Bromance on Film: Night of the Demon

The latest episode of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 fanvid series Bromance on Film was released onto the YouTube on May 28, 2017. As scooped, the day before, by some “website” known for collecting information, of the sort which was scooped, the experiment was the 1980 feature-length motion-picture Night of the Demon.

NOTD concerns itself with a group of college-aged campers, camping out in the woods, with their professor, who has dragged them along to investigate a reported Bigfoot in the area. Some very parental guidance events occur throughout the movie, but BOF has efforted to censor the most egregious and offensive uncovered body parts in order to keep viewers from having to give their age to watch it. This latest episode makes nine total episodes from Phil and Taylor.

 

 

Bromance on Film

When not investigating fraud for a multi-billion dollar trans-national computer company or running a “full service multimedia visual design company“, Taylor Boston and Philip Lee (respectively) of Austin, Texas, spend some of their off-hours writing riffs and improvising host segments for their own Mystery Science Theater 3000-style fan-made video series.

Bromance on Film fanartThey call it Bromance on Film. The first episode of BOF appeared on the YouTube on September 10, 2016, with the Todd A.O. feature film Grizzly as the inaugural experiment.

As the premise goes, Phil and Taylor are strangers, whose girlfriends have demanded that they both hang out and become the best of buds. They reluctantly submit to the demand by getting together to do the only thing either of them has in common — watching bad movies. BromOnFil doesn’t have any mad scientists, just a pair of ladies (life-long besties Ashley and Rebecca) who want to go on couples’ dates with their beaus without their beaus ignoring each other. PhiliTay would be watching the movies anyway. Which is pretty unique, and lands Broofi squarely in the realm of what Mystery Science Theater 3000 Fanvid and Live-performance Database, The calls “non-standard”.

While non-standard as far as emulating MST3K goes (For example, Ryan K. Johnson’s two episodes are considered “standard” while Mystery Fandom Theater 3000 is just slightly non-standard.) Bromance on Film has a commonality with the turn-of-the-century fanvid Count Xigeous’ Halloween Bloodbath, as far as the shadowrama goes. Rather than fill the theater segment shot with the experiment and sitting in front of it, they both position the movie on a smaller screen in the middle of the shot; with the characters tossing asides from the darkened peripheries without obscuring the film, except occasionally for a visual gag. Like Count Xigeous, who is trying to do a horror-host show by watching a movie on the TV in his living room, sometimes Phil and Taylor watch movies in Phil’s living room. But, mostly they sit in the back of a small local theater which seems to specialize in bad movies.

Visual gags from Bromance on Film and Count Xigeous' Halloween Bloodbath

{Left} Phil of Bromance on Film attempting to cover on-screen nudity. {Right} Count Xigeous trying to pull off Grandpa’s mole.

According to Phil, the plan is to release an episode about once a month for a year and then decide where to go from there. They both have day jobs, and don’t want the show to become a chore or get in the way of paying the rent:

[T]his is a labor of love, so we are just enjoying doing what we are doing for now, and taking it as it comes.

When choosing suitable movies and shorts to use, Phil says that due to his love of old horror and scienty fiction movies, he was aware of some of the experiments already. But he also does online research to make sure that whatever he chooses as an experiment is either public domain or appears to be abandoned. (Nobody needs a copyright strike on their YouTube channel to be sure.) He mentions archive.org as a potential source for PSA’s and movies, but since even some of those are getting flagged on YouTube, there is still some peril associated with grabbing media from that site.

What’s next for B-on-F? For seven episodes, the only people in the show were Phil and Taylor. But, in episode eight, Ashley makes an appearance in the opening host segment. In real life, Phil and Taylor have mused about having “guest riffers”, but nothing is set in stone. Though, Phil reveals, for sure, the ninth episode will feature Night of the Demon. It’s a movie with Bigfoot in it. And, this time, he’s not supernatural friends with a kid who escapes from boarding school.

