|“||It IS light!||”|
|— Joel, confused by the film's postulates|
|“||"He is the son of our leader. The high court will pardon him!" "Oh yeah, he's a Kennedy!"||”|
Alien beings who are the products of an oppressive dystopian society land on Earth. Among them is the uncommonly sensitive Derek. When conflict arises over the plan to colonize Earth with 'gargons' (their food source), Derek escapes to a nearby town and soon meets the friendly and trusting Betty Morgan.
Chaos ensues when Derek's hostile crewmate Thor follows him into town, leaving a trail of victims in his wake. Thor is seriously injured, and the gargon left behind by the other aliens starts to grow significantly. Derek eventually discovers that he is the son of his planet's ruler, and sacrifices himself to destroy the invasion fleet.
- Although Warner Bros. distributed this film, it was not a Warner Bros. production. The studio needed a genre film to play as the second feature with the Godzilla sequel it was releasing under the title Gojira No Gyakushû (English title: Godzilla Raids Again) (1955) and bought this from producer Tom Graeff.
- Tom Graeff wrote, produced, directed, edited, and acted in the movie. Contrary to popular belief, Tom Graeff’s stage name was not ‘David Love’ (the actor who played Derek) but rather ‘Tom Lockyear’ (who played Betty’s reporter friend Joe Rogers). Not much is known about actor Chuck Roberts (credited as 'David Love', who played Derek), but it IS known that he was Tom Graeff's lover at the time.
- Robert King Moody (who plays the commanding officer from the ship) is probably best known for portraying Starker—the dim-witted assistant of Sigfried, the head of KAOS—on the 60s sitcom Get Smart.
- The film's producers could not afford to construct a giant monster, so only its shadow is seen - cast (most likely) by a normal-sized lobster. The trim on the aliens' costumes is made from masking tape, and their space boots are men's dress shoes covered by socks. The ray gun prop was a Hubley's "Atomic Disintegrator" toy (original versions of which are quite valuable today).
- The entire movie is an extra on the 2005 PS2 video game Destroy All Humans!. It becomes available once the main story campaign is completed.
- This is one of several MST3K movies which used Bronson Canyon as a filming location.
- No relation to the anime-style role-playing game of the same name (which is instead a comedy about aliens enrolling their children in human high schools).
- There is a website dedicated to the exploits of Tom Graeff and his under-appreciated magnum opus.
- The aftermath of the movie's release is just as bizarre as its plot. Tom Graeff allotted $15,000 for his film's production that was provided by Bryan Grant (Thor) and his wife Ursula Pearson (Hilda). When the film flopped, Bryan Grant took Tom Graeff to court to demand reimbursement of what he invested in the film, which was $5,000. After the legal dispute dragged for a year, Grant received his money and both he and Graeff (who were good friends during the film's production) never spoke to each other again. Graeff would take his own life 11 years later after the film's release.
- Was nominated in The Golden Turkey Awards series for Most Ridiculous Monster and Most Idiotic Ad Lines in Hollywood History (for, "HOODLUMS FROM ANOTHER WORLD ON A RAY-GUN RAMPAGE!"). It lost respectively to Robot Monster and Kwaheri.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Crow and Tom Servo did the invention this week, the Scratch-N-Sniff Report Card to take the edge off of bad grades by helping parents remember how rotten their days in school were; it comes in both public and private school versions. The Mads foresee ventriloquism as the wave of the future, and respond with the Resusci-Annie ventriloquist dummy, which works until Annie needs resuscitation.
Segment Two: The SOL crew does a "Reel to Real" segment comparing events in the movie to what would really happen in real life. Joel carries the concept a bit far.
Segment Three: The crew jettisons snacks into space to reenact the feature presentation trailer from General Cinemas.
Segment Four: Crow speculates on the nature of space while Joel and Tom play "Red or Black", until Crow spots a Skull Cruiser! Joel and Tom don't believe him until it crashes into the ship. Alas, the inhabitant turns out to be kind of lame. Tom's Tri-Star Pegasus logo turns out to be a cow, but Joel thinks it's okay anyway.
Segment Five: The gang presents a fashion pageant combining everyday wear with duct tape! Crow calls it off when his pictures get a little risque. Letters are read. In Deep 13, Dr. Forrester's date with Resusci-Annie is going well.
