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Hot damn' diggety! Another MST3K episode for drinking game fodder!

When I first saw Experiment 805, "The Thing That Couldn't Die", I wasn't that crazy about it at first; in fact, after viewing it once, I put it straight into the backup folder. For some reason the other night, I pulled it out and looked at it again, and found tons of meaty, beefy, rifftastic goodness that I missed at first. So, now it's in "The Rotation", and maa-aan, is it ever providing drinking game material:

Whenever Aunt Flavia says "traysure", or Mike and the Bots mock her pronuciation of "treasure", take a drink.

Whenever the weird blonde with the divining rod says "evil", take a drink.

Whenever one of the Bots sings that old tune from "Oklahoma" ("there's a bright golden haze on the meadow...") with the silly parody verses, take a drink.

Whenever the big dumb guy starts digging and Mike or the Bots start singing "...goin' to see Miss Liza, goin' to Mississippi...", take a drink.

There, that should be enough for this one... time to get out the blender and start mixing up a batch of Killer Shrews...


Rachel Adams - over 6 years ago
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Are you ever out in the real world when suddenly and inexplicably you are overcome by the hilarity of an MST3K joke, and you can't explain why you are laughing out of nowhere because it's unrelated and no one will understand? -I was in rehearsal today and at a particularly bad time (when two other musicians were in a heated argument) I started giggling. The worst was the song was How Dark from Handel's "Jeptha." Not really a giggle fest in general.


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Here's an embarassing question: has anyone here seen so many episodes so many times that they're starting to recognize certain actors in different movies? I've just now realized that guy who plays the con artist who's murdered by the pineal juice-addicted old woman in "Leech Woman" is the same guy who played the wise-mouthed bonehead palooka in "The Unearthly".

Yeah, I know, that's pretty damn' sad.


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I know it's a bit early, but I think this is as good a time as any to plant the seed of an idea in everybody's heads for next New Year's Eve...

The MST3K DRINKING GAME! Specifically, a drinking game based on either Experiment 407, "The Killer Shrews", or Experiment 802, "The Leech Woman". Similar to the drinking game I played on New Year's Eve a few years ago with the TCM "Thin Man" Marathon, the rules are pretty simple:

Any time a character on-screen either takes a drink or makes a reference to drinking or alcohol, take a drink.

If any scene in a movie takes place in or near a bar, take a drink.

If any character on-screen appears drunk, take a drink.

Any time Joel, Mike or the Bots delivers a riff mentioning drinking or alcohol, take a drink.

If, during a host segment, Joel, Mike or the Bots mention drinking or alcohol, take a drink.

If the theme of a host segment is drinking, take a drink.

EXTRA POINTS FOR WEED SMOKERS:
If Joel, Mike, or the Bots deliver a riff alluding to weed smoking, take a bong hit.

Needless to say, carefully pacing the size and potency of your drinks is important -- especially when playing with "The Leech Woman", in which careless drinking gamers could find themselves hopelessly shit-faced in the first twenty minutes.

Party on, MSTies!


B - over 6 years ago
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Here is something absolutely wonderful: "Msties:
A collection of adorable battle ready characters for a faux fighting game, based on creatures, creeps, and critters from Mystery Science Theater 3000."
http://futuredami.deviantart.com/gallery/30658167?offset=0
(Not my work. I'm not that cool. I found this in a thread over at Satellite News about creative projects based on MST3K.) Who would you be?


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Any Rifftrax fans? Since it carries on Mike, Kevin, Bill's riffing brilliance I have enjoyed several episodes. Wondering if any of you guys have a favorite episode?


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Just watched "Fire Maidens Of Outer Space" entirely on its mention in the host segment from "Radar Secret Service" in which Frank, in his German Scientist disguise, explains the principle of Hypno-Helio Static Stasis... and maa-aan, I gotta tell ya, "Fire Maidens", minute for minute, contains more Hypno-Helio Static Stasis AND Deep Hurting than "Radar Secret Service" and "Hercules Vs. The Moon Men" combined. We're talking totally off-scale HHSS here, along with great steaming slabs of Deep Hurting.

Needless to say, if you still haven't seen Experiment 416 -- "Fire Maidens Of Outer Space" -- yet, see it, and see it NOW. And, HURT.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and recover with a pint of Guinness and "The Beatniks".


