From Friday’s Weekend Look section of The Oklahoman.
Movie mocking has a new silhouette these days with “Cinematic Titanic,” the latest project from Joel Hodgson, creator of the cult hit TV series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and former MST3K cast members Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein.
The group is still mocking old B movies, though they appear in a different silhouette than the trademark MST3K view of the host and the robot puppets in the bottom right corner of the screen.
For its first Christmas DVD, the “Cinematic Titanic” crew makes the bold move of riffing on “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians,” which Hodgson and the MST3K gang gleefully ridiculed back in the show’s third season.
The horrible 1964 sci-fi film follows a group of Martians, all dressed in hideous skin-tight green outfits and outlandish headgear, who set out to kidnap Santa. The film is so bad its claim to fame is that it stars Pia Zadora as a Martian child.
The movie certainly oozes enough awfulness to warrant a second round of ridicule, and Hodgson and the gang get in plenty of funny zingers. But “Cinematic Titanic” doesn’t offer the hilarious skits that made MST3K so fun.