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Episode guide: 606- The Creeping Terror

Movie: (1964) A slow-moving alien rug monster manages somehow to catch and swallow many people in a small town with no dialog.

First shown: 9/17/94
Opening: Tom is a security guard
Intro:It’s laundry day in Deep 13, Dr. F. makes the bots pretentious poseurs
Host segment 1: Crow makes a flag for the SOL, and M&tB raise it
Host segment 2: M&tB stick it to “Love American Style”
Host segment 3: Mike sets up his stereo system
End: Crow and Tom want Gypsy to swallow them, Mike reads letters, Dr. F. “presses” Frank about the laundry
Stinger: “My God! What is it?”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (247 votes, average: 4.67 out of 5)


• I like this episode a lot. The host segments are lots of fun, the riffing is great and while the movie is gray and tedious, at the same time it is TOTALLY OUT THERE. The questions it raises are endless. What’s chained up in the spaceship? Why does the creature look like a Chinese parade dragon? Why did that guy swallow a basketball? Why a full ten minutes of dance hall footage before the the monster arrives? And on and on.
• This episode appears in Rhino’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 1.
• I love how they added a little drool to Servo’s mouth when they show him sleeping.
• There’s lots of narration and little dialogue, but don’t believe the commonly told story that the soundtrack dropped off of a boat into Lake Tahoe. The movie was shot without sound, with a plan to dub in the dialog later, a la “Manos.” But there wasn’t enough money for that when the time came, so the narration was used instead.
• I’m a little surprised that they chose this movie, and I’m very impressed that they did with it, for this reason: this movie easily ranks in the top 5 of The. Most. REPETITIVE. Movies. Ever. Show some dancing. Show the monster. Then some dancing. Then the monster. Over and over and over. I would rank this right up with “The Starfighters” and “Neptune Men” in terms of a movie that shows you the same thing over and over and over. That they managed to stay funny and come up with a different joke (more or less) every time the movie presented them with the EXACT same image again and again and again, is a real achievement.
• I’m doing these in episode number order, but this was not the next episode fans saw after episode 605- COLOSSUS AND THE HEADHUNTERS. Comedy Central ran episode 609- THE SKY DIVERS the following week, then 607- BLOODLUST the next week, then there was a week break before this episode ran. Then there was another two-week break before the network ran 608- CODE NAME: DIAMOND HEAD followed a week later by 610- THE VIOLENT YEARS. At that point the episodes got back into order.
• This episode aired the same weekend as some 2,000 MSTies from all over the nation were encamped at the Raddison Hotel in Bloomington for the first CONVENTIOCON EXPOFEST-A-RAMA. Unfortunately, the hotel’s TVs did not get Comedy Central, which meant that fans had to find another way to see the episode. I went to the home of a friend who lived in the area.
• This movie has the infamous baby-temperature-taking scene, one of its most commented-upon aspects by bad movie buffs.
• The “Love American Style” bit in segment 2 is sort of meta: a sarcastic premise surrounding a second, intentionally lame, premise. On the plus side, Mike kisses Servo and Crow.
• As Servo notes, it’s a good guess that the director got a pervy little thrill by the image of a woman’s legs (preferably still kicking) being pulled into the monster. I’ve since been told (and I wish I hadn’t) that this is a thing, and the thing is called “Vore.”
• In the ACEG they mentioned that segment 3 was written mostly by Frank, who loves sketches where nothing happens for long stretches. Is Mike’s using a green magic marker on his CD something audiophiles did (or still do?)
• Mike’s line, “another frustrated IBM PC user!” became a widely traded sound file.
• Very neat image with the wringer at the end. Very Joel-like.
• Cast and crew wrap-up: Story and screenplay writer Robert Silliphant also worked on “The Incredibly Strange Creatures…” Special effects guy Clifford Stine also worked on “This Island Earth,” “The Mole People,” “The Deadly Mantis” and “The Thing That Couldn’t Die.”
• CreditsWatch: Host segments directed by Jim Mallon. Jef Maynard is added to the “set design” credit, along with Joel and Trace. Ken Fournelle gets a lighting credit, or any kind of credit, for the last time. He had been involved with the show since season one. Crist Ballas is back to do hair and makeup.
• Fave riff: “We’re the special unit! Helloooooo!!” Honorable mention: “Now, cough, honey.”

