Movie: (1972) A Florida scientist turns himself into a catfish monster and attacks those who wronged him.
First shown: May 2, 1999
Opening: Crow enjoys a nice chaw
Intro: Crow labels his chaw cans; Pearl conducts a maternal love deprivation experiment
Host segment 1: Mike becomes wedged in the bulkhead of Crow’s evil voiceover
Host segment 2: Gone fishin’
Host segment 3: Brain Guy & Bobo demonstrate Crow & Tom’s naked acting theory
End: Crow & Tom show off their specialized food carrying cases; Pearl’s mer-monkey has an admirer
Stinger: “Sargassum! The weed of deceit!”
• Just a note: Shower caps are still on sale.
• In last weekend’s discussion thread, about episodes that you just can’t remember, the person who suggested the thread mentioned this episode and several folks in the comments mistakenly thought *I* had said this one was not memorable. Far from it. I really think this one rises above the last few “good not great” outings and is one of the best of the season. Insane movie, great riffing, mostly good segments. I like it. Now…ATTACK!
• Bill’s thoughts are here.
• Don Barton, the man to blame for this movie, talks about his film here. You can also read about a recent screening/celebration of the movie here. This movie even has its own Web site.
• I can’t find it on the net now, but I distinctly recall reading somewhere that director Barton was furious when this episode came out and claimed in a public statement that Sci-Fi Channel had not gotten the proper rights to the movie. He was wrong.
• The opening bit is very funny, but also may be the most disgusting host segment ever. Yuck.
• Pearl’s IMF experiment on the bots is reminiscent of the maternal love sketch in episode 602- INVASION U.S.A., and I’m not sure they did anything the other sketch didn’t do, but the look on Bill’s face as he looks into the “love basket” Pearl offers is priceless.
• The movie has a very familiar plot. We’ve seen plenty of these “mad scientist is ridiculed and dismissed by his peers and plots revenge against them using the very technology they claimed was ridiculous” movies. Mad Monster comes immediately to mind.
• I’m assuming the filmmakers got a lot of the score from various PD needle drops. Some of it sounds familiar. Anybody recognize any snippets?
• Another movie observation: Why does the scientist create the elaborate block-and-tackle hammock when THERE’S A LADDER?
• Segment 1 is one of those great “one or more of the bots seize on some insane element of the movie and take it to heart” bits. Soon it will be YOU who becomes wedged in the bulkhead of my plan!
• Riff I didn’t get: “Then I gotta go kill Farley Granger’s wife.” That’s certainly a “Strangers on a Train” reference, but why? Somebody explain.
• Local reference? “Ironically he had just placed an order with Chavella’s.” Minneapolis locals? Is/was that the name of a seafood restaurant or something?
• The movie was apparently going for a sort of “In the Heat of the Night” vibe between the sheriff and scientist guy. But it just comes off as offensive.
• Segment 2, well, there’s not a lot going on, but it’s cute, and some of the dialog was used in the menu animation for the Shout!Factory DVD.
• M&TB still have their fishing hats on when they head back into the theater.
• Movie continuity mistake: As Leopold attempts to convert the girl into his mate, we first see her hands tied down as gives her the injection (preventing her from stopping him, of course) but her hands are free seconds later when he dunks her (apparently so the actress could hold her nose).
• Callbacks: “rice a pipple” (Bride of the Monster) “Think I’ll head over to Party Beach and see how The Horror is doing.” (Horror of Party Beach) “I had such a pretty miiiiind!” (Girl in Gold Boots)
• Slam on Sally Forth outta nowhere!
• Note to the Brains: Catfish Hunter did NOT change his name to Chapstick. He just appeared in a Chapstick commercial in which it was suggested that he might want to do so. So I say Servo’s Catfish Hunter joke stands as funny.
• Segment 3 is fun, but that’s more of Bill than I want to see (no offense, Bill).
• The last third of the movie is dominated by “riding on the running board guy.” His amphibious clown car is particularly funny. “Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper, Snork. They’re cops!”
• Here’s a possible discussion thread: riffs that made you want to slap them. There’s one in this movie: Servo is the voice of a very talkative brook and adds: “There I go, babbling again.”
• That’s Paul as “Barnicle Bob.” Paul was definitely the guest star guy in the later years.
• Fave riff: “Thank goodness I have my provolone carrying cases.” Honorable mention: “Jack Ruby at home.”