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RiffTrax Live Open Thread

A thread for your comments on tonight’s show. Please hold off spoilers till the West Coast sees it.

Briefly, I had a great time, laughed my ass off. The crowd was sparse in my theater near Scranton, Pa. I’ll probably post more later. Have at it!

And remember: if you missed it, there’s a replay on Tuesday.

90 comments to RiffTrax Live Open Thread

  • 1
    Jason3k says:

    Loved the show! I had forgotten how bad that movie was. Almost a full theater in Norman, OK. Very appreciative crowd. I can’t wait for Godzilla.


  • 2
    ready4sumfootball says:

    I want to see Charlie Chaplin’s Godzilla now.


  • 3
    trickymutha says:

    Less than 100 people in Flint, MI- sorry for those who missed this. May have had the best laughs yet. This effort was second to none.


  • 4
    Jesse Shade says:

    I loved the hell out of it. It was my first time seeing SHARKNADO, and probably the best way to experience it. Despite all the hemming and hawing–“You can’t riff SHARKNADO, it’s too self aware of its awfulness”–the crew pulled it off as usual. It’s just another bad Asylum movie at the end of the day. If it had just been named NATURE’S RAGE or STORM ALERT, no one would really care. And to see them do A CASE OF SPRING FEVER again was delightful.

    Also, seeing them play off the technical difficulties during the GODZILLA preview proved my theory right: that the MST3K guys can riff anything, including a blank screen.


  • 5

    Small but receptive crowd in Kalamazoo, MI. I had never seen “Sharknado” and didn’t realize just how bad it was! Aside from some technical glitches at the beginning, it was a great show, and it was nice to see Coily again before the movie.


  • 6
    KidFlash25 says:

    It was fun. Full house at Regal Henrietta in Rochester, NY – the box office attendant actually commented on how many tickets he’d sold (over 100 in the building’s smallest theatre). Loved their ad-libbing when things went awry in the beginning.

    I do hope this eventually ends up on VOD/disc. (I’d assume that The Asylum would okay a VOD, like Severin did with Birdemic.)


  • 7
    Black Doug says:

    I loved the whole thing, but my two favorite riffs were from the short. Although I will say that now I get what people were saying about still hearing the MST3K “Manos” riffs during the Rifftrax version. I’ve watched the original riffing of “Spring Fever” a lot of times and there were a few moments where I was waiting for the old jokes (especially the Looney Tunes theme).

    As for the movie… I almost want to do a drinking game where you take a shot whenever they change camera formats between edits, but I think I would get alcohol poisoning by the end of the boat scene.


  • 8
    Trilaan says:

    Great show, fabulous show. I never thought Sharknado would be soooooo stupid! Funny moment from the preshow, the slide about what Harrison Ford said to Mark Hamill about acting came up and I called out “Hey, you take that back!” Then the next slide advised people to move away from people like me. The whole theater laughed.


  • 9
    Dr. Jane Seymour Medicine Quinn says:

    The State Theater in MN was mostly full from my vantage point (2nd row! If any of you saw a fat chick wearing a leopard print top as the camera panned over the audience, that would have been me). Also, after we left the theater, I spotted Trace Beaulieu on the sidewalk! I was too shy to say anything but I did point him out to my kids. I was surprised at just how much I geeked out when Kevin, Mike, and Bill walked onstage.

    We were very happy to see Coily too.

    A good time was had by all, and maybe more!


  • 10
    jeb hill says:

    full house here in Memphis just fantastic it may have even been better than Starship Troopers. To dust off an old mst3k bit the film makers “just did not care”.


  • 11
    ready4sumfootball says:

    @3: Maybe “self-aware” is true, but people need to stop saying that Sharknado is intentionally bad and shouldn’t be riffed. It’s not intentionally bad; it’s just another case of them coming up with a title first and then making a movie around it. They used to do that sort of thing all the time. The Killer Shrews, The Giant Gila Monster, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter…


  • 12
    marcusvermilion says:

    A good turnout at the Clifton, NJ AMC with just a few rows near the front empty. I too am one of those who did not see “Sharknado” before the riffing. It was great! It was also nice to have them revisit “A Case of Spring Fever”. BTW, a good deal of us got a big kick out of that one pre-show trivia that joked about the old Sci-Fi Channel having a “cult TV show” with witty characters known as…………..ECW Wrestling!


  • 13
    Phantom of Krankor says:

    Coily, the spring sprite! No SPRINGS, MOFOS!!!!!!

    You would have thoughts that Cassie Scerbo would have gotten higher billing, but I guess Tara Reid’s training clicker also works on the guys who made the credits.

    Speaking of credits, kickstarter supporters got boned *again*. *sigh*


  • 14
    Jeff says:

    ‘And the Baha Men prepared for their finest hour’
    Favorite riff.
    Also, I had no idea how horrible this movie was. I actually considered fleeing the theater briefly during the beginning.


  • 15
    NanoRiff says:

    I watched it at the Crossgates Mall in Albany NY. They were showing it at one of the larger theaters in that mall. The place wasn’t quite full, but it was pretty close.

    This was the first time I had seen “Sharknado”. I’m sure I could not have stood to watch the whole thing without some riffs to make it fun. There were so many problems with the plot and with continuity errors that I would have given up long before the end of the movie. It was kind of impressive how the actors tried to be earnest and keep a straight face even though nothing in the movie makes sense. The riffing was good in that they did a lot more than just point out how bad the movie was. Lots of fun cross-references to other movies or real-world events. Definitely worth the time and the money to watch this riffed version.


  • 16
    Jeff says:

    I was very impressed that they limited themselves to one Home Alone reference for the actor who played the dad. That was very Mystery Science Theater-like


  • 17
    wetzelcoatl says:

    I was initially skeptical of the film choice but they did a fantastic job with it. I was at the State theater and had a great time, although the house lights made it a little tough to see the film at times.


  • 18
    norgavue says:

    Up in Hanover PA the theater was bout half full. I’ve noticed it getting a few more people on every outing however. Anyone going into this saying “this isn’t gonna work” and “you can’t riff a movie like this” I think for the most part were proven wrong. The Godzilla preview was nice to see but them sicking Coily on me hit me out of nowhere. Was not expecting that… All in all another great show.


