The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 8
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Journey once more through the portals on the Satellite of Love to the best of the worst that cinema has to offer. Joel, Mike, and their "robot friends" do another hilarious orbit around four full-length features, presenting the kind of skits and wisecracking commentary that are clearly written by the culturally insane.
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HOBGOBLINS (1988), the sleaziest horror/comedy of 1988, is GREMLINS as softcore (very soft!) porn. A wise old security guard instructs his young, minimum wage apprentice in the ways of fighting the murderous, mind-controlling hand puppets that escape from a magical film vault to terrorize the city, which seems to consist entirely of the red light district. It's risible, but not terribly funny; it's a failed comedy, after all.
Bill Rebane is nobody's fool. Having abandoned his 1961 Chicago-based horror movie after his investors refused to put up additional funds, he sold the uncompleted footage to exploitation king Herschell Gordon Lewis, who retitled the film MONSTER A GO-GO, releasing it in 1965 on a double bill with Lewis's own MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN. Rebane went on to film THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975), and to run for governor of Wisconsin as the Reform Party candidate.
What can one say about MONSTER A GO-GO? It's a low budget movie so inane, so inept, and so dull it makes MANOS look like THE SEVENTH SEAL. (Unlike MANOS, an over-the-top anti-masterpiece fueled by its director's sexual obsessions, no one connected with MONSTER A GO-GO seems to've had any interest in it whatsoever.) The creepy scene involving the truck driver and the helpless female motorist is the movie's defining moment of ickiness, much more so than the "monster" that staggers through the picture like a wino in search of his next bottle of Night Train.
The defining moment of THE PHANTOM PLANET (1961) is Lt. Ray Makonnen's windy speech about the wise and the best, the good and the beautiful, just before he's taken out by a meteorite to the head. It's a typically dopey sci-fi film of the era, the kind of story that plays out as if science fiction hadn't evolved since the planetary romances of the 1920s. Funny? Yes, especially with a Pinto Colvig alien on the loose.
HOBGOBLINS: Legendary episode from the Sci-Fi era, though I think its a bit overrated. This turgid, god-awful Gremlins rip-off has got to be the absolute worst 80's movie the SoL crew has ever had to sit through. Writer/Director Rick Sloane manages to insult the audience's intelligence throughout the entire picture, with tons of terrible jokes, irritating characters, deplorable views towards women, non-existant special effects, bland direction, and lots and lots of scenes of people parking and leaving their vehicles. Its excruciating, and easily in the top 10 worst movies they've EVER done on MST3k. Like MANOS (another excruciating film), unfortunately, Mike and Co. are struck speachless with this films badness, and while there are some very funny, very memorable riffs, they're somewhat few and far between, with mostly dead air and groans of agony inbetween. Its worth seeing, as the movie reaches depths of badness that few others can dig down to (thank god), but know what you're getting into.
THE PHANTOM PLANET: Another Sci-Fi episode, and one of the seemingly endless string of B movie space operas MST3k did. The movie itself is cheesey, but not super bad, this one actually kinda feels like a crappy episode of the original Star Trek (so like... half the episodes of the original Star Trek). Actually, I was surprised by how much funnier this episode was than I remembered it being when I first saw it on TV. The jokes are non-stop and there are so many dumb characters to make fun of that I was just rolling. The stuff they say about the elderly leader of the alien planet, the dog monsters, the KFC planet, the fruity philosophical guy that dies at the beginning, everything just makes for good good riffing. Really funny stuff. A great episode.
MONSTER A-GO GO: The only Joel episode in here, this one is a solid contender for "Worst Movie Of All Time." I'd say its worse than Manos, actually, since Manos at least has an ending and was made by people who didn't know any better and were in way over their heads. But the people behind Monster A Go Go? They don't have any excuse for this wreck, they actually made other movies. Thankfully, as dull and awful as this movie is (and it is SO dull and SO awful), the riffing is good and it makes the movie a bit easier to get through than Manos. Also, the short about Ice Dancing before the movie is oddly creepy and therefore hilarious. A fine episode, even if the movie itself is extremely painful.
THE DEAD TALK BACK: Not a fan-favorite, from what I understand many find it boring. After giving it a few views, I have to disagree. In fact, I like it much better than HOBGOBLINS! True, its a dull police procedural with lots of long scenes of the two detectives drilling the suspects with questions, but the characters are all so stupid and laughable (the scientist who claims to be able to talk to the dead looks like Justin Timberlake from the SNL "D*** In A Box" sketch, and his voice is honkier than Kermit the Frog) that it gives Mike and the Bots tons to work with. They are truly on fire here too, as they immediately pounce on any gap in the dialogue (and between the overwrought acting and the sub-Dragnet hardboiled detective speak, there's tons of gaps!) with tons of great jokes. Sure, the short before the movie was kind of dull (its a sales film about chest freezers, clearly never meant to interest or even be seen by anyone outside the industry) but the movie portion of the episode had my wife and I in stitches. A great episode!
All in all a very worthy volume, and I'm very happy I found an inexpensive copy!
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If you're a fan of MST3k or if you have no idea what it is, get this collection and get ready to ROFL