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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1828: Jules Verne, who got an amusing story credit for the movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.
1888: Dame Edith Evans, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.
1898: George Bahr, property master for the movie in episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER.
1900: Jack Gargan, who played Mac the reporter in the movie in episode 801- REVENGE OF THE CREATURE.
1900: Howard Jackson, musical score composer for the short THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS, seen in episode 623- THE AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN.
1914: Bill Finger, screenwriter for the movie THE GREEN SLIME (riffed in MST3K’s pilot) and the movie in episode 1007- TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST.
1922: William L. Cooper Jr., editor of the American versions of the movies seen in episodes 306- TIME OF THE APES and 314- MIGHTY JACK.
1932: John Williams, who is probably still embarrassed to admit he composed the score for the movie in episode 307- DADDY-O.*
1937: Bill Rebane, producer/director for the movies in episodes 421- MONSTER A GO-GO and 810- THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION.*
1968: TV child star Gary Coleman, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.

DIED ON THIS DATE
1973: Robert Tobey (age 68), assistant cameraman for the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
1980: Yuli Kun (age 65), cinematographer of the movie “Ilja Muromets,” seen in episode 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1985: Tom Greenway (age 75), who played a reporter in the movie in episode 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS.
1985: Marvin Miller (age 71), narrator of the movies in episodes 210- KING DINOSAUR, 422- THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE, 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS and 902- THE PHANTOM PLANET.
1992: Baruch Lumet (age 93), who played Dr. Milo Craigis in the movie in episode 407- THE KILLER SHREWS.
1993: Douglas Heyes (age 73), who directed the movie in episode 615- KITTEN WITH A WHIP.
2006: Akira Ifukube (age 91), musical composer who created the familar roar of Godzilla, heard in the movie in episodes 212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON and 213- GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER (and, if you listen carefully, in the movie in episode 502- HERCULES).

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1997: episode 802- THE LEECH WOMAN first shown.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: Worst Movie Attempts at Comedy

We just discussed “Attack of the The Eye Creatures” in the the episode guide discussion, and along comes Troy with a timely question…

I’d be interested in knowing what other MSTies think is the least successful attempt at humor in a MSTied movie. Personally, my money has to be on the 40-year-old frat guy from “Ring of Terror,” who kept trying to do… well, I guess you could call them impersonations. When your schtick is so noxious it makes even the normally laid back Joel chant for your death, you know you’re in over your head.

I’m going to have to go with Bruno’s Heathcliff’s head-conking bit at the end of “Wild World of Batwoman.” Oh my sides.

What’s your pick?

It’s Film Crew February at RiffTrax

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First up: “Killers from Space.”

Download or stream it here.

It’s been a while since I’ve clicked that “Film Crew” category box…

Frank to Take On ‘The Room’

Frank will join comedians Myka Fox and Freddy G in riffing Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” on Friday, Feb. 19, at 11 p.m. at Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Ave. in Astoria, N.Y. More info here.

Episode Guide: 418- Attack of the the Eye Creatures

Movie: (1965) Multi-eyed aliens try to frame a pair of smoochin’ teens.
First shown: 12/5/92
Opening: Crow and Tom quickly go through their “best friends” stage
Invention exchange: Tom is mocking Crow; The Mads demonstrate the router Ouija board, J&tB show off the funny gag fax
Host segment 1: Tom wants learn how to make out
Host segment 2: J&tB present their tribute to Earl Holliman
Host segment 3: J&tB are the Rip Taylor Trio!
End: The case against the film-makers (they just didn’t care!); Larry Buchanan visits Deep 13
Stinger: Greasy drifter in sweater dress
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (200 votes, average: 4.56 out of 5)
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• I enjoyed this a lot more this time through (I called it “middling” last time). The biggest drawback is that the movie is sort of a comedy in parts — a failed comedy to be sure, but the film is intentionally trying to be funny, and, as we saw with “Catalina Caper” and a few others, that’s always a bit rougher to riff on. Still, the team slogs through pretty well, just as you’d expect at this point in season four. It’s a good example of what they were capable of by this point. In season two, this movie might have gotten the better of them. In season four, this is a movie they could successfully take on. The host segments help somewhat; even the Earl Holliman sketch — a “wtf” bit if there ever was one — somehow comes off.
• This episode has not yet been released on DVD.
References.
• This ep was number 10 on the summer 1995 countdown Comedy Central did.
• Doesn’t it seem like this episode ought to have a short?
• Crow’s arm (which was apparently taped to Tom) comes off during the opening. They keep going, and it’s still taped to Tom’s back in the next segment.
• This movie, believe it or not, is (with some minor changes) a scene-for-scene, line-for-line remake of a movie called “Invasion of the Saucer Men.” That movie also stinks. Larry Buchanan did a number of these remakes for AIP.
• Do you think the presence of somebody (or some THING) named Ethan Allen in the credits sparked the idea for the Mads’ invention?
• I can’t find anything definitive, but I think Homer Formby IS dead. But I found an interesting tidbit: when he hit it big with his furniture refinishing products, he bought an entire island in the Florida Keys. He later sold it.
• “Dern smoochers!” and other variations became an immediate catchphrase.
• For those who don’t know, the double THE in the movie title occurred when the movie was re-released. It was originally titled just “The Eye Creatures.” Somebody decided to jazz up the title and slapped ATTACK OF THE on the title card, not noticing that there was already a THE. They just didn’t care (which also became a catchphrase).
• Wow, it turns out that MST3K invented rickrolling! Tom breaks into a chorus of “Never Gonna Give You Up,” at one point.
• Joel kinda has to lean over the puppet trench to smooch Servo, but he covers well.
• Literary reference: Joel invokes Ignatius Riley from John Kennedy Toole’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Confederacy of Dunces.” I PRESUME everybody in this audience has read it. If you haven’t, go and do so before Lady Fortuna spins the wheel of your destiny downward.
• The Earl Holliman sketch is silly and pointless, but I do like the line “…who would have been William Shatner had there not already been one.” How true that is.
• Call back: “…sing whenever I sing whenever I…” (Giant Gila Monster)
• I used to love Rip Taylor when I was kid. Glad to know he still with us.
• Note that the giant handkerchief is monogrammed “KM.” Hmmm…
• Mike scores again as “Larry Buchanan.”
• Cast and crew wrapup: screenwriter Robert Gurney Jr. also wrote “Terror from the Year 5000.” Production designer James Sullivan also worked on “Invasion USA.” Score composer Ronald Stein also worked on “It Conquered the World,” “The Undead,” “The Girl in Lovers Lane,” “Gunslinger” and “The She-Creature.” In front of the camera, Warren Hammack was in “The Side Hackers,” and “The Hellcats.” Jonathan Ledford was in “The Amazing Transparent Man.” Peter Graves was in a bunch of stuff, Tony Houston, who has a small part in this movie, wrote the screenplays for “Sidehackers” and “The Hellcats” and Jody Daniels was in “Girl in Gold Boots.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Joel Hodgson. Additional music written and performed by Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy — I assume they’re referring to Rip Taylor music. And good news: the “Ammendment” mistake has been corrected.
• Fave riff: “And don’t be alarmed if it suddenly becomes 2 in the afternoon.” Honorable mention: “She’s a female. They have less plumage.”

