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).
An announcement was made recently on the official Mystery Science Theater 3000 site that the first nationwide touring production of MST3K will be brought to 29 major cities throughout the country. The showcase is titled “Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: ‘Watch out for Snakes!’ Tour” and will run from July 6-Aug. 12 in select cities.
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)!
It’s time for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting a special encore double feature from two previous RiffTrax holiday events (featuring MST3K alums Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast for one day only on Thurs., Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. (local time).
“What will be showcased in the RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature?”
According to the official RiffTrax press release, one of the group’s most popular shorts will be showcased by popular demand, “Parade of Aquatic Champions.” Originally released by Post Pictures Corporation, the Kodachrome film featured cameo appearances by Olympic swimming champions Johnny Weissmuller (who was known for playing “Tarzan” in film adaptations based off of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novelizations from 1932-48) and Buster Crabbe (who was known for playing Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers in Universal’s filmed serial adaptations of the two popular comic strip series in the 1930s).
As a special bonus, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing on holiday photographs sent in by RiffTrax fans throughout the country.
Why you should consider attending the “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature”
The upcoming presentation of RiffTrax’s “Holiday Special Double Feature” is perfect for fellow fans of RiffTrax and MST3K (fellow MSTies/friends of the matinee) that can’t get enough of riffing Z-budget films after the MST3K “Turkey Day ‘16” marathon. This is also perfect those who want to kick off the holiday season with the fine art of comedic movie riffing.
*Fun Facts: “Santa Claus Conquers The Martians” was originally released to theaters by Embassy Pictures, founded by Joseph E. Levine. Levine’s distribution firm was better known for releasing art house and prolific independent features, including Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate” (1967, one year before Levine sold Embassy to aviation and broadcasting conglomerate Avco Corporation).