Movies that Need to be Riffed by the MST3K Gang

“Alan Smithee” has been retired anyway.

Alan Smithee saw the future and didn’t want to be associated with films starring Rob Schneider!

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It’s Alive (1969) is one of the worst commercially-released films ever made. It is Grade Z- Larry Buchanan dreck. Whatever you do, don’t confuse this with the 1974 killer baby film of the same name. While that movie was never going to win an Oscar, it looks like the Exorcist by comparison.

This movie stars Tommy Kirk at the end of his career when his life and fortune had been drained by drugs. I’d like to say he’s wasted in more than one way in a film with talentless sub-porn level amateurs, but he plays down to their level. Admittedly he was never Olivier, but it’s sad.

And that’s not even the strangest thing. The writer (somehow) was horror genius Richard Matheson who wisely had his name removed. How that happened would probably make a far better film than It’s Alive.

I saw the whole thing, though

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If he managed to get his name removed, someone rewrote it to the point that the Writer’s Guild agreed with him that he shouldn’t be saddled with the credit.

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The real question is how Matheson got convinced to do a Buchanan film in the first place.

Unless he took his name off when Buchanan took over.

Edit: Aha! It’s just based on a Matheson story.

This has the unusual distinction of being a remake of a movie that was never made in the first place. When American International made a deal with Larry Buchanan to remake some of their movies (“It Conquered the World” became “Zontar, the Thing from Venus,” “The She-Creature” became “Creature of Destruction” and so forth), they evidently included a script based on Richard Matheson’s story “Being.” The production had gone by several titles, including “G.O.O.”, and was to have starred Peter Lorre and Elsa Lanchester. Apparently Lorre’s death canceled the project, so AIP earned back some of their money by passing the script on to Buchanan.

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Pretty much any Steven Segall movie.

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Johnny Sokko…Giant Robot! I’ve recorded my own rif on this! As HILARIOUSLY bad/funny as the Gamera movies!

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Another for the shorts category. Preferably by Emily’s team, but I’d be ok with either

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