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909 - Gorgo



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Nate Cain - 24 days ago
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So London suffers thousands of casualties and billions of pounds worth of damage just because a bunch of greedy Brits wouldn't give the mother monster her baby back?


Tower Bridge
Stud Cumming is too noodly - about 1 month ago
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One of London's oldest landmarks smashed? It wasn't even a hundred years old when this film was made.


Rocket J. Forklift - about 1 month ago
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The trivia section on this one is kind of fun.

1. They originally set it in Japan, as a tribute to Godzilla. The movie did actually premiere in Japan 9 months before the UK release. But then the producers decided it would be better set in Paris. Until it was pointed out that Paris is too far inland. So they thought of Australia, but decided "no one would care" if Australia was destroyed (and also there weren't enough well-known landmarks for the monster to destroy). So they settled on London.

2. The original script had no military involvement. The director thought the monster would stand no chance against artillery. He even had a private cut of the movie made where the military scenes are edited out.

3. The original script did actually have the humans killing the monsters. But that made the director's daughter cry. So they reshot the ending.

4. All the rewrites and reshoots made it the most expensive movie produced in the UK.

5. Someone did actually end up making a short film entitled Waiting For Gorgo.


Teri Gee - almost 6 years ago
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I'm curious about where Mike was going to play golf...and where he got his golf outfit, although I'm sure that falls into "it's just a show and I should really just relax" area.


Stereo Catz - about 8 years ago
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I'm gonna have to call BS on the 'Viking' bastard sword.


Stereo Catz - almost 6 years ago
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But what of Mormo and the 1000 Faced Moon?


Marcus Hardy - over 7 years ago
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Leonard Malton said "Laserblast" was better than "Temple of Doom", screw him! haha


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - almost 8 years ago
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I still think Gogo is better than the Godzilla stuff coming out of Japan. At least Gorgo has a plot line, it does have some decent actors that try to put some depth into their characters, and focuses more on the humans than the monsters. Godzilla movies typically come in two varieties. !. Found another monster. 2. Aliens want to take over Japan. Why just Japan, God knows. Then some guy is a big rubber suit tears down model houses and pretends to fight with another guy in a big rubber suit. No character development, no plot, well ,if there is one it makes silk look like heavy ship mooring lines, and just flat out bad acting (if any.)


Josh Patterson - 11 months ago
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Gorgo sounds like the constellation Scorpio in "King's Quest 7". No. I won't apologize for that reference.


Josh Patterson - 11 months ago
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If the critters in "Critters" were like the Mogwai in "Gremlins", then Gorgo COULD be the gremlin version of "critters".


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Towards the end, the guy shouting "Repent!" with the It's The End sign gets knocked down and trampled, presumably to death. It's a nice little bit of poetic irony. However, his death is done in such a rush of quick, very bad edits that it really makes me wonder why Leonard Maltin liked this movie.
Mike even points this out a minute or two later: "You know, I think the editing philosophy of this movie was 'don't stay on anything too long, it doesn't look good enough.'"


Mitchell - about 1 year ago
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Does that obnoxious little Irish brat prove that Gorgo is a friend to all children?


Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
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That island that pops up must be the infamous R'lyeh. Which explains the eventual onset of insanity.


The Riff That Should Have Been....
Mitchell - about 1 year ago
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"It could carry disease bearing parasites or unknown bacteria. And you bring it into the heart of a great city!"
And THAT'S why you wanted us to take it to Dublin?


Kimono Dragon - over 8 years ago
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The boys were like Beavis & Butthead. Through the whole dorkin movie they kept making fun of that guys name. How many dorkin times were they going to rehash that? They just kept dorkin with him! Dorkin jerks...


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Dread Smokelots - about 1 year ago
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I damn near choked at 45:33! A black panther comes on screen... "Free Huey!" This is why I am such a hardcore MSTie.


staticdrill - over 1 year ago
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whos here?


whenfatkillsfat - almost 2 years ago
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Loved Rocket Man but they omitted that iconic moment in Sir Eltons life when he wrote his song about Gorgo.


RushTempo - almost 2 years ago
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This is a rough one.


Edmund Fitzgerald
Camazotz: The Bat of Des - about 2 years ago
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Yikes! I'd always thought the folk song reference was some 1800's disaster, not from the 1970's.


Given time they would've caught it...
Jonathan Kratz - about 2 years ago
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They missed: "Wire cutters -- quick!" ... "Why? So you can cut through wire quickly, I guess..."


Edmund Wolfe - over 7 years ago
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Because of the host segment I actually picked up the Malton's Video and movie guide. For those wondering, yes, Gorgo has an entry.


