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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Creeping Terror

Comedy, Cult Movies, and Science Fiction & Fantasy TV show

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The terror ... it creeps

  • Nov 28, 2001
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I had nearly every MST3K episode on video at one time or another. But I was young and stupid and didn't realize MST wouldn't be on forever, and so a lot of the episodes got taped over -- usually by other episodes. I still have a lot of tapes, but some of the best episodes are lost forever ... unless, of course, Rhino releases them commercially.

Unfortunately, whether for copyright reasons or its own perverse marketing sense, Rhino seems committed to releasing good-but-not-quite-the-best episodes like 'The Creeping Terror,' while allowing others to remain but fading memories in the minds of devotees like me.

Oh well. Anyway, 'Creeping Terror' is a monster-from-space flick not unlike 'Earth versus the Spider,' 'Teenagers from Outer Space,' and several other MSTed movies. The film is mostly narration, the special effects are ... special, and the acting even worse. M&TB (Mike and The Bots) do the best they can, and get in some good riffs. But sometimes movies are so awful that even Our Heroes seem at a loss. The film itself often seems to creep as slowly as the monster does.

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MSTies rejoice! The year 2000 is not for naught! Rhino Video has beamed us another fine transmission from the Satellite of Love! The particular piece of filmic anguish we must share this time with Mike and the 'bots is "The Creeping Terror," in which our namesake villain appears to be a drunken syphilitic Gumby trailing a moldy picnic blanket. As Mike points out, he's neither the most nimble nor the most ferocious cannibal alien you've ever seen: "The creeping part is apt, but the terror part is just not happening." However, the supporting cast are more than happy to help him out and basically crawl inside his mouth. Who could really blame them, though; death seems an acceptable alternative to acting in this virtually dialogueless turkey. The boys do get some admirable shots in every now and then, though, once the overzealous narrator clams up, the townsfolk stop offering themselves up for dinner (Mike: "Did anyone in the '50s ever think of running?"), and start fighting back, most notably with an acoustic guitar (Servo: "Only Tom Paxton can save us now!"). Finally, what would any goodMST3Kepisode be without at least one snarky reference to Peter Graves and a needless twist-dancing sequence?--Bob Michaels
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Genre: Cult Movies, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Rhino / Wea

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