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408 - Hercules Unchained



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Thrillhoser - 7 months ago

Its funny, how many expressions they can get out of the Crow puppet! I mean, I can see the terror in his eyes, in the opening segment. As a kid, bath night used to do that to me too.


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Joey Thomas Mackie - 10 months ago

Kind a sad that Sylvia Lopez died at age 26. Such a beauty.


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Last of the Wild Ponies - 11 months ago

53:38 "Geez, he's turning into Harpo!" Because he's supposedly mute?


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Last of the Wild Ponies - 11 months ago

50:25 Now I know why the movie's so cheap: they blew their budget on a set of Moog Taurus pedals.


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Last of the Wild Ponies - 11 months ago

19:38 Wait, he's laying on the seabed at that point. Isn't that earth?


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Last of the Wild Ponies - 11 months ago

18:59 Dontchu worry, Olive Oyl! I'll show that big palooka how t' treat a lady! Ah-guh-guh-guh!


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Ulysses sends a reassuring letter to Penelope. I wonder what he wrote. "Don't worry, dear. I'm on a maritime adventure. Everything is fine. I'm sure I'll be home soon..."


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She thinks he's drinking Lethe water every day. So why does she expect him to remember her in the morning?


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What's the deal with them riding around ancient Greece in a 19th century chuck wagon?


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Aoibheann Barlow - over 1 year ago

I have a question -and please don't laugh at me!!!
-I'm usually pretty savvy with understanding the riffs and their references; however, I don't understand why Joel scolds Servo -twice- during the opening credits, when he sings "Sylvya...(etc.)". He doesn't seem to scold Servo or Crow for singing at any other time. What am I missing?


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Aoibheann Barlow - over 1 year ago

1:11:03 -I love how Joel almost acts like he was caught he was reading a smut book, rather than just something by William Shatner! Then after 'casually' tossing the book behind him, that whole exchange between him and the 'Bots is hilarious! I could watch it again and again -he is such a cutie pie!


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - over 1 year ago

I'm so sleepy I can barely stay awake. A classic favorite, like all the Hercules films. I especially like Mike as Steve Reeves.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

I love how hercules is always getting drugged by creepy looking babes and spends a lot of time just eating, sleeping and banging nymphs.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

are you any relation to keanu reeves? Man I would have totally missed that connection, thank you Frank for pointing that out.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

did anyone notice the second spike door closed A LOT slower than the first one?


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

they combined a lot of myths here. Heracles did live with Omphale and he was her slave but he did that to make up for going bat shit crazy again and killing a guy. This time hera had nothing to do with it so it makes you wonder about the first time. It even got pretty kinky. Omphale made heracles wear women's clothes while she wore his lion's skin.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

They don't mention oedipus' incest which is kind of a big part of his persona.


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Matthew Boyle - over 1 year ago

joel must have kids by this point because he repeatedly portrays little kids spot on.


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Krankor - almost 2 years ago

The soldier has his tin foil swan doggie bag on his head !


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Krankor - almost 2 years ago

She got the pigeon at Samos Club


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Katie Green - about 2 years ago

Can I just say love, love, love Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show reference up front? Sylvia’s Mother....


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Teri Gee - about 2 years ago

Antaeus seems pretty goofy in this (maybe because of the dubbing), but the mythology dealing with Antaeus is actually pretty gory (like much of Greek mythology). Antaeus would invite strangers to wrestle with him. He would always win because of his connection to the Earth (his mother is Gaia and his father Poseidon) and when he won, he would hammer the heads of the losers to the temple of Poseidon. Hercules (Heracles) beat him in wrestling and killed him...and Odysseus was nowhere to be found at the time. :)


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Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - over 2 years ago

Lamb Lies Down references at 20:19?
(Not my fav. Genesis album..)


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Chad Snyder - over 2 years ago

Crow lavishly draped over the fainting couch kinda does it for me.


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Is it just me or is Eteocles being played by Eddie Izzard? (I know, it's just me.)


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Jessica Benjamin - over 2 years ago

I love how when Hercules wife first picks up the lyre Crow does the guitar riff to smoke on the water lol


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Sam Kessler - over 2 years ago

Anyone else see the face in the rock face behind the actors starting around 8:53? Eyes, nose, beard.


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Steve-Headed Pig-Benton - almost 3 years ago

The unfortunately mocked Queen Onfale was dying of leukemia when she made this film and a number of others in 1959 (and in fact died during the filming of a Brigitte Bardot movie "Sexy Girl"). I don't know if that explains her drawn on eyebrows, but she really had been quite a beauty (look up pics of Sylvia Lopez and judge for yourself).

Considering her work load I have to wonder if she decided to just keep going with her film career rather than undergo treatment for leukemia, which back in 1959 didn't have a high survival rate regardless.


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Mark Green - almost 3 years ago

Those Ming the Merciless eyebrows...


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Gregg Hammerquist - almost 3 years ago

Crow's voice for the Queen sounds like James from Pokémon.


