By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
I am a huge fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, a cult-classic show that ran on Comedy Central from 1991-99 (initially re-airing shows that originally appeared on KTMA, a Minneapolis area station). I personally enjoyed the show on a much deeper level since it reminded me of watching movies with my friends.
Trust me, my wife can attest to this personally.
If you don’t know what MST3K is (and you didn’t click the link above to Wikipedia), think of it as witty commentary and sarcasm dubbed over a terrible, usually unwatchable B-movie. It definitely isn’t for everyone, but geeks particularly find it hilarious.
I was heartily disappointed when the show went off the air in 1999. A feature film was released in 1996, and certainly, there is no shortage of episodes. You can readily snatch up the movie and episode/DVD sets on eBay or on-line retailers like Amazon.
Now for the good news: Yesterday, I ran across a site for ‘Film Crew‘, a comedy group including a portion of the original talent from MST3K. They are putting out DVD’s of horrendous (what else?) films with their own commentary track. You know you’ve seen a few of them – those old films that just need, nay, beg for a commentary track of some sort…
From the website:
Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 rejoice! Three of MST3K’s writer/characters — Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy — have started a new venture: The Film Crew. The Film Crew has been entrusted with a very important mission: providing commentary tracks for every movie that doesn’t have one. Typically, they’ve chosen to start at the bottom of the barrel, and now you get to vote on which B-movie will get the Film Crew treatment on DVD first.
Also available from the site is a number of books and videos. The most notable video for sale that I saw was “Night of the Living Dead” which includes commentary from Mike Nelson (although at the time of this writing, the links look to be dead…haha).