Welcome to the very first episode of IT'S MYSTIE TIME, where I watch and review a movie riffed upon by those geniuses at the amazing and historical show, Mystery Science Theater 3000. I have no idea how many I'll do a week, only to say it'll at least be one. So, without further ado, on with the show!
EPISODE 405: 1991 - BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET (STARRING BEN MURPHY AND NINA AXLEROD - 1982)
Though MT3K is mostly known for riffing on movies that are, shall we say, something less than classics, on the rare occasion a film slips through that really isn't as bad as you'd expect. BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET (aka: TIME WALKER) happens to be one of them. No, the plot and story isn't completely without it's sizable holes, and no, the acting is most definitely up to snuff, but, for what it was, it's a relatively decent flick.
Basically, we have the unearthing of a sarcophagus from the tomb of King Tut -no, not his tomb- and it's subsequent delivery and opening at a local University. Some X-Rays are taken and it seems that the mummy has been buried with more than the general details, including a fistful of gems and a triangular doohickey that they all, eventually fit in. Some thievery later, the mummy escapes to reclaim his ill-gotten booty leaving a trail of stupid students in his wake. Finally, it turns out that the mummy is actually an alien (surprise surprise) and all ends with him leaving in a flash of light with the professor who led the initial dig in tow. No harm, no foul.
Now, you take Joel and the bots and thrust them into their torturous theater, and you get acres upon acres of silly humor that just serves to escalate the drab film to catastrophic levels.
Joel: (Upon the professor's entry into the tomb) "Whoops, somebody stepped in a Tut pile!"
Crow: (At a gathered crowd of students) "Looks like ABBA in college!"
Student: (Looking at the shoddy mummy) "Doctor, why would they do such a hasty burial?"
Crow: "Oh, Like I was there!"
Professor: (Eyeing some green goo) "What is this stuff?"
Student to his girl (After pawning mummy's gem) "Name your restaurant, baby!"
STOP, CAUTION - Radiation Label shown
Joel: "Caution! Snow angels in progress!"
Suzie to Professor Doug (At elaborate Egyptian artwork on wall) "Doug! Look!"
Joel: "Oh yeah, I got drunk and wood burned my cabinet."
Though I am a professed Mike fan, I'd have to say this is by far one of my favorite Joel's. Check it out... and circulate the tapes!