Greensboro, N.C. — Prolific actor Ed Nelson, who spent decades as a leading man in movies (including several by Roger Corman) and is perhaps best known as a major player in famed nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” died here Aug. 9 of congestive heart failure. He was 85.
MSTies will recall that he played Dave Randall in the movie in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST, a caveteen in the movie in episode 315- TEENAGE CAVEMAN, George Beldridge in the movie in episode K15- SUPERDOME, a police sergeant in the movie in episode 503- SWAMP DIAMONDS and the elusive Robert Denby in the movie in episode 814- RIDING WITH DEATH. He also helped make the costumes for episode 406- ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES, in which he was supposed to appear, but was called away for another role before filming started.
Here’s a nice long appreciation.
Thanks to Paul and Duane for the headses ups.
If you should find yourself in the Philadelphia area on Friday, Aug. 15, you might want to head out to suburban Phoenixville, where the landmark Colonial Theater will be again be showing an MST3K episode at 10:15 p.m. This time it’s episode 423- BRIDE OF THE MONSTER (with short: HIRED! part 1). There will be a pre-show invention exchange contest in order to win prizes. More info here
Frank has posted his latest “Podhouse 90″ production: “Dracula Has Risen in the Polls
,” featuring Trace Beaulieu and J. Elvis Weinstein, along with Eddie Pepitone, Julie Klausner, Dana Gould, Laraine Newman, Emily Maya Mills, Joe Keyes, Demorge Brown, Rachel Lichtman, Olana DiGirolamo and Mark Thompson.
Alert reader “Gobi” writes:
If you’re like me, and I know I am, then you enjoy movie trailers that begin with “In a world where…”. So, why not use that style for a MSTIED movie?
“In a world where concierges have goat legs and speech impediments, one man must do battle with The Master for the immortal souls of his wife, his daughter, and his poodle…”
I’m going to expand this to allow any sort typical trailer verbiage. Such as…
“A simple town in the Swiss Alps. [dun DUN] A creeping mist. [dun DUN] A cloud descends. [bwaaaaaaa] It sees you…”
(Keep those discussion thread ideas coming!)
Jaffa, Israel–Menahem Golan, co-founder of The Cannon Group production company and Israeli cinema pioneer, died here Aug. 8. He was 85. Golan collapsed while strolling outside his home here and paramedics were unable to revive him.
With cousin and partner Yoram Globus, Golan ran Cannon Films for a decade, releasing more than a dozen films a year in its prime. The studio was behind such films as “The Delta Force,” the “Death Wish” sequels, “Masters of the Universe” and “Bloodsport.”
MSTies will remember that the team also produced the movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.
Here’s his Variety obit.
Thanks to Paul for the heads up.
Movie: (1981) In the future, a clone is rescued from space, lives on Earth for a while, then leads her friends to her polluted and desperate home world.
First shown: 1/29/89
Opening: The Mads are furious to learn that last week’s ratings were higher, despite being opposite the Super Bowl
Host segment 1: J&TB enjoy a game of tag
Host segment 2: Servo hits on a blender
Host segment 3: J&TB demonstrate surrealism
End: Servo and Joel discuss the Village People and end with a “Dating Game”-style goodbye kiss
• Three of the host segments from this film were later reused in Season One shows, making this one of the most heavily-plundered KTMA episodes. Segment 1 was later re-shot in episode 105- THE CORPSE VANISHES. Segment 2 was later recycled, almost word-for-word, in episode 103- MAD MONSTER. A sketch somewhat similar to segment 3 appeared in episode 107- ROBOT MONSTER.
• It’s unclear why the Brains think the movie is Czech (maybe it said so in the Maltin guide). It’s Russian. But that doesn’t stop Servo from making a “corn Czechs” joke.
• In the opening segment, after movie sign is announced, the Bots chase Joel down the corridor leading into the movie theater. Both Joel and Mike have run down the corridor, but Crow, Tom and Gypsy following is unique.
• I’ve been noticing something in these episodes: Joel hasn’t really embraced the “the right people will get it” mentality yet. A lot of times Josh or Trace will make a reference and not explain it, and Joel will, almost reflexively, explain the joke. A good example in this episode is the “Kiki Dee” reference which Servo makes and Joel then explains.
• Not sure if this is my DVD or the way it actually happened, but there is no “movie sign” transition between segment 3 and the theater.
• Movie stuff: The movie was originally titled “Cherez Ternii K Zvedam” (in Russian) and was shown in two parts: “Iskusstvennyl Chelovek” and “Angely Kosmosa.” When exported to the west, it was initially titled with the Latin phrase “Per Aspera Ad Astra” then retitled with the rough English translation of that phrase: “To the Stars by Hard Ways.” Sheesh.
• According to the IMDB, the director’s son has reedited/restored the original, which purists insist is far more interesting than the Sandy Frank version. Sounds a lot like purists who swear by restored “Solaris” (which I found impenetrable, but others whose opinions I respect really enjoyed).
• It’s definitely another case, like all the other Russian films that were riffed over the years, that, whatever it’s flaws, it had a huge budget and it’s fascinating to look at, even if you don’t know what the Sam Hill is goin’ on.
• During the ending segment, Crow discusses what he plans to do in the upcoming week. This segment feels improvised, and it’s one of the few times in MST3K’s history in which Trace can’t think of anything funny to say. It’s almost painful to hear him bluff his way through.
http://www.annotatedmst.com/episodes/humanoidwoman/index.htmCast and Crew Round up: Sandy Frank is the only name this time.
• Fave riff: “Why did she crawl inside the espresso machine?” Honorable mention: “You better close your little ticket window, there.”
MONTREAL — Veteran Canadian actor Walter Massey died at a hospital here Aug. 4 after an undisclosed illness. He was two weeks shy of his 86th birthday. Massey was a founding member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and worked in theater, television and movies for six decades. MSTies will remember him as kindly Italian grocer Mr. Peters in the movie in episode 604- ZOMBIE NIGHTMARE.
His obit is here. Thanks to Alexander for the heads up.
Liam McEneaney’s “Tell Your Friends” podcast has an interview with Frank
. He discusses his standup career, his time at MST3K, his projects after he left the show and more. There’s lots of interesting things in the podcast but Frank’s interview begins at about the 14:30 mark.
Brandon at Global Dispatch Radio has an audio interview
with Kevin, to which they added some visuals and posted on YouTube. Kevin discusses the upcoming RiffTrax Live show, MST3K fandom and other stuff.