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2012-08-05 05:29:05 PM  
Englebert Slaptyback: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener

This is most likely old news to you, but for the folks who don't know, Sidehackers itself has its place in MST3K history, as the movie's violent rape scene changed the Best Brains' screening policy.

From that point on, all movies were screened in their entirety before they were selected for the show.


I surmise you possess a copy of the 'Amazing Colossal Episode Guide'. Am I correct?


Did they ever release an updated version of that to cover the sci-fi years? Or is the website episode guide the closest we ever got?
 
2012-08-05 05:30:50 PM  
Another one not receiving much love here:

HERCULES UNCHAINED


"Hi there, how are you guys doing? We just through we'd come by and... GYMKATA!"
 
2012-08-05 05:33:08 PM  

NeoCortex42


Did they ever release an updated version of that to cover the sci-fi years?


Amazon says no. :-(
 
2012-08-05 05:37:54 PM  
I always liked "The Outlaw of Gor"
 
2012-08-05 05:38:08 PM  
Englebert Slaptyback: Whenever I'm driving it's HOT! MERGING! ACTION!

I had HOT! ANTIFREEZE! SPRAYING FROM A BURST HOSE! ACTION!

It's the most fun you can have with action on a 95º day.
 
2012-08-05 05:40:16 PM  
Why don't they look?
 
2012-08-05 05:42:38 PM  

NeoCortex42: Did they ever release an updated version of that to cover the sci-fi years? Or is the website episode guide the closest we ever got?


Nah, the website episode guide on MST3Kinfo.com is pretty much it.

I'm not complaining, but I wouldn't mind an updated book.


Englebert Slaptyback: Another one not receiving much love here:

HERCULES UNCHAINED

"Hi there, how are you guys doing? We just through we'd come by and... GYMKATA!"



"I'm so sleepy, I can't seem to stay awake!"

"Well, that would be the definition of sleepy."


Englebert Slaptyback: I think everyone took their ribbing better than JDB did.


Not all reactions were positive, though.

Sandy Frank had it out for the Brains for years, apparently.

Rick Sloane, the director of Hobgoblins, thought that he was personally attacked in a way that was atypical for the MST3K folks.

The cast and crew of Time Chasers had a premiere party for that episode. Some loved the show's treatment, while others (including Pink Boy) hated it.

Still, no death threats from them, so that makes them more civil than JDB.


Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I will always have a special place in my heart for Diabolik and The Day the Earth Froze.

/SAMPO!!!


Diabolik was an excellent conclusion for the series. Top-notch riffs and a satisfying conclusion to the show's story.

"This has been the official biopic of Larry Fine."


Dog Welder: Thanks to the new DVD set, I just saw the "Sword and the Dragon" episode for the first time this past week. 90% of the riffs are gold. I'm not sure where this ranks on my favorites, but it's definitely going to be right up there.


I don't know if you've seen the other Russo-Finnish titles (The Day the Earth Froze, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad, and Jack Frost), but if you haven't, they're in that same vein of wacky movie magic and superb riffs.

They should be up on YouTube!


Dog Welder: My top 10 (no particular order):

Space Mutiny
Manos: The Hands of Fate
The Wild World of Batwoman (the "Cheating" short is 20 minutes of awesome)
Future War
Final Justice (I actually prefer this over Mitchell, which is also a great episode)
Gamera
Red Zone Cuba ("YOU shove off!")
Prince of Space
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Pod People


The Wild World of Batwoman was such a colossal mess of a movie from start to finish. You had to love how the filmmakers stole footage from The Mole People for that.
 
2012-08-05 05:43:55 PM  

recoil47: I always liked "The Outlaw of Gor"


That was the episode that won them the highly prestigious Peabody Award for TV excellence.

They had to choose an episode for Peabody consideration, and they went with Outlaw. It worked!

And I will NOT play the Cabot drinking game.


lilplatinum: Why don't they look?


*shakes head sadly*
 
2012-08-05 05:46:20 PM  

Gratch: My personal favorite has always been "Pod People"


I love Pod People!

"Boldly backing away from where no man has gone before."

Tommy: "Trumpy, you can do magic!"
Crow: "It's called 'evil', kid."

Laura: "They haven't said a word to me."
Rick: "Ignore them."
Servo: "I would, but they dry-fire their revolvers at me."

