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Official Vol. XXXI Press Release


Here’s the official press release from Shout!

For Immediate Release
Available on DVD November 25th, 2014 from Shout! Factory
Mystery Science Theater 3000:
The Turkey Day Collection
Four DVD Box Set Features Previously Unreleased
Episodes Jungle Goddess, The Painted Hills,
The Screaming Skull and Squirm

It’s time to talk turkey! Celebrating Thanksgiving with turkey has been a well-known tradition for generations, but for MST-ies, Turkey Day also means celebrating another tradition: one that involves giving thanks for turkeys of the cinematic variety. This year, our Turkey Day feast will feature four never before on DVD episodes, Jungle Goddess The Painted Hills The Screaming Skull and Squirm.

This 4-DVD collectible tin box set is also stuffed with bonus features, including exclusive new Turkey Day episode introductions by Joel Hodgson, a new interview with Squirm star Don Scardino, new featurettes Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon, Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years, This Film May Kill You: Making ‘The Screaming Skull’ and Gumby & Clokey; as well as four exclusive Mini Posters by artist Steve Vance!

Fans who order this title from will receive a free MST3K Vol. XXXI slipcase, free exclusive MST3K coasters and free standard US shipping, with their copies shipping three weeks before street date. Pre-orders can be placed at

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Turkey Day Edition brings us Jungle Goddess, the tale of two pilots in search of a missing heiress and her father’s reward money. They track her down in the African jungle where she is doing just fine, thank you. Includes The Phantom Creeps Chapter One: “The Menacing Power; The Painted Hills, based on a novel about a kindly prospector who is murdered and his faithful pup takes on the perp. Also includes the short film Body Care & Grooming; The Screaming Skull, wherein a neurotic woman is driven to distraction — if not destruction — by the ghost of her new husband’s previous wife. Also includes the Gumby short Robot Rumpus; and the cult horror film Squirm, the low-budget tale of a southern town beset by electrified, carnivorous worms. Includes the short film A Case of Spring Fever, in which a frustrated man wishes springs (metal, not seasonal) never existed…and lives to regret it.

Bonus Features Include:
· Exclusive Turkey Day Episode Intros by Joel Hodgson
· Undercooked & Overstuffed: Inside the Turkey Day Marathon
· Bumper To Bumper: Turkey Day Through The Years
· Gumby & Clokey
· This Film May Kill You: Making The Screaming Skull
· Interview with Squirm Star Don Scardino
· Four Exclusive Mini-Posters by Artist Steve Vance

16 Replies to “Official Vol. XXXI Press Release”

  1. jjb3k says:

    That “Bumper to Bumper” featurette intrigues me. Is that a collection of all the Turkey Day bumpers from ’91 to ’95? I would think the ’93 bumpers would be unreleasable, since Shout! would probably have to track down everyone who was at that party and have ’em sign a release or something.


  2. Rob says:

    I really wanna see those coasters. They’re kind of the deciding factor for me, I don’t mind the tins so I don’t really need a slipcase.


  3. bootblacking says:

    “Clokey”? I thought it was “Pokey”


  4. THE SCREAMING SKULL is one of my favorite episodes. That Making-Of featurette sounds cool.


  5. Ang says:

    Art Clokey is the guy who created Gumby so I guess that’s what the reference is to.


  6. Pulatso says:

    I’m just guessing, but since the Turkey Day Bumpers are BBI creations, whatever contract was signed at the time of filming probably gave BBI full rights to the footage, probably no need of a secondary contract to release the bumpers on a video/DVD release.


  7. ….MICKEY’S THEME!….


  8. Happenstance says:

    I’m calling this my “GET A BOX!” set. Torgo gets all the attention but for my money Mickey is a thousand times creepier for his emo-loner-deadtalker routine (with just a hint of Snagglepuss). Also because he’s the director.


  9. hellokittee says:

    So is this in lieu of the Turkey Day internet stream that Joel did last year? He had eluded to doing that again this year, but maybe they (Shout & Joel) are doing this instead? Just curious.

    Some great titles here, The Screaming Skull and Squirm are favorites of mine, and while I enjoy the riffing in The Painted Hills, I find the movie to be REALLY depressing! As bizarre as it sounds, I have gotten teary eyed multiple times watching this one…


  10. Ngobleus says:

    Was kind of hoping for a reunion with all 3 stars of Squirm, but one’s good enough.


  11. Dan in WI says:

    hellokittee #9> I don’t think any of us know for sure at this point but my gut feeling is we will get all of the above as far as Turkey Day goes. I think it is highly likely we’ll get a pretty comprehensive collection of classic Turkey Day bumpers. I think we will get the Joel bumpers from last year’s streamed Turkey Day and I think we’ll get a second streamed Turkey Day this year. But will probably have to wait until a future release before any 2014 bumpers show up on a box set.
    I’m going to be optimistic on this one and go with that theory until we here differently.


  12. littleaimishboy says:

    Fifty-eight dollars and forty-nine cents?!?!?

    I hope they never release another Turkey Day collection again!!!!!


  13. Mibbitmaker says:

    “Clokey”, not “Pokey” — That’s the jokey. :-)


  14. Luther Strickland says:

    “Look, it’s Mickey. MICKEY!!!” Been looking forward to The Screaming Skull on DVD for a long time.


  15. Torlygid Racihmopt says:

    I can’t believe there isn’t more excitement that we’re finally getting Squirm! It’s been a favorite of me and my buddies for years. “A Case of Spring Fever” was a great short and nearly every riff hit the bull’s eye. The movie itself had a lot of great riffs, too. I’ve been waiting for this one for years, so can’t wait to get the set.

    I’ve also been waiting a long time for The Painted Hills. I think it was the first episode I watched where something struck me so funny that I had to stop the tape and laugh for 15 minutes straight. The scene that did that to me was “The first thing I’m going to do is buy me a montage!” montage. The whole montage was funny, but when Joel fills Jonathan’s cheerful-but-silent dialogue with “The world is dying!” I absolutely couldn’t stop laughing. He just looked so happy about it.


  16. Eighth Street says:

    The Painted Hills was my first, I might have to buy this one.


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