King Dinosaur's MST3K Reviews Mar 6, 2008 7:31:44 GMT -5
Post by hobbesluigi82 on Mar 6, 2008 7:31:44 GMT -5
mst3krom said:I think the title of the thread sums it up nicely.
But, seriously, I thought it was time for me to get in the reviewing business. I seen every episode of our beloved show except for most of the KTMA season.
But, instead, of doing the reviews in chronological order, I've decided to pick a group of 6 episodes, related in some way or another and review them. I'll be doing this as time permits, however, if things go smooth, you'll be getting a set, probably two in a week.
So,let's begin with our first set, the short, but sweet Season 7:
701 - Night of the Blood Beast
702 - Brute Man
703 - Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell
704 - Incredible Melting Man
705 - Escape 2000
706 - Laserblast
701 - [glow=red,5,300][shadow=red,left,300]Night of the Blood Beast[/shadow][/glow]
with short: [glow=blue,5,300][shadow=blue,left,300]Once upon a Honeymoon[/shadow][/glow]
Thoughts on short:
Frankly, I have no idea what the hell this is supposed to be about. Every short featured on MST3K since the end of Season 2 (except the serials from Season 4) had some kind of informational subject. This one is supposed to be about telephones, but in a vague way, I guess. Instead it turns into some kind of weird muiscal.
How weird you ask? Well, here's the low-down: a couple can't go on their honeymoon, because the husband, who works in the music business, has been called on short notice to come up with a melody. So Heaven sends a dorky angel with glasses to sprinkle some magic powder on them.
Yep, it's that kind of weird.
Thoughts on movie:
Ah, the '50s sci-fi movies. Red scares, alien invaders, flying saucers, monsters big and small, all of these representative for that glorious age. I'm a big fan of these kind of movies, and I couldn't help noticing that this movie clearly resembles one of my favorite sci-fi movies, Thing from Another World. Just remove all of the enjoyability, bring in a plethora of boring scenes, get a stupid-looking monster costume (I admit, the monster from TFAW may not have been that great, but I'll take it over this one any day of the week), change a few minor details and you've got Night of the Blood Beast.
A Corman film, though not directed by the Roger Corman, it still feels like one. However, it's still pretty tame and can provide a few laughs of its own (the Blood Beast costume, for example, where did they get that thing?).
Note: Even though this movie resembles Thing from Another World, the idea of the astronaut's body being used as a breeding ground for the alien's offsprings sounds a lot like Alien. However, in Alien only one of those little buggers was inside the hosts, so it more likely resembles Aliens vs Predator: Requiem in which quite a few chestbursters could get inside you (if you wonder, yes, I am an Alien/Predator fan and, yes, that was a stupid idea).
Thoughts on episode:
This is the kind of episode I enjoy seeing on MST3K: a dopey '50s sci-fi/alien/monster movie coupled with a wacky and weird short. The riffing starts out great in the short, as gang tackle every goofy thing with pin-point accuracy, and keeps going strong through-out the movie. Both the short and the movie are assaulted by the gang's sexual innuendos and inspire some of the biggest laughs ever. Safe to say that this is one heck of an funny episode, and makes a great introductory episode to new fans: not too many obscure references and a lot of situation riffs. This one's a winner in my book.
As for the host segments, I've only seen the Turkey Day host segments and they're pretty decent. However, they don't last too long and so, they're overshadowed by the hillarious short and feature. Though Jack Perkins hitting on Mr. B Natural was a gas.
Great short, great feature, decent host segments... I think we all know the results.
Favorite riff from short: "Wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which piles up first." - Mike
Favorite riff from movie: "Well, we had to snap in two like a frozen dog to get him out of the space capsule, but..." - Crow
Favorite host segment: Segment 2, "Stuffing vs. Poatoes" was pretty cute, though, really, what was the deal with Mike at the end?
Grade: ***** out of *****
Great review. First episode I ever watched, and is still one of my favorites. The monster costume was re-used in 315 - Teenage Caveman as well, by the way, right at the end. And you're right - what DID upset Mike at the end of the Stuffing VS. Potataoes sketch? I never quite got that.