The music alone escorts me to the first time I saw it. “Da dada dada da da da…” Mike showing off his sound system driving the bots away, The Satellite of Love Coffee Shop, Tom and Crow crawling into Gypsy. Has a monster taking the scenic route ever felt this long? “The Unbearable Whiteness of Being” or Mike’s Manos (1966)?
This may be the sleaziest film they did, and that’s saying something. Knowing the backstory adds to the slime factor. It’s a good episode from what I recall, but something about the way the camera lingers on women climbing into this thing’s mouth feels like you’ve stumbled on someone’s creepy fetish stash.
The story behind this movie is just fascinating, and would probably make for a great Disaster Artist-style project. Plus, it’s the second film from the show tangentially connected to Sterling Silliphant, after Manos.
The movie is a disaster of the highest order. The audio was lost and large sections had to be dubbed from entire cloth in post. The film exposure is washed out and barely watchable. The plot is a meandering, incoherent mess. The acting is substandard and wooden. The special ‘effects’ are something you’d see in a Kindergarten play. Everything about this “film” is incompetent and can only be called a movie in the barest sense.
But the riffing. Oh my - the riffing for this one is some of the best MST has to offer. It has to be said the movie makes it pretty easy because of the plethora of targets, but I’m hard pressed to think of an MST outing where the riffing is so constantly, consistently funny.
There is a documentary on the filming of this movie:
Be careful, this documentary might be triggering for some, and could definitely curb your enjoyment of this episode during future viewings. In short, director “Vic Savage” seems to have been quite a terrible person.