"I sure hope Trumpy doesn't sneeze. He'll pistol-whip that kid with peanuts."
 
2012-08-05 05:49:55 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: NeoCortex42: Did they ever release an updated version of that to cover the sci-fi years? Or is the website episode guide the closest we ever got?

Nah, the website episode guide on MST3Kinfo.com is pretty much it.

I'm not complaining, but I wouldn't mind an updated book.


Englebert Slaptyback: Another one not receiving much love here:

HERCULES UNCHAINED

"Hi there, how are you guys doing? We just through we'd come by and... GYMKATA!"


"I'm so sleepy, I can't seem to stay awake!"

"Well, that would be the definition of sleepy."


Englebert Slaptyback: I think everyone took their ribbing better than JDB did.

Not all reactions were positive, though.

Sandy Frank had it out for the Brains for years, apparently.



However, between Shout releasing most, if not all, of the Sandy Frank films, and even getting a Sandy Frank interview for the latest box set, it's safe to say that time and money heals all wounds.

...unless you're Joe Don Baker, and the gravy is clouding your mind.
 
2012-08-05 05:54:10 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: However, between Shout releasing most, if not all, of the Sandy Frank films, and even getting a Sandy Frank interview for the latest box set, it's safe to say that time and money heals all wounds.


Heh, they should keep that in mind for the Godzilla rights holders!


FirstNationalBastard: ...unless you're Joe Don Baker, and the gravy is clouding your mind.


It's the meatballs fried in lard, I would think.


Dawnrazor: I love Pod People!


One of the strongest parts of that episode is Crow's "potato" soliloquy. It's terrifically goofy.
 
2012-08-05 05:54:52 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The cast and crew of Time Chasers had a premiere party for that episode. Some loved the show's treatment, while others (including Pink Boy) hated it.


Castleton snob.
 
2012-08-05 05:55:30 PM  

Dawnrazor: Gratch: My personal favorite has always been "Pod People"

I love Pod People!

"Boldly backing away from where no man has gone before."

Tommy: "Trumpy, you can do magic!"
Crow: "It's called 'evil', kid."

Laura: "They haven't said a word to me."
Rick: "Ignore them."
Servo: "I would, but they dry-fire their revolvers at me."

"I sure hope Trumpy doesn't sneeze. He'll pistol-whip that kid with peanuts."


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2012-08-05 05:57:31 PM  
And now, whether you like it or not, my list:

S1: Robot Monster
S2: Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster ("I just saw half a crab kill a guy!")
S3: The Amazing Colossal Man ("What sin could a man commit in a single lifetime...")
S4: "Manos the Hands of Fate" (seeing this on 8/16 with Rifftrax Live!)
S5: "The Brain that Wouldn't Die" ("Do you make your own gravy?")
S6: "Zombie Nightmare" ("You will have it, and you will love it!")
S7: "Escape 2000"
S8: "The Giant Spider Invasion" (PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL, WHOOO!)
S9: "Werewolf" ("That's absolutely fascinating.")
S10: "Boggy Creek II" ("I saw the little creature.")
 
2012-08-05 06:03:55 PM  

HalfPiper: Seriously guys NO ONE'S mentioned THIS yet?!

[farm4.static.flickr.com image 563x324]


/not technically an "episode", but still.
//"Is this Liberace's mom?"


Well, excuse ME, sexless man-woman!

Danger! Death Ray has its moments. Special effects by Billy!

But yea, unreal that they didn't add Space Mutiny to the list. That's one of the top episodes ever. Perhaps They Just Didn't Care.

Pumaman is just so.....perfect. Its one of the movies that was made just so it could be riffed in the future.

For shorts, I would say A Young Man's Fancy and Once Upon a Honeymoon are also excellent. (wait a minute, what the hell was that about anyway!?)
 
2012-08-05 06:08:11 PM  
MST thread!

It's so hard to choose a top 10, and I personally don't agree with a lot of the choices on that list. Instead I'll just note the episodes I never get tired of watching over and over again.