175 Replies to “Episode guide: 606- The Creeping Terror”

  1. Clint says:

    I have a friend who’s a bit of an audiophile (though not as bad as Mike portrays), and the sketch where Mike “greens” his CD is his all-time favorite. He says the components Mike lists off were actually really high-end back when this episode was produced.


  2. Rowsdower42 says:

    Love this episode too, for both the riffing and the sketches. I can’t get enough of the LOVE: American Style! skit. It’s mostly them doing the theme song that gets me.

    As far as the movie itself goes, oh, it’s bad. But not that sort of loathsome bad like Manos or Eye Creatures. I mean, it never makes you feel awful for your participation in humanity, like Coleman Francis films do.


  3. underwoc says:

    I’ve always loved the sloppy, yet completely recognizable version of the Love, American Style theme song that the Brains perform. Right up there with the Star Trek fight music for best SOL song cover.

    And speaking of cover, am I the only one who thinks it might have been kinda fun to be a part of the crew operating the monster? Sure it was probably a thousand degrees under there and it probably stunk like Hades’ armpit, but still…


  4. jjb3k says:

    Looking at the “baby temperature taking” scene, it becomes apparent that the crew had no immediate access to a real baby. Hence why we only see the tot in stock footage cutaways and the mother never picks the damn kid up. Geez…

    I love this episode too! Great host segments, hilarious riffing, and a relentlessly goofy film. I also subscribe to the theory that Vic Savage (a.k.a. Art J. Nelson) had a “women being eaten by aliens” fetish. Hey, I’ve seen weirder – and in the days before DeviantArt, people had to vent their unconventional sexual frustration somehow.


  5. ck says:

    “My guess is that the monster emitted a stupid ray that negated the flight response in humans.”
    Finally a rational explanation for no one
    running/walking/crawling away!

    Just think how easily the Professor and the
    other Castaways could have disposed of the monsters (perhaps the Professor could have made a laser from coconuts).


  6. Flying Saucers Over Oz says:

    Actually have a cassette tape, THE GOLDEN TURKEY ALBUM from Rhino, with that inane song. It’s called ‘Dance Hall Twist’, love…

    This episode always gives me the creeping giggles. The endless, bizarre narration is such an easy target…


  7. ThorneSherman says:

    Great episode, terrible movie, even by MST3K standards. The riffing on Grandpa in the stream, “Let the current take you away”, “Don’t make me stand up, you know I can’t” just kill me everytime. The K.D. Lang lookalike deputy and “his siren”, Officer Third Wheel…..just love this episode. Also, being a Baltimore guy, the reference to the monster in the ship as Boog Powell is extra funny.


  8. Stickboy says:

    Oh the doohickie is going kablooie and the thing is doing the deal.

    Without Mike and the bots, this movie could kill a man. Just sit on his head and crush it. They should get this thing for Guantanamo Bay.

    Okay, so the audio track isn’t there, but in some places it is. Did they do some overdubbing but forgo the rest? Why?

    As an episode, this is great. As others have already said, the long stretches of silence leave room for lots and lots of riffs. I’m willing to bet this episode has one of the highest riff-counts in all of MST3Kdom.

    My personal favorite riff: He’s part of the really big brothers program.

    I think the alien is the result of Rincewind’s trunk mating with a bag of holding.


  9. Stickboy says:

    Oh, just wanted to say: I remember a discussion thread a few months ago asking who are the hottest women in any of the MST3K episodes. I’d like to retroactively nominate the wife in The Creeping Terror. I think the character’s name is Honey. She’s beautiful.


