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RiffTrax Tackles Classic Doctor Who Adventure “The Five Doctors”

This August, the guys of RiffTrax (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, of MST3K fame)are set to take the TARDIS back to 1983 to give the full RiffTrax treatment to this well-loved feature-length episode with “RiffTrax Live: Doctor Who – The Five Doctors” in cinemas nationwide. 

In this classic episode the Doctors face many of their most notorious foes as they unlock the secrets of Rassilon – the first ruler of the Time Lords.

This RiffTrax event will take place on Thursday, August 17, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT and Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

You can see the complete list of theaters hosting this event here and grab your tickets starting April 14th here.

 

Trailer Released for April 18th’s RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop

In just one month, the comedy ninjas of RiffTrax (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, of MST3K fame) are set to slice and dice the epic z-grade action film of the early ‘90s Samurai Cop, with a special two-night event — “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop.” “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” will be broadcast live to movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 13 at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 7 pm MT/ 8 pm PT, with a second showing on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Event’s website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Enjoy the trailer below.

 

RiffTrax Live: Carnival Of Souls In Theaters October 27th

rifftrax logoFollowing the recent success of their MST3K Reunion Show, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett take on the spooky 1962 cult classic Carnival of Souls with their unique commentary.RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls, will be broadcast live to select movie theaters across the country on Thursday, October 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT, with an All Hallows’ Eve encore on Monday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. local time. This event will be the first big screen presentation of the recent full-color restoration of Carnival of Souls, a process that took over 50,000 man-hours to convert the original from black and white.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“When we realized that the creators of the safety short Shake Hands with Danger had done a spooky feature film we knew we had to have it. How can you pass up the story of a church organist who moves to Utah – on purpose, mind you – only to get fired from her church organist position? It’s bone chilling. And a perfect RiffTrax for Halloween!” Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said.
When young Mary survives a horrible car crash in Kansas, she tries to start her life over with a new job in a small Utah town. Along the way, she’s haunted by a gaunt pale figure in a nice suit who leads her to an abandoned carnival pavilion on the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Soon, Mary doesn’t know if she’s awake or dreaming, alive or dead. Weird, creepy and very silly, Carnival of Souls, as riffed by the Rifftrax crew, is the perfect Halloween treat.
If you want to hear more about this upcoming RiffTrax event, check out this podcast here. Or just go buy tickets at the above links for this Thursday’s show.
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The Cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reunite This Summer

rifftrax logoIt’s been over twenty-five years since a man named Joel Robinson was first shot into space and forced to watch terrible movies by the evil Dr. Forrester. The show was called Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K for short) and that first episode led to ten seasons and a devoted following of fans and soon, a Kickstarter-backed reboot. Following the end of the series’ run in 1999, the show’s alumni created several spinoff projects such as Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic. But on June 28, the (almost) entire roster of past and present MST3K cast members are getting together for a special reunion show hosted by Rifftrax, to be broadcast live in theaters across the country.

To help celebrate the upcoming event, several of the veterans got together to answer a few questions
last week: Trace Beaulieu, the original voice of Crow T. Robot on MST3K and a member of Cinematic
Titanic; Bill Corbett, the second voice of Crow and now a core member of Rifftrax; Kevin Murphy, the
(technically second) voice of Tom Servo and another member of Rifftrax; and Jonah Ray, the man who
won the right to be constantly compared to his predecessors as the new host of MST3K.
The reunion is a long-awaited event for fans. “It’s actually easier because we all live in the same town,
almost,” says Corbett. “But I still demanded to be flown in to Minneapolis from Minneapolis,” Beaulieu
adds.

When asked about MST3K’s legacy upon how people watch movies (particularly bad movies), Murphy
points out that what they’re doing goes back at least as far as the Bard himself.
“I think the first time I saw this happen was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, when they’re doing
[Pyramus and Thisbe] and the King’s court are all mocking it, and making comments right back to the
stage. So, what we do is certainly not anything new. But I think we’re some of the few people that
actually make a living off it, and that’s kind of nice.”

“I would just say Kevin’s right. Shakespeare started it, but we’re better than Shakespeare,” Corbett adds.

For Ray, the idea that he’s the new host of MST3K still hasn’t quite sunken in. “This is all still very surreal to me, [being alongside] these guys that have shaped my sense of humor. […] The way I joke around my friends and the way I like to write jokes and the comedic stuff I do, it’s all really based off of the rhythm that I learned from watching Mystery Science Theater.” He compares the original cast members to grunge rock pioneers Nirvana, prompting Murphy to note, “I’m not killing myself for you, Ray.”

In the new season, Crow and Tom Servo will be voiced by MST3K newcomers Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn, respectively. How will the robots, Crow and Tom Servo, respond to Jonah’s arrival?

