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514 - Teenage Strangler



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S.A. Nathe - 2 days ago
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calling cards.....wow!!
THAT'S Topical!!!


There is a Yipe Stripe
Klaatu - about 1 month ago
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I found out that there is a gum company that make a fruity blend they call "Yipe Stripes" https://www.oldtimecandy.com/walk-the-candy-aisle/fruit-stripe-gum


Peter Larson - about 3 years ago
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I love how the mother seems to be acting in a completely different movie.


Big McLargehuge - about 5 years ago
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If they didn't appear in the same shot multiple times throughout the movie, I'd swear that Betty and Mikey were the same person.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Mikey is merely a preview of the geekyness that is Troy from 'Final Sacrifice'.


MSTeacher3K - 8 months ago
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Every time I see the "Yipes Stripes" girl, I think of Amy Winehouse.


Rebecca G. - 3 months ago
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So this girl Betty doesn't feel any guilt over hurrying off while her "friend" was lagging behind, thus leaving her alone to die?


Klaatu - 3 months ago
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At about 38:33 they show the weird girl singing, and she has no shoes. She's dancing on the lunch counter with her filthy dirty feet! I guess I was grossed out by that...


SaturnHex - about 2 years ago
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Favorite character: Jimmy's gay brother Mikey


Zeitgeist Meister - over 1 year ago
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I know someone who has Betty's same big eyes and fluttery voice.


Zeitgeist Meister - almost 2 years ago
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Ever wonder why Mike riffs at 1:23 with a reference to Manos? How does he know about that? Just some scientific facts, I should really just relax.


David Bowiescock - over 1 year ago
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When I was like 10 I was given a cheapo "build your own circuit" electronics kit. The only thing I ever did with it was make the EXACT SAME siren sound from this movie, using a... potentiator? Voltimiter? Some doodad or other plus a 9v battery.


NavySandman - over 1 year ago
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Does anyone else have the urge to slap the crap outta Jimmy's little brother?


Veklorr Vigorr - about 1 year ago
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The Janitor song was hard to watch. When does Mike get good?


Metrick Spann - 6 months ago
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I love the Torgo references


Metrick Spann - 6 months ago
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So he uses his bare hand to open the door and a stocking to change the radio station...


Kimono Dragon - over 5 years ago
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How do they catch a seriel killer and immediately celebrate at the diner, laughing and dancing? That last scene transcends bad writing. Just creepy.


Chrys Racinowski - almost 2 years ago
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Mikey: Isn't that a double negative? So he did steal the bike after all!


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Mega Rat2000 - 9 months ago
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Do Peggy and Joe have .... BOING ???


Funky The Monkey - 9 months ago
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Around 1:04:35, I would hear Tommy Chong singing "Beaners!" in my head.


Teri Gee - 9 months ago
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I love how much Mike seems to hate the "Yipes Stripes" song. What starts out as mild irritation gets stronger and stronger, until even the few notes of introduction have him begging them to turn off the music.

"Would someone please turn off that song? It's driving me crazy!"

Maybe that's what really drove the janitor to murder. He just hated "Yipes Stripes" and was trying to remove it from the public consciousness. Maybe the older lady he killed was actually the songwriter.


Bill Cooling - over 1 year ago
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Mikey from Teen-Age Strangler vs Troy from The Final Sacrifice in the pipsqueak fight of the century. Mikey slaps Troy one time, Troy calls Rowsdower, Mikey cries "Ah'm sorry. An' Ah didn't steal yer truck neither"


Last of the Wild Ponies - 11 months ago
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What is a Yipe Stripes, anyway?


big_Greg - 10 months ago
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It's amusing to me that Mike picked up on the use of a Horace Silver song which was only played once, but didn't pick up on the guitar intro to the old blues standard "Honky Tonk" which was played about six or seven times. Tom improvising some blues vocal stylings on the fifth or six go 'round was cool, though.


Nick Acosta - over 3 years ago
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Durring the crime scene investigation at 27:15 someone laughs off screen.
CROW: ITS NOT FUNNY!
One of my favorite moments of the entire series!


Crow TRobot - about 3 years ago
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The Short at the beginning ("Is It Love?") has some of the best riffs ever.


Expo Fest O Rama
John Rivett - about 1 year ago
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I remember meeting the guy who played Mikey at the second "expo fest o rama" he brought a video of himself riding around on a bike if I remember correctly


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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Well at least the movie ended with dancing. I guess that's something.


