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Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XVIII (Lost Continent / Crash of the Moons / The Beast of Yucca Flats / Jack Frost)
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* Original Trailers & Promos
* 4 Exclusive MST3K Mini-Posters by Artist Steve Vance
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- Episode 208- LOST CONTINENT ("Rock climbing, Joel.")
This 1951 black-and-white Robert Lippert production is directed by Sam Newfield and stars Cesar Romero, Hillary Brooke, Sid Melton, Acquanetta, Whit Bissel and Hugh Beaumont. The main cast comprises a scientific team charged with recovering an off course test rocket. The cast of fairly well-known actors does little to stem the pain of the film's padding accomplished through endless rock climbing sequences, but those elements did elevate this episode to a kind of cult status both within the show and among the MST3K fan base early on. References to rock climbing and other elements of this film abound throughout later episodes of MST3K for years to come. Every fan of the show should see this episode for that reason alone, but don't let me forget to mention that it's absolutely hilarious. Stop motion dinosaurs and lizards posing as monsters make occasional appearances in the film. And did I mention rock climbing?
- Episode 417- CRASH OF THE MOONS with short, "General Hospital"-Segment 3
Rocky Jones (Richard Crane) and his crew comprising Winky (Scotty Beckett of Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts), Bobby, Vena and Professor Newton are back for another adventure from this short-lived 1954 TV show. So is the evil dictator, Cleolanta (Patsy Parsons), who in this episode is scheming to destroy another inhabited "moon" before it collides with her own planet. The wayward moon is ruled by the affable Bavarro, played by John Banner, later of Hogan's Heroes fame.Read more ›
EPISODE 208 # THE LOST CONTINENT - This was a great surprise as most of us thought Robert Lippert movies ( this one, Rocketship XM, Jungle Goddess,etc) seemed like they would not be attainable. For those that have seen it - this was exciting. For those who havent this is a great episode in the 2nd season. The Lost Continent stars Cesar Romero ( The Joker on the Batman TV series with Adam West), Hugh Beaumont ( Ward Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver)& a sold 50s B movie cast including Sid Melton, John Hoyt, Whit Bissell all looking for a downed atomic rocket. They track it up a mountain on a plateau. They need to climb a mountain to get to the rocket. We get to see every second of what is called by MST3K fans & well as Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank as 'Rock Climbing'.
This was the theme of the show as told by Dr Clayton Forrester & TV's Frank - "Rock Climbing Joel" . They harp on it so much that Joel doesn't get to do his invention exchange. This invention would turn up in the next episode Hellcats actually.
Rock Climbing is actually worse than the sandstorm theme in Hercules vs the Moon Men as the Rock Climbing scenes last for a long while during the movie. When the cast reaches the top they find the 'Lost Continent' with some pretty cool Dinosaurs. The black & white film turns to a nice greenish color when the dinosaurs appear. The 2 female characters are hardly in it - Acquanetta & Hillary Burke. It is all about male bonding climbing the mountain.
This episode also contained the "Cool Thing" which wouldn't be revealed until the 3rd Season. I personally love this episode and is my favorite from this set...Read more ›
This MST3k box set of four episodes has the balance I most like to see when the episode titles are first announced. Two Joel episodes, one Mike episode from the Comedy Central days and one Mike episode from the Sci-Fi Channel era. Further more, the movies themselves illustrate the grand variety of bad film-making tackled by MST3k: the impenetrably dull, the silly, the mind-bogglingly strange and the over-the-top goofy.
LOST CONTINENT (1951)
This film is infamous among MST3k fans for its seemingly endless scenes of characters slowly ascending the side of a mountain. Rock climbing, Joel, rock climbing. On the surface, this looks like it would be a fun B-movie to watch. It's got Cesar Romero, Hugh Beaumont and John Hoyt (the ship's doctor in the first Star Trek pilot). It has a fairly typical plot of scientists and military personnel on a mission to retrieve a lost rocket on an uncharted island.
But LOST CONTINENT is not a lot of fun. Some MST3k episodes feel like a crazy adventure. A goofy movie with a fast and witty riffing track can make the hour and a half fly past in no time. But then there are other episodes. Episodes where - even with the distracting and entertaining soundtrack - you feel like you're stuck in the writing room of Best Brains, unable to leave the movie and resume your normal and happy life. LOST CONTINENT is such an episode - an episode that's a test of endurance.
As bad as the movie is, every MST3k fan should enduring it at least once. Joel and the bots will manage to get you through to the other side without your brain melting too badly by the time the closing credits run.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have all 33 available sets so far. Loved it when it was on.Published 3 months ago by Kimberly P. Hall
A fun, irreverent, sarcastic take on B level movies. The whole premise is adolescent, but the end results are often witty and mature beyond the grasp of anyone still in high... Read morePublished 22 months ago by ecrutle
Slowly but surely, I'm replacing my worn-out tapes. These are four more episodes my fellow Misties won't want to miss. Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. Brody
I was very happy to find MST3K XVIII on amazon for only $30. I wish I'd done a little more research on this particular copy before hitting the purchase button like a lab rat... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Thomas H. Bradley
I cannot see giving any MST3K box set less than 5 stars. Why? Because these guys sat through these awful movies before riffing on them - so we don't have to. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Nick Pusloskie