RiffTrax Live: From Garbage to Glory

| October 15, 2013

Some movies are made with serious intentions. By that, I mean they were meant to be dramatic and thought-provoking. Unfortunately, a great number of these low budget flicks end up being unintentionally hilarious. And if anyone can take a train wreck and turn it into gold, it would be the creative genius’ behind RiffTrax.

Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett are the three headed monster responsible for the phenomena known as RiffTrax. RiffTrax are riffs on DVD or downloadable media that can be synced with home viewers DVD’s. They are creative and hysterical observations on movies that would normally be unbearable to sit through, such as Titanic. Why are Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett such masters at the art of the riff? This isn’t their first rodeo.

For years in the early 90’s Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett were the creative force behind the cult classic TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. MST3K was known for taking public domain (aka free or cheap) movies and making fun of them, sometimes mercilessly. When MST3K was cancelled, Mike Nelson wanted to continue the good fight against bad movies. In comes RiffTrax. It became an instant success. Thanks to the success of the online and DVD releases, the trio figured the next step would be to take the lunacy live to the masses.

The first RiffTrax Live event took place in August 2009 at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee. The first film chosen was no surprise, since it was considered the worst film ever made for decades. The movie was Plan 9 From Outer Space, a remarkable failure of movie making from director Edward D. Wood, JR. The event was satellite broadcast throughout the United States courtesy of Fathom Events. Every year since, at least 2 events have been held annually.

Most recently, the RiffTrax crew had a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds in hopes of garnering the rights to Twilight. When the effort fell through, they used the funds they had gathered to acquire the rights to the 90’s sci-fi trash spectacular Starship Troopers. Even stars of the movie Casper Van Diem and Neil Patrick Harris went to Twitter to promote the event. And things continue to look promising.

On October 24, 2013, RiffTrax Live will present an unquestioned horror classic, Night Of The Living Dead. So if you’re looking to laugh until you can’t laugh any more, keep an eye out for RiffTrax Live events in your area. Mike thanks you, Kevin thanks you, Bill thanks you, and I thank you.

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Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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