Criterion on MST3k

by Russell Fry

Created 12/08/12

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 was one of the smartest, wittiest, and funniest TV show ever produced, on par with Monty Python's Flying Circus. Normally one would automatically associate MST3k with the worst movies ever made and not so much with the films brought to you by our beloved Criterion Collection. However, through out the series there are countless references to either specific films in the collection or to the directors themselves. This will be an on going list of such references. As each episode is an hour and a half, this will be a list long in the making and will be constantly updated as I come across them. Any help from you fine folks out there is certainly appreciated.

If the reference is just to a specific director and not a film, I will choose a random film from that director.

I know this will take some time and I will more than likely miss some... but please, repeat to yourself, it's just a show, you should really just relax.

Update 2/23/13 - So I don't know why, but I've noticed films and their references disappearing off this list... anyone know why this is happening? I just went to add a Spinal Tap reference and my previous entry is gone. Same happened with Lord of the Flies and Straw Dogs.

  • 101 - The Crawling Eye - Joel "I can see clearly now the rain is gone...." Ok, I'll admit it's not really a direct reference, but it is the closest reference to any Criterion from the first episode.

    907 - Hobgoblins - Crow "This is one of those movies that's just as famous for it's great soundtrack" Tom "Yeah, Hobgoblins is usually on a double billing with The Harder They Come.... Oh who am I kidding, no it isn't."

  • 102 - The Robot Vs. The Aztec Mummy & 206 Ring of Terror & 302 - Gamera "My legs are old, my teeth are grey!"

    104 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet - Tom "Thwow them to the gwound pwanet! Vewy woughly!"

    521 - Santa Claus - Tom "Did he say Blessed are the Cheesemakers? "

    703 - Deathstalker and The Warriors From Hell - Crow "It's the Judean People's Front! Or the People's Front of Judea!"

  • 106 - The Creeping Hand - Joel "Hey it's Sid Vicious... [that was rotten, Johnny - Tom] and she's Nancy... and that looks a lot like the Chelsea Hotel."

    208 - Lost Continent (Rock climbing, Joel, rock climbing) - dialogue "I think I'll stick with the needle too." Crow "Ah, Sid and Nancy are coming over."

    309 - The Amazing Colossal Man - Tom "Daddy's gotta shoot-up first, heh heh. Why don't you put Sid and Nancy on for me..."

    323 - The Castle of Fu-Manchu - Tom "Now give this [needle] back to Sid and Nancy."

    513 - The Brain that Wouldn't Die - Mike "Sid and Nancy, American style."

    602 - Invasion USA - Mike in response to a burning building in NYC "Oh, Sid and Nancy stayed there."

    608 - Code Name Diamond Head - Mike "He promised Sid and Nancy he'd stop by."

  • 111 - Moon Zero Two - Joel "The Importance of Being Earnest, that's where I saw him!"

    212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon - Crow "Now we can watch The Importance of Being Earnest on video!"

  • 202 - The Sidehackers - Crow "Easy Rider, Easy Dead!"

    324 - Master Ninja II - Joel in reference to a truck of rednecks with a shotgun "Hey, this looks like the end of Easy Rider, doesn't it?" Tom "Why doncha get a haircut?"

    403 - City Limits - Tom "I guess you could call this Cheesy Rider."

    1002 - Girl in Gold Boots - Tom to a truckful of rednecks "Sorry we shot you back there, Mr Hopper."

  • 204 - Catalina Caper - Crow "Jacques Tati of the boating world!"

  • 204 - Catalina Caper - Tom and Crow saying their prayers before bedtime (they are SO cute in their jammies!) Tom "God bless Data and his really cool robot named Lol.." Crow "And R2-D2 and all the extras in Westworld." Tom "And RoboCop even though I think he got a raw deal, but it's really none of my business." Crow "And uh, ED-209, though I don't know why they'd make a robot that can't walk down stairs..."

    704 - The Incredible Melting Man - Mike " Ahead is the Alien 3 set, to the left, RoboCop and Terminator 2."

  • 204 - Catalina Caper - Tom "Koyaanisqatsi, life out of balance."

    401 - Space Travelers & 420 - The Human Duplicators & 310 - Fugitive Alien & 704 - The Incredible Melting Man & 811 - Parts: The Clonus Horror - Tom "Koooooyaaaaaaanissssssqatsi"

  • 204 - Catalina Caper - Crow in response to a bunch of girls in bikinis "That must be what they mean by Five Easy Pieces."

  • There are TONS of references to this one... I will be adding them as I come across them!

    205 - Rocket Attack USA - Crow "One 45 caliber hand gun, two packages of chewing gum, one issue prophylactic, one hundred dol...."

    305 - Stranded in Space - Tom "I smell a rat. A big commie rat."

    401 - Space Travelers - Crow - "Feed me Jack, feed me!" & Joel "I smell a rat! A big commie rat!"

