If you were cognizant in the eighties and nineties and also had a penchant for bad sci-fi movies, it’s a good bet you’ve heard of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (or mst3k for short) at least once or twice. The show was about a man trapped on a satellite and forced to watch bad movies by a mad scientist, his only hope to make it through the horrible films was to make fun or “Riff” them with his two witty and sarcastic robot friends. For me I can say that I was a fan, before the age of tevo and DVR I would get up extra early on Saturdays and turn on the VCR to record MST3K then airing on the Sci-Fi channel (now syfy.)
The show was eventually canceled by Syfy and the cast members went their separate ways, leaving behind a universe of cult followers of the silly and endearing show.
Later the actors from the show reunited and formed two separate groups of riffers that would release video and audio of new shows, this included the group Cinematic Titanic (formed by original Mst3k Host Joel Hodgson) and the group RifftraX (which includes Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.) Though these revivals are definitely fun, and even for some might twinge of nostalgia, they are missing in what made MST3K so much fun, the sets, skits, and funny little puppets.
Fast forward to 2008 when along comes a plucky fan named Rikk Wolf and his merry group of friends who decided to create their very own version of the long lost Mystery Science Theater calling theirs Incognito Cinema Warriors XP or (ICWXP.) There was no real budget other than what was donated and all the cast and crew worked for free. Eventually the first episode was launched on Myspace. The traffic and cries of joy convinced the guys to do more, and now they are through almost two full seasons.
The long and short of the show is this: The zombie Apocalypse happened, a group of zombie fighting soldiers are overrun, the one lone survivor of these soldiers finds his way to an abandoned movie theater and takes shelter inside. From there it’s all talking robots this, and maniacal mad scientists and evil corporations that. Much like MST3K ICWXP has the host (Rikk Wolf) and his two robot buddies sitting in silhouette in front of a movie screen watching horrible b-movies and old PSA’s.
The difference between this show and the old MST3K is most notably the zombies, and the humor. Because the show has no real sponsors or any network tied to it they are free to make the most off hand jokes and rancid Riffs that comes to mind.
Here’s a little taste of what you can expect:
You can find their videos for download or on DVD over at http://www.icwxp.com/ the prices aren’t bad (ranging from $4.99 to around $14.00.) Or you can also find them on the Rifftrax website at http://www.rifftrax.com/search/apachesolr_search/incognito
Long story short, if you were ever a fan of Mystery Science Theater, Horror Hosts, or Elvira, this will be a welcome treat for you, I know it was for me.