What movies need the 'Mystery Science Theatre 3000' treatment?

Village_l_2Good news for those of you who crave snarky commentary with your cinematic crapsterpieces. Joel Hodgson, creator, writer, and original host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, is working on a new movie-mocking project called Cinematic Titanic, featuring cast members from MST3K. There’s already an official site with more details, but if you’re the impatient sort, you can get a similar fix via Rifftrax, where Mike Nelson, another MST3K head writer and onetime host, sells downloads of color commentary on recent heinous titles such as Battlefield Earth and Crossroads.

Anyhow, all this digging around on MST3K got me thinking: Which horrendously awful movies desperately need skewering by Hodgson and/or Nelson? I nominate The Village. Slow pacing, heavy-handed direction, those hooded creatures, and an inscrutable plot make it perfect for a takedown. In fact, any M. Night Shyamalan movie will do just fine. What other titles should we add to the list?

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  • Chris G

    I Know Who Killed Me!!! That movie sucked so much, it bordered on brilliance!

  • Shannon

    I nominate “The Mist”. That movie was terrible, and may have had some of the worst characters I’ve seen in a movie in a long time. Talk about rooting for the monsters!! EAT!EAT!EAT!

  • Stephen

    “Solaris” with George Clooney. I wanted to walk out desperately, but stayed because I kept telling myself it ad such big names behind it, it had to end brilliantly. I was wrong.

  • Hamburger Royal

    I nominate The Hottest State. The premise of the film wasn’t that aweful, but the whiny lead actor stalking his lost love was so overblown, it was’t even funny, so to speak. It doesn’t happen often watching movies, but I desparately wished the protagonist would show some cojones and just kill himself about halfway through.

  • tia

    The Day After Tomorrow. So much material to laugh at, my friends and I went twice. The first time was to actually see the movie, the second time was to unload all of our pent-up snark in 90 min (no one else was there, so we didn’t annoy anyone but each other.) MST3K would do an awesome job with this movie.

  • Lauren

    I’ve always wished Maximum Overdrive, the Stephen King adaptation starring Emilio Estevez would be perfect fodder for MST3K.
    There are so many skewer-able moments. At one point two guys are crawling through a sewer and discuss its terrible smell at length. And of course there’s the classic “Me made you! We maaaade yoooou!” scene. Good stuff.

  • bb

    Blair Witch Project, maybe then I’d understand it.

  • Cinderella

    One movie that should get this treatment is Boxing Helena (soooo bad!). I think they’d have a field day with that. For a more recent film, I’d like to see them take on Running With Scissors and bring it down a peg or two.

  • JC

    I love RiffTrax. We’ve spent a fair amount of dough there. I actually went out and bought a couple of DVDs because I wanted to hear the RiffTrax for them, and my rental store didn’t have them. RiffTrax made the Matrix bearable again.

  • KG

    People will disagree with me but when all the hoopla dies down, I will turn out to be right…”I am Legend” was so full of itself and pointless by the end, I would gladly sit in a theater with smart ass robots any day.

  • SpaceCat85

    Good call on The Village. They could have a field day with the hokey pseudo-historic accents alone.
    My pick would be one of those bad “chicks with guns” action/wannabe video game flicks: either Underworld or Ultraviolet. The latter is so strangely cheap, bad, & nonsensical it’s trippy to watch, but Underworld probably needs some MST3K commentary more. That perpetually blue-lit scenery must have tasted pretty good, because a few of the actors were certainly chewing great chunks of it ;)

  • Robert

    I’d love to see those guys tackle some of the terrible “teen” flicks that have come out recently – anything starring Amanda Bynes or Hilary Duff. I’m just imagining the brilliance during “She’s The Man”.

  • Nick

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 – the Movie

  • birdgirl39

    Both “Interview with a Vampire” and “Queen of the Damned” beg to be made fun of. I laughed my ass off during both.

  • Sam I Am

    Good call on M Night. Among a sea of possibilities, you could troll his practically his whole body of work for ideas. While The Village certainly works, I would nominate Lady in the Water even higher. Holy cow, blazingly awful movie parading as art; let the MST3K guys go at it.

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