“Incognito Cinema Warriors XP” brings silhouetted movie riffing back with a vengeance

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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:

Season 2 Sneak Peak

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.



Author: Upsidedownsix View all posts by

Born in the waste lands of central Florida and raised in a Post Dark Knight Returns but Pre Dark Knight Strikes again America, Russ Wiggins wasted his youth with horror movies, comics and pornography.

He is a full time zombie, comic strip, science fiction enthusiast who wears a white collar disguise to keep “the man” and bill collectors at bay. In his off time he writes for Florida Geek Scene (even though he now lives in New Jersey) and works on various projects including but not limited to a Graphic Novel Opus called “Steve of your imagination” and an ongoing web comic strip called “The Dreggs.”

Russ met the moderator of Florida Geek scene Scott Schlazer when he was still a teenage punk coming into Scott’s comic book shop “Planet X” on Friday nights to make fun of the freaks and ne’er do wells that frequented the store.

7 Comments on "“Incognito Cinema Warriors XP” brings silhouetted movie riffing back with a vengeance"

  1. Maurice August 16, 2012 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Been following ICWXP since almost the beginning. No offense to the big boys at RT and CT but they’re the only ones doing the real show now. Now that Networks are looking at them, I hope we can finally get riffing back on TV!

  2. Jason Beckett August 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    The best thing going on the world of riffing that no one knows about. Hope to see these guys start getting the attention they deserve for keeping the true spirit of MST3K alive and well.

  3. Chad Ruddle August 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Seeing as how I know Rikk and some of his team, and that I’m one of the zombies in ICWXP’s intro opener, you might think I’m biased toward loving what they do. And you’d be right; I am. But there’s a twist – I’ve never seen a single episode they’ve done – not completely. And the reason why is because I’m deaf, and they’ve not subtitled any of their episodes or clips on YouTube (this isn’t meant to be a negative review, mind you. Subtitling shows of any kind accurately is EXTREMELY tasking work, and rarely comes up on any sort of non-major studio production). But don’t let that convince you that I’m not a fan. I love their camera work, editing, and special effects, and I’ve been following the work they put into the show for a long time now. My sincere hope is that they’ll get the attention they’re due and get picked up by a network that will provide that vital service I need to enjoy the show to the best of my ability!

  4. Joshua August 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    At first, I was hesitant to even check them out, but I’m so glad I did. They have a clear love for MST3k and aren’t just trying to cash in on their legacy. They have their own distinct voice and comedic style. Highly recommended!!

  5. skyroniter August 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    These guys are really good. Funniest thing since MST3K!

  6. Travis Albina August 21, 2012 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I have always been a big fan of
    ICWXP and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Rikk and Nick and the whole ICWXP team are doing a great job !!! Hope we can see them on SCFI someday !!!

  7. KC Zombie Queen August 22, 2012 at 10:01 pm - Reply


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