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The only problem with making a first post to a journal seems to be that you have to make more posts afterwards. However, having just finished watching another episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I can talk about something more entertaining than lamentations for reclassified worlds. I'm putting it behind a cut for those who might not share my interest, though.

Experiment #624: Samson Vs. The Vampire Women
There's something to be said for a ridiculous title of a MST3K movie, and this one seems to rival The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy, Godzilla Vs. Megalon, and Invasion of the Neptune Men among the pantheon. We get to see the vampire women right away, in a long and frequently silent opening that gives Tom, Mike, and Crow plenty of chances to crack wise (although there were times when they seemed quiet to me, too). Finally, after many dark portents about threats to the daughter of a scientist-type guy (the riffers put the Kermit the Frog-esque voices they've used before to work building on the guy's dubbed voice), we meet Samson. He's a Mexican wrestler in a pale head-covering leather mask, tights, and a shiny cape, and the stifled laughs as he's welcomed in are very fitting. Samson zooms around in a tiny sports car, beats up on vampire men who attack by sneaking up behind people and hitting them, and takes the time to appear in a wrestling match (if against one of the vampire men disguised with a dark leather mask) before being captured. Fortunately, while the vampires are trying to tie him up, the sun rises and they start to catch on fire before Samson ignites their entire crypt. In the words of the scientist-type guy, "In this age where there are certain evil men who propose to destroy us, Samson is the example to men of goodwill who serve justice."

The host segments are more melancholy, dealing with the departure of TV's Frank from the show. Even so, the episode has the same entertaining flavour as other "departure" episodes like "Mitchell," "Laserblast," and "Diabolik." I also finally managed to realise from one of the host segments where one of the references in of one of the first MSTings I ever read came from.

All in all, it was a fun episode. However, there are only four episodes left from the series that I haven't seen yet... which is ambiguous in its own way.

Date: 2006-08-26 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
I think I've seen that one.

My favorite remains "Manos: Hands of Fate" with that weird Scandinavian folk tale movie (the one with a thing called Sampo) a close second.

Date: 2006-08-26 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krpalmer.livejournal.com
So this wasn't a cry into the void after all... but just wait until I get around to posts on anime.

"Manos" has proved very popular, quite possibly in part because it's available in finer video stores everywhere. I've noticed people speak approvingly about The Day the Earth Froze (http://www.geocities.com/opheliaskiss01/MightyJack/Froze.html) too.

Date: 2006-08-26 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
That's what the crazy Scandinavian movie was called...The Day the Earth Froze.

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