Stranger Things gets the Mysterious Science Theater treatment
VOD News | On 15, Apr 2017
“I’ve never been so happy to see someone finish getting dressed.” That’s the sound of Stranger Things getting the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment – and it’s as entertaining as you could hope for.
The mash-up, released by Netflix this weekend, is a smart move by the streaming giant. It proves that its revival of the 1980s cult classic still has the chops to make audiences laugh, as Joel Hodgson’s human is forced to sit through bad movies and comment over the top with his two robot companions. But it also introduces a whole new generation to the MST3K format: for Stranger Things fans who were alive in the 80s and enjoy the nostalgia, this is a welcome throwback to the time when Mystery Science Theater existed; for Stranger Things fans who have never heard of MST3K (which, given Netflix’s young demographic is likely to be a lot of people), this is the ideal introduction.
MST3K was rebooted thanks to a Kickstarter starter campaign, spearheaded by Hodgson and Shout! Factory, which surpassed the goal of funding the production of 14 new episodes and set the world record as the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history. Netflix has since become its home, with all of the new episodes – plus a handful of older favourites – released this weekend.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot gets a trailer
23rd March 2017
In the not too distant future… an all-new season of Mystery Science Theater lands on Netflix. Well, 14th April, to be exact.
The reboot of the cult classic was first announced last year, when the streaming giant stepped in to help a Kickstarter campaign, spearheaded by creator Joel Hodgson and South! Factory. That campaign, which was for the production of 14 new episodes, broke the world record for the highest-funded film and TV crowdfunding campaign in history.
Set on the Satellite of Love, where a human host is trapped by mad scientists with his two robot sidekicks and forced to watch an endless run of B movies, th e format ran for 11 years back in the 1980s, winning audiences and Emmy voters over with its winning blend of terrible films and sarcastic commentary. Hodgson will return for the new series, joined by comedian Jonah Ray, Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt.
We got our first look at the rebooted MST3k last month. Now, the show has got a full trailer to go with it. For more on what else is coming to Netflix UK in April 2017, click here.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 will premiere on Netflix this April
22nd February 2017
Mystery Science Theater 3000 will officially return this April, Netflix has announced.
The cult classic, which was created by Joel Hodgson back in the 1980s and saw a janitor (Hodgson) sent into space in the “not-too-distant future” to be forced to watch terrible films (while commenting sarcastically over the top), emerged after years with a crowdfunding campaign for an all-new reboot. Shortly after, the campaign proved so successful that Netflix stepped in to acquire to the whole shebang.
Now, the show has got an official premiere date: 14th April. The date was announced by Hodgson and co. at the third (and last) red carpet screening for Kickstarter backers.
“You know, I always promised that I’d tell you as soon as I found out, and Netflix actually just told me as we were finishing the Q&A session for our screening here in Los Angeles,” Hodgson wrote on the project’s Kickstarter page.
He also reassured backers who contributed enough to earn a copy of the new episodes – or a livestream screening of the first new episode — as a reward, that they will “make sure you have them by April 14, when the new episodes premiere on Netflix”.
Netflix also tweeted an image that gives us our first look at the rebooted series. You can see that above.
All-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming to Netflix
24th July 2016
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming back – and it’s coming to Netflix.
The cult classic was created by Joel Hodgson back in the 1980s and saw a janitor (Joel Hodgson) sent into space in the “not-too-distant future” to be forced to watch terrible films as part of an evil experiment by one Dr. Clayton Forrester. Trapped on the Satellite of Love, he was given several robots to keep him company, including the aptly named Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo.
The result? A worryingly funny TV series (and a film) that consisted entirely of people making sarcastic comments over the top of really bad B movies. Over almost 200 episodes, broadcast on the Comedy Channel and Sci-Fi Channel, the series racked up an impressive haul of one Peabody Award and two Emmy nominations – and made riffing on dumb films cool. Think of it as the godfather of Gogglebox, having your mates round to laugh at something so-bad-it’s-good, and even Twitter.
Last year, Hodgson took to Kickstarter to raise funds for a reboot, aiming for a total of $2 million. The campaigns was a huge success, with people pledging no less than $5,764,229 to the revival – which broke the record for the most funding ever donated to a video project. Now, that reboot has found a home on Netflix.
Comedian Jonah Ray will play Jonah Heston, the new hapless human forced to sit through movie trash. He will be joined by Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) as Kinga Forrester and Patton Oswalt as TV Son of TV’s Frank, Forrester’s evil assistant, while Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) and Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) will all reprise their roles from the original series.
Elliott Kalan, the former head writer of The Daily Show, will serve as the head writer on the revival, with Community’s Dan Harmon and Joel McHale also on writing duties.
The reboot is executive produced by Joel Hodgson, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Jonathan Stern, Harold Buchholz and Elliott Kalan, along with Satellite of Love, LLC, Alternaversal Productions and Abominable Pictures. It will span 14 episodes, which will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix in the UK and Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.