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Weekend Discussion Thread: Top 5 Stingers

Picking only five is going to be tough, but I never promised you a rose garden.
My picks are:
• 205- ROCKET ATTACK USA–Stinger: “Help me!” The very first stinger and still one of the best.
• 514- TEEN-AGE STRANGLER Stinger: “And he didn’t steal no bike neither…I did!”
• 820- SPACE MUTINY Stinger: Our hero bravely screams like a girl and bails out.
• 1003- MERLIN’S SHOP OF MYSTICAL WONDERS Stinger: “Rock ‘n’ roll martian…”

What are yours?

89 comments to Weekend Discussion Thread: Top 5 Stingers

  • 51
    TheNintenGenius says:

    Actually I finally thought of what should’ve been the stinger for Catalina Caper: the bizarre underwater horn section.


  • 52
    TV's Dave says:

    No one has mentioned 1006 – Boggy Creek II “I saw the little creature.” (screams)


  • 53
    Miqel says:

    Wow, I love almost all of them, a few that are memorable:

    CAVE DWELLERS – “Thong, Fish Is Ready”

    MITCHELL: “I Said Buzz Off, KID!”

    SKYDIVERS – “I Don’t Know, I Feel Real Free Up There, In That High-Fallutin’ Sky”

    MERLIN’S MYSTICAL SHOP – “Rock’n’Roll Martian, Fu#%kin(?) Roll Martian”

    .. and I really think for TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST they should have used Johnny Longbow’s stew recipe as the stinger – “Whole lotta Things, Chicken, Corn, Green Peppers, Chilli ….. Uh .. Onions”
    (the way he delivers this line is really funny, it almost looks like the actor is embarrassed)


  • 54
    daffyphack says:

    i can’t believe no one said this:



  • 55
    Mike says:

    Hmmm… tough one. In no particular order…

    1.) The Sinister Urge (“Nuh-uh, that’s not Dirk. Nuh-uh. No…”)
    2.) Rocket Attack USA (“Help me.”)
    3.) Prince of Space (“HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HAA!”)
    4.) Werwilf (“Dis iz ubsolootly fahcinatink.”)
    5.) The Rebel Set (“I am bugged!”)

    In an additional note, might I recommend a weekend discussion thread with the topic of “Favorite Villains/Heavies from MST-ed Films”? My first vote would be cast for the vivacious and froggy-throated Gloria from The Sinister Urge


  • 56
    Edwin B says:

    Does Wild Rebels have a stinger? The ACEG says yes, but my tape doesn’t have it. I am making a compilation of all season 2 stingers to post on Youtube. If anyone has the stinger from Wild Rebels let me know.


  • 57
    Mayo says:

    Reading this makes me wish the MST3K movie had a stinger.


  • 58
    Rotten as British Teeth says:

    To Mike: Best villians has been mentioned before as a possible future weekend thread.

    I always loved the stingers at the end of the show; it’s one of the many things that made this show different from all others. Narrowing it down to five is simply brutal, if you realize that there are more than 100 to choose from. I know I’ll be slapping my head saying “Oh! I forgot about that one!!” after I post my list, but here are the ones that stand out at this moment in time:

    – blind man walking, then “exclaiming” “Help me!” from Rocket Attack U.S.A. Paul Chaplin said in the ACEG that “stingers” were started because of this odd little moment in the movie, and that subsequent stingers were a hap-hazard process. It’s true, some were hit or miss, and in certain cases you could find a better one if combing the movie’s dialogue more thoroughly.

    – Hellcats: Greasy, trumpet-playing hippie saying something that to this day I still don’t understand. Another great wtf moment in MST history; apparently speaking incoherent lines wasn’t a problem for late ’60’s filmmakers.

    – It Conquered the World Peter Graves’ over-the-top speech about world humanity. Using it to end the show, both on the SOL and with the Mads’ in Deep 13, with little additional dialogue was as simple yet clever as the show ever got.

