About this project
BASE GOAL FUNDED!
We are thrilled and grateful that once again you, the Kickstarter community, have come through with flying colors and helped us reach the base goal of our project -- in less than 8 hours! We're amazed by your response, and we can't wait to bring #THECRAPPENING to theaters near you.
But -- what would a Kickstarter be without some new stuff?
NEW REWARD LEVELS!
You wanted it, you got it!
At the $175 reward tier, you get everything from the $150 rewards PLUS a full-size 27" x 40" RiffTrax Live: MIAMI CONNECTION poster, autographed by Mike, Kevin and Bill. (The design will be revealed soon!) This is a theater-quality poster, perfect for framing or gift-giving.
At $1,015 we're offering the guys' scripts from the MIAMI CONNECTION show.
At $1,025 we have the guys' scripts from the live ICE CREAM BUNNY show!
At $1,050 you can get the guys' scripts from the SHARKNADO 2 show!
We're not done yet! With a little over three weeks to go in this Kickstarter project, we've put our heads together and come up with some amazing stretch goals. Here they are:
Thanks again to all of you who have contributed to this Kickstarter so far; we hope the rest of you will consider backing us so you can take home some of these fantastic rewards. Even though the base goal is funded, these shows cost WAY more than that and each extra dollar goes towards bigger and awesomer production costs for the shows, the movie rights, and the great reward levels. There are plenty of cool things to get for participating - not to mention the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that you helped THE CRAPPENING become reality.
Thank you, won't us?
Thanks to you, we have done two hugely successful Kickstarters over the past two years that funded us to be able to riff STARSHIP TROOPERS and GODZILLA (1998) + ANACONDA LIVE and simulcast to over 700 theaters across North America. These shows were a big hit, and this year we have the opportunity to perform FOUR RiffTrax Live shows with some of the most awesome bad movies ever. Are you ready? They are:
It's a superfecta of bad movies. We call it... THE CRAPPENING.
We did it! We got the rights to ALL these cinematic masterpieces. Woohoo!!! And we can't wait to riff 'em live. To seal the deal, we'd love your help again. The cost to secure the theatrical rights and for the production itself is beyond doing this on our own, but it does work out if we get a little help from our fans.
So, Kickstarter community, please be a part of our MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000-style funny commentaries for THE CRAPPENING, broadcast LIVE to hundreds of movie screens to a massive audience in a series of four one-night events on May 6, July 9, October 1, and December 3rd, 2015!
WHO WE ARE
The guys at RIFFTRAX have been providing hilarious movie commentary for years. First as writers and stars of the cult TV comedy show MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 aka MST3K-- and then online since 2006, as RIFFTRAX – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett have taken on movies bad and not-so-bad, with one and only one mission: to make them funny.
RiffTrax has written and performed comic riffs for over 400 titles that range from huge Hollywood blockbusters, to obscure B-movies and short educational films. Hey, we were even on TV last year on the National Geographic Channel riffing zany animal shows.
Celebrity guests on various RiffTrax offerings have included Neil Patrick Harris, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Joel McHale, Jonathan Coulton, Andy Richter, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, Mythbuster Adam Savage, Chris Hardwick, Paul F. Tompkins, Maria Bamford, Fred Willard, NPR's Peter Sagal and loads more.
If you're not familiar with us, check out this video for a little taste of what we do at RiffTrax:
WHY WE'RE ON KICKSTARTER
In 2009 we did an experiment: a live show in Nashville, riffing the Ed Wood classic PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, simulcast to 500 movie theaters around the U.S.A. It was a raging success, and RiffTrax Live was born. Since then RiffTrax has done 13 more live simulcast shows, including "MANOS" THE HANDS OF FATE, the new classic D-movie BIRDEMIC; the 1960s version of JACK THE GIANT KILLER; Vincent Price's cheesy HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, the SyFy classic SHARKNADO and many more.
But the pinnacles of our live riffs were STARSHIP TROOPERS in the summer of 2013, and GODZILLA and ANACONDA this past summer, all of which were only made possible thanks to the generous support of you, the Kickstarter community.
And this brings us to the reason we're back on Kickstarter. The rights to movies like THE ROOM and SHARKNADO cost a decent chunk of change, and the production costs for the Live Shows themselves are crazy high, so to have this madness make any economic sense we need your help. We have the rights to these movies locked in, and we have the dates reserved for the shows - the rest is up to you!
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?
Many, many things! We're creating cool stuff exclusively for our backers in return for helping us make these live events happen.
