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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Creator (Partly) Credits Online Piracy for Show’s Revival

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Creator (Partly) Credits Online Piracy for Show’s Revival
I didn’t get into”Mystery Science Theater 3000” (“MST3K”) during its original 1988-1999 run. Instead, I discovered it well after it went off the air, thanks to fans who digitized old VHS tapes and posted classic episodes like “Pod People” or “Werewolf” online. Technically illegal, yes. But the show’s various home video collections received very limited releases that quickly went out of print, and it was rarely (if ever) rerun on television. So for many of us, dubiously legal online videos were the only way to see it. I admitted this to series-creator and original host Joel Hodgson
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New Photo of Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt in Mystery Science Theater 3000

A few weeks ago we got our first look at the new cast of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival series. Today we have a new photo that focuses on Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester, who is the daughter of the original mad scientist Clayton Forrester, and Patton Oswalt, who plays the Son of TV’s Frank.

Netflix picked up 14 episodes of the series, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. They raised $5.7 million during their funding process. The series will premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 14th.

While we wait for the series to return, Netflix is currently streaming 20 episodes of the original series. Those episodes were revealed to include:

Catalina Caper

• Eegah!

Future War

The Giant Gila Monster

Hercules Against the Moon Men

Horrors of Spider Island

I Accuse My Parents

Jack Frost

• Laserblast

• "Manos" The Hands of Fate

• Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders

Pod People

• Puma Man

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
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Body Snatchers

Is the third time the charm for Jack Finney's stubborn human duplicator pods? Abel Ferrara keeps the faith and makes a straight, effective revisit of the paranoid classic. Does it all seem too familiar now, or are we just more Pod-like and less excitable? Body Snatchers Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1993 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Gabrielle Anwar, Forest Whitaker, Meg Tilly, Terry Kinney, Billy Wirth, Reilly Murphy, Christine Elise, R. Lee Ermey, Kathleen Doyle, G. Elvis Phillips. Cinematography Bojan Bazelli Film Editor Anthony Redman Original Music Joe Delia Screenplay Dennis Paoli, Nicholas St. John, Stuart Gordon story by Raymond Cistheri, Larry Cohen, from the novel by Jack Finney Produced by Robert H. Solo Directed by Abel Ferrara

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Still the most potent and meaningful movie expression of modern paranoia is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the first film made
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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This time we have a film which has been remade multiple times. However, we’re choosing to focus on the best of those remakes. This week, Cinelinx looks at Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978).

This often adapted story is based upon a three-part serialized story by Jack Finney which appeared originally in Colliers Magazine in 1954. It was expanded into a novel called “The Body Snatchers” in 1955.The first film version came out in 1956, and is considered one of the truly great sci-fi films. It has been remade three time, in 1978, 1993 and 2007. This article looks at the 1956 and 1978 movies because they are clearly the best of the four. Body Snatchers (1993) is just mediocre and the Invasion (2007) is just a mess. The other two are classics.

The 1956 version was written during the Cold War ‘Red Scare’, when the public was constantly reminded by our government to keep vigilant of Communist infiltration. This
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 2 Review

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume 2…

It’s been about eight months since Shout! Factory released Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 1, but they’ve finally revisited Rhino’s old sets with a re-release of the second volume in the series. Unfortunately, the bonus features only consist of Mst Hour wraps for the Cave Dwellers and Pod People episodes, which is a bummer, but perhaps sales of the first volume weren’t strong enough to warrant putting much money into this collection. (That could also explain the eight-month gap between releases.)

