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Episode guide: 806- The Undead

Movie: (1956) A “psychical researcher” hypnotizes a prostitute, causing her to regress to a previous life as a woman accused of witchcraft.

First shown: 3/8/97
Opening: Trying to fill in the viewers, Mike seethes about past injustices
Intro: The Observers test everybody and Servo tests well
Host segment 1: Servo becomes an Observer–then the spoons go missing
Host segment 2: The witch from the movie appears, but she’s going through some changes
Host segment 3: Mike plays his Digger Smolken album
End: Crow is an imp, Tom and Mike lash out at Leonard Maltin, and Bobo makes a brain sammich
Stinger: Observers
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (167 votes, average: 4.32 out of 5)


• My memory of this one was that it was all drab and smeary, kind of like the walls in the psychicical researcher’s office, but this was one of those episodes that was a lot wackier than I remembered. To start with, it’s Corman, and that means funny. And it’s the first non-Universal movie since the season started. Plus you got Billy Barty, the always-fun Bruno VeSota, Digger Smolken and the STAY! chorus. What’s not to love? Well, maybe the ending…
• Bill’s take on the episode is here.
• This episode is not yet available on DVD.
• It’s in this episode that Bill breaks out and begins to become the Observer we know. He has some nice moments in this one.
• Why did Corman think audiences would go for this hokey tale of psychic regression? Well, it was, briefly, all the rage. In the mid-1950s, a book called “The Search for Bridey Murphy” became a best seller. It supposedly was based on a true story about a woman who regressed to former lives via hypnosis. In 1956, a movie based on that book, with the same title, was released, and did pretty well, well enough to get Corman working on a ripoff. But by the time he was able to get it filmed, the craze had peaked, and a new fad was hot: zombies. So they changed the title from “The Trance of Diana Love” to “The Undead,” even though there’s nothing particularly undead in the movie.
• When Livia and her imp change into bats, they may look familiar to you. Corman used them a year earlier in “It Conquered the World.”
• Daleism: As Quintus hypnotizes the girl, he says: “Do you see my hand?” Mike adds: “Do you think I’m Dale?”
• Annoying commercial: Burger King tries to sell croissan’whiches as “groovy” featuring the annoying song “Good Morning, Starshine” which I had in my head for the next day or so.
• LOTR references: Rivendell, Strider, Mordor, Mithril.
• Bridget is lots of fun as the witch unable to control her shape-shifting.
• A rare riff retread: “This guy is Satan … from hell” is a riff originally done in “Santa Claus.”
• Callback: “You’re stuck here!” (Fugitive Alien)
• The old “spoons dropping from the sleeve” bit was probably most famously done in the 1930 Marx Brothers movie “Animal Crackers.”
• The “Servo as Observer” bit goes on a bit, I have to say. This long segment, plus the long segment at the end, are obviously drawn out because the movie is so short. A short might have served them better.
• That’s Kevin singing on the Digger Smolken album, of course.
• I wonder if Leonard Maltin saw the bit at the end before he agreed to be a guest star a year later.
• The final bit—the lengthy brain sandwich-making scene—sparked fierce debate among internet fans. Some loved it, others saw it as long, labored, pointless and emblematic of a growing problem they were having with the revived series. It really is a tour de force for Kevin. On the other hand, it’s definitely a long walk for a little joke.
• One other note: Kevin, his hands — or paws — probably slippery with mayoNAISE — drops the tape and it rolls a little way away and he has to run after it. They keep rolling.
• The Observers steal the stinger again. What would be your nomination? Mine is: “STAY!”
• Executive producers Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson also worked on “The Amazing Colossal Man,” “It Conquered the World,” “Earth Vs. the Spider,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Viking Women and the Sea Serpent,” “War of the Colossal Beast,” “Night of the Blood Beast,” “Terror from the Year 5000,” “The She-Creature,” “I Was A Teenage Werewolf” and “The Screaming Skull. Producer/director Roger Corman also worked on “It Conquered the World,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Viking Women and the Sea Serpent,” “Swamp Diamonds,” “Gunslinger,” “Night of the Blood Beast,” “Attack of the Giant Leeches” and “High School Big Shot.” Assistant director Lou Place directed “Daddy-O,” appeared in “Swamp Diamonds,” was a production manager on “It Conquered the World” (he probably wrangled those bats), and “Agent for H.A.R.M. Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith also worked on “It Conquered the World” and “Gunslinger. Screenwriter Mark Hanna also worked on “The Amazing Colossal Man” and “Gunslinger and was production coordinator for “Terror from the Year 5000.” Cinematographer William Sickner also worked on “The Phantom Creeps.” Prop Master: Karl Brainard also worked on “It Conquered the World,” “Teenage Caveman,” “Night of the Blood Beast” and “The She-Creature.” Choreographer Chris Miller also worked on “Gunslinger” (and appeared in it as well). Score composer Ronald Stein also worked on “It Conquered the World,” “Gunslinger,” “The She-Creature,” “Attack of the the Eye Creatures and “The Girl in Lovers Lane.” In front of the camera, Allison Hayes was also in “Gunslinger,” “The Crawling Hand” and “The Unearthly.” Bruno VeSota was also on “Daddy-O,” “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” “Gunslinger” and “The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman.” Richard Devon was also in “Viking Women and the Sea Serpent.” Aaron Saxon was also in “Gunslinger.” Richard Miller was also in was also in “It Conquered the World” and “Gunslinger.” Paul Blaisdell also appeared in “”It Conquered the World,” “The She-Creature” (for which he also did special effects), “The Amazing Colossal Man,” “Earth Vs. the Spider” and “Teenage Caveman.”
• CreditsWatch: Jim gets the producer credit and Kevin gets the director credit. A guy named John Sims joins the crew for six episodes. His credit is “SFX/foley.” For some reason, interns Elliot Cobb and Mytch Parks, who worked the first five episodes of season 8, did not work this one and the next one. In their place are Lane Stiller and Steve Zocklein. They worked this episode and the next one, then Cobb and Parks returned for two more episodes. Hm.
• Fave riff: “You have one litter of toads and people won’t drop it.” Honorable mention: “I have never known more about what isn’t going on in a movie.”

131 comments to Episode guide: 806- The Undead

  • 1
    pablum says:

    This episode is pretty forgettable to me given the nature of the film. The only things I really remember right now are the Venusian bats making a return and a mute Billy Barty.

    I don’t even remember the Fugitive Alien callback, but that’s fairly amazing they put it in there. Ancient riffs weren’t too common in Sci-Fi and this is about as far back as you’d get on MST3K. The only other ancient callback I remember that had this many years between it and the episode with the riff was Warrior of the Lost world when KTMA’s Hangar 18 was referenced.


  • 2
    Shinola says:

    For some reason, I revel in these terrible early season eight movies. Like Thing That Couldn’t Die last week, The Undead is one of my top episodes, usually one I watch on dreary winter afternoons.

    I think the riffing is top-notch; the Ben Franklin riffs could have kept going for another 20 minutes and I would have laughed just as hard. There are only a few isolated places where the griminess of the movie overwhelms M&TB’s efforts to keep it entertaining.

    I always forget just how long that final host segment is until I re-watch the episode. I’m with you: it’s a loooong way to get to an obvious joke. A short would have been ideal, instead of padding the host segs.


  • 3
    robot rump! says:

    as far as old call backs go i vaguely remember in THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED-UP ZOMBIES. Matilda the wart witch or whatever the hell her name was, was attempting to hypnotize our mouth breathing Nicholas Cage look a like hero when Tom pulled out the ageless “SLEEEEEEEEEP!” Which i believe made a return visit in Hamlet.


  • 4
    Gummo says:

    Like Shinola, this one’s a fave in the Gummo household. The medieval kingdom with all of 8 people in it is soooo Corman. And the riffs are just hysterical.

    I’ve never understood the animosity towards the Season 8 host bits since I think they’re some of the best of the whole series. They took on some of the classic tropes of science fiction — starships, black holes, planets of apes, super-intelligent beings, trials of humanity — and turned them all to comedy gold.

    Well, that’s what makes horse races, I guess.

    [sings] Isn’t it raaaaats….


  • 5
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    I’ll go five on this one. The some of the host segments are way way above average ( and yes mayonaise is too long ).

    The movie has that whacky manic campy whatever that the previous ep ( the thing that couldn’t die ) had. There is so much material to deal with, and the riffig is great.

    The Imp/Leonard Maltin bit towards the end is glorious in its surreal madness.

    The sammich bit does run on maybe three or four years too long. They could have trimmed to a decade or so. They are trying to make sure we are paying attention, but c’mon guys, we’re misties we’re paying attention already.

    The ‘whacky’ ObServo chase scene could have been dropped without noticeable loss off overall hilarity.

    Bridget as the witch with a problem is pricelss and not one second too long.

    Does the injury to ( presumably “our” ) Brain Guy’s Brain tell us anything about Brain Guy’s subseuent behavior ?

    A bust of Chiang kai Sheck made out of Chopped Liver….

    As goofy as the movie was ( I’ll have her think she is eating under hypnosis and that will keep her actual body fed ) the idea that she has to die at the same time in order to maintain the exisitng chain of reincarnation is kind of interesting. i assume that if she had decided to live and die some years later, she would have started a different series of reincnrnations, one that would not include Diane Love. And the idea that SHE was Dr McCreepy’s lifeline back to the present was a nice touch. I’m not saying it was a good movie or anything, just that it had some non-un-interesting aspects.

    STAY !!


  • 6
    ck says:

    When I first saw this (unmystied version) as a teenager I thought it was haute couture and “serious cinema”, kind of like King of Hearts that we dissected and analysed in college Alien ). One can imagine the movie teacher Arthur Fleeber [Paul Benedict] in The Freshman) showing it to his students in the second semeester of his cinema class (right after Kiss Me Deadly).