    – War of the Colossal Beast The movie was so forgettable that Mr B Natural’s creepy prancing steals the stinger. ‘Nuff said!!

    – Teenagers from Outer Space The “TORTCHA!!” outburst is a fav moment of mine.

    Honorable Mention: Outlaw’s villianous queen saying “You disgusting woooorrrmmm!!” was the only one I’ve predicted correctly when trying to guess stingers. I guess what I find funny is not-so-much for whomever chooses these!

    Ones that could’ve been better:
    -Gamera vs. Guiron: “What a monster.” Huh? This is a Gamera movie guys, plenty of goofy stuff to use here (including Gamera doing gymnastics, if I’m thinking of the right one.)
    -Hercules Unchained: wide-eyed evil queen gulping. Again, plenty of action and nonsense in this movie to use. I’d recommend the scene where Ulysses is acting up after Hercules remembers who he is.
    – Magic Sword: Sybil’s two spin doctors staring at each other. A better one would have been showcasing one of BIG’s many hokey special effects.

    See Sampo, this is what you get for holding out on us this weekend! Razz


  • 59

    A good stinger for Gus Trikinosis’ Sidehackers would be the doofy redneck’s punchline delivery for the prison “joke.” Also, J.C.’s reaction to strangling his girlfriend would work.


  • 60
    Bobo "BuckDat" Briggs says:

    SO many great stingers, but off the top of my head some GREAT ones…

    “Johnny, you be careful….I don’t care!” – Time of the Apes.

    “….you’re STUCK HERE!” – Fugitive Alien

    “He learned too late that man is a feeling creature…” – It Conquered the World

    The Glen Manning laughing in pain stinger – Amazing Colossal Man

    Finally, one that seems very memorable to me and I quote myself a lot for some reason…

    “Weird. Yeah I guess that IS the word for it… Weird.” – The Ring of Terror

    No clue as to why that one sticks out in my mind so much after all these years.

    Honorable mentions off the top would be the guy in pain holding his hand and screaming from Being from Another Planet, the RC Plane blowing up the tower in City Limits and of course the way demented looking Lee Van Cleef with the Gerbil, (Hamster) Alien


  • 61
    Bobo "BuckDat" Briggs says:

    Oh man. Just reading these and saw Bat Masterson’s mention of the stinger in Herc against the Moon Men. Man, it’s cracking my up just thinking about it I can barely type this. That one always gets me. TOO frikkin good. Smile


  • 62
    Bob says:

    Here are 5 of many favorites:

    205- “Help me!” First and best.
    210- Woman shrieks and then guy falls over in hilarious, stiff fashion after being mauled by “alien” alligator.
    303- “It stinks!” with “okay” hand gesture.
    309- Giant Glenn laughs till he has severe chest pain
    320- “Time for go to bed” is announced by Tor J.


  • 63
    John Seavey says:

    1. “This is where the fish lives.”

    2. “This is where the fish lives.”

    3. “This is where the fish lives.”

    4. “This is where the fish lives.”

    5. “Is that stud coming?”

    (Honorable Mention: “I saw the little creature.”)


  • 64
    Edwin B says:

    I made a compilation with all the season 2 stingers and put it on Youtube. Search for MST3K Stingers and you’ll find it.


  • 65
    cameage says:

    Until I found this website, I didn’t know the stingers were even there (and I think at that point I had watched almost every episode). Serves me right for not watching the entire credit sequece.

    Sooooo as a result, I have no favorite stingers because I think I’ve only seen one.

    Well, I guess that makes that one my favorite, actually. I am BUGGED.


  • 66
    underwoc says:

    The more I think about it, I think SIDEHAKERS should have signed off with, “He hit big Jake!”