Teri Gee - over 3 years ago
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One of the weirdest parts of this movie is that there's a serial killer on the loose, targeting teenage girls (except for that one that didn't fit in with the pattern...inexplicably), and no one seems to think that there's any danger. Parents are gone until all hours of the nights, leaving their teenage daughter completely alone. A friend of the teenage girl was killed and yet she doesn't lock any doors when she goes home and is ALL ALONE in the house. Her boyfriend spends no time mourning...neither does anyone else.

It's like the murders are occurring in a parallel universe or something.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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I was totally fooled into thinking Micky was the killer, and that the creepy janitor was a red herring. What a twist!


Dragon my Tail 2day - over 1 year ago
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Is it wrong to want to throw Mikie into a running wood chipper or is it tough love.....


Rachel Adams - over 5 years ago
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By Jupiter???


Zeitgeist Meister - over 1 year ago
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For a completely amateur project, this movie isn't that bad. It's got a real narrative arc, real dialog, real conflict, real editing, real color. Too bad they couldn't find real actors.


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Wish Crow would have left the glasses on for the rest of that theater segment *sigh*


John JK Harty - over 4 years ago
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Seriously; who finances a movie, sees the rushes with this standard of acting and thinks that it's a good idea to press on and inflict this film on the world. Somewhere, as a result of this film, Sir Ian McKellen is shedding a single tear while Sir Laurence Oliver spins in his grave.


MSTeacher3K - over 2 years ago
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Two observations about the Jimmy's dark-haired friend Tony:
1. He looks exactly like Andy (engaged to the Romulan) from the short
2. It was his girlfriend who was strangled in the shower, but during the next scene he's in, he never mentions her death or acts traumatized. Yet he had to have heard about the crime-even Mikey knew that another girl had been killed.


John Stanley Hines - over 1 year ago
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I just noticed that the guitar music at the beginning is a slow minor mode version of the "Yipe Stripes" tunes. Neat uh? That's some very sophisticated psychology there.


Big McLargehuge - almost 5 years ago
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I don't think any of the couples they mentioned after the "Is this Love?" short are actually still together.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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I used to find it corny when Mike would look at the bots when he laughed at something Kevin or Trace/Bill would say until I realized they probably spent so much time pretending to interact with the bots like they were real that they eventually forgot they were puppets after awhile.


StartSeeingBenMurphies - over 1 year ago
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I like how they got drums, bass, and saxophone sounds out of a Gretsch hollow-body. And a guitar rhythm that had no relation to the strumming pattern or chord changes he was playing.


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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That girl in the short is such a spoiled brat. She gets engaged after knowing a guy for two months. She's planning on dropping out of school to help him become a football player. Her parents come and make the crazy request to meet the person their only child is marrying. They encourage her to finish college, and they offer to help them buy a house. What fiends! How DARE they!

Then, she says that she's not a child and her proof is to declare, "I'm me and I'll do what I want!" ...and then, runs off and elopes. Yep, that sure is adult behavior. :P


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I get it now! When you strangle someone with a scarf, it leaves long, straight, horizontal lines across their neck. And when you find the body like that, you scream. "Yipe Stripes!" And then you sing and dance.


Chrys Racinowski - almost 2 years ago
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Romulans and Vulcans are similar in physiology, and Andy's squeeze in the short has a very logical argument when it comes to drinking in the dorms! Live long and prosper Andy, and hopefully Liz? will be there when the Pon Farr comes around.


Chrys Racinowski - almost 2 years ago
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The girl killed in the shower must have been drinking the water and got a frog stuck in her throat. Her voice changed significantly from before she was doing the striptease.


TrekFan - about 3 years ago
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What is up with all these old movies and thinking that its a great idea to stick some random person singing a horrible song right in the middle?!?! over half of the movies do it!!! Its terrible, its like all the directors and screen writers got together and said how can we slow down the story while making the audience want to kill themselves? I know amateur singing!


Anna M - almost 3 years ago
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Okay, I'm going to ask, at the risk of taking this all too seriously: why the HELL does finding Jimmy's discarded jacket in the janitor's closet immediately strike terror and suspicion in Betty's heart? I get that the bulldog emblem is off of it but as has been pointed out in an earlier comment the shower murder scene shows the emblem on the killer's jacket *before* Jimmy throws away his. And as the janitor, wouldn't he be expected to pick up things students toss on the ground? This is one of my all-time favorite episodes and yet it just now struck me that Betty's reaction to finding Jimmy's jacket makes no sense.


John Curtis - over 5 years ago
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I defy you to watch this episode and not get "Yipe Stripes" stuck in your head.
I DEFY YOU.


