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621 - The Beast of Yucca Flats



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Linnaeis "I AM the button" Blake - about 7 hours ago

"The Beast Of Yucca Flats, Skydivers, and Red Zone Cuba, are but three examples of the many, many godawful films made during this century."
That statement, (particularly the adjective 'godawful') left me in stitches. That is EXACTLY what I would've said.
"What are you watching?"
"Oh, just another godawful film."


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Linnaeis "I AM the button" Blake - about 8 hours ago

School House Rock has nothing on this first short!


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Brad Koss - about 1 month ago

I think Tor hit his stride working with Ed Wood and Bella.


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 4 months ago

Time for watch Tor Johnson.


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Just Johnny Baca - 5 months ago

It sucks to be illiterate and dyslexic. I thought this movie was called "The Yucky Flat Breasts", until I watched the whole thing and didn't see my ex-wife even once.


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Mitchell - 6 months ago

Love how the "brilliant scientist" needs someone to tell him to get in the car when he is being shot at.


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Mitchell - 6 months ago

I realize that the 11:30 skit had relevance for the MST3K staff but for us audience members it just lays there.


"Now the bunny eats Tor..."
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Teri Gee - 9 months ago

"...and it becomes Night of the Lepus."

Having now seen the RiffTrax Night of the Lepus, I think having that lead to the killer bunnies would make about as much as sense as what happened in the actual movie.


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Trouser The Arctic Pooch - 10 months ago

"Time for go to Yucca Flats."


The Wost Film of MST3K?
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A lot of people wonder what the WORST film they ever did on MST3K was. IMO, there are five films which are so bad, they've fallen completely off the scale of composition, thoughtfulness, or simple good taste. These films are so bad, they each represent a singular atrocity, and to prioritize any one over the other is to neglect them all. They are, in no particular order:

The Beast of Yucca Flats
Manos: The Hands of Fate
Monster-A-Go-Go
Rocket Attack U.S.A.
The Castle of Fu Manchu

These films are so bad, so incomprehensibly, unfathomably vile, that each one must be seen to be believed. I think you would be right to say that any of these five movies are equally the worst films ever featured on MST3K


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Ozzie Olin - about 1 year ago

7 dollars, adjusted for inflation from the time of this short, would be over 65 dollars a week.


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James GreyWolf - over 1 year ago

There is a long pause in the slaps between Editors and Make up. I wonder. Did Frank collapse at that time, so Dr. F had to pick him up? Or did Dr. F. just have to switch hands? THESE ARE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. I MUST KNOW!


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Jinkee Nova - over 1 year ago

I think this might have been the first one I ever watched, but my memory is so vague. I'm filled with amnesiac nostalgia.


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Amse Master - over 1 year ago

WOW. It's like this movie was tailor-made for riffing on. I think this is my new favorite.


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James GreyWolf - over 1 year ago

Is 24 slaps enough? Does he continue after the cameras shut down?


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Roe Walker - over 1 year ago

I know that I will probably be alone in this, but I think that "The Beast of Yucca Flats", along with the riffing, approaches something close to being a surreal piece of art. All of the camera angles, done specifically to not show the mouth to save the money and work of syncing the audio to the video, along with the incredibly abstract phrases plopped out by the narrator (Coleman himself), just makes this movie hilarious to watch. I wouldn't be able to make it through without the riffing, though, but the riffing adds in another element that just makes it so memorable.

Thank you, Francis Coleman, for trying to cut corners and not work as hard as you could have. In doing it, you have created something much greater, and much worse, than you could have ever imagined.


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NS - over 1 year ago

Flag on the moon. How did it get there?
Like all things, it springs up out of nowhere.
As my sickness advances,
I'll blame Coleman Francis
And get my last rites from a wild hare.


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Rose Redd - over 1 year ago

I notice the Progress Island short neglects to mention the native population. It makes it sound like life emerged with Columbus!


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Stereo Catz - almost 2 years ago

FIST, Over the Top, Rocky 5, Tango & Cash, Death Race 2000...


