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A truly terrible motion picture from 1966 that would have been completely unknown today had it not been the subject of a very memorable episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in the Nineties is getting a sequel from a filmmaker who readily admits he began working on it as a dare. Only the hands of fate could insist the world be graced by Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge.
It was about a year-and-a-half ago when word first broke that a sequel to the all-time bad movie not-so-classic Manos: The Hands of Fate was in the works. It had been so long since there was any news about the project, I, like many of you I suspect, assumed that someone had come to their senses. Fangoria provides information that proves otherwise.
Manos: The Search for Valley Lodge writer/director Rupert Talbot Munch, Sr. (who will also play “Torgo” in his film »
DVD Review - Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxii
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is really sort of a staple of geek culture. Even those who haven't seen the show have heard of it, and those who have seen it love it. It blends smart-ass comments with terrible B-movies to create something truly golden. Well, most of the time. Like every series, MST3K does have some occasional clunkers for episodes. With Volume Xxii fresh onto DVD shelves, you're probably wondering if the set is worth the purchase. In short, it is.
This release features four MST3K episodes, taken from various seasons of the show's run. "Mighty Jack" and "Time of the Apes" both come from the show's third season, while "The Violent Years" and "The Brute Man" come from seasons 6 and 7, respectively. Thankfully, these are all solid outings.
The best of the set is easily "The Violent Years, »
- Sam McPherson
Sometimes, movies are so bad that they are good. Mystery Science Theater 3000, Riff Trax, and Cinematic Titanic celebrate movies with small budgets, no talent, and delusions of grandeur. In recent years, movies have tried to recreate the so-bad-it's-good genre on a bigger budget. These are movies that want to be good by being so bad that they come back around to being good. Prime examples are Hobo with a Shot Gun and Machete. Other movies try to be good by being so awful that the film becomes a cult classic, but they overshoot it. Chillerama is a bad movie trying to be a good movie by being cheesy, over-the-top violent, and self-aware in its humor. Unfortunately, Chillerama missed the mark completely and is, quite simply, a bad movie, period.
- Rachel Kolb
This week on Operation Kino, we're buttoning up our floral shirts and slapping on some boat shoes as we review Alexander Payne's new movie The Descendants. From there we jump into something completely different in Segment 3, talking about the recent move of several high-profile directors into animation, and what that might mean for the form. But first we have a lightning round devoted to those anthropomorphized penguins of Happy Feet 2, then move on to tidbits, where Da7e has a few encouraging words about the fate of Community, David is wowed by Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin, Patches revisits the glories of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Katey wants you all to know just how crazy The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 is. You may notice the home of Operation Kino is looking a little different, and may we say spiffier. Kino Katey is no longer, »
It seems safe to say that Jonathan Coulton is currently a nerd icon. Coulton has sung about zombies, worked on songs for the _Portal_ series, toured with They Might Be Giants and performed on stage for _Mystery Science Theater 3000_ live events. Coulton’s newest album _Artificial Heart_ combines this nerdy sensibility with a melancholy nature that is mostly hit or miss. »
This has been a fun year for remembering the glory that is Back to the Future from the commemorative Nike Mag shoes to the impending return of the DeLorean with an all-new electrical model in 2013. Now another cool piece of work is coming in the form of a fantastic new poster from Tim Doyle being released in correlation with Secret Show to the Future 2, a special online streaming event with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony Show, producer Danny Ross and comedian Joe DeRosa providing Mystery Science Theater 3000 style commentary while watching the sequel. See the cool poster and event details below! Here's Tim Doyle's Back to the Future Part II poster via SlashFilm (click for a larger version): As for the event, since it's a secret show, you won't be able to attend in person, since people are meant to tune in for a special Ustream »
- Ethan Anderton
As much as everyone adores the Back to the Future trilogy, it rates pretty high on the unintentional comedy scale. There are flubs, over the top performances and awkward lines of dialogue across all three films making them great to watch with a bunch of friends. This weekend, a special live Ustream broadcast will let you do just that. It's called the Secret Show to the Future 2 and it happens at 10 p.m. Est November 5. In 2008, several members of the Sirius Xm's Opie and Anthony show did the first Secret Show to the Future, where they watched Robert Zemeckis' 1985 film complete with live comedy commentary in the tradition of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This Saturday brings the sequel. Anthony Cumia of the O&A Show, producer Danny Ross and comedian Joe DeRosa, all huge fans of the films, will watch Back to the Future Part II live and provide »
