Mystery Science Theater 3000 has plenty of great episodes, so it can be pretty difficult to choose one when the mood strikes. The problem is, sometimes the movies are so bad in an episode it’s difficult to watch even with the robots. Netflix stocks many and Gamera vs. Guiron seems to be a winner among many. But there’s something bizarrely charming about the poorly dubbed Gamera movies.
These Japanese were definitely of their time (see Gamera vs. Barugon where they just keep on referring to ‘the war’) and always with a surprising lack of monster action for a kaiju film.. In season 3, Joel, Crow and Tom Servo watched five different Gamera films but Gamera vs. Guiron is still a personal favourite. The plot follows two boys as they are abducted from their homes in Japan and taken into outer space where they meet two female aliens who want to eat their brains. It’s up to Gamera the giant turtle to save the day!
This episode of MST3K is a great episode where the lot are absolutely on par.
The best part? Probably this:
Shell! Teeth! Eyes! Flames! Claws! Breath! Scales! FUN!
Fantastic and beautiful news was released yesterday that the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew will be returning to television! I’ve been a life-long fan (it was always on the tele when I was a kid), so this is literally the best thing I have heard all month.
The new show titled Total Riff Off will be aired on National Geographic, where the original three creators will be making fun of some of the channel’s classic clips.
MST3K, now working as RiffTrax, has continued to produce several audio tracks over different movies. The original show focused on terrible b-movies, but since the show ended in 1999, they have expanded into popular movies as well such as Titanic. They also tour, and have appeared in my University city of Milwaukee several times. Always when I was busy, though. ALWAYS. But hopefully the new show will create new buzz for my favourite ‘riffers.’
The first episode of Total Riff Off will air on April 1st. Let’s hope that the UK will be blessed with some brilliance soon after. Also, special love to creator Joel Hodgson: Wisconsin forever.
If you have never seen MST3k before, you’re welcome: