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MST3K Vs. Giant Monsters

Updated on August 31, 2017

What is Mystery Science Theater 3000?

The television show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-99) features a man and his robot sidekicks trapped on a space station by an evil scientist and forced to watch bad movies. For five-and-a-half seasons, Joel Robinson was the hapless host on the Satellite of Love. After he escaped, Mike Nelson replaced him for the rest of the series. The robots on the series were Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy, and Cambot.

The show ran for 198 episodes and one feature film. Over the course of the series, they riffed on several giant monster movies. These are the ones we will spotlight here.

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MST3K vs. Gamera

Five Gamera films appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000

In 1965, Japan's Daiei Motion Picture Company created the giant, flying turtle Gamera to compete with rival Toho Studios' Godzilla. Gamera made his first appearance in 1965's Gamera, and then appeared in eight subsequent films in the original series.

Five of them were featured on MST3K during the show's third season*:

Gamera (1965)

MST3K episode 302 (June 1991)

A military plane crashes in the Arctic, awakening giant turtle Gamera. He heads to Japan and wreaks havoc, yet seemingly befriends a young misunderstood boy.

Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)

MST3K episode 304 (June 1991)

A group of men collude to steal a giant jewel from an Asian jungle. The jewel, actually an egg, hatches into the mutant lizard Barugon.

Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967)

MST3K episode 308 (July 1991)

Gamera fights a pterodactyl-like monster that feasts on blood.

Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

MST3K episode 312 (July 1991)

Female brain-eating aliens abduct two boys from Japan. Gamera attempts to rescue them, but must fight the cyborg monster Guiron.

Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)

MST3K episode 316 (October 1991)

Gamera fights shark-like alien Zigra who, with the help of a woman under his control, attempts to take over Earth from its polluting inhabitants.

See also: Giant Monster Movies: Gamera

*(Note: These same five films previously appeared on MST3K during its first season, when it was a local television show in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.)

MST3K vs. Gamera: Vol XXI

MST3K Vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI [Deluxe Edition]
MST3K Vs. Gamera: Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. XXI [Deluxe Edition]

What could possibly be better suited to the always-quotable wisecracks of beloved SoL captive Joel Robinson and his faithful robot sidekicks, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot, than a monster movie about a giant flying turtle? The answer is — four other movies about same flying turtle! Behold the first-ever themed collection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 classics: all five Gamera episodes from the particularly fertile third season of the long-running cult comedy television series...in their own shell!

 

MST3K vs. Godzilla

Two Godzilla films appeared on Mystery Science Theater 3000

Japanese movie monster Godzilla first appearied in Toho Studios' 1954 film Gojira. Since then, Godzilla has gone on to become a worldwide pop culture icon, appearing in comic books, video games, novels, and television series.

The original series of Godzilla films included sixteen entries. Two of them were featured on MST3K during its second season:

Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

MST3K episode 212 (January 1991)

When the undersea civilization Seatopia is damaged by nuclear testing conducted by the surface nations of the world, they dispatch Megalon, to the surface to destroy the world. Godzilla and size-changing robot Jet Jaguar battle Megalon and alien cyborg Gigan. Note: Godzilla vs. Megalon was originally intended as a solo vehicle for Jet Jaguar.

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

MST3K episode 213 (February 1991)

Godzilla battles giant shrimp Ebirah. Guest-starring Mothra. Note: The film was originally written for King Kong, but the studio switched Kong with Godzilla. (This explains some of Godzilla's uncharacteristic behavior in the film, including his interest in the island girl.)

See also: Giant Monster Movies: Godzilla

Godzilla vs MST3K videos

Original Godzilla Trailers

Sound Off: Godzilla vs. Gamera

Which do you choose -- Godzilla or Gamera?

MST3K vs. The Crawling Eye

The Crawling Eye a.k.a. The Trollenberg Terror, Creature from Another World, The Creeping Eye, and The Flying Eye is a 1958 British science fiction film. When a mutant extraterrestrial eye ravages the Swiss Alps, a UN troubleshooter (Forrest Tucker) and a scientist use a young psychic to aid their investigation.

This was the first episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 when it went nationwide. (Aired November 1989)

Videos - The Crawling Eye

MST3K vs. Dinosaurs

Lost Continent (1951)

MST3K episode 208 (November 1990)

An American military/science team searches for a downed rocket in a dinosaur-infested jungle at the top of a remote mountain. Starring Cesar Romero and Hugh Beaumont.

King Dinosaur (1955)

MST3K episode 210 (December 1990)

Four astronauts journey to a mysterious new planet to see if it's able to withstand a possible Earth colony. They are soon menaced by giant insects and dinosaurs. Produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Future War (1997)

MST3K episode 1004 (April 1999)

An alien race kidnaps Earthlings for use as slaves. One slave escapes to contemporary Los Angeles, where he is hunted by alien cyborgs using dinosaurs as trackers.

