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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Beginning of

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Moral: no radiation in the fridge, please

  • Nov 26, 2001
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Ho hum. Yet another 1950s movie about the horrors of nuclear radiation, complete with rubber monsters and postcard (literally!) backdrops. It takes something special to make this movie palatable, and Mike and The Bots (M&TB) are it. What dedicated MSTie can't quote from memory Peter Graves' preachy final oration? (Well, I can't, for one. But I know it's there!)

One of the best things about the MST series was its unrelentingly positive worldview. Even in the midst of cheap and obvious movies like this one, M&TB riff their little hearts out and come out winners. The host segment where Mike calls the Mads and uncovers their hidden secrets is one for the highlights reel. Alumni and friends of the University of Minnesota should particularly appreciate Crow's touching screenplay, 'Just Plain Peter: The U of M Years.'

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Leapin' locusts! It's giant-insect time again, only this time the radiation from an agricultural experiment has turned Chicago into a breeding ground for gargantuan grasshoppers. It's all courtesy of '50s sci-fi schlockmeister Bert I. Gordon ofThe Amazing Colossal Manfame, and with Peter Graves as the nominal bug-busting hero, it's no wonder the guys atMST3Kdecided to roast this 1957 turkey on their popular TV show. But which is funnier, the movie itself or the skewering it gets from the snickering silhouettes of Joel, Crow, and Tom Servo? No matter, because you can have it both ways on this dubious DVD--plain or nutty! Some of theMST3Kgags are cleverly twisted for trivia buffs (as when a cop approaches a wrecked car and Tom Servo says, "Uh... Miss Mansfield?" or when the sight of falling grasshoppers yields the ad-lib "Carry on our businesssssss..."). There are more hits than misses, and the movie's every bit as awful... er, great... as it sounds!--Jeff Shannon
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Genre: Classics, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Rhino / Wea

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