    515 - The Wild World of Batwoman - From the Cheating short - Tom "I smell a big commie rat!"

    523 - Village of the Giants - Crow to a dog standing on it's back paws "Mein Fuhrer! I can walk! Arf!"

    524 - 12 To The Moon - Mike "The moon does not deny me it's essence."

    616 - Racket Girls - Mike "I'll just mosey on down to the War Room and see what's happening."

    1011 - Horrors of Spider Island - Tom "Dr. Strangelove!"

  • 206 - Ring of Terror - Joel "There's a million bushes in this Naked City and a million naked people behind them."

    415 - The Beatniks - Tom "There are a million stupid stories in the Naked City and this is the stupidest one."

    421 - Monster A-Go Go - film dialogue "Doesn't he realize there's over five million people in the city?" Crow "And this is one of them."

    610 - The Violent Years - Tom "So is the Naked City?" Mike "It's the scantily clad city."

    802 - The Leech Woman - Crow "There's a million pairs of circulation hosiery in the Naked City..."

    811 - Parts: The Clonus Horror - Crow "This isn't exactly the 'Naked City', it's more like the 'Clothing Optional City.'"

  • 208 - Lost Continent - Crow "This movie makes Shoah look like two reel-er."

  • 209 - The Hellcats - In response to a motorcycle driving through a tunnel - Joel "Innuendo highway!" Crow "Yeah, you don't have to be Fellini to figure that out."

  • 209 - The Hellcats - Tom responding to a fan letter from Italy - "Hiroshima mon amour!"

  • 210 - King Dinosaur - Crow "I've never even seen a Kurosawa film. The works of Francois Truffaut? Uh Uh, not familiar with them, sorry! The Odessa step sequence? I don't think I know that one...!"

  • 211 - First Spaceship on Venus - Joel in response to what looks exactly like The Blob "Hey, Where's Steve McQueen when you need him?"

    421 - Monster A-Go Go - Joel "You know, this is like The Blob." Tom "No, no, The Thing." Crow "No, it's It" Tom "Or maybe Them."

  • 211 - First Spaceship on Venus - Crow "Godzilla! Godzilla! Oh, wrong movie, sorry."

    212 - Godzilla Vs. Megalon & 213 - Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster

    206 - Ring of Terror - Joel "Hey look, everything is made by the Japanese." Tom "Godzilla, hurry! We've got Godzilla in the back of the truck!"

  • 212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon - Crow in response to the title card - "A film by Ingmar Bergman!"

  • 212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon - Tom "You know, I think Peter Bogdanovich shot this sequence here..."

    407 - The Killer Shrews - from the opening short "Junior Rodeo Daredevils - Crow "Jim Henson's Last Picture Show Babies!"

    415 - The Beatniks - Crow "Hey, suddenly it's The Last Picture Show!"

  • 212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon - Crow "One problem though, you caught us in the middle of our production of La Cage aux Folles."

    611 - Last of the Wild Horses - "La Cage aux Folles, western style!"

  • 301 - Cave Dwellers - Tom "Oh no, they've jumped right into a Kurosawa film... Toshiro Mifune, right there."

  • 301 - Cave Dwellers - Crow "Before the dawn of time, a race of Druids, nobody knew who they were or where they came from."

    409 - The Indestructible Man - Crow "You see it goes all the way up to 11."

    410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men - Tom "Ladies and Gentlemen, Stonehenge!"

    522 - Teenage Crime Wave (Crow) & 705 - Escape 2000 (Mike) "Workin' on a sex farm!"

    519 - Outlaw of Gor - Crow "Hey, it's Jeanine from Spinal Tap!"

    810 - The Giant Spider Invasion - Tom "Nigel Tufnel's playing a guitar solo..."

    817 - The Horror of Party Beach - "Original soundtrack by Nigel Tufnel."

    901- The Projected Man - Tom "Smell the glove!"

  • 302 - Gamera - Joel "Man, they've been on that plane for 48 hours." Tom "Luckily the in flight film is Berlin Alexanderplatz." (Thanks Richard D)

    310 - Fugitive Alien - Crow "Well, my guess is that it goes on like the mess it is with no resolution and we're all left feeling empty and unfulfilled like Fassbinder's tragic hero in Berlin Alexanderplatz."

    605 - Colossus and the Headhunters - Mike "And now for the traditional viewing of Berlin Alexanderplatz."

    704 - The Incredible Melting Man - Crow "Yep, right now I'm learning that even though this movie is only about 80 minutes long it feels like Berlin Alexanderplatz."

  • 302 - Gamera - Tom "In other words, as the great French film director Jean Renoir said, 'Every man has his reasons.'"

  • 302 - Gamera - Joel "Are you a mod or a rocker?"

    818 - Devil Doll - Tom "Am I a mod or a rocker?"

  • 302 - Gamera - Mike as Gamera "I was in a lot of pain, lemme tell ya. Of course, you'd know about pain, you've seen Spalding Gray... know what I'm sayin'?"

