Posted Tue Nov 21, 2023 at 09:03 AM PST by Matthew Hartman
Leave no schlocky film untouched. Leave no riff behind. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Season 14 is coming and you can help make it happen while enjoying the classic MST3K Turkey Day Marathon!
As we mentioned in our review of the Kickstarter Backer-exclusive of MST3K Season 13, this beloved cult classic show has survived and endured for decades. Moving from one network to another, moving from one streaming service to its own dedicated online theater, this show has gone on for thirty-five years and thirteen hilarious seasons. Like recent past seasons, a new crowdfunding effort is underway to fund Season 14. How many episodes will we get? Well, that’s all up to you and the rest of the Misties out there.
Just like past efforts, depending on if the campaign reaches $4.8 million, $6.1 million, or $7.4 million, fans will be able to enjoy either 6, 9, or 12 new episodes! On top of that we get new shorts, and more “surgically enhanced” classic episodes. If you’ve spent any time around the Gizmoplex, you may have noticed some of the classic episodes are curiously looking a little better these days - and that’s why. Not only could we get more new episodes but our past favorites can undergo a bit of a restoration effort so they’re in better shape than those tape masters of old.
Series creator and steward for this new generation of MST3K Joel Hodgson has already announced three of the intended targets for the new season - and they’re not resting on their laurels. As confirmed over at Movieweb, this next season will take on Roger Corman’s 1978 dystopian sci-fi B-movie gem Deathsport starring David Carradine and Playboy’s Claudia Jennings. Next up is another Corman classic and cult favorite Battle Beyond the Stars! But for the third announced film, they’re taking on the mother of all incredibly entertaining bad movies - Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space!
But those fan contributions are needed to get these (and hopefully many more new episodes) made. Moving away from Kickstarter to Showmaker, Joel and the crew behind the new MST3K have a new home for their crowdfunding effort. Click the SOL to see for yourself.
Now you can simply give a few bucks to help the cause, or you can sign up for a slew of perks and swag items to score you some sweet, sweet MST3K goodies or get exclusive access to production meetings or even set visits! There are digital-only options, Gizmoplex memberships, Sticker sets, Magnet sets, pins, hats, and of course, you can pre-order the Season 14 DVD or Blu-ray box set with proceeds going directly to the production. No fussy “backer level” unlocks to get certain items, you can pick and choose what you want (or nothing and just give them monies) and that’s how you help fund the next season!
And keeping with tradition - the MST3k Turkey Day Marathon will be underway this Thursday for a special 48-hour 24-episode run. So when you’re taking a break from stuffing your face and/or watching the Lions wipe the turf with the Packers (sorry Greenbay fans), you can click into your favorite streaming outlet and watch classic and recent episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It should be streaming on their various channels, but you add the ShoutTV app to your smart television or set box. You can go right to the MST3K website or you can check this handy chart for app availability:
That’s all the news that’s fit to print fellow misties. Remember to turn your lights down where necessary and share the tapes. Maybe this time next week we'll be celebrating the news that we've got more episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the way!
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