on Apr 17, 2008
Word has gotten around, but in case you don’t follow this sort of thing: Rifftrax is run by the former writers and stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000. MST3K was a strange show in that an episode became funnier after repeated viewings. Part of this is the nature of the humor. The more familiar you are with the movie, the funnier you’ll find the jokes arrayed against it. Because of this, I’d always thought the show would have been even better if they could have somehow secured the rights to lampoon big-budget films. I know this was impossible, but that doesn’t change the fact that it would have been ideal.
But with Rifftrax they’ve found a way around it. They just sell an audio file. (Sans DRM! Yay freedom.) You get the movie via Netflix (or whatever) and carefully sync up the audio and the movie and play them together. I was thinking of putting it on a boombox and taking it into the theater, but apparently this is frowned upon.
I understand it’s a bit annoying to get the timing synced up at the start, but the result is something to the effect of MST3K, only better.
Not satisfied with besting their former glory, they went on to bring in guest riffers. Weird Al, Court Jester of Pop, joins in for Jurassic Park. James Lileks, connoisseur of antique culture, helps out with Spider-Man 3. Neil Patrick “Please stop calling me Doogie” Harris is the guest on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
The free samples are worth a look, allowing you to sample the work – as the name suggests – for free.
Reading over this post, I’m struck by how much I sound like a shill. This is just normal fanboy ranting and should not be confused with a paid endorsement.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.