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Andrew Gowland - over 9 years ago
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Hi erm first time poster longtime watcher... so a while back I started designing star wars t-shirts on redbubble and eventually fell inevitably to my love of mst3k. I've created a few mstee's (apologies i had to do it), when I was researching one, I came across this site... its bloody awesome I had no idea it existed and now when ever i need a fix i can come here... so thank you. if you're interested in this shameless piece of self promotion go here http://www.redbubble.com/people/technohippy/collections/123359-geek-t-shirts?order=recent if not... don't... just wanted to say thanks really anyway


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Here's a treat for all you mashup artists out there, or just any other MSTies who enjoy obscure and slightly "retarded" music: the original un-riffed "Night Train To Mundo Fine", the stirring and evocative theme from Coleman Francis' "Red Zone Cuba":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYl_YzcJMKU

Honestly, this is actually starting to grow on me. I don't know why. The lyrics are your classic hard-boiled, hard-livin' hard luck story, and Carradine's voice has a perversely charming poor-man's-Johnny-Cash sound to it. Mind you, that doesn't mean I don't still think that this was one of the most ill-conceived decisions in the history of American films.

All together, now, gang...!


Rachel Adams - over 9 years ago
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Hey guys, which episode does Crow/Bill deliver his stirring report on the Civil War? I'm trying to find it to show someone.


Childe Harold - over 9 years ago
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Have you watched an episode where you got every single reference? I think I got all of them in "The Incredibly Mixed Up...etc." Proud moment!


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Rule Addendum to the "Thing That Couldn't Die" Drinking Game:
-Every time Mike and the Bots come up with another stupid name for Aunt Flavia -- Aunt Effluvia, Aunt Lugubria, Aunt Diptheria -- take a drink.


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Over in the "Beast Of Yucca Flats" discussion thread, RosieB mentioned not being able to summarize the plot of a Coleman Francis movie to save her life. Sadly, the episodes featuring Coleman Francis pictures are among my favorites, so I've watched them a metric buttload of times, and so am able to summarize them quite easily.

So, now, as a public service to all my fellow MSTies here in the main forum, I give you now -- just in case someone you know is watching a Coleman Francis movie and asks "what in the Hell, Michigan am I WATCHING?" -- these convenient Quick Summaries of the Filmography of Coleman Francis!

SKYDIVERS: Guys jump from planes. Guy no.1 has affair with sleazy chick. Other guy fired for being drunk also has affair with the sleazy chick. "I like coffee". Guy's wife has affair with mechanic. Guys jump from planes some more. Sleazy chick tries to help fired guy get revenge by putting acid in Guy no.1's parachute. Everybody twists. Awesome big blonde. Awesome chick's ass in spotted bikini. Guy no.1 dies in parachute failure. Fired guy and sleazy chick are shot at from an airplane. They die. The end.

RED ZONE CUBA: John Carradine sings. Coleman Francis escapes prison. Cop tries to arrest two guys for changing a tire. Coleman Francis hitches ride with two guys. They all volunteer for Bay Of Pigs invasion. Turns out they ARE the invasion. They end up in prison again. Petey Plane helps them escape from Cuba. They go pitchblende mining. Coleman Francis is shot from a helicopter. He dies. The end.

BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS. An eminent scientist. Iron Curtain. Shadowy pursuers. Secrets from the Kremlin. Photos of the Moon never before seen. A nuclear test. Flag on the Moon. Push a button. Shit happens. From eminent scientist to fearsome beast. Wheels of Progress. World's biggest "area". People shot at from airplanes. Tor Johnson dies. The end.

No, please. No need to thank me.