    And to its credit, the movie does come up with yet another “creative” way to time travel.


  • 7
    Green Switch says:

    Again, the worse and/or goofier a movie is, the more we benefit.

    That’s definitely the case with “The Undead,” which is equal parts inept and silly (with Roger Corman at the helm, that’s no big surprise), giving the gang a plentiful supply of comedic fodder.

    From Billy Barty’s antics (“Nobody notices a giant midget in the room!”) to Digger Smolken’s musical endeavors (“What rhymes with ‘coffin’…”) to all the lame hypno-science to Satan Pan, it’s all hilarious.

    Always good to see Allison Hayes here as Livia. She was a fun presence in MSTed movies, including The Crawling Hand, The Unearthly, and Gunslinger.

    One riff in particular caught me off-guard this time around. After Digger Smolken sings, Mike says, “I’ll send that off to Phil Spector today.” Given Spector’s recent run-in with the law and subsequent guilty sentence, that riff takes on something of a much darker quality.

    While I loved the “Fugitive Alien” callback, it’s a shame that they didn’t throw out a callback to any of the other MSTed roles of Bruno VeSota (seen here as the doomed innkeeper Scroop).

    Two reactions I loved: the gang cracking up at “STAY!” and Mike’s obsession with Satan Pan’s off-center Adam’s Apple.

    The show features one of my favorite Crow moments: his “I’m an imp!” obsession as Servo and Mike run through the whole Leonard Maltin retraction script. Bill Corbett made me laugh like hell when Crow fearfully yelled “I’M AN IMP!” in reaction to Servo’s angry outburst.

    Count me among those who loved the last sketch with Kevin. He was having such a goofy time with the whole thing (“Punch-happy tomato!”, “It’s MY time!”). The build-up to him making and chomping a brain sandwich was entirely worth it.

    Again, not happy with the hijacked stinger. My two preferred choices would have been either “STAY!” or “Why, Gobbo’s the gentlest jailer EVER TO GOUGE A PRISONER’S EYE!”

    All in all, a classic episode. Season Eight brought us a lot of gems, and “The Undead” easily ranks among them. This episode gave me a lot of bellylaughs.

    Favorite riff of the episode: “Bottom line – CAN WE KILL THE IMP?!”


  • 8
    Tim S. Turner says:

    Love this episode. It’s really a toss-up whether the witch or Nuveena is Bridget’s sexiest character. Yum!


  • 9
    Cornbred says:

    and the early season 8 episodes get even stronger. Just love this, fully Cormanized. One joke that always tickles me is during the beheading scenes with the closeup of on the the onlookers Servo (I think) says with much pride “that’s my daughter up there” Just fits with the ridiculousness of everything involved. And any movie with a fey community theater Satan is ok with me. And count me in as an Allison Hayes fan. As bad as Corman was he at least had generally appealing actresses on occasion, and that is a rarity in MST grade films.


  • 10
    d-lo says:

    Something about the way Tom delivers the line, “Warriors of the wussland” just cracks me up every time. I also love Crow’s reaction when the shapeshifting witch briefly turns into Pearl Forrester…

    I first saw the infamous “STAAAAAYYY!!” clip in a youtube video of the surprise montage the Brains slipped into the Diabolik footage, to surprise M&TB during filming of the final episode. Taken so completely out of context, and surrounded by other random goofy movie clips, it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

    A few months later, when I was suffering through three months of MST3K-and-other-media-deprived boot camp in Parris Island, SC, my boyfriend printed out the photo of the guy from that scene that’s on the SciFi channel archive page. He blew it up to fill the whole page, wrote STAAAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!! in huge sharpie letters across the bottom, and mailed it to me. That was one of the few bright spots outta that whole ordeal… and probably one of the most romantic things he’s ever done… Grin


  • 11
    Gary Bowden says:

    A pretty good episode,though I take issue with the Servo chase scene(why not speed it up a la Benny Hill?)and the last bit where Bobo is making a sandwich.Could’ve trimmed a few minutes off both of them.I grew tired of Digger Smokin’ singing in the movie,but all in all,some funny riffing throughout.STAY!!! Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!


  • 12
    Droppo says:

    My favorite black and white episode of Season 8.

    The opening segment where Mike vapor locks is hilarious.

    The riffing is strong throughout.

    “STAY!!” is a classic moment.

    And yes, the Bobo sketch goes on too long. And I’m actually a fan of a lot of the protracted host segments (ex: Mike and his CD collection in The Creeping Terror).


  • 13

    My least favorite season eight episode. When I first saw it, I thought, “Oh, crap, it’s back to Season Six dullness,” especially with the brain-sandwich bit. I’ve come to appreciate the episode more these days, but it’s not the first episode I think of when I want to watch a Sci-Fi era episode.


  • 14
    creepygirl says:

    I rewatched this episode yesterday and found it to be a middle-of-the-road ep IMO. I found the movie to very painful, but the riffing was on. I too will agree a short would have helped. I did like seeing a young Dick Miller playing the bit part of the Leper. I also thought the saving grace of the film was the ending. *You’re Stuck Here!*

    An aside: Did the Brains explain why there were only 3 shorts in 3 seasons?


  • 15
    rion-o says:

    i agree with u that the “servo as observer” bit goes too long but i’m one of those who LOVES the ending. i am partial to a really long buildup to a punchline (see: “scarlet takes a tumble” on youtube). after i saw this bit for the first time, i immediately went to my computer and printed out a full page of a single sentence, “I LOVE PROFESSOR BOBO” and mailed it to kevin.


  • 16
    jjb3k says:

    I believe the SciFi Channel wouldn’t let the Brains do shorts early on, ’cause very few shorts out there are science-fiction themed, and every movie they did for Seasons 8 and 9 had to be either science-fiction, horror, or fantasy as mandated by the network (“Century 21 Calling” and “Robot Rumpus” are just borderline within the channel’s guidelines, and by the time they did “A Case of Spring Fever”, SciFi had lifted the “sci-fi only” requirement).

    So this episode was forbidden to have a short. And so instead we get the Observers chasing Servo around for three minutes and Bobo making a brain sandwich for six minutes. My main complaint with the brain sandwich thing is that you immediately know what the punchline is going to be. If they’d kept the brain containment chamber offscreen until after Bobo had already made the rest of the sandwich, then it would have been funny. Instead, we have to endure five minutes of set-up for a punchline we all saw coming down Broadway.


  • 17
    bartcow says:

    Lot of funny riffs in this one, and who doesn’t still yell “STAY!” when the opportunity arises? I had read Bridey Murphy in college, and while it was an interesting read, it could have benefited from some imps. And how fast did the reincarnation phase pass if Corman couldn’t get a cash-in movie about it out in time?

    Plus: Alison Hayes, Alison Hayes, ALISON HAYES.


  • 18
    bartcow says:

    Plus, I’m going to misspell her name: Allison Hayes, Allison Hayes, ALLISON HAYES!


  • 19
    Spector says:

    When I saw in the opening credits it was a Corman film I exclaimed “Oh, goody!” because I knew that mean plenty of laughs were to come and I was right. The host segments by this point were really tight as they were now in their groove. Loved the Observers testing them and Servo as Observer (I didn’t think that bit went on too long)plus the Digger Smolken album (“Isn’t it rat? Aren’t we a corpse?”) also makes me laugh, as well as Bridget’s out of control shape-shifting witch, Crow as an imp and Bobo making a sammich out of Observer’s brain. OK, the last bit went on a little long.

    The riffs were really good in this one despite the fact that unlike previous Corman offerings (Swamp Diamonds, Giant Leeches, Gunslinger)it was much darker and the Brains didn’t have as much to work with in my opinion. This one ranks with the Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, really good host segments, good riffing, dreary movie. I rate it four out of five.

    Oh, and “STAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!!”


  • 20
    Richard R. says:

    Whenever I watch this episode (which is not very often), it always ends up being better than I remember it. The movie is, well, Corman, but is even sillier than average for him–although I do kind of like the premise of the movie, if not the actual execution (so to speak). Still, it is often devoid of logic or sense. (How does Diane/Helaine flash back to events she hasn’t actually witnessed? Why does the Psychical Researcher guy go back in time completely nude except for his wristwatch? What exactly is it Satan wants everyone to do? Why the imp? Etc.)

    I thought the riffing was spot on, but I did especially like the host segments (except for the labored “sandwich” bit).

    Some good lines:

    “This forest needs a plant”
    “It’s beautiful when the tortillas return to Capistrano”
    “If Satan thinks you’ve gone too far, you’ve gone too far”
    “This guy was never in heaven; he was cast out of community theater”
    “I’ve never known more about what isn’t going on”
    “This is one tough spelling bee”

    And why *are* the onlookers at the execution so surprised when someone is executed?

    Oh, and, of course, “STAAAAAYYYY!!!”


  • 21
    ca20 says:

    I’m going to disagree with most people here. That Bobo segment could not have possibly gone on long enough for me.


  • 22
    Roman Martel says:

    “The Undead” has really grown on me over time. When I first caught it during the initial run, I found it to be too dull, dreary and drab to enjoy. There were fun moments, but as a whole the riffing, and the film especially, left me very cold. I had the same reaction to almost all the Roger Corman films that have been done on MST3K so this wasn’t a huge surprise to me. My girlfriend’s brother was a huge fan of the show and taped and watched them all the time. For some odd reason this one always seemed to be on when I went over to their house. When I caught it piecemeal, it was really funny. Of course “STAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY” was an immediate hit with my girlfriend’s brother and combined with bursting into rooms and yelling “JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDD!” I had to blame MST3K for creating some seriously annoying behavior by him. Of course he was at the age where he just loved annoying people anyway.

