"Okay, so he's mad that he's losing, but that's the way he likes it??"
  — Tom reacting to the opening song


The Movie

Synopsis

Adam West in Zombie Nightmare

A little boy named Tony Washington (Jesse D'Angelo) watches his father William Washington (John Fasano) play in a baseball game. On the way home Tony, William, and Tony's mother Louise (Francesca Bonacorsa) see a young girl (Tracy Biddle) about to be raped by two teenagers. William saves the young girl from being raped but is killed when one of the rapists fatally stabs him.

Years pass and Tony (Jon Mikl Thor), now a musclebound teenage baseball player, is leaving a small grocery store where he had helped disrupt an attempted robbery. As he steps out of the store and into the road, he is run over by a gang of reckless teenagers consisting of Bob (Allan Fisler), Amy (Tia Carrere), Jim (Shawn Levy), Peter (Hamish McEwan), and Susie (Manon E. Turbide) and is killed. After his body is brought to his mother, Louise, she contacts one of her neighbors, a voodoo priestess, named Molly (Manuska Rigaud) to save her son. Molly explains to Louise that although she is unable to restore her son back to life, she can keep him between a state of life and death long enough for him to avenge himself. After Louise agrees, Molly resurrects Tony as a zombie, then uses her powers to aid him in his revenge.

"Think I'll walk down Certain Doom Lane"

The next night, the now zombified Tony is able to track down Peter and Susie at an academy's gymnasium and kills Peter by breaking his neck then Susie by crushing her skull with a baseball bat. The night afterwards, he is able to find and kill Jim by impaling him with the same bat before the latter could rape a waitress. Police detective Frank Sorrell (Frank Dietz) is soon investigating both incidents and initially agrees with a coroner that a large built, drug-fueled man is responsible. Sorrell brings his suspicions to his boss, police captain Tom Churchman (Adam West) and is told by him that they have already managed to find a suspect responsible that matches Sorrell's description and closes the case.

Believing that the case has not been fully solved, Sorrell investigates photos that has Molly at both incidents and suggests to Churchman that they bring her in for questioning. However the captain quickly dismisses her as a "batty, voodoo palm reader that follows ambulances around" and sends him home to rest. Shortly afterwards, Churchman contacts Jim's father, Fred, and informs him of Molly's involvement in his son's death, then tells him to come to the police station. Before Fred could leave his home, he sees Tony approaching him and shoots him with a rifle. Tony quickly recovers and breaks Fred's neck, killing him.

Knowing that they will be next, Bob and Amy decide to leave town.

Tia Carrere in Zombie Nightmare

While at a garage getting money, Tony finds them and kills Bob by bashing his head against a car, then does the same to Amy against a door. While monitoring Tony's actions, Molly is held at gunpoint by Churchman to come with him and forced to show where Tony is going. The zombie makes his way to a cemetery with Sorrell following him. Molly and Churchman soon arrive, with both telling Sorrell that the priestess resurrected Tony to not only avenge himself, but also Molly herself as Churchman and Fred were the two that tried to rape her years ago, and that the captain was also the one who had killed Tony's father. Having learned that a zombie will lose its energy once it has avenged itself, Churchman shoots and kills Tony, then Molly as well. Before he could do the same to Sorrell to silence him as a witness, a second zombie rises out of a nearby grave and drags Churchman into the ground with him, presumably to Hell. A shocked Sorrell then inspects the grave and realizes the second zombie was Tony's father, then leaves.

Information

The Episode

Host Segments

The SOL crew uses black magic

Prologue: Crow and Tom are Secret Service agents "protecting" Mike. Of course, they inflict more injuries than they prevent.

Segment One: The Mads are really into voodoo, so they send a voodoo kit to the SOL. Mike, Tom, and Crow use black magic to do nice things for people. First, they give Jimmy Carter a hug. Then they give NPR’s Cokie Roberts a scalp massage. They then use it to taunt Dr. F.

"You know what me and Frank are into this week? Vodoo!"

Segment Two: Crow is sitting, reading quietly and enjoying chocolates, when suddenly Tom runs him down with his little red car, paralleling the action of the movie.

Mike and Servo put on Crow's Batman play

Segment Three: The bots are enjoying a hot tub until Mike surfaces wearing a snorkel mask and bearing a fish on a spear.

Segment Four: Crow has abandoned his Batman play, but he forgot to tell Tom and Mike, who are in costume. Tom doesn’t want to take his Batman costume off, as he believes it gives him special powers.

Segment Five: Mike and the bots have written letters to Adam West. Frank has inadvertently turned Dr. F into a zombie, and doesn’t know how to reverse the spell.

Stinger: As the voodoo priestess finishes her incantation, the zombie screams.

