It’s been a wild ride since Mystery Science Theater 3000 returned through Netflix and the series has been just as strong and as funny as ever. And the movies have been as big and bad as ever, too! But with Season 11 done, and still no word on Season 12, what’re MST3K fans to do? Why, join the cast themselves as they travel the country and riff some B-movies: LIVE! And in person! It’s the Mystery Science Theater 3000: Watch Out For Snakes Tour!
Yes, today, MST3K series creator and executive producer Joel Hodgson announced via a spiffy video that they’re taking the popular sci-fi comedy show on a national tour, puppets and all in July. Complete with series new star and comedian Jonah Ray as marooned test subject Jonah Heston, along with robot pals, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, and Gypsy. The current Mads, Kinga Forrester and TV’s Son Of TV’s Frank won’t be there in person, but will make appearances through the wonders of video technology!
As for the riffing, the movies will include the MST3K staple Eegah! The Arch Hall Jr. vehicle starring Richard Kiel as a caveman. Hence the “Watch out for snakes!” subtitle to the tour. There will be a second movie to be riffed, though it’s being kept a secret. Watch the video below for the full scoop, and keep an eye out for tickets so you can join in this live bad movie bonanza!
‘Piggy’ Wins Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest
Director, Carlota Pereda has a lot to be excited about today her gory coming-of-age film, Piggy just won Fantastic Fest’s Best Horror Film Award! The film is incredible and will have you cheering for the outsider and damning the bullies to their fates. It’s an incredibly endearing film that has as much heart as it does terror. It is really no to be missed.
The synopsis for Piggy goes like this:
With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.
Piggy stars Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Irene Ferreiro & Camielle Aguilar, with the special collaborations of Pilar Castro & Claudia Salas.
Don’t miss Piggy when it arrives on demand on October 14 and in Alamo Drafthouses on October 7.
Creepy Smilers Caught on Camera at Major League Baseball Games
The horror movie Smile is opening on Friday, and in a genius bit of marketing, the studio gave horror and baseball fans a creepy meta experience this past Friday.
On September 23, viewers of three Major League Baseball (MLB) games had people in the stands, near the cameras, who had disturbingly evil smiles across their faces, sometimes for innings at a time.
Innings and Grinnings
Sports Illustrated reported on the story citing three games in which the grinning people appeared: Red Sox-Yankees, Mets-Athletics, and Cardinals-Dodgers.
The stunt was effective. Unnerved fans and viewers quickly went to social media and posted about the smilers, making the whole gag a success.
But sports fans weren’t the only ones creeped out by the grinning ghouls. During the live broadcast of Good Morning America, behind hosts Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, a scare actor could be seen with the same evil Cheshire grin watching them from the street window.
The Psychotic Smirk
This deceptively trustworthy facial expression is known as the Psychotic smirk according to tvtropes.com.
“The Psychotic Smirk is a favorite with Big Bads everywhere. There’s no need to broadcast just how dangerous they are – everyone’s got a pretty good idea already, but no one can prove it. The important thing is to smile with only one side of the mouth. Sometimes, it’s accompanied by a Finger Wag as if to say “Nice try, sucker” if the hero had attempted to defeat them.”
That concept might be behind the plot of Smile which follows Dr. Rose Cotter who after experiencing a traumatic event notices that people start to smile just before becoming murderously unhinged.
Sosie Bacon — Kevin Bacon’s daughter — portrays the troubled Cotter in the film and she says it was a tough role, and audiences aren’t ready.
“Truthfully, I wasn’t fully aware of how much this part would wear on me when I began the movie,” Bacon told Orange Magazine. “It’s physically demanding, because your body doesn’t understand the difference between acting and real life. But honestly, I don’t know that anything can prepare you for an experience like ‘Smile.’”
Smile opens in theaters on Friday, September 30.
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ is Going All Out With a 3D Halloween Special
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back, y’all! For a huge 3D Halloween special that brings back Jonah and the Satellite of Love crew. The guys will be screening 1961’s The Mask 3D and holding a special costume contest where fans are invited to send in their own Halloween costumes.
If you are interested in submitting your costumes you have to do that by October 16. You can submit those costume photos RIGHT HERE.
The MST3K event description goes like this:
Join Jonah and the bots for the premiere of The Mask 3D, a 1961 horror film about a cursed skull mask, and the first time the crew of the Satellite of Love will be subjected to a 3D movie! Filmed in iconic anaglyph 3D, the episode will be viewable with any pair of red and blue 3D glasses. A non-3D version of the episode will also be available.
In order to watch the MST3K Halloween special, you need to tune into The Gizmoplex. It is available through iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and more.
The big MST3K event arives on October 28. For more information on how to watch the Halloween Special head over HERE.