    I don’t think I had actually seen the entire episode in one sitting since the initial viewing. So it was time to give it another try thanks to DAP. I’ve discovered that I have to be in the mood for Corman’s brand of idiocy to enjoy an episode featuring one of his movies. This explains why I always flip flop on my opinion of “Gunslinger”. Sometimes its too boring for words, other times its really damn funny. So I watched “The Undead” when I was mentally prepared for it, and I was laughing the whole way through. It’s still dreary but it wasn’t as dull as I remembered it being. There’s a lot of stuff going on, but none of it terribly interesting. Still it seems to move a little faster than some of Corman’s other dreck (I’m looking at you “Swamp Diamonds”).

    You’ve also got wall to wall whacked out characters in this one: Smolken, the Imp, the witch, the researcher/knight, the inn keeper and of course the Devil himself. Each of these folks seems to be in a different movie and forced to act together. This makes the whole thing even more ludicrous. The most normal (and I use the phrase loosely) is the falsely accused witch. My favorite character has to be Alison Hayes’ evil witch, Livia. Not only is she supremely sultry in this, but she actually seems to understand how to play her part for this film (something the other actors didn’t seem to get a handle on).

    All of this provides lots of stuff to work with riffing wise. Even when the movie slows down, Mike and bots just keep powering on making fun of the set, the costumes, the acting the dialogue. It’s a rich bounty that just keeps giving. For me, none of the riffs are out of the park funny, but there seems to be a greater percentage of funny stuff over the jokes that don’t land. This pushes the rating up into above average for me.

    The host segments are a mixed bag. The prologue with Mike struggling to give a history of the show is cute. The intelligence test and Servo becoming an observer makes for a funny two part sketch. I enjoyed Bridget’s turn as Livia. But segment four and five seem to be a hit or miss depending on my mood type of thing. The first time I watched the Digger Smoken sketch I was bored stiff. This time, I found it a bit obvious but funny. The final sketch with Bobo and his midnight snack still feels like it goes on way too long. I have to be in the mood for these “pad out the run time” sketches. This one almost works, but just doesn’t quite do it. I recently watched “It Conquered the World” and found the use of Peter Graves speech to be very funny, and I always enjoyed Mike in his sweet spot in “Creeping Terror”. But this Bobo sketch either bores me to tears or just makes me smile a bit before wishing it would end.

    After my most recent viewing I can say I enjoyed “The Undead”. I think I know what kind of mood I have to be in to enjoy a MST3K take on a Corman film. If I get into that mood again, I can safely reach for “The Undead” knowing that I’ll get a four star episode.


  • 23
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    >>>why *are* the onlookers at the execution so surprised when someone is executed?

    Same reason people hide their eyes or otherwise display revulsion at a gory movie: You’re there to see it, but when it’s finally there…ick.

    I’m guessing the Sci-Fi Channel didn’t give the shorts issue too much thought, because think of how many shorts from the Comedy Central era qualified as fantasy:

    X Marks the Spot (ghosts and angels)
    Mr. B Natural (sprite)
    Design for Dreaming (dreamworld/future?)
    The Selling Wizard (wizard)
    Out of This World (angel and devil)
    Money Talks (ghost of Benjamin Franklin)
    Once Upon a Honeymoon (angels)

    Surely there were more where that came from.

    To say nothing of Radar Men from the Moon, The Phantom Creeps, and Undersea Kingdom, all bona fide science fiction.


  • 24
    rcfagnan says:

    “Mike, every glimpse into your past paints an ever-darkening portrait of a sad, damaged, lonely little man!” And this (the opening seqments) is the first time (correct me if I’m wrong) Mike really broods on the missteps of his past (which will happen again in “Riding With Death”). The Bobo segment ran a little too long, but I was never foaming at the mouth angry about it (or the loss of stingers for that matter). I loved the host segments, and yes Bridget’s witch here is DEFINITELY the hottest character to appear in any host segment.


  • 25
    Rob(ot rollcall) says:

    I agree with ca20 from a few posts above, the final segment with Bobo making the sandwich is pure gold!


  • 26
    jason says:

    i don’t know if the episode is good or not. For i am mad. i can’t tell a joust from a jest.
    Side note the lady playing i guess the good witch went on and played otis the drunk’s wife in a couple of andy griffith show episodes


  • 27
    fireballil says:

    There is only one true candidate for the stinger: ‘STAAAAYY!!!’ I mean, come on! Razz


  • 28
    Brandon says:

    I remember that “Good Morning Starshine” commercial!


  • 29
    The Professor says:

    “Warriors of the Wuss Land!”

    A solid four stars for this one. The riffing is strong throughout and we get some mega-sized host segments. It’s an interesting episode for sure; let’s discuss, shall we?

    -It should be mentioned that this is the only Corman directed film both Mike and Bill would riff on.

    -The riffing keeps up a pretty good pace in this one, which is pretty amazing when you consider the bizzare flow of this film. The odd cutting between the past and present towards the middle of the film put me in mind of the wonderful editing techniques we’ll later be subjected to in Devil Fish.

    -I loved the Fugitive Alien callback and the Ben Franklin jokes.

    -It’s nice to see Bruno VeSota back again. I don’t know about you people but I always thought the man was a pretty decent actor.

    -Witch/kitty Livia (Allison Hayes) is incredibly hot. Bridget’s protrayal of her in the second host segment makes it my favorite of the episode. I get a kick out of the line “…never been a football before…” and Pearl’s sudden appearance.

    -The Brains are already showing their resentment towards the forced storylines in the opening segment but nonetheless still do a good job at catching everyone up to speed.

    -I don’t understand why the spoons move around during the chase scene in the Servo Observer skit. What’s up with that?

    -I’m one of those who think the last host segment is just terrible (not counting the Leonard Maltin/Imp stuff on the SOL. That stuff is funny). I don’t understand WHAT exactly i’m supposed to find funny in that skit. It doesn’t really lead up to any particualar punch line or anything…it just keeps going. And after you’ve finally made it through that skit, you still don’t even get a stinger! It’s a one-two punch of suck that easily makes this the worst finale of any MST3K episode.


  • 30
    beth563 says:

    One of my fave episodes ’cause of two things:
    Servo as an Observer was too cute for words. Cracked up laughing.

    Bobo making a brain sammich. Mayonnaise!


  • 31

    Bridget’s witch’s attempt to emphasize her full control over her vast evil powers (‘whoa, didn’t mean to do that … i mean DID mean to do that, for i have dark powers and … aww no!’) is one of my favorite bits from a MSTie skit.

    beth563 – agree with you on servo-observer – “but i am no longer servo – i am ‘observer’ – but you can call me ‘servo’!”


  • 32
    DON3k says:

    The title, “The Undead”… Again, no.

    Overall, enjoyable. 4 Stars, I think.

    The ending segment, to me, completes Brain Guy. I mean, he did become a bit of a dufus oddball after ending up with Pearl and Bobo. I suppose getting your brain sliced and smeared with Mayo will do that to ya.

    I like the fact that, in the beginning scenes, the two doctors talk about the streetwalker as if she’s a lower life form, which can’t understand them, since they talk as if she’s not right there, hearing every word they say. But in the way the prostitute reacts, or rather, doesn’t react, I guess maybe they weren’t off-base. The scene remind me of Paul as Observer with Mike.

    BTW, I love when Pearl takes Tom’s ‘brain’ and says, “That’s not his brain! It’s an olive!” and throws it to the floor. Too, too funny!

    Oh, and saying, “Mayonnaise!!!!!” and laughing a bit has become part of my programming, in any mayo or sandwich scenario, since this episode first aired.

    I also love Bill’s response, when the Observers point out that Tom scored higher than Observer. Almost like a flustered Englishman.

    Billy Barty really did need to take the Imp’ing down a few notches.


  • 33
    JJK says:

    I always thought this was one of Corman’s better films from the 50’s. It had a pretty good idea for the storyline and a little better acting than most of those movies(I know that’s not saying much). Best of all Allison Hayes’ witch costume gave her a chance to display her best “talents”.


  • 34
    klisch says:

    Love Billy Barty! His most memorable role was Sparky the firefly in The Bugaloos. Also liked him in Legend (opposite a young Tom Cruise) and Under the Rainbow.


  • 35

    There was a zombie craze in the mid 1950s? I didn’t think zombies became poopular until George Romero made his little film.

    The only ‘undead’ I saw in this film were the dancing dead girls that the devil raised. For that matter, does the devil count as an undead? Or Billy Barty the imp?


  • 36
    Joseph Nebus says:

    There are some interesting bits in the original movie, such as the hotel guy whatsisname talking about all the ways he’s secured his hotel against witches and imps while talking to a witch who’s feeding an imp under the table. It’s not brilliant, but it’s handled almost lightly enough to be funny on its own.

    And the time travel method and the chain-of-being thing is an interesting one as well.

    The hilarious scene where they cut from one part of the dungeon to the same part of the dungeon was wonderful. It also nowadays reminds me of a bit on the Monty Python And The Holy Grain DVD, where they have this fantastic making-of documentary and show how the Pythons brilliantly, absolutely brilliantly, reused very few locations to represent all those many different castles. I think the Pythons used the same small bit of corridor to be three different castles, and in the movie they *look* like different castles, which just underlines how funny Roger Corman was in failing to do so.

    This is the movie where all the Medieval Land Made Out Of A Supermarket parts had dialogue written in iambic pentameter, and then changed at the last minute because somebody was scared this would confuse audiences, wasn’t it?

    Tom As An Observer seems to me about the perfect length, a wonderful little rise and fall drama showing exactly what you need for the full story. And anytime the Brains can do Harpo Marx material is good.

