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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Eegah (1988)

Joel Hodgson , Michael J. Nelson , Arch Hall Sr.  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Arch Hall Jr.
  • Directors: Arch Hall Sr.
  • Writers: Joel Hodgson, Arch Hall Sr., Bob Wehling, Mike Gandolfi
  • Producers: Arch Hall Sr., Don Schneider
  • Format: Animated, Black & White, Color, Restored, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rhino Theatrical
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RFIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Eegah" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 'unmasked' version without the MST 3000 Commentators

Editorial Reviews

Features Joel Hodgson (Actor), Michael J. Nelson (Actor), Arch Hall Sr. (Director).

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best episodes! WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES! March 23, 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD from Rhino offers up one the most side-splitting, hilarious episodes of the legendary TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000," in which they take on a 1962 caveman movie where an awful teen singer, his beehive hair-do girlfriend Roxy, and her fashion-impaired father go searching in the Palm Desert for a caveman named Eegah (played by 7'2" Richard Kiel, who would later plays Jaws in two James Bond films). The movie is horrible, but it'sm the perfect piece of stupidity for the MST3K writers and actors to take on, and the result is one of best episodes ever. This is the kind of episode that will make newcomers fall in love with this brilliant show.
And for those of you who are newcomers: "Mystery Science Theater 3000," (MST3K for short) it is a ninety-minute show featuring a silhouette of a man and two robots (Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot) in movie theater seats projected in front of a bad movie. The hosts provide hysterical, satiric, and culturally-savvy wisecracks to accompany the movie. The episodes also include sketches and songs and add up to some of the most hilarious comedy in television history.
"Eegah!" (what a title!) is from episode #506, during the last days of Joel Hodgson's run as the show's host (Mike Nelson took over in mid-season). The show was at the peak of its comedic genius, and "Eegah!" is one of the masterpieces of the Joel years. The film is utterly cheap, icky and gross, with some of the most repellent actors ever seen on screen...and Richard Kiel! (Bada-boom! Thank you, thank you, I'm here all week!) It ranks with "Manos: The Hands of Fate" for sheer unpleasantness. As Tom Servo says at one point: "I'm being punished for something, I know it. What did I do? I DIDN'T ASK TO SEE THIS MOVIE!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MST3K 2 for one! May 1, 2000
Format:DVD
I just received my MST3K EEGAH tape in the mail and lookedthrough it, and I got WA-AY more than I bargained for! The DVDversion has not only a crystal clear MST3K version of the movie BUT the full length unMSTied version as well for the MST-it-yourselfers like me!
It is a great bargain for TWO versions of the movies, I only hope they do all of the episodes on DVD now.
As for the central movie itself, EEGAH! Evolves around this caveman who is found along the side of the road, and this teenaged girl comes across him. After the girl tells her father about him, daddy goes a huntin' for EEGAH to study him (as he is some sort of an anthropologist), but vanishes. The girl (Roxy) and her boyfriend search for daddy, where Roxy is now kidnapped, EEGAH wants to do the nasty with Roxy, Roxy escapes, EEGAH tracks them to this pool side party, he tries to take Roxy back, but is fatally shot and puts the pool to good use.
P.S.: Watch out for the snakes and the Cabbage Patch Elvis!
The original full length movie is 90min long
The MSTied version (with all of the host segments) is 92min long
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell works better when it's subtle November 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
As Joel Robinson points out in one of this episode's host segments, Hell is most insidious and destructive when its effects are sneaky and subtle. 'Eegah!' is a lot like that.
MSTed-movie veteran Richard Kiel returns as the eponymous caveman, who wanders into town in search of the lovely Roxy, whom he had previously kidnapped and briefly held hostage along with her boyfriend and father. Creepy romance is afoot (especially when you realize that Roxy's father and boyfriend are played by Arch Hall Senior and Junior, respectively), along with strange pool parties, strange dune-buggy races, and strange songs sung by Arch Junior. In all, it's just a strange, and kind of icky, movie.
Fortunately, Joel and The Bots are there to lead America back from the foaming mouth of the abyss. Thank you. Thank you. The host segments here are good ones (I've always liked the porkerina), but where J&TB really shine is in the theater, where they spare no effort to give this flick the riffing it deserves.
