09 April 2007

MST3K (905)

905 - The Deadly Bees - "Why didn't I marry a cigarette?" The riffing always goes a lot smoother when there's a great character to pick on. In this film, there's a host of surely English people to poke fun at and an incredibly dim leading lady. "Objection! Stupid hat!"

The host segments were not particularly memorable. I did like the sitcom-style prologue, in which the guys re-enact several TV clich├ęs under the banner of "last time on..." Mike dressed as a bee was funny in and of itself, but the gag in which only Servo can understand his unique language hasn't worked since the days of R2-D2. "The Please Stay Operetta" was well-performed, but I'm not really into songs that veer heavily into stage-musical territory.

It's been six years since Crow fell in love with a character from the movie. He's still on a bad run, though. Mrs. Hargrove -- also known as "The Cigarette Hag" -- is probably an even more *ahem* interesting choice for a ladylove than dear, old Estelle. The actresses playing both, disturbingly, were long dead by the time MST3K rolled into town. I'm not sure what that says about Crow. I suppose these choices offer more comedic potential than the easy-to-like Kim, but still... c'mon, Crow.

"On a dare, this guy built his farm blindfolded." (7/10)

film d. Freddie Francis (1966)
mst d. Michael J. Nelson (9 May 1998)