|— Crow T. Robot (misreading the title card)|
|“||Hm, 'story by' so there will be a story, that's encouraging.||”|
|— Tom Servo|
The film begins in a hospital where the Soultaker is trying to find a room containing an elderly man. He eventually finds the room. The Soultaker looks at his pocket watch before using a ring to take the man's soul. The next day, a rich teen-aged girl named Natalie McMillan and her friend Karen get ready to go to "Summerfest". Meanwhile, a teenaged boy named Brad (David "Shark" Fralick) goes to pick up Natalie's former boyfriend Zack to go to Summerfest. Zack tells Brad that he wants to see Natalie again, but Brad tells him that he can never win a girl like Natalie again without money.
Later they go to pick up another teenager named Tommy Marcetto. At Summerfest, the Angel of Death tells Soultaker to kill Brad, Tommy (Chuck Williams), Zack, Natalie, and Brad's girlfriend Candice at 8:00. During Summerfest, Karen leaves Summerfest with her boyfriend John leaving Natalie behind. Before Brad, Tommy, Zack, and Candice leave the festival, Zack notices Natalie alone. Zack comes up to Natalie and the two reconcile. Zack offers to take Natalie home. Natalie takes his offer. The five teenagers take Brad's car and leave Summerfest. Brad - who is high on cocaine - is speeding. The Soultaker steps in the middle of the road. To avoid running over the Soultaker, Brad swerves and crashes into a tree.
After the crash, Natalie, Brad, Zack, and Tommy find themselves a little away from the car unharmed. The four realize that Candice is missing. Meanwhile, the Soultaker is at the crash site where it is shown that everyone has been critically injured. Soultaker takes Candice's soul. When Soultaker tries to get Brad's soul, he discovers that Candice's soul was still in her body but every one else's souls flew out. The Soultaker delivers the soul to the Angel of Death and explains that the others were displaced from their bodies, however it is never explained how this happened. The Angel of Death tells Soultaker to hunt down the other souls before midnight, and he must abide by the rules of time and space (although this is never clarified either). Later, the police and the ambulance are at the site. The ambulance takes the bodies and the police search the car. The police finds the cocaine that Brad had hidden in the car. Everybody comes back to the crash site after the police and the ambulance have gone. Brad searches the car to find his cocaine. All of the souls realize that Candice had died in the crash.
The Soultaker reveals himself, materializing from within the car, and claims Brad's soul while the others are helpless to stop him, and flee. The others find a convenience store where they try to tell the cashier that someone is trying to kill them, but the cashier does not notice their presence. Assuming the man is ignoring them, they leave the store, and the Soultaker appears again and grabs Natalie, to claim her soul, but her resemblance to his past love stays his hand. Zack rescues Natalie and they both flee, leaving Tommy behind. Tommy runs back to the store, and pleads for help from the cashier, to no avail. Tommy attempts to gain his attention by breaking a soda bottle, but this only confuses the cashier. The Soultaker is about to claim Tommy, when the Angel of Death appears to collect Brad's soul, and to reprimand his subordinate for failing to take Natalie when he had the chance. After delivering Brad's soul, the Soultaker enters the store and claims Tommy's soul.Natalie and Zack are still fleeing with The Man behind them. The duo make it to Natalie's house. Before they open the door, Natalie's mother, Anna (Jean Reiner) opens the door. Zack and Natalie tells them about the Soultaker. Anna tells them that they will be safe inside. Anna tells Natalie that she will run a bath for Natalie, so she can relax.
After Anna goes upstairs, Natalie apologizes to Zack for the loss of his friend. Zack also apologizes about the cocaine in the car. Natalie goes upstairs. When she gets upstairs Natalie and Anna talks about Natalie's relationship with Zack. Natalie tells Anna that she will go to her room and lie down. When Natalie goes lie down, she falls asleep and dreams about being taken to the hospital. Anna wakes her to tell Natalie that the tub is full. Meanwhile, downstairs Zack hears something growling in the kitchen. When he goes to investigate, it was only the family dog, Charlie. Zack tells Charlie that no one will hurt him. It is shown that the reason Charlie is growling is because he can't see Zack, but can sense his presence.
Back upstairs, Natalie gets ready to bathe, and it is revealed that her mother is watching her undress.While watching T.V., the news comes on and reports about the car crash. One of the reporters interviewing Natalie's father Grant reports that with parents permission the life support systems for Natalie and Zack will be shut of at midnight. Zack sees Anna on the news. Natalie discovers her mother watching her, and is disgusted, then horrified when her mother suddenly morphs into the Man that has been pursuing them.
