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MST3K generated the most funds for any Film & Video project ever listed on Kickstarter ($5,764,229 from 48,270 backers, with an additional $600,000 in backer add-ons) and worked out a deal with Netflix to revise the series with new cast members and an updated format. Netflix would go on to support a 6 episode, Season 12.
1101 - Reptilicus 
After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life and subject us to deplorably bad spec fx.
First new episode in 18 years and presented in HD. Whole new crew with Felicia Day as Kinga (3rd generation) Forrester and Patton Oswalt as TV's Son of TV's Frank. Our new victim is Jonah Ray, a salvage pilot kidnapped and taken to the dark side of the moon and forced to watch bad movies with Crow and Tom Servo. It all works rather well, too. First episode directed by Joel Hodgson since Season 6.
1102 - Cry Wilderness 
A Bigfoot-type creature befriends Paul, a young student. While his father, a park ranger, tries to capture an escaped tiger, Paul tries to keep Bigfoot a secret.
Pearl Forrester (Mary Jo Pehl), Brain Guy (Bill Corbet) and Bobo (Kevin Murphy) make a guest appearance as well as Pearl's clone.
1103 - The Time Travelers 
In 1964, a team of scientists are trying to develop a view screen into the future. What they get is a portal and they soon find themselves on the other side - in the year 2071 - when the portal collapses.
This movie was made in an interesting era when the writers knew what lasers were, but the actors still didn't know how to pronounce them. Joel Hodgson makes an appearance as Larry the party guy.
1104 - Avalanche 
The vacationers at a winter wonderland struggle to survive after an avalanche of snow crashes into their ski resort. Their holiday then turns into a game of survival.
Servo and Crow play with drones in the theater, which are used in one instance to obscure a nudity scene. In one of the host segments, they come up with a long list of potential hybrid B-movie titles, like "Sharktopus" and "Piranhaconda", that is incredibly laugh-out-loud funny.
1105 - The Beast of Hollow Mountain 
An American cowboy living in Mexico discovers his cattle are being eaten by a giant prehistoric dinosaur.
The great grandsons of the films sound director, James L. Fields, saw the riff before they knew they had any familial connection to the film. When they learned that their maternal great grandfather worked on the film, they said that the riff is now "twice as funny to them" and that the sound direction is "the film's only saving grace."
1106 - Starcrash 
An outlaw smuggler and her alien companion are recruited by the Emperor of the Galaxy to rescue his son and destroy a secret weapon by the evil Count Zarth Arn.
Jerry Seinfeld makes a guest appearance as Freak Masterstroke. Watch for Jonah's frustration at Tom Servo taking a running joke a bit too far and rips off his head.
1107 - The Land that Time Forgot 
During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. They then travel to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.
This film is the first adaptation of an Edgar Rice Burroughs story featured on MST3K. A second adaptation,
At the Earth's Core
is also featured later in this season ...and Doug McClure stars in both.
1108 - The Loves of Hercules 
While Hercules is away, his people, and the woman he loves, are killed by the king of Ecalia. Hercules goes to Ecalia to avenge her death but he finds that the king is dead and queen Dianira reigns. Time to fall in love with her ...and so on.
Jayne Mansfield plays the Queen Dianira and her real-life husband, Mickey Hargitay, plays Hercules. Their daughter, Mariska Hargitay would, of course, go on to play Olivia Benson in
Law & Order: SVU for like... forever. Running joke: Whenever someone says, "Speak!", in the film, Jonah and the bots go, "ARF!"
1109 - Yongary 
aka Yongary, Monster from the Deep
Earthquakes in central Korea turn out to be the work of Yongary, a prehistoric gasoline-eating reptile that soon goes on a rampage through Seoul.
The film itself is actually quite entertaining and the riffing is excellent. One of my favorites - Doc. "Capsule. Capsule. Capsule!" "I'M UPSIDE DOWN!!"
1110 - Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 
When evil screams throughout the world. When all the galaxies converge. When all that's fair and fine seems lost. A Hero will emerge. Alrighty, then!
Once again, Crow goes crazy with his Cryptkeeper impression.
1111 - Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II 
Three kingdoms have been overtaken by three evil lords and only Tyor, a teenage boy with magical powers, can restore peace to the land with the help of a bumbling elder, wizard and a hero in each kingdom.
A scene where David Carradine's character fights a giant octopus was removed. Ardy taunts Jonah and the Bots with its absence by saying that "it could have saved the whole movie."
1112 - Carnival Magic 
A magician in a carnival - who actually can read minds and levitate people and objects - works with a superintelligent chimp named Alex, who can also talk. The magician and the chimp soon become the stars of the carnival, drawing in big crowds.
Mark Hamill makes a guest appearance as P.T. Mindslap. The riffs in this one were just as good as any but, my God, this is a painful movie to sit through - Doc.
1113 - The Christmas that Almost Wasn't 
A mean old soul named Phineas Prune, who holds the deed to the North Pole, is demanding back rent. Otherwise, he'll evict Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves and take all the Christmas toys.
Joel Hodgson makes a guest appearance as Santa Claus.
1114 - At the Earth's Core 
A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.