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B RYE the MST3K Guy - almost 2 years ago

why does it seem the narrators just mentioning things in his field of view..not following a script .....matchbook ...tumbleweed...karma catches up.. he is so random


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Teri Gee - almost 2 years ago

Is the randomly-killed woman at the beginning of the movie Justine's wife in Red Zone Cuba?


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Teri Gee - almost 2 years ago

Take that counter culture!


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Stephen A Nathe - almost 2 years ago

i love both of the shorts, but the Puerto Rico one is HILARIOUS!!!


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Roe Walker - almost 2 years ago

I know that someone else has already said this, but how crazy is it that there is basically no scene in this movie where you can see someone's mouth when they speak? They are either way too far out into the distance to see them, or they are off-screen. There are a couple of scenes where someone covers their mouth, too. How difficult would it be to film and edit the movie to make sure that whenever you have someone talk, their mouth can't be seen? Wouldn't it just be easier to have the audio be off?


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Scott A. Taylor - almost 2 years ago

Ah .. there goes a stupid, stupid movie! Without a doubt this piece of amateurish crap surely deserves a place at the top of the worst, moronic, cow shit ever to be flung at the cinematic fan. I was pretty sure that "Manos" was THE worst .. and may yet still fight for the right of 'Worst movie ever!', but .. it has definitely met it's match with the 'Beast of yucca Flats'.

Coleman Francis, we salute you ... as we make you walk the plank and watch you get eaten by sharks you absolutely talentless prat you!


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Kelly Slane - about 2 years ago

"Flag on the moon. How did it get there?" Is one of the quotes I actually use in life, as a general response to other non-sequiters. No one ever gets it, but I laugh every time :)


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Morgan Zindzi T - about 2 years ago

At 35:19, Mike totally quotes the White Stripes "Icky Thump" 12 years before they wrote the song!
Is "Who's shooting who? What should we do?" from something else as well or is it just dark magic?


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Ted Chase - about 2 years ago

This was listed as the most unwatchable MST3K movie (and that's saying something): http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/11/the-10-most-unwatchable-films-featured-on-mystery-science-theater-3000.html
(note: the three Coleman Francis films done on MST3K were ALL on the Top Ten list...)


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Tim Pierce - about 2 years ago

1:09:00 shoot first, then shoot again, then shoot again, then shoot again, then reload, then shoot again, then shoot again, then adjust your speed, then shoot again, then shoot again, then ask questions.


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

Well, I will remember this episode for Tor's singing. His renditions of A Horse With No Name, The Wedding March, Make It With You, The Hills Are Alive, One, and The Lonely Goatherd put him right up there with Slim Whitman. I especially like One from The Chorus Line, that he sings with his cane - ♪♫ One...singular sensation... a blee-bleh, bleh-bleh, de bleh. ♪♫


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"The music of John Phillip Salsa!" That is all.


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 2 years ago

I actually get nervous during the scenes when the parachuter is shooting at the father running below the plane. I just feel bad for that poor guy; he's just trying to find his lost kids. It's the only part of this film that gives my heart a twinge. (Okay, I also worry the guy's gonna shoot the kids accidentally, even though I've seen the episode a few times before.)


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00:29:30 - A great host segment. Made even better because Crow is reading an old issue of Amethyst. It was one of my favorite comics back in the day, naturally ruined when DC decided that it needed to become all dark and "realistic" and stuff.

I held out as long as could slapping a "favorite" on anything from The Coleman Francis Collection. But due to the aforementioned host segment, plus two of the most fabulous shorts ever, I guess I'll just have to give in. :/


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Jerome Montgomery II - over 2 years ago

Mexican guy playing a cuban.


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Alex C. - over 2 years ago

Is there something wrong with me? I don't get tired of watching this episode. Usually I skip the shorts and go straight to the madness that is Coleman Francis' greatest epic. In a way, I almost like this movie.


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Gotta love that way Coleman handles law and jurisdiction: "We're fairly certain someone broke the law. Let's go kill someone."


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Mike McCain - almost 3 years ago

pretend...to...write...


