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Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000…

Twenty Five Mystery Science Theater 3000 Films That Changed My Life In No…

by Frank Conniff

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In 1990, Frank Conniff joined the staff of Mystery Science Theater 3000. First he was hired as a writer, then he was called upon to play TV's Frank, the bumbling yet lovable Mad Scientist henchman in Deep 13. And then he was given the sacred duty of finding the films that would be riffed on the show. Thus, because of his actions, the world now knows of Manos: The Hands of Fate, Monster A-Go-Go, The Brain That Wouldn't Die, Teenagers From Outer Space, and many other cheesy movies that the world would just as soon not know about.In these essays, TV's Frank focuses on twenty-five of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 films he found and riffed with his fellow MST3K writers and cast mates. It tells the story of how a comedian who was lucky enough to work on beloved Peabody Award winning TV show was transformed into a comedian who was lucky enough to work on a beloved Peabody Award winning TV show. It's a story that will stay with you for the rest of your life, if you happen to die just as you finish reading the book.… (more)



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A book about films featured on the hit television show Mystery Science Theater 3000, written by fan favorite Frank Conniff – aka TV’s Frank – needs no sales pitch. The genius of Conniff’s offering to his Mistie fanbase, however, is that he uses the twenty-five films mentioned in the title of the book as springboards to talk about virtually anything he wants, which in some cases is everything except the movie itself. It’s that kind of irreverence that you can only get from an MST3K alumnus.

Conniff supplies readers with some coveted behind-the-scenes MST3K material, nostalgic reminiscing, philosophical diatribes, and many of the chapters even manage to remain film-centric to the core. Particularly touching is how Conniff uses the chapter on Bride of the Monster to launch into a passionate defense of Ed Wood. In short, this book is not necessarily just about films, and as a whole it’s hard to pin down a specific thing that the book is about, but this is ultimately because Frank Conniff isn’t the type of person that’s easy to pin down, and thank Sampo for that.
  smichaelwilson | Mar 5, 2018 |
TV's Frank! Meta-riffing on the movies that made MST3K one of the greats. And it was a great show, if something of a niche entertainment. Conniff has a wide-ranging pop culture vocabulary and a brilliant mind, and constructs a masterly sarcastic narrative that progresses with the build up and release of a musical score. It's a pleasure to watch the man work. Here he gives us an idea of what the show could have been like if it hadn't been so relentlessly G-rated. ( )
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Jan 31, 2017 |
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Dedicated to Trace, Josh, Mike, Bridget, Mary Jo, Kevin, Paul, Colleen, Jim, Joel. The films didn't change my life, but all of you sure did.
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