UPDATED with official trailer.
5 of the 6 movies from the new season of MST3K premiering this Thanksgiving have been released to the British Board of Film Classifications to receive ratings for the UK Netflix release, which include the titles of the movies they’re going to be riffing on. There are some “interesting” choices this time around, which may or may not float your riffing boat.
Titles after a brief spoiler break....
- Mac and Me (1988): An alien trying to escape from NASA is befriended by a wheelchair-bound boy.
- Atlantic Rim (2013) aka Beyond the Sea: When giant monsters crawl out of the Atlantic Ocean and attack the Eastern Seaboard the US Government is forced to trust a trio of mischievous soldiers, specialized in piloting gigantic robots, to defend America.
- Lords of the Deep (1989): Man has finally conquered the ocean. America’s first self-contained undersea laboratory is the pride of the nation, and expectations are high for an elaborate undersea mining operation. What wasn’t expected was the inhabitants of an undiscovered world.
- The Day Time Ended (1979): Aliens visit the solar-powered house of a middle-class family, and the house is suddenly sucked into a time warp that transports it back to prehistoric times.
- Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982): The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant spiders, swordsmen cloaked in shadow, re-animated dead warriors, and horribly hideous witches.
- No word on the 6th movie, but there’s a chance it might be The Brain, Deathstalker II, or SuperArgo from their live tours. I have no idea why the 6th episode doesn’t have a title, but (just speculating) it may be because it contains a short, and isn’t taken from a single source.
EDIT: it’s Killer Fish (1979) staring Lee Majors.
The picture above is obviously from the Atlantic Rim episode, which is an Asylum film knockoff of another popular movie about giant fighting robots with a similar name. I have mixed feelings about them doing any Asylum movie (actually, mainly just bad feelings) and anything that modern in general, but we’ll see if they manage to pull it off. Rifftrax riffs on modern movies all the time, though I confess that I always find it more enjoyable when they riff on something hokey from the 40's, 50's, or 60's, and this time around we’re almost exclusively in 80's territory.
Mac and Me is an interesting choice to kick off the season. Of course it’s a bad movie, but it’s a pretty famously bad one that a lot of people have watched unriffed. I’ve never actually seen it, and I’m almost surprised the Rifftrax guys haven’t already beaten them to the punch. It’s a bold choice, but we’ll see if they manage to stick the landing.
Speaking of Rifftrax, Ator, the Fighting Eagle is another movie that they got to first, and will probably produce comparison about who was funnier. Last season, they did Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, which was another Rifftraxed movie, but at least the MST3K version was one of their better ones so at least it wasn’t quite as embarrassing as it could have been.
Last season, I was really excited about the movie choices and felt extremely let down by the riffing. This time around, I’m feeling let down by (most) of the movie choices, and hoping to Deep 13 that they’ve upped their game in the writer’s room as this season will be more on par with Season 2 of the classic series.