(College student Lewis Moffitt (played by 41-year-old George E. Mather) gets off the phone with his girlfriend)

" Aw, she's the ginchiest. Life does begin at 40."

- Joel (as Moffitt)

The Short[]

Main article: The Phantom Creeps (serial)

Chapter Three: "Crashing Timbers" - Dr. Zorka plots to protect the secrets of his destructive powers.

The Movie[]

Main article: Ring of Terror (film)

A medical student must face his greatest fear as part of a fraternity initiation.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


"Movie Sign!" ... Not!

Prologue: The Bots trick Joel with a fake movie sign.


Human Operation

Invention Exchange (Segment One): Dr. F turns Frank into a giant Human Operation game board, while Joel presents Pin-Bolus and turns his inner organs into a pinball game.

Segment Two: The SOL crew presents the Old School, a college for the elderly based on the old-looking "students" in the film.

Hoover autopsy

Hoover autopsy

Segment Three: Joel demonstrates robotic anatomy for his class by autopsying "Mr. Hoover". The Bots are disgusted.

Segment Four: Joel dispenses RAM chips for naming good things about the movie, and the crew expresses relief, only for the Mads to drop a short on them!

Frank sings

Frank sings!

Closing (Segment Five): The crew complains about the short and the idea that Dr. Zorka would tempt a chauffeur to help in his world domination plans, which inspires Frank to write a song about this idea: "If Chauffeurs Ruled the World".

Stinger: "Weird. Yeah, I guess that is the word for it. Weird."



  • This is the only episode of the series (to date) in which the short is presented after the movie..
  • This also the only episode to begin with movie sign immediately after the theme song, though this is a prank by Tom and Crow.
  • Servo still has his "haircut" from the previous episode.
  • This episode was the first to air during Turkey Day '91.


Obscure References[]

  • "Mommy! Mommy! Don't ever look at me!"
Frank is imitating Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.
  • "Centerville, a real great place to raise your kids up."
This refers to a scene from Frank Zappa's 1971 film 200 Motels when the musicians are strolling through a town during a psychedelic trip.
  • "Look for...the Union Label..."
Referring to a jingle from a series of old commercials for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. One such commercial appears in the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, which became a RiffTrax presentation.
  • "Hey, Lyndon LaRouche's brother! He just bought drugs from the Queen of England!"
Lyndon LaRouche was an American political activist and perennial third-party presidential candidate, known for his bizarre, conspiracy-obsessed worldview (such as his claim that Queen Elizabeth II was involved in the international drug trade) and the cult-like movement that grew up around him.
  • "Hey, check it out, Bob Dobson from the Church of the SubGenius!" "The Almighty Bob!"
A reference to the satirical pseudo-religious movement the Church of the SubGenius, whose "prophet" is named J. R. "Bob" Dobbs.
  • "It's Joe Franklin!"
Joe Franklin was a talk show host who had a New York-based TV talk show that aired from 1951 to 1993.
  • "What's the name of the book?" Crow: "Tropic of Cancer..."
Tropic of Cancer is an erotic novel by Henry Miller, one of several that tested American laws on pornography in the 1960s.
  • "It's like there's two separate personalities trying to gain control!" Crow: "Glen AND Glenda!"
Glen or Glenda is a semi-autobiographical drama film about cross-dressing that was written, starred in, and directed by Edward D. Wood Jr.
  • "She looks like the model for Resusci-Annie!"
Resusci-Annie is a lifelike mannequin used to teach CPR.
  • "My legs are teeth are grey..."
Paraphrasing a line from Monty Python's Life of Brian spoken by a "feeble" old man who hides Brian and his fellow members of The People's Front of Judea from Roman soldiers.
  • "Tell em Brunhilda!"
Brunhilda is a shield-maiden/Valkyrie from Norse legend. She featured prominently in the Richard Wagner Opera The Ring of the Nibelung, usually portrayed by a very corpulent woman like Rag Doll in the film.
  • "These are baked yams. A Miss Karen Finley sent them over!"
Karen Finley is a controversial performance artist who once produced a piece entitled "Yams Up My Grannie's Ass".
  • "Rattle rattle rattle thunder clatter boom boom boom..."
This comes from a jingle in ads for the Car-X chain of auto repair shops.
  • "It's Divine, the early years!"
Divine was the stage name of performer Harris Glenn Milstead, who was famous for his heavyset drag persona featured in John Waters films.
  • "Let's see...'Become Jack Weston'?...No problem!"
Jack Weston was an American actor who usually played comedic roles (similar to Tiny in the this film) due to his heavyset appearance.
  • "Merv Griffin? What are YOU doing here?"
  • "Get that cat outta here!"
Both references to the comedy film The Man with Two Brains.

Behind the Scenes[]

Movie Edits[]

Ring of Terror had several scenes trimmed in order to fit within the desired time slot.

  • The end of the beauty contest (showing the two older judges voting for Alice Lund) has been cut, as well as a scene in which Tiny announces his vote for Rag Doll Milford (surprising the other judges).

Video Release[]

Ring of terror

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