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311 - It Conquered the World



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Bruce Munro - 24 days ago
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Nice speech and all, but you can't be both an utterly self-centered individualist _and_ a mind-controlled slave of an alien despot. It doesn't work that way.


SaturnHex - 3 months ago
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Hey the Master Ninja himself Lee Van Cleef!


stus18901 - 5 months ago
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Sure wish Shout Factory would put this on a set, after all these years!


Veklorr Vigorr - about 1 year ago
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He learned almost too late that man is a feeling creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. When men seek such perfection, they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be achieved! There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from man himself.


Dale Nixon - 6 months ago
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joel dunking the basketball in the first skit (after the movie starts) is one of the funniest host segment moments


Klaatu - 8 months ago
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This same movie script was done again in 1966 starring John Agar called Zontar: The Thing from Venus. I love this movie no matter who's in it, but it's best with Joel and the Bots!


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Donald Petkus - 8 months ago
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Man is a feeding creature?


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Apparently, Beverley Garland, who played Claire Anderson commented "THAT conquered the world? when she saw the creature to be used in the movie, and kicked it over! This movie was remade in 1966 with the title Zontar, the Thing from Venus, which I saw a couple of years ago, it was truly awful!


Misterkingdom - almost 3 years ago
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Why does kissing in the 50s look so painful?


Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago
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How do you have prostitutes on ice in a nice way?


Dood - over 1 year ago
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If there was an award for legitimate good performances in movies that have no right to have them, Beverly Garland would have been a shoo-in here. She brings such genuine, nuanced emotion and pathos to the role of a wife who's concerned her husband has fallen under the spell of an evil pickle from Venus.


Huxley Spirals - 9 months ago
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The whole gang, Mads and all, captivated by that crappy monologue. Some of the best fan letters too. One of the shows strongest endings?


Kyle Butler - over 3 years ago
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This movie would have been watchable, even without the gang, if it werent for the HORRIBLE effects of the Main monster baddy and his flying..uh..cave bats? Most of the movies are really dry, tedious and/or painful to watch but this one holds its own (relatively that is) and is now among one of my favorites. When the letter asks why Joel looks so sleepy when he talks cracked me up, i always thought Joel looked SEVERELY uncomfortable on camera and wondered if he ever smoked a little something to calm his nerves.


Tim Hall - 10 months ago
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This movie is full of Studebakers!


Zeitgeist Meister - 10 months ago
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I'm surprised the guys didn't reference Arlo Guthrie's "Motorcicle Song" in this episode. I don't want a pickle, I just want to ride my motorcicle ...


Greg Legas - 12 months ago
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Bystander way up by the snowfence gets destroyed by the clumsy speed-skater at 6:58 (I only watch MST3K for the crashes) :)


Krankor - 12 months ago
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This was the movie Frank Zappa was describing in the song "Cheepnis" on Roxy and Elsewhere about his love of cheesy movies. Talking about the monster looking like an inverted ice cream cone lol


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No matter how many times I see this episode, I don't understand why they replay the ending monologue three times.
My preferred interpretation is that the writers found Graves' ending monologue so shoehorned-in, pompous, and heavy-handed that they decide to end the episode the way they ended the movie, by hammering in a message that over-dramatizes the story's moral. But... Some people like this movie. Maybe some people like that cheesefest of a soppy monologue? I don't get it.


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Here are the names of the eight people you most need to control in order to begin to take over the world. First, the mayor of Beechwood, California. I'll just give you his name. You can find his address in the phone book, I'm sure. I mean, you just landed on this planet for the first time, and Google won't exist for half a century, but, really, the guy's name should be enough...


SrWJVoUNJ - about 1 year ago
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So was Tom..........Good, Bad or just plain Ugly?


SrWJVoUNJ - about 1 year ago
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You guys hit your stride in this episode! Loved the tea/coffee host segment!


. - over 1 year ago
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Right outta the gate: "My 'B' Movie -- right or wrong!"


Thrillhoser - over 1 year ago
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Are you talking to WLS, again?!
Best rock station, in the 80s. At night, I could easily pick up Chicago and listen to WLS and some of the best bands of the era, as they toured the Midwest.