Kimono Dragon - almost 2 years ago
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In the 80's I was a Trimline guy, pinstriping cars for dealerships. My boss used to call our competitors "Yipes Stripes". I never knew where it came from. I can die happy now.


Joe Comer - about 3 years ago
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Wonder if anyone familiar with "Dark Shadows" identifies the guy whose the boyfriend of the "Romulan" in the short "Is it Love?" His name is Craig Slocum and he had a very brief run on "...Shadows" first as Noah Gifford and later as Mrs. Johnson's son Harry!!!


Robert Brown - about 3 years ago
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I love this goofy movie. How can you not? Total amateur production, with lots of local color. I had a friend who attended Huntington HS, and she would wax nostalgic when we watched it. Until "We Are Marshall" came out, I imagine "Strangler" was the most (in)famous movie ever set in Huntington WV.


Serv0 - about 2 years ago
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Anderson, that's me!


BlueRabbit501 - over 2 years ago
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Everyone in this movie could've been strangled and I don't think it would've made one iota of difference.


John JK Harty - over 4 years ago
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I know that a film featured on MST3K is the wrong place to look for good acting; but my God does the acting in this film suck. Painfully suck; & I'm only about forty minuets into the episode (had to take a break because the acting is making my brain hurt).


Roger DeBris - about 5 years ago
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Mikey later went on to become a major figure in the singer songwriter movement but lost it all in a 2nd bike theft scandal.


Iris - about 5 years ago
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Hold on a minute! Jimmy's supposed theft of a bike prompted his family to move to a new town out of humiliation?


Martini Shark - over 5 years ago
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So they need to use the siren to transport a corpse?


bryan mccallum - over 3 years ago
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wow! the blonde in the short has the face of seabiscuit!


Dana Xu - almost 5 years ago
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Is he giving birth?
LOL


Big McLargehuge - almost 5 years ago
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48:40-ish Angry Dad does a pretty good Nixon! Needs a bit more jowl maybe...


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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Did anyone else know instantly the first time they watched this episode that the janitor was the killer when the girl was strangled at the beginning?


Amse Master - about 3 years ago
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Mikie is the best thing about this movie. And when Mike does his Mikie impression it absolutely kills me every time.


Romulans in Hollywood
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The Romulan babe in the short is----------------------------------
"Mrs. Snow" (the reverend's wife in 'The Screaming Skull').
"Is This Love" was a springboard for at least one 'acting career'.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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"Special Thanks to Teachers of America" who we just totally burned in the Janitor song.


Skip Veahman - almost 5 years ago
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I laugh out loud every time I hear "Watch out for snakes"


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I always found it a little funny that Mike got to sing the janitor song, when Joel actually was a janitor. Just the way it worked out, I guess.


Is it love?
Donald Petkus - about 3 years ago
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if a man awakes with both kidneys, his watch and wallet...then yes that's true love.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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Yeesh the old lady in the short is such a tool.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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It took me forever to get the "Look out for snakes" re-re-re-re-reference when they're in the car kissing as being a boner joke.


Fuzzy Skinner - almost 5 years ago
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For some reason, whenever I hear "Yipe Stripes" I always think of gum.


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - almost 4 years ago
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My god, the blender noise over the girl singing Yipes Stripes... Perfect.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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1:02:25 At this point my prime suspect was Norman Bates.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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:Spoiler:


Klutoch - over 3 years ago
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Mikey ranks up there with Jar Jar Binks on the list of characters you want to see beaten up. In course in Jar Jar's case that is "die a violent death on camera".


It IS Love! (...for Crow & Servo)
Susan Kirkland Embry - over 3 years ago
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One of the best shorts EVER. Thankx for making it available to us. Our kids & their cousins were all brought up Mysties. My daughter even named her tortoise "Tibby" lol We used to watch it in the 90's when they were little. Happy bizarre memories!


Gabriel Traylor - over 3 years ago
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In today's production of Teenage Strangler, the part of Mikey will be played by Skrillex.


Phil Carstens - over 3 years ago
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I just watched this one with my older brother, and I'm putting it on the list of episodes to show newcomers. He's seen bits and pieces of the show but has never really been into it, but we just laughed our asses off. The riffing is consistently funny and solid the whole way through, the host segments aren't too weird of confusing, and there's just the right amount of ridiculousness (the chase scene, and "He didn't steal no bike, neither!") to make it great for first timers.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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The detective looks more like a car salesman than a cop.


Sean Barry - almost 4 years ago
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Hahaha when Mike starts singing the Youngbloods I just lose it.


