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This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1901: Hugo L. Stanger, who played the janitor in the movie in episode 405- BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET.
1915: Wanda McKay, who played Greta Vanderhorn in the movie in episode 203- JUNGLE GODDESS.
1915: Ellen Attenbury a.k.a. Ellen Hardies, who had a small role in the movie in episode 618- HIGH SCHOOL BIG SHOT.
1916: John Daheim, who played a soldier in the movie in episode 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN.
1920: Paul Frees, who was the director, screenwriter and lyricist for the movie in episode 415- THE BEATNIKS. Frees was best known as a voice artist and also did voice work on several MSTed movies: He provided the voice of Glenn Manning in episode 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, the voice of a helicopter pilot in episode 517-BEGINNING OF THE END and the voice of evil war lord Kalin in 617- THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON.
1921: Gower Champion, who directed the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST.
1922: Vance Skarstedt, screenwriter for the movie in episode 108- THE SLIME PEOPLE.
1933: Sen. Diane Feinstein, mentioned in a host segment in episode 1004- FUTURE WAR.*
1949: Lindsay Wagner, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 305- STRANDED IN SPACE.
1949: Meryl Streep, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 206- RING OF TERROR.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1955: Wyllis Cooper (age 56), who wrote the original story for the season two serial THE PHANTOM CREEPS.
1964: Christopher Rhodes (age 50), who played McCartin in the movie in episode 909- GORGO.
1969: Judy Garland (age 47), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 206- RING OF TERROR.
1976: Alan Reynolds (age 67), who played a lieutenant in the movie in episode 517- BEGINNING OF THE END.
1988: Ross Ford (age 65), who played Major Bill Moore in 109- PROJECT MOON BASE.
1988: Stuart Randall (age 78), who played Captain John Lauder in the movie in episode 409- THE INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN.
2002: Ann Landers, (age 83), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 311- IT CONQUERED THE WORLD.
2008: George Carlin (age 71), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 411- THE MAGIC SWORD.
2015: James Horner (age 61), whose music was heard in the movie in episode 703- DEATHSTALKER AND THE WARRIORS FROM HELL.
2016: Douglas M. Lakcey (age 83), who composed music heard in the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.

EPISODE PREMIERE ON THIS DATE
1991: Episode 304- GAMERA VS. BARUGON first shown.

EVENT ON THIS DATE
1960: The movie in episode 524- 12 TO THE MOON is reviewed in Variety.


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Episode guide: 1111- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II

Movie: (1989) In-name-only sequel to the previous movie. Three kingdoms have been overtaken by three evil lords and only Tyor, a teenage boy with magical powers, can restore peace to the land.

Opening: It’s raining and nobody can go out and play
Invention exchange: J&tB have GIF Notes; the Mads have Punt Bunnies
Segment 1: Dark One’s Renaissance Inn and Grille franchise video
Segment 2: Jonah explains the ’80s wizard comedy craze
Segment 3: Grandma Pearl and crew visit and Kinga’s getting married!
Closing: Jonah suggests good movies to counteract various aspects of a bad movie
Stinger: Tyor gets a popeye arm
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• What’s funny (to me at least) is that this movie feels less cheap than the last one, despite being a sequel. But the story makes even less sense than last week’s movie. The riffing is solid, if not always hilarious. The host segments are hit and miss.
• Great to see Pearl, Brain Guy and Bobo again. I thought this appearance was more relaxed and funny than the last one.
• Who provided the voice of the punt bunny? Anybody know? I didn’t see it in the credits.
• I had to look up “eggplant emoji.” I am terminally out of it.
• The segment in which Jonah explains the “’80s wizard comedy craze” seems like a long walk for a very little joke, as Johnny Carson once said.
• I’m guessing, based on Ardy’s mea culpa, that the brief shot in the beginning with people going underwater was longer and involved Carradine battling a sea monster.
• Callbacks: “Time for go to bed!” “The Chicken of Tomorrow.” Also a callback to an earlier season 11 ep: “Use that amulet to contact Big Foot.”
• The setup for the season finale continues, with Kinga dreaming up a wedding scheme.
• Of course, one notable star is Lana Clarkson, who in 2003 was killed by record producer Phil Spector.
• This movie re-uses footage from “Barbarian Queen” (with Lana Clarkson) and “The Warrior and the Sorceress,” (with David Carradine).
• Cast and crew roundup: Director Charles B. Griffith also wrote “The Undead,” “Gunslinger” and “It Conquered the World,” in which he also appeared. Mel Welles also is in “The Undead.” W.T. Zacha was wardrobe supervisor for “The Unearthly.” And we do not need to run through the Roger Corman litany again.
• How many Carradines does this make? Two at least…
• Fave riff: “I’d be more terrified if they both weren’t wearing relaxed-fit Dockers.” Honorable mention: “I’m forming a Stockholm Syndrome situation with David Carradine’s legs.”

This Date in MSTory

BORN ON THIS DATE
1893: Dick Gordon, who played the judge in the short X MARKS THE SPOT, seen in episode 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1905: Jean Paul Sartre, who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 413- MANHUNT IN SPACE.
1925: Desmond Briscoe, electronic music composer for the movie in episode K09- PHASE IV.
1935: Monte Markham, who played the Intelligence Agency head in the movie in episode 324- MASTER NINJA II and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 418- ATTACK OF THE THE EYE CREATURES.*
1940: Mariette Hartley, who played Betty Lloyd in the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS and was mentioned in a host segment in episode 509- THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE.*
1944: Ray Davies, who wrote the song “There’s a New World,” sung in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1908: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (age 64), whose music was heard in episodes 416- FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE and 505- THE MAGIC VOYAGE OF SINBAD.
1957: Donald MacBride (age 67), who played Capt. Donnelley in the movie in episode 702- THE BRUTE MAN.
1995: Jerry Fairbanks (age 90), producer of the short ONCE UPON A HONEYMOON, seen in episode 701- NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST and the short CENTURY 21 CALLING, seen in episode 906- THE SPACE CHILDREN.
1995: Jun Hamamura (age 89), who played Dr. Murase in the movie in episode 302- GAMERA.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
2003: Bill and Virginia Corbett get married.
2011: Shout! Factory re-releases episodes 611- GUNSLINGER and episode 1009- HAMLET.


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Weekend Discussion Thread: The Little Things

Our pal Tim writes:

I was watching “The Blood Water of Dr. Z” and when Tom came out with the riff “I need to simplify my masturbation ritual,” you can see Crow’s head turn as he was having a “what did he just say?” moment. So i was thinking, what are the little things you notice about the show over the years (you can add Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic.

During “Human Duplicators,” the movie makes the same comment at the same time one of the riffers does, and Crow calls it “riffback.” I’m sure that came from writing room experiences. It’s one of those little things that helps the show feel improvised, even though it isn’t.

You notice one?

Rifftrax Live: What did you think?

An open thread for thoughts on tonight’s RiffTrax Live.