RiffTrax, in association with Fathom Events and Cinema Epoch will be presenting RiffTrax Live: “Samurai Cop” in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., April 13 at 8 p.m. (local time). A pre-recorded encore presentation of the RiffTrax Live event will take place on Tue., April 18 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). The RiffTrax Live presentation will be broadcast to select theaters live via satellite from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee.
Featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing the 1991 Z-budget action film, “Samurai Cop.”
Robert Z’Dar appeared in two other Z-budget films that were riffed on “MST3K”
Robert Z’Dar (who played Yamashita in “Samurai Cop”) appeared in two Z-budget films that were riffed by Mike Nelson and the bots on MST3K, “Soultaker” (episode #1001) and “Future War” (episode #1004). Both “Soultaker” and “Future War” aired in 1999 during the show’s 10th (and final) season on the Sci-Fi Channel (now known as “Syfy”).
The iconic “satellite of love” will be launched back into orbit with cheesy movies, thanks to a successful online crowdfunding campaign.
From the “Bring Back MST3K” Kickstarter page, featured (from left to right) are Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Joel Hodgson, Crow T. Robot, Jonah Ray and Tom Servo (Best Brains, Inc./Shout! Factory LLC).
The “official” return of MST3K (and the successful Kickstarter campaign)
After being off the air for 16 years, the cult series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will be coming back. It was noted that series creator (and the first host of the series) Joel Hodgson had raised $6.3 million, exceeding the $5.5 million goal that was met on the Kickstarter deadline of Friday, Dec. 11.
The original proposal for the revival of MST3K was to have 12 new episodes of the series, but was expanded to 14 due to the overall success of the Kickstarter campaign.
In addition to comedian Jonah Ray as the new host, who else will be in the new MST3K series (along with the bots, and will any original cast members return)?
According to Sara Morrison’s article on HitFix, comedian Felicia Day will be cast as one of the new “mads” in the series, portraying evil overlord Kinga Forrester, the daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester. Veteran comedian and actor Patton Oswalt will be cast as “TV’s Son of ‘TV’s Frank’.”
Iconic robot companions Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot will be getting some new vocal stylings from two stand-up comedians. Servo will be voiced by Baron Vaughn and Crow will be voiced by Hampton Yount.
In addition to Joel Hodgson, there’s no word if any of the cast members from the original run of the series (Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett and J. Elvis Weinstein) will make cameo appearances in the new MST3K episodes. Hodgson announced that all former cast members were more than welcome to make cameo appearances in new episodes.
Currently, Nelson, Murphy and Corbett are continuing their successful MST3K spin-off movie riffing venture, “RiffTrax.” Beaulieu and Conniff have also started their own successful national movie riffing touring group in honor of their evil overlord roles on MST3K, “The Mads are Back!”
According to Bonnie Burton’s article on CNET, several notable celebrities have agreed to make cameo appearances for new episodes of MST3K, including Jerry Seinfeld, Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris, Jack Black, Bill Hader and Joel McHale.
Here’s hoping that the new episodes of “Mystery Science Theater” will be a success- Season’s Greetings to all fellow MSTies!