Friday, June 8, 2012

MST3K: Episode 607 - Bloodlust!

I'm watching all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in order. More about that here and here.

Episode 607: Bloodlust!

First aired: Comedy Central on 3 September 1994
Availability: Amazon DVD (Volume 1), Rhino (Volume 1/out of print)

Inspired by The Most Dangerous Game.
Ever read The Most Dangerous Game? I remember reading it in high school. Maybe junior high.

*SPOILER ALERT*

"He had never slept in a better bed, Rainsford decided."

It's a classic. It's one of the few books I read back in school that I have the Kindle version. Yes, The Most Dangerous Game made an impression on me.

Bloodlust!? Not so much.

Well, to be truthful, it did make an impression on me. It just didn't make a good impression on me.

Mike Brady before he met Carol Martin (nee Tyler). Maybe Betty was the first Mrs. Brady?
Two couples, half of one of whom is the Brady Bunch dad, take a boat trip but the drunk captain passes out and they decide to visit an uncharted desert isle which is a bad, bad idea because it's not Gilligan's Island they land upon, but rather, an island run by a madman hunter who hunts and kills people, so they get thrown into a Most Dangerous Game, but the mad hunter gets killed by the henchman he let die in quicksand, but who didn't die in quicksand, so the two couples live happily ever after, but will probably have nightmares, but those nightmares won't be as bad as yours if you saw this film. The end.

Okay, maybe Bloodlust! isn't as bad as all that. It's certainly not the worst film that the MST3K crew has taken on. But, it's nowhere near the best film, either.

The riffing on the film is good. Not stand up and cheer great, but good. The thing about this episode, though, is the short film, and the premiere appearance of Pearl Forrester.

We'll get to Pearl in a minute. First, the short.
Just country boys and girls gettin' down on the farm.It's udder-ly fantastic working on a dairy farm.
It's a trip to Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm. They slop the chickens, hoe the cows, and milk the pigs. Or something. I was too busy laughing at M&tB's riffing to really notice what was actually going on. Maybe I enjoyed it too much. I don't care. I enjoyed it, and that's the whole purpose.

But ... Pearl.
Pearl appears. But she's not called Pearl.Not yet, anyway. Maybe later. Yeah. Later.
Actually, she isn't called Pearl. The credits list her character simply as "Mother Forrester." And, she's not quite like the Pearl Forrester we'll come to know much better much later. She has the Dr. Forrester hair, and not just on top of the head. Yes, Mother Forrester has a mustache. Not as prominent as Dr. Forrester's, but it's there. It's definitely there.

The Host Segments are funny, as is the short. The film is ... okay. The riffing of the film, I mean.

A pretty good episode overall.



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