    323 - The Castle of Fu-Manchu - Joel "Hey, it's Spalding Gray, he's having his perfect moment!"

    402 - The Giant Gila Monster - Crom "Honey, Spalding Gray is performing Monster in a Box down here!"

    607 - Bloodlust - Tom "Ladies and gentlemen, Spalding Gray."

  • 303 - Pod People - Crow "Hi! We're the cast from Straw Dogs."

    522 - Teenage Crime Wave - "This is like an elderly Straw Dogs."

  • 305 - Stranded In Space - Joel "It kinda reminds me of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, really kind of a surrealistic visionary Eraserhead quality..."

    312 - Gamera Vs. Guiron - Joel "Looks like a set from Brazil."

  • 304 - Gamera vs Barugon - Joel "Oh what, is David Lynch directing now?"

    305 - Stranded In Space - Joel "It kinda reminds me of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, really kind of a surrealistic visionary Eraserhead quality..."

    410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men - Joel "Man, sounds kinda like Eraserhead. Man-made chickens! But they're new!"

    411 - The Magic Sword - Crow "Eraserhead!" Joel "Literally."

    418 - Attack of the the Eye Creatures - Tom "David Lynch only aspires to make something this creepy."

    609 - The Skydivers - Mike "Jeeze, they should set a place for Eraserhead!" & Crow "Doodles Weaver as Eraserhead."

    701 - Night of the Blood Beast - Crow "This would be a good companion film with Eraserhead."

    822 - Overdrawn at the Memory Bank - Crow "Eraserhead was easier to follow that this..."

    1012 - Squirm - Tom "We have Eraserhead chicken."

  • 305 - Stranded In Space - "Hey, it's Jame Gumb!" "It rubs the lotion on it's skin!"

    306 - Time if the Apes - Tom "Hey, it's Jame Gumb's van." & dialogue "Silence!" Crow "...of the Lambs!" Joel "It puts the lotion on it's skin..."

    315 - Teenage Caveman - Tom "I ate it with fave beans and a nice Chianti."

    411 - The Magic Sword - Crow "I'm serving her over rice with some fave beans."

    515 - The Wild World of Batwoman - From the short "Cheating" - Crow "Jeeze, this kid could freak out Jame Gumb!"

    518 - The Atomic Brain - Mike "You know, Jame Gumb only dreamed of achieving what this guy has."

    605 - Colossus and the Headhunters - Mike "And in here is your new roommate, Hannibal Lector."

    608 - Code Name Diamond Head - From the opening short 'A Day at the Fair' Crow "Later, these moths turn up in the mouths of Bob's victims!"

    809 - I Was A Teenage Werewolf - Mike "The lambs Clarice, tell me about the lambs!"

    1012 - Squirm - Crow "Jame Gumb rents this cabin."

  • 305 - Stranded In Space - Joel after taking a shot in the arm - "Now lets go have a Naked Lunch!"

    414 - Tormented - Dr. Forrester's invention exchange. The 'Drinking Jacket,' perfect for a Naked Lunch over any lost weekend...

    606 - The Creeping Terror - Crow - "You know, this monster was up for a part in Naked Lunch."

    809 - I Was A Teenage Werewolf - Tom "And after this [shot] we'll go out for a nice Naked Lunch!"

  • 306 - Time of the Apes - Tom "It looks like a De Palma film."

    402 - The Giant Gila Monster - Film dialogue "On my rod they could prevent a blow out, maybe even an accident." Tom "Travolta in Blow Out." (I must have watched this one half a dozen times before I picked up on that riff)

  • 306 - Time of the Apes - Dialogue "Uncle Charley!" Crow "Ah, whaddya want kid? Chip? Ernie? Where the heck is Preston Sturges?"

  • 307 - Daddy-O - Crow "John Frankenheimer directs 'Race For the Pizza!'"

    419 - The Rebel Set - Tom responding to a man with a rifle "The Day of the Jackal... THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE... The Dead Zone... The Man Who Knew Too Much... The Sugarland Express... Foul play... Dirty Harry... The Parallax View..."

  • 307 - Daddy-O - Crow "This is the rowdiest group of youths since Altamont!"

    412 - Hercules and the Captive Women - Crow "Altamont!" Tom "Yeah, that's why the 'Stones' are there, haha!"

    506 - Eegah - Joel "Uh oh, it looks like Altamont all over again."

    812 - The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living & Became Mixed-Up Zombies - Tom "This was the show where the Hell's Angels beat up a lot of people."

  • 309 - The Amazing Colossal Man - Skit starring Mike as the Amazing Colossal Man "You know, I really thought that part in Time Bandits was gonna kick it loose for me. I thought that was gonna make me!"

  • 309 - The Amazing Colossal Man - Crow in response to a plane "It's Buddy Hackett! And Mickey Rooney too!"