Alex Stefanic - over 6 years ago
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Why didn't MST3K ever riff any 70s Chopsocky movies? You would think there would be alot of material there.


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What's the deal with the "let me move this condom out of the way" joke every time a character on-screen opens his wallet? I've heard this riff scattered through maybe four or five movies, and probably four or five times in "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Etc." alone.

I get a laff out of it, sure, but what's the deal with that? Is it an inside joke of some kind? Is there some kind of weird story behind it?


Rachel Adams - over 6 years ago
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I love a good evil laugh, especially when it's painfully contrived. And MST3K is a hotbed of tentative villains, each with their own take on the "evil laugh." Which, in your own estimation, is best? Movie and villain...


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Amazing MST3K Fan Art
http://www.retroist.com/2012/05/03/amazing-mst3k-fan-art/

Some great stuff on DeviantARt also (though be careful some questionable stuff lol)
http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=mst3k
Some Desktop Wallpaper materials to be found!


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Well, I just watched "Racket Girls" (Experiment 616), and now I can't stop thinking of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW), which I used to watch on Channel 50 in DC (back when there was still a bit of fun left in local UHF) back around '89 and '90. I was starting to get tired of the WWF and NWA -- too much cultural stereotyping and jingoistic invective for me -- and I caught GLOW one Saturday morning, and it was just so goddamn' weirded out somehow that it became part of my Saturday morning viewing. As the SOL crew say during the climactic chick-fight scene in "Leech Woman" -- "When women fight on-screen, who wins? The American viewing public!"


Matthew Eickhoff - over 6 years ago
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I just finished watching Season 1, does anyone have a favorite episode from this season?


Matthew Eickhoff - almost 7 years ago
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Check out this great informal Q&A with Bill Corbet that just happened on Reddit


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Check out this article (from a fav site of mine) :
5 Reasons MST3K's Joel Is Better than Mike and 5 Reasons Mike Is Better than Joel* http://tinyurl.com/83k8775
Also I remind anyone on FACEBOOK I have a MST3 Fan Group!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/maximumrdmst3k/
You'll have to cutn'paste these links .


NS - almost 7 years ago
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Skits You Just Don't Get


Stephen - almost 7 years ago
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Anyone else have trouble picturing Crow's silhouette as facing the screen? I always feel like he's facing the camera, and I have to think about it to picture him facing the screen.


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Movies That Just Don't Care:
As we all know, it was the notorious "Invasion Of The Eye Creatures" -- or, "Invasion Of The The Eye Creatures", if you will -- that pretty much set the bar for Movies That Just Don't Care. Still, there are a few other contenders deserving of mention. Let's have a look:

Experiment 107, "Robot Monster": the aliens are guys in gorilla suits wearing cheesy fake spacesuit helmets. Enough said.

Experiment 407, "The Killer Shrews": the huge mutant shrews are obviously dogs in really crappy outfits; you can tell by the way they move. Kellogg doesn't even try to hide it. He just doesn't care.

Experiment 421, "Monster A Go-Go": among the worst-executed opening credits of any movie I've seen. Joel is heard commenting that he's already sensed an air of incompetence in this movie, even before the opening credits are finished. Crow announces defiantly that he's going to "riff like it's nobody's business", gropes for ideas for a few moments, sighs in resignation, and says "ahhh, this is gonna suck..." The "live" dialogue track sounds as if it were recorded on an old Radio Shack handheld cassette machine. Not a single shot in this movie is properly exposed. The capsule the radiation-mutated astronaut is supposed to have been riding in looks as if were built to hold a dwarf. A restaurant scene in which a man asks his wife if she wants to dance has no music in the background. Then, there's a music score which should have been banned under the Geneva Convention. Talk about Deeeeeeeep Hurtinnnngggggg...

Experiment 515, "The Wild Wild World Of Batwoman": as one of the heavies and one of the Batgirls are about to enter a cave, we get about twenty seconds of "The Mole People" spliced in as an attempt to show what the inside of the cave is like. They just didn't care.

Experiment 524, "12 To The Moon": When we first see the moon rocket on the pad, it's a Jupiter C with what looks like a Redstone upper stage, but the rocket shown lifting off is an old Atlas ICBM. In the scene where the crew first steps out onto the lunar surface, at the upper left of the screen, we can clearly see what looks like a set of light racks and a couple of spots in the shot. For this shot alone, this one's a strong challenger to "Eye Creatures" in the running for The Movie That Just Doesn't Care.