  10. H says:

    A fun episode. Movie is just so out there, I don’t even know what to say. Host segments are good. I, like Frank, can’t get enough of that music and just doing nothing.


  11. underwoc says:

    I just re-watched this, and it occured to me…what is it the Brains call it when a riff basically just repeats something happening on screen? At any rate, there are plenty of them in this film. It’s probably due to the lack of dialogue to play off of.

    Never the less, one these observational riffs is easily one of my favorites. Right before we meet the young professor for the first time, we have an odd shot of the deputy and his wife which prompts Tom to ask, “What’s she doing?” And then they hold the pose long enough for the viewer to, er, imagine every possibility.

    On a completely different note, I forgot that this was the episode that suggested even Larry Storch needs a stalker.


  12. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    I was just watching this, and geeking out on imdb, and I didn’t realize the crazy trivia associated with this one. Turns out not only was Dr. Bradford the original Marlboro Man, but it turns out the guy who plays k.d. Lan…er, Martin was actually the director!!! No wonder the makeout session in front of the deputy lasted so long. Pretty sneaky, sis!


  13. big61al says:

    This is my absolutely favorite lame monster of the series! A truly great episode!


  14. Omega says:

    There is a scene in the movie where the sheriff’s wife is holding her husband’s hand when the doctor arrives. However the angle of the camera and the position of her arm suggested she was grabbing another appendage. The reaction from Mike and the Bots was simply priceless. So my favorite riff is Crow’s “Honey, turn your head and cough.”


  15. crowschmo says:

    “There IS a branch. This is not a drill.” :mrgreen:

    Dated reference: Susan Powter. (What ever happened to her?)

    Sampo: “What guitar player would use his guitar as a weapon?” – Well, El Kabong, of course, whom Mike actually mentioned.

    This one had me laughing alot in the beginning. It kind of drags in the middle, then picks up again here and there. Funny riffs. Weird ass movie. :shock:

    Like Sampo, my favorite line is Servo’s, “We’re the special unit – HEL-LO!”

    How the Sam Scratch did that big ass alien get in the dance hall? No doors looked that big.

    Martin sure didn’t get too bent out of shape when his uncle Ben got eaten by the alien in the ship. :roll:
    Mike comments: “Well, he probably knows what he’s doing.”

    I loved when Crow imitated the narrator.
    (In a drawn out scene):”While we’re waiting, I might point out that Angel County has great opportunities for light industrial development.”

    (When the narrator says that Dr. Bradford arrives and he doesn’t appear in the scene right away): “I SAID Dr. Bradford arrived.”

    (When Ben asks Martin what he thinks about the space ship and he says it’s no airplane): “Ben never asked Martin another question.”

    (When kd lang and whoever that other guy was were talking at the desk {was it the doctor? I forget already}): “It was a real interesting conversation.”

    And Mike does the narrator too when he says (in dance hall scene): “Sorry, folks – should’ve told you about the sub-plot, it even caught me, the narrator, off guard.”

    I like when Crow says, “Actual dialogue startled everyone.”

    When Dr. Bradford arrives and the narrator says that he was younger than one would have thought, Servo says, “I had no preconceptions.”

    Crow (when the OTHER monster gets loose): “This might be rather cynical on my part, but I put it to you that THAT is the same monster.”

    (When Martin starts smashing the controls in the ship with his gun) Mike: “Hey-hey, there’s bullets in the other end of that thing.”

    (When it’s clear the information was sent, Martin comes out of the ship) Crow: “Well, we’re dead, world’s over, my fault, sorry.”

    (Guess I should just recite the whole movie, here, eh?) :wink:

    I like when we first see the “terror” and M&TB’s giggle and Mike comments, “Geez, he’s aerodynamically perfect.”

    Crow: “Well, I don’t understand it, so let’s start shootin’.”

    It was hilarious how they couldn’t make this thing move any faster so the actors just had to stand there, or “help” the monster eat them.
    Mike: “If you can help me out by climbing in..”
    Servo: “We’ll wait here while you kill us.”

