DVD review from The Movie Snob.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXIV.
Fugitive Alien (B+). I got several big laughs out of this “movie” that was cobbled together from a Japanese TV series. The “movie” is about a human-looking alien named Ken(!) who accidentally kills a fellow alien, becomes a fugitive from his own species, and joins a crew of human space travelers for some space-going adventures. Oh, and because Ken killed her brother, Ken’s former lover is legally obliged to track him down, kill him, and take his head back to their home world. Good riffing from Joel and the robots make this episode a treat.
Star Force: Fugitive Alien II (C-). For some reason, this sequel to Fugitive Alien never really takes off. The “movie” is just as bad as the first one, but the riffing never really gets going. The really shocking thing is that Sandy Frank, the man responsible for importing these Japanese creations (and others, like Gamera) to America, actually agreed to be interviewed for this disc! He comes off as a real wheeler-dealer kind of guy, and he has very little to say about his treatment at the hands of MST3K.
The Sword and the Dragon (B). In this episode the guys riff on a 1956 Russian movie about a medieval peasant hero who rises up to help his prince defeat invading Mongol hordes and their three-headed dragon. It’s a pretty good episode. As extras, they’ve bundled onto the disc two MST3K shorts that weren’t originally associated with this episode, “Snow Thrills” and the truly hilarious “A Date With Your Family.”
Samson Versus the Vampire Women (B). This Mexican import is truly bizarre. For about half the movie, it’s a standard, if lame, vampire yarn. Some lady vampires need to abduct a specific young woman and turn her into their vampire queen, while the woman’s professor father, her fiancé, and the local police ineffectually try to protect her from the sinister but attractive vampiresses. Halfway through the movie, a masked wrestler (complete with tight pants, cape, and no shirt) named Samson just shows up in the professor’s study and makes it his mission to defeat the vampires. And nobody seems to think it is odd. The riffing is not bad, but the oddness of the movie alone is enough to make it worthwhile.