19 October 2006

MST3K (416)

416 - Fire Maidens of Outer Space - Holy crap, Timmy is scary. The fact that he doesn't say a word, except when inaudibly whispering evil things to Crow, was brilliant. Jef Maynard did an excellent job of puppeteering Crow's evil shadow during the theater segments. I love how he very slowly crept up out of a seat on the left-hand side of the screen. For minutes at a time, Timmy did nothing but move around very slightly. After quite a while, he snuck over to Servo and began to pick on him. I have no idea what was going on it the movie during this; my eyes were on Timmy.

The universal switch host segment should've been played around with a little more. Timmy only got it to mess up Servo and Joel twice by using it. Though Joel-as-a-clown and Servo on a spit was funny, I wanted more. I suppose thinking of appropriate ideas, finding the time to squeeze them into the segment along with everything else, and taking the time to change costumes and setups prevented that.

The movie itself was mostly wretched. As the guys repeatedly lament, the padding-upon-padding was extremely painful. I haven't seen so much footage of people sitting around doing nothing since I accidentally flipped to C-SPAN. On the other hand, the barely concealed sexuality threaded throughout the entire film was fascinating. Ah, if only Doris Wishman had directed instead.

"You know, as always, the answer's tobacco." (7/10)

film d. Cy Roth (1956)
mst d. Trace Beaulieu (26 Nov 1992)