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Weekend Discussion Thread: Episode Pairings

In the episode guide discussion this week, somebody suggested a good episode that would go well with “City Limits,” and I thought, hey…!

So what pair of episodes works together for an awesome double feature? (Triple feature?)

My pick: “Catalina Caper” and “Horror of Party Beach.” Little Richard meets the Del Aires.

What’s your pick?

87 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Episode Pairings”

  1. Rachel says:

    South of the border triple feature! Robot Vs Aztec Mummy, Santa Claus, and Samson Vs the Vampire Women.
    Or a season one robot triple feature of Aztec Mummy, Robot Monster, and Robot Holocaust.

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  2. Ray Dunakin says:

    How about a triple feature showing The Rebel Set, Final Justice, and Operation Double 007 (aka Op. Kid Brother)?

    What ties these movies together is they all feature a villain disguised as either a priest or nun at some point in the movie.

    I think there are one or two more episodes which fit that theme but I can’t recall them at the moment.

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  3. Droppo says:

    Well, excluding sequels:

    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Santa Claus was the double feature that got me hooked on MST3K. So, that’s a must.

    Lippert padding extravaganza: The Lost Continent and King Dinosaur

    TV movie time: San Francisco Int’l and Code Name: Diamondhead

    Joe Don! Mitchell and Final Justice

    Depressing Duo: The Violent Years and High School Bigshot

    Twice the Tommy Kirk! : Village of the Giants and Catalina Caper

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  4. Cornjob says:

    Codename: Diamondhead had Ian McShane as a bad guy dressed as a priest.

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  5. Oppositional_Defiant says:

    Revenge of the Mysterions from Mars and Invaders From the Deep, natch! :-)

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  6. Kandy Kane says:

    Triple Beverly Garland: It Conquered The World, Gunslinger, and Swamp Diamonds! :-D

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  7. Ray Dunakin says:

    A Christmas marathon featuring all the episodes that are set at Christmas time, including the obvious “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” and “Santa Claus”, plus the less obvious “Mitchell”, and “The Girl In Gold Boots.” Have I missed any others?

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  8. Ray Dunakin says:

    Cornjob:
    Codename: Diamondhead had Ian McShane as a bad guy dressed as a priest.

    Ah yes! Thanks, I knew I was forgetting one.

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  9. Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy says:

    Mitchell and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – because the Joel to Mike transition is epic.

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  10. Ray Dunakin says:

    I like the idea of combining “It Lives By Night”, “Track of the Moon Beast”, and “Werewolf”, because these movies all think that showing lots of scenes of unappealing guys sweating feverishly and acting like they’ve got a bad case of gas is scarier than showing an actual monster.

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  11. Dan says:

    MSTie: Wait, you mean those are actually two different movies?!?!?

    Of course they’re different. One of them is a Space Chef vehicle with Nazi department stores blowing up & the other isn’t.

    How about RING OF TERROR & PUMAMAN? They both have guys saying “Puyma” a lot.
    A little thin, I admit…

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  12. Sitting Duck says:

    The Planet Killer Triple Feature with The Deadly Mantis, She Creature, and Riding with Death.

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  13. Jay says:

    Boggy Creek II and…

    Dad Blame!! Nothing goes with Crenshaw, The Outhouse Scene, Shirtless Twig Boy, and the other Little Creature. If you folks out there can think of an episode that goes with BC II then you best slap it on here faster than a gar can gut nine minners! Gotta go tend to mah fires.

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  14. Rabbit99 says:

    How about a double feature of The Day the Earth Froze and Jack Frost. Both evil witches are hysterical.

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  15. Goshzilla says:

    Ray Dunakin:
    How about a triple feature showing The Rebel Set, Final Justice, and Operation Double 007 (aka Op. Kid Brother)?

    What ties these movies together is they all feature a villain disguised as either a priest or nun at some point in the movie.

    I think there are one or two more episodes which fit that theme but I can’t recall them at the moment.

    Cornjob:
    Codename: Diamondhead had Ian McShane as a bad guy dressed as a priest.

    And San Fransisco International has Tab Hunter’s crook disguised as a priest, also. So that’s four evil priests plus a naughty nun. You could throw in Future War, too, for a little more sister action.

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  16. The Mighty Untrained FOOZLE says:

    I prefer to pair Outlaw with Deathstalker. Smug blonde doofuses in leather engaged in a smarm-off to the death. Count me in! Would also work well with Quest of the Delta Knights.

