Saturday, March 12, 2016

Rifftrax Hits Kickstarter Goal, But What's Next?

After a little more than four days, Rifftrax has raised 225 thousand dollars in this year's Kickstarter drive. That means we will have the live riff of Time Chasers and the big MST3K reunion with the Mads (Trace Beaulieu and TV's Frank Coniff) and the Ladies' Riffing Tag Team champs, Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl. All that's left for the fans is begging Joel Hodgson to drop by, along with the new MST3K cast.

Also , there's now the prospect of "stretch goals" which helped Joel raise more than six million dollars for the MST revival. Of course, the extra cash will pay for two more Rifftrax shows. The only question is...what movies should be featured?

In the Kickstarter postings, I suggested two movies, Sharknado 3 and This Island Earth. I thought Mike, Kevin and Bill would have the intestinal fortitude to take on another Sharknado, but they decided they didn't. Too bad, since I had some riffs. The other movie seemed like a great choice, since it would be in honor of the 20th anniversary of the MST3K movie that should have been better if not for the studio and focus groups screwing it up. Actually, the Rifftrax guys actually responded to my request, but said it would be tough to get. Maybe Universal didn't like how the movie was riffed, maybe? Well, they ruined the movie, so Mike should get another shot at it. Besides, he would have gotten to use that Bootsy Collins riff.
Some fans bitter about that could suggest Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson doing her best Rick Blaine impression, but it's possible that could also be out of the reach of Rifftrax. It would be sweet revenge, of course,.

So, if not those movies, what then?
For argument's sake, let's pencil in I Believe in Santa Claus as the December showing, It would be interesting to see the guys take on Santa trying to save a kid's kidnapped parents in "Just Africa", with the help of a good fairy trying to be Celine Dion.
That leaves the October show, which usually means a cheesy horror movie except last year we got Miami Connection.
I was thinking maybe it should consider World Without End, which was riffed during the first live show Joel and the bots did in 1992.

 I also thought about The Day The World Ended, which was used in "MST3K: the Home Game", where people suggested riffs in a chat room (also known as Twitter's grandpa). However, that's a Roger Corman picture, and if we can't get It Conquered The World on DVD, I doubt the crew will be able to riff it live, If it could, we probably won't get the digital download three months later.
If they hope to get a movie that was made by a real studio, but not very well, how about The Happening with Mark Walhberg and Zooey Deschanel. It's been a go-to riff for lots of other Rifftrax movies and shows.

Now, there's the chance making this movie a live show could be more unlikely than getting Terror From the Year 5000 in a future MST3K DVD set. I just hope someting like this will be part of this year's live shows.
At least we have three and a half weeks to speculate and raise more money for this year's Rifftrax shows. We can also use that time to get Joel to come to the reunion. That would make it complete. Adding Felicia Day, Jonah Ray and Patton Oswalt, of course, would be the passing of the torch and make it the greatest live show ever. Fingers crossed!

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