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806 - The Undead



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Does Pendragon stabbing Livia towards the end seem unreasonably cruel to anyone else? Sure, she's a witch and she has already been shown to kill someone, but, hell, she's always been nice to him and, at that point, she's just advocating the same position as everyone else.

Also, was that "I have been to the proletariat areas and consorted with the prostitutes" part supposed supposed to be a really obscure reference to George Orwell's '1984'?


Phil Carstens - about 4 years ago
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Man, there's a lot of disturbing moments throughout this show, but seriously, nothing makes me more uncomfortable than Satan's off-set Adam's apple.


S.A. Nathe - 6 months ago
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mel welles has the honor of being riffed in 3 generations of movie riffing--

MST3K: This ep
Rifftrax: Little Shop of Horrors
and NEW MST3K: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2


Funky The Monkey - 8 months ago
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A muffin cart? I wouldn't say that too...
*Goku zooms in from the sky* "I heard something about a muffin cart? I'm hungry!"


Just before she goes under....
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...Tom quotes The Association's seminal "Windmills of Your Mind", from 'The Thomas Crown Affair' ("Round, like a circle in a circle; like a wheel within a wheel. Never ending or beginning, like an ever-spinning reel.....")


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Hey that Leper was Dick Miller from Gunslinger and It Conquered the World. (Also Little shop of Horrors, Gremlins 1&2, The Wasp Woman, and X: the Man with the X-ray Eyes.) That makes only two people I can think of who have hat-tricked the Mystery Science Theater.


It took me a long time, but I get it
DragonMaiden77 - 9 months ago
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The first five times I watched this episode, I was as confused as Mike and the bots. I thought it was so boring, confusing, and barely watchable, so I never really paid any attention to it, but used this episode as background noise. I finally gave it a chance and watched it at full attention. This was an actually good movie. Okay, maybe I wouldn't go that far, but there is actually a good movie hidden within this movie. I really enjoyed it and found it almost thought provoking. It takes a few times, but it's actually good. I understand how other people don't enjoy it though, and I can understand why the MST3K crew gave it a good riffing. Without them, I wouldn't be able to have realized how good it actually was! Another way that MST3K has made my life more interesting


Kein Namens - 9 months ago
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Mmmmmh. Bobo enjoys a "BLT".


Veklorr Vigorr - 9 months ago
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Wow, this one was a good one! The movie wasn't all that bad, either.


Jennifer Bartlett - 11 months ago
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OMG...missed this the first time somehow during the host segment: Suite:Judy Blue Rat--"it's getting to the corpse that I'm no filth anymore."


Noooo God, Please!
jrw.main - 11 months ago
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The film is so bad that I fell blessedly to sleep several times on several occasions trying to get through it. On the second attempt, I had to turn it off. So I disagree with almost everyone here, and I beg you to absorb vast quantities of your intoxicant of choice before attempting to watch this.


Bruce Box-Liker - over 1 year ago
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Do the "control devices" from It Conquered the World make an appearance in this movie?


Andy Jones - over 5 years ago
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When I can watch a film while I'm asleep - that's watchable in my book. Y'know... Alpha brainwaves, Roger Corman movie, murder dismember murder murder. Trigger word. Totally watchable.


Muffin - over 1 year ago
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I double-checked, and there is indeed a coherent storyline in The Undead, but that sly devil Corman sure can hide it.
The problem with The Undead, as with other Corman productions, is confusion about the genre the movie is going for. In this movie we see some sci-fi in the beginning, comedy, violence, horror, romance, dancing, Smolkin's rockin' soundtrack, imping, and much huzzahing... With that much going on, I think it would make a great musical! The Sound Of Smolkin's Music. gross.


Charles P - over 1 year ago
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Digger Smolken rules. I played that album until it wore out. Then got the cd.


MSTeacher3K - over 1 year ago
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35:39- Crow says, "A small amphibious reptile!" Frogs aren't technically reptiles. I understand "amphibious" can describe reptiles that live in water and on land (crocs, turtles, etc.), but frogs are true amphibians. Just a small inaccuracy I noticed.


MSTeacher3K - about 3 years ago
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This movie has more cutaways and more individual scenes than any other movie ever made.


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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Common feature of these old movies: SMOKING hot women flinging themselves in a fever of passion onto clammy/doughy/weedy/hideous/wooden guys. Discuss.


