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Post  The Dude on Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:02 am

Just repeat to yourself it's "just a show and I really should relax."

It took me 20 years, but I've finally seen every cable episode.

And it broke my heart a little throwing out the VHS copy I had of Godzilla vs. Megalon I had since freshman year.
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Post  Raksha on Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:23 am

The Dude wrote:It took me 20 years, but I've finally seen every cable episode.

WOW! I still haven't managed that!


Since I live near a university now, I decided to take advantage of their library and I discovered a book published just this year called "In the Peanut Gallery With Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology, and the Culture of Riffing." So far it's pretty interesting! The opening essay was actually by the director of Hobgoblins, talking about how and why the movie was made and how he credits MST3K with making it more enjoyable than watching it on its own and giving the film an audience and extended life that it never would have had otherwise. It's got some pretty funny bits, like him explaining that the hobgoblin puppets shook throughout the film because the crew member who "operated" them was just released from a mental hospital and had the shakes from the Thorazine she had to take.

It's inspired me to rewatch Manos, which I'm actually about to pop into my laptop right now!


ETA: So this MST3K book I'm reading? I just read an essay in it today that featured several paragraphs focusing on one Ms. Cleolina Jones!
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Post  The Dude on Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:57 am

A few weeks ago CSI: Miami had a killer who put acid in a parchute, which is fitting since David Caruso's acting is about on par with a Coleman Francis movie.

The box sets have improved so much since Shout took over. Everyone has at least one decent extra and interview.

Rifftrax is redoing Manos on a Fathom broadcast in August. I never saw CT's redo of Santa Claus vs. The Martians and I know Rifftrax will repeat jokes, but I'm sure they wouldn't do it for Manos. And a movie THAT bad.
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Post  nazlan on Wed Mar 28, 2012 12:37 pm

They're redoing Manos because a film preservationist recently came across a work print of the movie that was in far superior condition previously used for either the original MST3K episode or the DVD.
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Post  ulkis on Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:34 pm

I have to come down on the side of Manos being a blah episode of MST3K. When a movie is THAT bad, I often find the jokes lacking. My favorite part of the episode was Mike as the pizza guy/Torvo.

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Post  Raksha on Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:31 am

Manos isn't actually my favorite episode either, because it is so incredibly bad, as you said. However, I will forever love it because of the circumstances under which I first watched it. I watched it with a huge group of friends when I was an undergrad in college. One of my friends, Abra, and I had a class that semester where the two of us and one other girl were the ONLY people who ever talked, so there were loooong stretches of silence after the three of us finished saying everything we'd had to say. So the day after we watched Manos together, we were sitting in class during another one of those long stretches of nothing and I looked over at Abra and muttered "Manos, the hands of fate" like they did during the long stretches of nothing in the movie, and she burst out laughing right there in class. Everyone was staring at her like she'd lost her mind; it was hilarious!


Also, I will never pass up an opportunity to point out that Torgo is on the state seal on my Bachelor's degree. This is the actual scan of my actual diploma.
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Post  ActonBell on Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:57 pm

Aw, now I want a Torgo diploma.

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Post  jcpdiesel21 on Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:00 pm

I love the Manos episode. It was one of the first episodes of MST3K that I ever saw, and I've seen it so many times at this point that I practically have all of the jokes memorized. The movie IS incredibly bad and slow-moving, but I still think the episode itself is fun. I have seen better MST3K episodes, but I'll always have a soft spot for it.

Every time I see a hand get burnt or hurt on TV or in a movie, my mind immediately jumps to "CharredFINGAAAAHS!"
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Post  The Dude on Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:14 pm

I had been watching the show since Season 2 (Ring of Terror being my first episode) and Manos represented something of a culmination of their premise to see the worst movie ever made. Watching it unfold you knew it was the deffinative movie in their catalog. I showed the episode to everyone. It was as much if not even more about how bad the movie was.

"Torgo's around the master and into the strait away!"

"It's the latest part of the Tasters' Choice saga."

"It's a Moody Blues song."

It helps that the backstory to Manos is equally bizzare.
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Post  sumire on Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:21 am

nazlan wrote:They're redoing Manos because a film preservationist recently came across a work print of the movie that was in far superior condition previously used for either the original MST3K episode or the DVD.
Quick, someone store it in a warm, moist, salty place such as a cheese factory or your mouth while I call 1-800-LET-ROT!

I respect Manos as a benchmark of bad movies, but yeah, it's not an episode I particularly gravitate to. Although it's been a long time since I've re-watched it.

(And Torgo was one of the founding fathers of Wyoming? Yikes.)

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Post  Raksha on Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:04 pm

sumire wrote:(And Torgo was one of the founding fathers of Wyoming? Yikes.)

It really explains so much about the place.
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Post  Case on Tue Jul 03, 2012 4:07 am

I'm restarting my quest to see every episode. For random reasons,I'm starting with season 8.
Revenge of the Creature and Leach Woman seem really familiar,as if I'd actually caught them on Sci-Fi. Even though I dig the Ridley Scott-esque look of the SOL's bridge,sometimes it's too dang dark to see anything.


Also? Thanks ever so much Rule 34. Now I'm a Mike/Joel shipper.
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Post  bookworm on Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:22 am

All of the Cinematic Titanic episodes are now up on Hulu. Wheeeeeee!
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Post  Rhilin on Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:15 pm

Well, there goes my night.

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Post  punzy on Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:29 am

I don't have to go to that 4th of July party...

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Post  killershrew on Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:09 pm

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Post  The Dude on Tue Aug 14, 2012 5:29 am

Looking forward to Manos. "Oh hi Torgo!"

The latest box set was a bit of a disappointment. I am a big fan of Fugitive Alien and The Sword and the Dragon and I've had the bootlegs of those for years. So the excitement of getting them in an official release wasn't accompanied by any reacquaintance with the titles. Plus being the final releases of the Sandy Frank and Russo-Finish Troika there isn't much in the way of special features because its all been pretty much said.

The Sandy Frank interview in the special features was also a disappointment. He barely talks about Gamera and MST3K. The El Santo extras are the only ones that have any umph.

Never the less: He Tried to kill me with a forklift!
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Post  ulkis on Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:36 am

I saw Manos tonight. Twas hilarious.

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Post  Raksha on Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:47 am

Was it very different than the last one? I'm heartbroken I didn't get to go. They usually come out with DVDs of their live shows, right?
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Post  The Dude on Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:01 am

Than the last Manos? Yes.

Three words: White Trash Twilight (which I thought was Trueblood).

"This is what happens at a bookclub when you say you didn't like 50 Shades of Grey."

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Post  ulkis on Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:42 am

"it's just like a planetarium!" "IS IT?"

Was it very different than the last one? I'm heartbroken I didn't get to go. They usually come out with DVDs of their live shows, right?

Like The Dude said, it was very different and I thought it was funnier, although I did miss "I like a lover with a slow hand" from the original episode.

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Post  Jude on Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:24 pm

Seeing this thread rise to the top like cream reminds me I'm long overdue for a MST3K viewing of my beloved Teenagers From Outer Space. Thanks!

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Post  The Dude on Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:42 am

TORCHA!

I did think of a few riff from the orginal, but this was still fun.
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They are doing another Fathom show on Oct 25th Birdemic.
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Post  Raksha on Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:19 am

The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon returns! On Thanksgiving Day (Nov 28th) starting at 9 am PT / 12 noon ET, go to MST3KTurkeyDay.com to watch 6 full, free MST3Ks. I'm in!
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