Experiment 606, "The Creeping Terror": The landing of the alien spacecraft is represented by footage of an Atlas ICBM test launch run in reverse. Every single shot in this movie is horribly overexposed -- except for the dance-hall scenes, for some weird reason. The monster is obviously three or four guys shuffling around under a pile of old carpet remnants. The music score alternates between "The Perils Of Pauline" and roller-rink music. Lots of Hypno Helio Static Stasis here.

Experiment 613, "The Sinister Urge": Well, first of all, it's by Ed Wood, for one thing. Then, there's the scene where the cops speed out of the station in a Ford patrol car, but when they arrive at the murder scene, they're in a Plymouth. Ed Wood was the all-time champion of Just Didn't Care.

Experiment 812, "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies": Some of the absolute goddamn' worst musical numbers I've ever seen. As Nelson is heard to comment, "it looks like Steckler just filmed an open-stage night and used it all in this film". The audience shots during the dance numbers appear to be maybe one or two takes of the same damn' shot, with the same bunch of vacantly-smiling "cleaning women" sitting in the same seats during every number.


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"Manos, The Hands Of Fate" Makes List Of Top Twenty Worst Movies Ever; "Battlefield Earth" Scores Number One With 1454 Votes

"Manos" came in at Number 17, with 173 votes. The Master did not approve.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/04/20/worst_movie/


Cliff Beefpile - almost 7 years ago
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Any chance of getting "MST3K: The Movie" uploaded to the site? I can't seem to find it in stores and online it's really expensive (I'm guessing it's out of print?) I'd have to say it's among my top 10-15 riffs of all-time. Also, the "Poopie" outtakes would be an awesome addition! I think I laugh just as hard if not harder at the outtakes as I do the episodes themselves. :D


Matthew Eickhoff - over 6 years ago
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Can anyone name the episode(s) where Gypsy appears in the movie theater with Joel and the bots?


Matthew Eickhoff - almost 7 years ago
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MST3K the Movie: did it cause more trouble than what it was worth?


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I'm watching Experiment 612, "The Starfighters", for the second time -- not counting the first time I saw it a scary-long time ago -- and I can't help wondering: am I the only one here who thinks that "The Starfighters" was directed by Coleman Francis under a pseudonym? I mean, it's pretty much everything a Coleman Francis picture was -- taking a potentially exciting premise, crushing the life out of it and reducing it to brain-numbing dullness, scenes with strangely inappropriate background music, lots of airplane footage, wooden acting... about the only thing missing is a scene featuring somebody being shot at from an airplane.

On the upside, though, Experiment 612 contains two of my all-time favorite host segments: Cowboy Mike's Extra Bold Ricochet Barbecue Sauce, and the United Servo Academy Men's Chorus... not to mention lots of jet porn, which I totally dug, being an old air'n'space geek.


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Well, gang... based on laugh count, I'm getting around to watching "Pod People". I used to think "Monster A-Go-Go" had the cheesiest credits ever until I saw the credits to "Pod People". Like the credits on the local news in the late '70s. Eeeewwww.

Still, I'm already enjoying Servo's riffing on the music score, mocking the announcer on the Hearts Of Space radio show.


Matthew Eickhoff - almost 7 years ago
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Best Season Ever? No Joel vs. Mike rivalry, just list a season for each because they truly are great in their own ways!


trumpy - almost 7 years ago
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DYI MST3k: there's a whole day of radioactive monsters, space adventure & killer wasp women on TCM today. Start your riffing.


Chris Westerkamp - almost 7 years ago
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Can the catalog include titles available on Netflix streaming? Also any ideas on which titles might be coming to instant?


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This had to be brought up eventually: Project Popcorn. The BLATANT Russian rip-off of MST.

If you haven't seen the opening, here it is: http://zoyx.us/post/2967087117/russian-mst3k-rip-off

I don't speak Russian so I don't know if they ripped off the lyrics to the opening tune word for word, but from the puppets (a stout red one, and one with a yellow beak) to the mad scientist who shot the average looking guy in a jumpsuit into space to the use of some of the exact shots from the MST opening, I'm pretty sure we can say 'Yup, they stole it.'


Jimmy Porto - almost 7 years ago
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Would you be able to post episodes from the KTMA days, before they went to the Comedy Channel?