Episode 809: I Was a Teenage Werewolf
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 19 April 1997
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
|Don't cry, don't raise your eye, it's only teenage werewolf.
This string of unreleased episodes happened because, after the show moved to the Sci-Fi Channel, the network provided lots of episodes they owned, or, at least, to which they had the rights.
That means these movies were not and are not in the public domain, like so many movies used in episodes during the Comedy Channel/Comedy Central years. And, when Best Brains goes to release episodes, it's easy to pick one with a public domain film. Getting rights to movies that others own can be difficult and, more importantly, expensive.
Somebody owns the rights to and thinks they have a gold mine in their rights to Revenge of the Creature, The Leech Woman, The Mole People, The Deadly Mantis, The Thing That Couldn't Die, The Undead, Terror from the Year 5000, The She-Creature, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, and other pieces of ... cinematic history.
I can't imagine the rights owner can make more money by not allowing the MST3K episodes to be released. But then, I don't understand the movie business.
Apparently, neither do many people that make movies. Of course, that's the whole raison d'etre for MST3K.
Before he road the Highway to Heaven, before he had a Little House on the Prairie, before he and his family had that Bonanza near Lake Tahoe, Michael Landon opened the doors for Michael J. Fox, Jason Bateman, and Tyler Posey by being the original Teenage Werewolf.
|The detective from Venus.
|The evil airplane psychologist.
The riffing is great, they don't over-do it on Bonanza references, and, in fact, under-do the Lost In Space riffs (Guy Williams is in the movie), and omit any Zorro riffs (Guy Williams, again).
Funny Host Segments include lots of Alien references (Alien: Resurrection would be released later that year).
This episode is one of my faves from Season Eight.