Stinger: "The high court may well sentence you to TORCHA!"
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Frank Conniff - TV's Frank
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- Alexandra Carr - Magic Voice
- This was the first regular episode to feature the slate title card before the start of the Love Theme.
- Mary Jo Pehl joined the writing staff with this episode.
- Joel's season 2 teal jumpsuit makes its last non-opening credits appearance, modified with red duct tape as one of the outfits he wears in the fashion show.
- This episode aired eleventh during Turkey Day '92, and fourth during Turkey Day '15.
- Harvey B. Dunn (who plays Grandpa) also appeared in Bride of the Monster as the police Captain with the pet bird. He later appeared in The Sinister Urge as the concerned citizen.
- When complaining about lame Hexfield Viewscreen guests, Crow mentions "that janitor" (the Custodian of the 7th Galaxy from Earth vs the Spider) and Servo recalls "that guy with the thick glasses" (Bruce from Daddy-O).
- "Hamburger sammich and some french fried potatoes.'" (Jungle Goddess)
- "This will seemplify everything!" (The Phantom Creeps)
- "The janitor was pretty dumb..." "...the guy with the thick glasses..." (Earth vs the Spider & Daddy-O)
- "Thank you, sir, may I have another?"
A quote from the 1978 film Animal House. Kevin Bacon's character says this as he is being spanked with a paddle as initiation. It's derived from a tradition at strict boarding schools in which students receiving corporal punishment would be required to ask to be struck again, implying that they were grateful for being violently "corrected".
- "Dr. Skinner."
B. F. Skinner was a famous psychologist who is referred to as the Father of operant conditioning, a type of associative learning process through which the strength of a behavior is modified by reinforcement or punishment.
- "It's a Devo hat!"
- "It's Audrey Hepburn's hat from Breakfast at Tiffany's."
In the film adaptation of the novel Breakfast at Tiffany's, Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly - a fashionable social climber. In some notable scenes, she wears an especially wide-brimmed hat.
- "Run, Toto, Run!" and "Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, and you were there..."
References to the film The Wizard of Oz.
Often said by the robot character Twiki in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
- "I am the Eggman / Goo goo g'joob"
- "Oh, now Michael Jackson will want to keep him."
- "Ray Liotta?" "Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a spaceman."
- "I will pet him and keep him and call him George."
- "I see you have a machine that goes 'Ping'!"
- "'A Separate Peace!'"
A reference to the novel by John Knowles.
- "Thrive, Captain, Thrive!"
- "Mort Sahl?"
Mort Sahl is a political stand-up comedian known for wearing a rumpled sweater and bringing a newspaper on stage.
- "I'm not dead yet, I'm getting better.", "Ah, Only a flesh wound!", and "What, behind the flying lobster?"
References to the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- "Paging Mister Herman."
- "Gee, Davey..."
Spoken in the style of the large dog Goliath the Christian-themes claymation TV series Davey and Goliath.
- "Excuse me, is that a Sansabelt jumpsuit?"
A reference to advertisements for Bugle Boy Jeans and also a reference to Sansabelt pants ('sans', French for 'without' + 'a belt').
- "I'm looking for Sarah Connor."
- "It's Vince Sutton! Sergeant Carter!"
- "This looks like a nice place to raise your kids up."
- "Why do you look like Hoyt Axton?!"
- "Xanadu! Stately home of Charles Foster Kane! Cost... no one can say!" and "I'm Charles Foster Kane!!"
- "It's the New Zoo Revue, comin' right at you..."
The theme song from the 1970s children's TV show New Zoo Revue.
- "Earth girls are easy!"
- "I like you Gramps, that's why I kill you last."
- "Uh, Miss Hathaway, Jethro wants to be a rock star."
Spoken in the manner of the banker Mr. Drysdale from the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies. Miss Hathaway was a his assistant, and Jethro was the dim-witted nephew of his wealthiest client.
- "I'll be taking lunch, Hilga! I-hi-hi-hi!!"
A reference to the ghoulish host of the TV series Tales from the Crypt, the Cryptkeeper.
- "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
A famous sketch from the TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- "And that's the way it happened." "I'm Walter Cronkite."
A reference to news anchor Walter Cronkite, who was known for saying "...and that's the way it is" at the end of reports.
