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Favorite Episodes

  1. Space Mutiny
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  2. The Final Sacrifice
    689
  3. Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
    388
  4. The Giant Gila Monster
    221
  5. The Thing That Couldn't Die
    172
  6. SST: Death Flight
    72
  7. Gamera vs. Zigra
    156
  8. Invaders from the Deep
    27
  9. Bride of the Monster
    209
  10. Last of the Wild Horses
    143
  11. Kitten with a Whip
    142
  12. Time Chasers
    405
  13. Project Moonbase
    105
  14. The Undead
    220
  15. The Black Scorpion
    109
  16. The Leech Woman
    211
  17. Girls Town
    266
  18. Future War
    238
  19. Fugitive Alien
    301
  20. Revenge of the Mysterons From Mars
    25
  21. The Million Eyes of Sumuru
    27
  22. Untamed Youth
    123
  23. Hercules Unchained
    167
  24. The Corpse Vanishes
    137
  25. Avalanche
    9
  26. Starcrash
    9

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RIP: Ursula K. Le Guin
Forum - about 10 hours ago
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Science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has died.
She was 88.


Bradford Dillman (1930 – 2018)
Forum - 3 days ago
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Bradford Dillman, the narrator in 'The Atomic Brain', passed away on the 16th of January.


Review of, "MST3k: The Return" from a newcomer.
Forum - 3 days ago
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So I'm a newcomer when it comes to watching two robots and a Gizmonic employee riff over some shlocky movies but after finishing the entire first season on Netflix I can tell this is for me!

I'm 15 years old and MST3k was just something I had always heard talked about but never really looked into when I saw a "return" of it on Netflix I figured this was a good time to jump in. After watching the first episode, Reptilicus in one sitting I knew this was for me. I almost immediately went to watch some of the classic episodes of the show but I figured a perspective of a first-time viewer may be useful for the show to hear so after a couple weeks I have completed the entire first season of the return, here are my thoughts.

THE GOOD

So you know I obviously enjoyed the show but here's why. The riffs are good. It's as simple as that, the riffs range from impersonations, pop culture references, catchy songs, actually clever insights, and all the things you would want to be said over a bad movie. I chuckled many times throughout an episode and none of the episodes seemed to have a dip in quality. My favorite episode though was Cry Wilderness, although that's probably because that's the episode I watched with my brother and had a blast. I also really liked the miniatures, it gave the show a unique style that I'm guessing was essential for the earlier seasons, I'm glad they didn't update that.

THE BAD

Although I really enjoyed the show I did see some things that I felt were detracting from the show, keep in mind that this is my opinion and I am a new fan so... please don't prosecute me. I felt like some of the host segments fell flat, like the crew didn't have a lot of time to rehearse or not enough time to polish it up. The segments that needed the most work were the ones with the mads they never really felt like they weren't saying scripted lines. The segments with the bots and Jonah were pretty good with a few moments that felt off but that can be explained with having to do the whole segment in one take, except when the "movie bubbles" would intervene for a cut but even that happened rarely. Not to keep ragging on the host segments but I also never got the feeling that Jonah was talking directly to the mads when they communicated, there was always a pause before the mads began that felt weird. Another part of the show that I felt was lacking were the celebrity cameos, most felt like they were just thrown in as a small bit and that was it. I enjoyed Mark Hamill though. But I mean, that's Mark Hamill. On a separate note, I never got the strong impression that Jonah didn't like being imprisoned on Moon 13. I think it would have been cool if instead of bypassing the first 2 months of Jonah's imprisonment they started there and maybe he attempted an escape or something it would make him more relatable.

THE UGLY

I only made this heading so that the reference to, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" worked.

But hey that's my opinion! Anyone else who's first MST3k experience was this revival please tell me about it!


Growing up with Manos
Forum - 9 days ago
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Just finished reading Jackey Neyman Jones' book. Definitely recommended. The sheer amount of detail she has collated from her own and other people's memories and documents makes it a very interesting read.

There are some 'what happened next' potted biographies on some of the characters - did you know Diane Mahree once dated Cat Stevens and hung out with the likes if Brigitte Bardot, Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger?

Or that the on-set photographer Anselm Spring discovered the actress Susan Blakely at the same agency that supplied the Master's wives? She went on to specialise (as far as I can tell) in Seventies disaster movies like 'The Towering Inferno' and a couple of the 'Airport' movies.


Happy 70th John!
Forum - 8 days ago
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Hmmm...Let's see...I think I'll watch a few of my favorites by him to celebrate...maybe The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and Starman...


Inside No.9
Forum - 7 days ago
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Do our friends on the West side of the Atlantic get to watch this TV series at all? From two of The League of Gentlemen (Trace is a fan), we get a weekly 30-minute show that displays a level of imagination and variety rarely seen in the history of the medium. Maybe it is broadcast on BBC America, or another network has picked up the rights; I don't know.

To illustrate, series/season 4 started this month with a hotel farce written entirely in iambic pentameter, followed it up with a heartbreaking twist on 'The Sunshine Boys' and, tonight, told a twisted tale of murder in reverse chronological order. Rowsdower alone knows what they will do in the remaining programmes.


Micro-budget Movie Magic!
Forum - 11 days ago
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Made for $200, 'Who killed Captain Alex?' is Uganda's first action comedy movie. And it is wonderfully, magically insane! This is the work of passionate and fun-loving guys... who know Kung Fu tu, I mean too.
https://youtu.be/KEoGrbKAyKE


Interacting with the Movie
Forum - 9 days ago
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I have a dream. A completely impossible dream of collecting every single moment of Joel (and Mike, to a lesser extent) interacting with the screen in the theater. An entirely impossible task unless I just sat down and watched at least every single Joel episode to search for these moments. Probably not gonna happen. ^_^;

Still, I would like to collect at least some of these moments. So, to that end, I'd like to ask you how many memorable moments you can remember of Joel (or Mike, 'cause he did that twice or something) messing with the movies. Got anything? :D


Season 12 Wishlist
Forum - about 2 months ago
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We can but hope, but when the first Netflix season was funded, I expressed a wish that they'd do 'Starcrash'... and they did!

So let's nominate one or more personal favourites that you hope Joel will include.
Road to Revenge (aka Geteven, aka Bullets & Champagne). There's nudity, but it can be edited out without increasing the movie's inherent lack of coherence.
Undefeatable. A Cynthia Rothrock martial arts movie, with a magnificently stupid final showdown.
Something by Neil Breen. Anything by Neil Breen. He'd refuse to let it happen, but a boy can dream, can't he?
Gymkata. This MUST happen!
Ben & Arthur. Hilariously incompetent. The makers could probably do with a few residuals, too.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone. Assuming there are long enough pauses to insert riffs between Molly Ringwald's tirades.


Recent Riffs

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"With Stefanie Powers comes Stefanie Responsibility"


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It's one of those theme nightclubs


K01 - Invaders from the Deep - about 1 year ago
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Crow: Joel, do we have any... beer nuts left? I'm just trying to assimilate.


K01 - Invaders from the Deep - about 1 year ago
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"Place Commercial Here" ;)