“They’re going to despise me. They don’t want me around. I’m kind of gregarious and I’d like to be
friends with them because I’m the new guy and they just aren’t having it. They like the old guys better
and that essentially will mirror what the general public might feel.”

Many of the cast members have been writing or performing riffs for nearly thirty years. Given the
barrage of pop culture references in any given episode of MST3K or Rifftrax, evolving with the times can be challenging. “I’m old now, so I can’t keep up with the current culture, so I really heavily depend on our younger writers to know what the hell is going on,” says Murphy.

Another quirk of contemporary culture is that social media has made it easier for the cast to hear from
the creators behind the films they mock. The cast and crew of the 1997 MST3K episode Time Chasers
famously had a party to watch the episode premiere and, according to legend, the party was a bit of a
downer. Now Rifftrax is doing a live show riffing on Time Chasers once again.

“I think some of the Time Chasers’ guys are actually coming to Nashville to watch the show in the
theater,” says Murphy. “And that sort of terrifies me, because we’re unkind to them. I mean, the bottom
line is the movie’s really dumb and it hasn’t gotten any better with the years. So, we’re not going to be
any less kind to the film, just because they’re there. So, it is an odd thing when people do that, and I
think it’s probably going to become more common because with new technology and digital filmmaking, it’s easier than ever to make a really crappy film.”

The cast recognized that both the reunion show and the return of MST3K are due to the direct support
of their fans. “If the Kickstarter taught me anything is that people are willing to […] invest and are pretty
confident they’ll get their money’s worth back out of whatever it is we do, whether it’s the new Mystery
Science Theater or whether it’s RiffTrax,” says Murphy. “And so in a way, it feels like a bit of an
obligation, but it’s also, for me, motivation just to make our stuff the funniest it can possibly be.”

Catch the encore showing of RiffTrax Live 2016: Time Chasers on May 17th, with tickets available here.  The Rifftrax Reunion will be broadcast live in theaters on June 28, with an encore showing on July 12. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.rifftrax.com/live. The new season of MST3K is set to debut sometime this summer.

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RiffTrax Announces Complete Cast MST3K Reunion

rifftrax logoFor RiffTrax’s 10th Anniversary we are putting together a LIVE Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reunion including the entire principal cast of the beloved TV show!  This reunion will include:
  • Michael J. Nelson (Mike Nelson)
  • Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo)
  • Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot)
  • Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank)
  • Trace Beaulieu (Dr. Clayton Forrester, Crow T. Robot)
  • Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester)
  • Bridget Nelson (Nuveena, Mr. B Natural)
Newly announced today were the creator and original MST3K host Joel Hodgson, plus the new host of the revived program Jonah Ray.
The RiffTrax Kickstarter has made this all possible, and with 6 days left there’s still plenty of time to pick up RiffTrax rewards. You can find their Kickstarter here.
The RiffTrax LIVE: MST3K Reunion show will be broadcast live into movie theaters nationwide June 28th.  Tickets will be available on April 15th here: http://RiffTrax.com/MST3KReunion.
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RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny in Select Cinemas December 3rd and 15th

rifftrax logoThe former stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mike Nelson, Bill “Crow” Corbett and Kevin “Tom Servo” Murphy are at it again as they’re set to tackle “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny”. A bizarre holiday movie, “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” has Santa’s sleigh stuck at the beach and only the Ice Cream Bunny can help.

This RiffTrax Live event will be beamed into nearly 670 movie theaters across the country, the list is here. Showtimes are Thursday December 3rd live at 8PM ET/7PM CT, tape delayed to 7PM MT/8PM PT/HI/AK and Tuesday December 15th at 7:30PM. Tickets for this special events are available now at FathomEvents.com.

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First RiffTrax Live of 2015 – The Room at Tribeca Film Festival

rifftrax logoFollowing on their successful Kickstarter campaign, the first RiffTrax live event of the year has been announced. Taking place at the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Friday April 17th, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (aka Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (aka Crow T. Robot) will skewer Tommy Wiseau’s ‘The Room’.
This live performance will then be beamed out to 700+ theaters on May 6th and May 12th. You can find tickets here.
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Relive RiffTrax: Sharknado Starting February 18th

rifftrax logoBack in July 2014, the RiffTrax gang (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) live roasted the SyFy channel masterpiece Sharknado. This performance was beamed out to 750+ movie theaters across the country as part of RiffTraxLive.com comedy series. If you missed it, you’re in luck as RiffTrax Live: Sharknado is set to be released on Wednesday, February 18th via RiffTrax’s Video on Demand / Streaming platform. Check the trailer out below and you can preorder here.

