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A Seasonal Title from RiffTrax…

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36 Replies to “A Seasonal Title from RiffTrax…”

  1. EricJ says:

    No! No, no, no, CT was supposed to do this! Only the truly bizarre and strangest movies deserve the cream of riffing!

    (Oh, had I waited years to see this get good riffing, by more experienced hands, after seeing this turn up every year on backwater cable channels:
    A French Santa movie that turns into the African-terrorist plot from The Gods Must Be Crazy in the last reel, and spends most of its time focusing on the Xuxa-like Euro pop-star as the Sugarplum Fairy.)

    Stop all your crying business and join Mike, Kevin, and Bill for the madness that is I Believe in Santa Claus.

    What for??

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  2. David J says:

    You know, between all the Rifftrax Christmas films and shorts, you could have quite the marathon on of these days!

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  3. Atorgo says:

    Chill out with the parentheses dude!

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  4. Henry Limpet says:

    My Skull!

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  5. Remmie Barrow says:

    I wonder if there is a visit by the Ice Cream Bunny in this one.

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  6. Norman says:

    Everyone can ignore EricJ. I tucked him in bed and gave him a warm bottle.

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  7. David J says:

    Remmie Barrow:
    I wonder if there is a visit by the Ice Cream Bunny in this one.

    No, but I’d be shocked if they didn’t throw a callback in somewhere.

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  8. EricJ says:

    David J: No, but I’d be shocked if they didn’t throw a callback in somewhere.

    Gee, did the callbacks to every single Christmas short they ever made, in the description, give you that impression?

    Which is what I was talking about: This movie should have been the Kickstarter Show’s holiday episode, not “More holiday-destroying fun from the people who gave you the Ice Cream Bunny, the Small Tree of No Account, and the Star Wars Holiday Special!”
    This movie’s strangeness is uniquely of itself, it’s not just something you can throw on a pile of other past hits…

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  9. majorjoe23 says:

    This movie is a unique snowflake in the blizzard of bad movies and deserves better! – EricJ.

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  10. Ro-man says:

    EricJ, dude… deep breaths.

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  11. ety3rd says:

    EricJ … you want “more experienced hands” on this one?

    I did the math a while back … there are no hands more experienced in riffing than Mike, Kevin, and Bill: http://ety3rd.blogspot.com/2015/07/mst3k-rifftrax-ct-etc-hours-of-riffing.html

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  12. EricJ says:

    Perhaps “Discerning” was more the word–
    Ie., those who could riff the movie without trying to fit “French” jokes or ICB callbacks into it, or just restating the obvious that the movie is, well, strange.

    (Meaning, yes it does deserve better–This is more in the “React, not punish” category of collectively dropped jaws, while RT’s tastes run more toward the “Jingle All the Way” crowd.)

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  13. Ro-man says:

    EricJ: Ie., those who could riff the movie without trying to fit “French” jokes or ICB callbacks into it…

    Oh, is the great EricJ going to lecture us on good riffing?!? ;-)

    :present: :present: :present: :present: :present: Merry Christmas, EricJ! :present: :present: :present: :present: :present:

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  14. Chuck says:

    I just watched this last night. It’s gotta be one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

    Can we get a one post limit per thread for EricJ? The first post is literally him trying to start an argument. Why even comment on this thread if you hate Rifftrax?

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  15. Thad says:

    EricJ is just so angry about this that, after he pays his $9.99 to buy it, he’s only going to watch it three or four times. And he’s going to scowl through most of it. And he won’t even take notes about all the jokes he hates after the first or second viewing.

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  16. Droppo says:

    EricJ is getting coal in his stocking this year….again.

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  17. Ray Dunakin says:

    I’m really astounded at how many bizarre, horrible, twisted, lame, and completely inappropriate “Christmas” movies there are. Seems like every time I think I’ve seen the worst of them, along comes something even worse.

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  18. Dirk Squarejaw says:

    I’m getting the sense that Mike, Kevin, and Bill are so bitter, hateful and petty that they only chose this movie to personally spite a certain poster on this thread. (Think I’ll buy it twice now!)

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  19. Darkknight08 says:

    I like that EricJ’s posts almost always just have one “thumbs up,” which is coincidental since, you know, you can “thumbs up” your own post. Now I’m not saying he’s the only one “thumbing up” his posts, but that’s exactly what I’m saying.

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  20. Gummo says:

    If this is the French’s idea of a Christmas movie, I’d hate to see what they whip up for a non-jolly holiday….

    This one starts off a bit rote in the riffing, but the guys really get rolling in the second half.

    However, am I the only person missing the full RT theme song on the full-length movies? Save the shortened theme for the shorts, when I’m settling in for a full-length Rifftrax, I want to hear about the server deep inside a mountain protected by a dragon!

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  21. Bill Haverchuck says:

    @20 – I’m not much of a fan of the full-length RT theme, so I’m glad I don’t have to sit through it each time I queue up a VOD on Plex. I will concede that it works up the audience nicely at the live shows, though.
    And, holy cats, this looks like a wonderful hot mess of a Christmas movie! I can’t wait to check it out when I’m back from the in-laws!

