If you're a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) then you will love Rifftrax. Stars of the original series Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett joined forces once again in 2006, seven years after the show's original cancellation, to create Rifftrax, bringing their commentary comedy to B-films as well as current blockbusters.
Rifftrax themselves are sold separately from films (because legal stuff) so you buy a Rifftrax, pop in your DVD, and sync it up so you can listen to the commentary while you watch. The only thing missing from the original MST3K concept was the outline of Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo at the bottom of the screen. This in itself was enough to make any Mistie (fans of MST3K) hit Buy Now. But the folks at Rifftrax decided to take it one step further with Rifftrax Live!
As part of Rifftrax Live! Mike, Kevin, and Bill will set up shop in a movie theater somewhere in the US and perform their commentary live along with the film while it is being broadcast to theaters around the country. Which means you're experiencing the riffs in real-time along with an audience full of other fans, adding a whole other layer to the experience.
There is a certain spark that passes between two people when they realize they are both fans of MST3K. It's like finding a long-lost member of your family. You immediately think, "Yes, this person gets me!" At some point fans of Star Wars and Star Trek must have felt the same way, but with over-commercialization and politics within the fandom it feels too big to be a family now. It's like saying everyone on Earth is part of the human family. But Misties still feel an intimacy within their fandom, which means that sitting in a theater full of them, laughing out loud alongside them, is a transcendent experience.
Several times a year the Rifftrax guys, with their now-iconic voices, come to a theater near you with an awesomely bad movie to riff on and if you hop onto www.FathomEvents.com you can find when the next one will be.
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