Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

An article I wrote for the Culture section of my college newspaper.

When a film is terrible, it is only natural to mock it throughout in order to survive eighty plus minutes. Don’t lie, we all do it. Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie, however, does it like a pro.

Generated from a TV series that mocks whatever dreadful, painstakingly bad film they can get their hands on without risking copyright issues, Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie follows Mike, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo as they battle the eccentric Dr Forrester in a dog-shaped spaceship in which he subjects them to a “stink burger” called This Island Earth in an attempt to break his subjects and, in turn, use it to take over the world.

Rather than succumb to insanity from the bad acting, poor script and general lack of imagination in This Island Earth, Mike and his robots simply tear the film to shreds with good old-fashioned heckling. Not even the credits are safe! From the very beginning to the very end, the jokes and impressions are rolled out, but not so quickly that we risk missing out on one because we’re laughing so hard our breath shortens.

A lost classic this is indeed, you can only get it on Region 1 DVD through online retailers, unless you’re lucky enough to come across a VHS copy somewhere in the ruins of Chartbusters. It is a worthwhile investment, and you’ll find yourself wishing Mike and the gang were around to take down some of our modern day movie bombs!

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