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  22. EricJ says:

    @19 – I’m not–And thanks for the TWO thumbs on the first post in praise of the movie’s riffability (if only it could have gotten better riffers). :)

    As for the shortened theme…um, you want to? The very long and wacky animation’s become a little outdated, now that RT’s moved off of pimping millennial Twilight and Avatar jokes, and now hitched their company’s Santa-sleigh to the Ice Cream Bunny. It’s actually sort of quaint now to see what movies they used to think would get Jokes, Real Jokes by Comedy Professionals.

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  23. Dirk Squarejaw says:

    EricJ:
    @19 – I’m not–And thanks for the TWO thumbs on the first post in praise of the movie’s riffability (if only it could have gotten better riffers).

    As for the shortened theme…um, you want to?The very long and wacky animation’s become a little outdated, now that RT’s moved off of pimping millennial Twilight and Avatar jokes, and now hitched their company’s Santa-sleigh to the Ice Cream Bunny.It’s actually sort of quaintnow to see what movies they used to think would get Jokes, Real Jokes by Comedy Professionals.

    If I ever find myself hating something as much as EricJ hates RiffTrax, I sincerely hope that I won’t organize my entire life around it, just so that I can hate it even more. Truly bizarre.

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  24. Dr. Frankenkeister says:

    One reason I’ll be thankful when the reboot starts is because it’ll be something different for EricJ to complain about.

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  25. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    majorjoe23:
    This movie is a unique snowflake in the blizzard of bad movies and deserves better! – EricJ.

    EricJ is a unique snowflake.

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  26. Mike "ex-genius" Kelley says:

    Well, I would not have gotten this had I not gotten it for free but I have to admit it’s pretty good so far (we had to stop when they arrived at Santa’s “house”, which is a kind of run down shack the kids were very impressed with. I’m assuming they would have gone completely out of their little minds if they could have seen MY place). Yes, not nearly as good as it could have been, but good enough to have.

    Part of it is just the movie itself — it’s so completely weird on its own it doesn’t need any riffing (or at least it doesn’t need “professionals” to do it). I would have to say this: for those who might be on the fence, definitely get it. It’s been the first thing I’ve actually laughed at that’s come from RT in a long time.

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  27. JeremyR says:

    I am a fan of Rifftrax, but that opening, even in short form, is just painful.

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  28. Manny Sanguillen says:

    I am quite sick of theme songs and slow beginnings. I want to get right to the show I purchased, not wait around forever. I wish everybody would stop those. Like Seinfeld, I want it to start immediately and forget about the introductions.

    I hated with a passion the loud guitar noise that Rifftrax used to play at the end of the shows. It was so jarring and uncomfortable!

    Now I have to sit through a cartoon with a loud song before hand. I don’t like this either, but at least they stopped making that loud irritating guitar noise at the end.

    I still say take a clue from Seinfeld and lose the intros. And even the bass guitar riffs Seinfeld used between scenes and at the end weren’t loud and jarring, they actually sounded good.

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  29. JohnJ says:

    some people seem to need a refresher course on how to fast-forward. If you don’t like the theme song, you don’t have to listen to the whole thing.
    and I guess it’s better that EricJ does his tiresome shtick here. He could be out kicking puppies.

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  30. Ptomreeves says:

    I enjoy what rifftrax does around the holidays. They always seem to try and find some horrible flick or short that matches the theme of the occasion. This year they went above and beyond for Christmas! Thanks guys.

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  31. Cornjob says:

    It’s just not Christmas until I’m the prisoner of an ogre who wants to eat me while my parents are being held captive by 3rd world terrorists. Just like when I was kid. Happy Holidays.

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  32. dave says:

    Norman:
    Everyone can ignore EricJ.I tucked him in bed and gave him a warm bottle.

    Al I want for Christmas is a way to block Ericj’s posts and replies. Sampo how about a forum upgrade? Or is there a way I don’t know about?

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  33. John R. Ellis says:

    Is it possible to put posts by certain posters on “skip” or “hide”? Someone keeps spamming every RiffTrax thread with the exact same remarks, over and over. :-P

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  34. littleaimishboy says:

    So many Christmas movies are obviously the result of brainstorming sessions that end up with somebody saying

    “It sounds crazy – but it just might work!”

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  35. Johnny's nonchalance says:

    I’m also hot for teacher.

    There was a joke comparing Lemmy to the ogre. I wonder if they feel bad about that now?

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  36. John Seavey says:

    Did anyone else get the distinct impression watching this that the kids, um…died? I mean, they wander off into the middle of the completely deserted woods, getting colder and hungrier with every passing minute, they finally slump down in the snow and one of them warns the other that if they fall asleep they’ll die, and then they both pass out.

    And when they’re wakened, it’s by Santa and a magical fairy who looks just like their teacher and an evil ogre who looks just like their janitor and all sorts of impossible things happen and everything winds up just perfect. I’m not saying the movie is explicitly suggesting that everything is their final hallucinations as they die of exposure, but it does seem strangely in keeping with the tone of the film.

    Oh, and the riffing is fine, I counted exactly one ICB callback, and this is one of the strangest little things I’ve ever seen.

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