  • 19
    Mnenoch says:

    Completely full turn out in the theater here in Amarillo. Great riffing on Sharknado. I also agree that the people that were saying you couldn’t riff it cause it was intentionally bad were wrong. Anyways great show can’t wait to see Godzilla in August.


  • 20
    Joseph Klemm says:

    Saw the film at my usual place of Bowie, Maryland. This time, I saw the film with my eldest brother, as he and his wife (who sadly didn’t attend) enjoyed watching this film when it aired on SyFy last year. The crowd was decent, and there were a lot of great moments that had the theater howling with laughter (the two main ones on top of my head are the “Hey, O.J.” quip when a white Bronco passes by and “Look out gin, Tara’s home!”).

    BTW, for those not familiar with online reviewers, the guy with Tom Servo during the closing credits is Linkara, host of the online web series Atop the Fourth Wall. It’s worth checking out, as his reviews tend to be a hoot.


  • 21
    Dane says:

    Saw it at the State Theater in Minneapolis. Awesome. Cannot believe I missed seeing Trace Frown


  • 22
    Candy Lion says:

    I was too broke to make it to the State Theatre in Mpls, but the AMC in Roseville, MN, was sold out and good times were had by all.

    A few highlights for me:

    “Well you just lost a Werther’s!”
    “Can I let go of my panties now? Yes, Ian, you can.”
    “Hi gin, Tara’s here!” (Or something like that)
    “I can take an acting class, or more!”


  • 23
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    I saw it with my brother Bri at the Rialto in Westfield, NJ. Very good crowd.

    I was a bit disappointed there was no test footage from a previous show, but the pre-show title cards were great. (One favorite: “‘Sharknado’ has an 80% fresh rating. So let’s just burn everything and salt the Earth right now.”) And I also appreciated their using “Nature Trail to Hell (in 3-D)”.

    I thought the “Case of Spring Fever” re-riff turned out well, and the guys did a fine job covering the technical glitch during the “GINO” preview. As for “Sharknado”, the riffing was top-notch, but I think the movie is just about the stupidest film ever made during my lifetime (and that includes “Armageddon”). At a couple of particular scenes near the end, both involving the gun-toting waitress, all I could do in response was just gasp out “WHAT?!” for a couple of minutes. One criticism: they were kind of harsh towards Tara Reid, I think.

    I might just go to the repeat showing of this.


  • 24
    Kenotic says:

    While it was a middlin’ turnout in North Minneapolis/Brookyln Center (about 10 miles north of the State Theatre), that was sort-of expected with the main attraction being so close.

    The pre-movie bits seemed uncharacteristically weak, with the Sharknado 2 bits REALLY out of place — but maybe that’s what let them do this. After the movie started everything fell into place. Movie-wise, it’s technically better than Birdemic, but with a touch of Hobgoblins (bad movie that knows it’s bad, tries self-awareness as humor, fails.)

    I’m still trying to figure out how there’s a stupid hurricane/tornado/shark thing coming and people are sitting on the beach like Annette and Frankie are about to entertain them. This might be the biggest “They just didn’t care” movie Rifftrax has done — at least The Room and Birdemic failed in interesting ways.


  • 25
    Candy Lion says:

    Oh, and “The pool cleaning services in Beverly Hills are second to none!”

    And “He’s going to be throwing so many shrimp on so many barbies.”

    And “Jennilyn Sharkhater.”

    Well heavens, there were a lot of zingers tonight! Can’t wait for Godzilla!


  • 26
    Torgospizza says:

    In Clifton, NJ, theater about 75-80% full….seemed like a different crowd than the usual MST3K loyalists…younger and perhaps pulled in by Sharknado more than Rifftrax….the redux of A Case of Spring Fever was ok, but it’s hard to top the original version, especially since it had the f/u host segment w/ mikey
    The mike sprite…..some of my fav riffs: ” I had my #1 Lou Bega fan tattoo removed” “the Baha Men have their greatest hour” “what are you doing in Hollywood? …a question Ian Zeiring gets asked daily”,
    “Welcome to Taradise bitches!” ….also one that made me laugh ( but apparently no one else):
    Kevin: “what’s that thing spinning with all the sharks in it?” Mike: Have you been paying ANY attention Kevin? Kevin: No
    It seemed odd that they spoke about all the things that were going to happen on the show , but basically it was just Spring Fever and the Godzilla preview (mit out sound) …did anything fall through ? Seemed like there should’ve been more…unless there was a post-credit sequence w/ Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury?


  • 27
    Kenotic says:

    One gripe — all of these times Fin was mentioned, no comments about his brother Jake the Dog?


  • 28
    Joseph Klemm says:

    @27 Personally, I’m surprised the Rifftrax crew didn’t make a joke about how the bus driver who ends up getting crushed by the Hollywood Hills sign is Cousin Oliver from The Brady Bunch.


  • 29
    GonzoRedux says:

    Packed house in Arlington, VA. I had a great time. Probably the most I’ve ever laughed in a theater

    Special props to Mike’s Nic Cage impression.


  • 30
    CaveDweller says:

    Pretty low turnout in Evansville, IN. There was maybe about 30 or so people. It was a fun show, but man, that movie is horrible. I had never seen it before and I can’t imagine watching it without riffs.


  • 31
    Cameroon Gouda says:

    “It’s not intentionally bad; it’s just another case of them coming up with a title first and then making a movie around it.”

    Whaaaaa? It’s intentionally bad. They’re TRYING to be a self-aware bad movie. That’s why it doesn’t work, and why the addition of Rifftrax was necessary.


  • 32
    ParaBear says:

    Looked like a 98% full house at the Briar Creek theater in Raleigh,N.C. I and my oldest daughter are glad we never bothered to watch “Sharknado” until now. Kevin, Mike, and Bill were spot on in their choice of movie, and live performance.


  • 33
    TJ Truffleberry says:

    I was across town from the gang in Eden Prairie and there was a good turnout if not a packed house. Loved it, although I was appalled by how incredibly stupid the movie itself was. The only thing I can compare it to is Birdemic with a bigger budget. Still, the riffers made it work. That’s why they get the big bucks.


