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18 July 2003 @ 09:39 pm
favorite MST3Ks?  
So, I'm going to order some tapes from this guy, and I googled for an hour or so to try and find lists of top fan-rated episodes, but damn, it was hard. I found some scattered results, but nothing jumped out at me as especially useful or definitive. So, I'm wondering if people have any recs? What are your top 10 or 20 favorite episodes? And, actually, I'm really only interested in ones that haven't aired on SciFi and aren't available retail.

The link above has a tape list w/episode titles, and there are lists here at the official fan club web site.

Also, if anyone has any links to web sites where the episodes are rated, that'd be cool too. Any help much appreciated. :)

diva_stardust on July 18th, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you heard back from him! I love, love, all the Gamera ones but the first one is definitely the best, IMO. Also, Bride of the Monster, Attack of the Eye Creatures, Girls Town, Santa Vs. the Martians, Village of the Giants, The Violent Years, Fire Maidens from Outer Space, King Dinosaur, and Laserblast.
Anna S.eliade on July 18th, 2003 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) When you say the first "Gamera" is the best, do you mean "Gamera" or "Gamera Vs. Gaos"?
diva_stardust on July 18th, 2003 11:48 pm (UTC)
I mean "Gamera". "Gamera Vs. Guiron" is probably my second favorite. I like how a lot of times they would just keep mistakes in, like during "Gamera Vs. Guiron" one of Crow's arms falls off a few times and they just keep on rolling while Joel reaches over and snaps it back on again.

I also enjoy "Gamera Vs. Zigra" but not as much as the other two and "Gamera Vs. Barugon" & "Gamera Vs. Gaos" tend to blend together for me.
Karrakarra on July 18th, 2003 09:57 pm (UTC)
I'm fond of "Laserblast", "Hobgoblins", and "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank"
Vali: Violet Is Hobgoblinsvioletisblue on July 18th, 2003 10:07 pm (UTC)
These Are Dangerous Questions to Ask Obsessive MSTies
MSTie FYI: If you want tapes and/or DVDs, you can also go here--I've bought from him multiple times, he does quality work and ships incredibly fast.

Ten suggested episodes, five featuring Joel and five for Mike, chosen for amusement factor of the film itself, quality of riffs and overall panache:

1. Operation Double 007. James Bond ripoff featuring Sean Connery's younger brother, the villain from Thunderball and a boatload of Eurostrangeness. Plus the stirring theme song "OK Connery."

2. The Magic Voyage of Sinbad. The most Russo-Finnish Sinbad ever to come out of "Arabia" travels the world to find the "bluebird of happiness," fails and sails home. Includes heart-pounding undersea action featuring a giant smiling fish-puppet.

3. It Conquered the World. Roger Corman dialogue in action: "Can't you two talk about anything else? I'm getting a bit tired of hearing about satellites, isotopes, conical gradations and all the rest!" Plus a woman heroically fighting to the death with a giant mind-controlling carrot.

4. Pod People. Folk-rock star and entourage go camping and are attacked by Snuffleupagus's dwarf nephew. An (apparent) ET ripoff done horribly wrong.

5. Attack of the Eye Creatures. Horrible, horrible, horrible teens-battle-alien-invaders film notable for heroine whose hairstyle looks like her head is being devoured by a giant ant. Enjoy the "aliens" in sneakers, black leotards and papier-mache heads: "Oh, that one must be a female. They have less plumage."

6. Outlaw. Adaptation of a John Norman Gor novel--ninety percent of that male-supremacy stuff quietly excised for mainstream consumption--full of boob shots, crotch shots, horrible sword-and-sorcery action and "high priest" Jack Palance in a four-foot-high hat.

7. The Violent Years. Ed Wood explains how volunteering for charities will assure your teenage daughters become violent, dangerous felons in league with the Communist Party. The scene in which our four girl-gangers rape a hapless gentleman in the woods is worth the price of admission.

8. The Skydivers. Anyone who thinks Ed Wood is the world's worst filmmaker has never been subjected to the oeuvre of Coleman Francis. Enjoy...kind of...

9. Zombie Nightmare. Starring Adam West. What else do you really need to hear?

10. Girls Town. Mamie Van Doren, Mamie Van Doren's breasts, Paul Anka, Mamie's repressed lesbian reform school roomie and several ass-kicking nuns team up to defeat the evil Mel Torme. Special guest appearance by The Platters.

If your tastes don't run toward my own obvious weakness, namely juvie/sci-fi films from the fifties and early sixties, there's others I can recommend with a song in my heart.
Anna S.eliade on July 18th, 2003 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: These Are Dangerous Questions to Ask Obsessive MSTies
Oh, wow. He sells entire seasons w/discounts. I am tempted in a different direction now....
Valivioletisblue on July 19th, 2003 02:14 am (UTC)
Re: These Are Dangerous Questions to Ask Obsessive MSTies
DVD quality is fair to very good depending on the quality of the tape transfer, chapter menu, play in our wonky obscure-brand player. After getting ripped off by another "reputable" tape trader and then discovering this guy, always happy to vouch for him.
Luminosity: goatsockkpuppett on July 18th, 2003 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'd like to add my own personal favorites here:

Teenagers from Outer Space. Very *old* teenagers from outer space. One word: Torrrr-turrrre!

Rocket Ship XM -- Lloyd Bridges in space. "What are you going to be doing five years from now?"

Manos! My friend Aristede was heartbroken when her groom balked at playing Torgo's Love Theme as their wedding march.

Mitchell!! AAMOF, a double feature of Manos and Mitchell.

Last but not least, not by a long shot-- The Brain That Wouldn't Die (or The Head That Wouldn't Die, depending on whether you see the beginning or the end of the film.) "Six weeks without a job accident, and now *this!*"

I have no sites or ratings. These are just mine. heh
Raventown74raventown74 on July 19th, 2003 12:31 am (UTC)
I got go with Claire and second "The Puma Man". The flying. Oh man it's hilarious. Like superman with steering problems. I might just order myself.
Destina: ikeadestina on July 19th, 2003 01:00 am (UTC)
I'm fond of It Conquered The World and The Puma Man. Sadly, I can't remember ten to rec to you. I need a memory upgrade, apparently.
Andrea: Poemsdarling_effect on July 19th, 2003 11:21 am (UTC)
I just watched Mitchell last night, and oh.my. I think I ruptured something.
"How do you like your scotch?" "By the quart."
The "love" "scenes."
"Merlin Olsen hasn't found his instrument yet."
Can't recommend that one enough.
"Laserblast!" And not just because it's the last *sob* episode. "It's Scott Baio class!" “Got to see if ‘Beyond the Valley of the Planet of the Apes’ is a go!” "Roddy McDowell is 'Silkwood!'" "Boy cameltoe!" And on and on...
Also, I remember "Danger: Diabolik" being pretty fab. As an added bonus, it's got a great Ennio Morricone theme song.
Cesperanzacesperanza on July 19th, 2003 04:39 pm (UTC)
My personal favorite, the one I watch over and over, is "Rocket Attack USA"--"Enjoy the fentoozler!" Second to that is "Daddy-o!" "Hike! hike! hike up your trousers!--Hike up your trousers like mine!"
wembleewemblee on July 22nd, 2003 04:55 pm (UTC)
I think "The Screaming Skull" is the one that starts out with a Gumby short involving robots. Crow and Tom are severely traumatized. Anyway, I (belatedly) recommend that one.