The Day the Earth Froze
Jack Frost
Riding with Death
Space Mutiny
The Pumaman
Pod People
Cave Dwellers
Wharrwhilf Werewolf
Lost Continent
The Final Sacrifice
Godzilla vs. Megalon
The Unearthly
The Deadly Mantis
Terror from the Year 5000
All the Herc films
Bride of the Monster
Beginning of the End

Whew! Long list, but it's so hard to choose. There are episodes I'll watch sometimes, others much more frequently.
 
2012-08-05 06:11:00 PM  
Does anyone have a cup of shirt I could borrow?
 
2012-08-05 06:11:16 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: FirstNationalBastard: However, between Shout releasing most, if not all, of the Sandy Frank films, and even getting a Sandy Frank interview for the latest box set, it's safe to say that time and money heals all wounds.

Heh, they should keep that in mind for the Godzilla rights holders!


FirstNationalBastard: ...unless you're Joe Don Baker, and the gravy is clouding your mind.

It's the meatballs fried in lard, I would think.


Dawnrazor: I love Pod People!

One of the strongest parts of that episode is Crow's "potato" soliloquy. It's terrifically goofy.


Mmmm. Looks like a potato. This potato's got long ears.
 
2012-08-05 06:12:20 PM  
Giant Spider Invasion is the most multi layered extravaganza I have ever experienced, as presented by the guys. It's like 27 movies in one.

I always thought I saw Red Zone Cuba at least 5 times but bighairyguy swears it was just once. That movie is like a slow train to hell. Every farker should see it to prepare for their trip. Srsly.
 
2012-08-05 06:12:24 PM  

Mugato: Castleton snob.


Who are you kidding? I never went to Castleton.


Galileo's Daughter: And now, whether you like it or not, my list:

S1: Robot Monster
S2: Godzilla Vs the Sea Monster ("I just saw half a crab kill a guy!")
S3: The Amazing Colossal Man ("What sin could a man commit in a single lifetime...")
S4: "Manos the Hands of Fate" (seeing this on 8/16 with Rifftrax Live!)
S5: "The Brain that Wouldn't Die" ("Do you make your own gravy?")
S6: "Zombie Nightmare" ("You will have it, and you will love it!")
S7: "Escape 2000"
S8: "The Giant Spider Invasion" (PACKERS WON THE SUPERBOWL, WHOOO!)
S9: "Werewolf" ("That's absolutely fascinating.")
S10: "Boggy Creek II" ("I saw the little creature.")


Nice!

It's interesting to see you veering away from the oft-praised Godzilla Vs. Megalon in favor of G Vs. the Sea Monster.

Zombie Nightmare probably has my favorite riff of the series: "Ya know, John Goodman on Hume Cronyn's back could outrun this guy!"

And Manos: Live! will be all sorts of pure awesome. :D


NeverDrunk23: Danger! Death Ray has its moments. Special effects by Billy!


"If Michael Caine and Andre the Giant had a son..."

I'd buy the Danger! Death Ray!! soundtrack in a heartbeat. You'd get the two songs, "Ba-Pa-Da-Pa-Da-Da" and "Watermelon Man"!


NeverDrunk23: For shorts, I would say A Young Man's Fancy and Once Upon a Honeymoon are also excellent. (wait a minute, what the hell was that about anyway!?)


I'm convinced that "Once Upon a Honeymoon" existed only so Trace Beaulieu could break out his killer Charles Nelson Reilly impression.
 
2012-08-05 06:15:47 PM  
It would be interesting to see a MST3K list based upon the most quoteable movies. I think just by Big McLargeHuge's various names that Space Mutiny could be at the top.

Soultaker is pretty good.
 
2012-08-05 06:15:49 PM  

saintwrathchild: Does anyone have a cup of shirt I could borrow?


Do you have any fruit to declare?

...

DO YOU HAVE ANY FRUIT TO DECLARE!?


Todashy: Mmmm. Looks like a potato. This potato's got long ears.


It's a whole buffet!


iheartarchimedes: I always thought I saw Red Zone Cuba at least 5 times but bighairyguy swears it was just once. That movie is like a slow train to hell. Every farker should see it to prepare for their trip. Srsly.


All you need is a penny and a broken cigarette!


JonBuck: Whew! Long list, but it's so hard to choose. There are episodes I'll watch sometimes, others much more frequently.


I try to spread out the episodes with a fairly random rotation so I can enjoy them all.

