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Fans of the quirky, snarky afternoon TV show “MST3K”, which lampooned the really cheesy work in cinema have a chance to beef up their box set collection, and curl and catch up with old friends Joel, Mike, Tom Servo, Crow and the entire Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang.
Watching MST3K on TV always had its charm; the random remarks tossed out like gems amidst the crapola cinema the team dished heavily on was a fun party.
Background from Shout Factory!
The series was created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Jim Mallon. After a year on KTMA TV in Minneapolis, its national broadcast life began in 1989 on the Comedy Channel (later to become Comedy Central), where it ran for seven seasons.
The show’s final three seasons aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.
The premise of the series features a hapless man who is trapped by mad scientists on a satellite in space and forced to watch old B-movies of questionable worth. To keep sane, he’s built two robot sidekicks, and together they do a running commentary on the films, affectionately mocking their flaws with inspired wisecracks and acting as a demented movie theater peanut gallery.
Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson. When he left in 1993, series head writer Mike Nelson replaced him as the new B-movie victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show’s run.
During its eleven years and 198 episodes (including one feature film), MST3K won a Peabody Award in 1993, and was nominated for writing Emmys in 1994 and 1995.
“MST3K XVI” collects four random episodes from the series. Genre B-movies like Bela Lugosi-starring “The Corpse Vanishes” (1942), the “Night of the Blood Beast” (1958), surreal entry “Santa Claus” (1959), a Mexican feature that has Santa versus Satan, and 1985’s post-apocalyptic motorcycle film, “Warrior of the Lost World.”
Each film is uniquely awful and ripe material for the MST3K crew to sit and riff on.
MST3K: THE CORPSE VANISHES
Bela Lugosi stars as a sinister scientist who kills virgin brides in order to extract glandular fluids that will keep his aging wife young and beautiful. Aided by an evil shrew and her miscreant sons, they set about on a reign of terror. Horror ensues!
MST3K: WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD
Take Knight Rider, then plop him on a motorcycle in a post-apocalyptic world, and you’ve got The Rider, aka Warrior of the Lost World. In this brazenly derivative tale, our valiant hero must rally the forces of the Elders, the Outsiders and the Marginals to vanquish the oppressive forces of Prosser and the evil Omega state.
MST3K: SANTA CLAUS
Silent night, devilish night! Santa Claus wants to deliver presents to the children of Mexico City, but the demon Pitch wants to nothing more than stop him in his quest! How many other holiday movies have a Satan dance number and Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters?
MST3K: NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST
It’s always bad news in a sci-fi movie when an astronaut returns dead from outer space, then the base he lands at is overrun by a sinister alien. In this Roger Corman cheapie, the resurrected astronaut and alien embryos spell disaster for humanity!
This box set contains interviews with “Lost World” director David Worth, a feature on “Santa Claus,” four mini-movie posters and a “collectible” Tom Servo figurine. All presented by Shout! Factory.
Best part is the limited edition Tom Servo figurine inside. Kevin Murphy played the robot puppet Tom Servo whose head was like a gumball machine. This little figure is highly collectible and caused a major row with my nerd friends who I cannot trust when I leave the room to not stash it inside their pants or laptop case.
Good times here, and a great gift for the lover of all things schlock-film and MST3K.
For a cool read with MST3K’s Kevin “Servo” Murphy, check out THIS
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XVI [Limited Edition]
Actors: Mike Nelson, Joel Hodgson, Kevin Murphy
Directors: Kevin Murphy
Format: Box set, Color, DVD, Full Screen, NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 4
Studio: Shout! Factory
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009
Run Time: 360 minutes
* New Interview With Warrior Of The Lost World Director David Worth
* Santa Claus Conquers The Devil: A 50-Year Retrospective
* Night Of The Blood Beast (Turkey Day Version)
* Turkey Day 95 Intros
* Original Theatrical Trailers
* 4 Exclusive MST3K Mini-Posters By Artist Steve Vance
* And More!Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.