    Bobo Makes A Sandwich I also like, in part because of the may-yo-NAISE chant that’s irresistible and because somehow being drawn out as it is makes the inevitability of the punch line better, the way padding a shaggy dog story improves that. Also there’s how he needs to take several bites of Observer’s brain to figure it out. And all the funny noises he makes along the way.


  • 37
    Cliff Weismeyer says:

    Not one of my favorite episodes, but better than I remembered. Of course, all I remembered was Digger Smolken. Pendragon is another in the long line of useless MST heroes. A solid, average episode.

    My favorite riff, which I assume references the Dr.’s walls: I’ve been trying out my dung-sprayer.

    It is amazing to think that Corman will seen be the recepient of a lifetime achievement Academy Award. Maybe it is a trick to get him to come to the show so they can indict him for crimes against cinema.


  • 38
    Green Switch says:

    #9 Cornbred – “One joke that always tickles me is during the beheading scenes with the closeup of on the the onlookers Servo (I think) says with much pride “that’s my daughter up there” Just fits with the ridiculousness of everything involved.”

    I’m glad that you mentioned that, because I forgot to mention one moment from the execution scene that gets me rolling each and every time.

    There’s one shot of a disturbingly happy looking guy in the crowd, to which Mike says, “Heeeeey, buddy!” There’s no way that I can’t laugh at that.


  • 39
    Trilaan says:

    I could see Digger Smolken being a big fan of Blue Oyster Cult’s Don’t Fear the Reaper


  • 40
    Wampa Joe says:


    I completely agree with Gummo’s response in post 4. The season 8 host segments were a goldmine, and I think the only reason so many fans have a problem with them is that they were non-traditional up to that point. They really took the sci-fi concept and ran with it, and I’m still upset they abandoned the “endless chase” in season 9.

    Take these Observer episodes, and this one in particular. I’m actually disappointed when the segment focuses on the movie instead of the Observers, since they’re such a delightful concept. Hell, I could have watched an entire episode of nothing but Observer skits.


  • 41
    Professor Gunther says:

    I love the shot of the clothes sitting there on the chair. Smile


  • 42
    H says:

    Pretty good. Count me among the fans of the end sketch. Movie’s good, Corman’s always good for them. Host segments are good, lots of fun.


  • 43
    LDG says:

    Bad movie, great riffing. The host segments are hit or miss. The testing where Tom scores higher than Bill’s hapless Observer is great. The Great Spoon Chase was a waste of time. I loved the Digger Smolkin compilation and the visit from the shape shifting witch. Crow’s Imp is classic. My husband and I often look at one another and say though gritted teeth, “I’m an Imp” whenever we are stuck waiting for long periods of time. I thought that the sandwich making scene was mildly amusing but ran too long.


  • 44

    In my opinion, one of the best episodes in Season 8. The Brains finally broke out of the repeating Universal picture pattern, and for the first time since Season Five they had a Roger Corman film – which, when MSTed, is a dose of Ecstato-Euphoro-Fun (with patented Hinder 90)!
    I especially liked the Digger Smolken sings routine (“Isn’t it RATS! Aren’t we a CORPSE!”) and, despite being overlong, Bobo’s midnight snack (mistaking an Observer’s brain for lunchmeat) and running away with the Mayo-NAISE!


  • 45

    FYI the length of Bobo’s Midnight Snack – 4 minutes, 16 seconds.


  • 46
    Fart Bargo says:

    Corman seems to always tap into memorable bit players and this one was a tour de force on display. You couldn’t swing a dead venuzian bat with out hitting one. Also, I have always enjoyed Corman’s uncanny ability to recylce sets, scripts, actors, costumes, locations, creatures, rocket launches, plot devises and probably whiskey bottles. The opening scene with the cut rate emoting Satan had me hooked from the get go. One of the best hammy laughs I have ever heard HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

    Diana “cinch that waist” Love, La-La-Livia, sparklers, Ray Nitski seduction, Billy ‘always under the table’ Bartey, Maid Maud (looks more like Maid Mawled), whimpy hero, Scroop (BDS), Rent a Satan, Smokin n Jokin Smolkin, poetic license to kill, zippers, hypno science, venuzian bats, knight jacking, Dick Miller acne issues, Observers, good riffing, Bridget all add up to a 4.2 in my book.


  • 47
    ck says:

    “It is amazing to think that Corman will seen be the recepient of a lifetime achievement Academy Award. Maybe it is a trick to get him to come to the show so they can indict him for crimes against cinema.”

    And perhaps Bobo could be his defense attorney.


  • 48

    Among my favorite films riffs, but unfortunately it’s also got my least favorite sketches.

    “When I touch you I –”
    “–think about myself. No, wait…”


  • 49
    RockyJones says:

    “Ah…Digger Smolken…digs graves and messes with your head…”


  • 50
    RockyJones says:


    I’ve always been extremely curious to know just WHAT the brain that Bobo is slicing up was made of. Anyone have the inside story on that?


  • 51
    Fart Bargo says:

    Cliff @ 37-Understand your comments re the Cor-Man but he evidently took in a slough of folks who were just starting in the business and in all aspects of it. Yes they worked for peanuts but he did show them the ropes and they were able to list something ‘professional’ to their resumes. He worked on the cheap extremely well and turned in profits for the studios so when these folks listed one of his works they knew they were aware of saving money. This is , I think, the main reason he was so prolific. Although he was no DeMille he served the industry well and influenced an entire generation of film makers, techs, actors and writers. I think he earned his award.


  • 52
    GizmonicTemp says:



  • 53
    ghlbtsk says:

    Bridget turning into a confused Pearl, then getting stuck as a gallon of bleach was absolutely classic.

    Contains two of my all-time favorites:

    “Fight choreography by Leo Sayer.”

    and, of course


    My wife’s comments on the dishy Allison Hayes:
    “Oh my God! I didn’t think women were even MADE like that back then.”

    +1 pro-Bobo sammich/Observer sketches in general


  • 54
    Nicias says:

    I agree with several who stated that while Corman’s execution was poor, there were some interesting concepts he tried to put into play with this movie. I’m not saying he succeeded, but I’ll leave further discussion for later, since Sampo has eluded to an imminent Corman debate.

    I think Pendragon may trump Puma Man as the most incompetent hero in MST3K.

    As for my favorite-character pick: I imagine many will disagree, but I find Meg Maud to be one of the more competent characters in a cast of morons. Furthermore, although she can really go over the top, the actress at least attempts to put some character into her performance. I recall reading somewhere that Corman originally wrote the script in Shakespearean-style dialect and tempo, but that film executives thought that audiences wouldn’t be able to follow it so the dialog was rewritten and modernized. I think the film probably would have been more interesting in the former style, but remnants of the period dialog seem to be present in Meg’s lines.

    Example: “What is the color of the heart that can, at will, send an innocent girl from future life, to die a grisly death, for the second time?” Perhaps I’m being overly generous, but I’ve read far worse dialogue.

    A close second pick for favorite character is Livia; she’s sultry, crafty and ambitious. She’s evil, sure, but she knows how to get what she wants.


  • 55
    Kouban says:

    Personally, I thought that Bobo’s sandwich scene was fantastic, largely by virtue of his singing and the way he lovingly crafts the sandwich piece by piece. Also, Digger Smolken is a pure genius, and I kept wishing someone would’ve shouted “LEAVE THE BRONX–I mean, STAY!” during the ending.


  • 56
    Faruk Alatan says:

    I love this episode, I liked premiere and The Mole People but The Undead sealed it back in for me, I was hooked. (It also didn’t hurt that I was 12 or 13.)

    Allison Hayes, va va va VOOM!

    Corman is a chose sometimes but this one is so certifiably goofy it’s hard not to like it.


  • 57
    Finnias Jones says:

    From Sampo’s intro: “(which the annotated page gets wrong)”
    re. – Anyone here know who runs this site? It’s a great resource but when I recently sent in a correction (very politely worded) I never received a reply. Maybe the email address is wrong…

    I’m an imp! – one of my favorite Crow as-a-character-from-the-movie moments. I love that he never does anything more than that with it.

    The already buxom Allison Hayes (one or two “L”‘s: the interweb varies on preference, but IMDB uses “Allison”) in a padded bra. Then the Brains add Bridget as Livia. Hot stuff.

    It’s good filmic karma when the haughty hypno-psychiatrist gets trapped in the past at the end. Who’s STAYing now?

    When Sampo recently nominated this for his Most Drab and Dreary movie, I respectfully disagreed but when I watched it again, I understood his reasoning. Set-bound and foggy, the entire movie involves the cast running back and forth between the same sets, never getting anywhere (very Corman). It’s like moving through molasses in a bad dream.



  • 58
    Creeping Terror says:

    A few miscellaneous thoughts:

    The female characters are all played MUCH more convincingly than the male characters. Bravo to the actresses.

    The execution scene is obviously filmed somewhere different from the rest of the movie, perhaps an outdoor location. I also wonder if that single scene ate up a lot of the budget, given the location and how many extras there are.

    Statistics on this fictional kingdom:
    -Not counting Satan or the June Taylor corpses (the spirit dancers), there are 19 people in this kingdom before that final execution scene.
    -Again, not counting the execution scene, there are only three buildings (the castle, the inn, and the witch’s house).
    -The only modes of transportation are the knight’s horse and Smolken’s cart. (By the way, the cart is REALLY luxurious by medieval standards… and possibly the standards of a 1950’s horse-drawn hearse.)
    -Only the innkeeper, the prison guards, the three soldiers, the knight, and Smolken seem to have jobs. And there doesn’t seem to be any agriculture.
    -The death rate in this itty-bitty kingdom must be astronomically high. Smolken is shown burying two different people, and the graveyard for the sabbat has at least three bodies in it. For such a small population to support a full-time gravedigger, the people must be dropping like flies.
    -Tom Servo says that the kingdom is 10 ft. x 12 ft. My estimation is that the forest set is actually about the size of a large stage: 40-50 feet wide and 15-20 feet deep. Other guesses?