  • 34
    Speedy says:

    I was at the State Theater in my seat, but it was obstructed view, so while I went to my truck to get my glasses, my buddy who went with told me the usher offered us better seats upstairs. They were better seats for the most part, but it is touch to sit most places when I’m 6’4″. I also tried to take pics with my cell phone of the guys, but no matter how many times I played with the white balance, my “Smart” phone made them only appear as giant blobs of white light. Sadly, they did mention on Facebook there will be no VOD for this, so I assume this was got with the excess money from last year’s kickstarter. I guess the MP3 and Coily short will be on sale in the next couple weeks.


  • 35
    KidFlash25 says:

    @34: That’s awful. It’s wonderful that they’re doing these shows, but it’s getting extremely frustrating that the studios won’t play ball with VODs. Half the joy in revisiting these movies is remembering the live experience. The Asylum (!) not willing to let them release a VOD is particularly galling.

    So only one of four shows this year will be available for release – Mike did a Q&A last week that mentioned the planned Christmas show was Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. At least that’ll be available next year.


  • 36
    Goshzilla says:

    For the record: Sharknado is not “intentionally bad.” The Asylum make no secret of their formula: cheap, stupid movies with titles and premises that you can’t help but think “Oh, I have to see this,” but they’re all produced with a straight face. They’re the the 21st century’s Roger Corman – always under budget and profitable – which is why Sharknado and Transmorphers and Nazis At The Center Of The Earth and any other Asylum movie is excellent riffing fodder. That said… a movie can be so stupid that it’s not worth riffing, and Sharknado is definitely borderline. When the audience is already laughing before the riffers say anything, is it really worth the bother? This is sort of like a major league slugger versus a pitching machine.

    I must admit that A Case Of Spring Fever was a disappointing surprise to me. Like RiffTrax’s revisit of Mr B Natural with the Twilight/Starship Troopers Kickstarter, Spring Fever was promised as part of the Godzilla Kickstarter’s shorts reward package, but I didn’t think it would be part of the live show. It felt like a bit of a rerun to me. It’s not like they don’t have scores of fresh shorts to draw from. (At least with Mr B they restored some cuts that we didn’t see on MST3k. Plus that was Joel and Trace, so Mike and Bill made it feel fresher.) I’m not saying the short wasn’t funny; I just think it was a bad choice.

    Maybe I was just in a poor frame of mind because we got rear-ended by Joe Doakes in the nightmare cluster*@% that is New Jersey traffic, (I live five minutes from a galleria, why must I drive to Paramus?) but did this one seem significantly more seat-of-the-pants than previous live shows? I dunno. Still a fine way to spend an evening, even if I my sides aren’t sore from laughter.


  • 37
    TimmyK says:

    Goshzilla, you are right that Sharknado isn’t “intentionally bad” in that they didn’t set out to make a comedy movie that emphasizes the bad elements and/or mimics genuine accidentally “bad” films, but it is intentionally trying to be outrageous, and very self aware exploitation schlock. The Asylum movies definitely aren’t produced with a “straight face” though. Even though they aren’t always trying to make “funny” bad movies (though some of them do push it a little bit, like Sharknado, Sharktopus, or any of the Mega-something vs. Something-oid movies they make) they are almost never taking the movies seriously. They pretty much make nothing but embarrassingly cheap big monster/disaster schlock, or mock-buster rip offs that only exist to fool people who don’t know any better into thinking they are other more famous movies when they buy or rent them. Even if they aren’t always hamming it up for laughs they are still never actually trying to make a “good” movie.

    My personal history with Sharknado has been pretty short. I hate Asylum and Syfy Channel movies, and I’ve never had any interest in seeing movies that are trying to be bad especially when they look like an obvious one trick pony that has nothing going for it but a silly name (like Snakes on a Plane) so I never bothered watching Sharknado before. But I did watch it after they announced the Rifftrax show and I found it to be a very tedious and un-fun movie. It hovers in an area between a loving ode to bad films, like “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra”, and a genuine accidentally bad film, like “Birdemic” (which WAS made entirely with a straight face) and that middle ground seems to be a fun deadzone. It feels so cynical, like it’s just 100% a business thing, a promotional thing to use to make money from cheap film making, and has nothing to do with creating anything of genuine value on either side of the spectrum. Sharknado understands it’s horrible schlock, but it’s not emphasizing that or playing it up for intentional humor. But how is it fun to watch a movie that’s only bad because the person who made it didn’t care about even trying to make it good? Good “bad” movies are fun because you know the person making it actually wanted to, and often THOUGHT THEY WERE making an artistic statement or a good film, and they failed in a spectacular and enjoyable way. Sharknado wasn’t trying to be anything but a name they could put in an ad to get people’s attention. The movie itself is just an advertisement for the “clever” name. But I have absolutely no doubt that Sharknado 2 will absolutely try to be intentionally bad, because they now know what the real appeal of the first film was, and they will no doubt try to push that and play it more for laughs. They did that same thing with Birdemic 2, and it was truly awful in a “no fun at all” sort of way. I have no doubt Sharknado 2 will be insufferably bad, and not in a fun way.

    But in the end even though I think Sharknado is for the most part just a dull and almost unwatchable movie I think it actually worked incredibly well for tonight’s Rifftrax show. Much better than I expected it to work. I was very impressed with how well they did with what was probably a tough film to riff without just constantly going for the obvious low hanging fruit. They did a great job of staying away from all that abundant obvious stuff, and instead picked up on a lot of great things that weren’t quite so obvious, even turning a few of them into great running jokes… or more! This was a very enjoyable live show.


  • 38
    GornCaptain says:

    Couldn’t go tonight, and my local theater has no listing for the Tuesday encore. Frown


  • 39
    Stacia says:

    There was a pretty full house in Topeka this time, and even though we got there 15 minutes before showtime for once, we were the next to last people to arrive. People were VERY excited about it, praise Coily.

    I listened hard during the “any time is a good time to get out of Kansas” joke and I think most people laughed, but there was the expected tense silence from a few pockets of people. (Kansas gets these kind of jokes a lot, and my first reaction is always to nod and laugh, then freeze for a second as I assess whether anyone around me has gone into full Offended Mode.)

    This was my least favorite Rifftrax thus far, maybe because it’s the third time I’ve seen Sharknado, and I question why I ever saw this thing even once. Corman was doing the same kind of outrageous Sci-Fi Channel movie shtick with Supergator (2007) and other films a few years back, and those were a lot more watchable than Sharknado ever was.

