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Interesting Report from Blobfest

Alert regular Kenneth has sent us a report from this year’s Blobfest in Phoenixville, Pa.

This past Saturday, Matt McGinnis made an appearance at Blobfest in Phoenixville, PA. [Editor’s note: McGinnis is an associate producer and writer on the relaunch, but most fans may know him as “Matt Claude Van Damme,” the purple-jumpsuited fellow shown briefly in episode 1112- CARNIVAL MAGIC. Blobfest, held every year in Phoenixville, is a celebration of the original “Blob” movie, much of which was shot in and around that small village, especially at the now-lovingly-restored Colonial Theater there.]

He talked about how he got involved with the Relaunch, including a pretty good impression of Joel. When asked about Season 12, he couldn’t say very much beyond that it was now in post and that he thought it turned out very well. He also deflected a question re: the Purple Jumpsuit. One question he did address was about the riffing in Season 11. Specifically, it was about how there were a large number of jokes in the early episodes, with the amount easing back as the season went on. He said the reason for this was simply that the writers were worn out from writing such a large bunch of riffs for the early shows and had to cut back. Regarding the six-episode season, Matt didn’t dismiss the idea that this might mean a shorter wait for a 13th Season, though it was also said that the upcoming comic book and the live tour might make up for the lower number of shows.

After that, Matt sold autographed copies of his “Famous Blobs Throughout History” artwork, as well as “ashcan” preview copies of the first issue of the MST3K comic book. The latter only included the first few pages of the first issue, but there was enough there to show that it looks great and they handled the riffing well.

Later on, Matt was going to host a spook show, including a showing of “Daughter of Horror,” the movie that was supposedly showing at the Colonial in “The Blob.” Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to that showing, but maybe somebody else can report on it. I did get to see that afternoon’s double feature of “The Blob” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” the latter in old-fashioned 3-D. And there was some audience riffing of “The Blob,” like in the scene where one of the “teenagers” tries to warn a bartender about the monster:

BARTENDER: Anyway, we don’t serve kids here.
RIFF: But I’m 35!

Anyway, I thought you might be interested in this.

Thanks Kenneth!

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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Alert reader Brandon suggests:

The Good. Susan Gordon’s acting in “Tormented”.

The Bad: No monster in “Monster A Go-Go.

The Ugly: Mitchell’s baby oil.

Okay…The good: Batwoman. Because, duh.

The bad: RADAR!

The ugly: “Can you identify this bucket of your brother?”

Episode guide: 1114- At the Earth’s Core

Movie: (1976) A Victorian-era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground world.

Opening: J&tB are having a pre-nuptial heart-to-heart, but then Jonah introduces Growler
Invention exchange: With nobody coming to her wedding, Kinga turns to the Observer Hive Mind Manager. The bots have permanent temporary tattoos; The Mads have the Rip Taylor urn cannon
Segment 1: Jonah gives the bots a steampunk makeover
Segment 2: Crow’s a Mahar
Segment 3: Doug McClure visits and offers Max some romantic advice
Closing: As the wedding draws near, Pearl, Bobo and Brain Guy appear to give their blessing, but in the midst of the vows, Max has other plans.
Stinger: “He died as he lived…”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (57 votes, average: 3.74 out of 5)