LostHighway - over 5 years ago
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Mike's transformation into Mikey at 1:09:00 slays me... "Whudid ya want me ta look uup?"


Charles Todd Helton Architect - about 4 years ago
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"Clang, clang, clang went the trolley." - still makes me laugh out loud!


Super McWonderfull - almost 5 years ago
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I think that the nerdy kid Mikey looks like ELIJAH WOODS' character in SIN CITY....you know the one that was eating his victims....


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Why was there saw dust falling from the ceiling of the satellite during the janitor sketch?


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Jesse Colin Youngblood Nelson


Austin Strong - about 5 years ago
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I love Mike's endearing whiteness at 40:20-41:20.


James Krummel - over 4 years ago
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I'm constantly amazed at how they get the robots to convey emotions in the way they look. The invention exchange when Tom's talking about being with the one you care, the look on Crow's face before he even says anything had me busting up already.


Jaguar Wong Abides - over 4 years ago
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I'm a janitor...a janitor...i start work early each morn...i have a drinking problem and a large collection of porn...


William Johnson - over 4 years ago
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I always get weird looks in public because not only is Yipe Stripes (or whatever the hell it is called) catchy, as another user stated on here, but Mike/Bots riffs on it are equally catchy. Try explaining why you joyfully sang 'white flight' while walking down the street or 'zieg heil' at your desk at work while whistling.


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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Holy crap that lady in the short was mercilessly assaulted by an ugly tree! She's almost as ugly as Maggie Gyllenhaal.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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So the questionable white stain on the jacket magically changes into a bulldog during the shower murder at 1:02:26, despite Jimmy still having his jacket at that point in the story? I call foul!


Richard Deakin - over 4 years ago
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I love those Romulan girls, or was she a Vulcan? Oh well, I quess we'll never know lol. Bad plot point in this movie, well if you wanna call it a movie :-). Why would that dum kid leave his jacket patch in his locker, so the murdering perv janitor can get it? I suppose when he killed the girl in the shower and you can see the patch on the jacket that's when he first stole it then huh? Gimmie a break! Why is it off his jacket anyways, ever heard of sewing or stitching? How was it applied to the jacket anyhow, with spit lol. I mean jeez, they coulda came up with a better "oh wow", "dunt dunt dunt" moment than that! Besides, most gangs would take there jackets AND PATCHES home with them it's there life. Ok, calm down...I'm tired of venting :-D


Zen Greenway - over 4 years ago
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This is one of my favorite episodes. It looks like they got the whole town involved and they all tried really hard so there's an underlying enthusiasm infusing all that badness. So funny!


Jerome Montgomery II - over 4 years ago
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Those shorts would not work in today standards.


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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Okay, I'll confess I gave this episode a laugh largely because of the short. It's possibly my favorite short ever. Excellently riffed, also.


Big McLargehuge - over 4 years ago
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This chick needs to see a Boing Specialist.


Cindy - over 4 years ago
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Look, I added a second link in "shorts" for a non MST2K version of just the "Yipe Stripes" song. I couldn't figure out how to get the title to display though. Just click on link two! It starts with a little promo of the movie, and then we get the song!


Cindy - over 4 years ago
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Has anyone else noticed just how much Mikey sounds like Lil' Gideon on "Gravity Falls"? (Yes, I'm a fan!)


Jonathan Otto - almost 5 years ago
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don't you love it how mst3k always gives away who did the crime in a mystery film before the film gives it away?


Frederick Jacob Luebker - almost 5 years ago
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It's oooooonlyyyy teeenaaaage strangler!


Stereo Catz - almost 5 years ago
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40:00 I know I've seen Crow's legs before, but that just felt odd.


Susan Nabors - about 5 years ago
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This is by far my favorite episode. I laughed the whole way through. From way back I remembered the short "Is this Love" but forgot some of the movie. "yipe stripes"!


Roger DeBris - about 5 years ago
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Mikey later went on to become a major figure in the singer songwriter movement but lost it all in a 2nd bike theft scandal.


Rhys Patterson - about 5 years ago
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This is the kind of family where the dads locks himself in the study and shots himself with a smith and Wesson and the mother carries on like nothing happened. It's like a Tennessee Williams play only with bad 50's pop music.


Kimono Dragon - over 5 years ago
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The fight at 1:11:00 reminded me of the ending to the 1979 classic "The Wanderers". Except, of course, that The Wanderers had no spineless suburban wimps who fought with their arms down at their sides!


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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This episode deserves laughs if only for the janitor song.


Rachel Adams - over 5 years ago
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I wish I could hang out with Mikie and his family.