Put on your spacesuits and get ready for a summer vacation on the Satellite of Love! Shout! Factory has announced the newest release in their Mystery Science Theater 3000 line, a must-have for fans of cult television shows and B-movies alike.
- 310 – FUGITIVE ALIEN
- 318 – STAR FORCE: FUGITIVE ALIEN II
- 617 – THE SWORD AND THE DRAGON
- 624 – SAMSON VS. THE VAMPIRE WOMEN
- Introductions by Japanese cinema historian August Ragone
- You Asked For It: Sandy Frank Speaks!
- MST Hour Wraps
- Life After MST3K: Frank Conniff
- MST3K Shorts: Snow Thrills & A Date With Your Family
- Lucha Gringo: K. Gordon Murray Meets Santo
- Four exclusive Mini-Posters by artist Steve Vance
The cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000 has always welcomed immigrant films with open arms. One can almost imagine a Satellite of Liberty greeting the waves of foreign films seeking a more prosperous life in America. Its inscription might well read, “Give me your tired plots, your poor acting, your muddled directors yearning to be schlock-free.” It is in this spirit that Volume XXIV presents four of cinema’s transplants – from Russia, Mexico and two from Japan – that simply didn’t take.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV brings us Fugitive Alien, wherein our hero Ken is pursued as a traitor by his own race because he refuses to kill humans; Star Force: Fugitive Alien II continues the story of Captain Joe, reformed interstellar marauder Ken and the rest of the crew of the Bacchus-3 as they set off to destroy an alien race’s super-weapon; The Sword And The Dragon, an epic journey of a mythical knight and his fights against a barbarian horde in an ancient land; and Samson Vs. The Vampire Women, featuring Mexican wrestling hero Santo saving the locals from Vampire women awakened by their leader with orders to find him a bride.
Thankfully, Joel, Mike and their band of robot brothers (Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot) alleviate their (and our) suffering by watching these movies with a joyously irreverent stream of higher consciousness. You have in your hands passports to laughter. Consider them riffed and stamped by those tormented souls aboard the Satellite of Love.
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