Mystery Science Theater 3000 (often abbreviated as MST3K) is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc., that ran from 1988 to 1999. The series features a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch a selection of bad movies, often (but not limited to) science fiction B-movies. To keep sane, the man and his robots provide a running commentary on each film, making fun of its flaws and wisecracking (or "riffing") their way through each reel in the style of a movie-theater peanut gallery. Each film is presented with a superimposition of the man and robots' silhouettes along the bottom of the screen. Series creator Hodgson originally played the stranded man, Joel Robinson, for five and a half seasons. When Hodgson left in 1993, series head writer Michael J. Nelson replaced him as new victim Mike Nelson, and continued in the role for the rest of the show's run. During its eleven years, 198 episodes and one feature film, MST3K attained critical acclaim. The series won a Peabody Award in 1993, was nominated for two Emmy Awards (in the category of Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing for a Variety or Music Program) in 1994 and 1995, and was nominated for a CableACE Award. In 2007, James Poniewozik listed Mystery Science Theater 3000 as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME."
"I generally had a positive impression of white people before this movie."
Horror of Party Beach
Hank Green (Scott) and his girlfriend (Clark) drive to a local Long Island beach to have a good time and listen to the band "The Del-Aires." However, Hank and his girl have an argument, which results in Hank getting into a fight with a motorcycle gang. They break up over this incident---she wants to have fun and party, but Hank is ready for more serious endeavors. As she walks toward the beach to reflect on her new freedom, she is murdered by several sea monsters. The monsters have been created by the careless dumping of radioactive waste into a nearby harbor. The monsters go on to kill twenty girls at a slumber party, and it's up to Hank, a young scientist, and Dr. Gavin, Elaine's father, to destroy the monsters. Dr. Gavin's maid, Eulabelle (Moore), stumbles upon a way to kill the sea monsters by pouring sodium on them. The characters then spend what seems to be several more weeks of letting people get killed by the monsters before deciding to finally go get some sodium and destroy the monsters.
- Made in the spring of 1964 for a paltry $60,000, The Horror of Party Beach is Del Tenney's best-known film. He released this along with The Curse of the Living Corpse on a double bill in May 1964.
- Del Tenney himself makes a brief appearance as a gas station attendant who flirts with a car full of B girls.
- This film is a personal favorite of Stephen King.
- Yes, the Del-Aires were a real band, and a fairly popular one on the east coast. Bad Movie Planet has a full history and profile of them.