And some definitely do make for better viewing than others, but when 99% of the episodes work, it's not a problem either which way.


JonBuck: Terror from the Year 5000


"THERE! THAT was terror! Here's a coupon for more terror from the year 5000."


JonBuck: Bride of the Monster


Joel and the Bots' new edit of the movie's last scene was inspired.

When you pair them up with Ed Wood material, you're going to get impressive results.
 
2012-08-05 06:15:49 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: The Wild World of Batwoman was such a colossal mess of a movie from start to finish. You had to love how the filmmakers stole footage from The Mole People for that.


It's so bad that even Mike and the bots can't do much for it.
 
2012-08-05 06:16:14 PM  
List wins for The Beginning of the End.

"Miss Mansfield?"

"I'm going to Decatur! I'm gonna shoot that paper-hanging son of a biatch!"

I'm Peter Graves.
 
2012-08-05 06:16:57 PM  

angrymacface: It's so bad that even Mike and the bots can't do much for it.


You get the sense that Kevin Murphy's screams of "EEEEEEEEEEEEND! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND!" were genuine.


NeverDrunk23: It would be interesting to see a MST3K list based upon the most quoteable movies. I think just by Big McLargeHuge's various names that Space Mutiny could be at the top.


Werewolf, Mitchell, and Manos would rank fairly high too, I would think.
 
2012-08-05 06:23:39 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: angrymacface: It's so bad that even Mike and the bots can't do much for it.

You get the sense that Kevin Murphy's screams of "EEEEEEEEEEEEND! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND!" were genuine.



How about Invasion of the Neptune Men:

Tom: Hey, I know a song about about stock footage! Da da dadadada. EAT IT MOVIE. Take this stinking cockroach of a film, wad it up soooo tight, and cram it up your...
Mike: Okay, Tom.

I saw that movie un-edited and un-MSTied on a justin.tv channel one night. They chopped out a lot of it for the episode, but it makes even less sense. The hero is Iron Sharp, not Space Chief. The children sing.
 
2012-08-05 06:23:40 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Werewolf, Mitchell, and Manos would rank fairly high too, I would think.


The Pooyman and FInal Sacrifice as well.

Every day at lunch, I go to Youtube on my phone and listen to either the shorts or best of videos of some of the episodes. I always want the flavor of bacon in the dip now.
 
2012-08-05 06:25:51 PM  

JonBuck: How about Invasion of the Neptune Men:

Tom: Hey, I know a song about about stock footage! Da da dadadada. EAT IT MOVIE. Take this stinking cockroach of a film, wad it up soooo tight, and cram it up your...
Mike: Okay, Tom.

I saw that movie un-edited and un-MSTied on a justin.tv channel one night. They chopped out a lot of it for the episode, but it makes even less sense. The hero is Iron Sharp, not Space Chief. The children sing.



Not the Hitler building!
 
2012-08-05 06:34:17 PM  
I'm fartin' Monopoly cards!
 
2012-08-05 06:35:51 PM  
It's too hard to pick just a few.
I have a special fondness for verewilf and Space Mutiny.
And Birdemic and of course Twilight for rifftracks.

/Roll Fizzle Beef
....line
 
2012-08-05 06:38:23 PM  
Santa Clause and the Ice Cream Bunny has caused me to lose sleep.
 
2012-08-05 06:38:44 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: You get the sense that Kevin Murphy's screams of "EEEEEEEEEEEEND! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND!" were genuine.


Indeed. I feel that way whenever I try to watch it again.
 
2012-08-05 06:40:37 PM  
They really hit their stride in Season 3, IMO. They spent two seasons refining their technique and it really paid off by then. I think the first season was all improv, then they started writing riffs instead in S2 with the Comedy Central revamp. Then Cave Dwellers arrived, and everything came together.
 
2012-08-05 06:42:12 PM  
When I saw Jack Frost on the list, I assumed they meant the no-budget horror with Shannon Elizabeth, and I secretly hoped it was the family flick with Michael Keaton.
 
2012-08-05 06:43:30 PM  

Mugato: PacManDreaming: On a side note, anyone that thinks Plan 9 From Outer Space is the worst movie ever hasn't seen Monster A-Go Go. It's a study in exactly what you shouldn't do when making a movie.