    401 - Space Travelers - Crow "Hey, it's the Three Stooges from It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World!"

    420 - The Human Duplicators - Crow "It's The Pawnbroker meets It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World! The restored version."

    521 - Santa Claus - Tom "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad... World" (Thanks Johnny C.)

    506 - Eegah - Crow "It's under a big 'W'... ack."

    602 - Invasion USA - Tom "It's under a big dub-yuh!"

    614 - San Francisco International - Mike "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World!" Crow "The restored version."

    805 - The Thing That Couldn't Die - Mike "Her butt is under a big 'W'!"

    814 - Riding With Death - Mike - "The poor guys who own this gas station just rebuilt after Jonathan Winter's rampage."

  • 310 - Fugitive Alien - Joel "It's not really a movie at all, it's just a bunch of Japanese TV shows strung together to look like a movie..." Tom "Oh, so it's like Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage then." Crow "Or Schwartz's A Very Brady Christmas."

    609 - The Skydivers - Tom "Jim Jarmusch's Scenes from a Marraige."

  • 310 - Fugitive Alien - Joel "Now let's just imagine that the blonde assassin comes in and shows her undying love for Ken and instead of serving two masters they die in a harakiri love pact." Tom "Oh come on Joel, this is Sandy Frank, not Kurosawa!"

  • 311 - It Conquered the World - Tom in response to soldiers marching through the woods "Meanwhile in a Samuel Fuller film not far away..."

  • 315 - Teenage Caveman - Crow "Yeah, yeah... Are we not men?"

  • 315 - Teenage Caveman - Crow "Suddenly it's a John Ford film..."

    320 - The Unearthly - Joel in reference to John Carradine "Come on, he's done a lot of good stuff! He worked with John Ford in Stagecoach...." & Crow "Who are you to judge? I was in Stagecoach and Grapes of Wrath!"

    511 - Gunslinger - Tom "This makes 'Dirty Dingus McGee' look like a John Ford film."

    611 - Last of the Wild Horses - Crow "And now Robert Lippert pretends he's John Ford..."

  • 316 - Gamera vs. Zigra - Tom "Sorry, all we have is a master shot for this scene." Crow "Yeah, who filmed this, Jim Jarmusch?"

    509 - The Girl in Lovers Lane - Crow "How's that, Mr. Jarmusch?"

    603 - The Dead Talk Back - Tom "Huh, the film seems to have taken a decidedly Jarmuschian turn."

  • 317 - The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent - From the opening short, The Home Economics Story - Joel "Now she'll race down to the Jean-Luc Godard festival at the campus theater!"

  • 320 - The Unearthly - Tom "Hey, we're watching Down by Law all of a sudden!"

  • 320 - The Unearthly - Crow "My Dinner With Andre had more locations than this film!"

    405 - Being From Another Planet - Joel "Wallace Shawn?" Crow "Better get my biker magazines outta here, I'm having dinner with Andre later."

    416 - Fire Maidens of Outer Space - Tom "I told my agent to get me a part in a film with more action, so after this he signed me up for a film called 'Sleep' with Andy Warhol." Crow "Yeah, I told my agent the same thing. So after this I'm doing a film called 'My Dinner with Andre."

    512 - Mitchel (Joel's final episode) - Tom - "It's, My Dinner with Mitchel."

    521 - Santa Claus - Crow "Looks like the puppet version of My Dinner with Andre!"

    See 706 - Laserblast

  • 321 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians & 404 - Teenagers From Outer Space - Tom "What is this a Bergman film all of a sudden?"

  • 321 - Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - Crow "...Not since the chess playing scene in The Seventh Seal!..."

    614 - San Francisco International - Tom "Now Davey, you're going to be meeting a man in a black robe wanting to play a game of chess with you..."

    609 - The Skydivers - Tom in response to a skydiver in free fall "Hey, you guys have Death come up to play a game of chess with you?"

  • 323 - Castle of Fu-Manchu - Tom "Ah, [Alex] Rohmer, he's the guy who did My Night at Maud's, Pauline at the Beach..." Joel "No, that's Eric Rohmer."

  • 323 - The Castle of Fu-Manchu - Joel "It's Audrey Hepburn in Charade."

  • 323 - The Castle of Fu-Manchu - Crow "It's the ninja version of Days of Heaven."

  • 324 - Master Ninja II - Crow in response to an open grave "Oh, they're doing Blood Simple."

  • 324 - Master Ninja II - Tom in response to a car that just went over a cliff "Hey look! Bud Court's at the top of the cliff playing a banjo."

    418 - Attack of the The Eye Creatures - Teens making out in the back of a car - Girl "Oh Harold!" Crow - "Oh Maude! Maude!"

  • 403 - City Limits - Tom "Raymond Carver, if we don't save him minimalism is doomed!" Yeah it's stretching it a little, I know, but I'm sticking to it.