    Yep, one stinker of a movie. But a good ep.

    Somewhere, that baby is still crying. Alone.


  16. Fred P says:

    One of my all time favs. If I was trapped on an Island it would be one of the episodes I had to have. With (really old) “Teenagers from Outer Space”, “Santa Claus” and “The day the Earth Froze.”….When a monster loves a car very, very much….


  17. Brandon says:

    “I think I hit on something. Stay away from his mouth! Don’t climb inside it! That’s it!”


  18. I'm evil says:

    A great episode, and one that seems to improve with multiple viewings. The whole section starting with the arrival of Doctor Bradford (“What is she doing with her hand?”; “I have no preconceived notions of his age!) leaves me in stitches.

    This has got to be one of the poorest attempts at film making ever. Story, production, acting, music; failures on all fronts. While I can understand Sampo’s explanation about the shortfall in money leading to no dubbing of the dialog, I still have to wonder if the director went into this movie with any kind of a plan. Watching this I get the feeling that they had an outline that they worked from and then went out and shot–hoping for the best and ending up with a bunch of footage that made little sense. Things like the fight at the dance and the conversation between Bradford and the deputy toward the end of the film seem to support this. Regarding the latter, you never get a two shot of them together and the backgrounds behind them don’t really match (even though they put a photo of the wife behind the doctor to make it seem like he was in the deputy’s office).

    And even accepting that they had rely on a narrator because they could not afford to dub, the narration seems haphazard and poorly planned. As Mike notes, “Geez, just when we need to know what’s going on, the narrator clams up!”

    Ultimately, this move makes “The Dead Talk Back” look like “Schindler’s List.” Then again, it did lend itself to a very entertaining MST episode, so maybe in was worth it.


  19. MikeK says:

    As I watched this episode I got to thinking about bad movies, then and now. Surely, it can be argued that the Creeping Terror is still a better looking monster than any to be found in a Sci-Fi Channel Saturday movie. Seeing some of that absolutely wretched CGI really makes me appreciate a physical monster like in The Creeping Terror.


  20. MPSh says:

    As usual, bad movie yields great episode. I really love the music in the dance hall scene; they seem to start out playing “Hold That Tiger”, but wind up playing the theme music of the old Hollywood Squares show from the ’60s.

    The host segment with the stereo system was a scream as well. I tend to like host segments best when they connect directly to the film. That same cheesy music playing, and nothing else happening for a full minute – there’s something hilarious about that.

    I also got a kick out of Grandpa Alan Lomax wheezing his way through the woods looking for his slack-jawed grandson: “BOB-BY!”

    As for guitar as weapon, that one looked like a Gibosn L-5 or L-7. I think El Kabong used a Silvertone.


  21. Nick-0 says:

    Ah, the Creeping Terror. “Why this terror isn’t creeping! It’s moving along quite briskly!”

    Few other facts about the movie:
    William Thourlby who played the role of Dr. Bradford use to be a model and did a lot of photos as the “Marlboro Man” for Marlboro cigarettes. True story. Ask your grandma.
    (Wait, what are cigarette advertisements? BUH?)

    And Assistant Director Randy Starr, once gave a gun to a fellow named Charlie Manson.. And history was born (The gun was used in the Tate murders) Oh, and them muddy lake scene? Filmed at the Spahn Ranch.

    Thanks Wikipedia!

    This is a great MST3K episode, and I always love looking up the movies on Wikipedia or IMDB to see what else I can learn about it, and what amusing anecdotes I can find out. So when I go out on Friday nights, I can further baffle people with useless triva about movies they’ve never heard of.


  22. Joseph Nebus says:

    Re #3:I’m not a medium, I’m a petite

    > Was there a movie based motivation for the Love American Style bit ? There was for the flag and the Hi-Fi segments of course, but I can’t nail one down for this… the young marrieds coming back from their honeymoon ?