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Can we take a moment to enjoy the fact that Brain Guy is wearing Zubas


Canklefish - about 6 years ago
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Very few of the Dorkin riffs hit the mark in this episode.


Ah, merde
Gender Neutral Mushroom Child - over 4 years ago
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At least we don't have to watch the monster movie they made in the French Quarter of New Orleans--you know, "Gorgeaux."

I'll see myself out.


Scott A. Taylor - over 8 years ago
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Why does everyone think Brits like warm be .. I've never met one yet that liked that. Seriously!?! Brits only drink COLD beer!


jaynighte - about 4 years ago
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What's with the weird link? It doesn't seem to work for me...


Klaatu - over 3 years ago
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@ 47:34 Mike says of Gorgo."He's got the best teeth in England!"
Huh...I've noticed that many times about the Brits. (?)


Klaatu - almost 4 years ago
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To me, this one is one of their funniest. But I do not like the character 'Joe'. If you pay attention, Joe is quite often being physically rough with that child, as well as often assaulting the boy with verbal threats! Joe MUST die!


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So... After the giant fishing net wraps itself around the monster, the ship's winches are able to quickly haul the thing from the bottom of the ocean, up out of the water, and onto the deck with no trouble and no rocking or tipping whatsoever.

Also, I'm trying to figure out what kind of ship it is. With the scuba gear and the bathysphere, I guess they're in the salvage business? Which I guess explains the heavy duty cargo crane? But why the net? A trawler would maybe have a net that size, although I question the thickness of the rope. But why would they have one? Doesn't seem like the island would have a net like that, either, if it's a small population and they're turning away other vessels.

Catching Gorgo and getting him onboard just seems way too easy.


Funky The Monkey - over 4 years ago
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So a giant lizard is attacking England.
Trixie: "Yeah It's really destroying it too. There's a obvious joke here, but I guess we're not allowed to use it anymore."
Kuki: "At least it's not attacking...you know. New York. But that was actually a wingless dragon I think."


Plenty of Lip 'n' Tongue Action - almost 5 years ago
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This is what happens when you don't LEAVE ROBERT DENBY ALONE!!


Alex Stefanic - over 9 years ago
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Am I the only one questioning how the criticly endangered Spix's macaw got into the S.O.L? Wait, it's just show, I should really just relax.


Fredrick Stafford - about 8 years ago
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“Gorgo?! Oh blast! Alright, back in the coach lads.” And with that the disappointed London chapter of the Torgo Fan Club waiting in line at Dorkin’s Circus; sadly removed their knee humps and meticulously sweat stained hats, lowered their crooked staffs, and retired to a local pub for a bitter night of sulking.


Good thing about the movie
Donald Petkus - over 5 years ago
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The stock footage is in color rather than B&W. A la Invasion USA


Stephen A Nathe - about 7 years ago
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"...they got into port, and everyone was okay...
they went out for lunch, and felt better!!!"


Joseph Ewing - over 6 years ago
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Did they really need to include the moment in the script at 7:37 when William Sylvester declares that he's going in after the guy who's underwater, and not even a full "one-Mississippi-two-Mississippi" seconds later, Sylvester essentially says, "Never mind"? Does that flash of nothingness provide some rich nuance I'm overseeing?


Quinn Welsch - over 6 years ago
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I sorta wish they opened Naked Lunch...


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I've been chuckling at Servo saying "In the chicken suit??" at 42:29 for way too long.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - over 5 years ago
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You can tell Gorgo is just a puppy. Just look at his big feet and ears.


I got a'hankerin' for organ meat.
Alexander-Lee McQueen - almost 6 years ago
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(que @ 34:07 mins)
"Sentence fragments."
"TAKE-A-LOOK AT THIS SAAM!"
. . . set a course for London Saa..."I got a'hankerin' for organ meat."


Hank Williams - about 6 years ago
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This movie is tough to get through but the last 20 minutes when they riff about England as London is destroyed is awesome. Worth the trudge.


Stereo Catz - about 8 years ago
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Just shows my level of sophistication when Gypsy brought up Samuel Beckett my mind went straight to Quantum Leap.


Teri Gee - over 6 years ago
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I had a little treat while I was exercising this morning. On Cupcake Wars (yes, I was watching it while on the treadmill), they had a special guest judge and it was... Leonard Maltin (and he was introduced as a film critic and historian)! He still looks exactly the same. Hasn't changed one bit, and I was thinking, "Wow, they got a real famous person on Cupcake Wars!" :)

However, he did not try to sell his video guide.