    522 - Teenage Crime Wave - Crow "Look out for Chris Penn and Robert Downey!" (Thanks Paul H.)

  • 403 - City Limits - Tom rapping to the awful song at the end of the film "I wish I could see Citizen Kane. I wish I could see The Rules of the Game. I wish I could view The Seven Samurai. But every film I see make me wanna die. Uh uh uh uh!"

    912 - The Screaming Skull - Mike "If Ed Wood had directed The Rules of the Game."

  • 404 - Teenagers From Outer Space - Crow "Suddenly it's Carnival of Souls."

    510 - The Painted Hills - From the opening short Body Care & Grooming - Tom "[It's] Carnival of Souls here"

    809 - I Was A Teenage Werewolf - Mike "The Carnival of Souls boyfriend!"

  • 406 - Attack of the Giant Leeches - Tom "The Tin Drum..."

    910 - The Final Sacrifice - Tom "I think he's the Tin Drum kid."

  • 406 - Attack of the Giant Leeches - Joel "Now its The Most Dangerous Game."

    424 - Manos: The Hands of Fate - Joel "The Most Dangerous Game..."

    510 - The Painted Hills - Tom "The Most Tedious Game!"

    601 - Girls Town - Tom "Heidi, in the Most Dangerous Game."

    607 - Bloodlust - One of the many knock-offs/remakes of The Most Dangerous Game, but so, so bad.

    621 - The Beast of Yucca Flats - Crow "They're vacationing at The Most Dangerous Game Dude Ranch."

  • 407 - The Killer Shrews - Dialogue "You seem so disinterested in everything. Aren't you the least bit curious?" Joel "Yellow."

  • 409 - The Indestructible Man - Joel "This has all the suspense of a Brian De Palma version of a Hitchcock movie."

  • 410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men (featuring dreaded "Deep Hurting!") - Tom "Aw, this is like a bad Antonioni movie!" Crow "Like an Antonioni movie in other words."

  • 410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men - Crow "It's a woman in the dunes!"

  • 415 - The Beatniks & 601 Girls Town - Tom "Let's go do some crimes!!"

  • 415 - The Beatniks - Crow "Lets create that scene from Videodrome." (Thanks Collection!)

  • 416 - Fire Maidens of Outer Space (Joel) & 504 - Secret Agent Super Dragon (Crow) - "What is this, a Bergman film?"

  • 416 - Fire Maidens of Outer Space - Joel "It's the Beatles! Its been a hard day's..."

    523 - Village of the Giants & 1013 - Diabolik - Tom "Its been a hard day's night...!"

  • 418 - Attack of the the Eye Creatures - Tom "What, did they get Charlie Chaplin to write the music?"

    616 - Racket Girls - Crow "Chaplin speaks!"

  • 419 - The Rebel Set - Crow "Hey honey, Kazan wants me for On the Waterfront 2: Electric Boogaloo!"

    621 - The Beast of Yucca Flats - Tom in Tor Johnson voice "Tor could have been contender, instead bum which am!"

  • 419 - The Rebel Set - Crow "Alfred Hitchcock, in drag!"

    621 - The Beast of Yucca Flats - From the short Money Talks! - Tom "Alfred Hitchcock!"

    910 - The Final Sacrifice - Crow "Hitchcock's 'Parade of Homes."

  • 419 - The Rebel Set - Tom responding to a man with a rifle "The Day of the Jackal... The Manchurian Candidate... The Dead Zone... THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH... The Sugarland Express... Foul play... Dirty Harry... The Parallax View..."

  • 421 - Monster A-Go Go - Crow "Yes, it's Jules and Jim on ice!" (Thanks djproject)

    507 - I Accuse My Parents - Tom to a girl and her two wooers "It's Jules and Jim!"

  • 421 - Monster A-Go Go - dialogue "...but truly a circus on ice!" Tom "By Federico Fellini!"

    521 - Santa Claus - Crow "It's a Fellini Christmas!"

  • 421 - Monster A-Go Go - Joel "The Thin Blue Line."

    506 - Eegah - Crow "The dumb blue line."

    512 - Mitchel - Tom "But I'm not a salesman, I'm the chubby blue line!"
    (Thanks Johnny C)

  • 501 - Warrior of the Lost World - film dialogue "The only damage I care about is this bike..." Joel "And the new movie by Louis Malle."

  • 502 - Hercules - Joel in response to a guy in a loincloth running "The Naked Prey!"

    613 - The Sinister Urge - Tom "The Scantily-Clad Prey!"

    811 - Parts:The Clonus Horror - Mike "You know, I hope he never becomes the naked prey."

  • 503 - Swamp Diamonds - Crow "And this must be Children of Paradise all of a sudden."

  • 506 - Eegah - Tom "What is this, The Third Man all of a sudden?"

  • 509 - The Girl in Lovers Lane - Tom in response to a guy with a trashcan lid shield "Spartacus!"