Instead of attacking her, The Soultaker attempts to make a pact with her, offering her eternal life, with the one proviso being that she stay by his side forever. Zack arrives and attempts to attack the Soultaker, but is easily overpowered. Natalie gets her father's shotgun and shoots the Man, to no effect, as the Soultaker reveals his nature by claiming that she "can't kill a man that is already dead." The two manage to escape and flee to the hospital to return to their bodies before midnight before their life support systems will be shut off. In the hospital, Natalie is captured by the Man on an elevator which leads to the afterlife. The Man claims he is an angel and his duty it to collect the souls of the dying. He manages to convince Natalie that there is nothing left for her in living realm, and that Zack is already dead, but she can be saved if she stays with him.
While searching for Natalie, Zack encounters Brad, who has become a grim reaper. Brad reveals that those who take a life, even if accidentally, they must pay for it through service as a grim reaper. Brad gives Zach two empty soul rings to help Zach and Natalie into their bodies, and helps him rescue Natalie from the Soultaker. Natalie places herself in the ring over her body, but she still remains comatose. Zach discovers that a pendant she was wearing somehow acted as a barrier between her soul and her body, and he pulls her soul from her body and is about to attempt to return her to her body again, when the Soultaker appears again. The Soultaker chases Zack all the way to the top of the hospital, and corners him on the roof. Zach remembers that he is a soul and is no longer bound by death or pain, and escapes by leaping off the roof. The Soultaker is about to give chase, but is confronted by the Angel of Death once again. The Angel of Death informs him that it is past midnight and that the Soultaker has failed, for if the two died now, their souls would be lost forever. The Soultaker pleas with the Angel, promising that he can correct these errors, but is beyond forgiveness, and is collected into a soul ring by his master. Zach manages to return to his own body, then returns Natalie's soul to her body as well, bringing her back to life.
The movie ends with Zack visiting Natalie in the hospital on the day of her release. Zack is greeted happily by Natalie's parents who used to not care for Zack at all. The two go outside to see that Zack finally fixed up his old car and the two kiss and drive off together.
- Vivian Schilling, who portrays Natalie in the film, wrote some of the story. This is referenced, and probably exaggerated, by some of the riffing.
- The P.A. announcements in the opening scene are also used in Queensrÿche's album Operation: Mindcrime and in Naughty By Nature's song "Everything's Gonna Be Alright".
- Won a Saturn Award in 1992 for Best Genre Video Release.
- Prologue: The bots decide to have a "wet T-shirt contest." They throw some T-shirts into water and don't see what the fuss is about. The commercial sign malfunctions.
- Segment One: The malfunctions on the SOL get worse, as a certain figure can barely be seen and heard behind the transmission of an image of Martin Van Buren. Pearl doesn't care.
- Segment Three: Everything goes wrong on the SOL, but nobody in Castle Forrester can help because a soultaker has appeared - it's TV'S FRANK! - who is amazed by Pearl's food from Taco Bell. Meanwhile, a mysterious ship saves the SOL from crashing.
- Segment Four: The mysterious visitor who saved the SOL appears on the bridge—and it's JOEL! He fills in the bots on what he's been up to, and he and Mike share a tender moment.
- Segment Five: Joel completes repairs on the SOL, says hi to Frank, and departs with some uplifting words to Mike & the Bots. In Castle Forrester, Bobo and Frank hit it off.
- Stinger: Fake mom ogles her not-daughter.
- Michael J. Nelson - Mike Nelson
- Mary Jo Pehl - Pearl Forrester
- Bill Corbett - Crow T. Robot / Brain Guy
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo / Professor Bobo
- Patrick Brantseg - Gypsy
- After taking the last two episodes of Season 9 off, Mary Jo Pehl is back on the writing staff for the entire 10th season.
- Joel Hodgson returns, making his first appearance since Season 5's Mitchell.
- Joel's jumpsuit still includes the word "Gizmonics" on the front, marking the only reference to the Gizmonic Institute during Mike's time on the Satellite of Love.
- Joel again sports a goatee, as he last did in Season 4's Hercules Against the Moon Men.
- Joel does not appear in the theater during the episode. In 2021, he stated that he was not invited to riff during the movie for his appearance.
- Frank Conniff returns, making his first appearance since Season 6's Samson vs the Vampire Women.
- Ranked 18th in the Top 100 Episodes as chosen by backers of the Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 campaign.
