Thursday, May 06, 2010

0402: The Giant Gila Monster

MST3k, Experiment #0402

Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it!  The Giant Gila Monster.

A couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped until their bodies are found in a ravine. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend, Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang for help. A series of tragic motor accidents occur and it becomes apparent that a giant gila monster is roaming the area and depleting the town of its hot-rodding teen-agers. And might have plans on attending the BIG record-hop party.

"I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing..."  Here is the movie that brought about yet another of many running jokes.  The young hero kid who loves to sing and fix cars up with parts he stole from abandoned vehicles becomes the brunt of many jokes from here on out.  That being the best part of the riffing, I'd have to say that the best part of the episode falls into Servo's educational bit on blocking.

The director of this film uses the "leg up" form of blocking in just about every scene... You'll drive yourself mad trying to count the number of times people have their leg up on things, so our beloved Tom Servo got together with Cambot and compiled a montage for us.  It's just absurd how many times that was used.

Well, this episode really is quite wonderful, and is a fan favourite despite being highly overplayed in the ComCen days.  They're having fun yet again, and even put on one of my favourite "broken sketches" (a little sketch that goes awry, usually due to the bots not taking it seriously), the malt closet sketch.  I love it when things fall apart like this (this time literally, thanks to Gypsy), and it really adds a certain sense of reality to an otherwise absurd premise.

Also of note, one of the letters at the end of the show is the reason Pearl Forrester calls Crow by the name of Art.  I won't go into any more detail, considering every episode guide/list talks at length about this... but I couldn't see any reason why not to mention it.

Favourite line:  "That makes thirty dollars! Wow!!"

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