In celebration of the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix today, let’s celebrate by taking a look at the show’s 1996 big screen adaptation, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie:
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is a 1996 American comedy film and a film adaptation of the television series Mystery Science Theater 3000, produced and set between seasons 6 and 7 of the show. It was distributed by Gramercy Pictures and produced by Best Brains and Universal Studios.
The filmmakers dub a new comic narrative over the 1955 science fiction film This Island Earth, editing out approximately twenty minutes of the original film.
The film opens with mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester, working from an underground laboratory, explaining the premise of the film (and associated TV series). Mike Nelson and the robots Crow T. Robot, and Tom Servo, along with Gypsy, are aboard the Satellite of Love high in Earth’s orbit, when Dr. Forrester forces them to watch the film This Island Earth to break their wills; as per the television show, Mike, Crow, and Tom make fun of the movie as it airs.
The movie is about 74 minutes long, not only shorter than the actual This Island Earth is but it’s also shorter than any MST3K episode has ever been.
But at the same time, the movie is just as entertaining and hilarious as the TV series is. The comedy is really good, the spirit of the series is throughout the film, and the movie looks really good and the MST3K set looks way better than it does on the TV show.
The only real fault of the movie is that the film is way too short, I would’ve liked at least another 20 minutes just to give us a little more but not overdo it at the same time.
That being said, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie is a very entertaining movie that’s as great as the original series is. I just wished that it was a little bit longer.
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