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You can help the Rifftrax / MST3K guys get the 1998 version of GODZILLA starring Matthew Broderick for their next nationwide simulcast! Read more

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You can help the Rifftrax / MST3K guys get the 1998 version of GODZILLA starring Matthew Broderick for their next nationwide simulcast!

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UPDATE #3 - 6/10/2014: RiffTrax Live: ANACONDA has been UNLOCKED!

[UPDATE #2 - 5/28/2014 -- New stretch goal added: ANACONDA Live on October 30th!]

If we reach $250,000, it will unlock RiffTrax getting the rights to the 1997 adventure horror classic ANACONDA to riff live in theaters on October 30th, 2014. We have added some new reward levels to help make this happen, AND all backers at the $30 level and higher will also get a FREE MP3 of a studio version of the ANACONDA Riff written for the October 30 Live Show in addition to their other rewards.

NEW REWARD LEVELS:

  • $1,025: Get Kevin, Mike or Bill's scripts used at ANACONDA Live.
  • $1,125: Write a riff for ANACONDA! (Limit of 5)

REWARD UPDATES:

  • All backers at $30+ will get a free MP3 of ANACONDA as well as GODZILLA.
  • All backers at $100+ will get both GODZILLA and ANACONDA unsigned posters.
  • All backers at $175+ will get a poster from all three RiffTrax Live: SHARKNADO, GODZILLA and ANACONDA shows, SIGNED by Mike, Kevin and Bill!
  • PERSONALIZED SONGS reward tier has been lowered to $1,050.

Of course these rewards will only happen if we meet the stretch goal. So help us hit $250,000 so we can do a LIVE riff of ANACONDA in theaters in time for Halloween!

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[UPDATE #1 - 5/14/2014 – since we hit our $100,000 goal, GODZILLA is a GO! Please continue to back the project for the cool rewards, and to help us give you the best GODZILLA live show possible.]

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THE BASICS

Thanks to you, we had a hugely successful Kickstarter last year that funded us to be able to riff STARSHIP TROOPERS live in 700 theaters across North America. The show was a success, and this year we have the opportunity to perform a live riff of one of our most requested movies ever – GODZILLA! Yes, the 1998 version with Matthew Broderick!

But in order to do it, we need your help again. The cost to secure the theatrical rights and for production is super expensive, but totally worth it IF we can make it happen.

So, Kickstarter community, please help us do our MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000-style funny commentary for GODZILLA, broadcast LIVE to hundreds of movie screens to a massive audience in a one-night event on August 14th, 2014!

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 350 titles that range from huge Hollywood blockbusters, to obscure B-movies and short educational films. Hey, we were even on TV this 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 ten 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 and an upcoming riff of the cult classic SHARKNADO this July. 

RiffTrax Live: Sharknado
RiffTrax Live: Sharknado

But the pinnacle of our live riffs was last summer’s STARSHIP TROOPERS, which was only made possible by the generous support of you, the Kickstarter community.

And this brings us to the reason we're back on Kickstarter. The rights to a movie like GODZILLA cost substantially more than a movie like MANOS (shocking, but true), and even more than the rights to STARSHIP TROOPERS, so to afford it we need your help.  We KNOW we can get the rights to the movie, and we have August 14th reserved for the show, the rest is up to you!

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF THIS DEAL?

Many, many things! We are creating cool stuff exclusively for our backers in return for helping us get GODZILLA. It's important to us that we give you a good taste of RiffTrax for funding this project.  

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 show due to the complexities of the various theaters, and we can’t give an actual digital download of the GODZILLA live show due to rights clearances issues, but the rewards do include tons of cool things – and of course the satisfaction of knowing you made a live riff of GODZILLA possible. Plus we have all sorts of new RiffTrax offerings, at very low-priced reward levels, and some awesome VIP packages:

  • A completely re-riffed version of the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER classic A CASE OF SPRING FEVER.
  • The classic short DUCK AND COVER riffed by the guys just for you!
  • A riffing of a new short from the fan-favorite AT YOUR FINGERTIPS series! 

    Or you can get all of the above!
  • The VIP levels include meeting Mike, Kevin & Bill in Nashville or Minneapolis, front row seats to the show, your picture in the credits, and even being able to write a riff that will be used in the GODZILLA 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 live GODZILLA show in Nashville.

WHAT IF WE GET EXTRA MONEY, PAST OUR GOAL?

We raised past our goal in our last Kickstarter project for STARSHIP TROOPERS and all of the money collected went towards getting the rights to the movie, the production of the event itself, and in creating and fulfilling awesome rewards. It will be no different if we can make a GODZILLA show happen.

Making this show 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 (minus the Gorillagrams), and towards all the great reward levels. If we raise well beyond our goal, it might even enable us to get a bigger name title for a future live show!

THANK YOU!

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 in 2014.

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 the GODZILLA live show. The reason for this is that we can't control which theaters will pick it up, and the logistics of pre-selling tickets to dozens of various theater chains is pretty near impossible.

Also, due to the complexities of licensing a high-profile title like GODZILLA from a major Hollywood studio, getting the digital rights in addition to the theatrical rights was not feasible despite our best efforts.

But we DO have tons of cool rewards, including an MP3 of the studio version of the commentary we will be performing at the Godzilla live show that you can sync up with your DVD of GODZILLA the old-fashioned RiffTrax way. 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 for a great evening, going beyond what we've been able to do before. And really, IT’S GODZILLA FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, WE HAVE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!!! There aren’t many titles in the world more riffable than this one. Thanks for considering this wacky project!

