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RiffTrax Live Vs. Sharknado: A Night Of A Million Laughs

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sharknadoThe 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.

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RiffTrax’s NatGeo Special Detailed, Plus A Planned Live Skewering Of Sharknado

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rifftraxIf there would be anything better than the guys from RiffTrax poking asteroid-sized fun at movies, it would be living in a world where everything from video games to cereals to baristas has an option where you can turn on RiffTrax commentary. How am I supposed to use this hair dryer if I can’t hear Kevin Murphy making whirring noises as I do it? Murphy and his former Mystery Science Theater 3000 cohorts Mike Nelson and Bill Corbett are headed to the weird and wonderful world of National Geographic programming for three one-hour specials airing back-to-back on NatGeo at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 1. No fooling, that plug was for reals. Plus, the trio have also revealed their next live show will be centered on that most dastardly of creatures: the Sharknado.

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MST3K Is Coming Back To TV For Limited RiffTrax Special

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mystery science theater 3000Science fiction fans will always have reasons to dislike the Syfy network, from its insistence on spewing out implausible creature features to avoiding the genre altogether with shows about ghost hunters and other paranormal non-realities. Perhaps their most horrific crime against humanity was cancelling the hilarious cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 after only three seasons. It’s astounding that MST3K hasn’t produced new episodes since 1999, but former stars Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy have kept busy over the years with their exceedingly popular RiffTrax brand of custom film commentaries. The comedy gods must be smiling down upon us since the team is once again heading to television starting April 1.

Wait, does that mean this is all a big April Fool’s prank? Hopefully not, as I would blow my servos if that were the case. RiffTrax will bring its uniquely off-kilter comedy to National Geographic for three hour-long episodes for a special called Total Riff Off. During the run they will use classic clips from National Geographic shows as the source of their chides and chortles. Will we see a lion eating a gazelle? Perhaps two hippos trying to get it on? We do know they’ll be mantis shrimp, leaf-nosed bats, and koalas, according to Today.

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Starship Troopers, Rifftrax Live, One Night Only In A Theater Near You

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Starship TrooperLet’s all take a trip back to 1997, a time when the name Casper Van Dien didn’t automatically elicit flurries of chuckles or confused stares. This was the year that Paul Verhoeven released Starship Troopers, the masterful adaptation of Robert Heinlein‘s satirical and controversial novel of the same name. 16 years later, the trio behind Rifftrax (former Mystery Science Theater 3000 alums Michael Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy) are bringing their views on Starship Troopers to a theater near you for a live, one-night-only event. You would be a total Van Dien if you decide not to sit this one out.

Rifftrax Live: Starship Troopers takes their humorous commentary to the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, but will be telecast to theaters across the country on Thursday, August 15, presumably so they don’t have to compete with Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Kick-Ass 2 the next night. And while this sounds like something of a niche affair, it’s actually playing in a plethora of cities, so even us small town folks won’t have to drive very far.

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Worst Movie Ever Made Survey Is Lousy with Science Fiction

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TransformersSome of the greatest feats in cinema , made by the greatest directors Hollywood has had to offer, have been of the science fiction genre. On the flip side, a lot of the worst atrocities to ever make it past the greenlighting stage have also been science fiction movies. To go from Alien to Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem, you have to take a big mental step backward. I find you can judge someone based on the distinction of them saying, “I liked The 5th Element” as opposed to, “The 5th Element was a good movie,” both of which are poorly-thought out sentences anyway. But if anyone knows anything about bad sci-fi more than the fans themselves, it’s the guys behind MST3K and Rifftrax, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.

Rifftrax recently held a “Worst Movies of All Time” online survey, which received over 500,000 votes. People on the Internet pointing out shit they think is terrible? What a crazy idea! You can be damned sure the results revealed a lot about what we already know as people, such as Twilight and its sequels being the Worst Movies of All Time. But you didn’t need a list for that. Just a functioning brain.

But you might not have paused to think that almost a third of the Top 25 films would be sci-fi flicks. Even removing fantastical movies in the superhero genre (Batman and Robin, Catwoman), non-science eco-horrors (The Happening, Birdemic), and moronic video game movies (Super Mario Bros., there are still eight genre films whose obvious errors cemented their laughable fates.