    624 - Samson Vs. The Vampire Women - Mike "This scene was cut out of Spartacus."

  • 510 - Lassie: The Painted Hills - Tom "The dog should make his head explode - Scanner Dog!"

    511 - Gunslinger - Dr. F's invention exchange, The Scanner Planner.

    523 - Village of the Giants - Tom "Scanners! Look out!" ::starts shaking head::

  • 518 - The Atomic Brain - Mike "Ha, the Pygmalion sisters!"

  • 518 - The Atomic Brain - Two women staring out of a window - Mike "Persona..." Tom "Interiors..."

  • 518 - The Atomic Brain - Mike in response to the final scene, a close up of a cat's face - "The 400 Blows!"

  • 520 - Radar Secret Service - dialogue "An iceberg in the path of an unsuspecting ocean liner once spelled disaster on the high seas..." Tom "It's A Night to Remember!"

    620 - Danger! Death Ray - Mike "This was the low budget version of A Night to Remember."

  • 520 - Radar Secret Service - From the opening short 'Last Clear Chance' - Mike "This is the prequel to In Cold Blood!"

  • 521 - Santa Claus - Tom "Bertolucci was brought in to direct this scene."

  • 522 - Teenage Crimewave - Mike "12 Angry Teens!"

  • 524 - 12 to the Moon - Opening Skit - Mike having 'tea' with Gypsy. Tom "Uh, say Mike, if you and Helena Bonham Carter there are finished, can we please start our tennis game, hmm?" Mike "Um, we could but Merchant and Ivory are calling!"

  • 601 - Girls Town - Tom "Well, you're a cookie full of arsenic and I'd like to take a bite out of you..."

  • 604 - Zombie Nightmare - Mike "How come there aren't any pictures of Italians on the wall?"

    901 - The Projected Man - Film dialogue "Cut the power!" Mike "Cut the power that be!"

  • 606 - The Creeping Terror - Mike "The Unbearable Whiteness of Being!" (Thanks Michael English!)

  • 606 - The Creeping Terror - Mike - "Meanwhile, in a Kurosawa film..."

  • 606 - The Creeping Terror - Tom - "Suddenly it's Wild Strawberries."

  • 607 - Bloodlust - Crow "Arg, I dreamed I went to Manderley, arg..."

    624 - Samson Vs. The Vampire Women - Crow "I dreamed I visited El Manderley last night..."

  • 609 - The Skydivers - Mike "At least there's this riveting soundtrack." Tom "It's downright Hitchcockian." Mike "Robyn Hitchcock."

  • 610 - The Violent Years - Mike dressed up as Keanu Reeves "This is My Own Private Idaho... potato. Crow, aw man, that is so lame!"

    MST3k: The Movie - Tom "Keanu Reeves in My Own Private Airfield."

  • 611 - Last of the Wild Horses - Dr. Forrester (Dr. F and TV's Frank are stuck in the theater in a parallel dimension) "My Life as a Dog, the western version!"

    801 - Revenge of the Creature - Tom in response to a German Shepherd on screen "Can we watch My Life as a Dog again tonight?"

  • 611 - Last of the Wild Horses - Mike "Lets have a Merchant/Ivory sort of picnic, whadda ya say?"

  • 613 - The Sinister Urge - Tom "Thus Merchant/Ivory is born!"

  • 615 - Kitten with a Whip - Mike in response to the opening titles "Hey, Anatomy of a Murder."

    815 - Agent for H.A.R.M. - Bobo while defending Mike in court for destroying planets "Now folks, we're gonna be hearing the word 'panties' a lot in this trial, so lets go ahead and get those giggles out right now... Panties, panties, panties, panties, panties, panties..."

  • 616 - Racket Girls - Crow "You know when Ed Wood saw this it was like when Truffaut saw Citizen Kane."

  • 616 - Racket Girls - Crow "This was the sequence John Woo directed!"

  • 617 - The Sword and The Dragon - Skit - A Joke by Ingmar Bergman. Based on an Idea by August Strindberg. From The Writings of Henrik Ibsen. "When you're out of slits, you're out of pier!"

  • 618 - High School Big Shot - Tom "Paddy Chayefsky's 'House of Games.'"

  • 618 - High School Big Shot - from the opening short 'Out of This World' - dialogue "...Red, the other kind..." Crow "The Fugitive Kind."

  • 622 - Angels Revenge - Tom "This is the weirdest Merchant/Ivory film."

  • 623 - The Amazing Transparent Man - Mike "We return now to Paris, Texas."

  • 703 - Deathstalker and The Warriors From Hell - Tom "Hey, these two [producers] are the Merchant and Ivory of Mexico."

  • 701 - Night of the Blood Beast - dialogue "Hey, what are you doing with Dr. Weyman's body?" Crow "I'm not into that!" I don't know if they're actually referencing Two-Lane Blacktop, but since that is exactly what Warren Oats says to Harry Dean Stanton I am including it.