    But the guys were off their game early on, both technically and with the mentions and other stuff they had to get out of the way, and when they segued into a short MST3K had already done, then previewed Sharknado 2, then showed Godzilla clips without sound, I really just fell out of the mood altogether.


  • 40
    Black Doug says:

    So now that the spoiler warning period has passed, I’d like to call out those two favorite jokes from “A Case of Spring Fever”.

    “No more springs… huh, probably should’ve asked him to do something about Hitler.” and “No! Christopher Walken had that hidden up his butt for five years!”


  • 41
    Ginger says:

    Our theatre was 90% full. Everyone had a great time! I must admit, I was very disappointed when the boys announced they were doing Sharknado, I felt is wasn’t worthy of their time and talent, I was wrong. I had a big ol’ slice of Humble Pie and a side order of Crow with that and I went so far as to offer my apologies the the gents on their Facebook page. At one point, I just yelled out, “What the hell is going on??!!” I shall never EVER doubt the power of the Masters of Riff again!


  • 42
    Bookworm says:

    I, too, was at the State Theater. Still a bit hoarse this morning from laughing so much! And I’ll probably go to the replay on Tuesday, too, to relive the riffs – AND MORE!


  • 43
    MissT3K says:

    I would say the theater in Royal Palm Beach, Florida was 1/2 full, and everyone had a great time. I knew when I saw the trailers for this on the SyFy channel before it aired that it would be just horrible so I did not watch it.

    When I saw that the guys were going to riff on it, I said, “I’m in!” The movie makers definitely said, “We’ll just ignore every scientific principle that even a 3 year old would understand…” And I just have to get this out – HE WQULD HAVE CUT HER WITH THAT CHAINSAW, SO EVEN IF THE SHARK DIDN’T KILL HER, IAN WOULD HAVE!!! *phew* Thanks for letting me vent.

    The Christopher Walken reference in the short still has me giggling.

    If you didn’t see it last night – go on the 15th, it will be totally worth it! Smile


  • 44
    mr_stallion says:

    Relatively low turnout in Baton Rouge (bigger turnout for Starship Troopers & Night of the Living Dead), but it was showing in two theaters in town, so maybe that was part of it. I get strangely nervous when there’s a small crowd, like it’s failing all over the country and the live shows will become a thing of the past. Very reassuring to see people posting about packed theaters elsewhere. As for the show, I had my doubts going in, but absolutely loved it–the Tasmanian quotes absolutely slayed me, and Mike’s riff about the shark coming out of the pipe was among my faves.


  • 45
    Droppo says:

    Great turnout in Danbury, CT. The theater was laughing and applauding throughout. This might have been my favorite live show yet.


  • 46
    cityofvoltz says:

    Canton Cinema, Canton Michigan. about 2/3 full in the theater. A good sized crowd (about usual size) with enough wiggle room- Thats what I like about that theater. If you think amc 20 is too full, come over to canton cinema. The technical flubs early on were regretable- but eh- it happens. The riffs still made sense without the audio.

    Wow that movie is even worse the second time- I noticed they didn’t use exactly, the riff from the contest. But did a shorter revision of it. I thought it was hilarious, good to see coily again. My only actual complaing was when they went from the movie, to shots of riffers and the movie- they cropped the aspect ratio of the movie down to 4:3, I think for say birdemic they maintained the 16:9.

    It was a bit of a downer that the test material didn’t start at 7, and it was just random godzilla footageWink

    Great show overall! Cool


  • 47
    TorgoPizza says:

    Saw this at the Regal Theater in Oaks, PA. We lost the satellite feed for a few minutes in the beginning of Sharknado, but it was restored before we missed too much. I sensed disaster and disappointment, but we avoided it.

    I thought this was a good “gateway drug” for Rifftrax. My wife has very patiently sat through a lot of MST3K, Rifftrax, and Cinematic Titanic at our house, but I wouldn’t call her a fan. She made her first trip to a live show with me and my son for Sharknado, and really had a great time. Her second favorite riff is MST3K: The Movie, and I think they are similar in that they weren’t as rapid fire as some MST3K movies, and the references weren’t as obscure or geek centric as many (everybody, riffing fan or not, gets Tara Reid jokes.) Sharknado was a good choice to get some people in the seats that might not have come to a Manos showing, for example, and I think some of those borderline people might give Godzilla and Anaconda a shot now.


  • 48
    T says:

    San Diego, Mission Valley theater was almost sold-out & people were lining up early to make sure they got good seats. Loved how they kept coming back to “science!” so often. And of course every other cast member of “90210” getting a shout-out.
    “Aw, that’s so cute. Tara’s trying to act!”


  • 49
    MSTie says:

    It was my first live Rifftrax event! Thanks to a recent move from a place that didn’t carry the shows to one that does (not saying that influenced the move, but, well, maybe a little….).

    At any rate, the theater was disappointingly empty, maybe about a quarter full. But those of us who were there seemed very enthusiastic. When I left, I was hoarse and my face hurt from laughing so much. Good times.

    Favorite riffs?
    [in Elmer Fudd voice] “Be vewwy, vewwy quiet. I’m hunting Sharknadoes.”
    [when a white Bronco drives by] “Hi, O.J.!!”


  • 50
    Gummo says:

    Usual full turnout at Union Square Theater 4 in NYC. I was one of those people who thought that doing an “intentionally bad” movie like Sharknado was ‘too easy’ but the crew hit out of the park! I laughed until I hurt. And so did everyone else in the theater.

    I had seen Sharknado when it premiered on Syfy and thought it ‘intentionally bad’ in the most cheap, cynical kind of way, but it was so much worse on second viewing! Hell, even Corman’s Sharktopus tried to get some bogus science in there, but these guys didn’t even bother! And why o why were sharks the ONLY things twirling around in the air? There are a helluva lot lighter animals out there, yet none of’em seemed bothered at all! Very selective, these sharknados.

    And yeah, there were technical glitches at the beginning, but it ended up being a nice chance for the guy to ad lib a little, which they don’t do often. Godzilla looks great, another big budget misfire ripe for mockery.

    In conclusion, I thought this was the funniest live show they’ve done in a while, and I had expected the exact opposite.

    Love it when the guys surprise me like that.


