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Rifftrax Live: Reefer Madness/Plan 9 From Outer Space/House of Haunted Hill (Legend Blu-rays)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Episodes: A



The Rifftrax phenomena has grown out of the now television classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and the short-lived, but still entertaining Film Crew.  Both of these shows featured feature wise-cracking mid-westerners tearing up bad movies and shorts with a mix of cynicism and comedy that’s developed a rabid following over the years.  This unique brand of movie mayhem continues with Rifftrax, and Legend Films keeps them comng.  This time we’ll take a look at three Blu-rays of live Rifftrax events where the lads send up Reefer Madness, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and the original House on Haunted Hill.


Reefer Madness (riffed in 2011) is the classic anti-marijuana documentary, sounding the alarm bell on the scourge of the “demon weed,” and riffers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett take the alarmists and their wild claims about pot’s negative effects to the next hilarious level.


House on Haunted Hill (riffed in 2010) tries hard to be scary, and in it Mr. price stars as a wealthy man who offers five people the chance to win $10,000 if they can survive a night in his haunted mansion.  Ten grand was still a lot more money in 1958!  Both guests and host get more than they bargained for in this schlocky fright-fest, and the boys chew it up in front of a live Halloween-eve audience.  Comedian Paul F. Tompkins joins the guys for even more laughs.


Plan 9 From Outer Space (riffed in 2009) must seem like a slow-pitch softball to Mr. Nelson and his crew, and this proves true both in the Rifftrax live event in Nashiville and during Mike’s solo commentary on Legend’s special solo release of Ed Wood’s classic schlock film.  Available in both colorized and original black and white versions, you can choose to watch the film with or without the hilarious commentary.  It might be best to watch it without the commentary first, give yourself a week or so to recover, then come back and watch the color version with Mike Nelson’s able assistance.


Although sadly gone, the spirit of MST3K lives on in Rifftrax and whatever other film projects the lads from old Deep 13 choose to lend their talents to.  The live events possess a special kind of comic energy that adds another dimension of fun and spontaneity to the proceedings.  Fans of bad film and the men who make fun of it should seek these Blu-rays out immediately!



-   Scott Pyle


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