The brand new season of Thriller Science Theater 3000 has lastly come to Netflix, bringing with it “The Gauntlet,” a brand new experiment that includes six back-to-back dangerous movies, together with “gems” like Mac & Me and Atlantic Rim, the actually, actually terrible alternate tackle Pacific Rim. (And with Graham Greene, no much less.)
However earlier than you go and bask in “The Gauntlet” and every little thing it stands for, it helps to get an insider’s perspective on what makes this newest season tick. We sat down with creator Joel Hodgson, alongside actors Jonah Ray and Felicia Day, to see what went into this brief however candy season, in addition to what we will anticipate subsequent.
First off, congratulations on the brand new season renewal! However why solely six episodes as an alternative of the standard quantity? Will we see extra down the street, perhaps in 2019?
Joel: I have no idea. The rationale why there’s 6 is as a result of the backers commissioned fourteen episodes and Netflix absorbed all these. It’s approach greater than the standard collection on Netflix. It’s in all probability 2 or three occasions longer. So for all of the diehard followers – they beloved it. However for the newcomers, the opposite 90 million folks that get Netflix, it was type of too massive. It’s like we created an enchanted forest they will crawl in, however they will’t get out of due to the size of it. So Netflix got here again and stated are you able to make this the form of a standard order on Netflix and we stated completely! In order that’s the rationale.
What’s in all probability probably the most entertaining a part of soaking in these dangerous films? Discovering the correct riff for the fitting state of affairs? Or realizing the potential of a nasty film to be nice? Or each?
Joel: Properly to reply your query, we don’t know what the potential is of a nasty film. We simply attempt to do our factor, we attempt to create a bit of by-product work that comes off the film. We do our greatest every time. However then, it’s as soon as the viewers sees it, they’re those who work out what are the good MST’s. We don’t realize it whereas we’re making it. We’re simply doing our best possible. Then it’s the viewers watching it, it’s the film mixed with the place we’re at, on the time, the riffs and the sketches that they go ‘Oh you guys really landed it’. For instance, for Season 11 everyone loves Cry Wilderness, that’s like everybody’s favourite, however we didn’t realize it whereas we have been making it. We simply thought it was one of many fourteen episodes.
Jonah: I simply actually take pleasure in seeing these films go for it. They could haven’t had the means to make a film on the scope they tried, however they swung for the fences anyway. It is exhausting to make something, not to mention one thing as massive as a film. And as somebody who’s made a ton of stuff you understand that typically it is the passage of time will make one thing thought-about dangerous. Additionally, putting the superbly timed fart sound in considered one of these films can also be fairly fulfilling.
Felicia: I really like watching dangerous films as a result of it makes the entire course of appear accessible to everybody. It is like determine skating. Once you see the highest 5 on the earth on the Olympics skate, you sort of take without any consideration how exhausting it’s. It isn’t till you see the qualifiers and just like the 40th greatest on the planet that you simply understand, “Oh! This is really super difficult!” Riffing is magical if you get one thing superb in a second. And grueling when you’ve got a spot to fill however actually can provide you with NOTHING as a result of the scene is sooooo dangerous. Fortunately the staff as an combination is sensible, so there are not any big holes within the completed product.
How has the suggestions been for the earlier season of MST3K? Do people like the brand new format? The visitor stars? The film decisions?
Joel: Yeah, for all sensible functions we caught the touchdown. The longtime followers are proud of it, all of them love Jonah, they love all our new decisions for the forged, and really feel like we caught the touchdown. From a crucial perspective, we’re the very best rated present on Netflix. We’re 100% recent on Rotten Tomatoes so for probably the most half, we really feel like individuals are fairly proud of it. Thanks.
Jonah: I’ve gotten a number of constructive suggestions about Season 11. I acquired a little bit of on-line skepticism once I was introduced as the brand new host, naturally, however I observed lots much less of it as soon as the present premiered. Some individuals thought there ought to be extra BLACK AND WHITE movies however we figured that we’re in a brand new HD format and we should always attempt to make the present look good. A few of these films might be robust to get by way of based mostly off of their very own pacing, let’s at the least give the viewers one thing good to take a look at.
Felicia: I’ve heard amazingly constructive suggestions from followers, whew! A lot of kudos on the music particularly, there have been a number of songs that simply set the bar tremendous excessive (because of Paul and Storm, who contributed lots final season!) I used to be most relieved once I began assembly individuals at conventions or occasions who backed the season on Kickstarter and stated they liked it. When somebody instantly helps you, they’re the final individuals you need to disappoint.
For Felicia particularly, how thrilled are you to painting a “villain” within the MST3K collection once more? Do you get a kick out of being so “bad”?
I’m usually forged as very good people who find themselves subsequently killed as a result of individuals will really feel dangerous. So to be a villain and actually let unfastened is such a deal with, particularly since it is a comedy. We’re SO LARGE with our evil appearing and but there’s nothing however delight beneath our performances. I might like to play evil once more in one thing extra critical truly after this expertise.
How’s the stay tour going? Seems to be like lots of followers are actually having fun with the collection.
