As Josh says, the movie is light on the incredible and heavy on the petrified. Clocking in at around one hour, Jerry Warren (Wild World of Batwoman and Frankenstein Island among other stinkers) still had to resort to padding to avoid telling his story in ten minutes. And oh what a story it is... love, diving, petrified things. Actually it's a pretty lousy story.
Josh has a smooth riffing style and never overpowers the movie. I thought he was particularly funny during one of Carradine's montages. I very much enjoyed it, as I have all his riffs. I like the fact that his releases are available as VOD. Can't get much easier than that.
The iRiffs section is a little like going through a field and picking a plant. Sometimes you get a delicious veggie, sometimes just a weed.
I am hesitant to call anything that Josh Way or ICWXP does an iRiff as they are about as polished as you can get. ANYTHING that they do is highly recommended.
The cool thing about iRiffs is people tend to riff movies that they are passionate about or have fond memories as children. You often find that they enjoy the movie as much as you do and that helps a long way in you enjoying the riffs.
I almost hate to mention certain groups as I may overlook someone that I really liked, but here goes.
Josh Way and ICWXP - Awesome Riff Raff Theater - Good choices of movie and very well done. Quiptracks - Really strong chemistry between the guys and they feed off each other well. Van Helsing is a favorite. Ronin Fox Trax - Great selection of cheesy films and cheesy 80s horror films. Masters of the Universe is perfect cheese. Hor-riff-ic - I am a sucker for low budget 80s horror and they nail it. Friday the 13th and Monster Squad stand out for me. The Cinester Theater - Good selection of 80s films and they really play well off each other. ET and Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles stand out for me. PS Productions - Specializing in Star Trek and their fondess for the source material is obvious, but that does not stop them from riffing it. Raven's Riffs - Hollow Man is excellant Harass Bastards - Rudy. Okay, this one is a wild card as their riffs are the most uneven sounding and least polished..... but Rudy had me in rolling. It sounds like 4 guys drinking beer busting on a film. Best viewed at home the same way.
Yor! Hunter from the Future! Reb Brown, from MST3K's Space Mutiny, is a caveman fighting dinosaurs with an axe and robots with a laser gun, in one of the best bad movies of the 80s. It's Yor's world! He's the man!
Viewable in its entirety on Youtube, this amazing Italian Star Wars ripoff from 1978 stars the lovely Caroline Munro and her minimalist wardrobe of leather space bikinis, with David Hasselhoff as a perm-haired prince with a lightsaber, and Christopher Plummer as the gold blinged-out emperor of the entire universe, who can stop time, by the way.
Post by Da Worm Fizzle on Aug 31, 2009 14:35:42 GMT -5
I hate to be an obvious self-promoter here, but some friends of mine and I just finished our first: www.rifftrax.com/iriffs/n-i-g-h-t-b-e-a-s-t-riff. It's a Don Dohler flick for any fans of his out there. Let me know what you think if you get it. It's my first and could use some polishing, but we hope to be a little smoother for our next riff: Dead Heat, starring Treat Williams and Joe Piscipo. P.S. You can tell my voice, I'm the one with the funniest lines!
I just watched Godzilla with the iRiff by Quiptracks. Finally I have a reason to watch the 1998 American Godzilla Movie. My only complaint is that the volume is sometimes lower on the iRiff than the movie itself.
They do have an interesting syncing system, which I actually like better than Disembodio. This system involves a couple of beeps, one that warns you of a scene change, and the other during the scene change.
THE SNOW CREATURE - THE TURKEY SHOOT WITH SCOTT ZEE VOD
I've picked up a couple of Scott's previous releases but both were shorts. From what I'd seen I would have called him the Bobcat Goldthwait of the iRiff world. I liked his style but wasn't sure how it would be if extended to a feature length movie. The movie itself is typical low budget fifties Yeti fare, which means it is perfect for riffing. Scott tones down his vocal intonation somewhat and that works in favor of this feature length VOD. His humor is good and he tosses in some interesting facts about the production. A solid effort that I'm glad I purchased. I really like the idea of VOD for iRiffs. As a whole I'm less inclined to be be willing to go to the trouble of locating the movie, syncing,... for them.
Post by Skyroniter on Feb 14, 2010 10:29:34 GMT -5
Fun With Flicks: Buck Rogers in Planet Outlaws
I always enjoy Josh Way's riffs. This one is no exception. Along with ICWXP I've made effort to collect them all.
This release includes a fun, little short "A Day of Thanksgiving." The short reminds us to be happy with our station in life because we live in the good old USA. Don't worry that you can't afford turkey on Thanksgiving. Or that you keep spitting out kids to support on your gas station attendant pay. At least no one will knock on your door then arrest you because of your beliefs. Like some of those commie countries. Josh does a nice job with a perfect iriff short.
Planet Outlaws is a turgid compilation of Buck Rogers serials from the 1930's. The movie isn't really isn't all that bad in terms of entertainment. Acting is wooden and their ideas of the future are way off. As you would expect from a 1930's low-budget serial the effects are especially weak. Josh riffing is spot on but he doesn't seem to feel the need to fill in every second with riffs. That works for me because the dialog is off the wall in its own right.
The DVD also includes the option to watch the movie with its original audio. Not sure I'll ever feel the need to do that but a nice feature I suppose. The DVD and packaging design are both first class. Very nice indeed.
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2010 10:34:04 GMT -5 by Skyroniter
My first ever listening of an iRiff, and in all honesty, before I listened to it I had absolutely no interest in listening to any fan-made riff. I was fine with the work of the masters - I wasn't that desperate for new amateur material.
But in all honesty, I really enjoyed this. Maybe because the riffers have a connection to the board, I don't know, but it was a pretty nice job all around. Great subject selection, too. Very strong effort. Keep up the good work.
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Post by Skyroniter on May 29, 2010 10:41:06 GMT -5
ICWXP - Bride of the Gorilla
This was their first release so the host segments are used to set up the premise of the show. These are well done and funny overall. I'd read that they regretted the inclusion of a laugh track. It does detract a bit but not majorly.
Theater segments are good but not up to par with the releases that followed. Part of it is that fact the Bride is totally infected by "Hypno helio static stasis." Some scenes are rather slow and some don't move at all. Still I found a number of LOL riffs and the whole thing flowed nicely.
It took me forever to obtain this and I'm glad I kept looking. Production values are outstanding as always. I had also read that ICWXP planned to release this again minus the host segments laugh track. But nothing seems to be happening with them at all. That's a shame as I feel they are as good or better than any other riffing enterprise out there today. That includes Rifftrax and CT.
Mr B Natural--Atomic Rulers of the World (Starman) This was actually pretty funny for an iRiff. I liked Starman better than Prince of Space or Space Chef. He actually had powers other than the power to skip reasonably well.
Mr B Natural makes a solid effort, I also purchased his riff of Cat Women on the Moon. I had a little problem when I burned it though and only half of the movie burned so I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of this one.