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Goodbye Sci-Fi

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett reflect on MST3K's final broadcast.

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Now Available from RiffTrax…

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17 Replies to “Now Available from RiffTrax…”

  1. mst3kme
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    Rifftrax also has a new short available.

    “The Kids Guide to the Internet,” riffed by Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason.

    https://www.rifftrax.com/kids-guide-to-the-internet?utm_source=homepage_carousel&utm_medium=Carousel&utm_campaign=video%20Short%20film%20%28%29

    Meanwhile, I’m old!

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  2. SmudgyTheBootblack
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    With Anne-Marie Martin! Loved her as Doreau on “Sledge Hammer”.

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  3. Sitting Duck
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    Jack Palance (Omus) was Xenos in Outlaw and Mike Farrell in Angels Revenge. John Ireland (Senator Smedley) was Cane Miro in Gunslinger. Executive producer Harry Alan Towers was writer and producer for The Million Eyes of Sumuru, The Castle of Fu Manchu, and Outlaw.

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  4. jay
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    The “future” has forgotten how to make .45 pistols and 12 gauge shotguns which would be particularly effective on walking deodorant cans. Tsk, tsk.

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  5. Terry the Sensitive Knight
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    yessss, cheesy sci-fi is the bestest

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  6. littleaimishboy
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    SmudgyTheBootblack:
    With Anne-Marie Martin! Loved her as Doreau on “Sledge Hammer”.

    That was a great show! Anybody who likes MST3K should buy it immediately!

    https://www.amazon.com/Sledge-Hammer-Complete-David-Rasche/dp/B005NKIPUO

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  7. mst3kme
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    As was with “Village of the Giants,” this movie is VERY loosely based on a H.G. Wells story.

    Then, there’s this excerpt of the review from dvdsleuth.com.

    “This Canadian project, from a director who spent most of his career making TV shows, really scrapes the bottom of the barrel when it comes to production values. The sets look fake, the spaceships are clearly models, the visual effects look like something from a Sid & Marty Krofft show, and the ‘robots’ are clearly just people walking around wearing big boxes. Compared to the movies and shows that it’s emulating, The Shape of Things to Come looks like a purely amateur outing, faring even worse than similar products from Roger Corman. Likewise, the script is pretty thin, as we get terms like ‘Robot Wars’ and we see the ‘Starstreak’, but the plot is little more than a Western set in space.

    So, I guess the big question here is how did The Shape of Things to Come lure known actors into the fold. Like so many other low-budget genre movies from the 70s, here we have a really questionable film which features either recognizable or respected actors. Obviously, we all know Jack Palance. Barry Morse has been on The Fugitive and Space: 1999, while John Ireland was nominated for an Oscar, and Carol Lynley had been in The Poseidon Adventure. Nicholas Campbell would go on to have a very long career, appearing in several David Cronenberg films. The real find here is Eddie Benton, who also acted under the name Anne-Marie Martin. This beauty was once married to Michael Crichton, and appeared on TV in Sledgehammer. But, despite the fact that she’s easy on the eyes, she can’t save a movie which, instead of doing direct-to-video, should have gone direct-to-Mystery Science Theater 3000. Blue Underground shows their true dedication to the bizarre and obscure by releasing this forgotten film. It’s the kind of movie which will delight those who revel in camp.”

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  8. Cornjob
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    I think I saw at least some of this as kid. All I really remember were “robots” that looked like walking trash cans.

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  9. The Original EricJ
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    mst3kme:
    As was with “Village of the Giants,” this movie is VERY loosely based on a H.G. Wells story.

    Not even a story, but an original prewar-Socialist screenplay by Comrade George. And, like VOTG, all they had in common with their source material is somebody…hit…somebody ‘r other.

    And even though it’s as Canadian as “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank”, think we can predict half the riffs in a Cheap Early-80’s SciFi movie that happens to have Jack Palance as the villain…Xenos Hardcheese!

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  10. mst3kme
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    Eric J.:

    Why don’t you watch the film instead of trying to predict the riffs?

    Meanwhile, the movie is from 1979.

    The Original EricJ: Not even a story, but an original prewar-Socialist screenplay by Comrade George.And, like VOTG, all they had in common with their source material is somebody…hit…somebody ‘r other.

    And even though it’s as Canadian as “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank”, think we can predict half the riffs in a Cheap Early-80’s SciFi movie that happens to have Jack Palance as the villain…Xenos Hardcheese!

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  11. goalieboy82
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    mst3kme:
    Rifftrax also has a new short available.

    “The Kids Guide to the Internet,” riffed by Conor Lastowka and Sean Thomason.

    https://www.rifftrax.com/kids-guide-to-the-internet?utm_source=homepage_carousel&utm_medium=Carousel&utm_campaign=video%20Short%20film%20%28%29

    Meanwhile, I’m old!

    me too (almost hope they do it live sometime).

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  12. Grokenstein
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    An absolute travesty of a film, from the grammatically-incorrect opening scroll to the Styrofoam “concrete” bouncing off of Palance’s head. Who knew a robot could just learn to teleport at will as a result of getting damaged? From the director of “Shadow of the Hawk” and “Frogs”! I can’t wait to see Rifftrax tear it apart!

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  13. mst3kme
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    goalieboy82:

    Well, to be fair to both of us, that dopey couple and those cornball kids in the short were at least THREE years behind in internet knowledge and computer technology. :-)

    goalieboy82: me too (almost hope they do it live sometime).

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  14. michaelkz
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    And they called Angels Revenge, “Jack’s down years.”

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  15. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    mst3kme:
    Eric J.:

    Why don’t you watch the film instead of trying to predict the riffs?

    Meanwhile, the movie is from 1979.

    “And even though it’s as Canadian as “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank”, think we can predict half the riffs in a Cheap Early-80’s SciFi movie that happens to have Jack Palance as the villain…Xenos Hardcheese!”

    If I’m not mistaken and frankly what are the odds of that, the Brains erroneously thought that South African film “Space Mutiny” WAS Canadian so using “Space Mutiny” style riffs while riffing a Canadian movie would be, if anything, oddly appropriate. So they wouldn’t use them “even though” a film is Canadian, they’d use them BECAUSE it’s Canadian. Meaning that Eric has it bass-ackwards as is his customary modus operandi. :-)

    That said, IMHO the Brains should make at least a mild effort to get hold of films from nations whose wares they’ve never riffed before. The extent of weirdness out there can be measured with no instruments known to humanity…

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  16. Johnny Drama
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    Ah, nationalist humor. You know, the kind. If you’re not us, we make fun of you. The bane of MST3K, especially as it creeped in more and more towards the end of the original run. Gross.

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  17. touches no one's life, then leaves
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    Johnny Drama:
    Ah, nationalist humor. You know, the kind. If you’re not us, we make fun of you. The bane of MST3K, especially as it creeped in more and more towards the end of the original run. Gross.

    “creeped”? More like “burst in Kramer-style”.

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