    A few other things that bug me about the movie:
    -I don’t understand the metaphysics of this movie. Clothes can’t go back in time, but watches can? I thought the “hero” had spent time in Tibet learning this technique. Why can’t he get back?
    -There don’t seem to be any rules about when characters speak pseudo-Shakespearean dialogue or modern language.
    -Smolken’s singing!!!
    -In medieval times, people were not buried in coffins. Nobility and important church officials were, of course, entombed, but common people were usually sewn up in a sheet naked and buried.
    -As a psychologist, the total lack of ethics among the psychical (which used to be a technical term) researchers cracks me up.

    But this is a good MST3K episode if you can sit through the lengthy sketches and Smolken’s singing.


  • 59
    Rachel says:

    Here, let me handle this… STAAAAAAAY!


  • 60
    Halomek says:

    I’m another who loved the Bobo sketch. Kevin Murphy really works the thin premise to pull out some great stuff. I will say, however, that you need patience to go along with the long setup.

    To this day, I can’t make anything with mayonnaise without first looking at the jar and saying Mayo-NAISE! Razz


  • 61
    Meranalf says:

    This is one of my favorite Sci-Fi channel episodes. The riffing keeps me laughing, the premise of the movie is absurd, and I love that Tom “tests well.”

    Favorite Riff:
    I’ve never known more about what isn’t going on in a movie.

    I was starting to despair given the dearth of Wizard of Oz references so far in season 8, but in this episode we get FOUR.

    We see Digger Smolken and his wagon for the first time.
    Tom: “The Wizard of Oz.”

    Meg Maud approaches the inn.
    Mike: “She’s hittin’ happy hour with Margaret Hamilton.”

    Meg Maud: “I’ll take that challenge.”
    Tom: “And your little dog, too!”

    The imp jumps onto the screen.
    Crow: “Satan, I’d like to move up the ladder in the lollipop guild.”


  • 62
    Warren says:

    I never though I’d see a witch that looked like James Woods Razz
    About have emailed corrections in the past and the guy actually changed the page and made the correction. He might be busy if he doesn’t reply, and explained a previous disappearance by having been in the hospital.


  • 63
    RockyJones says:

    This is all very well, but…


    I can’t eat, I can’t sleep…I MUST know….I MUST!!! Shock


  • 64
    DON3k says:

    I’m going to say that the brain is made from Ballistic Gelatin dyed green.


  • 65
    Fart Bargo says:

    RJ @ 63-Don’t know if this is right or if this will help you but it may be molded geliton(sp?). When I was a kid, we took some califlora(sp?II), skulped it a bit and spray painted it pink and it did not come out too bad ‘brain’ looking wise. We were thinking of getting some plaster of paris that was a bit set in a pan and putting that califlora in it to create a mold but mom caught us! Kids starving in China in those days you know.


  • 66
    Joseph Nebus says:

    Oh, yeah, how about some love for Digger Smolken? I think he’s the only character in this movie who’s having any fun with life and death. He may be mad — he seems to be taking the verdict of other people on this issue, and to be generally fine with that — but in a fairly respectable tradition as the madman he spins out chains of reasoning absurd enough that he’s the only person who actually makes sense.

    Maybe I just like characters who mess your head, whether or not they dig graves.


  • 67
    John Seavey says:

    Call me crazy, but I like both the movie and the riffing for this one. The movie’s dumb as a post, sure, but it’s got a certain cheerful energy to it and all the actors are having a ton of fun with their parts. But it’s got that peculiar, quirky charm that also makes it perfect for riffing.

    “Hey, she’s got a zipper!”
    “If she wants a zipper, Mike, she can have a zipper.”

    “I saw the Undead when they were at Un-Alpine Un-Valley.”

    Oh, and fun fact: Despite their mocking of the “Institute for Psychical Researchiculation”, “psychical” used to be a legitimate, accepted synonym for “psychic”. There still is a “Society for Psychical Research” in the UK, founded in 1882, with branches in other countries.

    As for the host segments…yeah, the Bobo bit drags, but Mike as Leonard Maltin is an absolute triumph. “What the HELL were you thinking, you stupid, bearded man?!?!?!?” And Mike’s opening bizarre stream-of-consciousness rant about his temping days, and Digger Smolkin Sings…”Isn’t it rat? Aren’t we a corpse? Losing my coffin this time of the year…” Truly an all-time classic sketch, that one.


  • 68
    ck says:

    It’s your choice!

    Allison Hayes (as Livia) vs.
    Yvonne de Carlo (as Lily Munster)

    I understand they both speak French. Evil


  • 69
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    Pendragon was the ‘hero’ ?

    Now that I think about, this is a movie about 3 women, with all the men relegated to plot devices. The movie doesn’t have a male hero, it barely has a male lead role. Two of the women ( the ‘good’ ones ) are strong and independant and control their destinies, while the evil ( but mucho hot ) woman is subservient to the male satan.

    Our heroine even sacrifices herself for the benefit the women she has yet to become.

    Kind of modern, kind of enlightened.

    There is something here for a feminist scholar to sink their teeth into.


  • 70
    DamonD says:

    Funny as STAYYYYY is, Bill’s description makes it even funnier. ‘Baffling vehemence’ indeed.


  • 71
    Nicias says:

    I was going to save this comment for the upcoming Corman discussion, but I’m totally in agreement with you Medium (#69). I think one of the reasons that Corman has been seen as deserving of an achievement award is not because his films are good, but because he tried to break out of the Hollywood mold at a time when it was very set, and give opportunities to some actors who may not had them.

    Based on his MST3K films, we can at least credit Corman for attempting to break from people’s expectations. Tough female characters (scientists, sheriffs, doctors, crafty criminals) abound in his films. In The Undead, we see a nice reversal of 1950’s expectations: the stereotypical ugly, cackling witch Meg proves to be a force for good while the beautiful Livia is in fact the devil’s right hand. And you’re right, the men are often a bit slow (Pendragon, ‘Touch’ Conners in Swamp Diamonds) in comparison to the women.

    The only point I might argue is that Livia is subservient. I’m not so sure she wouldn’t stab Satan in his off-center Adam’s apple and seize hell for herself if she could.


  • 72
    Spector says:

    Re: #29: I agree with “The Professor” regarding Bruno VeSota. He appears in a a variety of roles in several Corman films the Brains did (as well as “Daddy-O” if I’m not mistaken) and I too believe he was a good character actor. Have we done that as a topic yet, Sampo?


  • 73
    FillerFilms says:

    Favorite riff (and I can’t believe no-one has mentioned it)
    Tom: You know, Smolkin is naked sometimes, Mike.
    Mike: Oh, damn you…

    Mike vapor locking is one of my favorite moments from the show. The Lidia skit is pretty ingenious, and the split-screen/jump-cutting effects are really quite good.

    The infamous final segment does go on too long… as someone pointed out, the brain jar shouldn’t have been shown until it was about to get sliced. I do think the agonized screams as Bobo takes bites out of the sammich is pretty funny though.

    I love showing this episodes to visiting friends, since afterwards I can say, “I insist that you STAY!!”


  • 74
    casimar says:

    I totally disagree about the Sandwich. I thought it was one of those things that got funnier the longer it went on. Also, I don’t think it was a mistake to show the container. The whole point was Bobo’s obliviousness, otherwise it wouldn’t have worked for me. Kevin and the screams were hillarious to me.

    PS I, too, was dying to know what that brain was made of. Thanks DON3K!

    Ironically, the sketch that dragged for me was the Digger Smokum “album” skit, but nobody else seems to be singling that one out.


  • 75
    Tork_110 says:

    I like the Three Stooges but Kevin was doing a bad Curly in that last segment. No real punch line, either.

    Bill writes the best recaps. He should have done them all.


  • 76
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    Actually i always thought of Bobo’s Sandwich as riffing on the Honeymooner’s Ed Norton and his often elaborate, silly and endlessly frustrating ( for Ralph ) preparations for simple tasks.

    Hellooo Ball ( and STAAAAAYYYYYYY )


  • 77
    The Toblerone Effect says:

    This was yet another middling ep for me, and I’m continuing to underrstand why I don’t revisit this part of season 8 often. The riffing has its moments, but overall just doesn’t hold my attention. At one point, I became more distracted by Allison Hayes and the actual plot and M&tB’s riffing became secondary. (Nice to see she’s getting some love here!) I did get a chuckle at Satan Pan at the very beginning; his “evil” laugh looks more like a guy who’s blown his line of dialogue more than anything sinister.

    Then again, this is Roger Corman, so why should I be surprised?

    Considering that some of Corman-directed-or-produced eps have made it to DVD, I think this would have the best chance out of the first 9 eps of S8 being released. Too bad it’s best feature is a hot actress who died 30 years ago! Rolls Eyes


  • 78
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    Nicias @71.

    I’ll grant you that maybe I’m over-reaching on the subservience thing. There’s enough meat to what we’re saying without it.

    But I didn’t mean to go so far as to say that Corman was making a deliberate philosophical choice to empower the female in American Cinema. I am more likely to suggest that he simply had some kind of FemDom fantasy thing going on…


  • 79
    RockyJones says:

    DON3K @ 64:

    Hmmm….I’ll buy that. Seems to be the most logical theory. I had always thought that ballistic gelatin was a bit more “wiggly” than that, but on that small of a scale, it probably wouldn’t be.

    Thanks…I can now move on to other irrelevant, trivial things to worry about… Smile


  • 80
    Dr. Shoggoth says:

    Everyone’s mentioned “STAAAAAAYY!” as their quotable from this episode, but in my household, Crow’s weird obsession with the Men’s Wearhouse commercials get the most repetitions.

