317. Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958)

Corman… Roger Corman… Roger directs this saga of Viking Women searching for their men. “Call me Ishmael”, “Take Your Hands Off Her! You Damn Dirty Ape!”, “Hey look! All My Vikings!” The Mad’s Meat Re-Animator, Joel’s Waffle Iron, Willy the Waffle, the Waffle Song. “Eric’s Small Cigars” or “Brought to You by a Grant from the Mobile Corporation”?

Note: The full title is The Saga of the Viking Women and their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1958) and it hit theaters April 10th 1958 as a Double Feature with The Astounding She-Monster (1958). My compliments to RyanLohner on providing that detail below.


The best blooper in the series - Pancakes!


The Meat Re-Animator and Joel’s Waffle Iron. Invention Exchange.


One of my favorite episodes, and the best set of host segments. Who doesn’t love waffles?


Also quite notable for how they so badly wanted to do A Case of Spring Fever that they threw in a whole host segment mocking it, despite none of the fans at the time having any idea what they were referencing.


Willy the Waffle. A Case of Spring Fever parody.

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I will always love it for inspiring those running gag moments where Crow would yell “I’m a Grimault warrior!” (I loved seeing the name “Grimaldi” onscreen for the credits of The Human Duplicators, prompting Crow to yell “I’m a Grimaldi warrior!” and tenderly weep.)

The movie was gloriously cheap, as per Corman’s fine standards. One terrific riff from Servo here: “Oh, look at this — Corman got his shot, catered the crew, and got a costume for Teenage Caveman, all in one go.”


And you also had that Home Economics Story short here.

Not the most outlandish short in the series’s run, but still some entertaining stuff. Love the riff where Joel calls Iowa State College “the high school AFTER high school.”


The Waffle Song.

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Home Economics Story is a short that’s pretty special to me, since it was made in my home state!


Viking Women and the Sea Serpent is a good, reliable episode. But there’s a moment that’s one of my personal favorites.

At some point, the backing of the viking ship looks like the theater. I kept thinking to myself: “I wonder if anyone will mention it? Come on, say it looks like the theater!”

Eventually, Joel finally points it out and I gave a triumphant “YES! Finally! Thank you!” :smiley:


It should also be mentioned that the actual title of this movie is The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent. It’s seriously like they were trying to copy the title format of Elizabethan plays.


Mystery Science Theater Hour Wraps on Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1958).

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