Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews 2010

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An experiment on a remote island goes awfully awry when Professor Marlowe Cragis and his research team accidentally create a race of giant, venomous shrews. As the shrews run out of animals to eat, they begin to feast on human flesh!

Starring:
Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson
Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Killer Shrews

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Comedy
Director Jim Mallon
Starring Trace Beaulieu, Joel Hodgson
Supporting actors Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl
Studio Shout Factory
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. G. Porcaro on July 30, 2011
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This movie is a great place to start after you have watched the less-painful "beginner" MST3Ks. Not nearly a "Manos" or "Yucca Flats" but a few steps better. If you've started to enjoy MST3K, this is a great place to start moving into the deeper cuts. Z-Rate, but sufficiently cheesy as to not hurt too bad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve SMB on April 13, 2013
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Most of the MST3K shows that featured a black and white film tended to be a bit tedious to watch, this film is no exception, however the boy and his bots are firing on all cylinders and make this otherwise terrible film entertaining on a level that the original producers could have never imagined.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuff My Cat Wants NOW!!! on July 27, 2011
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Seeing as MST3k is sort of a show within a show within a movie concept, you need to look at the different sections of the program to rate it.

The actual movie: A bad movie where Rosco P. Coltrane lands on an island where experimental shrews (don't ask) are taking over. Apparently the shrews also took over the sound mixing as a lot of the conversations are barely audible. Includes the worst over-grown animal monster effects (it makes "Night of the Lepus" look like "Avatar"), drinking, one of the worst escape plans ever shown on film, and more drinking. This is one of those annoying movies where people do dumb things even though they are about to be killed. You wouldn't watch this movie if it were on by itself.

Host Segments: Funny! The anti-shrew ones are the best.

Riffs: Joel just makes up the dialogue due to the poor sound effects - which is very funny. The riffs are pretty even throughout the movie.

Overall: Very good MST3K episode. Not a classic but very good.

Other: My only complaint: HOW CAN THERE BE NO (ZERO) DUKES OF HAZARD JOKES!!! The movie stars Roscoe! I know Joel loves referencing obscure cultural items but geez - could have thrown at least 1 DoH joke!

***NOTE: I originally posted this review on Netflix.
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By shadowcaster on May 19, 2013
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poor audio quality, you couldn't make out what the people were saying half the time and unbearable plot of the movie. the riffs were super lame in this one too and hard to understand since you couldn't hear what was just said
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Meade on June 15, 2011
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This is actually an excellent "B" movie. If you don't understand what a "B" movie is, do a google but in short, a "B" movie refers to a movie usually intentionally created to be the Second Movie shown on a double billing. A "B" movie is typified by its low budget, its almost formulaic composition usually with some science fiction/horror angle, and ... its cheese ... lots and lots of cheese; the more cheesy the movie the more "B". "B" movies were my favorite movies when I was kid and I still love them. Consider the practicality of it all. An entire sub-industry inside the movie industry dedicated to grinding out second rate films by design. Just the idea of it gets you interested.

The Killer Shrews is a perfect example of what a "B" movie should be so if you want to really know what they are about, watch this one. You can't understand them just by reading a definition off the internet. Grab an Ice'd Tea, pop some Orville Redenbacher, sit back and enjoy 90 minutes of B-ness. I think one of the reasons I love this particular movie so much is that as a little kid, those shrews scared the crap out of me.

And the MST is all value-added. If there is a slow part of two, the MST guys do a great job of glossing over it with their wise cracks. They add a whole new dimension to going to the movies. Almost like "B" movies for those with some intellect, making it possible to watch these movies all over again a generation later.

Enjoy.

Hail Flavius!
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