    “Will you get a quality education that you can afford? I guarantee it. Is there water at the bottom of the ocean? I guarantee it. Do I guarantee it? I guarantee it.”


  • 81
    FillerFilms says:

    Oh that’s right! The Men’s Warehouse commercials. Those were on all the time on Sci-Fi, so hearing Crow make fun of them was quite refreshing.


  • 82
    JCC says:

    I think the final sketch was worth it. “mayoNAISE!” was HUGE in my household for a few years there.


  • 83
    casimar says:

    Yeah, my sister occasionally makes the “mayoNAISE” reference to this day. Love that bit.

    PS–To I’m not a medium, I’m a petite I’m actually not a 3 Stooges Fan, if that helps any. I just enjoyed the… screams… (awkward moment, looks away). I guess by definition that skit is “love it or hate it”.


  • 84
    Tork_110 says:

    I guess it could be like Norton, but Pearl isn’t there to yell something like, “OHWOULDYOUJUST…!”

    I saw it as a Curly skit due to the childish nonsense song while he was preparing a sandwich.


  • 85
    MiqelDotCom says:

    i like this one, though don’t watch it often – gotta be in the right mood. Even after repeated viewings i probably couldn’t explain the plot … I think this has more flashbacks than any other movie they ever riffed, like Mike says “I need a flowchart for this movie” & “I’ve never known more about what’s not going on in a movie”

    Hit-and-miss host segments, Servo acing the ‘Observer’ test is great, Bridget as the shape-shifting witch cracks me up. The part with Mike’s old LP of Digger Smolken doesn’t do much for me and goes on and on and on, & the ‘brain sandwich’ sketch should definitely be shortened by 1/3.

    Actually a pretty boring film (distinct community theater feel to the acting, it’s a very different kind of badness from the other Corman flicks) but the riffing is right-on, the last 30minutes are exceptional! it’s also really funny to see the “It Conquered the World” alien probes as bats!
    Mike sums it up; “yeah, Corman’s a good director”


  • 86
    Pete says:

    I remember watching this unMisted on late night TV as a teenager. So I have always liked this, and remembered Allison Hayes. I can’t believe noone else remembers that she was the 50 foot woman.


  • 87
    crowschmo says:

    Didn’t like this one. Watched it awhile ago, but couldn’t sit through it again for this discussion.


  • 88
    Nicias says:

    Medium @ 78: You’re right; Corman’s primary intent was definitely to supply a healthy share of titillation in the films using these tough female roles. Beverly Garland’s sexy sheriff outfit and the wrestling scenes from Swamp Diamonds make that quite clear. But intent aside, it was definitely really different from a lot of the female roles that were out there at the time. Compare Coleman’s female characters to Bert I. Gordon’s for example. The former are far more interesting because they’re less well-behaved. And it did give some skilled actresses a chance to play some interesting character types. I seem to remember Beverly Garland commenting about her frustration about playing passive roles, or something to that effect.


  • 89
    Zee says:

    I LOVE this episode and for me this was my “It’s going to be all right” moment. I thought that the first few episodes of season 8 were shaky, especially Bill as Crow, but in this one the elements all gelled and, even better, we got an old-school ROGER CORMAN movie! While I admit I would’ve preferred a short to longer host segments I do love the host segments, my one complaint is the GREAT “Observo” bit (complete with Harpo Marx reference) ends with that goofy chase scene. The ever-changing positions of the spoons on the floor are awful. However, the witch changing and Bobo’s sandwich are perfect. LOVED the witch changing into Pearl! And the opening segment (with rare comedy central-era references) and following test segment are perfect with spot-on moments for EVERY character, even Gypsy. One of my favorites of the season and the best of the “front 9”.


  • 90
    The Bolem says:

    I know I’m posting this so late that it’ll likely get no response, but is there a list of each song being parodied on the Digger Smolken album? I didn’t notice one in ward e, and I just don’t recognize what, “Isn’t it rat? Aren’t we a corpse? Losing my coffin, this time of the rat…”, is supposed to be a spoof of. It’s not ‘Year of the Cat’, is it?

    Until I saw 806 rerun in the fall of ’97, I didn’t even know there’d been a forth Observer ep, the only one I missed. If I had, this might have replaced She Creature as my personal fav of the first 9 B&W, since it certainly has the most unique feel. “Videohound’s Cult Flicks and Trash Pics” talks this one up quite a bit due to it’s surreal “dreamlike” quality (they’re always nice to Corman anyway).

    For favorite riff, I’ll pick: “Corman’s approach to set illimination: Light and get away.” I had several broadcasting classes that covered lighting, and buy a lot of fireworks, so I guess that one hit home. Everyone remembers which U.S. Marines commercial they’re referring to when the knight first rides by, right?

    I personally loved every host seg in this one, having a rare balance of story-arc and movie-based sketches. How often do we ever see Tom Servo cranking his hoverskirt up to high and running around in an open space?

    I didn’t tape most of Season 8 until reruns in ’98, so mine likely has different annoying commercials, but those same pre-Miss-Cleo Psychic(-al?) Friends Network ads were still going. I refer to them as the “Snackwells-Lady ads”, since the gabbing women remind me of the stars of those other commercials airing around the same time (Hey there, COOKIEMAN!). Never tried the cookies, but I miss those ranch crackers.

    There was also one surprisingly catchy video game ad that I can’t find on Youtube: “The future is FORSAKEN! The FUTURE is FORSAKEN!”

    Weird coincidence: I was showing 801-809 to a friend this spring, and on the day of The Undead, I also happened to bring a ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ comic I’d just found, because he’d said he had no idea who the Richard Baseheart was that Gypsy had a crush on. I explained what little I knew of VTTBOTS from one of those SciFi Channel Lost in Space ads that were just a few seconds of a cast interview, and lo and behold, right after the non-stinger, the very ad I’d just recalled with Bill Mumy explaining how the two Irwin Allen shows frequently swapped monsters-of-the-week was right there to clear it up. Since I hadn’t screened the tape first, that just seemed, what you’d call “weird”.


  • 91
    elservo says:

    I was working at a video store when this episode first aired and I ended up watching it on the store Televisions after the 7:30 rush. The people that were in the store during the brain sammich sketch were laughing their butts off. Nobody had any idea what they were watching, but the entire place stopped their browsing to stand beneath the televisions and watch.

    Seems to me it was a pretty effective sketch, and remains one of my favorites.


  • 92
    RockyJones says:

    #90 – The Bolem:

    “Isn’t it rat…Are we a corpse”, etc., is a parody of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns” from the musical “A Little Night Music”.

    Only one of MANY times they used this song as a punch line throughout the series.


  • 93
    Miss Mary says:

    “why does he have his head in the roll basket?”


  • 94
    The Bolem says:

    One last thought before discussing The Terror! tomorrow–no, wait, that’s another non-mstied Corman joint–I mean…

    *Ahem* …regarding Pen-druh-gone (Tom: “Pen-DRAGON!”) He was indeed discussed in the “Lamest Heroes” thread, but someone raised the question of whether he even counts as the hero of The Undead. Given that the women in the movie account for at least 60% of all action taken, the only 2 men with bigger parts are insane and something of a jerk, respectively, perhaps giving him that title by default. However, a lot of us would be inclined to call him the hero just because he does fulfill the archetype in a typical medieval story: a noble young man concerned with saving the woman he loves. At least, that’s what he SEEMS to be if you overlook the fact that he doesn’t do much of anything; he was so easily coerced by whoever even suggested his next course of action that he just spent the first hour being led around and stored various places by the other characters. If a “hero” is to be judged by the actions he takes, then all we have to go on is the final reel, wherein he decides he’s through being a tool… and stabs Livia, who I guess he finally got through his head was a witch, but was still an unarmed woman.

    So because that was the only thing he truly DID, and we already did “Lamest Hero in a MSTed movie”, perhaps Pendragon could be better discussed alongside J.C. from Sidehackers in a “Most absurdly despicable character in a MSTed movie” thread. Not that he necessarily is, but it bears consideration.


  • 95
    losingmydignity says:

    This one has some good moments, but most of the Cormans don’t really do it for. Just average.



  • 96
    Meranalf says:

    In regards to Corman’s “feminism,” is it bad to think that Angels Revenge would have been a better movie if Corman had directed it?


  • 97
    The Bolem says:

    Oh, I can’t believe I forgot Corman’s most visionary masterstroke in this film: He gave us Satan’s cheerleaders years before ‘Satan’s Cheerleaders’! Woohoo! Spartan Spirit!


  • 98
    Duncan Egnor says:

    I was looking for articles on hypnosis, believe it or not, when I came across your great post which got me thinking and lead me to what I was looking for. Strange world isn’t it.


  • 99
    robot rump! says:

    this one is near impossible to sit through without the riffing. with it it’s still pretty rough. Roger Corman, shame on you. i’d love to STAAAAAAYY but i have to go…walk the imp…yeah that’s it.


  • 100
    Tom Carberry says:

    Pert and pretty Brooklyn-born (December 28, 1924) actress Pamela Duncan made brief movie news in the 1950s as a “B” level performer and would be best remembered for her damsel-in-distress participation in two of Roger Corman’s cult turkeys — Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) and The Undead (1957), both co-starring Richard Garland. She played a dual role in the latter. Known for her exceptional fresh-faced beauty, she won several local pageants as a bobbysoxer on her way up. Deciding to pursue a movie career, she made her debut in Whistling Hills (1951) and appeared in small bits for the most part. In addition to her two prime sci-fi roles, she also enacted the role of Mike Hammer’s secretary in the low-budget film whodunit My Gun Is Quick (1957).

