Netflix Australia tunes into Mystery Science Theater 3000

Alex Kidman 17 March 2017 NEWS


20 episodes of the cult movie riffing classic for you to enjoy.

While the headline act for Netflix today will be the release of Iron Fist (and we’ve already prepared a list of 10 classic martial arts flicks to stream once you’re done with that), it’s also more quietly revived a cult classic on the streaming service.

Ahead of a brand new series, not coincidentally on Netflix next month, Netflix has added 20 classic episodes of the cult US series Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 has a plot, very loosely, about a man (and his robot friends) trapped on a satellite and forced to watch terrible movies in the name of "science". It’s essentially a framework for riffing on the worst of the worst movies, and while the MST3K crew didn't invent that premise, they do manage it very well. Over its 11 year US run, it covered everything from Godzilla movies to utter Z-grade garbage that it popularised itself, such as the truly woeful Manos: The Hands Of Fate.

The 20 episodes aren’t a "season" of the show to speak of, but instead what Netflix is calling a "collection" of some of the best episodes. There’s no sign of the truly hilarious riffs on the Gamera movies, but you do get access classics such as Eegah!, Hercules Against The Moon Men, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians and indeed Manos: The Hands Of Fate. All of which are exactly as terrible as you might think, but then this is a show that revels in such things and invites you to crack open a frosty beverage and go along for the ride.

For the rest of Netflix’s announced offerings for this month, you can check out what’s new on the service this month here.

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