  • 704 - The Incredible Melting Man - Tom "Ah, Sullivan's Travels, of course!"

  • 704 - The Incredible Melting Man - Mike "Oh god, Mrs. Robinson... no... no."

    902 - The Phantom Planet - Film dialogue "We must talk about your future..." Mike "Plastics, Benjamin."

  • 706 - Laserblast - Mike and the bots are reading from Leonard Maltin's film guide, who gave Laserblast 2 1/2 stars. Mike "Hey look here, Leonard Maltin gave the same 2 1/2 stars to My Dinner with Andre.... Oh hey, Seven Samurai, 2 stars." Crow "WHAT?" Mike "Ha, kidding... " Tom "Broadcast News, Witness... 3 stars, barely superior to Laserblast..."

  • 316 - Gamera vs. Zigra - Tom "Ah, Fumi [Takahashi], he's the John Sayles of Japan. He directed The Return of The Secaucus Seven Samurai!"

    Also see 403 - City Limits

  • 802 - The Leech Woman - Crow "Oh hi, Peter Lorre as 'M'!"

  • 806 - The Undead - Film dialogue "You see it all too dimly, don't you Diana?" Tom "Yeah, thru a glass darkly, yeah!"

    903 - Puma Man - Crow "Now he sees through a glass dumbly."

  • 814 - Riding with Death - Ok, so they never actually referenced Wages of Fear in this, but the similarity between the two plots was too great not to include it. I mean, Riding with Death is exactly the same movie, only with out a good script, decent actors, character development and nail biting tension and suspense, plus a whole lot more CB radio lingo, rednecks, stock car racing, and turkeys. But other wise totally the same!

    1006 - Boggy Creek II - Mike "It's the Arkansas remake of The Wages of Fear."

    402 - The Giant Gila Monster - Crow in response to an oil truck - "It's The Wages of Fear."

  • 817 - Horror of Party Beach - Mike "Hey guys look up there, it's ::Sean Connery voice:: The Rock!"

    902 - The Phantom Planet - Film dialogue "You saw what happened to the rock." Mike "I sawed in it with Nicholas Cage."

  • 818 - Devil Doll - Tom "It's miked like an Altman film."

  • 819 - Invasion of the Neptune Men - Crow in response to a chubby Japanese kid in glasses "He must be the 'Piggy' of the group."

    906 - The Space Children - Tom "Lord of the Flies action figures!"

  • 819 - Invasion of the Neptune Men - Tom "Kurosawa, eat your heart out!"

  • 822 - Overdrawn at the Memory Bank - Crow in response to Raul Julia being kissed "Eating Raoul!"

  • 903 - Puma Man - dialogue "Never mind, just drive!" "He said" - Mike

  • 904 - Werewolf - Crow "Cinematography by Haskell Wexler...'s cat."

  • 909 - Gorgo - Tom talking to Leonard Maltin (Yes, it's really him!) "Excuse me Mr. Maltin, what do you think of the stylistic resurgence of Italian neo-realist film making in the vein of De Sica's Umberto D." Pearl "Stop bugging Mr. Siskel with questions!"

  • 1001 - Soultaker (with guest appearances by Joel and TV's Frank) - Crow "You know, you really can see Akira Kurosawa's influence here, you know, what with the way there's a movie going on and stuff... it's on film..." Tom "It's something Hitchcock would be proud of..."

  • 1002 - Girl in Gold Boots - Mike "Crow, what's the bracelet with all the W's stand for?" Crow "Oh this stands for What Would the World Wide Wrestling federation, Woodrow Wilson, Wet Willie, Wesley Willis, Wade Wilson,William Wyler, Wendy Wasserstein, Walt Whitman, Willy Wonka, WIM WENDERS..." "Ok, ok, can it!" "...do"

  • 1004 - Future War - Crow "They were transferred to a Costa-Gavras film."

  • 1006 - Boggy Creek II - Crow "Now this is the boat they should have taken over that mountain in Fitzcarraldo."

  • 1006 - Boggy Creek II - Tom "They're not shooting Day for Night, it's more like 4:30 for 5:00."

  • 1012 - Squirm - Tom "There are other productions of this movie?" Crow "Oh yeah, this one is the best. Bergman's was a little slow."