  • 51
    Dave says:

    The theater I was in (in Houston, TX) was only about half full, probably the smallest crowd since I started attending the live shows (beginning with “Manos”), including the repeat shows. My guess is that this time, because it was known in advance that there will be a repeat showing next week, there wasn’t the “now or never” sense of urgency that there usually is. Still, it was a good audience, so no complaints.

    With all the build up about “special surprises” at the beginning, I was relieved that it just amounted to a Godzilla preview. I was afraid they were going back in the direction of the early shows with special guests who don’t really mesh well with the trio (Weird Al being the lone exception) or some of those (in my opinion) time-killing, momentum-destroying, unfunny Rich Kyanka cartoons.

    Because of the seemingly made-to-be-awful nature of Sharknado (and Sy Fy original movies in general), I wasn’t sure how good this show be would. I should have known better. Very funny riffing. I think it works because, even if the filmmakers (using that term loosely in this case) intended it to be a joke movie, Ian and Tara were no doubt NOT in on the joke and were playing it as seriously as they possibly could.


  • 52
    MSTie says:

    P.S. Which riff got the biggest laughs in your theater? I’d have to say the Bruce Campbell one near the end. Everyone was roaring and applauding.


  • 53
    Gummo says:

    Oh, and I’m not surprised the producers won’t let a live VOD be released — I bet they hope to sell a bunch more crappy Sharknado DVDs when the guys release an mp3 studio version of their commentary.


  • 54
    Gordon Snow says:

    Three quarter full theater in Manchester CT last night. Had not seen either Sharknado or the short so, it was especially nice. God-awful movie and the guys ripped it apart as it deserved to be. The crowd was very happy throughout and it made for an outstanding time. Pre show was good although some of the slides weren’t as funny as usual. Of the four live shows I have been to, I would put this one right behind Starship Troopers for overall funniness if there is such a word.


  • 55
    TrumpyCanDoMagicThings says:

    I saw it in Athens, Ohio and the turnout was one of the best I’ve seen for a Rifftrax show. The theater wasn’t full, but it was far from the small crowd I’d seen at previous shows. I’d guess it was maybe about 2/3 full, actually.

    I’d never seen “Sharknado” before. I’d heard of it, certainly, but I’ve never had much interest in SyFy (ugh, that name) original movies or crappy self-aware CGI schlockfests in general. That said, I found it entertaining enough on its own (though it almost put me to sleep at about the halfway point). I appreciated the over-the-top wackiness of it all, though at times I kind of wanted it to just get things over with already. My mother, who’s a long-time MST3K, was with me on this trip, and she just found the whole thing utterly hysterical and for the first time even wants to go to the encore show.

    The riffing was top-notch, and it led to one of the most appreciative, laugh-out-loud audiences I’ve ever been a part of at a Rifftrax show. Seeing “A Case of Spring Fever” again was great, especially with the updated riffing. I saw Cinematic Titanic live once back in 2010, and I had a bit of a flashback to that experience during “Sharknado.” During the riff of “East Meets Watts,” a.k.a. “The Dynamite Brothers,” Mary Jo had a line during a particularly dull villain scene: “So THIS is what Hannah Arendt meant by the Banality of Evil!” I cracked up, but was the only one in the theater to do so, and I felt like Alf or Mrs. Krabappel belting out a coarse “HA!” all alone in that theater. During the Rifftrix “Sharknado” show, when one of the guys referred to one of the dusty, shark-filled tornadoes as “Kaiju Pigpen,” I totally lost it. I couldn’t stop laughing, but I was apparently the only one in my theater to get the joke.

    The right people will get it, indeed.


  • 56
    David J says:

    My fiance and I were right there at the State Theater. We had a lot of fun! It was nice that they threw in a few Minnesota jokes without overdoing it. It was great seeing them back in Minnesota(which, as they pointed out, is where they live)!

    Chiming in on the popular debate, I don’t know how much of Sharknado was intentionally bad and how much of it was just people rushing out something bizarre enough to get peoples’ attention. They clearly must have known that some of the “science” was flat wrong and they seemed to be going for more than a little of an homage to Jaws and various disaster movies. Regardless, I thought there was an honesty to the film. Namely, none of the cast paused and mugged for the camera to give the audience a chance to laughed at the absurd concepts. I thought the Rifftrax was hilarious and that it fit their purposes just fine. I know they can’t do a VOD but I’m hoping they at least release an MP3 for it.

    We tried to intercept them for autographs between the stage exit and the buses, but they were understandably in a hurry(my fiance did actually get a quick autograph from Bill). We did get to say “Hi!” and “Great show!”. And there was a crew member who was nice enough to hand us and a few other people. We got some good photos in with those. And someone let go of his and it floating into the Minneapolis skyline giving us our own mini-Sharknado!


  • 57
    ready4sumfootball says:

    I’ve seen a couple of Asylum films before I watched Sharknado, so I think I got a good idea how they work. I get the argument that these movies are intentionally bad, but I don’t agree. If they were intentionally bad, they’d be more jokey and stuff like Lost Skeleton. Or at least fun. I don’t think Asylum movies are fun in any intentional sense, in fact I find them some of the most frustrating movies out there because “they just don’t care”. In the end I think they’re just all about making money, not caring about making a good movie one way or another. So when I say that I don’t think this is intentionally bad, that doesn’t equate to thinking they are trying to be good either. It’s a business focused solely on the bottom line, probably like today’s Lippert Pictures.


  • 58
    Farmland says:

    Springfield, Oregon. The crowd was surprisingly light compared to some of the other shows (about 1/2 to 2/3rds full), but everybody seemed to be really excited.

    To be honest, it got off to kind of a weak start; the Coily short didn’t live up to the original riffing and the Goshzilla sneak-peek also seemed a little limp (I assume they’re still working on the jokes for that one.) However, once Sharknado got started…wow. That was just…wow. There were times the audience was laughing so hard that we drowned out Mike, Kevin, and Bill. And all the talk about this being “intentionally bad?” Total crap; this was just wretched filmmaking. I’ve honestly seen better editing in Ed Wood movies. Hopefully this will encourage Asylum to share more of their “art” with the Rifftrax crew. They really do seem to be a match made in heaven.

    It was a little sluggish at first, but thanks again for another awesome night. These live shows are SECOND TO NONE!!!