Other feature-length movies which have had their day in front of the Bromancers are Hospital of Terror, Home Sweet Home, Don’t Open Till Christmas, The Giant Claw, Invasion from Inner Earth, and The Cremators. And, sometimes there’s an educational short: Good Eating Habits, Are You Popular?, and Sniffles and Sneezes. You may remember The Giant Claw from the final episode of Media Center Theatre 3000. That fanvid series also riffed on Starcrash, which appears also in an episode of Mystery Fandom Theater 3000. But, more recently, Starcrash was used as an experiment in the newly released eleventh season of the official Mystery Science Theater 3000 series. So, Bromance on Film has two degrees of separation from Joel Hodgson, the Great Creator himself.

You can follow Bromance on Film on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and Plus.Google. Or, check them out on their website or the YouTube. Phil’s got a Vimeo, too.

 

 

KCOS: For Health and Happiness (corrected)

A new episode of Ken’s Cinema of Shenanigans is scheduled for release this coming Tuesday, April 11, 2017. It will feature the educational short film For Health and Happiness.

KCOS is produced by The Computer Clan. They’ve released five other episodes since 2015. For a taste of the upcoming episode, there’s a preview on the Computer Clan YouTube channel.  For more information, check out the KensCOS websiteFacebook, and Tumblr. Ken’s Cinema of Shenanigans is a non-standard Mystery Science Theater 3000-style fan-made video series. In it, Ken is trapped on a satellite, and forced to watch bad movies, by an evil scientist. His robot pals EyeEye and Boomer keep him company, but Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo have also become series regulars.


UPDATE: Also featured in this episode are a couple of shorts from the post-apocalyptic advice series Protect and Survive produced by the British government, circa nearly 40 years ago. The couple in question detail how to maintain the lavatory of your nuclear fallout shelter: Sanitation and Sanitation Care. For the more literary minded of the time, there was also a handy booklet.

KCOS: For Health and Happiness

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Mysterious Rifftrax 337

The fellas at Rifftrax recently announced a super secret mysterious new riffing target for Rifftrax Live. On March 27, 2017, the triumvirate du trax stepped into a time machine, fiddled with the control knobs, and boldly exclaimed they would be live-quipping it up to the likes of Doctor Who: The Five Doctors in “theaters across the country on August 17th”. Using modern broadcasting technology, and those wizards at Fathom Events, you’ll be able to watch the show as it happens, in the comfort of your local movie theater. It’s like America is the Rifftrax Live overflow room! (Your silver screen may vary.)

T5D is an episode of the British scienty-fiction series Doctor Who which features four incarnations of the eponymous main character messing about on their/his/them’s home planet of Gallifrey. This won’t be the first time Rifftrax has hit the boards for a live version of their Mystery Science Theater 3000 inspired, shadowrama-free, jokery. It also won’t be the first time they’ve targeted something that has already taken licks from riffing crews. But, they’ve got a large catalog of tra”x”, and it’s not like anyone’s been keeping tra”ck” of what fans of MST3K have been riffing on their own, and does it really matter anyway? Maybe not.

Anyhoo, in this case, the riffing overlap involves those silly billies over at The Federation. You may know them from their Doctor Who fan-films, and the live-show they’ve been performing for twenty years called Mysterious Theatre 337. MT337 is an MST3K Alive!-style show performed at Doctor Who/scienty-fiction conventions, featuring episodes and movies of Doctor Who. They started in 1996 with a single performance at the now-defunct Visions convention in Illinois, but quickly settled into doing two shows a year; usually at the Chicago TARDIS and Gallifrey One conventions. In 2003, they took on Five Doctors, The at Gallifrey One — giving them a 14 year head-start over Rifftrax. Ten years later, armed with a “special edition” copy of The Five Doctors, they performed with an updated script at Chicago TARDIS 2013. MT337 reprised the DW:T5D(SE) show a few months later at UK Expo 2014, in Milwaukee. That year, they performed at an unprecedented four conventions, adding also CONsole Room in Minnesota.

