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Forgot if I ever asked this anywhere else on the sight, but what IS it with all the renfest jabs that are written into MST3K? I know the jokes tend to get spread around but it seems like every time they head for a fantasy 'epic' around here it's out with the renfest jabs. The Mad's experiment here and the one commercial skit in Mike's era really hammer it home that maybe Joel, Mike and the rest of the crew were not very happy fans of those events...


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A moving so utterly brainless and boring that the SoL had to put a horror spoof in the middle of it just to make it bearable...


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Hey Misties--Does anyone know the title of the country western song that plays while Steckler (Jerry) is walking around under the cable car tracks? (That scene was filmed in Bunker Hill, an area of LA that was demolished during urban renewal in the late 1960s. The cable car was called the "Angel's Flight"). I have been trying to track down the origins of that song for awhile now. Thanks for any leads!


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803 - The Mole People - about 1 year ago

So, question: why is there an ENGLISH professor explaining issues of anthropology, sociology, and various theories on Earth sciences at in the intro of the movie? Were they afraid audiences wouldn't understand a title like "Geologist" or "Archaeologist"?


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705 - Escape 2000 - almost 3 years ago

The main thing I don't understand about this film(other than why Toblerone isn't the main character) is why people want to stay in the Bronx. I mean that company will pay you, and even if that isn't true you've got people trying to rob you constantly, not to mention the company killing anyone who doesn't leave.


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519 - Outlaw of Gor - over 4 years ago

From what I understand, the Gor books (of which there are about 500) are pretty much just fantasy action porn. Which begs the question, why didn't they just make the movie a porno? It probably would've turned out better than this clunker.


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512 - Mitchell - about 4 years ago

Mike: There's an escape pod called the "Deus Ex Machina."

Me: Of COURSE there is.


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512 - Mitchell - almost 3 years ago

Wow Mitchell has got to be the least inspired "hero" of any movie I've ever seen.


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You know, on paper, this isn't actually a bad movie. Let's look at the plot:

Family gets lost, stay over at the creepy old house in the middle of nowhere staffed by a deformed, possibly demonic man (or satyr). They decide to run, but the car won't start and they know they can't get anywhere on foot. Creepy things start happening, and they get increasingly scared until they try to run anyway. But it's too late. The undead master has awoken, and is determined to claim the wife for his own and kill the rest. The "brides" he's already claimed (who have red tails) awaken and go into a Maenad-like frenzy. The servant rebels, and is torn asunder by the "wives" he coveted and fondled. Above, the father, in desperation, tries to shoot the master. He seems to succeed, but, in a final twist, we find that he's become the new servant.

I've certainly seen much weaker horror movie plots. If anything, the weakest parts of it are the common tropes.

It's not like the cast was terrible, either. Torgo's reportedly drug-addled twitching fits right in with the role. The family and the "wives" give at least decent performances. The Master is a little wooden when he's not hamming it up, but, again, I've seen worse.

If they'd had a bit more polish to the script, a camera that could handle more than 32 seconds without needing a new reel and which could actually pick up sound, a cameraman who knew what he was doing, a director who understood pacing, an editor who cared (and who could do things like overlay the opening titles on top of that first driving sequence, as reportedly had been planned)...

It could have been a fairly average low-budget horror flick. Which is actually kind of impressive, given that it was written and produced on a bet by a fertilizer salesman with zero experience and the cast and crew were working basically for free (having agreed to get paid from the box office profits).


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212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon - 10 months ago

Was this the first Hi Keeba riff? (At about 15 min. in). For such a standard, it's strange that it would first show up at the end of Season 2.


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A movie about a British spy trying to stop an Asian supervillain's plot for world domination? Hmm. Let me see. The first Christopher Lee Fu Manchu film was 1965. The first James Bond film, Dr. No, was 1962. Both characters had existed for decades prior, but 1965 was the first Fu Manchu feature film. I wonder if the success of the Bond movie had anything to do with it.


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202 - The Sidehackers - about 2 years ago

R.I.P Rommel's gf. She was just another victim of mass media's tired but true ways of stirring up drama and man pain by humiliating/tormenting/killing a women in the "hero's" life.


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HA HA HA HA HA! Your costume is ridiculous!


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