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MST3K Reunion tickets go on sale April 15th!
Are you in?
Thank you for helping us exceed our monetary goal! You asked for even more stretch goals, so we have delivered for you below. They're not about money, but about getting MORE backers, and spreading news of the MST3K Reunion far and wide. Tell your friends to back us at ANY level - even $1 - and they'll get a TON of free stuff including 11 shorts and a bunch of RiffTrax MP3s. For FREE!
It's happening, thanks to YOU!
Yes, a Mystery Science Theater 3000 reunion broadcast to hundreds of movie theaters all across America is happening on June 28th. For this, our 20th live show celebrating our 10th year of making movies funny, we're busy planning an amazing night of riffing and comedy with most of the original MST3K stars, including...
RiffTrax regulars Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett!
PLUS confirmed special guest riffers:
Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Nelson, Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson!
Thanks to our generous backers, the MST3K Reunion show WILL take place on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN - the birthplace of Mystery Science Theater 3000!
RiffTrax Live: TIME CHASERS on May 5th!
The base goal for the Kickstarter is helping us fund ANOTHER super-cool event -- a RiffTrax Live show featuring an all-new riff on the best science-fiction film to come out of Vermont, TIME CHASERS! We've already secured the rights to this MST3K classic, and thanks to your generous donations, we've created a new widescreen HD transfer of the original movie in partnership with the film's creator, David Giancola.
To fund this once-in-a-lifetime piece of MSTie History, we need your help. The cost to pull it off is beyond doing on our own, but with a little help from our fans, we can make it happen. In exchange, we've come up with some exciting rewards and VIP packages just for you. Since we met our base goal, that means 2 ADDITIONAL shows have been unlocked for 2016. Woohoo! We're still trying to figure out what those titles are, and are actively talking to potential movie partners right this very moment.
So friends, please join us (won't you?) for this hilarious adventure: the MST3K REUNION SHOW broadcast LIVE to hundreds of movie screens on June 28th; TIME CHASERS on May 5th, and two more potential shows later in 2016. With your help, this year could be the biggest one yet!
WHAT'S THE REUNION SHOW GOING TO BE LIKE?
The MST3K Reunion Show will be a night to remember: A cavalcade of goofy educational short films like the ones often riffed on the show, and that we continue to riff over at RiffTrax. Our old colleagues from MST3K will each join us on stage to joke around and riff a short or two. We may not have the puppets or costumes, but we will have a blast.
There'll be a ton of funny stuff which we're still figuring out, but we know for sure you'll get a night of amazing and hilarious shorts riffed of course by our own - Mike, Kevin and Bill. Bridget and Mary Jo, who have been a big hit on RiffTrax, will team up; Frank and Trace will dazzle you with their awesome comedic talents, and Jonah Ray and Joel Hodgson round out the cast as they riff a short together.
Then, prepare yourselves for the grand finale: a SUPER RIFF-A-PALOOZA with all the guests at once!
The whole thing will be filmed live in front of a big crowd at the State Theater in downtown Minneapolis, and simulcast to 700+ theaters all across the U.S. (and, if possible, Canada!). Then MST3K fans all across North America will meet up in theaters to enjoy the show!
We'll also sponsor a cosplay contest, with winners to be announced live during the show that very night!
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 – 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 major Hollywood blockbusters, to obscure B-movies and educational short films. We've even been on TV on the National Geographic Channel, riffing zany animal shows. You also might have caught us on Comedy Central's @midnight last June. Oh, you did? Well then POINTS!!! And that's not all - we just recently announced an amazing new RiffTrax app that magically syncs our Riffs to the biggest blockbuster movies!
Celebrity guests on various RiffTrax offerings have included Neil Patrick Harris, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, Paul F. Tompkins, Joel McHale, Jonathan Coulton, Andy Richter, Kristen Schaal, John Hodgman, Mythbuster Adam Savage, Maria Bamford, Chris Hardwick, Fred Willard, NPR's Peter Sagal and loads more.
If you're still 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, we've done 17 more live simulcast shows, including: "MANOS" THE HANDS OF FATE; the sorpnl-filled D-movie BIRDEMIC; the bug-infested classic STARSHIP TROOPERS; Vincent Price's cheesy HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, the SyFy sensation SHARKNADO and many more, most of which were only made possible thanks to the generous support of you, the Kickstarter community.
