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MST3K: Volume XXXV DVD Review

MST3K: Volume XXXV
DVD
Cast: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Jim Mallon
Distributor: Shout! Factory
Not Rated | 480 Minutes
Release Date: March 29, 2016

“This movie is like playing Doom when there’s no monsters or opponents!”

In the 35th collection of episodes from the cult comedy series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy), and Crow T. Robot (Trace Beaulieu) endure unspeakable – but highly entertaining – cinematic horrors.

In this set you’ll find cavemen, rubber-suited monsters, mummies, swords and sorcery, and cat-loving space aliens. MST3K: Volume XXXV features four episodes from the Comedy Central era with Joel and Mike splitting the hosting duties. It’s a fun mix of episodes – including a triple play from Roger Corman – spanning seasons three through seven. Keep reading for a synopsis of each episode!

Teenage Cave Man

Original Air Date: November 9, 1991

Synopsis: 26-year-old Robert Vaughn stars as a teenage caveman who encounters an ancient creature known only as “The Beast that Kills with a Touch.” Turns out this isn’t a prehistoric tale, but rather a post-apocalyptic story, and the monster is actually a man in a radiation suit – the mutated survivor of a long-ago nuclear holocaust. What a twist!

1958’s Teenage Cave Man is preceded by two shorts: Aquatic Wizards, about water-skiing in Cypress Gardens, Florida, and In Catching Trouble, which documents a day in the life of a wildlife trapper who finds joy in tearing animals away from their natural habitats. Great stuff!

Being from Another Planet

Original Air Date: July 4, 1992

Synopsis: In 1982’s Being from Another Planet, also known as Time Walker, professor Douglas McCadden (Ben Murphy) discovers a hidden chamber in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Inside, McCadden finds a mummy in a sarcophagus. Unbeknownst to this Indiana Jones clone, the body isn’t Egyptian royalty, but an ancient alien in suspended animation. The extraterrestrial awakens and goes on a killing spree, searching for the crystals that have been stolen from its eternal resting place.

12 to the Moon

Original Air Date: February 5, 1994

Synopsis: Directed by David Bradley, 1960’s 12 to the Moon involves an international team of astronauts that embarks on an expedition to the moon. There they encounter a chatty, cat-loving intelligence that believes the Earthlings are immature fools who deserve annihilation. They’re not wrong, you know!

Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell

Original Air Date: February 17, 1996

Synopsis: Also known as Deathstalker III: The Warriors from Hell, Deathstalker And The Warriors From Hell is a 1988 fantasy film directed by Alfonso “Poncho” Corona and produced by Roger Corman.

In this Conan the Barbarian rip-off, John Allen Nelson “stars” as Deathstalker, a warrior who hangs out with his wizard pal, Nicias. Together, the two get wrapped up in an epic quest involving a princess, an evil (and effeminate) sorcerer, and magical stones. Thrilling stuff, right?

What’s even more magical is that this is the third Deathstalker film. How is that even possible!? Was the direct-to-video market so thirsty for fantasy films in the late ’80s that even Deathstalker got a trilogy? The movie is such an epic failure, Mike Nelson confesses, “This is one of the most ambitiously bad movies we have ever done.”

MST3K: Volume XXXV is another great release from Shout! Factory and a must-own for MST3K fans. All four episodes offer quality riffing, with 12 to the Moon standing out as one of this collection’s best episodes. MST3K: Volume XXXV is now available at Amazon.

Bonus Features

— I Was A Teenage Caveman: Richard Band Remembers
— Time Walker Original Version
— You Are There: Launching 12 To The Moon
— Medieval Boogaloo: The Legend Of Deathstalker III
— 4 Exclusive Mini-Posers By Artist Steve Vance

Cover Art

MST3K Volume XXXV DVD Cover Art

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