Rifftrax Live returning to theaters for encore


"Care for a back rub?" Vampira in Ed Wood's magnum opus Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Rejoice, MST3K fans. Last month's simulcast of Plan 9 From Outer Space (notoriously the worst film ever made), which aired at hundreds of theaters across the country, was a huge success-- so much so, in fact, that numerous metro theaters were sold out weeks in advance.

To answer that overwhelming demand, the broadcast is going to be shown again on October 8th at 7:30 at dozens of theaters across the state.

We went to it the first time around, we'll go to it again-- if you missed it, get online and book your ticket. It was absolutely hilarious.

Word of warning-- you'll have to sit through a few boring asides first. There's the immediate discomfort of seeing the voices of Tom Servo and Crow in the flesh--something that especially works against Kevin Murphy, who has the mincing antics of an unfunny uncle (sorry for recycling jokes, gang--it's Friday afternoon, and this case of Black Label won't drink itself).

There's also an all-too-lengthy musical number that will appeal only to the nerdiest (you'll need to shut your eyes while Murphy pantomimes a zombie, lest ye die cringing).

But the film material is second to none. Their riffing of the inexplicable short The Flying Waitress is an outstanding appetizer, and their work on Plan 9 is spot on. High points--the police chief's wild brandishing of his service revolver, the cardboard cockpit, complete with hanging clipboard, and the flaming alien leader.

It's a little pricier than episodes of MST3k on Netflix, but the opportunity to laugh in unison at something normally enjoyed alone is well worth it.