This seemed like a movie of the week that during productions someone decided was good enough to be a feature film. But then forgot to budget for a feature film.
Most of the funds poured into the cast seemingly.
Paradise Below the Dam is one of the most boldest things they ever attempted in the theater and I love it! Just watched the clip posted above and I laughed so hard!
This is a great experiment and you can see The Gauntlet is finishing very strong!
For Babylon 5 fans who find Ollie to be naggingly familiar, he was Brother Alwyn in the Season 4 finale The Deconstruction of Falling Stars.
YES!! I didn’t even realize that but wow you’re right, that is him! The world, once again, becomes a little smaller, unlike the giant waffle Ollie died on…
Can I just say that I love the host segment where the gang (INCLUDING Growler and Waverly) speculate on what kind of fish that the Killer Fish of the title might actually be? Just a wonderful bit of MST3K zaniness and creativity, and Waverly thinking that the Killer Fish could be starlings is terrifically goofy character definition.
From what I remember the gang saying (or at least by way of Patton Oswalt), it seems that this might have been the most punishing movie in Season 12 in terms of posing problems for the writing team. I get that, because all that drawn-out footage of the fish doing their thing could go on and on. It gave rise to “Below the Dam,” and I enjoyed that very much.
PLUS, it gave us Jonah calling Crow “Tin-Canuel Miranda” for the lyrics: “You can spray your poison spray can / We’ll still chew you up like ba-can.” (Making this all the better is the fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda has made it known elsewhere that he loves the new MST3K. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! )
As for the episode itself, I dig it well enough, since it combines two types of films that I love: crime movies and MONSTERS KILL ERRYTHING movies.
Servo’s in-theater singing about Lee Majors “with a piranha on his ass” = A+
And I love how the Ford Fairlane riff towards the end FINALLY brings back the wave of Andrew Dice Clay riffing that made Season 11 a hoot.
Also also, Synthia is given more to do with the whole liquid song thing, which is always a win.
Love this episode. I have a soft spot for crime trash in general, and in the context of that I sorta love the premise if the movie. But of course the execution is hilariously hammy, the print looks good, and the riffs are great. Plus it’s got that tune (posted above) by Growler & co.
Random note: this is the episode I threw on to wind down after the Kickstarter telethon, and therefore was the backdrop to the sound of my credit card screaming “WTF?!?” when the charge came through.
He also got smoked by Arnie in Total Recall.
AND he was Irv in Arachnophobia!
@optiMSTie And he was Federal Agent Davis in Tango & Cash (1989).
I rewatched Arachnophobia recently and it’s such a better movie than I remember. It doesn’t do anything mind bending, but it’s a tight script that’s well paced and nicely executed. It’s the kind of thing you could use to teach a commercial screenwriting course.
Casting was really good as well. Everybody, right down to Bunny the neighbor kid was spot on.
The assembling of talent is where the movie shines. How the people are used is another story. Nevertheless the personalities up the ante.
This is an AMAZING poster.
The kerning suggests that the title is actually Killerfish
While we (specifically me) are on the subject of this movie, who wants the Killer Fish combo meal?