Movies that Need to be Riffed by the MST3K Gang

Someone earlier mentioned Inframan. That movie was an attempt by Shaw Brothers, known for their martial arts films, to cash in on the Japanese Henshin hero genre like Ultraman and Kamen Rider.

Speaking of Shaw Brothers and genre adultery…

How about Mighty Peking Man, also known as Goliathon? It was the Shaw Brothers attempt at a kaiju film, meant to cash in on the King Kong remake the year before. The bots are no strangers to kaiju films like Gamera, Godzilla, Gorgo and Reptilicus. That and either title could lead to many jokes.

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I have not seen Mighty Peking Man, but based on that trailer, yes, please!

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It used to be on Netflix which is where I first saw it. It is cheesy enough to the point that the film takes on a unique charm, much like the other Shaw Brothers works.

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``Pray For The Wildcats.

Maybe it’s not quite crappy enough, but the 11-year-old me thought so when it came out in 1974. Mr. Brady, Capt. Kirk, Andy Griffith and the child evangelist Marjoe Gortner running into trouble while dirt biking in Baja. Bonus points for Angie Dickinson speaking the title.

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I think it’s been done by Rifftrax already, but the latchkey kid I was who had nothing but HBO to occupy me would love to see them try to make sense of Super Fuzz.

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ZEBRAMAN
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ZEBRAMAN 2 (but not sure if there is an english dub of it)

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… I saw this one on its original release, in an Honest-to-Forester 20s movie palace. I have VERY good memories of this flick, and I can only imagine what the MST team could do with it.

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The only Takashi Miike movies I hate. :confused:

Both stories certainly have the surface layer stuff that makes for good MST treatments… but… I dunno… they’re too self-aware of their absurdity to be sent through the wringer.

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Can’t forget about this gem of a movie. They even dubbed Arnold’s voice.

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The trio of movies Rick Sloane made in the 80s - Blood Theatre (1984), The Visitants (1986), and Hobgoblins (1988) - all contain subtle references to each other. For example, McCreedy in Hobgoblins reads a magazine with The Visitants on the cover. The two earlier movies are quite riffable, relatively clean, and the evidence is there that all exist in a shared Rick Sloane Cinematic Universe.

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Oh man, I just remembered the existence of The Wizard of Speed and Time (1988). It’s cheesy, terrifying, and completely charming as a labor of love by a director with a vision to entertain the children. Imagine Trumpy’s stop-motion horror drawn out to near feature length.

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I would love to see some of the classic Hammer Horror with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee riffed.

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It’s definitely, er…unusual.

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I thought I had hallucinated Bloodmoon. Yes, it’s a prime candidate.

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Elsewhere on the forums, I mentioned Fist of Fury with Bruce Lee. The villain of that movie, the head of the Japanese dojo, was played by Riki Hashimoto. Besides that role, the late Hashimoto was known for his role as Daimajin in the Daimajin trilogy from 1966.

Daimajin

Consisting of Daimajin, Return of Daimajin and Daimajin Strikes Again, the movies blend both kaiju with jidageki. Set in feudal Japan, it is about a giant statue that comes to life that destroys evil.

Did I mention Daimajin was made by Daiei Films, the same entity that gave us the Zatoichi films…and the Gamera movies?

Jonah and the bots would do well with this one.

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Daimajin movies are like the bizarro Gamera movies, as the Gamera movies get more kid-friendly and out and out silly and the Daimajin movies just get GRIM.

It’s one of the few times where they turn in hard to the idea the monster is just as dangerous to the people who summoned him as their enemies.

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Talking to a friend a week or so ago about movies HBO played endlessly in the ‘80s. He mentioned Tag: An Assassination Game. I had totally forgotten about it but remember loving it. It’s on YouTube and I plan to watch it this weekend with this thread in the back of my head.

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Hyper Sapien: People from Another Star (1986) is a perfunctory mess of 80s ET cliches with action varied enough to offer rich riffing potential. And, the adorable, fuzzy comic-relief sidekick is… THIS:

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This was where I mentioned Riki Hashimoto. The Daimajin movies and his role in Fist of Fury are what he’s best remembered for.

That and he played baseball for the Mainichi Orions back in the 1950s. No seriously! It’s mentioned on his Wikipedia page.

Chikara Hashimoto - Wikipedia

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