11 April 2007

MST3K (907)

907 - Hobgoblins - The wacky adventures of Frankie, Sniffles, Bounce-Bounce and The Claw. It's the best Gremlins rip-off I've ever seen... which amounts to Troll 2 and this, basically. As far as bad '80s horror movies go, it's lacking. It really needed a dollop of Troma wackiness to spice things up. Roadrash getting dumped in a barrel of toxic waste, Kevin turning into a kabuki warrior, Amy going simultaneously blind and topless... stuff like that. The hobgoblins didn't even have some kind of gross slimey stuff coming out of their mouths! What a rip.

"Our special tonight is poached go to hell." The riffing, like the movie, was alternatively dragging and entertaining. The guys would sometimes get on a roll and get some good lines going. "Nick's a smoking husk right now. He won't mind if we take his van." I am also always a fan of creative ways to deal with over-long credits. This time, they yank out a cardboard cutout of director Rick Sloane and lay into him far worse than Sandy Frank was ever abused. I wonder if Sloane ever commented on this episode?

Holy cow. Coming out this year is the sequel. Rick Sloane is back on crack, it would seem. Well, I hope we get a more in-depth look at the undoubtedly interesting back-story for Club Scum's lovable bouncer Roadrash.

"The crowd threw beef gravy on him." (7/10)

film d. Rick Sloane (1988)
mst d. Michael J. Nelson (27 Jun 1998)