So, Mysterious Theater 337 totes beat Rifftrax to the punch once, twice, twice again times a lady. However, according to MT337 big-cheese Steven Hill, it ain’t no thang:

I think it’ll be a great show and even though we might shout it from the rooftops that we did it first, we can’t be envious, since we wouldn’t have done anything without the inspiration from them in the first place.

The “them” of course being the founders of Rifftrax: Michael J Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett — former cast members and writers on Mystery Science Theater 3000, the show which introduced the world to the art of movie riffing. (Rifftrax itself was founded ten years after The Federation started doing up Mysterious Theatre 337.)

Truth be told, Steven himself even recommended the episode to Rifftrax:

When there were rumors months ago that there might be some Doctor Who in their future, I posted my recommendation – backed up by experience – that The Five Doctors was the best choice. Maybe they took my comment into consideration.

Only their hair dresser knows for sure (presumably) if the Rifftrax crew has already written the script for their live riffing event in August. But, if B.C., Nelstone, and The Murph run into a snag on their own version and need a bailout, there’s a script from 2013 on the downloads page of the official Mysterious Theatre 337 website they could crib that has a proven record of success.

Other notable Doctor Who related Mystery Science Theater 3000 connections include Brian Uiga, who produced a (no-longer-available) fan-made MST3K episode featuring as the experiment the Doctor Who episode Time and the Rani; and Ryan K. Johnson, who produced two fan-made episodes of his own. Neither of RKJ’s episodes featured Doctor Who experiments, but he and his pals did produce a few Doctor Who fan-films in the 1980’s (which he still offers on his website), and he started a long-running Doctor Who fan-club in Seattle called The Society of the Rusting TARDIS . You may recognize Brian Uiga from the documentary InDoctornated when it’s finally released.

 MT337 shadowrama

Desirae Seter: The Finaler Interview

Binding Polymer had a virtual sit-down with Desirae Seter, the writer and editor of the Final Sacrifice 2 and Final Sacrifice 3 (a Space Mutiny cross-over) fan-films. Desirae also produces short videos starring her pug dog, Lucy, called Literary Lucy, and a podcast (G.O.A.) with her friends Matt, Kevin and Don.


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It Zappened Again!

In what may be Zap Rowsdower’s final final sacrifice, Great Desirini films has released, Final Sacrifice 3: The Quest for Beer on the Sun.ZvsB fanart

After finally sacrificing for the second time in Final Sacrifice 2: The Finaler Sacrifice, Zap dreams of a day when he can reach the only warm place he’s ever known. Being from the great, white northerliness of Alberta, Canada, that warm place is the Sun; where he’s convinced he’ll find beer. FS3:TQFBOTS is not only a fan-film of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan-favorite experiment and director Tjardus Greidanus’s epic action-adventure, The Final Sacrifice. It is also a cross-over fan-film of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan-favorite experiment and Battlestar Gallactica stock-footage-using space-opera, Space Mutiny. (There is no word on whether or not Joel Robinson’s Cartuner was consulted.) You’ll have to watch to see what happens when a former Ziox cult member turned drifter gets a sponsorship from Molson, Canada’s beer. Don’t spoil the surprise ending for your friends. No one will be seated during the epic enforcer chase scene. How old is Sherry anyway?

Screengrab of Zap Rowsdower pledging to make it to the sun.

Zap won’t take “no” for an answer.

FS3, which by it is known to its friends, is the hive-mind child of the cast of a podcast whose name may not be safe for reading unless you are exactly 18 years old on the day of its reading– and then only if your eyes are closed and ASCII code 83 is permanently swapped with code 36. (Your parental guidance may vary.) The initials of the podcast are G.O.A., but let’s call it Gif of “Icicles”, when the children have ears. (Do they have those?) Not to be confused with the inhabitants of the Indian state of Goa, these podcasters are known to spend weekends in a basement in Denver, Colorado, musing to one another about imaginary movie plots and watching Rifftrax, MST3K, or other modern classics such as Zombie Nightmare and Sharknado. One weekend they hatched an imaginary plot to a The Final Sacrifice sequel. Before they knew it, someone was making costumes, and they were in production of Final Sacrifice 2. (Alternately known as The Zappening.) It was released unto the world via the YouTube on January 2nd, 2016, where it awaited universal acclaim.

