MST3K Behind the Scenes Facts and Other Trivia

Bringing things back to the making of MST3K, during The Mads Are Back: T-BIRD GANG With Special Q&A Guest Mike Nelson (Recorded Live May 11, 2021), I asked Mike of which MST3K song he was most proud. He hemmed and hawed a bit, but landed on “A Patrick Swayze Christmas” as the one that sticks with him. :christmas_tree:

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I’ll throw this in because it’s about one of my favorite riffs. According to Frank, when Russell Johnson enters in This Island Earth and the riff is “What’s this ‘and the rest’ crap?”, that riff was written by Frank in the early days of writing for the movie.

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Speaking of The Movie, here’s an interesting article about a lot that happened behind the scenes making it.

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Really fascinating article. Had a lot of info that I honestly didn’t know before. Thanks for linking that!

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“Joel Hodgson admits this is the only movie featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 that he paid to see in a movie theater…”

I would not have guessed. :thinking:

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I found some home videos on YouTube.

I haven’t watched these. These belong to other people.

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In an interview with Milwaukee Magazine, Joel was reminded of when The Giant Spider Invasion was shot in near-by Ripon, Wisconsin. " I remember those guys coming through town and doing promotion in Green Bay and explaining what they were doing. He had a little studio in Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Bill Rebane did The Giant Spider Invasion . I think he was creating a film studio in Grantsburg."

Later, of course, the movie would make it to MST3K during Mike’s era.

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Joel also discussed the Untamed Youth drinking situation, saying that it didn’t improve the writing at all and only gave everyone hangovers to deal with the next day.

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