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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I like this movie quite a bit. One of Corman's best.


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This film was probably Roger Corman's magnum opus. I mean, in Corman films, you can at least be fairly confident that there will be a plot - But this one also comes with recognizable acting talent, characters development and actual *themes?*

Wait, how did this end up on MST3K?


Tim Hall - over 1 year ago
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Smokey Bear says: Only you can prevent Roger Corman! - from the Undead


Skin Walker, Texas Skin Ranger - over 1 year ago
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1:20:05
"..he merely reasons, concludes and uses." Sounds like a producer.
Are you listening, Jim. Huh?


Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago
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Who the hell says sheeing? It's skiing! Is it those damn Brits again? They say schedule like shedule so it wouldn't surprise me. Although school is inexplicably still pronounced school and not shool as you would think from their pronunciation of schedule.


Creepy Girl - over 3 years ago
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"It's the end of everything!" In that case, why bother running? Where is there to run TO?


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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Could someone please make "It Conquered The World vs The Creeping Terror"? You could probably do it for about 80 bucks.


Erica -MSTies of SOCAL - almost 2 years ago
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How does this have so few laughs? This is one of my top five fav episodes. Come on, people - CAT SNAPPING. Nuffsaid...


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Thanks, 'Watch-It-Together'; this is a great Experiment but one I rarely think to cue up. It's been a year, at least.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Not many actors can say they've hat-tricked the mystery science theater. Including Lee, because he's dead.


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It Conquered The World!*

*If by "the world" you mean a small town in California and a nearby military/space facility, which it held for approximately two days. But that's not as snappy a title.


Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago
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So, it comes from a planet with a surface temperature of 900F, and Lee VonCleef kills it with... FIRE? It's 2 years before 'The Blob'. They wouldn't even have been stealing the idea to freeze it!


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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It's completely impervious to anti-tank weapons, but not small torches.


Misterkingdom - about 2 years ago
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I hope I'm not losing my mind but I love Roger Corman's dialogue. In this one, swap diamonds and gunslinger. He writes women characters well. They always end up in the action of things instead of staying on the sidelines.


Bela Lugosi's Twitching Eye - almost 2 years ago
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This is actually one of my favorite movies ever. I can watch this un-riffed any day. It's cheesy and very melodramatic sure. But where on God's green Earth are you you going to hear another closing speech like the one Peter Graves delivers again in cinema?


Diane - aka Starbreeze - about 3 years ago
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It's probably just me but it sounded like they said penis a few times instead of venus. Especially at the beginning of the movie.


Zeitgeist Meister - almost 2 years ago
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This movie was remade about 10 years later as Zontar, which in turn was used for a spoof by SCTV. People were controlled by a cabbage leaf on their heads.


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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For laughs go to a meeting of your local city council and give the “Graves speech” word for word during the open public comments portion.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Is it a bad sign that I find cat-snapping really, really funny?


SuperJaneEyre - almost 4 years ago
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Good lord, that child's drawing of Crow is terrifying looking.


Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago
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whoa wait a minute, they leave the dinner party and paul's wife gets behind the wheel? I doubt that was something you see in many 50's movies.


Matthew Boyle - almost 2 years ago
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What's funny is that I think in one of the last season 8 episodes called time chasers they make a reference to the letter asking why Joel seems so sleepy all the time. Mike's brother/alter ego "eddy" mentions how working for Dr. Forrester was a good temp job until "that sleepy eyed guy left".


Kiri T. Unicorn - over 4 years ago
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People really shouldn't complain about the cost of the space program.

Apparently, an entire experimental satellite program can be run by six people or so...


Ray Garraty - about 2 years ago
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The great grandfather of Grimace.


Dana Xu - over 5 years ago
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Great speech by Mr. Graves


Gregory Robert Dunn - about 2 years ago
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Barbie frozen in a block of ice!!!! LMAO!!!


