Long before everyone could live snark a movie on social media or ruin a retrospective screening with snickering and running commentary, there was “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Following the most successful Kickstarter campaign ever and thanks to the magic of Netflix, break out the humdingers… we will soon have movie sign once more.
With a robot roll call including Jonah Ray as the latest victim forced to watch schlock movies with a pair of wisecracking robot puppets aboard the Satellite of Love and the dynamic duo of Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt as the children of the Deep 13 mad scientists, not to mention the likes of Dan Harmon and Joel McHale contributing to some of the writing, and this guy named Mark Hamil is also scheduled to make an appearance, the new MST3K hopes to recapture the low-rent magic of the award-winning cult series that made mocking cult movies an art form.
Original creator Joel Hodgson has been adamant about keeping the fourteen movie titles to be featured on the show under wraps until airdate, but the short teaser Netflix has unveiled reveals three of the b-movie titles set to get the MST3K treatment: the 1978 sci-fi schlockbuster Starcrash (starring Caroline Munro in a leather bikini and David Hasselhoff, thankfully, not in a leather bikini), the 1964 scientists vs. future mutants movie The Time Travelers, and 1961’s Reptilicus, aka Denmark’s answer to Godzilla with a goo-spitting marionette monster.
It really will be a Good Friday when what is ostensibly Season 11 of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” arrives on Netflix April 14th.
You just know some poor bastard out there is going to binge-watch all fourteen episodes and be found dead sometime Monday like those people that die of malnutrition from playing World of Warcraft for days on ends.