Movie: (1964) A couple of slackers stumble across a cult of monsters at a carnival.
First shown: 6/14/97
Opening: It’s walk-a-thon season
Intro: Pearl is taking the space kids home and has Bobo and Observer send the movie
Host segment 1: The bots try to read Mike’s future for 50 cents
Host segment 2: M&TB ask Shelli the Nanite for the “big hair” look
Host segment 3: Crow hires Ortega to cater the break
End: Crow and Tom build a roller coaster; Pearl meets the kids’ parents
Stinger: “What do you think we came here for…to eat?”
• Ahh, what’s not to like about this episode? Unless, of course, you count the movie itself, which is less a coherent story than a particularly vivid fever dream. Still, the riffing is great, the segments are funny and, if that wasn’t enough, there’s … MADISON!
• Paul’s take is here.
• In a post a few weeks ago, I made a reference to this movie by saying something like: as a scary
monkey clown once said, “Get your tickets here!” I was corrected in the comments section by people who noted that it was a scary clown monkey puppet who says that. But I was pleased when I re-watched it this time that there are also scary monkey faces clowns shown in the carnival scenes, so at least I have some explanation for why I thought of monkeys clowns.
• This is one of the few movies I had seen before (how could you see that title and not want to watch it?) it was on MST3K. I was very excited when they announced it.
• Daleism: During the first dance number, during a shot of the dancers hands, all sing: “I thought you were Daaaaale…”
• Obviously the idea for the acronym sketch came from the movie’s very long title and accompanying acronym. The part where Tom keeps reciting the very long name of the charity is very reminiscent of the Monty Python sketch about Johann Gambolputty-de-von-Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crass-cren-bon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von-knacker-thrasher-apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer-spelter-wasser-kurstlich-himble-eisenbahnwagen-guten-abend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwürstel-gespurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumeraber-schönendanker-kalbsfleisch-mittleraucher-von-Hautkopft of Ulm.
• It’s with this episode that a new occasional character arrives: Ortega, who will occupy a similar spot in sketches that Torgo did in the Comedy Central days.
• Obscure reference: Theatrical director JoAnne Akalaitis.
• This is one of those movies that posits the existence of a burlesque/strip joint in which nobody actually takes any clothes off and which is attended by as many women as men (see “Flashdance”). I maintain that such places never actually existed, especially in the time frame of this movie.
• Mike is still sporting his very high hair in the theater but only for a about a minute.
• Tom has a brief freakout during the movie, but who can blame him?
The Angel’s Flight trolley, also seen in “Indestructible Man,” is briefly visited by a distraught Jerry.
• Daddy-O had lots of dirt on this one, including:
–> It was shot on a budget of only $38,000. Can you tell?
–> It ran into trouble with Columbia Studios, which was releasing another long-titled movie: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” To stave off Columbia’s lawyers, Director Ray Dennis Steckler agreed to re-title this movie “The Incredibly Strange Creatures Etc.”
–> It was released in so-called “Hallucinogenic Hypnovision,” which basically meant that during the movie a few people wearing rubber masks of the movie’s characters would run down the aisles and try to scare the audience in the theater just after a turning hypnosis-inducing spiral would appear on the screen.
–> Believe it or not a soundtrack album was released.
–> Steckler directed and performed in 1962′s “Wild Guitar,” starring Arch Hall Jr., star of “EEGAH!” (You can see a poster of “Wild Guitar” in this movie: it’s on the wall of the boozing dancer’s dressing room).
• Bill and Kevin are the voices of the space kids’ dad and mom, respectively.
• Pearl calls Crow Art again.
• Fave riff: “You know what I’m looking at right now? That exit sign.”