This isn’t the only time that Sven has shown “This Island Earth” on Me-TV. He had previously showcased Newman’s film back in Oct. 2012 (Me-TV was unavailable in the Frederick/Washington, D.C. television market until early 2013), April 2015 and Jan. 2016.
It’s time for “RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party!”
RiffTrax, in association with Fathom Events will be presenting “RiffTrax Live: Summer Shorts Beach Party” in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast coast on Thu., June 15 at 8 p.m. (local time). An encore pre-recorded screening will be shown in select theaters on Tue., June 20 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
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”).
Ticket stub from the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” presentation at the R/C Hanover multiplex (Chris Hamby/Chris Hamby Films).
Fans of RiffTrax and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” in the Hanover area gathered to watch an encore “double feature” of two popular RiffTrax events.
“RiffTrax Live: Holiday Double Feature” (Showcased at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 in Hanover, Pennsylvania)
About 10 audience members (including the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections”) attended the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature, presented by RiffTrax in conjunction with Fathom Events on the evening of Thu., Dec. 1 at the R/C Hanover Movies 16 multiplex (a sister cinema venue to the Gateway Gettysburg cinema, which also showcased the RiffTrax/Fathom screening).
The First Offering: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” (1964, riffed by the RiffTrax crew in 2013)
The first offering in the RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature was an encore presentation of the RiffTrax crew’s 2013 riff of Nicholas Webster’s 1964 Z-budget film (a “golden turkey” favorite of all MSTies), “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” (featuring Pia Zadora as the martian Girmar, Bill McCutcheon as Dropo, Ned Wertimer as news reporter Andy Henderson and John Call as Santa Claus).
Before the riffing of “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett riffed a low-budget holiday kiddie short from the early 1950s, “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen.”
Produced by industrial and educational filmmaker Sid Davis, this was different than Davis’ usual lineup of low-budget industrial and educational films (usually dealing with highway safety). Davis’ “Santa and the Fairy Snow Queen” was a hilariously dismal rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
The Second Offering (after the intermission): More Shorts! “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” (2009, with a cavalcade of Castle shorts- No pun intended)
After the intermission, audiences were treated to an encore of the RiffTrax crew’s 2009 live performance, “RiffTrax Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza,” featuring special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic hilariously mocking a 1939 musical short on New England pork, “Three Magic Words.” The short was directed by Al Christie, a veteran film producer who produced short comedic films, dating back to the silent era. It was produced by another industrial/educational film company, Wilding Picture Productions.
An evening of hilarity and cheesy holiday films (and shorts) that was enjoyed by all
The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was an enjoyable (and hilarious) experience, along with new holiday photo wraparounds (of photos sent in by RiffTrax fans from coast-to-coast) hosted by Mike, Kevin and Bill. Attendees of the special presentation were also treated to the iconic pre-show trivia slides, along with an exclusive offer for a digital holiday package full of RiffTrax goodies!
With the fine art of riffing by the RiffTrax crew and special guest “Weird Al” Yankovic (during the 2009 shorts-stravangaza with creepy Z-budget cinematic Santas), the double-feature holiday presentation was an enjoyable experience that was enjoyed by all! The “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” was the perfect escape (before the stress of final exams/final projects week)!
PROLOGUE: This editorial piece is not endorsed or approved by any studio or cinema circuit/firm.
The City Opera House. The Tivoli. Holiday Cinemas. Hoyts Frederick Towne Mall Twinplex/10-screen cineplex. Cinema Center 3. FSK Cinemas III. Westridge Cinemas 6. Westview 16.
Throughout the years, many cinema venues have come and gone in Frederick. Today, the area’s cinema choices consist of Regal’s first-run 16-plex Westview Promenade complex, the second-run Holiday Cinemas and for classic/retro screen entertainment, The Weinberg Center For The Arts (the former Tivoli cinema, whenever live stage performances are not taking place).
With the industry’s transition from releasing physical film prints to distributing content through digital cinema platforms (via hard drive or satellite-fed content), it has opened the window to classic, cult and special movie events being shown in select theaters from coast-to-coast in addition to current releases.