    Pamela was also a decorative presence on many major TV programs, especially westerns, such as “Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok” (1951), “The Roy Rogers Show” (1951), “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” (1954), “Colt .45” (1957), “Laramie” (1959), “Death Valley Days” (1952) and “Maverick” (1957). She also provided pleasant distraction on crime-solving dramas including “Perry Mason” (1957), “Peter Gunn” (1958), “Mr. Lucky” (1959) and “The Detectives” (1959). Following her brief “15 minutes” of fame, her career quickly phased out in the early 60s. Out of touch for decades, she appeared out of nowhere in the Oscar-nominated documentary Curtain Call (2000), a documentary that focused on the lives and careers of the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors’ Fund of America Home in Englewood, New Jersey. She lived there for the last ten years of her life. The 80-year-old Pamela suffered a stroke and died at the home on November 11, 2005.

    Favorite lines:

    Roger Corman’s “Backdraft”…Smokey says, “only you can prevent Roger Corman.”
    [Satan/Richard Devon] Peter Pan, antichrist…Satan, the Prince of Cabaret.
    [Diana/Pamela Duncan smoking] He’s offering her a hand grenade.
    Dirty, greasy walls—a short lived design fad.
    He’s not hypnotizing her, he’s merely boring her.
    “I am nowhere.” Oh, Nebraska.
    [Helene under body in coffin] Weekend at Bernie’s the early years…This is how Anthony Quinn’s wife must feel.
    [cat becomes Livia/Allison Hayes] Wow, she still coughs up hair balls though…I’d like to flea bomb her, I’ll tell you that.
    [Livia kisses Pendragon] Her breath smells like Fancy Feast.
    Please get me out of this film…I’ll go back to waitressing, I promise.
    [old witch/Dorothy Neumann] She’s hitting happy hour with Margaret Hamilton…Are you hiring strippers?
    [Imp/Billy Barty] Now I understand dwarf tossing. Good old fashioned nightmare fuel.
    We need a flowchart for this movie.
    [Livia kills Scroop/Bruno Ve Sota] If this was a Coen Brothers film he’d be in the woodchipper so fast.
    “Wake the Emperor of Hell.” You know Michael Eisner?
    [three graveyard dancers] The June Taylor Corpses.
    If you pledge your soul, you’ll get a Satan totebag.
    This guy was never in heaven, he was cast out of Community Theatre.
    I’ve never known more about what isn’t going on in a movie.
    Outdone by Bob Fosse in a Peter Pan hat.

    Final Thought: Allison Hayes is hot. I give this one 3 out of 5 stars.


  • 101
    Sitting Duck says:

    @ #44: Night of the Blood Beast from Season Seven was a Corman film.

    I count myself as a member of the camp which believes that the sandwich making was as overly padded as any Corman film. Other than that, a great episode.


  • 102
    trickymutha says:

    mayoNAISE! I find myself saying this on a regular basis in the kitchen. Yes, the skit was too long, they could have used a 7 minute short (blah, blah)….as for the movie- it is another brilliant mix of a Corman quickie and sharp writing. Alison Hayes, is, well..Hotter than July. I won’t dig too deep, but, this installment entertains me every time, and, makes me want to STAYYYYYY!!!


  • 103
    ToolAssist says:

    Great riffing, punctuated by some pretty sluggish host segments. The movie also gets kinda dry in some spots, but it’s generally fun. This isn’t an episode I return to frequently, but when I do I’m always surprised at how good it is.


  • 104
    Itsspideyman says:

    One of those movies that grows on you the more you watch it. And Allison Hayes was one of the femme fatale’s of the 50s. How she could breathe in that costume is beyond me!


  • 105
    Goshzilla says:

    The missus, who sometimes has trouble with the “It’s just a show; you should really just relax” concept, just asked me the other day why Brain Guy puts up with Pearl and does whatever she says it he’s so omnipotent. I reminded her that Bobo did use a slice of Observer’s brain in a sandwich. That satisfied her misgivings.

    Personally, I liked the addition of a “story arc” to the host segments, mostly because it gave them a chance to play with so many sci-fi boiler plates. They did let many of the sketches run on too long, true, but not unlike the first two seasons on Comedy Central, they were feeling out new territory. (Many of those early sketches were over long, too.) Now that the classic comedy trio is coming together, it just feels much more natural to the show. No, it’s not quite Frank and Dr F, but dammit, I love Bobo and Brain Guy. Yes, Pearl too. Sure, her particular brand of of malevolence candidates get a little irritating, but Mary Jo’s inherent liability comes through. For me, at least.

    Y’know, the Macs started


  • 106
    Goshzilla says:

    The missus, who sometimes has trouble with the “It’s just a show; you should really just relax” concept, just asked me the other day why Brain Guy puts up with Pearl and does whatever she says it he’s so omnipotent. I reminded her that Bobo did use a slice of Observer’s brain in a sandwich. That satisfied her misgivings.

    Personally, I liked the addition of a “story arc” to the host segments, mostly because it gave them a chance to play with so many sci-fi boiler plates. They did let many of the sketches run on too long, true, but not unlike the first two seasons on Comedy Central, they were feeling out new territory. (Many of those early sketches were over long, too.) Now that the classic comedy trio is coming together, it just feels much more natural to the show. No, it’s not quite Frank and Dr F, but dammit, I love Bobo and Brain Guy. Yes, Pearl too. Sure, her particular brand of of malevolence candidates get a little irritating, but Mary Jo’s inherent liability comes through. For me, at least.
    Y’know, the Made started with


  • 107
    Goshzilla says:

    Stupid “smartphone.” Feel free to erase that duplicate post, Sample or Erhardt. Typing on this thing can be awfully difficult. I hope folks appreciate the frustration I’m suffering to share my brilliant observations with you. Grin

    What I was trying to say is that the Mads evolved from a Laurel & Hardyish situation with Doctors Forrester and Erhard to an Abbot & Costello relationship with Frank, and here we have an obvious Three Stooges homage. And if you think about, it was there ever much to love about Moe? He was a short-tempered bully. But he filled a necessary position. Pearl has much more to offer in rhat same spot, in my opinion. (Though I must admit, I never really “got” the Three Stooges. I’ll turn over my Man Card on the way out.) Does anyone see an apt parallel in classic comedy to the Clay & Mother pairing in season seven? Maybe that’s why it didn’t really work….


  • 108
    mstgator says:

    Soon-to-be-no-longer-current-reference: Crow’s enrollment at “Suits University” (“I guarantee it”), now that Men’s Wearhouse has dropped George Zimmer as their spokesperson.


  • 109
    Goshzilla says:

    Oy. Next time I think I’ll wait til I can get to a keyboard. Gotta love that Autocorrect feature. Clearly I couldn’t have meant the cheese “asiago,” I had intended, rather, the grammatically unlikely “Asia go.” Razzafragginsassafrassin… yeah, fix that, Autocorrect.

    Regarding the Observers’ brains, I remember in the mid ’90s Nerf sold foam footballs shaped like human brains. I have no idea why. You can Google Nerf brainball to learn more. I’ve always presumed the Brains (ahem) used those, painted teal. Just a guess, though.


  • 110
    Goshzilla says:

    While I’m making multiple posts and wasting everyone’s time, does anybody know if Bobo’s very particular pronunciation of mayo-NNAISE is a reference to anything? Or was it just Kevin suffering from dehydration in that gorilla suit?


  • 111
    Rachel says:

    Thanks to the magic of YouTube, I finally saw this episode a month or two ago! (It was the one Sci-Fi era episode I missed, for whatever reason.) It was suitably Cormantastic.
    I really, REALLY disliked the psychichichiccal researcher guy. I think he reminds me of an ex of mine, I guess. Finally getting to see ‘STAY!!!!’ was a blast, though. It was just as funny and bizarre as I’d heard.
    The closing segment – Bobo, brain sammich – was pretty labored. But it was also kind of creepy. I don’t know, the dark, and the screams, and the Observer theme in the background… I was a little squirmy watching that part by myself in my dark bedroom late at night. Anyone else? Just me? Confused


  • 112

    This is another rough one, as it seems we’ve hit the rocky patch of Season 8.

    Last week’s episode was dullsville (but with good Host Segments) while this week’s is the opposite, with a fairly entertaining movie and some awful Host Segments.

    First, let’s talk about the good: This Roger Corman movie isn’t so terrible, at least not the concept. It’s an interesting take on time travel, you have to give it that. The movie never gets a chance to get too dull because of the the wealth of great characters. If it just starred Pendragon, then yeah, it might’ve been a bore, but you got the witch, the imp, Satan Pan, Allison Hayes, Digger Smolken, the spazz attack dancers, Dick Miller as a leper, etc. It’s such a wealth of Corman-isms that Mike and the Bots have a lot to work with. The riffing is pretty good, the “STAAAAYYYY!” bit being the most memorable. Oh, and Mike’s obsession with Satan Pan’s misplaced adams apple. Overall though, it’s not a particularly strong episode….

    Because of the Host Segments.

    HS#1 starts promising but then goes on too long with the Keystone-Cops-everyone-running-around bit. Also, it was really weird to see a full bodied (?) Servo running around, and not weird in a good way. HS#3 is terrible and not funny. I don’t like Kevin’s Digger Smolken voice and the “jokes” are one note; I find the skit to be grating. HS#2 I give a pass to; Bridget gives a good performance as the witch. “Oh boy!”

    Now, the ending skit with Bobo making the sandwich….. Oy! This might be the most painfully unfunny skit they’ve ever done on MST. It’s excruciating! The joke is telegraphed a mile away and the setup isn’t worth it. Bobo is so entertained and amused by himself that I couldn’t help but be annoyed. The amount of mayonnaise (oh wait, I mean mayoNNAISE) that he slops onto the sandwich is something I find to be physically repulsive. And I LIKE mayo… but the amount he uses is just gross.

