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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go back to product details

"Use your imagination": There's great riffing in the painful Monster a Go Go
written by underdog May 28, 2006 - 8:40 PM PDT
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Herschell Gordon Lewis' and Bill Rebane's Monster a-Go Go may be one of the most disappointingly titled films in the Mystery Science Theater library, as there's hardly much of a monster (he's played by Henry Hite, looking like a disfigured Lurch from the Addams Family), and even less "a-go-go." The voice-over heavy film is an ultra-low-budget 60s sci-fi with too much science and not enough fiction, in which the scant budget doesn't allow for more than a few glimpses of the monster (as Crow T Robot points out in a mock-narrator voice at one point, "It might have been nice to see that scene with the monster, but use your imagination, it was true horror!") and there's not quite enough scenes with scantily clad and terrified teenagers. However, it's prime material for Joel and the 'bots, and they won't let you down - their riffing here is tops, at times screamingly funny. While it won't always get you through most tedious scenes (Joel and Tom do fake falling asleep at one point), for the most part they're right on the money throughout.

And they can't refrain from sincerely chuckling when, in one scene, a telephone ring sound is provided by an actor going "Brrring" (I kid you not). They don't miss that and they don't miss much else in what is a good ol' bad time at the movies. And dig that bizarre, abrupt ending, in which we're told none of this really happened. If only! But then we would be deprived of one of MST's finer efforts.

Also: as a bonus, this episode begins with the delightfully terrible short film, "Circus on Ice" - which is just what it sounds like. The SOL crew have fun with this ephemeral weirdness (right down to the dramatic re-enactment of the death of a fawn... on ice!)


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