Joel Hodgson Toys With Our Emotions, Hinting at ‘MST3K’ Reboot
Wired’s new in-depth article about ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000,’ which featured a grown man and two robot puppets making fun of stunningly bad movies, rolls through the entire history of the iconic TV show. Among other achievements, the show may even be responsible for the cultural phenomenon of liking a movie specifically because of how terrible it is. Well, show creator Joel Hodgson casually dropped a bombshell at the end of the interview, saying that he’d consider reviving MST3K.
Hodgson, who has been known to avoid excessive public attention, cited the show’s still-large fan base (whose members are known as MiSTies). “I’ve talked to a bunch of fans about their lives and what ‘MST3K’ means to them,” said Hodgson. “I’m overwhelmed by how people took to that show. It really affected them. I thought, If enough people still love it, maybe we can bring it back.”
Finding the fan support for an ‘MST3K’ revival shouldn’t be too difficult. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, all of whom starred on the show, have seen respectable success with ‘Rifftrax,’ recordings they make and sell to be played along with certain movies. By only distributing their heckling contribution and not the movies they’re heckling, they’re able to take on mainstream movies like ‘Twilight’ and ‘Roadhouse.’ Nelson and his crew have even done live performances.
And in case you’re not familiar with the magic that is ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000,’ just watch this clip. Then do yourself a favor and hunt down some entire episodes..