Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet

The trailer for the next season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (“The Gauntlet”) dropped yesterday, and now we know which movies they’ll be mocking. Some titles seem awfully familiar, and immediately draw attention. And by “attention” I mean “cold sweats, tremors and screaming.”

I don’t know anything about Atlantic Rim (2013), but by the title it sounds like a cheapo mockbuster ripoff of Pacific Rim, and lo and behold, that’s exactly what it is.

Mac and Me (1988), an E.T. ripoff, is considered one of the worst movies ever made, which is enough to make it MST3K-worthy. It’s mainly known thanks to Paul Rudd, who uses a clip from this movie whenever he appears on a Conan O’Brien talk show: instead of showing a clip from whatever movie he’s there to promote, he shows the same damn clip from Mac and Me. Every damn time.

The final movie of this season, Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982), should strike fear into the hearts of longtime MST3K fans: a Conan ripoff, it’s the prequel to Cave Dwellers, which opened MST3K’s third season. Like its sequel, Ator was directed by the Ed Wood of Italy, Joe D’Amato.

Remember, kids: as Howard Waldrop says, “Nothing, nothing nothing is worse than a bad Italian movie, except a bad Italian SF movie.”

The next season of MST3K, all of six episodes long, will be released on Netflix on November 22.