Has it really been more than 15 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 last snarked from the shadows? Created by comedian Joel Hodgson in 1988 as a way of making good use of his Minnesota public-access channel’s B-movie library, MST3K amassed a loyal following throughout the 1990s by perfecting the art of talking back at bad movies. The show -- which found Hodgson (and, later, replacement host Mike Nelson) and robots Tom Servo and Crow repeatedly being subjected to audaciously terrible genre films -- got canceled in 1999, but DVD releases, Netflix reruns, Comic-Con appearances, and various live-performance formats (see: Hodgson’s Cinematic Titanic and Nelson’s RiffTrax) kept its spirit alive.
And now, on the same day that specialty label Shout! Factory announced that it had purchased the rights to MST3K with plans to revive the series in a digital space, the series' original host has launched a Kickstarter campaign asking for bad-movie fans for upwards of $2 million to crowdfund new episodes.
You might wonder which movies will get the MST3K treatment before deciding to cough up your hard-earned cash, but even Hodgson doesn't know specifics yet, telling Reddit that he hopes to circle back to missed opportunities from the '70s and '80s. That's understandable, and we'll watch whatever they wind up tackling, but what to do with the needlessly horrendous films that have been released since the show's debut? Will they just sit there, un-riffed upon? Here are 11 modern genre disasters in need of Hodgson & Co.'s signature front-row heckling.