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Stereo Catz - almost 3 years ago

I tried reading The hero with A Thousand Faces once but it was 500 pages of verbose, clinical crap. it was like reading an encyclopedia written by a guy who reads the thesaurus.


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Marcus Hardy - almost 3 years ago

all the Hercules flicks they played on here, riff genious. DEEP HURTING SANDSTROMMMMM SAAAANNNNDSTOOORM


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Sean Barry - about 3 years ago

Well I don't wanna be God and some find that funny, but a God is just a king with a lot less money.


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Sean Barry - about 3 years ago

This movie isn't SO so bad, it's kinda like the version of 300 from the 60's. Bad acting but lots of cool Greek historical/mythological stuff.


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Randolphski - about 3 years ago

Mike looks more like Burt Reynolds than Reeves with the dark hair and beard.


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Stu Slaymaker - about 3 years ago

And I swear that the voiceover artist for Omphale, is the same woman who did the Chase & Sanborn Instant Coffee commercials in the 1960s!


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Stu Slaymaker - about 3 years ago

The "actor" that plays Anteus is Primo Carnera, a famous US wrestler from the 1940s


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Such as Seals - about 3 years ago

I die every time Antaeus jumps from the ledge, Joel chuckles and Servo says "Oof... ow! All right, go ahead..."


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Michael Semekoski - about 3 years ago

I read a recent interview with joel in which he said this was his favorite episode. I first watched this episode under the influence of sum quality lsd and laughed my a&% off!Needless to say it quickly became my favorite too : )


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 3 years ago

No, Hercules was not known for his brains. Around 00:28:00, "Hardly any animals were harmed in the making of this film."


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Meghan Calico Hendrickson - over 3 years ago

"Hercules-Table for 8"


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John Muoio - over 3 years ago

"Thank you, Feces." "Certainly, Hideous."


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 3 years ago

Fun fact: before the invention exchange, Tom Servo sings snippets of 3 different songs from the musical Hair: "Black Boys" (he substitutes red, of course), the scatting scooby dooby part is from "Good Morning, Starshine," and the third is "Hair." That's the one that gets stuck in my head every time I see this segment. I know all the words, so my brain just keeps going and going. "Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair, shinin' gleamin' steamin' flaxen waxen..."


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 3 years ago

Of course, it's bad writing. Why wouldn't it be? But Ulysses has the most awkward and protracted line. It bugs me every time. "But what are you doing with my pigeons here? A present! They were hers. Penelope got them at Samos." I can't think of a worse possible way to word that idea. I welcome you to give it a shot below. :)


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 3 years ago

40 minutes in, it must have been a very cold cave! *eg*


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Colleen Swiggum - over 3 years ago

He's every where! HE's Everywhere!


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RevJoan - over 3 years ago

I just read in a 'Joel interview' that this particular Herc film
and 'I Accuse My Parents' were his favorites to make :)


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 3 years ago

A woman just posted a poem on Facebook with these opening lines: "the low sky of the afternoon/drops in the dark waters of forgetfulness..." HA!!


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Gregg Hammerquist - over 3 years ago

I don't get the Antaeus bit...they knew who he was from the opening line...


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Gregg Hammerquist - over 3 years ago

The song is actually pretty nice.


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00:03:50 - The easiest way to catch the "Peter Max Roach"? Set out a plate of leftover drumsticks. THANK YOU!!


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Ray Garraty - almost 4 years ago

Well long before Quentin Tarantino's Oscar nominated 'Django Unchained' there was this this 'Unchained' uhhh, masterpiece.


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SpoungeBot - almost 4 years ago

Darnit, I was going to post a really funny comment here but, I ran the Steve-o-Meter over it and he had already thought of it.


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Richard Kevin Kell - almost 4 years ago

Gypsie playing the lyre face first was had me rolling! Hilarious!


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Super McWonderfull - about 4 years ago

I have been wanting, and trying, to see this episode for a long time. THANK YOU for giving me a way to finally enjoy it.


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Daniel Olshansky - about 4 years ago

"Frankie Avalon in Slave Ship Bingo" got me right off the bat!


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steven menk - over 4 years ago

Fun to see Mike.


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Brad D - over 4 years ago

The Hercules films are some of the best MST3K eps ever. This one never gets old.


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Rachel Adams - almost 5 years ago

"I love Herculeeez, and his giant peeecs
I'll never ever (aaahhh!) I'll just die!" -Best song.


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Rachel Adams - almost 5 years ago

"The Carrot Shake of Pretentiousness"...I like it!


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RevJoan - almost 5 years ago

Gypsy really shines in this one!


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 5 years ago

This just reminds me of the old playground song from elementary school: "Hercules is a big fat phony. Hercules eats cheese and baloney. Fighting for his life with a plastic knife-- HERCULES!"


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David Pietrusza - almost 5 years ago

"Hercules Unchained"... wasn't that the name of that John Waters-themed rollercoaster?