ago

Who chloroformed Christopher Lee and made him do this movie at gunpoint???


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Scott Morrow - about 1 year ago

Whenever I hear the name Petrie, I think of the little pterodactyl from The Land Before Time. Yup, yup, yup.


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Ray Garraty - about 1 year ago

This movie is so incoherent it actually is mind numbing. I can watch Manos knowing the back story of how and why it got made. This I don't care, I don't want to know. The Castle of Poo Manchu


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Elisa Farrington - about 1 year ago

Castle / Fu Manchu = Orthanc / Saruman. Christopher Lee as merciless evil villian wanting to take over the world. What a difference a director makes.


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Elisa Farrington - about 1 year ago

I think Servo read his line wrong when he said '...personally, I would have worn sling backs with those shoes'. Slingbacks are a style of shoe, and Joel seems to notice the mistake. I am impressed with the insight the boys have on women's apparel though...makes me wonder who advised them on such matters?


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Robert Brown - over 1 year ago

AH, the eternal question: is this, _____, truly the worst movie ever made? There's truth to Tom Servo's famous observation, and it is true that I have not seen every movie ever made, nor have movies stopped being made.

But. I doubt I can state my feelings about this turgid, flaccid, murky, bitter, nasty little wad of ichorous phlegm better than "Slamdance Cosmopolis" lower in this discussion thread, so I refer you to that pithy gem of an assessment.

There's just nothing to grasp hold of. Hell, even Manos had Torgo and his haunting theme, and some striking photography. Well, striking to me. Even Cave Dwellers had the sheer ludicrosity of the plot shenanigans and the fabulous puppet monster. Even Red Zone Cuba had the wretched anti-aesthetic of Coleman Francis mesmerizing the audience with its aggressive stance against human decency. Even Monster-a-Go-Go had the abrupt finale to provide amusement around the water cooler the next morning.

Bad movies can be oh so good, but this movie is just--and thoroughly--bad. IN a way what makes it so bad for me is that it was made by professionals and was expected to deliver a ROI.

Worst movie ever? Difficult to determine, Captain. Least watchable movie I have ever tried to watch? You betcha!


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Bruce Box-Liker - over 1 year ago

Between this and Mighty Jack, it would seem that there's some sort of curse on movies about Asian villains attacking the world with crazy water-freezing technology whereby no such movie can have a remotely coherent plot.


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Mike Sgro - over 1 year ago

Forget about Manos, monster a go-go, or hobgoblins this is the worst movie MST3k ever tried to riff on and definitely the least fun. On the DVD they actually talk about how hard it was to make up any riffs on this beyond terrible boring movie.


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Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago

At 10:45 Servo applauds and cheers as the ship sinks. He APPLAUDS... But his arms don't work. (And no, it wasn't Joel) Perhaps Fu Manchu knows the answer to: What is the sound of NO hands clapping?


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Fredrick Stafford - over 1 year ago

My Carefully Studied Comprehensive Observations and Relevant Questions on The Castle of Fu Manchu

1) What did the sinking of the Titanic have to do with a British guy inappropriately camping it up as a Chinese bad guy in a Turkish castle located in Spain? (You don’t have to answer that question. No one can).

2) At least Rosalba Neri (Lisa) was HOT and appeared in some “interesting” Italian movies like AMUCK (You might like to Google Image her in that, but only if you are over 18).

3) What, uh…did the…um…iceberg…fishing trip...uh…Fez wearing…you know that thing…then…um…dam break…surgery…and the guy with the…uh…yeah…no.

Ok, never mind, sorry, that’s all I’ve got.


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Alex C. - over 1 year ago

I will now try to watch this experiment from start to finish. This will be my third attempt. Will post results in the replies. Here goes nothing...


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Aileen Smithee - over 1 year ago

Dr. F (to Joel): "Weenie Buns." "Crazy Guggenheim." o_0

1:13:38 - Also, I'm sad that we never find out how the bio of Fu Manchu turns out...


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Super McWonderfull - over 1 year ago

I can't believe it, I finally made it thru this movie. I would have to say it's DOWN RIGHT AWFUL. I had to try to watch it 3 times and I kept falling asleep, and/or walking off and forgetting that I was watching the movie..... probably because the plot lasted for a whole minute two or three times. The riffing was great as usual, however even they were crying at the end. I probably would have to if I actually watched the whole thing at once the first time....... enjoy (if you can, hahaha)


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Mitchell - over 1 year ago

Worst Christopher Lee movie ever? You be the judge!


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NS - over 1 year ago

This movie is like a hundred tiny papercuts on my soul.


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Scooter Atreides - almost 2 years ago

Regarding the end credits: If I were in this movie--I'd want MY name to be practically illegible, too!


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Scooter Atreides - almost 2 years ago

So we're supposed to buy the whirlwind jailhouse tryst between Dr. "Kinda Looks Like Roddy McDowell If You Squint" and Nurse Whatshertits?
The man's clearly gayer than a tree full of parrots! He makes Nathan Lane look like Chuck Norris, and HE'S the one they choose for their "Romantic" scenes?
Stupid movie :P


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Scooter Atreides - almost 2 years ago

Y'think they could have gotten away with that crack on Roger Ebert nowadays? Given his health problems and all?


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Gal Dagon - almost 2 years ago

0:50:35 - "All is clear." No, it really isn't.


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Gal Dagon - almost 2 years ago

Damn, that stuffed pesto pizza sounds good right about now.


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Ecce homo qui est Xterra - almost 2 years ago

The last host segment is so awesome....Forrester and Frank got their asses handed to them there. I verily believe that Joel trolled them. Successfully.


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Somehow going in I knew Christopher Lee would be in this movie.


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Puma Man - about 2 years ago

I'm more than half an hour into watching this experiment for the first time. I just watched a 3 or 4 minute scene filled with dialogue. I have no idea who they were or what they were talking about. Mighty Jack was more coherent than this...


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Ian Wzrd Griffith - about 2 years ago

WOWEE, some thing remains remotely popular on youtube, charge people to watch it. This ams dildos.


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RoyalSapien - about 2 years ago

It's back on YouTube... and it costs $2.99. :(


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Kevin Carlyle - over 2 years ago

All three are down =(


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Taylor Arndt - over 2 years ago

Did TV's Frank just have a hear attack? 0:23:50


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Andy Jones - over 2 years ago

1 and 2 are down. 3's fine.


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Matthew Eickhoff - over 2 years ago

Right now Link 1 doesn't work, so kindly use use Link 2!


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Elel - over 2 years ago

The Castle of Foo, man-- Phew! Watch this one for the host segments, though. Bots, Joel, I feel your pain, gentlemen.