  • 59
    Goshzilla says:

    One more note on the “intentionally bad” debate before we let the horse rest in peace… Compare your typical Asylum movie to something from Troma, home of the Toxic Avenger: Both studios produce films on a shoestring budget, with ludicrous premises and attention-grabbing wacky titles. (Poultrygeist?) But when you watch a Troma movie it’s clear that everyone involved in the production is invested in doing the best work they can and are having a great time, so the audience does too. Contrast that with Asylum movies which are clearly joyless cashgrabs. Riffing a Troma movie would be mean-spirited – and wouldn’t really work – whereas riffing Sharknado is well-deserved, if a little like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Speaking of Troma, remember Blood Hook? I still have a VHS copy of that someplace.


  • 60
    sundance says:

    My theatre in North Oklahoma City was pretty full, as usual. I was a little leary of this one, but I have to say I think it may be one of their best. I laughed so hard at points it hurt, and I think one of the biggest crowd laughs was not even a riff, but when she says “I hate sharks” and he says “me too”. Wow, just horribly hysterical. And Tara Reid…”Oh look, she’s trying to act..”. And Bruce Campbell and physics and Tasmanians and a rapelling gear and a much better movie. Yes, a good time was had by all. If you didn’t get to see it by all means catch the encore.


  • 61

    Couldn’t go to the show last night. Frown I plan on going to the rebroadcast show on Tuesday.
    After then, I’ll check back in, read the comments, and post one of my own next week.


  • 62
    skierpete says:

    Saw it in Buffalo NY at the Regal Elmwood, seemed to be about 2/3rds full. I think I’m starting to see the same people at these. We had no sound for the trivia cards, though I think no one really noticed (I noticed that they usually had music but wasn’t sure.) Then when the trailers started there was still no sound. I went out immediately, but we got quite a ways into the performance without sound, in fact missed half of “Spring Fever” riffs before the sound finally came on. This was too bad, but the crowd tried to make up for it, trying to “Live Riff” the silent movie. Fact – Joe Six-Pack can’t live riff.

    Here’s my take on Sharknado, this being my first time seeing it: I was concerned about the riff-ability as well, but I also thought the movie would be very “nudge, nudge, wink, wink, ain’t this a stupid movie” when in fact it was really more of a “we’re going to make this completely straight – no matter how stupid the script or how bad the acting is”. Being done straight allowed it to still be riffed well, though that doesn’t mean it’s the type of bad movie I’d want to watch without the riffs. The movie itself is best described I think as “Aggressively Stupid”. I still don’t think that it is as good as a movie that really is trying to be a good movie and utterly failing.

    This was the third Live show my wife and I had been to, and I would put it as better than “SCCtM” and not as good as “Starship Troopers”. The riffing was strong, and we laughed consistently throughout – though not as hurt-my-sides strong as with “Troopers”. (God that one was so funny.)

    Watching the preview they did for Godzilla it made me realize that Godzilla and Sharknado are almost the same movie seperated only by 200-million dollars. I am really looking forward to Godzilla and especially Anaconda, which I think it the PERFECT movie for Rifftrax.

    Oh- and “TrumpyCanDoMagicThings” I also loved the “Kaiju Pigpen” joke, though I found it more clever than funny – which may have been why it didn’t get a bigger laugh.


  • 63
    Ray Dunakin says:

    My wife and I saw it in Mission Valley mall (San Diego) last night and had a blast. It was kind of a rare treat for us, because Cris is an “early bird” and usually goes to bed by 8:30 in the evening.

    We arrived about 7:20 and there was already a long line of people waiting to be let into the theater. The theater was either sold out or very close to it. I couldn’t tell if there were any empty seats. The crowd was very enthusiastic. It was fun to see the show with a full house of fans!

    Cris loves all the cheesy made-for-SyFy movies, and has seen parts of Sharknado on TV. I’ve never seen it at all. The movie was perfect riff fodder — super dumb, horribly edited, badly acted, the actors a mix of minimally skilled newbies/nobodies and washed up veterans, with a massive amount of visual effects produced on a dime store budget.

    The riffs were hilarious and had the whole crowd in stitches. It was also a thrill to see “A Case of Spring Fever” on the big screen, with new riffs. I’m always surprised at how many great new riffs they can come up with on something they’ve done before. On the other hand, I can’t help missing a few of my favorite riffs from the original MST3K version.

    As others have said, the jokes during the blank screen technical glitch were further proof of how brilliantly funny these guys really are!

    We’re looking forward to “RiffTrax Godzilla” next month!


  • 64
    mst3ktemple says:

    I laughed. I cried. I wet myself. Pretty typical Thursday night.


  • 65
    Viking Woman says:

    Oh, that was fun on so many levels. It was the first live Rifftrax my brother and I (12 and 15) had ever seen, and we were very pleased. It was all funny, but from the entire bomb-making scene (“But it was really sharks in Coast Guard uniforms.”) to the end, we were laughing so hard and so frequently that we could barely breathe.

    I think the Coily jokes are better in the MST3K version of “A Case of Spring Fever”, but the jokes in the last half were better in the Rifftrax version. Either way, I never, ever, ever thought I’d ever see Coily the Spring Sprite on a movie theater screen, and I couldn’t have been happier. “The name’s Coily– I’m the one true god!”

    The scene in the hardware store, especially where the girl tells her stupid shark story, was my favorite section of riffs. (“And then grandpa bit me.”) All the jokes on the Tasmanian guy were great, too. The “kangaroos in the paddock” running gag only got funnier as it went on.

    I will be going to many many more of these in the future. Hopefully those won’t have a guy in the middle of the theater yelling his own half-baked riffs throughout. Thinking

    Thank you, Rifftrax! (For making us laugh about love again.) Grin

    “Who knew the laws of nature are the same as in Super Mario Brothers?”


  • 66
    JeremyR says:

    I would agree that the movies have a different spirit than Troma, but Troma films do nothing for me – they are deliberately dumb and stupid. Asylum films aren’t good, but in many cases, they are trying to make a decent low budget movie, just liker Roger Corman and Bert I Gordon used to do. They are simply just B-movies.

    And in mose cases, they are far less of a soulless cash grab than the blockbusters they are ripping off.