This set contains three episodes from the show, with the fourth disc assembling seven short films skewered during the series’ run. Tom Servo serves as host. Many of the shorts are from the 50s, a time when many adults seemed to think that creating goofy films about careers in the industrial arts and home economics was the
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The VVitch

This is not your garden-variety horror picture -- its scares stem from primal guilt and fear of supernatural demons and devils that we can't entirely dismiss because people still believe in them enough to do terrible things. Robert Eggers' first film is the best-reviewed horror picture of its year, and quite an achievement. The VVitch: A New-England Folktale Blu-ray + Digital HD Lionsgate/ A24 2015 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date May 17, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Lucas Dawson, Bathsheba Garnett, Sarah Stephens. Cinematography Jarin Blaschke Film Editor Louise Ford Original Music Mark Korven Produced by Daniel Bekerman, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira, Jay Van Hoy Written and Directed by Robert Eggers

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I don't find most modern horror pictures scary. The ones that scare usually do so with ideas, reaching beyond our defenses to find and exploit a personal weakness.
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Round-Up: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two DVD, No Place For The Living Kickstarter, Conan The Slayer #1

This is the week for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Volume 2 of MST3K will be re-released on DVD on May 24th and pre-order for this item is available now at Shout! Factory. Also in this round-up: No Place For the Living Kickstarter info and Conan the Slayer #1 release details.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two DVD: Press Release: “It’s Mystery Science Theater 3000, America’s only television show that makes fun of really bad B-movies from the comfort of a spaceship floating above Earth. On May 24th, 2016, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two is back in print and better than ever! In addition to the episodes Cave Dwellers, Pod People, Angels Revenge and the Shorts Collection Volume 1, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two also includes the Mst Hour wraps for Cave Dwellers and Pod People. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
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The Stuff

Forget Caltiki and forget The Blob: 'The Stuff' doesn't eat you, you eat it! Larry Cohen takes a page from Professor Quatermass for this satirical slap at blind consumerism and unregulated commerce, in a thriller packed with ooky glob-monsters and people hollowed out like Halloween pumpkins. It's the smart side of '80s sci-fi: Cohen knows how to make the genre sustain his anti-establishment themes. The Stuff Blu-ray Arrow Video (Us) 1985 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / Available from Amazon / 39.95 Starring Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Scott Bloom, Danny Aiello, Patrick O'Neal, Alexander Scourby, Harry Bellaver, Rutanya Alda, Brooke Adams, Laurene Landon, Tammy Grimes, Abe Vigoda, Clara Peller, Patrick Dempsey, Mira Sorvino, Eric Bogosian. Cinematography Paul Glickman Makeup Effects Ed French, Michael Maddi, Steve Neill, Kim Robinson, Rick Stratton, Craig Lyman Editor Armond Lebowitz Original Music Anthony Guefen Produced by Paul Kurta Written and
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10 Movies That Prove Pod People Run Hollywood

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It’s one of the most memorable moments in cinema: Kevin McCarthy, the only witness to an alien takeover of a small California town, runs down a street shouting, “They’re here already! You’re next! You’re next!”

In Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, spores from outer space grow into huge pods capable of producing an exact likeness of another person, but with one telling difference: each “pod person” is completely lacking in human emotion.

Update the story to present day Hollywood, with soulless duplicates attempting to create a world free of complexity, emotion and individuality, and certain creative decisions made by the studios begin to make more sense. How do movies like Terminator Genisys get made? Because Pod People run Hollywood, and their agenda is to keep the masses ignorant and apathetic.

Think about it: faceless Corporations now control all the movie studios, which in turn control everything we see.
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Horror As Metaphor: The Pod People Cometh Part IV: Humanism

The Invasion 2007

The fourth and latest film to be made from Finny’s story takes the pod people and plops them right into post-9/11 America. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Dave Kajganich, The Invasion follows psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman), whose ex-husband Cdc director Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam) is infected with a fungus that controls their host while investigating a space shuttle that has crash landed on Earth. Carol’s first inkling that something is wrong is when one of her patients, Wendy Lenk (Veronica Cartwright), claims that her husband has “changed”. Carol’s son, Oliver (Jackson Bond), then finds a strange spore while at a neighbor’s kid’s party. Thinking it might be related to the recent spate of flu outbreaks that have been reported on the news, she sends the sample to Doctor Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) to have a closer look. Ben finds out
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Horror As Metaphor: The Pod People Cometh Part III: Be All You Can Be…

