22 March 2007

MST3K (818)

818 - Devil Doll - What is with season 8 and movies about the evils of hypnotism? Fully one third of the episodes so far have had hypnosis subplots: 805, 806, 808, 809, 812 and now this one. I guess it's appropriate fodder for horror movies: the loss of control, playing with human minds, a poorly understood science, etc. I had no idea it was such a big-deal cultural fear. Apparently, it's up there with nuclear power and cloning and guys in hockey masks.

Hey, Pitch came back. He's the very first movie character from the Comedy Central days to stop by. For a while, it looked like they were going to forget their old cast of scamps. There was some attempt to have Ortega from 812 carry that water, it seemed. I'm glad the rules are getting broken. No reason to throw away good stuff. Is there hope for one more visit from Torgo?

Mike: "When does Mr. Lifto come out?" My compliments to the writer who came up with that riff. I'm guessing it wasn't the same person who wrote the joke in the host segment that Crow having lunch with Marilyn Manson was "satanic."

"I'm due for a dimple cleaning." (7/10)

film d. Lindsay Shonteff & Sidney J. Furie [as Lindsay Shonteff] (1963)
mst d. Kevin Murphy (4 Oct 1997)

[finally, after three months, back on schedule]