Over a month ago, Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson launched the Kickstarter campaign that thousands of geeks and comedy-minded shut-ins have been waiting for since the show went off the air in 1999.
Thirty days and $5.5 million later (plus an extra $800,000 due to “add-on” donations), Hodgson’s campaign just became the biggest crowdfunded project of all time.
The $6.3 million in total that was raised guarantees fans 14 new MST3K episodes, including a Christmas special, all of which will feature some fairly braggable levels of talent. The new shows will include the new cast of Jonah Ray, Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Baron Vaughn, and Hampton Yount. New guest writers on the show include Community creator Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty co-creators Justin Roiland, Rob Schrab, and Nell Scovell, Ready Player One writer Ernest Cline, Pat Rothfuss, comedian Dana Gould, musicians Paul & Storm, as well as EGOT-winning songwriter Robert Lopez with cameos by Mark Hamill, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Joel McHale, Bill Hader, and Jerry Seinfeld.
There’s no word yet on when Hodgson and company will unleash these new episodes of potentially epic riffage on the world, but the success of the Kickstarter campaign and the buzz surrounding it will guarantee we’ll see them soon enough.
We know MST3K usually kept its material to low-profile movies in the public domain, but since they managed to get a few million bucks we figured they would be able to secure the rights to skewer some higher-profile movies. With a little bit of wishful thinking, here are a few movies released since the show went off the air we want to see get the MST3K treatment.
10. Silent Night, Deadly Night - Well, this one came out in 1984, but having this evil serial killer Santa movie as the promised Christmas special would get fans off on the right track after all these years away.
9. Jupiter Ascending - This 2015 bizarro sci-fi epic by the Wachowskis is the definition of an ambitious flop. Channing Tatum’s character having the DNA of a dog, plus his inexplicably pointy ears, would be enough material for Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo to serve up some classic riffs, but that wouldn’t give the rest of the movies WTF moments their due.
8. Deep Blue Sea - MST3K was great at making fun of cheap knockoffs of more popular films, and if you’re a Jaws fan there isn’t more of a better knockoff than Deep Blue Sea. The possibility of seeing what the cast on the Satellite of Love can do with LL Cool J’s character seeking revenge on a genetically mutated shark because it ate his pet bird would be too good to pass up.
7. Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 and 2 - The Twi-hards can’t get out of this unscathed. We’d like to see one epic skewering of the final two movies in the Twilight franchise because the world deserves to relive the absurdity of vampires vs. werewolves.
6. Wild Wild West - Excuse the old West pun, but the bots having a go at this one may be beating a dead horse. This post-Men in Black Will Smith movie has been lampooned so much, but the MST3K crew could probably do such a good job at reminding us why they’re the best by giving us their version of this cheeseball classic.
5. The Love Guru - Mike Myers trying to do a fairly racist post-Austin Powers character? This sounds like a job for MST3K.
4. Battlefield Earth - The best riffers on the planet doing what is probably the worst movie ever made? Um, yeah, this one is a no-brainer. We’d love to see what the fallout from the Church of Scientology would be after the robots make fun of a giant dreadlock-wearing alien John Travolta.
3. Catwoman - Another movie that’s seen its fair share of haters since its release in 2004, this Halle Berry clunker died a quick death at the box office but lives on as one of the worst superhero movies ever made.
2. The Last Airbender - While M. Night Shyamalan bounced back this year with the fairly scary found-footage movie The Visit, it’s this 2010 big-budget adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon that cemented his fall from grace. MST3K would make it at least a little palatable.
1. The Room - Oh did we mention that Battlefield Earth was the worst movie ever made? Sorry, we forgot about The Room. Given that the MST3K episode featuring Manos: The Hands of Fate (another movie on the list of potential worst-movies-ever) is a comedy classic, they might as well check off other movies on the worst list, too.