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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The monster is cheesy and some of the acting and dialog is poor but over all this is a decent movie. The overall flavor is a nice kinda body snatchers meets silent hill creepiness.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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That final monologue at the end of the film was one of the truest and greatest things I have ever heard. No wonder they played it for us in full like 4 times.


Classicats - over 4 years ago
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"There's nothing quite as pretty on a summer day as arterial spray on the white snow." Get a lot of snow in the summer, do we Joel? Well, they are from MN. :)


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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At about 1:00:00, Lee's wife confronts him. She states that he is blind of his actions. He is too attached to this power he is gaining. I think I know what she is really doing and why taking this position. She is doing an intervention. She is trying to get him in to a help group -- AA, Aliens Anonymous. I think she did this because of the help that she got in AlAnon, the group developed to help friends and family members of those addicted to aliens. They helped her understand that she has to make a stand and do what she can to get him to an AA meeting so he can face his addiction. Maybe he did make a meeting. Maybe they helped him learn, almost too late, that man is a feeling creature. And because of it, the greatest in the universe......


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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Stupidity restrains wo-man's progress more, y'know. You could maybe ask your long-suffering wife about that.


Jimmy Porto - over 3 years ago
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According to IMDB, this movie was filmed in five days!


Stereo Catz - almost 3 years ago
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Gotta love an alien invasion that can be defeated with a high collar.


I Am The Button - over 5 years ago
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True Cheepnis! (Pun intended.)


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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A modern whirling dervish? But dervishes still exist.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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ramchips - Good thing: The Cave Bats! I actually got a creepy feeling when they showed that one in the trees thinking and waiting to strike. Bad thing: 'It'. So lame and too unbelievable, especially when it inches up to Bazooka Joe who has to stand there and pretend he can't escape.


Classicats - about 5 years ago
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The end segment was so cute, when Joel was feeding the bots and watching without comment. Then I cracked up when the Mads were watching it as well. And I continued cracking up when they played it instead of the end theme. AND the stinger.


Jerome Montgomery II - over 4 years ago
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Why Peter Graves speech in the end of the movie seem so Shatner lol


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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Reportedly Paul Blaisdell, who designed and built the monster, was actually hurt and pissed off when, at the first screening, the alien was finally revealed and the whole audience burst into derisive laughter. Apparently up until that moment he was convinced his traffic cone with lobster claws creation was frightening.


SuperJaneEyre - almost 4 years ago
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You know, for as often as they'd feature Corman as one of the kings of bad cinema, I wonder what the guys actually thought of his genuinely great horror comedies like Little Shop of Horrors and Bucket of Blood.


John S - over 4 years ago
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Phone rings. He answers it saying, "This could only be Anderson." Anderson says, "I have the only working phone left."...so how were they BOTH talking on the...???


Linda Decatmomma - about 3 years ago
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has a bad sound was not easy to listen to.. needs a new upload


Sean Marten - over 3 years ago
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Well I for one have learned that man is a feeling creature, or...something like that. Okay, run it again.


Jaguar Wong Abides - almost 4 years ago
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"For a few dollars you can hire a woman who will fit all your fetishes!" I didn't make this up people and it isn't a riff....


SuperJaneEyre - almost 4 years ago
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Out of curiosity I looked up when Invasion of the Body Snatchers came out (since this film was obviously the Corman quickie version of that), and Invasion was released only *five* months earlier. Quick indeed!


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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They keep doing these bits about James Arness and Peter Graves and I don't get it. Jim Phelps does not look like Matt Dillon!


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - over 3 years ago
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47:30...I love Tom singing the Brady Bunch-esque 'incidental' music!


Robert Brown - almost 4 years ago
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Hey, skit #2 is "Who's Afraid of Mrs. Olsen."


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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No one wondered for a single second if the people would be saved and back to normal if you removed the thing on their necks? They just went ahead and killed everyone.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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1:27:29 Aqui means "here" in Spanish, KEVIN.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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The coffee and pie bit was good shtick. I wonder what they stole it from.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Those nooses are supposed to be behind the left ear, not the right.


Gregory Robert Dunn - about 4 years ago
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Sorry I'm not in now but if you'd like to leave a...


