The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection, Vol. 10 (Godzilla vs. Megalon / Swamp Diamonds / Teen-Age Strangler / The Giant Spider Invasion)
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212- GODZILLA VS. MEGALON
This extremely silly Toho picture from 1973 is a blast whether you love or loathe Godzilla movies. Its original Japanese title is Gojira tai Megaro. It is simply goofy beyond belief! The people of Seatopia, who live under the ocean, decide that it's time they controlled the surface world as well, launching an all out assault on surface dwelling humans. Their main instrument of destruction is Megalon, a large monster with big spike-like arms and a star-shaped projection on his head. Godzilla comes to the rescue, assisted by a man-made robot named Jet Jaguar that can change its size to become gigantic. Together, Godzilla and Jet Jaguar teach Megalon and the Seatopians a lesson they'll not soon forget.
This is a GREAT episode and includes some of the BEST host segments ever, including the "Rex Dart, Eskimo Spy" sketch, the `Bots get new arms sketch, the `Bots argue over whose monster is the "coolest" sketch, and the HILARIOUS translation of the Jet Jaguar fight song during the final host segment. The scene of Godzilla dropkicking as if flying through the air during the opening titles in later seasons of the show comes from this episode. This is a must-see episode!
503- SWAMP DIAMONDS (plus short: WHAT TO DO ON A DATE)
This is a 1955 Roger Corman "classic" starring Beverly Garland and Mike "Touch" Connors before his fame with Mannix.Read more ›
For those unfamiliar with MST3K, the premise is that an innocent man, Joel Robinson, has been shot into space by a mad scientist, whose sadistic experiment is to subject Joel to bad movies and see how long it takes for him to snap. Joel is smart enough to construct some robot friends, in particular Tom Servo (who looks something like a living gumball machine) and Crow T. Robot (who looks something like a robotic crow). This trio watches the movies together and maintain Joel's sanity by mocking the films. Later, Joel would be replaced by Mike Nelson, but the concept remained the same.
The four movies in the tenth collection are another set of really rotten films:
Godzilla vs. Megalon is pretty awful, even by Godzilla movie standards. When nuclear tests disrupt the undersea kingdom of Seatopia, it retaliates by sending oversized cockroach Megalon to destroy the surface world. When opposed by robot Jet Jaguar (at least that's what it sounds like), another monster joins Megalon, while Jet Jaguar is allied with Godzilla. What follows is a tag-team wrestling match with four monsters. At least Godzilla vs. Megalon has the excuse of being an obvious kids' movie. The others in the set have no such justification.
Swamp Diamonds is an early Roger Corman film. I'm willing to admit that Corman is not as bad a moviemaker as some say (his Poe movies are typically good), but this is one of the movies that cemented his "bad" reputation.Read more ›
The latter is one of the most tragically awful things ever slapped onto celluloid, and Mike-n-bots are in PHENOMENAL form on this one. The presence of Alan "the Skipper from Gilligan" Hale, Jr., his sister Barbara "Della Street from Perry Mason" Hale, and Steve "Lucky from The Wizard of Speed and Time" Brodie as main protagonists provides a wealth of ridicule fodder, due primarily to their utterly generic handling of utterly generic dialogue in utterly generic scenes.
Add to the above the aggressively repulsive hick characters that populate the "diamond-n-spider-meteorite" storyline, and a wildly lame titular monster, and you have all the ingredients for some of the most inspired heckling ever to issue forth from the First Row.
The riffs on this one are classic, from "Packers???" to "Johnny Crappleseed" to "PUDDING!!!!" to "Don't act with your tongue, Alan...". Giant Spider Invasion lives in the same lofty environment that houses Mitchell, The Clonus Horror, Wild World of Batwoman, Manhunt in Space, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Attack of the Eye Creatures, Hamlet, The Screaming Skull, Pod People, It Conquered the World, and Manos: Hands of Fate. Grab this one with confidence... it's one of the MST3K keepers.
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This is the version that goes for crazy money because it has Godzilla in it. I am a MST3K addict, so I love it.Published 3 months ago by Ed S.
The only place other than bootleg, YouTube or old Betamax tapes you can find a factory issued MST3K riff of a Godzilla film. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kevin J. Loria
In TEEN-AGE STRANGLER, aka TERROR IN THE NIGHT (1964), a serial killer stalks the streets of Huntington, West Virginia, while the kids at the malt shop rock out to an... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Roochak
Episode 212: Godzilla vs. Megalon
Its Godzilla, what more do u need? With the MST crew very little cause we have the land of Seatopia, that causes a quake and releases the... Read more
So I bought this solely to get the Godzilla flick. I receive it and the other movies advertised are the same, but instead of Godzilla vs. Read morePublished on July 28, 2010 by Jonathan Estep
Volume 10 if you can afford it is to me the best volume. 2 Mike & 2 Joel shows plus a great mix of movies
SWAMP DIAMONDS - EPISODE 503 is a decent episode, this is one that... Read more
I was exstatic when this boxset came in the mail. I had wanted it for a while. Much to my surprise, when I opened it up, it was discless. All that was sent to me was the box. Read morePublished on May 1, 2008 by Mark J. Callais Jr.
Wouldn't miss owning any of their compilations. just good ole dorky fun and some great awful films! Keep them coming!Published on April 1, 2008 by skf1965
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