Plan 9 might have technically been terrible but Ed Wood truly loved movies and movie making. So maybe he sucked at it but he tried. I would say he was a better filmmaker than cynical farks like Michael Bay and Uwe Boll.


The Sinister Urge taught me everything I needed to know about the pornography industry.
 
2012-08-05 06:44:22 PM  

angrymacface: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: You get the sense that Kevin Murphy's screams of "EEEEEEEEEEEEND! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEND!" were genuine.

Indeed. I feel that way whenever I try to watch it again.


Some of the movies they found were just so excremental the riffing just wasn't enough to save it. Maybe I'll watch Wild, Wild World of Batwoman once in a blue moon, but it's not on my repeat list.
 
2012-08-05 06:47:56 PM  
Yes, they're shorts. But this list fails without

A Date With Your Family

Link

AND

Last Clear Chance

Link

Why don't they look.
 
2012-08-05 06:48:34 PM  

Miss Stein: Must give props to my favorite short: Junior Rodeo Daredevils.

"Betty's in high school. You should see the boys when she goes square dancing."

("Yeah, they buck her off right away!")


'You know some scars don't heal. Up next..." Comedy Gold
 
2012-08-05 06:48:54 PM  

JonBuck: They really hit their stride in Season 3, IMO. They spent two seasons refining their technique and it really paid off by then. I think the first season was all improv, then they started writing riffs instead in S2 with the Comedy Central revamp. Then Cave Dwellers arrived, and everything came together.


One of the best things to happen to the show was the disappearance of Josh Weinstein.
 
2012-08-05 06:54:01 PM  

Khazar-Khum: Yes, they're shorts. But this list fails without


Why don't they look.


Ahhh... shorts.

Here Comes the Circus
Circus on Ice
Catching Trouble
A Date with Your Family
Johnny at the Fair
Mr. B Natural
Once Upon a Honeymoon (I can't decide if this was about phones, plastics, or both)
Design for Dreaming
The Selling Wizard
Century 21 Calling
 
2012-08-05 06:58:22 PM  
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Hike, hike! Hike your pants up!
 
2012-08-05 06:59:00 PM  
Manos will always be my favorite (my cat is named Torgo) and as a Packer fan, Giant Spider Invasion is 2nd place favorite.

Also, sometimes I go to the local Humane Society and see a MST3k name on one of the animals. Last time there was a huge cat named Big Mclarge Huge.
 
2012-08-05 07:05:17 PM  
Final Justice too, if only for the closing credits.
 
2012-08-05 07:07:05 PM  

Khazar-Khum: Yes, they're shorts. But this list fails without

A Date With Your Family

Link

AND

Last Clear Chance

Link

Why don't they look.


I loved "Last Clear Chance."

"Do you recognize this bucket full of your brother?"
 
2012-08-05 07:08:51 PM  

Clyde_Suckfinger: i.ytimg.com

Hike, hike! Hike your pants up!


That might be my favorite musical sketch.

That, and the Wild Rebels Cereal theme song.


flamingboar: Last time there was a huge cat named Big Mclarge Huge.


! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
 
2012-08-05 07:08:57 PM  

The English Major: Final Justice too, if only for the closing credits.


I LOVE that song. LOVE IT!
 
2012-08-05 07:09:39 PM  

JonBuck: Khazar-Khum: Yes, they're shorts. But this list fails without


Why don't they look.

Ahhh... shorts.

Here Comes the Circus
Circus on Ice
Catching Trouble
A Date with Your Family
Johnny at the Fair
Mr. B Natural
Once Upon a Honeymoon (I can't decide if this was about phones, plastics, or both)
Design for Dreaming
The Selling Wizard
Century 21 Calling


Really? REALLY? A top ten list devoted to nothing but shorts, and yet no love for A Case of Spring Fever? How is that even possible?
 
2012-08-05 07:10:30 PM  
Big McLargeHuge
Slab Bulkmeat
 
2012-08-05 07:10:57 PM  

Spoon over Marin: Santa Clause and the Ice Cream Bunny has caused me to lose sleep.


Dude, Santa Claus was so creepy! I am still having flashbacks. Singing children freak me out.
 
2012-08-05 07:14:12 PM  
"Wait, this isn't a stick shift -- AAHHHGHGH!"
 
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