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1001 - Soultaker



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Jane Sproul - almost 3 years ago
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Pearl's reaction when Frank says that he's dead is a silent, three-second rebuttal to everyone who says she isn't funny.


Natalie can't write
Michael Wallen - about 2 months ago
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And in summary, Natalie's writing is terrible.
She establishes that soultakers are deceased humans that committed homicide. And Joe killed Natalie and the man she'd been cheating on him with, as explained by the second flashback. And the Robert Z'Dar character is credited as the Angel of Death, so we can assume that Judeo-Christian metaphysics are true and soultakers get on-the-job training from said angel.
But Natalie was reincarnated. And what's the deal with the FIRST flashback? Joe and Natalie were a couple around the time of the Civil War, then they both died without the sin of homicide on their souls (neat trick if Joe was a soldier), reincarnated, and got back together.
So why does HE remember two past lives, while SHE acts like he's a stalker she's never seen before? And why are you mixing angels and reincarnation without explaining your metaphysics? And why are Natalie's parents so blasé about Zack ripping off his life support system and proving that souls exist? Just "Thank you for saving Natalie's life"? Mayor Dad doesn't call a press conference to announce his family has just proved there's an afterlife?


Brad Bortnem - 25 days ago
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Easily my favorite episode. I've seen it many many times, and it never fails to make me laugh.


Michael Wallen - about 2 months ago
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58:58 - Steve Urkel was Joe Estevez all along! Of all the people to disguise yourself as, why him?


Michael Wallen - about 2 months ago
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12:27 - I like the fact that Zack's dad is Bob Vila, while Zack appears to be of Greek descent in a John Stamos-y kind of way.


Daniel Foster - almost 4 years ago
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I'm the proud owner of a Soultaker promo shot w/Estevez and Z'Dar, signed by Z'Dar. I got to meet Z'Dar at a film festival, he's an awesome storyteller and very happy to greet fans, including MSTies.


Tom Israel - about 5 years ago
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My 15-year-old and I think this is one of the best ones.
But...what the Hell is a 'hot fish shop?'


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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The empiricist in me loves this wet T-shirt contest so much.


Crash Junkyard - about 2 months ago
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Some times with these shows its the little goofy things that make me laugh the hardest. One of the times in this one is at 1-20-57, where the nurse is adjusting the airway hose and Crow treats it like it"s time to get the family dog to spit out something it has in its mouth which it shouldn"t have. Hard to explain these things but the laughing just wont stop!! LOL


Crash Junkyard - about 2 months ago
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This is such a howler of a movie I think I have fleas now. (The wardrobe assistant was Heidi Fundinger who probably changed her name from Hamdinger!!) Plenty good riffs and funny breaks though.


Kimono Dragon - over 1 year ago
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Imagine if the Angel of Death didn't have such a bad shellfish allergy. His face wouldn't swell, his attitude would improve, and a LOT less people would be dying! Power of the whole universe... can't get a Benadryl refill.


Michael Watt - 3 months ago
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I love the opening sequence when Pearl wants to encourage brain guy to do Her bidding, She grabs his EYEBALL !


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Soooo... What happened at the end there? She puts her soul back, but it doesn't work. The machines are off and her heart has stopped. Which means that even if she wasn't already brain dead (hey, the movie doctor said it, not me...) her brain isn't getting any oxygen and will very shortly be suffering from permanent damage followed by death in a matter of minutes. He takes her soul back out, steals the little butterfly for some reason (and we never see it again, so who knows what even happened to it), gets chased up to 7th Heaven (pretty sure that's why they make a point to say it's 7 when the hospital exterior is clearly more than 6 floors), gets back into his own body (which instantly starts working again, despite the numerous injuries from the car crash that KILLED HIM), puts her soul back into her now thoroughly dead body, and finds it's still not working. So he orders the hospital staff to turn her life support back on. Which they do without so much as a glance at the people with legal authority over that decision. But then he cries over her body instead of making room for them to resuscitate her and they just hold the air hose over her mouth completely ignoring the fact that her heart has stopped. Then, suddenly, for no reason, her heart starts up again. No explanation for why it didn't start before or what changed. Then we flash forward to where he's apparently been up and about for days, well enough to be running around doing automotive repairs for hours on end, and she's only just become well enough to be released. Oh, and they're apparently both doomed to an eternity of oblivion because their souls weren't claimed before midnight, but it's okay because they're young and in love and totally not cursed or anything.

I think I get most of the plot up to that point. Well, except for what Joe was hoping to accomplish by running them off the road. And why they could see Joe when they weren't dead yet (Brad's drugs, I guess?). And why their souls were thrown clear. And why they were scheduled to be taken when all they needed was to have their souls put back in order to revive, which means they shouldn't have been dead...

I mean, the middle part of the movie makes sense. Running from the reaper, finding out what happened, going to the hospital, convincing Brad to help them. But nothing about the end makes any sense.


Holy ginormous countenance Bat Man!!
Klaatu - 3 months ago
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For Gods sake, is THAT his real FACE!!??


earthversussoup80 - 3 months ago
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One of the few movies on MST3K that Joe Bob Briggs hosted on The Movie Channels drive in theater. Deathstalker iii and Bride of the Monster were on as well.


