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Written by Selina Pearson   
Monday, 11 June 2012 08:09
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie - DVD
Director: Jim Mallon
Cast: Michael J Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy
Certificate: PG
Release Date: Monday 11th June
RRP: £15.99

If you look up at the sky in the evenings, you’ll see satellites buzzing by. There are people on some of them there objects. What do they do all day? Mike Nelson (Nelson) watches films. But not just any films: he's been trapped on the Satellite of Love by Dr Clayton Forrester and is forced to sit through some of the worst movies ever made. Why? It's all part of the evil scientist's devious plan to work out which film to inflict upon Earth and turn the inhabitants into gibbering amoeboid, thus enabling him to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.

To keep him company during the dire film fest, Mike has, in a nod to Silent Running, two robots to keep him company. To stay sane, Mike’s android companions, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, provide a snide comment track throughout the eye-wateringly bad films - an experience familiar to anyone on Twitter watching Channel 4 on Sunday night. And, increasingly, anyone who regularly visits the multiplex.

A 1996 spin-off from Jim Mallon's cult TV show, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie snarks along to the B-movie stinker This Island Earth, in which an unfeasibly deep-voiced butch scientist ends up being carried off to an alien planet, with an attractive female scientist sidekick. The aliens all have horrifically large foreheads, only rivalled by the size of their plans to destroy mankind and take over Earth. Like most 1950s B-movies, there is an abundance of blinking lights, but at least it’s in focus.

Mallon's spoof has the rather comforting feel of having been made in someone’s garage (because it was, reveals a decent Making of featurette), but MST3K:TM is disturbingly quoteable. Especially the snortfest of the end credits. And so, in honour of Mike, Crow and Servo’s riffing, I watched the fim again - and attempted to livetweet through the whole darn thing.



Now imagine that. But 50 times more hilarious. With robots.



Like snorting at bad films? Hate people talking in the cinema? Six years ahead of its time, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie had the answer.


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