- The appearance of Joe Estevez prompts several callbacks to Werewolf, including the use of the word "yaniglachi" and "Aren’t you due on the set of Werewolf?"
Quotes and References
- "Welcome... to the Satellite of Love!"
- "Pearl! Pearl! Hello? Our wessel is malfunctioning!"
- "Johnny Cash! Johnny Cash! Johnny Cash!"
The country-western singer Johnny Cash was known as "The Man in Black" because he often wore black overcoats similar to the Soultakers in the film.
- "Because you're mine, I walk the intensive care unit..."
This is a parody of the lyrics of Johnny Cash's 1956 song, "I Walk the Line": "Because you're mine, I walk the line."
- "I'm Ed Bradley." "I'm Steve Kroft." "I'm Leslie Stahl."
The opening sequence of 60 Minutes features the show's trademark, an Aristo stopwatch, as well as each of the current correspondents and hosts introducing themselves. Ed Bradley was a part-time correspondent (1976–1981) and a host (1981–2006) for the show, Steve Kroft was a host (1989–2019) and co-editor (2019), and Lesley Stahl is a host and co-editor (1991–present).
- "The death of Helmut Kohl!"
Helmut Kohl was the chancellor of Germany (originally West Germany) from 1982 to 1998.
- "The Sooooooooooooooouuuuultaker!"
This is a parody of the opening announcement on the show Soul Train.
- "Hey, Jim McMahon!"
Jim McMahon played for the Chicago Bears from 1982–1988. After his seven years in Chicago, he became a journeyman quarterback until his retirement in 1996. His last chance to be a full-time starter was with the Minnesota Vikings in 1993.
- "Uh, let me wake up the rest of Menudo, hold on."
Menudo was one of the most popular Latin boy bands in history, releasing their first album in 1977. The band achieved much success, especially during the 1980s, becoming the most successful Latin American teen musical group of the era and selling some 20 million records worldwide. The group's roster changed often as members aged.
- "Where's David Byrne's head?"
- "Hey, by the way, do you wear your sunglasses at night, so you can, so you can, keep track of the visions in your dreams?"
- "Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry..."
- "Hey, I really do walk the line!"
Another reference to the fact that Estevez's outfit makes him look like Johnny Cash, and to Cash's song, "I Walk the Line" (see above).
- "They are, in fact, traveling down the road, and they are, in fact, flirting with disaster!"
- "Hope they didn't hurt their tight pants points, hardly renowned."
- "Hey, it's Hamilton Jordan!"
- "Now I'll never win that set of steak knives."
A set of steak knives is the award for the second-best real estate salesman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and movie Glengarry Glen Ross written by David Mamet. The first place prize is a Cadillac El Dorado, and third place is being fired.
- "Frank Booth-cam!"
- "Why, it's Harvey! Hi, Harvey!"
- "It's closing time." "Does that mean every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end?"
- "My nephew was in The Mighty Ducks!"
- (in a tiny voice) "Mother."
Signature line of Daffy Duck when faced with imminent catastrophe.
- "Ennio Morricone!"
- "I wanna thank you..." and "Do you feel like we do?"
Lines from the 1973 song "Do You Feel Like We Do" by Peter Frampton, which is best known for his utilization of a talk box, an effects unit that allows musicians to modify the sound of a musical instrument by shaping the frequency content of the sound and to apply speech sounds (in the same way as singing) onto the sounds of the instrument.
- "Zack is dead!" "That's what I said!"
- "The band Man or Astro-man?"
- Tom Servo advising Mike to not compare himself to Joel.
There were heated internet flame wars that occurred between fans when Mike replaced Joel as host. The debates often got vicious and ugly, though they have since faded within the community.
- "Prudential signs!"
- "Wheeling Captain Pike down the hall!"
- "David Byrne was right. Heaven is a place WHERE NOTHING EVER HAPPENS!"
- "The Other Side of the Mountain... of Crap!"
The Other Side of the Mountain is a 1975 film based on a true story of ski racing champion Jill Kinmont. It follows Kinmont's difficult journey to recuperate after she is paralyzed from a near-fatal skiing accident. Her best friend suffers the same fate after contracting polio.
- "Unfortunately, it's Christine!"
- [All-black-clad Soultaker walks down the a hospital hallway, blinking in and out of the picture.]
- Crow: Johnny Cash! Johnny Cash! Johnny Cash!
- Mike [as Soultaker/Cash]: [singing to "I Walk the Line"] Because you're mine, I walk the intensive care unit.