We cordially invite you to take a close look at the rewards listed on this page; it’s a little tricky since we can’t give as rewards actual movie theater tickets to see the live shows, due to the complexities of the various theaters.
BUT, for the first time ever on Kickstarter, we CAN give actual digital downloads of two of the live shows, MIAMI CONNECTION and SANTA & THE ICE CREAM BUNNY -- AND the other rewards include tons of cool things – and of course the satisfaction of knowing you made live riffs of THE ROOM by Tommy Wiseau, SHARKNADO 2, MIAMI CONNECTION & SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY possible.
Plus, we have all sorts of great RiffTrax offerings at very low-priced reward levels, as well as some awesome VIP packages which include: meeting Mike, Kevin & Bill in Nashville, great seats to the show, your picture in the credits, and even being able to write a riff that will be used in a Live Show!
There are lots of other great rewards available, at all levels of support. Please take a look and see which ones might float your boat. ALSO, as a Kickstarter backer at any level, we try to give exclusive perks during the year - like secret passwords for early access to Live Show tickets whenever possible, including early access to Belcourt Theater tickets for this year's live shows all based in Nashville.
Wondering what goes on at our awesome meet-and-greets? Check out this video from our STARSHIP TROOPERS gathering:
WHAT IF WE GET EXTRA MONEY, PAST OUR GOAL?
We raised past our goal in our last two Kickstarter projects and all of the money collected went towards getting the rights to the movies (plus getting the additional movie of ANACONDA), the production of the event itself, and in creating and fulfilling awesome rewards. It will be no different this time around.
Making these shows a reality will cost MUCH more than our base goal, and so if we raise more money, it will go towards movie acquisition costs, better production values, and towards all the great reward levels.
We have the greatest fans in the world, and we know how lucky we are. Thank you for your support over these many years. We can't wait to make you laugh more during 2015. So join us for RiffTrax Live...
– THE ROOM - Wed. May 6th! (Encore Tues. May 12)
– SHARKNADO 2 - Thurs. July 9th! (Encore Thurs. July 16)
– MIAMI CONNECTION - Thurs. October 1st! (Encore Tues. Oct. 6)
– SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY - Thurs. December 3rd! (Encore Tues. Dec 15)
STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED: ICE CREAM BUNNY LAUGH(S)
Unlocked: February 25th
Every backer now gets FREE audio clips of the guys doing the Ice Cream Bunny's maniacal laugh.
Unlocked March 6th:
Every backer now gets a set of signed digital mini-posters from all four shows!
Unlocked March 16th:
Every backer now gets a FREE MP3 track of The Room, with a totally new script written for the live show!
UPDATE March 19th:
A new stretch goal announced - we'll do a brand new riff of an all-new, never-before-seen Man V. Monster episode starring Richard Terry!
Unlocked March 19th:
Every backer now gets a FREE MP3 commentary track of the last Harry Potter movie!
UPDATE March 20th:
Canadian tickets for the May 6th show of RiffTrax Live: THE ROOM will be on sale at Cineplex on April 10th!
UPDATE March 20th #2: All backers at $50 and up now will get a brand new, downloadable episode of Man V. Monster!
EXCLUSIVE Backer Shirt first look revealed! Check out the sketch below:
UPDATE March 21st: $225k reached! OHAI shirt unlocked!
UPDATE March 21st #2:
SHARKNADO 2 download is unlocked with less than 15 minutes until the end of the campaign!
YOU DID IT! Our fans and backers are the best on the planet, and anyone who disagrees is wrong. Thanks everyone for your amazing support!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge to this Kickstarter is that we are unable to do the most obvious thing: pre-sell actual movie theater tickets to all the live shows. The reason for this is that we can't control which theaters will pick them up, and the logistics of pre-selling tickets to dozens of various theater chains is pretty near impossible.
But for the first time ever in our Kickstarter life, we are able to offer digital versions of TWO of the shows - MIAMI CONNECTION & SANTA AND THE ICE CREAM BUNNY as rewards, and we DO have tons of other cool rewards. We are also working overtime to write and produce some great new RiffTrax offerings to our backers among the rewards.
In the end, all we want to do is make four great laugh-out-loud evenings, going beyond what we've been able to do before. And really, ONE OF THEM IS "THE ROOM" FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, NAKED TOMMY WISEAU!!!!! There aren’t many titles in the world more riffable than that one. Thanks for considering this wacky project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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