Movie rights and film remastering expenses cost a decent chunk of change, and the production costs for the Live Shows themselves are crazy high, especially doing a show from downtown Minneapolis - so to have this madness make any economic sense we need your help. We have our deal with Fathom Events locked in, we have the dates reserved for the shows, and we have a bunch of stars from MST3K on board for a night of hilarious entertainment - the rest is up to you!
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?
Lots of stuff! For starters, every backer at every level gets first dibs on tickets to see the live shows in person - including the MST Reunion show, which is sure to sell out. That's an EXCLUSIVE advance purchasing window just for backing us on Kickstarter!
Please take a look at the rewards we've created, listed here on this page. Unfortunately, due to the complexities of the many individual movie theaters, we are unable to give away actual theater tickets to the shows as rewards.
But we CAN give you the actual digital downloads of two of them: the MST REUNION SHOW and TIME CHASERS, along with the other exclusive rewards created just for backers. That, plus the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you helped make an MST Reunion possible.
We're offering great rewards at very low-priced levels, as well as some fantastic VIP packages that include meeting the MST gang in Minneapolis, tickets for the best seats in the house, getting your picture in the credits, and even being able to write a riff that will be used in a Live Show script!
Wondering what goes on at our VIP 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 three Kickstarter projects, and all of the money collected went towards getting the rights to the movies (plus getting additional movies to riff live), top notch production of the event itself, and in creating and fulfilling rewards. It will be no different this time around.
Making these shows a reality costs meaningfully more than our base goal, and so if we raise more money, it will go towards movie acquisition costs for two more shows this year, better production values, and towards all the awesome rewards. And perhaps you know that since RiffTrax started offering Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes, we have been giving a portion of sales to all the MST principal cast members. RiffTrax will put a meaningful portion of all additional proceeds beyond our Kickstarter goal into this same pool.
With all that being said... THANK YOU! We have the best fans in the world, and we know how lucky we are. This summer marks our 10th birthday at RiffTrax - we couldn't have done it without our fans, and we sincerely thank you for your support over these many years. We can't wait to make you laugh even more during 2016 - so join us for RiffTrax Live!
March 29: Exclusive Backer shirt revealed!
Take a look at the first draft of the concept for the EXCLUSIVE backer shirt available to backers pledging for the $100 reward and higher:
Who do you recognize? Who would YOU like to see? Let us know in the comments of Update #9!
We realize there are lot of Kickstarter-ers who are discovering RiffTrax thanks to the #BringBackMST3K campaign, and we're thrilled to have you on board. So we thought it'd be fun to give away 11 of our most-loved shorts, including perennial favorites "Safety Woman", "What is Nothing?" and "This is Hormel" plus a few others we've carefully hand-selected from our catalog, including the mind-bending classroom-setting-up film "Setting Up a Room". More information in Update #6!
IF WE REACH.. YOU'LL GET:
3,600 backers – Safety Woman: In Danger Out of Doors (UNLOCKED!)
3,700 backers – Love That Car! (UNLOCKED!)
3,800 backers – What is Nothing? (UNLOCKED!)
3,900 backers – Flying Saucer Mystery (UNLOCKED!)
4,000 backers – Life in the Suburbs (UNLOCKED!)
4,100 backers – Maintaining Classroom Discipline (UNLOCKED!)
4,200 backers – This is Hormel (UNLOCKED!)
4,300 backers – The Creeps Machine (UNLOCKED!)
4,400 backers – Danger: Keep Out (UNLOCKED!)
4,500 backers – Story-telling: Can You Tell it in Order? (UNLOCKED!)
4,600 backers – Setting Up a Room (UNLOCKED!)
And we recently announced more stretch rewards as shown in the graphic at the top of the page!
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 up the show, and on top of the fact that they all use different systems, the logistics of pre-selling tickets to all the various theater chains is pretty much impossible.
But we ARE able to offer digital versions of at least TWO of the shows - the MST3K Reunion Show and TIME CHASERS - as rewards, along with the other fun rewards available at all levels.
In the end, all we want to do is provide you with some great laugh-out-loud evenings, this year going even bigger than before. Thanks for being part of MST and RiffTrax history!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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