Thursday, August 20, 2009

Because some people don't have lives . . .

. . . there will be a nationwide Rifftrax screening tonight of the worst movie ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space. I know this because on Tuesday, discussing the career of Robert Novak, I wrote:
Speaking of "journalism through whiskey," there will be a 7 p.m. Happy Hour event Thursday at the Continental Lounge in Rosslyn, Va. -- just across the Potomac from D.C. -- and if you haven't been personally invited, feel free to show up anyway.
Bloggers, journalists, fat cats, bigwigs, congressional staffers, congressional mistresses, lobbyists, interns, hookers, policy wonks, oppo researchers, "senior administration officials," two-faced backstabbing GOP political operatives -- everyone should consider themselves invited.
To which Joe Marier replied:
I can't make the Continental event, alas; I have tickets to see the Rifftrax show at Tysons Corner.
You might have achieved maximum geekdom if . . . well, NTTAWWT.

So while Joe is sitting in a theater full of guys who spent too much time as children playing with the Gilbert DeLuxe Chemistry Lab they got for their 8th birthdays, I expect to be shooting pool with the guys who cheerfully suffered strange rashes as adolescents . . .

Here's to you, Tonya, wherever you are!


  1. Don't make fun of people with Chemistry sets... if only because I had a chemistry set.

  2. "You will hear the term "worst movie ever made" bandied about by many different people to describe many different movies. For a long period of time, it was fashionable to say that Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space was the "worst movie ever made". And so it seemed to many, until a program called Mystery Science Theater 3000 took to the airwaves (or, rather, the coaxial cable-ways) in the early 90's and rendered that designation wholly irrelevant. Bad movie connoisseurs quickly realized just how competently directed Plan 9 really was in comparison to the work of cinematic criminals like Coleman Francis, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Bill Rebane, or Arch Hall, Sr. However, there is one director featured on MST3k whose name would come to epitomize torture caught on celluloid far more than any of those mentioned above."

  3. The Creeping Terror makes Plan 9 look like Birth of a Nation. OK,maybe Pearl Harbor...

  4. Muswell HillbillyThu Aug 20, 11:09:00 AM

    As one who actively despises the man-boy geekdom strain in our culture (e.g., I fully endorse the sentiments offered here:, I take umbrage at your charge.

    MST3K, and its Rifftrax successor, are not "geek" phenomena. Despite the name, they are not especially concerned with science fiction, and moreover do not evince any of the genre obsessiveness of the geek.

    If anything, one might deride them as some sort of meta, pomo, pop-culture derivative exercise (perhaps a fair criticism), but geekiness they are not.

  5. If attend one of these screenings you are 95% more likely to catch a bad case(?) of chronic masterbation.

    Chronic masterbators are 47% more likely to have raw (beaten?) skin and are 55% more likely to own hand lotion stock.