Edmund Wolfe - over 2 years ago
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Y'know, normally I'd let this sort of thing slide but this time it's the flipping title. Why is it called The Undead? There are no zombies, skeletons, vampires, liches, mummies, or other reanimated deceased entities of any sort with the possible exception of Satan's Pep Squad which could just as easily be demons or illusions were it not for the gravestone shaped lumps in the background.

That said, I honestly think this has some of the best potential of any movie MST3k ever did. It needs better sets, director, and cast (except possibly good digger Smolkin) But I think with a bit of a polish and a run by a constructive editor, this could be a damn fine movie.


SaturnHex - almost 2 years ago
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This was a very.. ahem.. busty episode :O


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Ironically, during the end sketch I went down the hall and fixed myself a (100% veggie) sandwich. :p


Scott Armstrong - almost 2 years ago
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I LOVE THIS EPISODE! Great riffing, funny host segments. One of my all time Favorites!


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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Corman's movies are bizarrely watchable. They are almost hypnotizing.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 2 years ago
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Great Halloween movie! I can't decide whether I like Satan, the Imp or Digger Smolkin best.


Bruce Box-Liker - over 2 years ago
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The question has to be asked: where are the titular "undead"? Surely the movie isn't named for those women who emerge from the graveyard for a couple minutes of dancing.


Scott Alan Hodge - about 3 years ago
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did anyone else cringe when the ape ate that huge glob of mayo, yuck.


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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Helllooooo, Mrs. Nelson. O.O


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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My brother doesn't like Mike because he's too nice. I keep trying to show him episodes like this one.


Orgy of the Dead
Donald Petkus - over 2 years ago
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The graveyard choreography is reminiscent of Ed Wood Jr.'s Orgy of the Dead.


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I only just noticed the Fugitive Alien reference at the end there: Satan laughs at the manipulative doctor dressed as a knight and Mike says "you're stuck here!"

I get the feeling that after the move to Sci-Fi, the writers were discouraged from making references to the older episodes (perhaps most readily apparent in the replacing of Torgo with Ortega as the go-to ugly henchman character). It's nice to see slight nods like this reference that may have flown under the radar.


chris kaprys - over 2 years ago
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"mike, honey, you're scaring us.."


Hawthorne Rollings - over 2 years ago
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I was pleasantly suprised at the 1st short, where Mike talks about getting sacked from his temp job, moving his lips wordlessly, with a thousand yard stare. Pissed off. I just got fired from my temp job last night. So be it, Jedi!


Chrissy - almost 4 years ago
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Even after years of watching the original airing I still say "mayo-NNAISE" whenever I use mayo.


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One of my all time favorite things about this episode is when ObServo is continuously dropping silverware. It's a direct reference to one of my favorite Marx Brothers gags from their second flick "Animal Crackers" from 1931. Harpo, however, remains mute during the gag, unlike Servo who can't help but run his mouth. (Both are endearing for those very same reasons.)


chris kaprys - almost 3 years ago
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also, that hypnotist: jimmy fallon meets anthony perkins?


chris kaprys - almost 3 years ago
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ooo oo oo, that crow correcting tom on his "brava" at the beginning, that's why i love this show so much. i got corrected on that when i was learning italian in italy and a girl i liked a lot made a lasagna and i took a bite and told her "bravo" and she just scowled and said "brava" ... yet "bravo" is more popular outside of italy, like saying "encore," yet the pre-movie skit showed tom was the most intelligent and crow turned in his test covered in drool .. one sneaky little intentional come-ups for crow written in as a post-skit punchline... god i love this show.


Havok Solo - about 3 years ago
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Just watch those spoons magical movie


Robin Stone, The Love Machine - about 3 years ago
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The logic of this doesn't quite make sense. She HAS to be killed by the axe in order to be reincarnated into her future lives? Dying a natural death won't do the same thing?


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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1:10:33----MYLAR Short reference(the truly LOST one)


Stephen A Nathe - about 3 years ago
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There was a MYLAR short reference!!!


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Hey, they quoted a Talking Heads song that wasn't "Once in a Lifetime" for once! :) (at 14:25 or thereabouts)


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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when i touch you, i think about myself....


I've never been a football before
Rosebud - over 3 years ago
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I love that the MST3K witch transmogrifying cheesy special effect during the host segment is actually better than the one in the movie.


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For a while, back in the dark ages when we didn't have full length videos of MST episodes, my boyfriend had the audio for this episode on his iPod in 10 different files. He'd fall asleep listening to these and sometimes it would get set to shuffle (as iPods do sometimes.) Honestly, the movie made about as much sense then as it does in its actual order.