    Yes, I think the connection there was the young newlyweds come back from their honeymoon and the odd little attempt by the rogue narrator who doesn’t play by the rules to set up the conflict between the bachelor and his newly-married buddy who wants to see him married already. I don’t know that this incident was ever a Love, American Style sketch, as I’m not able to watch the show, but it seems to fit squarely within its demesne. (Or it may have been the Brains just thought of the show and figured, if they’re not going to make particular efforts to ridicule flimsy and unimportant targets then who is?)

    This episode is my choice to watch for Thanksgiving Day. There aren’t many episodes that fit so perfectly to any particular holiday.

    I did ages ago (before the episode was commercially available) show a tape of this one for a movie-night event at my ham radio club. There was, understandably, delight at the riff, “A race of ham radio operators!” (Not that “Are we inside Television City?” wasn’t also appreciated.)

    Is this episode the one that introduces the petting zoo/llama thing that would be so expertly applied in, for example, Auntie McFrank’s Tingleberry Inn?


  23. BigZilla says:

    “Bobby has often observed his parents at night”

    This was one of the first episodes of the show I was able to tape after I learned how to work the VCR (remember those?). Very funny but between the monster fetish issues, Bobby’s seeming psychosis, and just all the other plain out weirdness it has a definite dark side too.

    Oh, and the monster has corn smut.


  24. George says:

    The “Love American Style ” sketch was funny. However, like a lot of comedies of the past, LAS was funny at the time. Just as “Laugh In”, “Honeymooners,””I Love Lucy”, Welcome Back, Kotter,”, and any chaplin movie, was funny in their time now they are stale. To act as if you don’t think it was funny it was never funny is pompous. MST3000 will, however, be funny forever! :grin:


  25. Evan K. says:

    MPSh #70: “As for guitar as weapon, that one looked like a Gibosn L-5 or L-7.”

    I’m going to have to watch that and see. I hope you’re wrong. I own both an L-5 and an L-7, and the thought of someone smashing one to make a bad movie . . . *shudder*


  26. Kline says:

    One of my all time favorites. Favorite riffs:
    Her Hinder’s out of control.
    You see, when a monster and a car are in love..
    Here’s my torso.
    If I could find a windshield, I’d give it a ticket.
    He told himself.
    Wanna get back to the script!
    and so many more.


  27. Terry, the sensitive knight says:

    #3 – I’m not a medium, I’m a petite –

    You’re right, it is a Jaguar – a 50’s (actually came out in ’49) XK 100 Coupe.

    One the few movies I saw way before they were mstied.

    “I’m the narrator, I was just on break, I hope you don’t mind”

    “I think he’s self-concious of his big ol’ butt” (the monster entering the woods)

    (the spaceship upon landing) “meanwhile the bride cooked their first meal”

    (El Kabong/hootenany scene) “Only Tom Paxton can save us now!”

    “Let’s just crab-walk out of here, honey”

    “Look at the prices on these Kenwoods, the aliens must be insane! (perhaps in reference to that ’70s-’80s hi-fi equipment wholesaler “Crazy Eddy’s”)

    (dance hall scene) “everyone looked 40 back then” & “that’s why the British Invasion was so easy”

    (monster’s growling) “sounds like Screaming Jay Hawkins”

    Yeah, I’ll give it 5 stars.


  28. I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    #74. I’ll give you 50%. LAS, Kotter, laugh-In and many others were overly-dependant on tenor of the times and when those times passed, so did much of the humor.

    I Love Lucy is still very funny. Some of the Honeymooners ( of the orignal B&W ones ) stand up ( the color ones shouldn’t have been made at all, same actually for Lucy ).

    Chaplin no longer funny is too out there for me to think about. Like saying Shakespeare isn’t funny any more.


  29. MikeH says:

    I have heard several bits of trivia on where this was filmed. Initally around the Tahoe area (where you get the sound recorder dropped in the lake story) I have heard this was filmed in my former home town of Simi Valley Ca. I’ll nominate the 2nd version. The area deifinetly looks like Simi, especially in the 60’s (it’s all built up now) The “headquarters” does resemble my old high school (“later that day , shop class was cancelled”) Tahoe is definetly more forested, verus Simi which is more shrubby with oak trees as seen in our fine film.

