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518 - The Atomic Brain



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Objectification
Donald Petkus - over 1 year ago
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The emphasis on women's bodies solely in terms of their utility reminds one of those Donald Trump managed beauty pageants


Zeitgeist Meister - about 1 year ago
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After a brain transplant, the cat doesn't even have a band-aid on.


Head-scratcher
Teri Gee - 5 months ago
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Dr. Frank is worried about the decay of human brain tissue at the beginning of this movie. He and his dog/servant are headed to a cemetery to steal a corpse of a woman recently buried. They kill the nightwatchman in the process. Uh, hello? Fresh body? No time for tissue decay? You just killed a guy! You might as well get some use out of him! I realize he's not as pretty to look at, but still, if science is your aim, why are you ignoring the body right in front of you? You could cover up your murder at the same time!


John Offergeld - almost 2 years ago
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I've always wondered what is cambot saying in this intro. is it kill your self or show your self?


Cornjob - 8 months ago
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So apparently the decrepit old Mrs. Marsh in this flick was also Emperor Palpatine in the Empire Strikes Back. No kiddin.
http://boards.theforce.net/threads/marjorie-eaton-the-original-emperor.50033425/


JD Short Music Familiar
Donald Petkus - almost 4 years ago
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It's funny to me that the short uses the same music for the Adventures of Superman with George Reeves. Way too dramatic for what's going on.


FedoraMark - 10 months ago
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Best Mike-era invention exchange :)


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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I'm a little confused by the short. Where there no police in the 50's? Why are the school board and the mayor debating gang violence without a cop in sight?


Voice Over Guy
Donald Petkus - over 3 years ago
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Wasn't that Ed Kemmer (earth versus the spider) doing the narration? It was too bad that Magic Voice and Voice Over Guy were not meant to be.


Bruce Box-Liker - almost 2 years ago
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Does anyone else think that the decrepit old woman in this movie is, like, early fifties at latest?


Zeitgeist Meister - about 1 year ago
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So the old woman needs a wheelchair on flat surfaces, but she can climb stairs.


Bronn K - over 3 years ago
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I fail to see what's so "Atomic" about this "Brain."


Edmund Wolfe - over 4 years ago
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Anyone else find it kinda meta that Crow imitates Dr. Forester while Forester imitates Crow, while both being the same person? Kinda makes it funny on a whole different level.


Androxxon - almost 2 years ago
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Making sure other fans know this has a Kickstarter for restoring the original film to 4K https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/manos/the-atomic-brain-4k-restoration/description


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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I kept thinking that they had done this one already in a prior season. Then it came to me, This is a remake of "The Corpse Vanishes".


Always save a spot out front
Barb A. Rella ∞ Pvt., π class - about 2 years ago
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The City Council saved two parking spots for the hooligans 'n squares right in front.


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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So...how many times does that raspberry beret show up on the show? Mike wears it here. Crow wore it during The Brain that Wouldn't Die. I think he wore it during The Incredible Melting Man, too. Are there any other appearances?


Eulalia Vox - almost 4 years ago
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Five of my favorite bits in this episode:
1) Trace imitating himself as both of his characters. Awesome.
2) Mike throws Servo into the theatre. "That wasn't very nice." lol
5) "It's Trixie Belden and Honey!" My mom had a bunch of those books and I loved them as a kid. My pre-Nancy Drew stage.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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My parents have The First Family album (1962) that spoofed the Kennedy's (classic good-natured ribbing) including Jackie's tour of the White House. The riff @ 36:05 reminded me of it.


Joseph Charles - over 4 years ago
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Links dead. Someone replace please!


Sabrina Domingues - almost 5 years ago
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This movie was originally titled "Monstrosity" and for good reason - it was so very bad it was a monstrosity! "The Atomic Brain" is the title for the TV release. (Thanks Wikipedia :)


Mitchell - over 2 years ago
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Mike's chin puppet is pretty good- but you can't beat the PSA puppet in The Groove Tube.


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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Oh, one of those times I WISH I was working on the writing staff. It is such an easy Riff.

Austrian girl to doctor: "Surly, you don't want to compare yourself with Dr. Correll."

I will compare myself with Dr. Correll. And stop calling me Shirley.


Jeremy Hatfield - over 2 years ago
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NORM!NORM!NORM!NORM!


The humanity - about 3 years ago
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I'm glad Mike posed the question about the cat brain requiring padding in the head to keep from moving around, as I was wondering the same thing


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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wasn't this sorta ripped off by a TREEHOUSE OF HORROR Ep of Simpsons where Burns uses Homer's brain in the giant Homer-like robot he makes??