“Silver Screen Reflections” asks: Is it time for another first-run cinema venue in Frederick?
Due to the area having only one first-run cinema location, the Frederick area has missed out on many opportunities to showcase special Fathom Events screenings of cult/classic films and special events.
Other estimated factors may include licensing costs, lack of equipment (and auditorium/venue space) to showcase content, or lack of interest.
These include (but are not limited to) Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” classic/cult film showcase, “RiffTrax Live” theatrical film riffing events (featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy), independent features, along with live broadcasts of rock concerts, performances direct from the Metropolitan Opera and other popular big-name venues throughout the world.
Viable possibilities for another first-run cinema in the Frederick area:
Something for everyone: Classic, cult and independent films, along with other special cinema events (including live events being broadcast) would be a perfect complement in addition to recent releases.
Discount ticket prices for college students and senior citizens (in addition to “bargain matinee” showdates): Perfect for every taste in cinematic entertainment.
A theater that’s visually appealing in theatrical picture and sound presentation: A venue that would rival the traditional “cookie-cutter” cineplex exhibition rooms of today.
People may not want to drive far to see their favorite films on the big screen (if the film is unavailable for showing in the area):**– Though this may sound awkward to some, many are still saving money due to the lackluster economy.
**Unless if it is a good cinema/theatrical venue.
The Management of “Silver Screen Reflections” would like to hear from you!
Whether you are for or against the idea of another first-run cineplex venue in the Frederick area, “Silver Screen Reflections” gladly welcomes comments and additional suggestions on this.
It’s time for “RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers Encore Presentation”
About 40 theatergoers attended the re-broadcast of the RiffTrax Live event at Regal Cinemas’ Germantown 14 cineplex venue on the evening of May 17. Presented in conjunction with Fathom Events, the RiffTrax event was originally seen live via satellite in select theaters from coast-to-coast earlier this month.
After the riffed Castle short, it was time for the RiffTrax version of “Time Chasers.” The film was originally mocked on “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (Episode #821), which originally aired on Nov. 22, 1997.
Filmed in Vermont four years before it was released (according to Satellite News), the film was about a Castleton University professor and amateur aviator (portrayed by Matthew Bruch) that developed a time machine through the use of his Commodore 64 computer, only to prevent the misuse of the device from the hands of an evil CEO (portrayed by George Woodard).
“Time Chasers” had all essential elements of cheesy movies- instances of overacting, various continuity problems and unusual dialogue bits. In the spirit of MST3K, Mike, Kevin and Bill made the film more hilarious through the fine art of riffing.
Press Pass ticket for “Riff Trax Live: Time Chasers Encore” (even though it says “Time Chase”) on May 17, 2016.
The entire audience at the “RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” rebroadcast in Germantown enjoyed every minute of the event. According to one Germantown moviegoer who identified himself as “Pete,” he enjoyed his first taste of RiffTrax on the big screen.
“This was a lot of fun,” he said.
An exciting time that was enjoyed by all
From the jovial pre-show trivia segment, to the digital goodie pacakge, to the riffing of “Chimp the Fireman” and “Time Chasers,” this RiffTrax presentation was a hilarious and worthwhile experience. It would have been nice if Regal’s Germantown cinema complex had posters or placards identifying the RiffTrax event, instead of a generic “special presentation” placard.
Aside from all that, RiffTrax’s presentation of “Time Chasers” was fun and enjoyable.
Regal Cinemas’ Germantown 14 cineplex (after the showing of “RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers”).
A “Silver Screen Reflections” Shout-Out: The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” (along with a friend who declined to be mentioned in this blog post) would like to thank the people at RiffTrax and Fathom Events for the press passes to the rebroadcast of “RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers.” It was an enjoyable and fun experience. Thank you letting us be a part of the presentation!
SIDEBAR: *Castle Films was better known for reissuing short “highlight” versions of older Universal films for the home market, including Abbott & Costello comedies and the studio’s legendary horror features (after 1947, when Universal acquired the home movie distribution firm and put it under the studio’s nontheatrical unit, United World Films).