    Host segments in this ep: Average. Everything else of the episode: Brilliant!!

    “My god what is it??”


  30. DON3k says:

    About “Even Larry Storch needs a stalker”, well Al Bundy was his biggest fan.

    This experiment is a fave of mine. Great laughs throughout. There’s tons of just comical footage that needs to riffing, as mentioned, what with all the climbing-in-the-monster’s-mouth, car humping, etc.

    Another I love laughing at is the old man in the car observing the attack, just staring, and shaking his head, before driving off. To which Mike just says, “Well, I ‘spose…”


  31. Brandon says:

    I just re-watched this episode. Always loved it.

    Perhaps my favorite scene is the long, dragged sequence where the monster desperately tries to devour two dead teens from awrecked car, and the monster keeps turning the car over and over, with little to no sucess (Crow: “This is the world’s most comlicated vending machine!”). The funniest part is the angry roar that the monster lets out. And, then for no apparent reason, the Monster shakes his body around, prompting Servo to do a fitting Charo impression.

    “Cootchie, Cootchie! RLRLRLRLR!!!”


  32. Dyne says:

    Actually I think Martin was smart to not shoot at the control panel when he was trying to break it (probably the only smart thing he does in the movie) since there was no guarantee that the “super tough alloys” weren’t bulletproof. If they were, the bullet would have ricocheted everywhere and risked killing him, thus making him fail sooner than he actually did.


  33. norgavue says:

    This is a hard movie to watch. Nothing seems to happen at times and the climb into the monsters mouth thing makes no sense. So in other words a perfect movie for the show. I still love the whole not running away from a creature who couldn’t ever catch up with you. Solid riffing in this episode either way.


  34. Cubby says:

    I love this movie for one reason.

    The Colonel is James Caldwell.

    That is all.


  35. BOB-beeeeeee! says:

    Has anyone ever seen the un-MST3Ked version of this? I tried sitting through it once but I just couldn’t make it more than about ten minutes. Was there any explanation given for the bizarre fight at the dance hall where the one dude nearly rips the girl’s dress top off and then randomly starts punching the other dude? Did BB cut something there or was the scene always that random?

    (As an aside, I wish the DVD releases still contained both MST and non-MST versions of the films, even if I never did manage to make it through an entire viewing of an un-MST version.)


  36. pearliemae says:

    One of my all time faves. But, I do so like the gray little movies. All the above riffs, plus…”his hopelessly inbred synapses begin to fire.” “she’s getting the breakfast dishes done just in time” And the whole dance hall thing, especially the Jerry Lewis guy. They did many Jerry Lewis riffs over the years, but I think this is the best. I also love this site because of the facts and factoids I learn. I’m just not sure I love learning about “vore” though. And on a more personal note: the actor who plays the assistant deputy or whatever he is, Norman Boone, also was on a late 60’s TV show called “Garrison’s Guerillas”. His name there was Brendan Boone, and I had a terrific junior high school crush on him.


  37. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    85 – I wish they came with both versions too. Overdrawn at the Memory Bank would be a good one, but not this one. I tried watching it by itself, but I just started repeating the riffs in my head, then though “what’s the point” and flipped the disc over.


  38. GizmonicTemp says:

    Concerning aliens being beaten with guitars, that is exactly why I play electric. The solid body would give me more of a fighting chance that an acoustic would. Although, I guess you could fill the acoustic with gasoline and make sort of a Molotov cocktail with it. That’d be better. But if you had electric, then you could make the alien swallow the amp and electrocute him. Hmmmm. So many ways to kill an alien with a different types of guitars…


  39. ck says:

    The monster can just be thankful Harpo wasn’t
    playing a harp. It would’ve been sliced and diced like a hard boiled egg. :shock:


  40. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    So who would make the best guitar-slinging monster killer? Pete Townsend immediately jumps to mind, but I have to wonder how Ace Frehley might do, what with rockets that shoot out of the end of his guitar and all. Or maybe the guys from ZZ Top? I’m thinking their spinning guitars could do some real damage. Then there’s Nugent of course…Wango Tango!


