RiffTrax Live blasts ‘Space Mutiny’
For almost 10, RiffTrax Live has been roasting the bad, the worse, and the ugly during its series of big-screen presentations. Film lives forever – whether it deserves to or not – and the RiffTrax team has selected some of the biggest, boldest, baddest cinematic atrocities in irreverent and irrepressible fashion.
Next up is Space Mutiny, a low-budget wannabe sci-fi epic so cheesy that its outer-space scenes were lifted directly from the (original) Battlestar: Galactica T.V. series. Eccentric Cinema labeled the film “quite possibly the worst science-fiction/space adventure film made in English.” Released in 1988, and relegated to dusty video shelves shortly thereafter, this marks the film’s 30th birthday – and RiffTrax is going to make it a celebration to remember.
Rifftrax Live: Space Mutiny will be screened June 14, with an encore screening June 19, at more than 700 theaters nationwide, including three in the Triad: The Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10 (2101 New Garden Road) and Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave.) in Greensboro, and the Grand 18 Theatre (5601 University Parkway) in Winston-Salem.
Welcome aboard the Southern Sun, a deep-space vessel on a mission to colonize a new planet. The battle is joined when hijackers attempt to wrest control of the ship and take the crew and passengers hostage, with only a few brave souls standing in the way.
A “star-studded” cast of B-movie stalwarts includes Reb Brown (Uncommon Valor and the immortal Strike Commando) and real-life wife Cisse Cameron (Porky’s II and the amazing political send-up The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington) as the heroes, John Phillip Law (Barbarella and Otto Preminger’s mind-bending Skidoo) and James Ryan (the one-two punch of Kill or Be Killed and Kill and Kill Again) as the baddies, and Cameron Mitchell (Death of a Salesman and everyone’s favorite The Toolbox Murders) as the wise commander.
Space Mutiny, also released as Mutiny in Space (which makes all the difference in the world) was filmed in South Africa during the Apartheid era, which was much frowned-upon by the Hollywood establishment. That didn’t stop independent (i.e. quick-buck) filmmakers from cranking out a slew of schlock movies on minuscule budgets – like this one!
The ever-popular RiffTrax trio of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will provide ongoing commentary, and audiences will enjoy a bonus RiffTrax short in addition to the feature. For 11 years, the three were part of the core team that brought to life the cult series Mystery Science Theatre 3000, in which the crew of the Satellite of Love – stranded in outer space – was forced to watch transmissions of the worst movies ever made on Earth, which they commented upon with ribald wit and addle-brained insight. In 1988, Space Mutiny received a well-deserved MST3K treatment, and it remains one of the most popular episodes.
Not only did MST3K amass a sizable worldwide following, but it also drew attention to scores of movies best forgotten and in some cases revived interest in them as potential cult classics. During its lengthy run, the series earned two Emmy nominations (both times for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program), and in 1993 received the prestigious Peabody Award.
With the series canceled in 1999 after 197 episodes, and following a 1995 feature film, the series continues to live on in syndication and on home-video – as well as in the hearts and minds of its fervent fans worldwide.
“We’re excited to revisit Space Mutiny because not only was it a favorite of the MST3K audience, it was a favorite of the writers,” said Nelson in an official statement, “and spending screen time with Reb Brown again will be like seeing an old friend. An old friend who wears shiny silver pants.”
This marks the 27th “RiffTrax Live” event since first partnering with Fathom Events. Previous offerings have included Ed Wood’s infamous Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), the indescribable Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966), George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968), Tommy Wiseau’s The Room (2003), Samurai Cop (1991), the Syfy Sharknado extravaganzas, and more. So long as there are bad movies to be ridiculed and mocked, there’s no end in sight!
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RiffTrax Live: Space Mutiny will be screened 8 p.m. June 14, with encore screenings 7:30 pm June 19. Tickets at Brassfield are $12.28 (general admission), $11.21 (senior citizens) and $10.14 (children under 12). Tickets at Greensboro Grande are $13.34 (general admission). Tickets at the Grand 18 are $12.50 (general admission). This presentation is rated R.
For advance tickets or more information, you can visit the official Fathom Events website: www.FathomEvents.com. The official RiffTrax website.