    However, I do kinda like the opening with Mike seething about the past; just the way the scene slowly builds to that closeup of Mike’s face. And of course, the end with Crow as the imp and Servo’s rage against Leonard Maltin is pretty great, the best Segment of the episode.

    (Hmmm, looks like I just made a compliment sandwich…)

    Overall, this is a below average episode, in my opinion. A reminder of why I don’t re-watch these early Season 8 episodes that often.


    Mike: “Dirty greasy walls: a short lived design fad.”

    Servo: “Oh and by the way. . . . SLEEEEEEP!”

    Crow: “Good ol’ fashioned nightmare fuel.”

    Mike: “And I get to lick the ax!”

    Crow: “I’m a damn good imp.”


    after decapitation,
    Mike: “Nothing but net.”

    I didn’t find this one to be as dull as last week’s episode (The Thing that Couldn’t Die),
    but I find myself giving The Undead the same rating.

    2 out of 5 STAAAAAAYS!


  • 113
    Dan in WI says:

    The opening was great. I felt there was great interplay between Mike and the Bots in the attempt to bring everybody up to speed. Then for my money I thought Mike’s vapor lock here was the best vapor lock in the history of the show bar none. He then reprises the vapor lock during the Observer’s test.

    Of all the test results I like Gypsy’s the best. She scored in the 80 percentile of robots of her kind of which there are only one. Meanwhile the devolution of Professor Bobo is complete. He scored profoundly stupid and then reverted to the classic monkey test of stacking crates and doesn’t do particularly well at that. But Bill steals the show with his non-verbal body language reactions to not scoring as well Servo. Just watch him as Mike and Paul’s Observer characters go on and on.

    This movie: Oh boy. You know you are in for it when you have those terrible grease stained set walls.

    Billy Barty always looked old.

    The sammich sketch: Kevin truly did everything you possible could with this segment. There is some good stuff there during the journey to the punch line. But in the end I’m voting too long. I guess this is a case of the sum of the whole is actually less than the parts.

    I have to say the ACEG entry for this episode is probably my favorite ACEG entry of all time. So in conclusion Bill Corbett said it best so I’ll just quote him. “This movie sat on all of our heads. The plot’s logic defies any amount of painstaking analysis, even that involving elaborate flow charts and hired consultants from the most respected universities and think tanks in the country. Next time you have the notion to defend Roger Corman as a good director, watch this movie and repent.”

    Favorite Riffs:
    Tom “I saw the Undead at UnAlpine UnValley.” [Alpine Valley is a great concert amphitheater in southern Wisconsin. Among other things it’s famous for being the site of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s final show.]

    Dr. Ratcliff goes on about his plan to hypnotize Diana. Tom does the evil scientist maniacal laugh.

    Dr. Ratcliff loosens his tie. Tom “It’s the 23rd hour of out telethon and we are going all the way.”

    Crow about Pendragon “Sir Gul of Ble”

    Mike about Satan “This guy was never in heaven. He was cast out of community theater.”

    Mike during a crappy scene “Yeah Corman is a good director.”

    Mike “I’ve never known more about what isn’t going on in a movie.”


  • 114
    Depressing Aunt says:

    #107, typing on a Kindle Fire is also no picnic. I feel your pain.

    That spoon bit ain’t my favorite. Bah! While Tom is chased around that set, the spoons shift around on the floor from shot to shot… Unavoidable I suppose–I mean, I’m no film student. But the use of an olive for a brain is a neat trick.

    This movie’s got cheap sets, cheap makeup, cheap dialogue, cheap action scenes. So much fun. I love how Pendragon asks Helene where Meg is. How’s she supposed to know where Meg’s at? She’s been stuck in Meg’s house ever since Meg left!

    I feel like, if there’s ever a suitable time to exclaim, “You’re stuck here!” it’s definitely when you’re stuck in drabland because Satan tricked you. You got off pretty easy, Mr. Fugitive Alien.

    Noticed a really cute moment this time around. Tom makes annoying snoring sounds as Diana lies on the couch, then very softly tells Mike, “Sorry.” Mike laughs and says “That’s all right,” and pats Tom gently.


  • 115
    Depressing Aunt says:

    Tried to edit my comment to say, Meg’s probably wondering where Pendragon’s at while that scene’s going on. And she’s probably feeling lucky that there’s only a couple other places that exist in the entire universe, as far as she knows.


  • 116
    Angie Schultz says:

    …does anybody know if Bobo’s very particular pronunciation of mayo-NNAISE is a reference to anything?

    In An Officer and a Gentleman, Richard Gere’s character’s name is Mayo, and his drill sergeant (Lou Gossett, Jr.) keeps calling him “mayo-NAISE”.

    I like this movie, but it sure is better with the riffing.


  • 117
    touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    #96 (okay, a very old post, but still):

    Pretty much anything that anyone did to “Angels Revenge” would make it a better movie. Wink


  • 118
    littleaimishboy says:

    Production costs, Corman probably got change back from a $20, and still this is actually a really well done movie, if all his work was as good as this he’d deserve all the acclaim he doesn’t actually deserve.


  • 119
    Depressing Aunt says:

    So, I see post #46, and I see the witch named as Maid Maud, not Meg. Whoa, I sit corrected!

    Another riff I like is when Satan opens the movie by telling us to look at him and Tom whines “D’I hafta?”


  • 120
    Tim S. Turner says:

    Season 8 continues to pick up steam. So much fun, with the kind of goofiness I love. Servo as an Observer cracks me up every time.


  • 121
    Depressing Aunt says:

    But #54 says Meg! Must…chill…about…getting…deets right… Must…chill…grrrr…


  • 122
    Creeping-Death says:

    Another above average episode, 4 stars. Really enjoy the testing segment and Digger Smolken sings segment. A lot of people mention how hot Allison Hayes is as Livia, but don’t mention how attractive Pamela Duncan is also as Diana.

    Favorite lines:

    Mike [as Knight]: [in stilted “medieval” grammar that parodies the knight’s own dialogue] Me help! Attacked I am being! Hitting me stop you must! God dear bleeding am I! Break my leg think I did you!

    Servo [as Knight]: Towest thy vehicle to the curb and showeth me thy driver’s license and registration. Did thou knowest how fast thou was driving?

    (On Pamela Duncan’s dress that draws your attention to her bosom.)
    Servo: Showcasing: breasts!


  • 123
    Of no account says:

    Great episode! Even the first time I watched it, I really didn’t have a problem understanding what was going on, so I don’t get why Mike & the bots have a problem with it. The characters certainly seem clueless, though.
    I really liked the sandwich sketch. Bobo dropping the tape & running after it only made it funnier.

    Now, off to listen to my Digger Smolken albums…


  • 124
    robot rump! says:

    as i watch this episode, i keep remembering Sampo’s comments about the spoon/chase and the brain sandwich segments. i’m sure that someone else could come up with a better example, but outside of the Streisand segment, these two really do seem played out or unnecessary.


  • 125
    John in Afghanistan says:

    @ #101
    “Night of the Blood Beast” was produced by Roger Corman, but was directed by Bernard L. Kowalski.
    I love this experiment. Some of the best riffing ever in this episode!
    I used to watch this movie as a kid on late night TV. Back then I thought it was scary! LOL!


  • 126
    Goshzilla says:

    I’ll take Bobo’s sammich preparation over Crow’s Match Game sketch. Yeesh. But a short would have been so much better to fill time. I can understand why the Sci-Fi channel wanted the show to stick to riffing “genre” movies, but why couldn’t they understand that the mental hygiene shorts were pure undiluted hilarity? To me, the shorts are what’s missing the most from the Sci-Fi years. (And there seems to be no end to that lode of material, as RiffTrax has demonstrated.)


  • 127
    mstgator says:

    Depressing Aunt: I assumed the spoon-shifting during the chase sequence was an intentional homage to incompetent special effects (like, say, in a Corman film).

    Incidentally, I’m typing this on my iPhone while I have a perfectly good Mac just across the room. Yeah, I am lazy.


  • 128
    Stefanie says:

    The strange thing is, despite being a Roger Corman production, I actually liked this movie. Sure the hypno regression thing is silly but I really liked how Diana Love at the end of the movie took the weird stuff as a wake up call and is going to improve herself. Also the twist with Quintus being stuck in the past because he was so arrogant that he forgot how the path back was severed when Elaine died, that was pretty awesome.


  • 129
    Richard the Lion-Footed says:

    I often find it interesting that my favorite episodes are generally not liked by the cast.
    I disagree with Bill on this one.
    I thought it was a delightful “Corman” film and the one of the reasons he is universally remembered.
    It is a fun little premise, and with Shirley Maclaine’s past life parade just passing by, it was as current a theme as the mid-1950s.
    Done on the cheap, but everyone in it seems to make the most of what they had.
    This is just the type of movie MST3K was meant to be showing.
    I was surprised to read Bill’s take on this. I thought this was another of one of the best of Season 8 and showed a strong return to
    way the show was on CC.


  • 130
    Viking Woman says:

    I watched this episode for the first time on Saturday, and I must say that I absolutely love it! The movie was just SO BIZARRE, it seemed like they had a lot to work with. I laughed at almost every line. Definitely in my top twenty favorite episodes, maybe even top fifteen.

    And just when I thought I couldn’t love MST3K any more than I already do, they go and make a reference to the song “Lydia the Tattooed Lady,” a family favorite in my house.

    Pendragon: LIVIA!
    Servo: That encycloPIDIA!


  • 131
    Hey Cabot! says:

    A somewhat competent, forgettable B movie with two attractive ladies, a goofy Satan character and more boring hypnotism. The real draw of this episode for me is the last sketch, with Servo forcing Mike to read a prepared letter as Leonard Maltin and Crow off to the side wearing large teeth and pointy ears, repeating “I’m an imp!” It was nice to see that Bill could do goofy humor like Trace used to.