Just Johnny Baca - almost 4 years ago
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Geechy Guy? Cool, I love that weirdo guy. "My mother said 'watch out, there's always one weirdo on every bus', ... I could never find him."


Jaguar Wong Abides - almost 4 years ago
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Sheeing...playing ping pong or badminton with a Barbie Doll frozen in a block of ice! ~I knew that :)~


Alex Wilkerson - over 5 years ago
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It's funny when the letter says that Joel looks really sleepy when he talks.


It Conquered the World
Stu Slaymaker - almost 4 years ago
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Don't know about Crazy Days. But, Beechwood Market is up in the Hollywood Hills. It was still there about 10 years ago. My wife took a picture of me standing in front of it, and we went inside and bought a Coke!


Bruce Box-Liker - about 4 years ago
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If you go to the Horror exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, you can actually see one of the control creatures from this movie.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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Every once in a while there is a line in the movie that they talk over that I would like to have heard. Does anyone know what Peter Graves says at 1:07:40?


Frankie DeMario - over 5 years ago
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Cheap effects aside. This wasn't really a bad movie!


Big McLargehuge - about 5 years ago
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What a bummer when the blonde lady bites it. She was GUSTY!


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Looking at his Wikipedia page, I feel bad that I only know Lee Van Cleef from Master Ninja, aka "the Good, the Bad and the Ninja"


James Krummel - over 4 years ago
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Love the respect they showed at the end to Peter Graves. He always made any movie he was in at least tolerable just from his stellar acting presence. Not a big fan of Lee Van Cleef, but I do enjoy his acting as well. Too bad his career didn't blossom more than it did. All in all, not a bad movie really. Oh, and always great to see the beautiful Beverly Garland at work.


Aaron Kuehmichel - about 4 years ago
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Can anyone confirm if the 'Crazy Days at Beechwood Market in downtown Winnetka' commercial they reference at about the 35:55 mark was a real commercial? I presume they meant Winnetka, Illinois...


Colleen Swiggum - over 4 years ago
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Geez, where's ozzy osbourne when you need him?


Renaynay - almost 5 years ago
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Richard Deakin - over 4 years ago
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That......Was.......The.......Most...............Heart-Warming..........Endearing.......Motivational..........Speech...........I......Have.........Ever Heard :-(***************************************


Paul Trieglaff - about 4 years ago
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@jameskrummel : Wow! You think MST3K is in the business of respect? Ummm... Travel back in time to 1989, and alert PBS!!!!


Crypto Dentist - about 4 years ago
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36:07 - "What's happening in the rest of the country" Mister Asshole???


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Crow is so funny in Winter Sports Cavalcade when his hockey mask head-dress gets knocks off which makes it so he can't see when he gets his hat put back on and then a piece of 'Snapped Cat' lands on its bill....then he peeks over the desk at the very end after he faints away.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 4 years ago
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JLI, NP, that's b/c they are right-handed, they don't know any better.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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For Roger Corman, that was a pretty clever transition from the opening credits to the opening scene.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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The outbursts at 00:07:03, 00:07:24, and the one starting at 00:19:37 (ESPECIALLY!) get me EVERY TIME!


Puma Man - about 5 years ago
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Joel makes a good dummy, but I can see Crow's lips moving.


Kiri T. Unicorn - over 4 years ago
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"And what's a day in Copenhagen without a bowl of blonde and a traditional whack at the traditional Crow-Beating?!"

Ah, once again we have the inimitable vocal stylings of Kevin Murphy.
Outstanding.


Andy Jones - over 5 years ago
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Amazingly obscure Church of the Sub Genius reference in the short. I'm impressed. Impressed enough to give Slack.


Mitchell - over 4 years ago
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He learned to late that man is a feeling creature.....


Robert Ferguson - about 5 years ago
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From 42:42 - 44:00 the "intermission" One of the BEST dysfunctional families I've ever seen.


Jimmy Porto - over 5 years ago
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Honey! Can't you just let me once take over the world?!?


Jeremy Morrison - over 5 years ago
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@Frankie....100% agree, I enjoyed the movie, or maybe just Peter Graves