Body Snatchers 1993

While the first two movies stayed mostly true to each other and the novel they were based on, Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers greatly deviates from the established blueprint. Written by Nicholas St. John, Dennis Paoli and Stuart Gordon, the 1993 Body Snatchers eschews the small own motif and is instead set on a military base in an undisclosed location somewhere in Alabama. Our hero this time is Steve Malone (Terry Kinney), an agent of the Environmental Protection Agency (Epa), who is assigned to the base (with his family in tow) to see what effects the military outpost has on the neighboring flora. When they get there everything seems normal except for the MP who corners Malone’s daughter Marti (Gabrielle Anwar) and threatens her with a knife. Relieved that she shows emotion the MP warns her “they get you when you sleep”. The soldiers are also seemingly unemotional
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Horror As Metaphor: The Pod People Cometh Part II: The Gurus

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

Philip Kaufman directed and W.D. Richter wrote the screenplay for this superb second interpretation of Finny’s story. This time we are in San Francisco in the ‘70’s when we meet health inspector Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland) and his work partner Elizabeth (Brooke Adams). Elizabeth begins to notice that her husband Geoffrey (Art Hindle) is acting strange of late; he is aloof and distant. When Elizabeth tells Matthew this he refers her to his psychiatrist friend Dr. Kibner (Leonard Nimoy). Kibner is a renowned and popular therapist who has published many self-help books on a variety of subjects. He tells Elizabeth that she is making up this fantasy of her husband acting strange in order to justify her subconscious need to end the relationship. As time passes Elizabeth’s worries are proven right when Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright), friends of Matthew, find
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Horror as Metaphor: The Pod People Cometh Part 1: McCarthyism

“Old man sitting there/he’s so fine in his chair/Watching him grow his hair/its so long he doesn’t care/…A pod is waiting for him.”

–I Monster “A Pod is Waiting”


What started out as a 120 page novella by Jack Finny published in 1955 has steadily become a quasi-film- franchise. The first film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, was released in 1956 which then went on to be remade three more times: in 1978 by Philip Kaufman, in 1993 (Body Snatchers) by Abel Ferrara and in 2007 (The Invasion) by director Oliver Hirschbiegel. While each version carries the same plot (an alien race that replaces humans with imposters) it is the political turmoil and current events and attitudes of the times that influence and change each interpretation of the story. Whether it be yuppie culture, McCarthyism or Militarism, each film carries its own agenda and spin on the matter and
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So What's The Worst Movie Of All Time?

That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."

So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!

Rank Rating Title Votes

1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112

2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996

3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247

4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348

5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121

6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641

7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842

8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325

9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887

10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713

11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272

12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021

13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284

14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089

15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097

16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634

17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991

18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764

19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350

20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532

21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945

22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376

23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159

24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726

25. 2.0 Fat Slags
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B-Sides: It Stinks!

Few people would even know of Pod People, Aka Extraterrestrial Visitors, Aka Los Nuevos Extraterrestres had it not been famously featured on “Mystery Science Theater 3000". If you’ve ever seen that episode of MST3K, then you already know you’re about to “Hear the Engines Roll”. You also know that “It stinks!”

Juan Piquer Simon could be considered Uwe Boll before there was an Uwe Boll. For a while there he was in many film circles considered the worst filmmaker; at least he was until Albert Pyun stole that mantle. I don’t really think either comparison is fair seeing as how I consider Slugs, Endless Descent, and Pieces to be damn fine b-movies. On the other hand, Pod People or Extraterrestrial Visitors or whatever you want to call it is so flippin’ terrible it’s really only best viewed with the accompaniment of Joel, Crow T. Robot,
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When animals attack: ‘Slugs’ (1988)

Tagline:They ooze. They Slime. They kill.