  • 67
    underwoc says:

    Oops! Spelling! that should be “SIDEHACKERS.” Confused


  • 68
    EvilOrphanSpaceKid says:

    I think in SIDEHACKERS, it’s the crazy part where the two lovers are frolicking then ‘fall’ down the weedy slope while laughing.
    Also – RING OF TERROR, “Puma?” – me and my brother use that one constantly.
    GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS, When Buzz suddenly reappears in the booth.
    BOGGY CREEK 2, when the teacher yells, “I can smell ya!!”
    CAVE DWELLERS, when Miles O’Keeffe/Ator lops off that guys head during the long flashback in the beginning


  • 69
    Diamond Joe says:

    [This would be a blockquote if I could figure out how to do it properly.] Hellcats: Greasy, trumpet-playing hippie saying something that to this day I still don’t understand. Another great wtf moment in MST history; apparently speaking incoherent lines wasn’t a problem for late ’60’s filmmakers.

    The most sensible transcription I’ve read is “I’ll bet you’re all only children,” which I take to mean, “You’re treating me this way now because you never had younger siblings to pick on when you were kids.” Although I suppose it could also mean “If you’d had older siblings picking on you when you were younger, you wouldn’t find this amusing.”


  • 70
    I'm not a medium, I'm a petite says:

    [ I’m probably just missing something, but there are at least 3 occasions above where people are quoting different stingers from the same film, no ? ]


  • 71
    underwoc says:

    Diamond Joe,

    I think you’re over-thinking the meaning in the line. To me, the last couple of syllables sound a lot like “killed me”. I figure the whole line is supposed to be something like, “Hey! You guys could’ve killed me!”


    This thread is a little confused. Some folks are listing their favorite stingers; others are listing the “oughta shoulda been” stingers.


  • 72
    Jane Dobson says:

    Has anyone mentioned the stinger from “It Lives By Night”?

    “Well??” says Johnny before he starts convulsing

    It’s one of my favorites!


  • 73
    Fred P says:

    I’d have to go with these(even though they’ve all been said)
    5. Cave Dwellers-Dong, fish is ready.
    4.(really old) Teenagers from Outerspace-The high court may well sentence you to Torcha!!!!!
    3. Pod People-It Stinks!!!!!
    2. Touch of Satan-This is where the fish lives.
    1. Time of Apes-Johnny be careful, I don’t care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • 74
    Dyne says:

    Hmm, this one’ll be tough. In no particular order.

    Space Mutiny – “RRRRRRAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!”
    Gunslinger – “What about our clothes?”
    The Deadly Bees – “The dog’s meat. Have you seen it?”
    The Unearthly – “Time for go to bed!”
    The Phantom Planet – The good and beautiful, dammit!


  • 75
    Rowsdower42 says:

    I forgot that 523 – Village of the Giants doesn’t have one. Sooo… hmm, it would probably be really stupid slow-mo dancing to Nietzsche music.


  • 76
    casimar says:

    Mitchell – “I SAID BUZZ OFF, KID!”
    Rocket Attack USA – “Help me!”
    Manos: The Hands of Fate: “Why don’t you guys leave us alone?”
    The Phantom Planet: “You know, Captain? Every year of my life…”
    It Conquered The World – “He learned too late that man was a feeling creature, and because of it…”


  • 77
    Bobo (has a red butt) says:

    Santa Claus Conquers The Martians – Voldar’s laugh and the look he got.

    Always makes me laugh.

    Watch out for snakes.


  • 78
    MikeK says:

    The movie should have any of these as stingers.

    “Captain Obvious” moment when Ruth points out the strange shapes of the foreheads in those sketches of the aliens.

    The laser blows up the car.

    “Stand back! Stand BACK!”


  • 79
    adoptadog says:

    While reading the comments in this thread, it occurs to me that the stingers are just a brilliant summation of the badness of the movie. I like all the stingers, but I really love the ones that just nail the movie and what it was about, that highlight a truly stunning line of dialogue or an odd gesture. All the stingers are fun, but some are beyond perfect.


  • 80
    The Bolem says:

    My 5 favs are stingers that aren’t necessarily funny by themselves, but perfectly complement the experiment.