Several months later, the group, who had not yet started their podcast, and who thus were hitherto just a group of friends getting together to chat, were convinced (Or tricked. Who’s to say?) to start recording their conversations about imaginary movie plots. They released the first recording as a podcast a few days before the Ides of April, and have done three or so more episodes since then. Somewhere between their first and second recordings, FS2 received a mysterious spike in viewership, and a write-up on some website, which put a bee in their bonnet that provided the subject for the two-part second episode of their new podcast. In the basement, on a Saturday like many others, they discussed the plot of not their previously mused and intended Space Mutiny fan-film, but what was to become a cross-over of SM and FS.

Over the next few weeks (some may call it a coupla months), a script was hammered out, costumes were sewn together, Molson’s Canadian beer was quested for at five different liquor stores but nobody really drank any of it, props were painted, and a fan-film was acted in and edited together. On July 16, 2016Final Sacrifice 3 was released.  A week or so later — today, in fact — a behind the scenes video was also released, giving a succinct accounting of the events leading up to FS3 and even a few bloopers.

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Zap takes three to the Molson muscle courtesy of Bolt Vanderhuge.

Final Sacrifice 3: The Quest for Beer on the Sun is three times the special effects, three times the cast, and three times the sacrifice. Reprising their roles from the Final Sacrifice 2 fan-film are Don Austin as Zap Rowsdower, Matt Ahern as Pipper, and Lucy (star of the Literary Lucy video series) as Pugsdower. Kevin Gentilcore also returns to the screen; this time not as an exploding Ziox cultist, but as Moose Molson, ostensible president of the Molson beer company and Mutant #5. Not to be out done in the double roles department, Matt (who definitely isn’t the beloved Indianapolis news anchor, the famed British pirate radio DJ, or the aging Australian politician Mike Ahern) also plays the captain of the spaceship the Great White Northern Sun, Bolt Vanderhuge. Three timesing up the cast are Adam Laarsen as Hornswaggle, and other close and personal friends of the podcasteers. Podcast note-taker, fan-film script writer, and pug-mother Desirae Seter sneaks in as a crew member with eye-popping fashion sense.

Screengrab of Bolt Vanderhuge firing a ray gun.

Three times the effects!

If you want to listen to the genesis of this fan-film, in it’s most raw form, uncensored and not safe for work, get permission from your parents and check out episode 2 and episode 2.5 of the podcast sheepishly and coyly mentioned above. They’ve posted it in video form on the YouTube. If you want it as an actual podcast, look in the usual places you consume podcasts, including podomatic. They also have a twitter account where you can find behind the scenes photographs and other podcast related news. If you’re not ready for that many “icicles” in your face, Desirae also has BTS photographs of FS2, FS3, and Literary Lucy on her personal instagram account.

 

Still not reached for comment: Tjardus Greidanus.

 

Mystery Trekkie Theater 3000, circa 2016

Mystery Trekkie Theater 3000 will be back again this year at Shore Leave 38. MTT3K is a Mystery Science Theater Alive!-style live-show put on annually at Shore Leave, a scienty fiction convention held annually in Baltimore, Maryland, which is mistaken annually for Hunt Valley, the actual city where Shore Leave is, unmistakably, being held this weekend (July 15-17, 2016), at the Hunt Valley Inn. In traditional fashion, MTT37 is being performed on Sunday. The official con website says the show will be “closing out” the con, but it’s only scheduled to go for two hours starting at 10 o’clock in the morning and there’s loads of stuff still happening until about 7PM. So, if you’re planning on sticking around for photo-ops, screenings of several Star Trek fan-films, writing workshops, and cetera, your close-out may vary.

