Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Eegah
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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!Read more ›
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
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You would have to see it to believe it.. All the famous quotes in here. Are they carrying a pig, I got water in my tires, supercar, cabbage patch elvis, all the bad dubbing where... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Damian D. Aranda
Maybe actually more of a 3-star episode for me... but I gave it one extra star because I will never not look out for snakes.Published 7 months ago by Brett Grieser
pretty dang funny setting Jaws from 007 in the early days!Published 10 months ago by Thomas McManus
Not the best MST3K film, but certainly full of enjoyable quotes and moments. MST3K was one of the highlights of my younger years, and these DVDs still bring laughs to the family.Published 12 months ago by Jim I.
Yet another MST3k that the "Cult of the Satellite of Love" thinks is the greatest thing to happen to Earth... But is not. Read morePublished 13 months ago by JohnMihalchik
I love them. I love this show. If you are a Mystery Science Theater fan, but haven't seen this episode, it's one of the best. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Reilly
One of the half dozen films in which Arch Hall Jr. starred between 1961 and 1965, EEGAH may not be the creepiest -- I haven't seen THE SADIST or THE NASTY RABBIT -- but when the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roochak