Shout Re-Issuing Vol. 2

product_images_modal_MST3kV2Cover72dpi__7B8fecafca-15c0-4bbc-bd7b-8954369e14a0_7DJust posted on Shout Factory’s website: They’re re-issueing “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 2,” which features episode 301- Cave Dwellers, episode 303- Pod People, episode 622- Angels’ Revenge and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Shorts, Vol. 1.

Extras include MST Hour wraps for Pod People and Cave Dwellers. Release Date: May 24.

Thanks to Paul for the heads up.

Two Items

Two items:

1. There are two new episodes of MST3K streaming exclusively on Shout! Factory TV starting today, episodes 112- UNTAMED YOUTH and 310- FUGITIVE ALIEN.

2. And it’s MST3K Monday at RiffTrax.com and this week’s title is episode 101- THE CRAWLING EYE.

RIP Flora Gordon

Lake San Marcos, Calif—Flora Gordon, Bert I.Gordon’s wife and go-to special effects maven for many of his films died here January 26. She was 90.
She got an “assistant technical effects” credit for the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER and 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST. She was uncredited for her special effects work in the movie in episode 517- THE BEGINNING OF THE END. She got a “special visual effects” credit for the movies in episodes 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and 411- THE MAGIC SWORD (as Flora Gordon) and for the movie in episode 414- TORMENTED. She got a “assistant technical effects” credit for the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and a wardrobe credit (as Flora Lang) for the movie in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story.

Thanks to our buddy Paul for the heads up.

RIP Frank Finlay

Finlay
Award-winning and Oscar-nominated British stage, film and television actor Frank Finlay died at his home January 30. He was 89. Among hundreds of roles, he is well remembered as Porthos in the “Three Musketeers” films of the 1970s (alongside Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York), and opposite Susan Penhaligon in the taboo-challenging television series “Bouquet Of Barbed Wire.” He played Iago opposite Laurence Olivier in 1965’s “Othello” and was nominated for an Oscar. He was awarded a CBE award in 1984. His turns as Sancho Panza in “The Adventures of Don Quixote” and Voltaire in “Candide” won him BAFTA awards.
MSTies will remember his starring role as bee enthusiast H.W. Manfred in the movie in episode 905- THE DEADLY BEES.

The Independent is the first with something online. When we get a full obit, we will post a link here.

Thanks to Timmy for the heads up.

Weekend Discussion Thread: MSTed Movie People You’d Want in Your Wedding Party

Sorry, getting to this slightly late this morning….

It’s wedding planning season and Ryan writes:

So I was thinking: who from the mst3k movies would I want to stand up at my wedding, or should I say be at my bachelor party? It could even go on to say who would officiate? I would have Zap Rowsdower at the bachelor party only and plant dad from “Robot Holocaust” officiate.

Well, no bachelor party would be complete without Rowsdower. For the preacher I think I’d like the Tolliver, the crazy goat man from “The Slime People.” The maid of honor should be one of the giant girls from Village of the Giants (maybe all of them!) and for best man, you gotta pick Moon from “The Beatniks.” Kinda unreliable, but what a toast he’d make!

Your turn!