  • By MrCannon
    March 21, 2013
    02:23 AM

    Sorry, I know this isn't on criterion, but it made me think of The Final Sacrifice where the kid is looking in the mirror and the Servo references Pee Wee's Big Adventure 'Arr Mad Dog!'
    • By Russell Fry
      March 21, 2013
      12:17 PM

      Ha, The Final Sacrifice is one of my favorite episodes. ♫ You got mud on you face! A big disgrace! Shoving those sandwiches into your face! Singin' we will, we will Rowsdower! ♫
  • By MrCannon
    March 21, 2013
    01:25 PM

    Rosdower!! God, I feel like watching that now.
    • By Russell Fry
      March 21, 2013
      09:43 PM

  • By Tom_S
    June 17, 2013
    04:28 PM

    There's a reference to Berlin Alexanderplatz in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, too- Trace says that one of the seasons, 4 I think, is best viewed as one continuous narrative, a la BA
  • By Yaanu
    June 21, 2013
    12:03 AM

    There is an "Unbearable Lightness of Being" reference in "The Creeping Terror".
    • By Russell Fry
      June 21, 2013
      11:14 AM

      I'll have to watch that one again. It's one of my favorites of the cheesy monster movie experiments. Somehow I've missed that reference... Thanks for the heads up, I'll watch it again tonight!
  • By YetAnotherBrian
    July 21, 2013
    12:23 AM

    Great list, very fun. There's another My Life as a Dog reference in 611: Last of the Wild Horses. Two cowboys are fighting/wrestling behind the opening credits, and Dr. F says, "My Life as a Dog -- the Western version."
    • By Russell Fry
      July 22, 2013
      02:18 PM

      Nice, thanks! I'll have to watch that one again next. Glad you enjoyed the list!
  • By Something
    January 20, 2014
    11:05 PM

    I think I'm gonna have to watch MST3K again
  • By leggoet
    April 20, 2014
    07:41 AM

    This is brilliant! Thanks for taking the time to do this.
    • By Russell Fry
      April 21, 2014
      12:32 AM

      Thanks for the kind words. It's been a labor of love and I've loved every minute! At this point I've been through all the episodes, many of them several times, but I still occasionally come across a riff that I've missed or a new film is added to the collection that has been riffed (Hard Days Night most recently) so it'll never be totally complete... So check back occasionally, I may have a new riff or two for ya!
  • By Paul H.
    September 17, 2014
    05:36 PM

    A better 'Short Cuts' reference: At the end of 'Teen-age Crime Wave' as the cops chase them past the observatory sign, Crow says 'Watch out for Chris Penn and Robert Downey!'
    • By Russell Fry
      September 19, 2014
      11:52 PM

      Wow, I never picked up on that one. Thanks, that's great!
  • By JohnnyC.
    December 20, 2014
    02:35 PM

    In 521-Santa Claus:Servo: It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad....World.
  • By JohnnyC.
    December 25, 2014
    03:11 PM

    Also, 205-The Crawling Hand- Movie: "You've had a hard night." Crow:"Hard Day's Night" 420-The Unearthly- Crow:" Please, mister, can we have our ball back?" (A reference to A Hard Day's Night) 521-Monster A-Go-Go- Joel: "The Thin Blue Line" 606-Eegah!- Crow: "The dumb blue line" 612-Mitchell- Tom: "I'm not a salesman; I'm the chubby blue line!"
    • By Russell Fry
      December 28, 2014
      12:29 AM

      Thanks for the 'Thin Blue Line' riffs! I knew I remembered at least one of them, I just hadn't come across the episode again. The Mitchel one kills me.
  • By Malickite
    August 12, 2015
    12:11 PM

    Day for Night is referenced in Pod People. Crow: Daylight looks like night anyhow. What's it now? Servo: Day for night, I think. Crow: Thank you, Truffaut.
    • By Russell Fry
      August 24, 2015
      09:30 AM

      Good catch, thanks!
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    January 22, 2016
    03:30 PM

    Patton Oswalt joins and fans rejoice
    • By Russell Fry
      January 24, 2016
      06:35 PM

      Yeah, he is honestly the only think about it that I'm excited about. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to poo-poo it until I see it, its just that I'm not all giddy and hyped in anticipation.
    • By Sean Ramsdell
      February 23, 2016
      04:36 PM

  • By Sean Ramsdell
    February 23, 2016
    04:34 PM

    Secret Agent Super Dragon-The Thin Blue Line
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    June 16, 2016
    09:10 PM

    Master Ninja II- Blood Simple
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    July 21, 2016
    02:42 PM

    Kevin Murphy's fav film-Dr Strangelove
  • By Kathryn A.
    July 24, 2016
    09:10 PM

    Thought "Are you a Mod or a Rocker" was from the press conference scene in "A Hard Day's Night". I think Crow even follows it up once with "I'm a Mocker."
    • By Russell Fry
      July 30, 2016
      09:48 PM

      I've never actually seen A Hard Day's Night, sadly. I always assumed it was from Quadrophenia because of the whole Mods vs Rockers thing. You could very well be right. Thanks for pointing it out to me, now I have even more reason to finally get my hands on a copy.
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    December 21, 2016
    03:52 PM

    Being There-811 Parts: The Clonus Horror
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    December 21, 2016
    03:53 PM

    Also on Daddy-O and MNII
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    January 07, 2017
    10:12 AM

    Are you updating this list or not?
  • By Sean Ramsdell
    January 11, 2017
    07:22 PM

    Dr Strangelove: Rocket Attack USA and This Island Earth