RiffTrax Releases 20 Worst Movies of the 90s List

rifftrax logoWhile I’m still up to my knees in 80s nostalgia, there are those who look back at the 1990s with fondness. And there are those who look back and shudder. For those fine folks, RiffTrax fans have voted and compiled the 20 worst films of the 1990s. I won’t spoil the whole list (you can find it here) but here are a few standouts.

19. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

17. The Blair Witch Project (I hated this movie!)

11. Showgirls

8. Bio-Dome (Fun fact – I’ve been to BioSphere2!)

Check out the full list here – any you disagree with?

RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Will Jingle Into Theaters December 4th

fathom tnThanksgiving is just right around the corner and a little over a week later, Fathom Events and RiffTrax will present RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus. This event will give the unique RiffTrax treatment to K. Gordon Murray’s Santa Claus. This event will be presented live on Thursday, December 4th at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT/ 8:00 p.m. PT. Featuring Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) this event will be broadcast from the Belcourt Theater’s magical crystal laboratory and will be your only chance to watch “RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus” on the big screen.

Tickets are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website.

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“Godzilla” Gets the RiffTrax Treatment August 14th via Fathom Events

fathom tn “Here, lizard lizard lizard!” Size does matter as the stars of Rifftrax are set to bring larger-than-life laughs nationwide as they riff on one of the most frequently requested titles in RiffTrax history, “Godzilla.” Thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign that raised money to license a “big” Hollywood title, the RiffTrax crew – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”) – are back again this summer with a riotous never-before-seen take on the ‘90s creature feature. Presented by Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN, RiffTrax Live: Godzilla will be broadcast LIVE to select movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, August 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET7:00 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7:00 p.m. MT8:00 p.m. PT, with a second showing on Tuesday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Godzilla” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in nearly 650 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“Thanks to our many Kickstarter contributors we’re happy to be able to do the best giant lizard movie of the late 90’s!” said Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax. “Because everything about it is big, we pledge to supersize the laughs as well.”
One of the most frequently requested titles in RiffTrax history, the 1998 daikaiju flick “Godzilla” was reimagined from the popular Japanese film of the same name but with bigger, better visual effects. The plot revolves around a giant reptilian monster, mutated by nuclear tests in French Polynesia, that makes its way north to nest its young and begins wreaking havoc on New York City. Directed by Roland Emmerich with screenplay by Dean Devlin and Emmerich, the film stars Matthew Broderick (Dr. Niko Tatopoulos), Maria Pitillo (Audrey Timmonds), Hank Azaria (Victor ‘Animal’ Palotti), Kevin Dunn (Colonel Hicks), Jean Reno (Philippe Roaché) and the Taco Bell Chihuahua…?!
“The RiffTrax crew has kept Fathom audiences in stitches thanks to their comedic genius and quick wit,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “‘RiffTrax Live: Godzilla’ is the perfect match for another night of monstrous laughs in theaters nationwide.”
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Fathom Entertainment Brings Doctor Who and Rifftrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians To Theaters Near You

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Fathom Entertainment announced two sci-fi events which will be shown in theaters across the country. I’ve become familiar with Fathom Entertainment’s showings as a result of their Star Trek: The Next Generation screenings which celebrated that series’ Blu-Ray releases. Seeing ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ on the big screen was a once in a lifetime experience – and was incredible. Today’s announcements were screenings of the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special – ‘Day of the Doctor’ and ‘Rifftrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’

The 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special features both Doctors #10 and #11 and is presented by BBC AMERICA and  NCM Fathom Events in RealD™3D to over 300 select theaters on Monday, November 25 at 7:30pm (local time), and includes specially shot introductions and “The Day of The Doctor: Behind The Lens,” a 10 minute behind-the-scenes featurette directly following the special. For a list of participation theaters, click here (subject to change).

RiffTrax Live: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians will be shown at more than 570 select cinemas nationwide. For one night only, join Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”)— for their unique take on the family holiday ‘classic’ LIVE on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT and 8:00 p.m  PT/HI/AK.  For a list of participation theaters, click here for (subject to change).

Personally, I cannot wait for ‘Day of the Doctor’ – if you want to catch it on the big screen, you should grab your tickets quick!

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RiffTrax live event August 16th – Manos’ The Hand of Fate

RiffTrax, formerly known as Mystery Science Theater 3000, is heading to a theater near you August 16th for a live commentary on the film “Manos’ The Hands of Fate”. This will be a revisitation to the film for the RiffTrax crew, as the film was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in 1993. The film, regarded as one of the worst ever made, chronicles a vacationing family who lose their way on a road trip in Texas, and find themselves trapped at a lodge maintained by a polygamous pagan cult. Check out the trailer below; find a theater near you offering this event here; and after the jump read the full press release!

 

 

 

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