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Just wondering... "Zontar, The Thing From Venus": has anyone else here seen this clunker in their wasted adolescent late nights watching their local late-late show horror hosts? "Zontar" is a 1966 American International made-for-TV remake of Roger Corman's original 1956 turdball "It Conquered The World", starring the durable and brain-numbing John Agar in the role originally played by Peter Graves (ironically, by this time, Graves had risen to stardom on "Mission: Impossible"). While the scenes are played almost line-for-line, "Zontar" manages to go the extra mile to Stinkburger City owing to the neurotic scenery-chewing of the misguided scientist's wife, and Agar's excruciatingly soulless delivery of the notorious closing speech.

I originally saw this dung heap on the local Saturday night "Chiller Theater" when I was about sixteen, and rediscovered it a couple of years ago when rummaging around the archive.org Public Domain archive in search of copies of all those great old "B" sci-fi/horror flicks I used to watch on the old Count Gore DeVol show.

As I became reacquainted with MST3k, and saw its take on "It Conquered The World", I suddenly realized what a great companion piece it'd make as the second half of a double feature with "Zontar, The Thing From Venus".

If you haven't seen it yet, why not twist up a fattie, mix up a pitcher of Killer Shrews, and stream this turkey on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yejXYdA6bVs or better yet, download the mpeg4 from archive.org at http://archive.org/details/Zontar_Thing_From_Venus .


trumpy - over 9 years ago
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Hi keeba!! TCM is showing about 12 hours of (mainly) Japanese sci fi tonight. They had me at "bug-eating pterodactyl flies out of a coal mine." Let the riffing begin...


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In another thread, it's been big fun deciding what bit of memorabilia from the show we'd like to have, if we could have it. This got me thinking... if you could specify any product you wanted from the mst3k.com Web shop, what would it be?

Personally, I think they're totally missing a bet by not offering scale models of the Bots, or of the SOL. I think a 1/72 scale resin model of the SOL would totally rock. Granted, I'm one of those geeks who built a 1/72 scale model of a Saturn V when he was about thirteen, but, still...

Red jumpsuits with the checkerboard Gizmonic logo? Dayglo green Deep 13 lab jackets? Big electric green-rimmed glasses?

...Made by American workers, of course.

I'm only half joking here; there's a lot of us aging MSTies out here with fair-sized slabs of disposable income, I'm sure -- kind of like aging Deadheads (which I happen to be also).


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My MST3K (Rifftrax / Cinematic Titanic etc) Facebook group for those interested........https://www.facebook.com/groups/maximumrdmst3k/


Alex Stefanic - over 9 years ago
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We nee a new Boggy Creek II link, the one we had has been removed.


Raniel Danson - over 9 years ago
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Fantastic site! Love the show since childhood! can anyone recomend any fantastic 'Mike' episodes that might have passed me buy? The Final Sacrafice, Puma Man, Agent For H.A.R.M, Time Chasers, Werewolf, Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders and Soultaker are my all time favourites... I think?!


pwesty@rocketmail.com - over 9 years ago
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Just out of... Curiosity, how did MST3K get around copyright laws? Did they just use public domain films and pay companies with not-well-known films small fees to use them, or is there more to it?


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NEW QUESTION: Which early Japanese sci-fi hero is more annoying: Space Chief ("Invasion Of The Neptune Men") or Prince Of Space (movie of the same name)?

I'm going with Prince Of Space, because of the wussy-looking all-white outfit, and because there was a vaguely "sissypants" vibe about him that I can't describe.


Crosby Ferguson - over 9 years ago
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Just found this website, and my life is now complete.


Jimmy Porto - over 9 years ago
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Would you be able to post episodes from the KTMA days, before they went to the Comedy Channel?


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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.'


Chris Westerkamp - over 9 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?


trumpy - over 9 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.


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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.


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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.


Matthew Eickhoff - over 9 years ago
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MST3K the Movie: did it cause more trouble than what it was worth?


Matthew Eickhoff - over 9 years ago
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Can anyone name the episode(s) where Gypsy appears in the movie theater with Joel and the bots?


Cliff Beefpile - over 9 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


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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/


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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.


Stephen - over 9 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.