Original Title: Slugs, muerte viscos

Released February 1998

For the second installment of The Liberal Dead’s look at the animal attack sub-genre, we will be taking a look at the 1988 Juan Piquer Simon (Pieces, The Pod People) film Slugs. Based on a 1982 Shaun Hutson novel by the same title, the film revolves around a rural community that becomes over run by carnivorous slugs. Unforgettably cheesy dialog, graphic gore, and a ton of laughs make this a must experience flick for fans of old-school 80s splatter.

This is most certainly one of those, so good its bad type of flicks. Best viewed with friends and perhaps some sort of mind-altering substance. The dialog is so hilariously poorly written and delivered that it is impossible to walk away from this film without memorizing some lines for future use in awkward conversations. One of the most strangely
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R.I.P. Juan Piquer Simón (1935–2011)

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During the 70's, 80's, and 90's, independent Spanish exploitation filmmaker Juan Piquer Simon quietly and lovingly cooked up an ambitious and outrageous collection of goofy and gonzo genre cinema curiosities, full of cracked charm and fantastical old-school practical effects (rubber-suit monsters, matte paintings, opticals, etc.). Ever since I converged on Simon's wild filmography for the first time, by unintentionally discovering separate films independently of each other and then tying them all back to the same man, I have always been impressed and intrigued by his eclectic string of independently made oddball fantasy cinema delights, like; Where Time Began (aka Fabulous Journey To The Center Of The Earth) (1976), the MST3K made-famous The Pod People (1983), Supersonic Man (1979), Slugs: The Movie (1988) (served up on Jfd Ep#8), Mystery On Monster Island (1981), The Rift (aka Endless Descent) (1990), Sea Devils (1982), Pieces (1982), Cthulhu Mansion (1990) and Manoa, the City of Gold (1999), among others.

According to IMDb; "Simon
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Pieces Director, Juan Piquer Simón, Passes Away

It is with great sadness that I am here writing that the director of one of my favorite slashers has passed away. Juan Piquer Simón is most known for the goofy and yet bloody 1983 slasher Pieces. Though it certainly didn’t re-invent the wheel, Pieces finally gained its much deserved attention over the past couple of years with DVD releases. I first stumbled upon this gem through one of those “10 movie sets” that included a group of public domain films all in one case. Its over the top approach to horror quickly won me over. Pieces finally saw a more proper DVD release through Grindhouse Releasing in 2008. The director is also known for the films Slugs: The Movie, The Pod People, and Satan’s Blood. Juan Piquer Simón died at 74 after battling lung cancer. Dtb extends our condolences to Simón’s family and friends.
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Horror Genre Director Juan Piquer Simón Passes

The horror genre director El Correo Juan Piquer Simón, 74, passed away over the weekend due to complications with lung cancer according to several sources.

Simón directed many underground and cult films such as The Pod People, Mystery on Monster Island, Slugs, and the low-budget classic slasher movie Pieces.

A while back Simón was quoted in an interview saying, "I know I've worked in a manner and with a genre that critics do not appreciate much." How true this is, and really always has been unfortunately.

We think he can rest assured that true horror fans appreciated him as well as the ones that will undoubtedly discover his films even after his physical presence is long gone from this world.

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Rest in Peace Juan Piquer Simón

Another genre personality has passed away this weekend, and though you may not be familiar with his name, you very well should be with at least a couple of his films.

According to El Correo Juan Piquer Simón, director of The Pod People, Mystery on Monster Island, Slugs, and of course the ever-so-infamous low-budget slasher classic Pieces, has passed on at the age of 74 after a long battle with lung cancer.

A while ago during an interview overseas, Simón was quoted as saying, "I know I've worked in a manner and with a genre that critics do not appreciate much." We can only hope that he knew how much we the fans appreciated him.

At this time we here at Dread Central would like to honor the man and his work and extend our sincerest condolences to Simón's friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the screams and chills, my friend.
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