    RED ZONE CUBA: The indescribably spooky blind lady playing piano on her chifarobe was 3 seconds of film that perfectly captured the feeling of desolation and confusion that Colman’s signature film leaves all its viewers with. Also my all time favorite episode.

    GIANT SPIDER INVASION: Just think about the ordeal our heroes went through in the host segments: Mike saves the universe from the Body-Snatcher pods…and his reward is being forced to sit through one of their most disgusting movies AGAIN! Our Cheesehead Charles Manson couldn’t have summed it up better.

    POD PEOPLE: I guess I don’t need to restate just how true it is. When I say “It stinks!” however, friends seem to think I’m quoting Jay Sherman, ‘The Critic’. Perhaps John Lovitz liked this episode too?

    INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN: Speaking of The Critic, the noise Piggy makes when he falls down sounds a lot like Jay’s “M-ac-hm!” noise. Add that they freeze the scene on him pointing to the camera but leave in the music from the cut to our first Neptunian gives this an entirely different effect from when it comes in the movie, as though the movie is as astounded by the audience as we are by it, or something. The perfect ending to one experiment that almost did the bots in.

    MONSTER A-GO-GO: Not particularly great, but the Monstronaut himself somehow looks like he’s as thrown as we are by the previous statement of there being no monster.

    The one time I seriously tried to guess the stinger was for PUMAMAN, but I had my money on, “I’m not a BIRD!”.


  • 81
    Nick says:

    My favorites:

    Pod People: “It stinks!”
    Fugitive Alien I: “Hahahaha…You’re stuck here!”
    Teenage Crime Wave: “Turn it off!”
    Outlaw: “Get out of here, you disGUSTING worm!”
    Werewolf: “This is absolutely fascinating.”


  • 82
    Billy D says:

    not necessarily in this order:
    1. Touch of Satan “This is where the fish lives.”
    2. Puma Man – Vidinho throws Tony Farms out of the window
    3. The Incredible Melting Man – “Let’s get the hell out of here!”
    4. Space Mutiny – Rider’s scream
    5. Danger: Diabolik – “Is that Stud coming?”


  • 83
    Krasner says:

    The Creeping Terror – “My God! What is it!”


  • 84
    losingmydignity says:

    1. Riding with Death – This is the one that made me laugh the hardest, long after the stinger was over. Lost my dignity indeed. Had to be helped off the floor.
    2. Merlin and the bla, bla, bla, i.e. Rock and Roll Martian – Love this one, because like my number one, kind of missed it while watching the ep for the first time. The best stingers catch a strange moment you might have missed or at least overlooked the first time you watch the ep. And they make you laugh.
    3. Manos, the Hands of Fate — Another moment that would have been overlooked by even the most attentive viewer, I think. At least I did. In a film of completly off-kilter moments it’s a testament to the Brains genius for not going for the easy Torgo or Master moment and giving us this eyebrow raising end.
    4. The Skydivers – Not an overlooked moment but I just love the way the line is delivered. There are many good stingers that focus on dialogue, too many to chose just one, but I love the weirdness here more than any other.
    5. Rocket Attack U.S.A. – Not because it’s the first, but one of the funniest. Funny enough to have made them do it again and again.


  • 85
    Rotten as British Teeth says:

    Diamond Joe: Thank you for the clarification. I hear it now that I’ve played it back, after many attempts before.

    It’s still one of my favs.


  • 86
    hamtronix says:

    werent the stingers chosen by a crew member?


  • 87
    bartcow says:

    I agree with 16 (or 18? to lazy to scroll up and check). The Hobgoblins stinger was a disappointment. I always thought it should have been Daphne’s spastic dance in the doorway.


  • 88
    shinragod says:

    HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN – Herc hears a woman’s cry for help. Herc looks unbelievabely stoned here. (Or he’s immitating Joel Robinson.)


  • 89
    bondfool says:

    I think Sidehackers’ stinger would have been “I will. I will do it,” or shortly afterwords when JC punches Cooch/Gooch for no reason.