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  17. GizmonicTemp says:

    I would try to get as much of the good and beautiful from Mst3k that I could out of the episodes. First, of course, is “Manos”. Easy? Yes, but it’s such a well-rounded episode. Horrible movie, 10+ RPMs, great short, great host segs, check. For Mike, I REALLY want to go “Jack Frost” here, but “Space Mutiny” seems a better option. It’s classic Mike and Bill-Crow and has a decent RPM of ~9.5, but what really does it for me is that the movie itself is just so… darn… FUN! It perfectly contrasts the darkness of “Manos”. Aside from that, the only other vitally important thing we’re missing is a good black-and-white monster movie. I’ll go with “Beast of Yucca Flats” which is yet another 10+ RPM episode with not one, but TWO amazing shorts. Yup, that sounds like the perfect triple-feature: “Manos”, “Beast of Yucca Flats”, and “Space Mutiny” featuring the shorts “Hired 2”, “Money Talks”, and “Progress Island, USA”.

    Did you hear that “boom”? That was the dynamite.

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  18. Satoris says:

    I’d pair “Boggy Creek 2” and “The Final Sacrifice”. In both you have the late arriving, and highly riff able hillbillies. In BG2 its Crenshaw. In TFS its Pipper. Both are comic gold consarnit!

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  19. Trumpy's Dad says:

    How about a sports theme? If you enjoy the classic wrestling theme you could have Samson Vs. the Vampire Women followed by Racket Girls! If you want a triple feature you could show the exciting new sport of Sidehackers. Or a short featuring Crash Corrigan in the Undersea Kingdom.

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  20. klisch says:

    The Crawling Eye and Diabolik. From first episode to last.

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  21. Erich says:

    Parts: The Clonus Horror and Touch of Satan.

    Both were made in the 70s, both featured dull, myopic protagonists with pro-golfer physiques who found themselves in strange circumstances and who ultimately lost their freedom forever. Only difference was one drove a pretty car and the other rode a bike. Badly.

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  22. Jay says:

    Satoris:
    I’d pair “Boggy Creek 2” and “The Final Sacrifice”. In both you have the late arriving, and highly riff able hillbillies. In BG2 its Crenshaw. In TFS its Pipper. Both are comic gold consarnit!

    Dad Blame if you didn’t do the undoable and find a partner for Boggy Creek II as requested in #63! Not only does Final Sacrifice have its own version of Crenshaw, but it’s also got it’s own Twig Boy in the form of Larry Czonka’s son. Well done!

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  23. jaybird3rd says:

    I would pair up “Riding With Death” and “Space Mutiny”. They’re cut from the same low-budget, made-for-TV, 1970s cloth (even though “Space Mutiny” is from the late 80s), and Reb Brown and Ben Murphy are like long-lost, bland cousins.

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  24. Cornjob says:

    The Projected Man, Werewolf, and Track of the Moon Beast. The Paul monsters attack.

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  25. Bob Searles says:

    The Atomic Brain and The Unearthly.

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  26. Joseph Klemm says:

    Green Switch: You could have a marathon viewing of creepy hypnotist movies from Season 8.

    Not only did you have The Undead and The She Creature, but you also had The Thing That Wouldn’t Die (the head was hypnotizing people left and right), Terror from the Year 5000 (the Terror’s glittery fingernails hypnotized her victims), I Was a Teenage Werewolf (Doctor Whit Bissell affecting Michael Landon), and Devil Doll (the Great Vorelli’s party tricks).

    Don’t forget The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (with the gypsy lady hypnotizing Nicholas Cage to commit a few murders).

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  27. Dave says:

    Blonde Russian Spy:
    How about Manos and …Mixed Up Zombies?Torgo and Ortega would go great together.

    I always thought they were perfect together. My fantasy MST3K reunion featured Mike and the bots going through the wormhole and suddenly the SOL set is half Joel era and half Mike, with 2 of each bot with the differing voices. Also we would have half Deep 13 and half Castle Forrester with every mad represented. Movie segment 1 would have Joel, Trace and Josh, followed by Joel, Trace and Kevin, then Mike, Trace and Kevin and finally Mike, Kevin and Bill. The reason I mention this is I wanted a segment with Torgo and Ortega trying to out disgust each other.

