Thank goodness for Mystery Science Theater 3000 and thank goodness for Shout! Factory keeping this classic comic science fiction show alive on DVD. This modern classic is one of the single greatest shows ever created for film lovers. There was no other show like it during its time. And there has been no show like it since. On the surface, the very concept of a man and his robot friends watching a bunch of really bad B-movies sounds like something wouldn’t work. But it did. And it still does today. Now, fans of MST3K have been rewarded once again for their loyalty with another new collection of so bad they’re good movies and great skits from an equally great modern classic TV show.
Shout! Factory released the latest volume of this modern classic earlier this week. Included in this brand new set are four more movies that are so god awful that they’re great. Contradictory, no? This four disc set is anchored by the absolutely campy sequel to Universal’s The Creature from the Black Lagoon in Revenge of the Creature and the equally campy Operation Double 007. 1955’s Revenge of the Creature sees the return of the famed creature. This time out, the creature actually becomes a bit of a sympathetic character as it’s captured by scientists and taken to an aquarium in Florida to be studied. Awakening in the aquarium and gawked at by hundreds of people, the creature (played here by Ricou Browning) becomes angered and tries to escape his tank. This leads to more strict means to hold the creature, which only makes it angrier when it finally escapes. And as was the case with classic monster flicks of that era, it went after the first young, attractive woman it saw as it wanted her for a mate. The creature is of course stopped in the end and the damsel in distress saved. While the film is absolutely campy, the very fact that it’s part of a franchise featuring one of Hollywood’s great movie monsters, having the opportunity to take in this flick will be appreciated by any true classic movie buff. As an added bit of trivia, a young Clint Eastwood plays an uncredited role in this campy sci-fi classic.
Revenge of the Creature is a great addition to the new MST3K set from Shout! Factory. It’s just one of the movies included that make the set great for anyone that wants to go back in time to just one era of Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” Along with that flick, classic film buffs will also appreciate the even campier, Operation Double 007. This largely forgotten flick from 1967 starred the younger brother of now retired actor Sean Connery, Neil. Neil plays a plastic surgeon that is brought on board by the British government when his older brother (who just happens to be a secret agent) turns out to not be available to help them for a special mission. Here’s where things get completely ridiculous. The mission in question involves Neil stopping the evil crime syndicate Thanatos from using a giant magnetic wave device that will stop all metal machinery in the world. Yes, it’s laughable. But that’s what makes it so fun. Of course, the action is just as campy, making it that much more fun and funny. Think it can’t get any worse? It can. Not only is the plot and the action hilarious, but the scriptwriters didn’t even try to give Connery’s character a name. He is actually called by his real name throughout the story. There is even more that classic film buffs will love and laugh at throughout this movie proving why it’s one more that’s so bad that it’s great. Thanks to being part of this new set, it’s one more movie that would be great for a classic camp movie marathon. Of course, it’s just one more in this set. Audiences will also love Robot Holocaust and Kitten with a Whip. They finish out the four disc set that’s available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct at Shout! Factory’s online store, http://www.shoutfactorystore.com.
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