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

Trivia

  • Comedy Central held this episode back from television broadcast while showing it on their "Fresh Cheese" tour, in which premiere episodes of CC programming were screened on college campuses across the country.
  • This episode finally premiered as the fourteenth and last during Turkey Day '94.
  • Mike and the Bots use their voodoo kit to give Cokie Roberts a scalp massage. Right before "Movie Sign" Mike makes a voodoo doll "dance" while he and the Bots hum the theme music for National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
  • This was the first episode produced to feature Mike's new navy blue jumpsuit (though because episodes in this period were aired out of order, the first appearance broadcast was in The Violent Years).

Callbacks

Goofs

  • When they go to Commercial Sign at the end of the Prologue, the light above the door switches on, but the corresponding light on the desk does not.

Obscure References

  • "Pride of the Zombies!"

A reference to Pride of the Yankees, a 1942 biopic of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

  • "Well, I'm sure strolling in Howard Beach won't be a problem!"

In 1986, a racially motivated attack on three black men by a white mob took place in Howard Beach, a neighborhood in Queens, New York. Two were severely beaten, one of whom was killed.

  • "A young Joe Pepitone ponders his fate."

Joe Pepitone is a retired first baseman and outfielder who played for the New York Yankees during the 1960s.

  • "The age of Aquarius!"

A reference to the song "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" from the musical Hair, best remembered for a version recorded by The 5th Dimension.

  • "These Young Life weekends are getting out of hand."

Young Life is a Christian youth organization.

  • "Hey, how come there's no pictures of Italians on the wall?"

Mike is parodying a line from the Spike Lee movie Do the Right Thing.

  • "It's the Kids in the Hall!"

The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch-comedy troupe that had their own TV show from 1989–1995. The footage, of asphalt and storefronts shot from a moving car, resembles the opening of their show.

  • "Boy, things have really changed since Vatican II!"

The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, also known as the Second Vatican Council, or Vatican II, was held from 1962–1965 and resulted in significant modernization of the Catholic Church's doctrines and rituals.

  • "She's probably Missouri Synod, they're really hardcore!"

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), also known as the Missouri Synod, is a traditional, Confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States.

  • "Is she playing tennis with Kraftwerk?"

Kraftwerk is a German band widely considered as innovators and pioneers of electronic music.

  • "John Cage on the soundtrack!"

John Cage was an experimental music composer best known for his work 4′33″, in which performers are instructed not to play their instruments during the entire duration of the piece. The piece consists of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed, although it is commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence."

  • "Enya!"

Enya is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician, whose work is often described as "New Age", though she does not apply the classification herself.

  • "Grady! This fall on NBC!"

Grady is a short-lived spinoff of Sanford and Son revolving around the character of the same name.

  • "What is up with Mark Trail?!"

Mark Trail is a long-running comic strip about an adventuring naturalist.

  • "I see Garrison Keillor is laughing."

Garrison Keillor is an American author and humorist known for being the creator and host of the radio program A Prairie Home Companion. Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota it aired across the states and most episodes feature music and comedy routines.

  • "This giant..." "Like L.T.?"

A reference to former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

  • "Stiv Bator is pissed!"

Stiv Bators was the lead singer of the punk band The Dead Boys.

  • "This scene was cut from The Program."

The Program is a 1993 film about a college football team. A major controversy erupted when a few teenagers reportedly died imitating a scene in which characters lie down in the middle of a busy freeway.

  • "Auditions for the band Fear!"

Fear is a Californian hardcore punk band whose popularity peaked in the early 1980s. They played Saturday Night Live, at John Belushi's suggestion, and the mosh-riot that broke out resulted in several thousand dollars worth of damage to the studio. The infamous performance gained them national prominence.

  • "The Three Faces of Steve!"

A play on The Three Faces of Eve, a 1957 film about a woman with multiple personalities.

  • "I'm gonna go work on my M.A.N.T.I.S. script!"

M.A.N.T.I.S. is a short-lived superhero TV series from the mid-1990s.

  • "Watchtoweeeer!"

A reference to The Watchtower, an illustrated magazine published by Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • "The zombie drives a K-Car!"

"K-Car" is a catch-all name for the many vehicles that were built using the Chrysler K platform.

  • "'This spot reserved for Viper'?"

A reference to the TV series Viper, whose hero drove a Dodge Viper with high-tech weapons capabilities.

  • "Garrick Utley..."

TV journalist and correspondent Garrick Utley was a frequent substitute anchor for NBC Nightly News during the 1980s and '90s.

  • "Miss Jane Pittman!"

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is a novel in which a 110-year-old African-American woman recounts the events of her life as a slave, and was made into an acclaimed made-for-TV movie in 1974.

  • "Sniff... You were the bestest Batman ever!... Goodbye Cesar Romero!"

A reference to Adam West and his co-star from the original Batman television series and movie where Cesar Romero played the Joker rather than Batman. Cesar Romero also co-starred in the previous Mystery Science Theater 3000 experiment Lost Continent. Romero died on January 1, 1994, the same year as the original airing of this episode.

Video Release

MST3K DVD Cover

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