- Germain Lussier
Every Halloween, TV channels pump out some of the best/worst horror movies. However, there are films that transcend the badness until it becomes funny. Here are some kid-appropriate schlock films:
During the 50's, most horror films had pretty bad special effects. The best it could hope for was some cheesy stopmotion, and with the worst you get something like The Killer Shrews. Some people are stuck on an island where some science experiments have resulted in some slightly large killer shrews (rats). First sign of trouble: the shrews are just some ridiculously dressed up dogs. The film fails to have any conflict in the first half of the film . ..and it's only 69 minutes long! Also, it's hard to understand some of the actors' thick accents. The film's available via the Internet Archives or you can see it through "Mystery Science Theater 3000" for some added hilarity. »
- email@example.com (Cole the Kid Critic)
Horror and Comedy. They’ve gone together like peanut butter and jelly for years. Some people love that subgenre, some people hate it, but the fact remains that without it, we wouldn’t have Peter Jackson’s early output like Dead Alive/Braindead and Bad Taste. We wouldn’t have Re-Animator or Return of the Living Dead. The original EC horror comics wouldn’t have had their horror hosts. Heck, we wouldn’t even have horror hosts and movie riffers like Vampira, Zacherley, Elvira, Penny Dreadful, Joe Bob Briggs, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, or a slew of »
And here I thought that story I wrote a few weeks back about a Giant Spider Invasion musical was the most unlikely Seventies b-movie reboot news of the year. Now comes word that the 1971 catfish-man flick Zaat is getting the DVD/Blu-ray treatment (not surprising), and a sequel is in the works (very surprising).
You may also know this strange tale of a mad scientist who transforms himself into a catfish-man determined to mate with a female and create a new master race of walking catfish (seriously!) by a slew of alternate titles under which it has been released over the years. Elvira presented it back in the Eighties as Attack of the Swamp Creature. Hydra is another title it has gone by. It is probably most recognized by the title The Blood Waters of Dr. Z, the title used when it was lampooned on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”.
Oh, do we have a deal for you! Not only are the good people at Shout! Factory slashing like Chromeskull (prices that is), but they are offering a huge Halloween prize package valued at over $650! And all you've got to do is cruise over to their site and and sign up.
Use the links below to enter the contest. Here are just some of the titles you'll receive: Audition, Cannibal Girls, Piranha and Humanoids From the Deep just to name a few. Do yourself a favor and enter. What do you have to lose?
From the Press Release
Happy October from your friends at Shout! Factory! To celebrate this macabre month, we’re offering slasher-inspired pricing on some of our more terrifying titles. Sales prices range from 15%-70% off list price. Place items in your cart to see how much you're saving. Sale ends October 31, 2011. To receive your items by Halloween, »
- Doctor Gash
Politicians. They're the steadfast leaders who help humanity survive an alien invasion, they're the targets who need to be saved from danger by action heroes, they're the people we forget have the same emotional struggles we all do or they're the scheming villains who don't know how to use their power for good. Sometimes, they're also ridiculously good-looking. Here are some of our favorite politicians in pop culture:
George Clooney has been involved in more than a few politically-themed films but this weekend we get to see him play someone running for office. In The Ides of March, Clooney stars as an idealistic governor who learns about how dirty politics can get when he decides to run for President, a story inspired by Howard Dean's candidacy. Too bad the corrupt party leadership isn't composed of people who can be charmed with handsome looks and a disarming grin. »
- Lyle Masaki
The Movie Pool wished they had never seen The Incredible Melting Man on DVD!
This DVD is offered as part of MGM's "Limited Edition Collection," which is available from select online retailers and manufactured only when the DVD is ordered. The DVD features a simple menu with no menu for chapters or scenes. Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVDs are made to play in DVD playback units only and may not play in DVD recorders or PC drives. This DVD did not play in our laptop DVD drive but did play in our Toshiba DVD recorder.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 widescreen
Running Time: 86 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
Special Features: Theatrical trailer
An astronaut is exposed to strange solar waves which causes his body to melt and gives him a taste for human flesh.
