Friday, June 29, 2007

The triumphant (sorta) return of MST3K!!!

It's not the actual MST3K, with Mike and the bots, but it's the guys who created it: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett - doing humorous voice commentary for more horrible B-movies. Only the silhouettes at the bottom of the screen are different.

The first outing will be Hollywood After Dark, the story of a woman who wants to get into showbiz, but ends up sidetracked into the sleazy world of stripping. (Sounds a little like 'Girl in the Gold Boots'.) It'll be released in July, 2007, and followed the next month by Killers From Space. One nice thing will be that they're no longer straitjacketed by the 'science fiction' theme that they had to stick to when on the SciFi channel. In the early years, MST3K spoofed all kinds of bad movies.


Anonymous ellie m said...

Awesome! And have you heard of Rifftrax? I haven't downloaded one yet, but apparently they're hilarious:

12:54 pm  
Blogger The Bovina Bloviator said...

Great news! I still chuckle at the memory of one episode of MST3K when all the crew members started singing: "Pow Wow the Indian boy, loved all the animals and the woods," the theme song of a cheap and nasty TV cartoon of the 'fifties(and quite possibly the source of Katharine Jefferts Schorie's knowledge of our indigenous cultures!). It matched note-for-note the cheesy music blasting from the soundtrack.

I will, however, miss those little robots.

1:09 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Cool! That's the SECOND use of 'Pow-Wow the Indian Boy' that I've heard. The first was on SCTV, when Eugene Levy, playing Lorne Greene, sang it on a cheap SCTV variety show. He was very annoyed, because the director of the show kept vetoing all his other songs.

Greene: "Therrrrre once was a man from Colditz, Who...
Director: "I'm SORRY, Mr. Greene, but that's just not suitable.
Greene: "Oh, for Pete's sake! There was HARDLY anything dirty in that one at all!"

"Pow-Wow the Indian Boy" wasn't much of an improvement, but it's all they had to go with.

1:36 pm  
Blogger The Bovina Bloviator said...

Who will ever forget the Sammy Maudlin Show?

2:44 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

I know I won't! So many wonderful episodes... I especially loved Sammy's Christmas Special, where he smarmily told the audience, "Christmas is when we experience peace, and love, and, you people only experience this once a year. But we people in show business, we feel this way all the time!"

9:42 pm  
Anonymous ellie m said...

MST, SCTV... sigh! I'm having '80's nostalgia.

9:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was the feminist play, with Andrea Martin and Catherine O'Hara that cracked me up. Do you remember that one?

Another one was "Jane Eyre-head"...

Tommy Shanks

8:43 am  
Blogger The Bovina Bloviator said...

Tommy Shanks, I believe the feminist play would be "I'm Taking My Own Head, Screwing It on Right, and No Guy's Gonna Tell Me That It Ain't," starring Libby Wolfson and Sue Bopper Simpson.

1:53 pm  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

That was it - the name of their ill-fated (one night only) musical play, "For WOMEN...and some men."

But Libby did another similar project - her feminist/environmental/pacifist angst movie. I can't remember the actual title (it was French, and misspelled, I believe) but the subtitle was "Diary of a Female Person". There was a scene of Libby waking up, going to the window and seeing a man driving a horse and cart, with a huge nuclear missile mounted on it - cut to Libby's horrified reaction! Then she went to her closet and had a hallucinogenic vision of a salesman trying to sell her shoes - cut to Libby's horrified reaction! And the scene of her feminist support group, snivelling about men, and the way they LOOk at you - oh the horror!

This wasn't a success, either, and it was immediately followed by poor Libby's mental breakdown and committal to an asylum.

4:44 pm  

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