The cast of the show varies, depending on the skits accompanying the riffing, and which famous guests who have been invited to the con can be convinced to participate. But, you can always count on famous writer guys Peter David, Robert Greenberger, and Michael Jan Friedman to appear as themselves and their friend T.A. Chafin to appear as the mad scientist character. The experiment has not been announced, but it never is. Count on it being something Star Trek related. A lot of the time it’s an episode of any of the multitude of Star Trek serieses. But! Who can forget 2005 when the audience was presented with the pilot for Alexander the Great, starring William Shatner?

For some shaky, hand-held video of past opening sketches, you can count on the YouTube where users Corey Tracker and garaaluv27 have posted their audience POV’s from 2011 and 2008, respectively.

 

June 22, 2016

Despite it’s projected June 27th release date, the fifth episode of Ken’s Cinema of Shenanigans has already been released. The new episode, which is the first of the second “season” of KCOS and features “part one” of their first feature length experiment, The Guy with Secret Kung Fu, was released on June 21st. Look out for slightly modified opening theme song lyrics, guest appearances, inside-baseball cameos, and a couple of bad words your kids might ask you about at an inopportune time. No attempt has been made to find out which member of The Computer Clan writes their ones in that weird European way that makes them look like sevens. Thus, causing the great “is it early or was it on time” debate of 2016.

Speaking of Russians, did you know that there’s a Russian language Mystery Science Theater 3000 subtitle project going on? They’re translating the entire series, in order. Today, they released a fully translated and subtitled version of the second episode of MST3K, The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy.

Ken’s Cinema of Shenanigans is a Mystery Science Theater 3000-style fan-made video series produced by the mysterious folks of The Computer Clan. The series has a handy YouTube playlist and, now, a Facebook page. If you want to catch the unmolested entirety of the experiment itself, before TCC gets to the remaining two thirds, just look around. There’s a probably not illegal copy on just about every website out there. If you want to compare how a single experiment affects different test subjects, give Cinematic for the People a try. They used it as an experiment back in 2012. (Spoiler: both groups were compelled to mention the water foley.)

 

It’s Finalery Zappening!

About six or seven months ago, the silly billies (or is that sillies billy?) over at Great Deserini Films took a break from their exclusively pug-dog based content to tackle what has been the biggest question on the minds of fans of Canadian independent cinema and/or the soon-to-be resurrected television show Mystery Science Theater 3000: “Will there ever be a sequel to The Final Sacrifice, the action-packed adventure film written and directed by the legendary Tjardus Greidanus?”.

A couple of Saturdays later, the quaddrio emerged from their of Denver, Colorado basement with an answer. The answer was:

Final Sacrifice 2 The Finaler Sacrifice

Follow Zapp, Pipper and the Ziox for another harrowing adventure through the secret underground tunnels of Alberta. Will Rowsdower save us and save all the world again? Will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

Final Sacrifice 2: The Finaler Sacrifice is a fan-film that exploded onto the YouTube on January 2nd of this year. It was written and directed by pug owner, robot builder, and Colorado public school teacher Desirae Seter. It stars the illustrative Don Austin as Zapp Rowsdower, and the musical Mike Ahern as Pipper. It also features several ill-fated henchmen of the evil Satoris, portrayed multiplicitically by full-time drawer of things Kevin Gentilcore; who you may know from his Sharknado poster or his web-comic, Teenage Love Zombies.

Two days in the shooting and some other days in the post-production, the entire budget can be seen on the screen. Check out the behind the scenes video to see how it all went down. It’s just slightly longer than the actual movie, so double your pleasure and learn how to act in the snow, how to green-screen a set, and how not to ADR your lines over voice-mail.

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After they were done filling that hole in the universal collective consciousness, GDF went back to its wheelhouse and started up a new pug-based entertainment called Literary Lucy. Thrill as a pug dog digs deep into the well to embody characters from classic literature such as Moby Dick and Harry Potter.  But, there’s just one more question that hasn’t been answered: “Threequal?“.

 

Tjardus Greidanus could not be reached for comment.