11/25/08

Rifftrax 069-077

R069 The Dark Knight

R070 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


R071 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

R072 Reefer Madness (Three Riffer Version)

R073 Little Shop of Horrors (Three Riffer Version)


R074 House on Haunted Hill (Three Riffer Version)

R075 Night of the Living Dead (Three-Riffer Version)

R045.5 Missile to the Moon (Three Riffer Version)

R076 Jaws

R077 Carnival of Souls (Three Riffer Version)

As you may have noticed, this chunk of ten is infested with Three-Riffer Versions. These are do-overs of ancient Mike solo commentaries, originally sold before Rifftrax was Rifftrax, and originally reviewed in the Video on Demand section of this guide. Carnival of Souls and Little Shop of Horrors are the best of these. Night of the Living Dead is the most re-written from the original riff, but I still don't like the movie. Missile to the Moon isn't re-written at all--Mike, Bill and Kevin simply re-read the original script from the Mike Nelson/Fred Willard version almost word for word. The official Rifftrax list doesn't even consider it a separate release, hence the odd episode number.

This leaves slim pickings for Rifftrax of the non-reheated variety, but thankfully they're all at least decent. The original Star Wars is the standout here; throughout, numerous references to the cringe-inducing sequels had me on the floor. Prisoner of Azkaban is a close second, while the other two (Jaws and The Dark Knight) are funny enough, but too distracting to allow too much attention to the commentary.