The cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 built its massive fanbase by reaching back into history and pulling out some of cinema’s most offbeat B-movies. With RiffTrax, former MST3K stars Michael Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy need not look back any farther than last year for the source material behind one of their most inspired riff sessions to date: Syfy and The Asylum’s Sharknado. Cue the air raid sirens!
This was my first time partaking in a RiffTrax live simulcast, for which the comedic trio performed their commentary in front of a Minnesota audience while fans around the country watched in select theaters. For me, it served as a completely different experience from the average trip to the movies, and was more akin to watching an actual live performance in person. From the opening RiffTrax “trivia cards” through the end credits, the energy was palpable and the surrounding laughter saw rapid ebbs and flows, never falling out completely. Babysitting issues forced me to take the trip without my wife, but I still had a blast in the packed room, howling with everyone else.