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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Atomic Brain

Comedy and Science Fiction & Fantasy TV show

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It's a horror of a movie, all right.

  • Nov 27, 2001
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The makers of 'The Atomic Brain' no doubt wanted to create a work of bone-chilling horror. But unfortunately, all they came up with was mind-numbing weirdness. And that makes this fine fodder for Mike and The Bots (M&TB) on the Satellite of Love.

MST3K riffed on a number of failed horror films in its decade of life, and this is a fairly typical example of the genre. It's not so much creepy as queasy, especially with the film's obvious fascination with beautiful and vulnerable young women. As always, M&TB make the most of a bad situation.

As I've noted in some other reviews of MST releases by Rhino, 'The Atomic Brain' is not one of the absolute best MST eps (in my opinion). However, several of the host segments in this episode are worth mentioning, including Mike's chin puppet and The Bots' satire of the Mads in the invention exchange.

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While some might question the comic potential of a movie concerning grave robbing and forced brain transplants, Mike Nelson and his 'bot pals Crow and Tom Servo mine plenty of laugh fodder from 1963'sThe Atomic Brainin this fifth-season episode ofMystery Science Theater 3000. In addition to the usual rapid-fire patter and pop-culture references (Mike: "[The Silence of the Lambs'] Jame Gumb only dreamed of what this guy's been able to accomplish"), the boys also present a light operetta that accompanies the film's herky-jerky score, as well as chin puppetry from Mike (which terrifies the 'bots). And in aMST3Kfirst, the disembodied Magic Voice (Mary Jo Pehl) steps into the spotlight and duels verbally withAtomic Brain's unctuous narrator (Bradford Dillman). Also included is the original accompanying short, a grim educational film from 1955 entitled "What About Juvenile Delinquency?" A raucously entertaining entry in this Peabody Award-winning series.--Paul Gaita
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Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Rhino / Wea

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