This is the one that did it for me! I've been too critical of some of the other eps, but man they get into the groove on this one! I skipped to this from Avalanche, which was also solid. I'm actually kinda stunned at how much I'm enjoying Wizards after really not being into eps 1 and 2 at all.
This is a good one, among my favorites of the season so far. Sword and Sorcery films lend themselves well to riffing, and this is no exception. Lots of funny riffs at the film's expense. Oh, and my name is in the credits of this one. I'm glad it ended up in an episode I really like.
I haven't seen the Rifftrax version, and now I'm bummed they pulled it because I would love to compare the two. I hope maybe that version resurfaces someday.
This is definitely one of the best of the season. Though I still like Avalanche better since I found it more consistently funny while this one steps down a notch in its second half, but there were a lot of knee-slappers at this movie's expense.
The opening scenes where Max discovers a key to some death ray or something were fun, but I mistakenly thought they were setting up some sort of plotline for the episode. I was disappointed when it was never mentioned again. Shame.
Edit: also they make a big deal about James Horner doing the score to this movie, while they overlook that he's collaborating with Christopher Young of Hellraiser and Spider-Man 3 fame. Maybe Horner is a BETTER composer, but Young's pretty well known too.
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Horner scored two or three movies for Corman just before he broke out with Star Trek II, and ol' Rog used those existing scores in other films throughout the 80s. (Kinda like how Cannon used Pino Donaggio's score for Hercules in Outlaw (of Gor).)
So it's not quite a Horner/Young collaboration - more like one part Horner's existing Battle Beyond The Stars score and one part Chris Young.
Post by slainmonkey on Apr 19, 2017 10:40:17 GMT -5
Okay now this episode is a new classic in my book, the riffs, the movie, even the host segments all showed MST3K firing on all cylinders! Hell even if I didn't like any of the previous episodes the revival would have been worth it for this episode alone, I see this being an episode I'll return to a lot. It's kinda a surprise that this movie was previously overlooked my MST3K in the past, definately topped Avalanche as being the best this season so far!
Also on a seperate note, much like Starcrash this is one of those ridiculously bad movies that has a far better soundtrack then it deserves!
I about had an aneurysm laughing during the first half of this. The pacing evens out a bit in the second half, but the riffs are no less funny. If they used this as a template for future eps. in terms of timing, pacing, types of jokes, etc, I think they'll be in good shape. Can't wait for ep. 1111 now, even though I can't imagine it will be as hilarious as this one. Bravo.
Watched this one again tonight. I have a hard time keeping interest with some of these fantasy type films (the cheaper the harder), but I enjoyed it more the second go around, and I laughed at many of the same jokes again. I missed the Rifftrax edition (really hope they can put it back up sometime), so this was my first viewing of this movie. The characters are hard to enjoy, but I did like Bo Svenson's performance. The editing is chopping, was the prologue from another movie? It gave me Cave Dweller vibes with how much separate footage it used. The host segments didn't stick out for me much here, but there were some classic-MST vibes there too.
I give this episode 7/10, I don't think I enjoyed it as much as some of you here, but I can still say it's fairly good and rewatchable.
"Outlaw of Gor" meets "Deathstalker" meets "Quest of the Delta Knights," this movie is just plain awful. That Wookiee thing... -- Wow.
I skipped to this episode from episode 2, so I'm only 3 episodes in, but this one is a strong contender for best of the season. The riffing is top-notch, the movie is funny all on its own, and unlike in Cry Wilderness, J&TB really lay into its faults ("Trip, and... dead.").
I have two complaints:
(1) The Crabby riffs just weren't funny. It took me over an hour just to kinda-sorta see how the hat might resemble a crab, and J&TB were still riffing on it right up until the end as though it were God's gift to comedy. It wasn't.
(2) I was actually more bothered by Baron's Servo here than I was in previous episodes. His little-boy/woman voice is cringe inducing, and we get a lot of it here.
Rankings (so far): 1- Cry Wilderness 2- Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 3- Reptilicus
Post by dudehitscar on May 1, 2017 14:06:08 GMT -5
The most painful movie in the new season so far. First 2/3 I was thinking a 4 star but the crabby jokes started piling up to the point of wanting the episode to end quickly. This movie is insane and has lots of great stuff but I particularly loved the cyclops wedding sequence.
This is my number one favorite episode of the season. I re-watched it again last night and enjoyed it even more the second time. It really is up there with the best episodes in the show's history in my opinion.