Joseph Ewing - over 4 years ago
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What is Leonard Maltin's problem He gave Laserblast two and a half stars, and this three stars?


Allison Peepington - over 3 years ago
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I love that Gypsy scored in the 88th percentile of herself.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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ahh....Smolken...right up there with Torgo, Ortega and a few others in the hierarchy of "Dude...wtf???"


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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1-ADAM 12....see thouest the man on the corner of Polewater and Mulholland


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44:39 Billy Barty????


Jim Mitchell - over 3 years ago
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Satan..I haven't crapped in months!


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Yes, the time here PROBABLY matches the time 1200 years ago on another continent. That lines up, sure.


Fredrick Stafford - about 4 years ago
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Pendragon about an hour after the beheading:

Idiot! Stab the much hotter Livia for whiney co-dependent wacko future life hooker Helene, what was I thinking?! Livia was throwing herself at me! Take me Pendragon! Let me pleasure thee and give thee all the love thy heart can stand! Oh, and by the way, I’m a witch and can grant your every desire. Ok, how about shapeshifting yourself into the kitchen and get me a refill on my grog and some dinner on the table? Yes, my love! No, no, I didn’t want that deal! That might be too much fun! She even came with her own Imp. Hell, I don’t even know where to get an Imp!

Oh well, I’ll just go back to the Inn. At least I still have my good friend Scroop. He’ll know how to cheer me up. He always had a good head on his shoulders.


Robert Brown - almost 4 years ago
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Finally got around to this ep, I'd seen the Digger SMolken lp skit long ago, and thought the guys had soared into airy Monty Python spheres. It's still funny, but not as, you know, Out There. Good ep, though, glad I disillusioned myself.


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Every year the Digger Smolken medley is a staple on the Halloween edition of my radio show.


Teri Gee - about 4 years ago
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I'M AN IMP!


Bradley J. Timm - about 4 years ago
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Easily one of my favorite show openings ever.


SirenR - over 4 years ago
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This is another "sleeper" episode. One of my favorites.


Joseph Cascio - over 4 years ago
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This "GEM" and Jack Frost,2 of my Favorite MST3K classics...Saturday afternoons ain't been the same since.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Is it strange that I feel the grossest thing on that sandwich was the mayo?


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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Always remember this episode when playing Black Jack. Should you hit, or...?


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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He can bring a watch through time, but not pants.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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Wait. That guy spent Seven Years in Tibet?


Rhea - over 4 years ago
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This would actually be a decent, if melodramatic, movie if they ditched the completely awful frame narrative. But then I suppose Ol' Corman realized he'd written himself into a corner at some point.


Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 5 years ago
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"At dawn she will live AND die." What is she, Shrodinger's cat??


Daniel Lopez - over 4 years ago
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*whew*...this guy is like Satan.....FROM HELL!!


Edmund Wolfe - over 4 years ago
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...Hold on.... Maybe Bobo slicing the brain up is why Brain Guy isn't THAT omnipotent, Perl!


Mark Eddleman - over 4 years ago
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Out of all the movies I've seen on this show, for some reason, this is the only one I would like to own normally. The ending is like some twisted Inception and pretty awesome to me.


Kelly Slane - almost 5 years ago
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OK, this is my "Why so few laughs?" episode. Its an all time favorite of mine, one of the best episodes EVER! C'mon, people!


natoonea - over 5 years ago
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Really love that end skit with Bo-Bo and the brain...


Scooter Atreides - about 5 years ago
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Unlike many b-movie directors, Corman knew EXACTLY what he was doing.


Scooter Atreides - about 5 years ago
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DICK MILLER!!!


Big McLargehuge - about 5 years ago
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18:05-18:08-ish.....Seriously, what the WHAT is this guy saying?!? I've listened to it like twenty times with no hope of comprehension! Something about a gentle jailer and then he mashes the keyboard - vocally!


Jason Edwards - about 5 years ago
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Oh, and by the way, SLEEEEEEEEEP!


Stephanie~ - about 5 years ago
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I absolutely LOVE how they included the "YOU'RE STUCK HERE!" after Satan's laugh at the end. hahaha, so perfect.


Mike T. Servo - over 5 years ago
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god that Stay! bit near the end is so hilarious


Andy Jones - over 5 years ago
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Corman's movies are eminently watchable - the kind of films my subconscious mind can be trusted with while I'm zonked out in front of the TV sometime Sunday afternoon sometime.