On October 25, the RiffTrax crew will unload a shotgun full of barbs, quips, and putdowns, aimed at BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR, the 2006 camp-fest that earned itself a not-so-distinguished place on the all-time-worst films list – a distinction that, ironically, earned the film a nationwide series of screenings a few years ago. The riotous riffing will take place during a live screening, broadcast to theatres across the country by Fathom Events. The live screening starts at 8:00pm on the east coast and 7:00pm Central Time; it will be tape delayed for presentation at 7:00pm Moutain Time and 8:00pm on the west coast.
Whether the RiffTrax comedy team of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy can possibly surpass the unintentional hilarity of BIRDEMIC is an open question, but you can listen to a sample of their recorded commentary by watching the embedded video.
This is not the first time they have taken their patented brand of irreverent humor to theatres: they have live-riffed on such films as THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1959), JACK THE GIANT KILLER (1962), and MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, the execrably bad horror film previously lambasted on MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000.
Click here for a list of theatres where you can see RiffTrax take potshots at BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR.
Read more details from the press release:
Centennial, Colo. – August 20, 2012 – NCM® Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN present “RiffTrax Live: BIRDEMIC” in movie theaters for only one night on Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT. The famed comedians from the cult classic “Mystery Science Theater 3000” (MST3K)—Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett—will reunite on the big screen to fire off their wisecracking commentary on “BIRDEMIC,” a modern classic in the pantheon of so-bad-it’s-good cinema. The hilarious riffing on this spine-tingling “thriller” will be broadcast LIVE from Nashville to participating movie theaters across the country—just in time for Halloween.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: BIRDEMIC” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 550 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
“I don’t know what it is about ‘BIRDEMIC’—terrible acting, terrible sound, terrible directing, terrible editing—and yet there’s some sort of secret bad movie ingredient I can’t put my finger on that makes this simply one of the most fun bad movies of all time,” said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
Directed by James Nguyen in 2006, “BIRDEMIC” is the story of Rod, a young software salesman on the brink of launching a solar panel business in Silicon Valley. Things really seem to be going Rod’s way, especially when he reconnects with beautiful high school classmate Nathalie, a model who Victoria’s Secret chooses out of the blue to be their new cover girl. Their unbelievably perfect world is shattered by a sudden, unexplained bird attack. The vultures team up with the eagles, and begin dropping caustic liquids and exploding like bombs (really!). Rod and Nathalie find themselves on a terror-filled ride up and down the coast, fighting off the vicious birds with their wits and…coat hangers. Yes, coat hangers.
Previous successful Fathom and RiffTrax events have included “RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate” in August 2012, mocking what many think is one of the most terrible films ever; “RiffTrax Live: Jack the Giant Killer” in August 2011, a hilarious riff of the cheesy 1962 fantasy epic featuring giant rubber monsters and a leprechaun in a jar; “RiffTrax Live: House on Haunted Hill” in October 2010, which took on the Vincent Price horror classic just in time for Halloween; “RiffTrax Live: Reefer Madness” in August 2010, parodying the legendary cult classic; “RiffTrax Live: Plan 9 From Outer Space” in August 2009, skewering what is widely considered to be the “worst film ever made”; and “RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza” in December 2009, featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic.
“For fans of RiffTrax and MST3K, there’s nothing like experiencing Mike, Kevin and Bill live on the big screen,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Having the guys back again for this specially produced ‘BIRDEMIC’ event should take ‘riffing’ fans to a new level of laughter in theaters across the U.S.”