- [The Soultaker opens up a stopwatch, which ticks a la the opening sequence to 60 Minutes.]
- Servo: I'm Ed Bradley...
- Mike: I'm Steve Kroft...
- Crow: I'm Lesley Stahl...
- [The title card swoops into view.]
- Servo [as Don Cornelius]: The SOUUUUUUUUUUUUULTAKER!
- [Natalie is getting dressed for Summerfest.]
- Crow: That's not Natalie, that's Tonya Harding!
- . . .
- [A grooming Natalie appraises herself in the mirror.]
- Crow [as Natalie/Tonya]: You're dead, Nancy Kerrigan!
- [some jokes about Brad's car]
- Crow: Ugh, that car must reek of Arby's!
- . . .
- Mike: I'll bet whoever had that car after him never got the smell of Marlboro Lights and Hardee's out of the upholstery!
- [As Karen drives off with her uniformed Navy boyfriend, Natalie tries to call her back.]
- Natalie: Karen!
- Mike [as Karen]: Sorry! Love is lifting me up where I belong!
- . . .
- [Natalie stomps in frustration.]
- Crow [as Natalie/Tonya]: The lace on my skate broke!
- . . .
- [Zack comes up behind Natalie and startles her. As she spins around…]
- Crow [as Natalie/Tonya]: Jeff Gillooly did it!
- [A close-up of the Soultaker (played by Joe Estevez) standing at the end of a road, awaiting the oncoming car Natalie and Zach are in.]
- Crow [as Soultaker/Estevez]: Hi folks, you may be wondering if I'm Martin Sheen. Well, I'm not. Turns out I'm his vastly more talented, yet less appreciated brother. Thank you.
- [A prolonged still shot of a tree as the speeding car approaches.]
- Mike [as tree]: Hi. I'm a tree. Just wanted to put in a good word or two in for nature since the camera's on me. Thanks for your time.
- [Natalie et al have been thrown from the crashed car, and she appears dead on the ground.]
- Mike: She's survived by her Danskins.
- . . .
- [Natalie dizzily gets to her feet after the crash.]
- Servo [as Natalie/Tonya]: Whoa! Triple salchow really takes it out of you!
- [The Soultaker bears down on Tommy in a convenience store.]
- Tommy: What do you want?
- Crow [as Soultaker/Estevez]: Do you have a phone, so I can call Martin to take over my role?
- [The Soultaker hovers over Tommy, preparing to take his soul]
- The Soultaker: [ominously] It's closing time!
- Servo: Does that mean that every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end?
- [At Summerfest, Tommy randomly goes up to a woman and kisses her on the lips.]
- Tommy: Thanks!
- [The woman laughs it off.]
- Mike [as Woman]: I just got assaulted, it's fun!
- [At a bus stop, Natalie (played by screenwriter Vivian Schilling) freaks about her mother at home with the Soultaker.]
- Natalie: My mom! He's done something to my mom!
- Zach: No, no—your mom is fine! She's at the hospital.
- Natalie: What?
- Mike [as Zach/Actor]: Hey, look—you wrote this crap!
- [Natalie lies unconscious in a hospital bed, respirator in mouth.]
- Mike: [singing in Peter Frampton/talkbox voice] I wanna thank you.
- [Zach's friend Brad, now a Soultaker himself, is explaining the Afterlife to Zach.]
- Brad: You still haven't figured it out, have you, man?
- Crow: We have! Can we go?!
- [The Soultaker confronts Zach at the hospital rooftop edge after a long chase scene.]
- Crow [as Soultaker]: Muhuhahahahaha! You're it!
- Soultaker: It's all over now.
- Servo: Oh, ho, I wish that were true!
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout! Factory in February 2009 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 14, a 4-DVD set with The Mad Monster, Manhunt in Space, and Final Justice. This set has been out of print since 2016.
- The DVD includes a special feature, the Joe Estevez on MST3K interview.
|preceded by: Season 9||MST3K Season 10||followed by: Season 11|
|1001||Soultaker||1999-04-11||1006||Boggy Creek II||1999-05-09||1011||Horrors of Spider Island||1999-07-25|
|1002||Girl in Gold Boots||1999-04-18||1007||Track of the Moon Beast||1999-06-13||1012||Squirm||1999-08-01|
|1003||Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders||1999-09-18||1008||Final Justice||1999-06-20||1013||Diabolik||1999-08-08|
|1005||Blood Waters of Dr. Z||1999-05-02||1010||It Lives by Night||1999-07-18|