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If there were a list of the most anti-feminist* movies MST3k riffed, it's pretty damn likely that this would be on it. Not only do you have a looks-obsessed, vengeful "hag" (sorry, it's the archetype I'm meaning here) as the Big Bad, you also have a misogynist narrator, repeated instances of the young women begging the mercy of totally unthreatening old men (patriarchy), and a karmic system that punishes any of the young women that actually try and stand up for themselves. I mean, seriously, every female in this movie suffers a purposelessly horrible fate (though screw the old lady). Jeez, it's a friggin' feminist's nightmare,

* This word doesn't quite capture what I'm mean, but I'm feeling dumb right now and its the closest I can pluck from my head.


Scary Old Teacher
Eileen Fay - over 3 years ago
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I love it that the tough "gang" kids were fazed by the very thin old lady high school teacher coming down the hall. She said nothing, just raised a finger, and they skedaddled! Ah...the good old days when authority figures were mean!


NS - over 3 years ago
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Three little maids, lacking caution,
Get mixed up in Frank's deadly concoction.
He surely regrets
Blending people and pets
When the cat takes the nuclear option.


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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City Council member from the short: "Mr. Ferguson is right, and these kids are right, too." Basically all Mr. Ferguson said was that he invited the kids there, and then introduced them, and all the kids had said was, "You guys talk about teenagers as if we're all a bunch of freaks." So it's really confusing what he's agreeing with-I expected the kids to actually have something to say after all the drama of the chase scene to the courthouse. Then they had no idea what to say-guess they didn't think that one through.


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Fun fact: this movie used music from Beast of Yucca Flats. I thought one of the blasting horn parts sounded familiar - apparently Gene Kauer, this film's composer, was uncredited on Yucca Flats, but imdb says he was one of the three composers (three composers!) on that film. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054673/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm


Super McWonderfull - over 4 years ago
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The doctors name is Dr.Otto Frank... which is crazy because Otto Frank was the name of Anne Frank's father (Diary of Anne Frank)... creepy.... He was the only survivor of the family ... so also a little sad too ....


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Someone wrote in asking what the 'k' in MST3K stands for?? Doh!!! Love Servo's answer!


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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Like you, this movie left me with many questions about the sustainability of my sanity. However, I can say with all confidence that Bea’s (Judy Bamber) Michigan-British accent sounded no phonier than Renée Zellweger’s Texas-British accent in those horrid Bridget Jones movies. And in that I can take some small comfort as I go on from this…


Michael S - over 3 years ago
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The next weekend dad's golf buddies come and beat up Jaime!


Cutesy ass metronome
Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 3 years ago
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31:23--Seriously? They timed the Bugs Bunny sneaking-up music to her hips swinging?


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I can't believe that neither Fake German or Fake English Yahoo could find the gumption to just push the old lady down a flight of stairs. It's not like they lacked for opportunities.


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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Now what’s racist about calling someone from Mexico Mexican? Where did that come from?


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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Wait a minute, that's Mike doing the Trumpy callback at 34:55. He wasn't even on the Satellite for Pod People! He's not supposed to know about that...


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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All this Nena and not a single luftballon.


Carrie is So Very - over 4 years ago
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That opening sketch is evidence that at least one of the writers bears the psychological scars of an advanced Theatre degree. :p


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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Why can't I look at the "chestical objectable" area? *eg*


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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He fit a human brain in a cat's head? That must have been like having someone sit on a over-packed suitcase while zip it closed.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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Stuffing the old bag's brain into the cat's skull must've been quite the task!


Peakpasha - over 5 years ago
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So, that mad scientist, who uses dead bodies for his experiments is called Dr. FRANK? Subtle.


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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Meh, she would have been old again by now anyway.


Stereo Catz - almost 4 years ago
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Instead of just doing Doc Forester’s voice, crow instead does a different third voice. And then Doc Forester does an even different fourth voice when pretending to be Crow. ???


Linda Televangelista - about 4 years ago
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Haha Mike sings a little Back in the USSR about 31 minutes in.


Tank Rambo - about 4 years ago
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Chin puppets are creepy.


Teri Gee - over 4 years ago
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"I'm a practical woman, Dr. Frank."
Now, lop my head off!


Sam Garland - over 4 years ago
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Mike threw Tom! Hahahahaha!


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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Magic voice skit FTW.


Kelly Slane - over 4 years ago
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"Norm! Norm! Norm! Norm! Norm!" Love the short!


Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago
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As I narrate the movie non-stop, not allowing the actors to get a word in edge-wise, their frustration grows. Will they speak in the next scene? Even a single line of dialogue? It's doubtful, because I...


Chris Bennett - over 5 years ago
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Oh man, thank god for the riffs because this movie is sooo incredibly bad!


Cliff Beefpile - over 5 years ago
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I love it when Mike tosses Servo into the theater.


NS - over 5 years ago
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Sometimes I couldn't tell who was meowing: the catgirl, or one of the guys.