  • 67
    Depressing Aunt says:

    I took my niece again and she really enjoyed this. She’s almost twelve now. She liked the ending of the movie best, she cracked up when the shark was chainsawed open from the inside and contained two people. I will definitely take her to “Godzilla.” Rifftrax is a terrific way for me to spend time with her.

    I loved that they riffed “A Case of Spring Fever” again–that’s one of my favorite shorts. (Butt cracks? Pencil clips??)

    We had a great time. Maybe more!


  • 68
    hookemhorns says:

    My wife and I took our high school-aged kids out of town for a college visit this week, so I missed seeing this at our usual theatre in Plano, Texas. The last few shows in Plano have been at least half full for crowds, although Starship Troopers had a completely full house. I was worried that in Austin we might encounter a sell out since the people there are generally younger, hipper, and more educated/savvy than in Dallas; they seem to get the MST3K concept more in Austin. However, the Plugerville Tinseltown 20 theater close to our hotel was probably only about half full.

    I had never seen Sharknado before. Wow. It was bad. It really was like Birdemic with a bigger budget and would have been unwatchable without the riffing. However, Birdemic had a certain charm to it because it was clearly put together by amateurs on a low budget. Sharknado had more recognized members of its cast and less of a low budget feel. Even Corman flicks have a kernal of an interesting story beneath their exploitation. This one did not.


  • 69
    hellokittee says:

    Awesome show, probably my favorite one in a while. Our theatre in San Mateo, CA (home of Rod and Natalie from Birdemic’s alma mater, San Mateo High) actually wasn’t very full though (the fullest I have seen it was for Starship Troopers). It was maybe 25% full? We had never seen Sharknado before and I thought it was just wonderfully idiotic. And dare I say I feel like Ian “Steve Sanders” Ziering actually kind of pulled off action hero in a barely coherent b movie pretty well! Nice work Ian!

    The guys proved they are veteran riffing masters when faced with the technical complications during the Godzilla preview. I ACTUALLY thought that there was no sound on purpose (for some reason) they pulled it off so well.

    Thanks for another great show guys!


  • 70
    ready4sumfootball says:

    #65 said: “But it was really sharks in Coast Guard uniforms.”

    I must have missed that one in the theater, but wooooww, is that an Earth to Echo riff? They threw that one in last minute, didn’t they? Shock


  • 71
    Cornjob says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a movie with a more cavalier attitude towards continuity, plausibility, narrative cohesion, editing, and the rules of cinematography in general. I think the makers of Birdemic tried harder to do the job right. They didn’t succeed, but they tried harder. Sharknado would be perfect for an Invasion of the the Eye Creatures style “They just didn’t care” segment. Is “Shoot the film. Let God sort it out” the motto of the director?


  • 72

    Goshzilla says:
    July 11, 2014 at 2:00 am

    For the record: Sharknado is not “intentionally bad.” The Asylum make no secret of their formula: cheap, stupid movies with titles and premises that you can’t help but think “Oh, I have to see this,” but they’re all produced with a straight face. They’re the the 21st century’s Roger Corman…

    Mind you, I’ve not actually seen Sharknado, but if it’s as rotten — not in a good way — as I suspect, then Corman may have to sue for libel.

    Corman’s pictures were crap, but at least he was right up front about it, not trying to be all straight-faced and self-aware, like so many crappy horror flicks these days.

    Perhaps in another twenty or thirty years, movies like Sharknado will have picked up a bit of “patina” and the visual style and effex become so dated that people will be able to watch it ironically and enjoy the unintentional humor the same way we enjoy Attack Of The Giant Leeches today. Perhaps, in the not-too-distant-future, Sharknado will be part of a whole new crop of stinky riff fodder for the artistic heirs of MST3K (MST4K?)


  • 73
    Manos Bride says:

    I know I’m a bit late to the party, but here goes.

    It was fantastic! I think it’s the best live show they’ve done since Birdemic. I had my doubts about the film as well, mostly because it was a big, loud action movie. I was concerned that the sound would drown out the riffers, and that there wouldn’t be enough space for the riffing. But they didn’t seem to have any problems with that. And as for the technical difficulties, it just showed that the guys are good enough to, quite literally, riff on a blank screen. At this point, I’m just going to stop worrying about what kind of movie they should do and just check out the results.

    I saw Sharknado once before the show, and it was pretty funny even without riffing. So the guys were able to really go to town on it. It had bad editing, preposterous weather effects, ridiculous science, and a script that would embarrass Ed Wood. Speaking as someone who has experienced several tropical storms, as well as a REAL Hurricane David, I can tell you they are nothing like they are portrayed here. For one thing, there are very few hungry sharks flying around attacking guys who were carrying chain saws. Smile

    Can’t wait for Godzilla!


  • 74
    td says:

    I saw it in Longview, Texas.
    I got there 30 minutes early in order to see all the pre-show title cards.
    Only problem was, Transformers was still going. The digital sign outside the door even said Rifftrax, but Transformers was going. So I went back and stood by the door and saw groups of people come to the same realization. I don’t think it was until 15 til that Transformers was fully over.
    Did anyone else experience this – not even the chance to see the full 30 minute pre-show cards?
    It’s never happened before at this theater.
    Theater employees were no help. I saw an employee in uniform standing close by using her phone, so I asked about it – “I just got here, no idea.” No, I will try to find out for you, just didn’t care and went back to her phone.
    Then another girl, who I guess had the job of walking up and down the hall looking for trash over and over (?) was walking back and forth talking to 2 teenage guys. I didn’t even bother asking this employee.
    I don’t think the theater was even half full, but this is a fairly small town. There is no advertisement via newspaper or anything else to my knowledge, so you would just have to know about it already in advance or just happen to click on the Events thing on Fandango to find out about it.
    That said, I am super happy that they hold these events. I guess I have been to at least 5 or more now. If they ever stopped having it, it would be too far to go to the next closest venue.


  • 75
    Darkknight says:

    I would think the studio would want Rifftrax to be able to sell VODs as I would assume the studio would have to get a cut of each download since they own the rights to the movie. That would be more money for the studio than them selling DVDs which I don’t see a lot of people running out and buying. For me no VOD means nobody is getting any money I’m afraid. The sharknado right’s owners need to realize if they allowed a VOD then everyone would be making money including them.