Trailers - Lost Continent, King Dinosaur, Future War

MST3K vs. Giant Bugs and Crawling Things

The Black Scorpion (1957)

MST3K episode 113 (February 1990)

Giant black scorpions emerge after a Mexican volcano eruption and go on a rampage. Includes special effects from legendary stop-motion animator Willis O'Brien, who created the effects in the 1933 classic King Kong.

Earth vs the Spider (1958)

MST3K episode 313 (September 1991)

Teens discover a giant spider, which rampages through a small town. Produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon.

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

a.k.a. Attack of the Blood Leeches, Demons of the Swamp, She Demons of the Swamp, and War of the Giant Leeches.

MST3K episode 406 (July 1992)

In the Florida Everglades, a pair of larger-than-human, mutant leeches drag local people down to their underwater cave to slowly drain them of blood.

The Killer Shrews (1959)

MST3K episode 407 (July 1992)

With a hurricane approaching, a small group of people on a remote island are terrorized by a pack of omnivorous giant shrews.

Beginning of the End (1957)

MST3K episode 517 (November 1993)

An agricultural scientist successfully grows gigantic vegetables using radiation -- and inadvertently creates a hungry army of giant grasshoppers. Starring Peter Graves. Produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon.

The Deadly Mantis (1957)

MST3K episode 804 (February 1997)

When a volcano explodes in the South Seas, the vibrations causes icebergs to shift near the arctic -- freeing a 200-foot-long praying mantis, trapped in the ice for centuries. Soon the giant mantis makes its way to civilization, where it terrorizes New York and Washington, D.C.

Videos - Giant Bugs and Crawling Things

MST3K vs. Sea Monsters

Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966)

MST3K episode 213 (February 1991)

Godzilla battles giant shrimp Ebirah. Guest-starring Mothra. Note: The film was originally written for King Kong, but the studio switched Kong with Godzilla. (This explains some of Godzilla's uncharacteristic behavior in the film, including his interest in the island girl.)

Viking Women and the Sea Serpent (1957)

a.k.a. The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent

MST3K episode 317 (October 1991)

Vikings' wives set off to rescue their husbands and cross with a sea monster. Directed by Roger Corman.

Devil Fish (1984)

MST3K episode 911 (August 1998)

A group of Florida scientists discover a gigantic prehistoric shark.

Trailers - Godzilla vs the Sea Monster, Viking Women, Devil Fish

MST3K vs. Giant Lizards

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

MST3K episode 402 (June 1992)

A 30-foot killer lizard is loose in the woods near a bumbling town full of teens.

Gorgo (1961)

MST3K episode 909 (July 1998)

British sci-fi about a monster appears off the coast of Ireland and is captured by circus men. The monster's mother comes to its rescue -- devastation ensues. Leonard Maltin makes a guest appearance in this episode.

MST3K vs. Giants

Three more films directed by Bert I. Gordon:

The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

MST3K episode 309 (July 1991)

An officer in the U.S. Army miraculously survives an atomic blast -- but the radiation causes him to grow into a 60-foot-tall giant who wreaks havoc.

War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

MST3K episode 319 (November 1991)

Although it features a different cast, this sequel to The Amazing Colossal Man finds that the the titular character survived ... and is now a giant, disfigured zombie creature.

Village of the Giants (1965)

MST3K episode 523 (January 1994)

This beach-party update of H.G. Wells' The Food of the Gods revolves around a chemical substance which causes giant growth in living things -- and the rebellious youth that get their hands on it. With Tommy Kirk and Beau Bridges.

Videos - Colossal Man, Colossal Beast, Village of the Giants

Vote: Joel vs. Mike

Who's your favorite MST3K host?

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Robot Roll Call: Choose Your Robot!

Which is your favorite robot on the Satellite of Love?

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Rifftrax vs. Giant Monsters - Former MST3K cast members continue the tradition

Mystery Science Theater alumni Michael J. Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy continue heckling movies under the guise of Rifftrax. Some selected giant monster movies are listed below.

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    • Kim Milai profile image

      Kim Milai 

      5 years ago

      Love it can watch them forever and drive my family crazy.

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      antoniow 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, well done! Squidlike

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I used to Watch Mystery Science Theater 3000 as a Young Adult and Since my younger sister can't Stand Godzilla Movies, whenever I watch one, she does her own take on the Movie so she can enjoy it! I guess Mystery Science Theater 3000 rubs off on some people more than others!! :D

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      agoofyidea 

      6 years ago

      Fun lens. I wish I had seen more episodes

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      goo2eyes lm 

      7 years ago

      you must be young at heart. nostalgic lenses you have. keep up the good work

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      hlkljgk 

      7 years ago from Western Mass

      i just love mst3k

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      MickThompson 

      7 years ago

      I simply adore this lens. It brings back a lot of memories. GAMERA is my favorite. Thanks for this lovely lens. You're awesome!

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      MickThompson 

      7 years ago

      I simply adore this lens. It brings back a lot of memories. GAMERA is my favorite. Thanks for this lovely lens. You're awesome!

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      SquidooPower 

      7 years ago

      I have the crawling eye on my iPod and watch it every time I'm sleeping on my boat.

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