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Weekend Discussion Thread: Switcheroo!

WDT regular Sue, who is becoming a font of thread ideas, suggests:

My idea is: Switcheroo! If you could exchange one character in any MSTed movie for another, who would they be? I mean whom would they be? To make things more appropriate, funnier, weirder, whatever-er.

I’d switch out Ben Murphy’s Sam in “Riding with Death” for Bruce Mitchell’s Rowsdower in “The Final Sacrifice.” Sam would be much better at dealing with the black-hooded thugs of wild Alberta and would be a better role model for Troy, while Rowsdower would be right at home with the CB radios, truckers, redneck car races, honky-tonks, and of course Jim Stafford’s Buffalo Bill.

What’s your pick?

61 comments to Weekend Discussion Thread: Switcheroo!

  • 51
    goalieboy82 says:

    also i wish Rifftrax would do this film


  • 52
    Luther Heggs aka Number 6 says:


    I love it when one of the skits during Operation Kid Brother/Double 007 references that no matter how successful Sean is/was, at least Neil didn’t appear in Zardoz. I laugh every time, no matter how many times I view it. That entire skit with the graph of the diverging lives of the Connery brothers is just so damn funny.


  • 53
    goalieboy82 says:

    i have never seen Zardoz all the way through (here and there on tv). i would like to see it (i know it is bad). i thought about (but will never wear it) wearing what Sean wore in Zardoz for halloween as a costume to a party.


  • 54
    Twiggins says:

    I’d switch out Harvey B. Dunn’s role as detective Tom Robbins in BRIDE OF THE MONSTER for Harvey B. Dunn’s role as Gramps in TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE. On second thought, never mind, he basically just played himself in every role he ever performed, so there would be no distinction.


  • 55
    PALADIN says:

    My first thought was to switch The Paper Chase Guy and his ‘high-tech’ sentient motorcycle ‘Einstein’ from “Warrior Of The Lost World” and place them smack-dab in the middle of ANY of the `60`s Biker films… It would be a blast to have him whine and be generally surly alongside his perpetually chipper (and strangely stoned-sounding) `cycle while playing off against the likes of Jeeter, Fats, Banjo & Linda from “Wild Rebels”, or taking down the drug dealers from “Hellcats” and taking on the nefarious ‘J.C.’ and crew of “Sidehackers”. (Hey– certainly on par with any episode of “Knight Rider”)

    But…Then I realised that the real fun would be dropping Dave ‘Slab-McHuge-Large’ Ryder of “Space Mutiny” into the endangered airliner of “SST Deathflight”….
    Seeing him shout and run the length of the plane and back desperately searching for a railing to leap over while complaining that Senegal Flu germs are not big enough to see, much less shoot…would be a hoot !


    Other than that, I`ld like to switch Merritt Stone with Gene Roth…Oh…WHO IS MERRITT STTTTOOOONNNEE….???


  • 56
    Creeping-Death says:

    @6, that was a darn good guess, you got only 1 wrong. Black Scorpion was almost a gimme, but still.

    My switcheroo would be moving Vadinho and Mike from Manos: The Hands of Fate. Vadinho would be immune to the Master’s mind games, with his immunity to mind control. He beats up the Master and blows up his altar, freeing Torgo and the Master’s brides from his mind control. In the meantime, Mike takes up his mentorship with the Pumaman, but not being particularly smart or clever, had killed several other people in the museum before finding the real Pumaman. He tells Pumaman about faking his own death, but forgets to tell him how to awake, so he’s comatose for the rest of the film. Mike tries to lead his own assault on Kobras’ compound, but fails miserably and is put under mind control. Kobras takes over the world.


  • 57
    Creeping-Death says:

    Phantom of Krankor for Diabolik. Krankor does well without anyone being immune to his ray guns.


  • 58
    Joseph Klemm says:

    I can’t believe no one mentioned this switcharoo: the judge from “I Accuse My Parents” with the judge from “The Violent Years”.

    That way, the parents from the “The Violent Years”, who are actually decent people who learned that they should have paid more attention to their daughter’s activities, would get a second chance at doing the right thing (this time by raising their grandchild), while the judge from “The Violent Years” would pretty much ensure that Jimmy doesn’t end up in the custody of his deadbeat parents.


  • 59
    Flying Saucers Over Oz says:

    Great. Now I’ve got this mental image of Torgo in a Mister B Natural costume: “The spirit of music is in us always. Wherever we go, it is in us always. There is no way out of here…”


  • 60
    Sitting Duck says:

    @ #58: A good point there, and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of it myself.


  • 61
    little winged potatoes says:

    Host segment switcheroo–

    The time-traveling Crow from Time Chasers with the evil specter Timmy from Fire Maidens from Outer Space are swapped.

    Eddie Nelson and Timmy team up and force Pearl and Bobo into the theater with a complicit Brain Guy as an accomplice, only out of personal spite.