  41. Captain Cab says:

    Haven’t seen this one in at least eight years for obvious reasons, nothing to do with the episode itself or the riffing which is on a how-did-they-do-it level right up there with Catalina Caper.

    For me and a friend, the most memorable riff will always be from the dance scene’s infamous “Duh duh da duh” soundtrack where Crow makes uncomfortable sounding Jerris Lewis noises to the music, “Wahoa-uh laydee!” lol Years later we still quote that one to each other.

    And of course the corresponding sketch where Tom and Crow demolish Mike’s stereo which is belting out the tune, every bit as satisfying as the destruction of Goosio. haha


  42. Spector says:

    This one’s one of my favorites. Such a cheesy, awful, poorly made move, which of course made this prime riffing fodder for Mike and the ‘Bots. My favorite bit is of course at the dance hall and the tuneless melodies being played over and over again. A film half made up of narration because the sound equipment was damaged during filming! I can’t believe this thing was actually released, but I’m so glad it was because it’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on television.


  43. Nicolletta says:

    My personal favorite riff from the movie has always been “Bobby shed his antlers!”

    Maybe I’m just weird like that. :mrgreen:


  44. Voreified says:

    Wow. I just read about the Vore fetish stuff. You learn something new every day. I shouldn’t be shocked, but I sorta am.

    I figured Tom was right about it being a harmless but wierd little turn-on for the director. But only because it was almost exclusively women being eaten. And they were all wearing skirts/dresses. And we got tight close-ups of the back of their legs as they get dragged in. And their skirts were pulled up just high enough to give us a lingering view of their 1950s stocking tops and underpants.

    I just figured the director was a leg-man. Silly me.


  45. underwoc says:

    Cabbage Patch Elvis (#90). Nugent’s a good choice, although he does a lot more damage with his flaming arrows than with the guitar itself. If we’re expanding the armory like that, then I might have to give the nod to John Denver – (he had a proven track record against upholstery, anyway).

    If we’re sticking to just guitars as weapons, though, maybe Rick Neilsen? Or maybe the folks from GWAR?


  46. Cabbage Patch Elvis says:

    It’s pretty hard to top GWAR. Maybe one of those Norwegian black metal bands. I’m pretty sure Lemmy could do some damage if he wanted, but he’s really too cool to bother.


  47. Manny Sanguillen says:

    Yay for Creeping Terror!

    I like the host segment when Mike shows off his stereo and he plays that goofy music. I like the other goofy song best, though. But the whole segment is great as Mike goes through the nuances of how a person really acts in showing off their stereo. My brother has done this to me countless times, so I know.

    There’s only so many decent riffs to come up with for such a constant drone of black & white ‘same-ness’ all through a movie, and the team does an admirable job.
    I give them credit for keeping me interested through the whole episode.


  48. Chesterfield says:

    The wife, Brett, is one of the hottest of all MST3K films.

    Brilliant riffing–a terrific episode.


  49. Cornjob says:

    Re: guitars as weapons. I read in a book about Heavy Metal bands that on one occasion Kirk Hammet of Metallica joined the punk band Agnostic Front onstage. The audiance started razzing Kirk because Metallica had gotten popular and was regarded as being sell-outs by the punk fans. If I remember correctly Kirk ended up whacking some guy in the head with his guitar. I don’t know how badly hurt the guy was, but there was no mention of a lawsuit, so I don’t think there any permenant damage.

    This movie has got to have the dumbest, least convincing, and least scary monster ever.


  50. My favorite bit of the delightfully absurd narration throughout this thing is when deputy/acting sheriff Martin and his wife were in the squad car um, enjoying each other’s company and the narrator says that he was “taking a break” from the investigation.

    Taking a break, indeed.


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