What underused genre of movie do you wish MST3K had done more of?

I’m torn between westerns and disaster movies.

Disaster movies would be particularly fruitful for MST3K, since you have the best episodes where the gang always has something to react to, and disaster movies always have something to react to.

That said, I’d have to go with westerns because I just enjoy those MST3K episodes too much, and there just aren’t enough of them.

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Westerns definitely. There’s a huge amount of gold to mine from the countless B-movie westerns that were put out in the golden age of cinema. I doubt they’ll do any in the new season because pretty much none of them were widescreen and Joel seems to only want to do widescreen movies. Too bad, but I look forward to the new season anyway.

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I got thinking about it, and the whole singing cowboy subgenre would be great. There’s are several Roy Rogers ones that would be fun, and even John Wayne did some early in his career, where he was dubbed with this deep singing voice that was so obviously not him, and that was funny on its own.

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I would have loved them to have tackled The Phantom Empire. It was a serial, but they made a feature film version called Radio Ranch. It has everything- singing cowboys, robots, a secret underground city, trick riding, radio shows…

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Oh, that sounds glorious!

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I picked Westerns. The two they’ve done have some really good jokes in them, even though they don’t get a lot of mentions from fans.

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I’m glad to see someone mention the Oblivion flicks. They don’t seem to come up often in RiffTrax discussions (though I may just be missing it), but I find myself going back to those more often than a lot of others. While westerns in general are not my favorite genre, they are woefully underrepresented in the MST3K universe and ripe for riffing.

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I can believe that, and will have to look some up. The less power John Wayne had behind or above the camera, he still delivered some grand performances, up until the end of his life.

But as everyone should know, he did have a pretty deep voice. Probably not much of a singer, though.

Everyone can’t be Harry Dean Stanton, you know.

https:// www.youtube.com /watch?v=AuteyiYN6js

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In the Lawless Range it was Glenn Strange who dubbed the Duke’s singing voice. Glenn was in gunsmoke, played Frankenstein, and was seen as the creature in MST3Ks Mad Monster. So there’s some trivia for ya.

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Wish I could go back and add in Kung-Fu as an option, but it won’t let me edit the poll once it’s started. :pensive:

While I limited this to only one vote, it was a really tough decision for me between Secret Agent/Spy and Westerns. I chose Secret Agent, but I’m glad to see Westerns getting so much love, since it’s probably the most underused genre in riffing.

That said, I happen to think that any secret agent movie (especially anything from the mid to late 60’s attempting to cash in on the popularity of James Bond, Danger Man, etc.) is usually begging to be riffed just because it’s damn near impossible to pull off a Sean Connery/Roger Moore/Patrick McGoohan if you aren’t Sean Connery/Roger Moore/Patrick McGoohan, and most actors who attempt it don’t come off as stoic and cool, that look like smarmy condescending jerks, which makes them all the more fun to mock.

They did a fair number of secret agent movies during the classic era, but I think it’s a shame Jonah hasn’t had a chance to riff on any yet.

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This :arrow_heading_up: . I chose westerns because I think they should do more than they have, but if the question is “What genre do I most enjoy watching?” it’s Secret Agent/Spy and Sword & Sandal.

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I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but… I want someone to stumble upon a previously lost Coleman Francis movie. Because I want Joel or Jonah, or Emily (or all of 'em. why not?) to undergo that particular brand of TOR-cha!!

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I’m with you on that first part. I selected westerns because it feels like there’s so much riffing ground they could cover (and they’re fun films, to boot).

As for what genre I most enjoy? I gotta go with the musical crime caper, stuff like Untamed Youth, Catalina Caper, Daddy-O, The Beatniks, I Accuse My Parents, and Girls Town.

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You know, it’s funny, this has crossed my mind before, it’s been something of a dream situation of mine, that they somehow against all odds manage to discover a lost Coleman Francis movie.

Dare to dream, right?

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I fear it’s a mentally counterproductive dream. :o

MST3K needs its own 1-900 therapy line.

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I was IMDBing. Coleman is only an actor in this one, but it sounds like good MST3K fodder.

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Wait. Wasn’t this already a Simpsons episode?!

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I’d like to see more animation riffs. We only got Robot Rumpus from a beloved character. The format is rife with terrible CG, inappropriate subjects, bad sequels, poorly translated and dubbed imports, obnoxious voices, etc. It’s a wellspring of material just waiting for the MST treatment.

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Honestly, it’s like we need our own group that meets every Thursday.

I would seriously die of pure happy if we got another Gumby short!

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One other problem with Westerns is that there is a lot of not-even-remotely hidden racism in those things. Deadwood '76 is a perfect example. It’s a terrible western, now in the public domain, made by Arch Hall Jr. and his dad immediately after Eegah and The Choppers, and most of the movie would be absolutely perfect for riffing, but several scenes involving Native Americans are just… nope.

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