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Red Zone Cuba

Well, I did it. I watched Red Zone Cuba and I have to say, it wasn’t as bad as I had heard. Sure, the film made no sense, had horrible acting and one of the worst (if not the worst) beach invasions ever to be put on film. Why these people paid so much for actors and extras and film and sets and props only to come away with something this dull, drab and excruciatingly boring and unwatchable is beyond me. However, Mike and the Bots did their thing and I survived. Luckily, I did not lapse into a Carol Channing impression like Mike did during the watching. Included is a link to some of the best parts of the movie, and it is really all you need to view, unless you are a MST3K completist like me. Click the link and view if you dare.

Red Zone Cuba

Red Zone Cuba

May 25, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Read This All You MSTies

This is a pretty decent essay by the Onion A.V. club about MST3K. I have to say that I know what this guy is talking about, although, for me, the first episode that I remember being completely impressed by was Space Mutiny. It is in my top five of all time and is one of the movies that is perfect for initiating new fans to the show as well. And as we do owe it to others to pass on this great little cult show of ours, I send this out to the Internets to maybe, somehow, be found by a person who knows nothing of the show, but will become a new fan. Click here to view the article.

Also, I have never seen “City Limits” but now owe it to myself to watch this and “Red Zone Cuba.” Man, it’s going to be a busy weekend.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One I Have Yet To Watch

If ever there was an episode of MST3K that piqued my interest, it has to be Red Zone Cuba. I have heard many horrible, terrible things about it – even from Mike Nelson himself – but have still never seen it. I am making it my duty, as an American citizen, to view this horrible movie this weekend. One of the things that I have constantly heard about it, is that it is just so dull that it is hard to even sit through. As a long time viewer, I have seen some movies which were dull and they all turned out to be worse than they really are, because the dullness of the actual movie drags down the riffing as well. I’m afraid that this is the case with this movie as well, but will find out for sure soon and report back next week about this movie. Well Internet, here goes nothing.

Red Zone Cuba

Red Zone Cuba MST3K Cover

May 18, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Giant Spider Invasion

Last night was a good night in MST3K viewing for me. I got a couple of buddies over and we watched the very classic “Giant Spider Invasion.” This movie is one of my absolute favorites and is in my must-watch top three. From the very start, you can tell that the crew loved doing this movie. Just based on the fact that it took place in Wisconsin and the riffing crew was based in Minnesota makes all of the jokes that much more special and funny. Me and my buddies are also from the land of 10,000 lakes and hearing them riff about cheeseheads and Packers fans brings a smile to my face even now. Besides, it was a virgin viewing for one of the guys last night and it is certainly a perfect Mystery Science Theater to show to anyone who you want to really get into the show. Of course, he was already a huge fan, but for some reason had never seen this, the most essential of movies.

As for the movie, it features a doughy and aged Alan Hale (of Gilligan’s Island fame… or infamy) as the sheriff in a small, white-trash town that is invaded by a giant spider after a meteor falls to earth. The spider, which is actually a VW Beetle covered by a big sheet, wrecks havoc all over the town until a couple of plucky, tea-loving scientists figure out a way to stop it. The whole movie is campy and horribly acted and shot and its a train wreck. But that’s why we love em. This movie is a must, must see for any MST3K fan, especially those who have lived near or in Wisconsin. Trust me, it feels that much more special to hear jokes about them. Also, the poster below is totally over the top and way more action packed than the actual film. Simply viewing the poster below will make your heart beat faster and you will be become more terrified than anything the movie will throw at you.

Giant Spider Invasion Poster

Giant Spider Invasion Poster

May 11, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Box Set XVIII Shown Off

If you ever wanted any of these titles to add to your growing MST3K library, then you are in luck. Shout Factory has just released details as to what will be in the MST3K XVIII Box Set. Here are the details.

“Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XVIII.” They are:
• episode 208- LOST CONTINENT (“Rock climbing, Joel.”),
• episode 417- CRASH OF THE MOONS with short, “General Hospital”–Segment 3 (“Boopie!”),
• episode 621- THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS with shorts: “Money Talks!” & “Progress Island, U.S.A.” (“Flag on the moon…”) and
• episode 813- JACK FROST (“I’m dowling!”).

The supposed date for this to be shipped out is July 13. So get watching all your other movies again before then so you can be on top of the new release when it hits the stores.

March 17, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poor Riffing

Though it doesn’t happen all that often, there are moments in MST3K’s long history where the riffing on the film has been less than spectacular. I feel that this can be forgiven though, based on the number of bad films they had to view and the amount of time that they spent trying to figure out what would work and what wouldn’t. If I had to choose a poorly riffed film though, my choice would go to Hamlet. Not only is this a German version of a Shakespeare play, it is also in black and white and utterly boring. I’m not a fan of Shakespeare to begin with, but even MST3K couldn’t spice it up enough for me to keep from falling asleep. If you want to, here is a link to watch.

March 15, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Different Voices

Most people know that Tom Servo has had two different people do his voice on the show, with Josh Weinstein as Servo for the KTMA and first season episodes, with Kevin Murphy taking over in season two. But Crow T. Robot also had a voice change. He went from being voiced by Trace Beaulieu from KTMA to season seven, and then was taken over by Bill Corbet to the end of the show’s run. Now, personally, I cannot hear much difference between the Trace Crow and the Bill one, but I had this discussion with my buddy over the weekend and he reckons that Bill’s Crow is better. I think that it comes down more to the movies and riffing being generally better during those last few seasons, but to each his own. What’s your thoughts on this? Can you tell the difference, or do you even care?

March 9, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Whoops.

As you may have noticed… or not since no one really reads this 😛 I didn’t adhere to the actual title of this blog and post something yesterday. Oh well, sue me why don’t ya!! Anyway, just take a look at the new box set I’m picking up later this month and be satisfied won’t you? Linky-dinky.

March 3, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oh, Mitchell

There are, of course, many gross and icky movies that have been skewered by the boys on the SOL. But for as many gross movies as there are, there are also simply gross actors. One of those actors that MST3K, and Mike especially, loves to pick on is Joe Don Baker. In his movie “Mitchell,” he plays a loner cop who is greasy, fat, drunk, sloppy and generally bad at everything he does. Now you can fully experience some of the best scenes in this epic cop film by simply clicking this little linky.

March 2, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Soooooooooooooooooultakerrrrrrrrrrrr

Soultaker is the story of a youth who runs his car into a tree and his friends, who are now souls, must travel around the town to get back to being fully alive because they really just don’t feel like being dead yet. This movie features mullets, bad acting and Joe Estevez as the taker of souls. Yeah, he’s pretty much a badass like always.  Click as always.

February 26, 2010 Posted by | MST3K, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment