The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 8 (Hobgoblins / The Phantom Planet / Monster A-Go Go / The Dead Talk Back)
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Episode 421- MONSTER A-GO GO (with short: CIRCUS ON ICE)
The movie is a hilarious bit of b/w 1965 sci-fi made by Bill Rebane, the guy who later brought you The Giant Spider Invasion. The plot involves an astronaut returning to Earth as a radioactive "monster" and the efforts to catch him. The film has a surprise ending which I won't give away here in case there are any MST3K fans about to buy this set that haven't seen it. I will say that the surprise, if you can call it that, will make you groan, and Joel and the `Bots make some hilarious jokes at the film's expense when the so-called big surprise is revealed. The writers at MST3K were often at their best when the films were at their worst, and this episode is no exception. The low budget is readily apparent in everything about this film, like the poor sound quality, the acting, direction and props (or lack of them). For example, there's one especially funny scene wherein an actor is forced to make a ringing noise to simulate a telephone ringing instead of having an actual sound effect of a telephone ring! The short, Circus On Ice, is also a bit weird and takes a hilarious verbal pounding from the crew of the SOL. Wait till you see the skater playing a fawn getting shot! It's not your typical ice show or circus, that's for sure.
Episode 603- THE DEAD TALK BACK (with short: THE SELLING WIZARD).Read more ›
"Phantom Planet" (1961) is a very cheesy sci-fi flick. Just before one of the two astronauts goes outside to make repairs to the spaceship, he makes this maudlin statement. "You know, Captain, every year of my life I grow more and more convinced that the wisest and the best is to fix our attention on the good and the beautiful. If you just take the time to look at it." Fortunately, he is killed before he makes it back inside the rocket. The spaceship is forced down on a meteor, which is really the phantom planet Rheton. The Captain sees a group of miniature people and promptly passes out. The special effects of him shrinking down to their size while inside his spacesuit are pretty good, given the year and the film's budget. Later, the Captain helps the Rhetons fight off a fiery race of beings called the Solorites. Obviously, their weapons are based on the principles of Solaranite that Ed Wood spoke of in "Plan 9 From Outer Space" (1959).
"Monster A-Go Go" (1965) must have been made on a shoestring budget.Read more ›
I have ALL of the MST3K episodes on tape with the exception of the first year on KTMA. I will buy every title that Rhino will produce. Yes, I have even bought the repeated Rhino titles, single titles that were put into volume collections(shame on them for that).
In other words, I AM A MST3K Fanatic. So, I want to applaud everyone who buys and appreciates all things Mystie. Even the worst episodes are better than, well, anything!
I must correct Brian Mendus' well written review, for he named the wrong character in "Monster-A-Go-Go". Glenn Manning is of course from "The Amazing Colossal Man", episode #309, and "War of the Colossal Beast", episode #319. Our mysterious "monster" in "Monster-A-Go-Go"is named Frank Douglas, and he was "rescued alive, well and of normal size, some eight thousand miles away..."
Mystery Science Theater 3000 forever.
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Love all MST3K. Took off one star for the fact that the "used- like new" condition was more like good or very good at best. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Basault
If ERASERHEAD's Henry Spencer had a cinematic father, it's surely Dr. Henry Krasker, the eccentric psychic sleuth of THE DEAD TALK BACK (1957). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Roochak
What can I say? MST3K is amazing. I highly recommend getting this collection if you're into MST3K.Published 17 months ago by Kate Newton
Can't go wrong with classic MST shows! Enjoying sharing with my co-worker and laughing over all the great lines and bad movies!Published 21 months ago by Daryl O. Mitchell
I love MST 3000. Each thing they do is very funny. Like any of their movies, you can watch it over and over again.Published on July 9, 2013 by JB
Episode 907: Hobgoblins
Some little creatures escape from a vault and start to make people's fantasies come true, then they kill them. Read more
This set has been out of print for so long I thought I'd never find an affordable copy. Well thanks to someone on Amazon, I snagged one for under forty bucks! Yay me! Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by Otto Correct
It amazes me, the kinds of movies that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" dug up to mock -- these movies are so ghastly that it's incredible they actually made it into theaters. Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by EA Solinas
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