Joel: It’s going nice. We’re in Dallas right now on the Majestic Theater, which actually is majestic. The tour goes nice and each night time we’re letting individuals know concerning the new collection on Netflix and inspiring them to hitch us on Thanksgiving.
Jonah: I’ve been doing reside performing as a rise up and sketch performer for a very long time, so it is nice to be doing that on this scale. With all this manufacturing worth. Touring itself might be tiring and arduous, it is onerous to sleep on a bus and bathe in a 100 yr previous theaters dated bathe. However, and as tacky as this may increasingly appear, when you run out and also you see all of the MSTies on the market all of it goes away. Considered one of my favourite issues is seeing the multi-generational followers come out. Mother and father bringing their youngsters who’re into the brand new collection. It is like once you go to a Bizarre Al present and also you see households all with the ability to be into this one factor. That is fairly uncommon outdoors of sports activities.
What’s the hardest problem on the subject of placing collectively the fitting script? Do it’s a must to lose sure riffs with a purpose to hold a correct movement going with the present?
Joel: Yeah, on a regular basis. We generate hundreds of riffs each film after which we now have to type of trim them down and get them to slot in the context of the film. We additionally do stuff to attempt to embellish sure characters and provides them ongoing jokes and stuff like that. So there’s what we name runners that keep on with sure characters all through. All that needs to be formed and that’s the job after we create all of the riffs. A pair individuals from the employees go in and do what we name riff producing, which goes via the script and shaping it to determine what’s the perfect riff for a given state of affairs.
Jonah: Yeah, sure occasions a joke is so good for that second. and typically it isn’t. If you end up writing riffs, you would hear a personality say a line, you then pause the film and write the PERFECT riff, you then press play…and the scene modifications immediately or another character begins speaking…you then understand that that PERFECT RIFF is gone. It’s a must to decide your battles on the subject of what to make use of.
Felicia: I am not answerable for assembling the scripts, so I can not converse to that query. As a author, I simply present as many humorous jokes as I can. When one will get an enormous snicker within the room as we undergo the pitches and is ultimately picked to be part of the present, it is a fairly magical feeling. I obtained to put in writing a sketch this season and once I walked on set someday they have been coincidentally filming it, and virtually the entire sketch was what I had written. I cried once I watched the monitor I’ve to confess.
How excited are you with the collection premiere on Turkey Day, the place MST3K technically obtained its begin?
Joel: Nicely it’s a dream come true. We approached Netflix and stated wow we simply observed that we have now the potential for premiering this present on Thanksgiving. The present shall be executed. It’ll have gone by means of all of the evaluations and all of the technical speck checks, and we might have this out – it’d be prepared by Thanksgiving. They liked the thought so we have been actually glad about that.
Jonah: VERY excited. I grew up watching the TURKEY DAY MARATHONS. So, to assume that folks will probably be residence and sick of their household in order that they sequester themselves and blaze via our episodes makes me very completely satisfied.
Felicia: I am so excited they determined to premiere on such a tremendous anniversary. It is a good way to offer homage to followers in addition to hopefully catch new viewers on Netflix who’re shopping to keep away from their households!
Are there any dangerous films that you simply guys haven’t coated but that you simply very a lot need to? The Room, maybe? (Oh, hai, Mark.) Or perhaps Hobgoblins 2? There’s additionally Samurai Cop 2, dare we propose.
Joel: There’s one I gotta say. Once we did the pilot, the proof of idea for Thriller Science Theater was The Inexperienced Slime. To me, it’s the right Thriller Science Theater film. It simply has the whole lot you’d need. Sadly, it’s owned by Toho and it will be wildly costly to attempt to get that from them. They don’t like Thriller Science Theater. That’s why not one of the Gamera films can be found as a result of they gained’t license us Gamera.
Jonah: I really feel The Room has been executed. However in that very same vein of a loopy individual making their very own film. I might like to do Neil Breen’s Fateful Findings, that factor is bonkers. GETEVEN, which is a film that the individuals from EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE discovered by this trial lawyer from Los Angeles named John DeHart. The film itself known as “GET EVEN” however he tousled the kerning on the title card. So everyone calls it GETEVEN. For the brand new season of MST3k I needed to do Stephen King’s MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE. We did not do it, BUT I used to be capable of do a commentary monitor on the brand new Blu-Ray launch of it together with Ryan Turek from Blumhouse.
Felicia: I like all three of those options. The one I actually need to see is The Wraith. The place Charlie Sheen performs a murderous alien car-man. For actual. (Enjoyable reality: we have seen this!)
Lastly, what’s subsequent after this MST3K run?
Jonah: After tour is completed I am leaping into a pair totally different writing tasks in addition to on the brink of do a DVD/iTunes launch of each seasons of my present HIDDEN AMERICA. And doubtless do a brief tour with my band PRESSERS to advertise our EP. Then hopefully leap proper again into riffing on films.
Felicia: I’ve a number of visitor appearances on TV exhibits arising, Supernatural for one, and I am working arduous on a number of writing tasks that might be out subsequent yr that I can not speak about however I am thrilled to complete! Perhaps! Deadlines across the holidays are nice! Not! I’ll go cry now!
You’ll be able to catch the brand new season of Thriller Science Theater 3000 on Netflix now.