  • 76
    pumafan says:

    Full house in Fairfax, VA during a thunderstorm. We lost the video connection during most of the Spring Fever short, but had the audio, and honestly, most of us there had seen Spring Fever enough times to know what they were riffing on. Video came back on in time to lose it again during the Sharknado 2 sneak preview but that was State Theater’s fault then. Now shopping online for corrugated tin to help out during the imminent apocalypse.


  • 77
    1 adam 12 says:

    The theater in Beavercreek, OH was maybe two-thirds full. In my opinion, the show was overall very good, marred only by the technical difficulties in the Rifftrax Godzilla preview. I thought the riffing for A Case of Spring Fever was good, not great, and actually inferior to the MST3K original, but still very funny. Sharknado itself was absolutely hysterical. It seemed to start out a little slowly, but once the titular storm itself began, the riffing went full-throttle funny. Totally loved it!


  • 78
    Ken says:

    Went to the Stonecrest Movie theaters in Charlotte, where we have seen EVERY Rifftrax. Arrived 7.30 for the 8pm show…..looked up at the movie times, and lo and behold….Rifftrax…..SOLD OUT !! Confirmed at the ticket booth…….although there are always good crowds here ( 75-80% sometimes ) first time a Rifftrax has been sold out ( not even Plan 9 was sold out ! ). Oh well, on Long Island, NY now and will go to see the repeat tonight in Farmingdale. Will arrive extra early !


  • 79
    bad wolf says:

    Well, the comments here are really encouraging and there’s a new theater in driving distance, so i’m on for the show tonight. Looking forward to it!

    You know, folks here always say that they’re more interested in KTMA episodes than new Rifftrax material, but from the comments it looks like interest in Rifftrax is definitely still growing.


  • 80
    Bookworm says:

    I did indeed go to the repeat showing, at a nearby movie theater. And lo and behold, Kevin Murphy was there! He was with a fairly large, inter-generational group. (Family, perhaps?) Talked to him briefly after the show, and told him how much I enjoyed it.


  • 81
    Dishoficecream says:

    My first time at a replay showing since I’ve seen all the other ones live, in Burlington VT. The theater was probably 75% full and very responsive which was nice. I agree with the comparisons to Birdemic, Sharknado was just more awful and cynical with a larger budget. I loved the riffing, especially Mike’s Nic Cage impression, “and more!” Darkest riff: Bill saying over footage of flooding “Brownie shows up and does a heckuva job.” I laughed, no one else in my theater responded!


  • 82
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    Went to the repeat tonight. It wasn’t showing at the Rialto in Westfield, so I saw it at the Regal Commerce 18 in North Brunswick, NJ. By my count, at least 40 people braved the severe thunderstorm and flash flood advisories for the show.

    About the only difference between this and the original showing that I could see was that we could clearly hear the State Theater audience reaction to the opening title cards. That may just be the way the sound was mixed at the Commerce, though.


  • 83
    Russel Dalenberg says:

    I just saw the repeat of Rifftrax Sharknado, and it was everything I hoped it would be.

    Does anyone know where I can get a list of the songs (mostly shark related) that played during the pre-show? I’d love to try to collect them all so that I could have a Sharknado soundtrack.


  • 84
    Thom Sirveaux says:

    The second showing in Fargo, ND nearly sold out, and was well-received by the audience. I must admit I never thought I would see Coily on the big screen. When they introduced the Godzilla preview and suddenly had a blank screen, it proved how skilled these guys are. Kevin nervously singing “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult was a highlight.

    I had never seen Sharknado before, and now I know why. The filmmakers clearly came up with the title first, then built a movie around it. Having survived two real hurricanes (Francis and Jeanne in 2004), I laughed hardest when the film conveniently ignored the laws of physics to place the heroes in peril. The riffing was second-to-none. I understand there will be no VOD for this one, but I hope they at least release an MP3 so those who could not attend can enjoy it as well.


  • 85
    GornCaptain says:

    My local theater got the encore after all. (Or else Fandango was really buggy last week.) Light turnout for a Tuesday. This movie baked my noodle. Shaky cam gave me a slight headache. It makes Manos look like a Kurosawa film! And they ripped off more than one Spielberg movie. My ribs didn’t hurt from laughing as it did for Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, but had a great time. I did bust a gut over the Billy Zane riff.

    I recognized Robbie Rist as the school bus driver right away. And yet not one Cousin Oliver riff…

    And Coily will be haunting my nightmares once again. Wink


  • 86
    Retcon says:

    It was a good good show with great riffing. Through the Godzilla ad was a bit of a cheesy move, but still a great show and hopefully will be on DVD soon.


  • 87
    Smoothie of Great Power says:

    Wasn’t able to attend the original broadcast but I made it to the encore presentation last night.

    I’ll be honest, the pre-movie stuff has been the worst since the Plan 9 show. The re-riff of A Case of Spring Fever wasn’t nearly as funny and the Godzilla clips felt totally unnecessary.

    The movie, however, more than made up for it. If I wasn’t laughing at the riffs, I was laughing at the movie. So many “Crosses the Line Twice” style jokes whenever someone got eaten really sold it. And, admittedly, there were a lot of legitimately cool moments: Fin and Nova were both pretty bad(at sign-dollar-dollar) and the moment when Fin sliced the incoming shark in half with his chainsaw was definitely the movie’s crowning moment of awesome without also being hilarious at the same time (like his jumping into the last shark at the end).

    Favorite Riffs:
    “But is it a knife?”
    “Welcome to Taradise!” (My real last name is actually just one letter away from matching that.)
    “Oh, from downtown!”

    The really scary thing though, is after getting into my car after the show, the odometer read 90210!


  • 88
    Kenneth Morgan says:

    After watching the repeat, and remembering one of Bill’s riffs during the flight school scenes, this occurred to me: anyone care to wager that “Sharknado 3” will be a crossover with “Snakes on a Plane”? I can easily see this happening.


  • 89
    Joseph Klemm says:

    @83 I can tell you that the two Weird Al songs that played during the pre-show are “White and Nerdy” and “Nature Trail to Hell”. Both of them can easily be found on either iTunes or Amazon.


  • 90
    Lucas D. says:

    I made it to the repeat show on the 15th. The projectionist didn’t cue up the show until right at 7:30, meaning he fast-forwarded through all the fun stuff before the main event. I now hate that projectionist as much as I can possibly hate anything.