In all, this is a great addition to any MSTie's shelf.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous Movie, Hilarious Riffs February 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Fair warning: if you have any aesthetic issues with the movies MST3K does, you'll go mad with this one. As it says in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, this is the worst of the worst. The good thing is, the worst movies offer the best riffs from Joel or Mike and the 'bots (see Hobgoblins from the Sci-Fi years for another example of this). And true to form, they make this garbage side-splitting. A great investment of your money, you'll watch this one over and over again.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A double dose of Arch Hall pain July 20, 2001
By JB
Format:DVD
This stinkeroo features not only the incredibly whiny Arch Hall, Jr., but his real-life dad plagues us in this film too, playing Roxy's dad. EEGAH is very close in pain rating to the most classic MST of all time, Manos.
How Richard Kiel (Eegah) ever got another job in Hollywood with this film to his credit is beyond me. Apparently, the director or producers thought he wasn't quite caveman material because all of his grunts (he doesn't speak a single line in the WHOLE movie) are dubbed! And what's more, everyone else seems to be dubbed too--mysterious voices off camera are all over this movie, so "Watch out for snakes!" One of my favorite scenes has Tom (Arch Jr.) and his band playing at some ridiculous pool party, and although you might not realize it at first, the band is playing a terribly unspirited version of "Tequila." I laughed until I hurt for that part... You KNOW a movie is going to smell when the opening credits aren't even in focus. The movie is an utter mess, and since the other reviewers have gone over the plot so well, I'll just mention the neat features of the DVD itself.
As with other MST DVD releases, the flip side of the disc has the un-MiSTied version so that you may torture yourself and experience the full-on effects of 2 Arch Halls. You can also choose to watch the MiSTied version with the special cue feature--if you turn this option on, a small icon of Crow will appear on the screen when portions of the original film were edited out to make space for the MST jokes. At that point, you choose the icon and flip to the uncut version. It's a feature worth playing with because the missing footage will help explain some of the jokes, like the "Cabbage Patch Elvis" reference.
The movie is awful, no question about it -- but the DVD is really good. A great addition to your MST collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Love these movies. Always a good time in our house. We do marathon MST3 movue nights and have a blast.
Published 25 days ago by Marylee
5.0 out of 5 stars "If I Haaddd A Billlion Dolllars..."
EEGAH consists of a giant caveman (Richard Keil) wandering around the desert. Meanwhile, Arch Hall jr. pretends to strum his guitar, while "singing" his hideous non-hits! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars This one was fun!
This movie was great - filmed in Palm Springs, which is nearby. Caveman running amok past the fancy stores. I love all the MST 3000 shows.
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Vocelka
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Can Help This Film
Even with Joel and The Bots doing commentary, this is absolutely PAINFUL to watch. It's SO bad!! I felt like the two bots after the movie: I wanted to wash Eegah off me.
Published 2 months ago by Jared B Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice way to "check out" for the a couple of hours...
The jokes are a little dated and the movies even more - but they're funny and if you want to just something enjoyable without having to "think" about a plot, etc - it's a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katylynn
5.0 out of 5 stars watch out for snakes, and blowing soda out your nose!
This episode is so funny, you will be so impressed with this horrible movie that you will be yelling watch out for snakes too!
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Mains
5.0 out of 5 stars NEED MORE MST3K
I was absolutely elated when I stumbled across this title. I would love to see more of this series! Outstanding!
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca joyal
4.0 out of 5 stars fun to watch and laugh
I love the mindless silliness of the Mystery Science Theaters. Joel is my favorite host and he is in this one.
Published 5 months ago by R. Goldberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Eghad!!!
You've got to be a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to like this or any of the movies this series makes merciless fun of. A mindless, entertaining romp.
Published 5 months ago by rikster
4.0 out of 5 stars Always good for a laugh
There seemed to be a time when "low budget," and unintentionally corny films, were not just on the SyFy channel, but in your local theater. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Richard
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