Rifftrax Skewers STARSHIP TROOPERS
by Kyle Anderson on August 19, 2013
Last Thursday, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of Rifftrax (and formerly of Mystery Science Theater 3000 of course) took aim at Paul Verhoeven’s schlocky, violent sci-fi satire Starship Troopers in front of a live audience and simulcast in movie theaters nationwide. The show was the result of a very successful Kickstarter campaign, which was necessary to secure the rights to such a big studio movie.
The event got Twitter support from some of the movie’s stars, including Casper Van Dien, Neil Patrick Harris, Dina Meyer, and Clancy Brown, for which the riffers were grateful, but which also led to several quiet apologies following particularly biting jokes. Yeah, it was pretty great.
As is common, the riffs were hilarious and accurate, especially pointing out that 80% of the film’s dialogue after a certain point contains the word “Move.” There’s also a running joke about whether there actually are any troopers in any of the starships.
I’d talk more about the various jokes and gags, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it for people who haven’t seen it yet. “But it’s over and done with,” you hasten to point out, I imagine. Well, good news! By popular demand, Rifftrax Live: Starship Troopers will be back in select theaters on Thursday, September 12th. It was one of the best riffs they’ve ever done so I would definitely recommend going this second time. Tickets will go on sale August 30th. Mark your calendars now!
And be on the look out for our interview with Casper Van Dien coming in the near future.
This is the trailer for the first one, but you get the idea.