One of my favorite past times is sitting down with a bowl of popcorn and watching horrible b-rated movies. Sci-fi is the best of the low budget films out there because they can be so ridiculous. I’m not sure why I love them so much. Maybe it’s the awful acting or the poorly written story that makes these movies so easy to laugh at. I especially love when movies are self-aware that they are awful because sometimes horrible movies that are trying to be serious just suck all the fun out. I’m a fan of movies like Sharknado and Big Ass Spider.
Growing up, my mom and I watched Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) whenever we felt like watching a horrible movie. I’ll have you know it is surprisingly difficult to find the right type of horrible movie that is awful and entertaining at the same time. MST3K finds awful movies for you then makes fun of them along with you! In the original the premise was that a man was sent up into space by two evil scientists and he’s tortured by being forced to watch awful movies. The guy ends up making robot friends up in space to keep him company and he makes the best of this torturous situation. The robots are some of the most cynical characters ever, but they bring me such great joy.
One of my favorite memories is the MST3K episode with the walking carpet monster. I don’t even remember the name of the movie, but they had nicknamed the slow as a snail monster, “The Walking Carpet.” Usually people hate talking during movies, which is understandable because you don’t want to miss something important. When you’re watching an awful movie none of that matters. For the most part low budget stories are only half-baked, so it’s okay to laugh and make jokes.
I just watched the trailer for the reboot of MST3K, which comes out April 14th on Netflix. I’m pretty stoked. It has Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, AND Jonah Ray. I find all three of them to be hilarious, so I’m hopeful that they can make awful movies entertaining. Jonah looks like he’s going to be the dude sent to space to watch the awful flicks. He was a part of Force Grey: Giant Hunters, which was a Dungeons and Dragons campaign that Wizards of the Coast promoted. I think he’s going to be a great entertainer on MST3K. I’m not sure which movie they’re watching first, but the trailer made it look like they have a great spread. So, on April 14th I am going to sit down with some friends and show them the greatness that is MST3K. It’ll be fun to do something I used to do as a child too. If you’re looking for something new to do then grab some candy and some friends and check out the new (or the old) MST3K. Let me know what you think!
-Sabrina Arnold (iwouldliketonerd)