Are there some MST3K episodes where you find yourself getting caught up in the movie itself? After all, not every film here are slogs like The Skydivers and The Starfighters which are unwatchable without riffing. More than once I’ve gotten caught up in the storylines of Tormented and The Day The Earth Froze, for instance.
How about you? Any episode where the movie itself pulled you in?
Kitten With a Whip is one for me. While some of the central characters’ decisions are pretty dumb, the story overall is compelling and I have a hard time extricating myself from the movie to enjoy the riffing.
I’m not necessarily saying that the movie is good, but I always find myself getting caught up in The Beatniks. It’s one of those “shout at the dumb characters for doing dumb things” movies.
Tormented is another gold movie to get caught up in. It’s genuinely absorbing and would stand well on its own, I would think.
In terms of the story AND visuals, I’m always into whatever’s going on with those Russo-Finnish movies, The Day the Earth Froze, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad, The Sword and the Dragon, and especially Jack Frost.
This happens on occasion, but usually because it’s so bad I want to hear it in all its badness! Case in point: I was watching “X Marks the Spot” (the short ahead of ‘King Dinosaur’) and I actually said, “Shush, Crow!” out loud because the judge’s dialog was so bad I wanted to hear all of it.
That’s grown to be one of my favorite episodes, but they brutalize the movie. I mean, in terms of cutting things out. Consider that MST3K: The Movie is 73 minutes long whereas an unedited This Island Earth is 86 minutes long. With host segments and credits, there’s, like, a quarter or a third of the film missing.
Rifftrax has done both Casablanca and the non-copyrighted parts of It’s A Wonderful Life. I salute their commitment but I can’t even watch the trailers.
I’m with you on this one, as well as The Beatniks (from a few posts back). Both are surprisingly engaging, especially Crime Wave. And both get pretty dark, bucking the happy-ending trend of the era. No one was skipping and whistling out of the theater after these movies.
Also The Girl in Lovers Lane, come to think of it. I can easily get drawn into that one, and that ending is brutal.
Yep. It usually happens for me on the first viewing. Or if I haven’t seen the episode in so long it’s pretty much the first viewing again. Why is another question. Sometimes it’s the storyline, sometimes it’s the characters or acting and sometimes, like in Rofftrax’s Birdemic, it’s so fascinatingly bad (like a car crash) I just can’t look away and concentrate on the riffing.