Patrick McIntyre - 4 months ago
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Do you feel a lower-class breeze??


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I want House to walk down the hospital hall and pop those balloons.


Smokingspoon - 7 months ago
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Aw.. Links are all dead.. :(


TheTwick - 11 months ago
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The veoh link was a fake. I put the new YouTube link back. Enjoy!


Drew - about 1 year ago
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It might not be very visible but between the comments and the links in the black space there's a link to veoh (http://www.veoh.com/watch/v674872ywKmsrzc) which has the episode, if that helps anyone!


Mark Heckman - about 1 year ago
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One of my all-time favorite episodes--Had to re-watch this with my son and his wife and it was just as funny. I forgot to warn them about the final credit sequence and they just about hurt themselves laughing. It might be the best closing credits of all the episodes!


Frankie DeMario - almost 6 years ago
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TV's Frank is BACKK!!!!!


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But-But-But I wanted to download it! It was gone by the time I got here!


LINK ON YOUTUBE
MST Zilla - over 1 year ago
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QUICK! DOWNLO...... I MEAN WATCH IT WHILE IT LASTS!


John Muoio - over 1 year ago
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I miss the annotations. Probably they can only keep so many of those up at a time.


For as long as it lasts . . .
He Who Peppered God's Lo Mein - over 1 year ago
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Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - over 1 year ago
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No link!


Calum Sanderson - over 1 year ago
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I loved this episode, not just because of the cameos but because I genuinely enjoyed the movie and the riffing.


Funky The Monkey - over 1 year ago
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I wanna play catch with my soul next.

1.50 for beer? The bars in my area charge 3 or more bucks on happy hours. I quit drinking long ago, but I'd go to this just for the soda cheap beer. Might taste like pee, but I drank worse. XD

And oh yeah. Hay Rowsdower! Buck fifty beer here! Come on buddy!


Jerome Montgomery II - over 4 years ago
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The soultaker is after people with mullets and jersey hairstyles.


Sabrina Domingues - over 4 years ago
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I woke up this morning with the "I wanna be happy today" song stuck in my head. I think it's my subconscious telling me that I need to watch this episode again!


B RYE the MST3K Guy - over 3 years ago
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for all you cowards afraid to say it i'm not!! I am on Team Mike not Team Joel ...there i said it #butstilllovesemboth


HypnoHelioStaticStasis - over 2 years ago
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Well? CAN souls have butter?


Walker Riley - over 1 year ago
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One of my favorites. Some of the best riffs, a movie that I had actually seen before unriffed, making the riffing all the better (my god was it a bad movie), both hosts on set at the same time. TVs Frank. It's a shame they couldn't convince Trace to join in as well.


Frederick Jacob Luebker - about 4 years ago
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Its confusing that they make Hardee's and Carl's JR references. Makes me wonder which one they have in Minnesota.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Why wasn't Joel killed when movie sign came up?


Matthew Boyle - over 2 years ago
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does anyone see that joe esteve's role in the credits is "the man". Why not "the soultaker"? Also, those two just gave up their immortal souls to have a second chance to live. I like life mostly, but if I had to give up my eternal soul to get it back I'd choose eternity


Mark Heckman - almost 2 years ago
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What an awful film but a great episode of MST3K. The scene where Natalie is slow-mo undressing for her bath and Crow can't see the nakedness because he has something in his eye, I think I shot Diet Coke out of my nose. And I wasn't even drinking Diet Coke.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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Woot! Princess Bride riff at 40:47


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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Man that guy's got a small face!
Seriously thank you Robert Z'dar for making this crapfest of bad 80's stereotypes a semi-watchable riffworthy movie.


Sir T - over 2 years ago
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Just foind out that Robert D'Zar (the big chinned head Soultaker) died April 1st of heart failure. His chin was actually due to a genetic disorder called Cherubism. He was 69 and actually made about 130 movies in his time.


Matthew Boyle - over 2 years ago
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annotation ppl. you missed the stigmata reference at the beginning. they're the holes in jesus' hands left by the nails of crucifixion. for some reason they are important though like most religious symbols i don't know why.


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All I know is if the last thing I see in this universe is effing Joe Estevez, I am going to be REALLY mad at God.


Eulalia Vox - over 2 years ago
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This is one of my very favorite MST3K episodes. It is SO ridiculous. And we get to see Joel and Frank! Furthermore, I enjoy the Shout Factory! annotations. It's kind of like Pop-Up Video. Too bad they don't go bloop bloop when they pop up. XD


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - over 3 years ago
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How did I miss this episode?! I want that Amish band to play my wedding reception.


Link for Soultaker: http://youtu.be/kFfiTVlYECU
Todd Brooks - almost 3 years ago
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If you can't find it anywhere else, you can find it here as of 10:44 a.m. CST on January 27th, 2015. http://youtu.be/kFfiTVlYECU


Stephen A Nathe - almost 3 years ago
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"I like fudge."
"you don't mean that...!"

Crow+Servo=FTW


Jane Sproul - almost 3 years ago
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Fuck, it must be a third-party thing. You can watch the Shout Factory one on YouTube, though.