Teri Gee - almost 7 years ago
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In an interesting coincidence, Bill Travers, who played Joe Ryan (and was best known for his role in Born Free), was fairly active in film over the years, but his last role, two years before he died, was a guest appearance on... ready for it? Lovejoy!


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Gorgo... Gorgone...


The humanity - almost 7 years ago
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Man this one is a chore...


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This one and Godzilla Vs. Megalon I have yet to stay awake through. The riffings are superb but I just start nodding off at least halfway through. Maybe I should try it again with an espresso one of these days.


Look at this
Rosebud - almost 7 years ago
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We should count how many riffs started with "Look at this...."


ryan shei - over 8 years ago
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Was the character "Sam" in Gorgo the same dude who played the detective in "Devil Doll"??????? hahaha


B RYE the MST3K Guy - about 7 years ago
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shot of black panther " Free Huey" lol O Servo u


Atom Manhattan - over 7 years ago
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When they riff in Gorgo's laughter near the end I was dying...lmfao


Stereo Catz - over 7 years ago
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Mickey Rourke + Eric Roberts? That would either be The Pope of Greenwich Village or The Expendables.


RevJoan - almost 9 years ago
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~NNNNDOWN WITH THE OOOOOLD FOLKS AT HOOOOOOOME~
*5:42* awesome XD


Stereo Catz - about 8 years ago
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William Sylvester was also in 'San Francisco International Airport' and 'MACLOUD'!


Warm Tumbler of Jagermeister - almost 8 years ago
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Brain Guy's wearing Zubaz.


Elisa Farrington - over 7 years ago
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Frankly, I was disappointed that Mike crushed Nate the Clown. I was really looking forward to seeing the Nanitino Family perform. He always did hate clowns; it was no accident.


Jerome Montgomery II - about 8 years ago
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When i think of Grogo i think of Godzilla with no fame.


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It's "Waiting For Gorgo" that puts this one over the top for me. Of course, the Forrester-Maltin tete-a-tete helps, too.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - almost 8 years ago
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Plus, the music is from a symphony, not a synthesizer *g* and it was actually considered for an Academy award!


James Krummel - almost 8 years ago
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Ah. Another "Creature Feature" gem from my youth. I actually have the unriffed version of this on DVD along with a few others that were on this show. Guess I need to work on getting the riffed versions now.


Matt Crawford - almost 8 years ago
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Woke up in the mood for a good "Dorkin" so I turned on Gorgo.


Kiri T. Unicorn - about 8 years ago
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(Sings)
They got into port and ev'ryone was okay
They went out for lunch and felt better!

Heheh... Gordon Lightfoot...


Stereo Catz - about 8 years ago
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♫Well the years went by and Gorgo died,
Dorkin went to meet him in the afterlife!♫


Stereo Catz - about 8 years ago
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Wow! a really, real, real life person!


Michael S - about 8 years ago
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I bet I am not the only one that kept hoping that one of the monsters would just stomp the annoying news reporter into mush!


Michelle Roberts - over 8 years ago
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How in the world did I not know about this film? Goodness....I do love a good monster flick which has been made even better by hilarious commentary...


Childe Harold - almost 9 years ago
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So much respect for Leonard Maltin.


Mike Carmona - over 8 years ago
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Sounds like Ogra bowled herself a strike at 1:22:45.


Auto K - over 8 years ago
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Okay, hang on. The title of this picture shows up in "The Touch Of Satan." The whole "I am Gorgo and Mormo...blah blah blah." These odd kinds of connections keep showing up in many of the films. The Alan Hale connection, for example. It might be a conspiracy or I might need to stop watching MST3K when I am seriously sleep deprived.


aslan man - over 8 years ago
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...Wait... the movie's called "Gorgo" and not a SINGlE mention of Torgo? What maddness is this!? Fine I'll do it myself

*kid tries to free gorgo, gets yelled at* " There is nothing to fear, sir. The Master likes him. nothing will happen to him. The Master likes him...
"This thing should be Extinct!" "Extinct? No sir. Not the way you know it..."
*smashes building* "Oh, I'm so clumsy... I was better off with my huge knees...."


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 8 years ago
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When Gorgo first arises from the sea and whacks the men in boats, the riff Tom gives is AWESOME: "Paddy cake, paddy cake." Get it? Paddy? 'Cause they're Irish! Wrong, I know, but so so funny.


Robert Ferguson - almost 9 years ago
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Back after this message for Whiskey & Cigarettes...
Soooooo, in this episode it happens to THE IRISH, not the Japanese. They should have dubbed this one anyway.