A fantastic, entertaining and lively night of hilarious cinematic riffs were enjoyed by many fellow MSTies in the greater Washington area!
Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s “The Mads!” (a.k.a. “The Mads Are Back!”) at Alamo Drafthouse’s “One Loudoun” cinema!
On the evening of Fri., March 23 at Alamo Drafthouse’s “One Loudoun” cinema multiplex, I attended Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s live film riffing tour showcase, “The Mads” (a.k.a. “The Mads are Back”)!
The silver screen feature that the legendary “Mads” of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” riffed on that evening was the cult classic William Castle/Columbia Pictures thriller, “The Tingler” (1959, with Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Pamela Lincoln and Philip Coolidge.
Trace & Frank also did a Sat. evening (March 24) “Mads!” performance (at the Alamo Drafthouse) of Leigh Jason’s “The Choppers” (1961, featuring Arch Hall Jr. of “Eegah!” fame, Arch Hall Sr. Robert Paget and Marianne Gaba).
This was my second time seeing Trace & Frank’s edition of “The Tingler” after seeing their Nov. 2017 riffing presentation of the aforementioned William Castle classic at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick!
Overall, this was my third time seeing Trace & Frank in person (in addition to their Weinberg and Alamo riffing showcases of “The Tingler,” I also attended their March 2017 Alamo showcase of “Walk the Dark Street”)!
I had a wonderful time seeing the masters of movie riffing and the icons of MST3K (Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff) in person again at the Alamo Drafthouse (with their Alamo Drafthouse/Ashburn presentation of “The Tingler”)! Thank you for the after-show meet and greet photo session and the autographed “Mads” photo (highly appreciated, sirs)! Keep up the good work!
And thank you to my parents (as this was originally considered as a surprise Birthday present back in Jan. 2018, the ticket was then purchased in late Feb.)! This was one of the best Birthday presents that I received!
And to all fellow MSTies from coast-to-coast who are going to see Trace & Frank’s “The Mads!” live coast-to-coast movie riffing shows again and to those who are attending a “Mads” show for the first time (during their 2018 tour schedule) the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” salutes you!
Kudos to Trace, Frank and all fellow MSTies everywhere! “Hi-Keeba!” –C.H.
In connection to Trace, Frank and MST3K:
Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff and Carolina Hidlago’s “Movie Sign with the Mads” feature film review podcast series on the Last Podcast Network
Frank Conniff’s “Podhouse 90” original scripted online radio podcast play series
Frank Conniff’s newest book, “How To Write Cheesy Movies: The Only Screenwriting Guide You’ll Never Need!,” his 2017 book, “Cats V. Conniff: A chronicle of the historic lawsuit brought against Frank Conniff by his cats, Millie & Barney” and his 2016 book, “Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life In No Way Whatsoever.”
“Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection” on DVD from Shout! Factory (w/ Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein)
“Vintage” episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” can also be seen on Comet TV’s back-to-back MST3K showcase (currently in encore/re-run mode), Sun. evenings at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.
In connection to “Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas:”