Riffin’ on Romero?!?!

Have you seen any of the “Rifftrax” special productions in theaters? Me, neither. I don’t know of anyone that has. I think this project had jumped the shark before it ever got started. I loved MST3K back in the day, but the guys behind it are now flogging the hide off a dead horse. Or, more like, they’ve strapped a saddle to one and are trying to coax it into coming back to life. Their shtick simply does not work without the robots and the spaceship storyline. Just a bunch of guys sitting around making fun of movies isn’t funny. Sorry, guys. You just aren’t.

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 leapt over that Squalus when, after numerous seasons, they ran out of “bad” movies to lampoon and they started picking on GOOD ones. When they tried to mock movies like CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON and THIS ISLAND EARTH, it signaled the death knell for the series. But they haven’t learned anything, sad to say. I noticed a poster up at the theater recently where they were going to be “riffing” on NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Say what?! NOTLD is a true classic! You can’t make fun of a classic and expect people to find it funny! What we find it is pathetic, desperate, and sad.

Ah, but NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is in the public domain, isn’t it? That means the cheapskates don’t have to pay anybody to use it.

Guys, please. Leave us with our fond memories of MST3K. Stop embarrassing yourselves. Your jalopy is out of gas. Your horse is carrion bait. Just stop.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of Evil Cheez Productions ( - - specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. And he really likes vampires and werewolves. Like, a LOT.