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aw man.... Natalie had the links taken down!!!!! :(


Ted Chase - almost 3 years ago
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It was great to have Joel AND Frank back - but did kind of indicate that this would be the last season...


Tyler Jones - about 3 years ago
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I REALLY WISH Joel would come into the theater with Mike and the bots during this episode... Guess he's too busy working on the ship though. :/


Fredrick Stafford - almost 5 years ago
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Horrible on all levels, of course. Yet in terms of family embarrassments Joe Estevez can still take comfort in the fact it ranks just above his nephews Charlie and Emilio’s disgraceful “Men at Work.”


Tyler Jones - about 3 years ago
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God, that elevator is about as slow as the bath faucet...


Tyler Jones - about 3 years ago
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I'm really surprised they didn't reference "The Brain/Head that Wouldn't Die" with that torso joke in the beginning of the movie, though.


Tyler Jones - about 3 years ago
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"Is that my tummy or a raging Hellbeast?" Crow would know...


Rosebud - over 3 years ago
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Wow, just a classic episode. A perfect bookend for the final season. The return of some beloved characters, a classic Joe Estavez stinker, some really classic riffs, the closing credit "alternate ending" gag by Tom and Crow had me in tears. Bobo with 1 dollar at the start of the monopoly game. Just classic stuff. One of the best.


Amethystia "Coco" Forrester - over 3 years ago
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i watch this episode all the time and this is the first time i noticed that Bobo steals some of Pearl's monopoly money while she's talking about the movie.


William Johnson - over 3 years ago
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We are going to rock (especially at 1:31)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-sDf0CED_Q


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - over 3 years ago
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Creepy Scandinavian cokehead guy looks like that thing you did as a kid where youd get all the spit off your teeth and tuck your lip up under so you looked like a rodent.


miles uroshevich - over 3 years ago
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this episode has one of the worst movie-moms since 'Troll 2'.


The humanity - over 3 years ago
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Knowing nothing about this episode, it was a treat to see both Joel and TV's Frank appear.


17:24
Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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Their makeout session is going to be ruined when that cloud starts throwing little spiky turtles down on them.


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I liked seeing our hosts visit each other. Now the embarrassing part: I don't think this film is truly the worst of the worst. If you just think of it as a super-dumbed down Eighties version of Orpheus and Eurdyce (but with a cheeseball happy ending), it's kind of fun.

:o I'll just go and stand in the corner now. :o


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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And Joe Estevez makes his unwanted return to the Mystery Science Theater.


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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"We're not going to your house, we're staying right here where it's safe!" In this dimly lit gas-station parking lot!


Alex Colson - almost 5 years ago
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They missed a great chance to have Mike and Joel team up to riff on the movie. Still once the best episodes of MST3K.


Phil Carstens - over 4 years ago
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"Hey Brain Guy!"
"Yo."


Frostyshark - over 4 years ago
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"I saw a lot! I saw everything!" "Shut-up Servo!" XD


William Johnson - over 4 years ago
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I'm not a huge Sci-Fi era fan of MST3K but I think Soultaker is the tightest written episode of all of the three years there and it is likely because Joel sat in on the writing that week ... this has a lot of Joel-era humor to it mixed perfectly with Mike-era (CC) and Mike-era (Sci-Fi).


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how long does that tub take to fill??? geez, is it Olympic sized?


Briggs Gordon - over 4 years ago
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"I wanna be happy today...". Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, the OPPOSITE of rock and roll!


Alex Stefanic - almost 6 years ago
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The big faced guy is Robert Z'Dar from the Maniac Cop movies! (But MSTies probably know him better from Futurewar)


Bruce Box-Liker - about 5 years ago
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The plot point about the ship breaking down after ten years does fight the fact that it's apparently over five hundred years old. I suppose Crow must have undergone these breakdowns while he was living alone on the SOL, and then Forrester's sabotage program re-initiated itself after they returned to the present day.

And speaking of which, I suppose there are two SOL's in existence throughout seasons 9 and 10, and a full four Crows; there's the Crow we see here with Mike and Servo, a Crow carving fertility symbols on the old SOL, a Crow living with Mike's family in Wisconsin, and a Crow working at Mike's old temp agency.


Jerome Montgomery II - over 4 years ago
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Good to see an episode with Joel make a cameo role.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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There's just something special about seeing a host FINALLY go through the doors to get to the theater, since it last happened back in Season 1.


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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you know I know what they're going through. once I left my soul on top of the car and drove off.


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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don't tongue the reaper!


starman 76 - over 4 years ago
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good to see Joel. hope he fixes the ship.


Mitchell - almost 5 years ago
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Didn't Martin Sheen make enough money during his career that he could have paid his brother more NOT to do this?


Shannon Kerr - over 5 years ago
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Why is it ALWAYS Rocket #9?


RevJoan - over 5 years ago
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so AWESOME to see Joel visit!!!


Ryan J. - over 5 years ago
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If I remember right, this was the first Mike episode I ever saw. I held off for the longest time because I didn't want to get sucked into making comparisons between him and Joel, but when I finally gave in I was glad. Classic episode.