Belated Thanksgiving/turkey day greetings to all fellow classic cinema enthusiasts, fellow Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K) MSTies from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” Hope everyone near and far had a wonderful Thanksgiving/turkey day! Peace and “Hi-Keeba!”
A fun, lively, entertaining and hilarious afternoon of silver screen riffs were enjoyed by many fellow MSTies in the Frederick area!
Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s “The Mads Are Back!” at the Weinberg Center for the Arts!
On the afternoon of Sat., Nov. 18 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland; I got to experience Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s live movie riffing touring show, “The Mads Are Back!” The legendary “Mystery Science Theater 3000” alums’ Frederick performance was their 100th touring appearance.
Fellow MSTies of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” from coast-to-coast will be excited about the return of a Thanksgiving day tradition!
Shout! Factory TV Presents: “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon 2017”
Shout! Factory TV will present the “MST3K Turkey Day Marathon 2017” on Thu., Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving day) at Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT on shoutfactorytv.com.
Ed. note: A special Monday edition of “Silver Screen Reflections” (since tomorrow is Halloween)! Early Halloween greetings to all fellow SvenPals near and far from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections!” -C.H.
Original 1957 Universal Studios theatrical trailer for “The Deadly Mantis” (from “100 Years of Monster Movies”).
The film was directed by Nathan H. Juran, who also worked on “20 Million Miles to Earth” (1957), “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958, under the pseudonym of Nathan Hertz), “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1959, with Ray Harryhausen’s “Dynamation” stop-motion sequences) and “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” (1973).
Who was in “The Deadly Mantis” (1957)?
The players who appeared in “The Deadly Mantis” were Craig Stevens (as Col. Joe Parkman), William Hopper (as Dr. Nedrick Jackson), Alix Talton (as Marge Blaine), Donald Randolph (as Maj. Gen. Mark Ford), Pat Conway (as Sgt. Pete Allen), Florenz Ames (as Professor Anton Gunther), Paul Smith (as a Corporal) and Phil Harvey (as Lou).
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events will be presenting “Best of RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead” (featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) in select theatrical venues from coast-to-coast for one night only on Wed., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. (local time).
The RiffTrax crew and their live riffing presentation of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) was originally broadcast in select cinema venues from coast-to coast in Oct. 2013, according to the official Fathom Events press release.
The players who appeared in Romero’s cult horror feature were Judith O’Dea (as Barbra), Duane Jones (as Ben), Marilyn Eastman (as Helen Cooper), Karl Hardman (as Harry Cooper), Kyra Schon (as Karen Cooper), Judith Ridley (as Judy), Keith Wayne (as Tom) and Bill Cardille (as a television news reporter).
Bill Cardille was best known as a longtime personality on Pittsburgh television. From 1964 to 1983, he hosted the WIIC/WPXI-TV “Chiller Theater” showcase of vintage horror films, under the nickname of “Chilly Billy” Cardille (according to Maria Sciullo and Anya Sostek’s Pittsburgh-Post Gazette article on the death of Cardille in July 2016). Cardille reprised his role of the TV news reporter in Tom Savini’s 1990 remake of “Night of the Living Dead.”
Sept. 27, 2015 (Ed. note from the writer): “Silver Screen Reflections” was originally launched as a blog for my online journalism class at Hood College. Since then, I have had many interesting and fun experiences related to the world of classic (and cult) cinema, revival screenings of classic motion pictures, Svengoolie, Turner Classic Movies Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory TV, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Mads and RiffTrax (just to name a few).
Around the same time that “Silver Screen Reflections” went into operation, I officially joined Twitter. Over the years, I have made many wonderful friends of the matinee with fellow Svengoolie SvenPals, MST3K MSTies. Turner Classic Movies/TCM Party fans and classic film aficionados throughout the nation!
“But wait, there’s more!”
There will be more in store on “Silver Screen Reflections,” including my weekly Tue. post on Sven’s upcoming Sat. horror/sci-fi film selection on Me-TV, an upcoming RiffTrax presentation in late October and MST3K alums Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s live Nov. appearance at the Weinberg Center For the Arts (“The Mads are Back”)!
Most important of all, I would like to thank all my fellow SvenPals, MSTie pals, Hood College alums and classic film enthusiasts throughout the nation for enjoying, commentating and sharing my blog posts! Highly appreciated!
Be on the lookout for more fun and exciting posts related to Sven’s horror showcase, MST3K, RiffTrax, The Mads, revival screenings, TCM and subjects related to classic/cult cinema in the near future on “Silver Screen Reflections!” Peace, kudos and ‘Hi-Keeba!”
Yours Truly/All The Best,
Fellow MSTies in Frederick will be jumping for joy when two legends from “Mystery Science Theater 3000” will make a live appearance this fall.
Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff’s “The Mads Are Back” live movie riffing tour showcase is coming to the Weinberg Center for the Arts!
MST3K alums and veteran comedians Trace Beaulieu (who portrayed mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester and was the first voice of Crow T. Robot) and Frank Conniff (who played mad scientist “TV’s Frank”) will be bringing their live movie riffing showcase, “The Mads are Back!” to the Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick, Maryland on Sat., Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.