Directed by: William Sachs
I decided to review the DVD release »
Sometimes a news story comes along for which there are no words. When rumors swirled back in 2008 that b-moviemaker Bill Rebane was planning to remake his 1975 bad movie cult hit The Giant Spider Invasion I merely scoffed. Now word is the remake will be a musical worthy of Mel Brooks. Today I am speechless.
For those in need of a refresher, The Giant Spider Invasion was a sci-fi horror movie about meteors from another dimension landing in Wisconsin that crack open to reveal otherworldly spiders, one of which grows to gargantuan proportions. And by gargantuan proportions, I mean it looks like a cheap Mardi Gras float decorated over a Volkswagen. There’s a very good reason why “Mystery Science Theater 3000” had a field day with this movie.
The Giant Spider Invasion is now poised to become a comic musical. I think the only way to better explain this concept »
The show Mystery Science Theater 3000 was gifted with many bad films, but few as entertaining as the Gamera films. When it originally aired in Minnesota, the five Gamera films (in the Sandy Frank Americanized cuts) were used for their training grounds, but the cast has always felt that those episodes are too rough to consider cannon. When they moved over the Comedy Central, they revisited the flying turtle’s five films in their third season. These were long hoped for DVD releases, and now Shout Facotry has collected all five in a tin. And they’re just as good as you remembered. Our review of MST3K vs. Gamera follows after the jump. For these five episodes, the show had pretty much already figured itself out. These were from the third season, and they had it down but weren’t bored. These are all Joel Hodgson episodes, so it’s all classic form. »
- Andre Dellamorte
Forty-six years ago, a giant fire-breathing turtle crawled out of the icy depths of the Arctic Circle and stomped Tokyo flat. The Gamera movies—five in all, spanning two decades—aren’t simply bad. They are sublimely absurd, which makes them ideal for _Mystery Science Theater 3000_, the beloved television series that made it okay to talk during movies, as long as you had something witty and hilarious to say. »
Directed by: Rupert Wyatt
Running Time: 1 hr 45 min
Release Date: August 5, 2011
Plot: Dr. Will Rodman (Franco) is on the verge of curing Alzheimer’s with a formula that improves mental capacity in primates. After a crucial experiment goes wrong, Rodman takes the experiment off the radar, which is the first domino in a sequence of events that lead to apes taking over the joint.
Who’S It For? Animal-lovers, animals’ rights activists, and misanthropes. If you’re a big fan of humanity it might rub you the wrong way when the movie starts expecting you to root for the downfall of man’s supremacy.
Expectations: I thought it was going to be somewhere between dumb and painful, sometimes both at the same time. I’d read interviews with Franco talking about how »
- Morrow McLaughlin
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
The Buzz: I wish there were something better out this Friday, I wish Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t my Movie of the Week. Consolation prize is: James Franco rules. Freida Pinto ain’t too bad either. I suppose this could make for a good popcorn-munching party, during an el cheapo matinee anyway.
Yeah, Rise of the Planet of the Apes »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
The gang from the Satellite of Love are back, and this time their tackling the first five Gamera films. When being sent the new set (in a glorious tin, to boot!) I really couldn’t believe my eyes. Some of the crown jewels in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 line were the Gamera films, which were the Sandy Frank produced dubs of the films that he sold to American cinemas. Considering he sued them, there was little to no chance we fans thought we’d ever get these films on DVD unless we were at a convention of some sort and had to buy the bootlegs. But not anymore, thanks to Shout! Factory. And they hold up as fresh as when they first aired.
It all began in season three of the show, when they took on the black and white classic Gamera in the season’s second episode. The »
- James McCormick
Brandon Beemer has been cast as a gigolo on CSI: Miami. I doubt the new gig will keep The Bold & the Beautiful from finding new, contrived ways to get him into his underwear on daytime, but from the sounds of it, he won't be wearing that much in Miami either. I can support that. But I could support Brandon in anything, he's always been remarkably friendly and accessible online.
It appears news of Lea Michele being under contract to Glee for seven years inspired producers to look elsewhere for their Funny Girl. Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose is set to step into the shoes of the role, now fasttracked.
Now it's just not being Bradley Manning that can get you abused by the federal government, just being friends with him will get your laptops seized and searched for weeks without a warrant. Searching my suit case at the airport is one thing, »
- Ed Kennedy
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