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  28. Satoris says:

    Jay: Dad Blame if you didn’t do the undoable and find a partner for Boggy Creek II as requested in #63! Not only does Final Sacrifice have its own version of Crenshaw, but it’s also got it’s own Twig Boy in the form of Larry Czonka’s son.Well done!

    Good thinking! When linking up Crenshaw and Pipper, I never considered the connection of Troy and Tim “do a pushup kid” Thornton. Well done to you too sir! Fiddlesticks!

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  29. Edwin B says:

    Earth vs the Spider, War of the Colossal Beast, Tormented and The Magic Sword. What do they all have in common? Merrit Stone! Of course, follow it up by watching The Rebel Set, which has the Merrit Stone sketch :)

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  30. Steve Vil says:

    Rifftrax’s “The Galaxy Invader” right into MST3K’s “Pod People” so you would get deja vu during the opening credits.

    “Angels’ Revenge” and “Alien From L.A.” would be a good, “vacuous women” double feature.

    Conversely, “Cave Dwellers” and any of the “Hercules” movies for a “vacuous men” double feature.

    “Mitchell” and “Soultaker”, natch.

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  31. Ray Dunakin says:

    Oh! Oh! Double feature of “Teenage Werewolf” and “Werewolf”, BUT not just because they are both werewolf movies. They also both have the idiotic plot device of a scientist who thinks turning people into murderous beasts against their will and without their knowledge, will somehow make said scientist rich and famous rather than disgraced, imprisoned and sued.

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  32. Apologies in advance if any of these have already been posted:

    Prince Of Space and Invasion Of The Neptune Men. The obvious classic pairing.

    The Brain That Wouldn’t Die and The Thing That Couldn’t Die. Because evil disembodied heads.

    Cave Dwellers and Deathstalker. A double dose of dumb-ass sword’n’sorcery fantasies.

    Earth Vs The Spider and Giant Spider Invasion. Because you can’t get enough of stupid giant spider flicks.

    Monster A Go-Go and Giant Spider Invasion. A Bill Rebane Festival.

    The Sinister Urge and The Violent Years. An Ed Wood exploitation double feature.

    Bride Of The Monster and Devil Fish. Decide for yourselves which giant aquatic monster was more realistic.

    Robot Holocaust and Warrior Of The Lost World. The post-apocalyptic hellscape was never stupider.

    The Skydivers and The Starfighters. Because airplanes! …and because I still maintain that Starfighters was directed by Coleman Francis under an assumed name.

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  33. Blonde Russian Spy:
    How about Manos and …Mixed Up Zombies?Torgo and Ortega would go great together.

    Y’know… now that you mention it, I think Manos and Screaming Skull would be good together as they both have supporting characters who are speech impediment-afflicted, slightly tetched-in-the-head caretakers with odd hobbling walks.

    I’ve always thought that Mickey was the Torgo of the Sci-Fi Years.

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  34. maclen:
    For me it would be Creeping Terror and Monster a Go-Go, due to the similar use of narration.

    …and also because both movies are so wonderfully, sublimely, ferociously bad. Bad photography, bad editing, bad writing, bad acting, bad directing — a “perfect storm” of badness.

    I have both of those episodes as part of a marathon “mix” I like to call the “Third-Rate Festival” — along with Incredibly Strange Creatures and RiffTrax’s Plan 9 From Outer Space.

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  35. And, how about Frank’s first and last episodes: Rocketship XM and Samson Vs The Vampire Women.

    …and while I’m on the subject of rasslin’, I also enjoy watching Racket Girls and Samson Vs The Vampire Women back-to-back.

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  36. Ray Dunakin:
    I like the idea of combining “It Lives By Night”, “Track of the Moon Beast”, and “Werewolf”, because these movies all think that showing lots of scenes of unappealing guys sweating feverishly and acting like they’ve got a bad case of gas is scarier than showing an actual monster.

    I don’t know about you, but I thought the “hero” in They Live By Night made the Pumaman look like The Incredible Hulk.

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  37. Ray Dunakin says:

    Mike Flugennock: Y’know… now that you mention it, I think Manos and Screaming Skull would be good together as they both have supporting characters who are speech impediment-afflicted, slightly tetched-in-the-head caretakers with odd hobbling walks.

    I’ve always thought that Mickey was the Torgo of the Sci-Fi Years.

    I always felt like Mickey was a prequel to Torgo. After his murderous boss was killed by a screaming skull, Mickey moved to Texas, got mixed up in a sinister-yet-goofy cult, became even more messed up, and changed his name to Torgo.

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