• Lots going on in this one. First of all, there’s the movie. This is the second movie this season that was adapted from an Edgar Rice Burroughs story and stars Doug McClure (“Land that Time Forgot” was the other), and this one is even more OUT THERE. And more riffable, I think. The riffing is very solid; I laughed a lot. But the big headlines are in the host segments, with a new bot that did NOT immediately get stomped to bits, another big-name guest star, the return of several legacy-era characters (and performers), a giant crowd and the big question: what happened to Jonah?
• The bots mention Joel and Mike and suggest a combination of the two would be T.J. Miller. Hmmm…
• One thing about the movie: Nobody mentioned a KingaChrome spill but there were two or three very jarring jumps in the action.
• Joel McHale pops up and, just as he did on “The Soup,” he totally commits to the bit. In a season full of guest stars, he held his own.
• I’d love to know who wrote the “smelting” song to go with the opening theme music. It’s very funny.
• So, the first time I was watching this, when the Hive Mind Manager started talking, I’m going: “That voice is SO familiar!” Then all at once it hit me: PAUL! He does a great job and it was great to see him.
• Incidentally, Russ Walko did the very Rowlfy voice of Growler. I could get used to him…
• So, when the monster lunges down at Jonah, the view cuts to a wide shot and it’s unclear if Jonah was eaten, or escaped or something in the middle. I assume season 12 will find him making a miraculous recovery…
• As a kid who grew up in the Philadelphia area, I enjoyed the reference to the giant heart you can climb through at the Franklin Institute. It’s still there!
• Classic riffs: “Gamera is friend to all the children,” “And the crowd goes wild! Yay!” “Climb up to mouth level!” “He died as he lived…” “Football practice!” and a mention of a character’s “area.”
• Callbacks: Pearl sings a few bars of “When Loving Lovers Love.”
• More in-theater beat box fun as J&tB go all “Ballroom Blitz.”
• Nice visual riff: a “Fantasia” riff with Tom in Mickey ears.
• The Observer wedding guests were: Patricia Adams, Mike Aronow, Kyle Bacon, Jordan Brown, Andrew R. Brunner, Nick Carlson, John Cookson, Jason D’itri, Larry Dunn, Zachary A. Forsyth, Tony Goggin, Dave Goldblatt, Spencer Goldrich, Jonathan Gorbach, Laura Gorbach, Ike Haldan, Jason Kirk Harder, Larry Hastings, Jeff Hill, Adam King, Darcy Madi, Guillermo Martinez, Juan Martinez, Colin McRavey, Andrew M. Minoff, Amber Oliver, Paul Denver Reynolds IV, Kathryn Rice, Joe Sherman and Ben Tobin. This beats the number of people in the pancake breakfast host segment in episode 913- QUEST OF THE DELTA KNIGHTS.
• Cast and crew roundup: Since so many of these are for “Land that Time Forgot,” I will call it LTTF. Doug McClure was also in LTTF and SST- Death Flight. Caroline Munro was also in “Starcrash.” Keith Baron, Godfrey James and Bobby Parr were in LTTF.
Behind the camera: Director Kevin Connor also directed LTTF. Producers John Dark and Milton Subotsky also produced LTTF. Max Rosenberg also produced LTTF and “The Incredible Melting Man.” Editors John Ireland and Barry Peters also edited LTTF. Art director Bert Davey also art directed LTTF. Cy Grant did voice work on “Revenge of the Mysterons.” Cinematographer Alan Hume was also cinematographer on LTTF. Production designer Maurice Carter was also production designer on LTTF.
• Fave riff: “I dreamt I as a protocol droid.” Honorable mention: “Back to the warehouse!” and “This Petco adoption day is now what I thought it was gonna be.”

Shout! Factory at Comic-Con 2018

Shout! Factory returns to San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018 with signings with cast and creators of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and new official Mystery Science Theater 3000 merchandise. The Shout! Factory booth (#4118) on the main convention floor.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, July 20, in Room 32AB, join Brian Ward (Sr. Director of Blu-ray and DVD Production) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of Shout! and Scream Factory’s upcoming releases. A fan-driven insider’s event filled with lively discussion and a few surprises, this panel discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits.

For continuing updates on Shout! Factory’s Comic-Con activities and news, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, on Instagram @shoutfactory, and on the studio’s official Facebook page

Event Highlights at Comic-Con 2018 Include:
Thursday, July 19, 2-3 p.m. Signing with Felicia Day and Steve Vance at the Sails Pavilion at AA18. This is a wristbanded event.

A shirt with the above image will be sold, along with this beauty:

If you’re going, have fun and when you get in the main hall, try not to breathe. Just kidding.