Oh most definitely. I could go either way
Hercules Against the Moon Men.
Gets the whole idea of what the experiments/mental battles between the Mads & and the Satellite of Love crew are about down without needing further explanation.
“Deep hurting” / Sandstorm does a lot of heavy lifting.
Frank’s character shines & you get the whole Clay / Frank relationship very quickly.
It’s a movie where the plot can be followed, so you don’t have the distraction of “WTF is happening?”
It’s even got a musical number!
So: gets all the MST3K tropes in and has goofy fun riffs.
Manos is too intense for new people. I’ve had experienced MSTies fall asleep during it. No fault of the riffing, but it’s so dry a film.
My suggestion would be HOBGOBLINS! HOBGOBLINS! WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THESE HOBGOBLINS?