- "Suddenly it's Carnival of Souls!"
- "Love is the drug for *him*!"
A reference to the Roxy Music song "Love is the Drug".
- "Row! Row! Row your boat! C'mon sing! Sing dammit!"
Lines from Dirty Harry shouted to a group of children being menaced by the psychotic Scorpio as he hijacks a school bus.
- "Why do you seek the living among the dead?"
Passage from the Bible in The Book of Luke spoken by the men who rolled away the stone to Jesus's tomb only to find his body missing believing he had risen.
- "Oh, Grover's in there."
A reference to the Sesame Street character Grover.
- "Whenever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there..."
Part of a quote from the character Tom Joad in John Steinbeck's novel The Grapes of Wrath.
- "Ask not what your country can do for you..."
Part of a famous quote from U.S. President John F. Kennedy's inauguration speech. It concludes with "...Ask what you can do for your country."
- "I want to meet Luke and Laura while I'm there."
Luke and Laura were a famous fictional couple who had a tumultuous romance on the daytime TV soap opera General Hospital.
- "This is the most unsuccessful prison transfer since Dallas '63."
A reference to the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, who was shot and killed during a prisoner transfer.
- "Jack Lalanne, everybody." "Where's Elaine?"
Jack Lalanne was a fitness expert who hosted a long-running TV exercise program with his wife Elaine Lalanne. He remained fit and active into his later years and appeared in infomercials selling juicers and exercise equipment.
- "I'd like to sing 'Rhinestone Cowboy'."
"Rhinestone Cowboy" is a popular light rock/country song by Glen Campbell.
- "What is this? A Bergman film all of a sudden?"
The shot is similar to several in Wild Strawberries, a classic film directed by Ingmar Bergman.
- "Ustu der hirdufund. De Düva...De Düva..."
Tom mutters this after Crow's "Bergman Film" line. The Dove (De Düva) is a 1968 satirical short done in Ingmar Bergman's stark and placid late 50's to early 60's style. All of the dialogue was performed in fake Swedish with enough English sounding words for the viewer to get the gist of the film.
- "This call is coming from inside the house!"
The babysitter and the man upstairs is an urban legend that dates back to the 1960s about a teenage girl babysitting children who is harassed by a series of anonymous telephone calls wherein she is told to "check the children." She eventually calls the police, and, after tracing the next call, they tell her, "The calls are coming from inside the house."
- "It must be that nice Adam Rich boy, calling for his prescription again!"
- "Moses... Moses?"
A reference to the Burning bush in the 1956 film The Ten Commandments.
- "Tom, is that you making that noise?"
Crow refers to the fact that in the original KTMA pilot, Tom Servo was known as "Beeper" and communicated through electronic beeps.
- Lyrics from the random songs Joel and the bots sing at various points in the movie.
- "Shannon is gone....She's drifting out..." -"Shannon" 1976 song by Henry Gross.
- "It's a nice day for a White Wedding....A good day to start again...." - "White Wedding" by Billy Idol.
- "She was a fast machine....she kept her motor clean...." - "You Shook Me All Night Long" by ACDC.
- "Hot child in the city...looking good and feeling pretty..." - Slightly misquoting "Hot Child in the City" by Nick Gilder.
- "Hot blooded...check it and see..." - "Hot Blooded" by Foreigner.
- "Cause I'm a sex shooter...shootin' love in your direction..." - "Sex Shooter" by Apollonia 6.
- "Snot is running down her nose..." - "Aqualung" by Jethro Tull.
- "Picture yourself on a train in a station...rocking horse people eat marshmellow pies..." - "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles.
- "Don't ask me...don't give a damn...next stop is Vietnam" - "Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die" by Country Joe McDonald.
- Betty: "They're coming" Tom Servo: "To take me away. Ha! Ha!" - "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" by Napoleon XIV
- "Well, if you go carryin' pictures of Chairman Mao, you're not gonna make it with anyone anyhow." - "Revolution" by The Beatles
- "The papers want to know whose shirts you wear." - "Space Oddity" by David Bowie
- Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in October 2004 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 6, a 4-DVD set with Attack of the Giant Leeches, Gunslinger, and Mr. B's Lost Shorts.
- Available for rent or purchase on Amazon's streaming service.
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-04||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-26||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|