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Alyssa Transitoria - almost 3 years ago

there was no such thing as clinical depression until this movie was made!!


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Ra Ubasti - almost 3 years ago

Soylent Green Platanos is made out of Progress!!!! You gotta tell em!


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Jerome Montgomery II - almost 3 years ago

Progeess Island USA music is from NFL Films


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Desiree Ashcraft - almost 3 years ago

They got good use out of those Hollywood meat slammers!!!!


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Eric McNaughton - about 3 years ago

You know, are we sure this is a Coleman Francis movie? Where is the all-important coffee drinking scene?


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Fancy Pantserton - about 3 years ago

Shoot first...ask Christian Slater...


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Kimono Dragon - about 3 years ago

If only they had Jenny Craig in 1961, Tor would have been a leading man! I about fell over when they said his head has a beer belly!


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Big McLargehuge - about 3 years ago

And what the heck is with that bunny at the end? Was that supposed to mean something?!


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Big McLargehuge - about 3 years ago

So I've decided that this actually isn't a bad movie. Because to be a bad movie, it has to be a MOVIE first. This, I don't know what this is.


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Classicats - about 3 years ago

The "11:30" skit is a little on the dull side, but I love the cute little squeak noise Crow does, and his "hum diddy de de, hua hua" again.


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Thomas Wack - about 3 years ago

I love this episode. Most people say they can't sit through it but I always can. The level of incompetence requires no riffing. It's THAT stifling.


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JOHNNY - over 3 years ago

WAIT jest a garsh-darn sec!!... if the two cops aren't able to climb that rocky hill where they think Tor is and need a plane .. HOW did Tor get up there?


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JOHNNY - over 3 years ago

MISSED-RIFF OPPORTUNITY - #37
"Beast of Yucca Flats"
(Actual film line - narration) ... "a man murdered a woman's purse." (WTF??)


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Stereo Catz - over 3 years ago

So who killed the (Flag on the moon) girl in the first scene?


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Jason Edwards - over 3 years ago

shoot first, ask Christian Slater.


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Robert Ferguson - over 3 years ago

Mike & the bot's,........ They are ASSASSINS with the short(s). If anybody could somehow make what happened to Gen. Custer at Wounded Knee...
"funny" it's these guys.


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Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago

Gypsy's reaction to the wallpaper reminded me of Vonnegut's "Bluebeard." It's been so long that it took me a while to pinpoint what scene I was thinking of and which book it was, in but there you have it. Gypsy's portraial of Rabo Karabekian's reaction to the redecoration of his home took me back almost 20 years.


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j davis - over 3 years ago

Just realized there's a looong callback to SST Death Flight in the Progress Island, USA short. Around twenty minutes into the episode Crow quips about the plane's gear being mushy.


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Reconst - over 3 years ago

The nice thing about the movie is that it's an hour in length.


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 4 years ago

I just looked this movie up on IMDB-- That guy that buys a newspaper from the newsboy for no apparent reason-- that was Coleman Francis!


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 4 years ago

Sigh. It's sad, really. This film seems to be Coleman Francis's attempt at art. And how far from the mark it fell. And why did they mention a flag on the moon once and then never again? And how small was that budget that Francis nearly always avoided showing anyone speaking their lines? Could he not figure out how to mike the desert? Or is it like the guys said, a way to avoid having to deal with sound and picture continuity? And why am I even asking all these questions? Why do I care?


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So what do y'all think -- Coleman Francis just had a big ol' pile of airplane and skydiving footage lying around, filmed a bunch of takes of people being shot at from airplanes and a wild twist party, and rustled up Tor Johnson?


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Just my opinion, mind you... but I think the Film Anti-Preservation Society (FAPS) is one of the best ideas I've ever heard.


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Elliott Lindamood - almost 4 years ago

i reallty realy love tor johnson! so much that i'm starting the church of tor johnson!


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Alex Stefanic - almost 4 years ago

Say what you will about Roger Corman, at least his movies are actual MOVIES. Coleman Francis is my pick for worst director of all time.


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Frankie DeMario - about 4 years ago

This short is a little creepy