RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting the live coast-to-coast theatrical riffing broadcast of “RiffTrax Live: The Giant Spider Invasion” in participating cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central (local time). A pre-recorded theatrical encore broadcast of the RiffTrax edition of “The Giant Spider Invasion” will be shown in participating theaters from coast-to-coast on Tue., Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (local time, according to Fathom Events’ site). This will be the 30th “RiffTrax Live!” performance, according to the official RiffTrax Twitter site.
Featuring “Mystery Science Theater 3000”/MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett; the “RiffTrax Live: Star Raiders” showcase will be broadcast live to participating cinema venues from coast-to-coast.
According to Fandango, the upcoming RiffTrax rendition of “Star Raiders” will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the RiffTrax crew’s live coast-to-coast theatrical comedic riffs of cult/classic feature films and short subjects.
For those who watched the “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day ‘15” streaming marathon, there’s another “cheesy movie” serving presented by several familiar voices from the cult series.
It’s time for “RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” (1972)
Fans of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and “RiffTrax” will be in for a holiday treat, as Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will riff the 1972 Z-budget kiddie holiday film, “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.”
The cast of RiffTrax, in conjunction with NCM Fathom Events, will present a live broadcast screening of this low-budget Christmas film in select theaters from coast-to-coast, on Dec. 3. A re-broadcast of that night’s screening will occur in select cinema venues on Dec. 15.
An advertisement for the RiffTrax screening of “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” was seen throughout Shout! Factory TV and their streaming broadcast of the “MST3K Turkey Day ‘15” event on YouTube (in-between each episode) .
Original newspaper ad for “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” (via the Daytona Beach Morning Journal/Google News Archives)
From a long line of cheesy, low-budget “kiddie” holiday films…
“Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” is one of many cheesy holiday films that have been riffed by the cast of RiffTrax over the years, including “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (1964) and K. Gordon Murray’s English-dubbed Mexican fantasy film, “Santa Claus“ (1959). Both aforementioned films have also been shown on MST3K.
Why you should see the RiffTrax version of this holiday “turkey” (for those that may have never watched MST3K or RiffTrax):
If you didn’t watch the “Mystery Science Theater” marathon, or have never experienced a “RiffTrax Live” screening, then this is the perfect opportunity to experience movie riffing at its finest on the big screen, through the courtesy of Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
NOTE: A re-broadcast of the RiffTrax screening of “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” is scheduled for select theaters from coast-to-coast on Dec. 15. Yet according to the theater listings for the re-broadcast date (via NCM Fathom Events), R/C Gateway Gettysburg Theaters 8 will not be showing the Dec. 15 re-broadcast (the listing of theaters for the re-broadcast may be updated by then).