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  • Yes! We have an agreement in place, now that the Kickstarter was successful (and still going strong!).

    Even though we've met our goal, every extra dollar raised through Kickstarter pledges will go directly towards the cost of production. (The cost to make these shows happen is quite high.) So thank you for your continued support!

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  • As with all of our shows, we don't yet know if Cineplex, Fathom's Canadian partner, is on board yet. As soon as we know for sure, we will post an update!

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    150 backers

    THANK YOU PAGE. Your personal name personally thanked on a special thank-you page at RiffTrax.com! AND the satisfaction that you helped give GODZILLA the riffing it deserves. 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 this GODZILLA show in Nashville.

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    168 backers

    1 NEVER-BEFORE-RIFFED SHORT. Digital download of classic short film: A CASE OF SPRING FEVER, which was an MST3K classic, with an all-new riff by Mike, Kevin and Bill! Plus your name personally thanked on a special thank-you page at RiffTrax.com!

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    502 backers

    SHORTS COLLECTION - 3 NEVER-BEFORE-RIFFED SHORTS. Digital download of the new riff of A CASE OF SPRING FEVER plus all-new riffs of classic short film DUCK AND COVER, and a never-before riffed short from the fan favorite series AT YOUR FINGERTIPS (GRASSES, CYLINDERS). Plus your name personally thanked on a special thank-you page at RiffTrax.com!

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    421 backers

    SHORTS COLLECTION PLUS ONE. Everything at the $10 level plus a certificate for a digital download of ANY FULL-LENGTH RIFFTRAX MP3 of your choice, from our existing catalogue. SUPREME VALUE!!!

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    263 backers

    GODZILLA RIFFTRAX MP3 DOWNLOAD PACKAGE! Digital MP3 download of a studio version of the GODZILLA RiffTrax commentary written for the August 2014 Live show. We can't get the rights to merge the jokes and the movie so you get the MP3 of the jokes that you need to sync with the movie. PLUS a $15 RiffTrax CERTIFICATE to compensate you for having to shell out for the movie of GODZILLA to play in sync with your MP3. It will be delivered on the Digital Release Date (approximately 60 days after the Live Show.) Plus your name personally thanked on a special thank-you page at RiffTrax.com.

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    542 backers

    GODZILLA RIFFTRAX MP3 DOWNLOAD PACKAGE + SHORTS COLLECTION. Everything in the $20 level plus the SHORTS COLLECTION.

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    1,364 backers

    GODZILLA RIFFTRAX MP3 DOWNLOAD PACKAGE + SHORTS COLLECTION + EXTRA FULL-LENGTH RIFFTRAX OF YOUR CHOICE. Everything in the $25 reward level PLUS a certificate good for a digital download of ANY FULL-LENGTH RIFFTRAX MP3 of your choice, from our existing catalogue.

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    203 backers

    THE FULL PACKAGE, ONE WEEK EARLY. Everything in the $30.00 reward package PLUS: you get it one week before the digital release date, with a bonus introduction by Mike, Kevin and Bill!

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    Pledge $50 or more

    174 backers

    THE FULL PACKAGE, ONE WEEK EARLY + DIGITAL GOODIE PACK! Everything in the $40.00 reward package plus a digital goodie pack. Includes, at a minimum, cool stuff like a digital signed copy of rehearsal script, digital live show avatars from artist Len Peralta, digital signed thank-you photo from Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.

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    Pledge $60 or more

    143 backers

    THE FULL PACKAGE + EARLY + DIGITAL GOODIES + VIDEO THANK-YOU. Everything in the $50 reward package, PLUS your personal name personally thanked not only on a thank-you page, but a thank-you VIDEO where Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett thank everyone personally by name, with personal thanks!

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    343 backers

    EVERYTHING FROM ABOVE + EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT. Everything in the $60 rewards package plus... RiffTrax Kickstarter Commemorative T-Shirt designed by artist Adam Koford, who draws stuff for Disney and also created our three-man cartoon logo! This T-Shirt will not be available anywhere else.

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    52 backers

    INVITATION TO OUR PLANNING SESSION. Everything in the $75.00 reward package plus... an exclusive access code to watch an online planning session / rehearsal for the Live Show. A glimpse behind the curtain, if you dare. [NOTE: Most features of this reward would come post-show in November 2014, but the planning session would be available in early August, before the live show]

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    128 backers

    ALL OF THE ABOVE + RIFFTRAX POSTER. Everything in the $90.00 reward package plus... A full-sized poster from one of our Fathom Events live shows.

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    Pledge $150 or more

    40 backers

    YOUR NAME ONSCREEN. Everything in the $100.00 rewards package plus: YOUR name in the credits at the end of the RiffTrax Live show in August! Immortality is yours. (Must have your name to RiffTrax no later than July 10th to be included - we'll email you with details after the kickstarter is over.)

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    249 backers

    AUTOGRAPHED RIFFTRAX LIVE SHOW POSTER. Everything in the $150.00 reward package plus... Your full-sized poster you got from the $100 level will be personally hand autographed by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.

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    69 backers Limited (6 left of 75)

    YOUR FACE ONSCREEN. Everything in the $175 rewards package plus... your name AND PHOTO at the end of the RiffTrax Live show in August. So much YOU! (Must have your approved name and photo to RiffTrax no later than July 10th to be included - we'll email you with details after the kickstarter is over.)

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    1 backer All gone!

    GET MIKE NELSON'S SCRIPT FROM THE SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: the actual script used by Mike during the Live Show, autographed to you personally!

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    GET KEVIN MURPHY'S SCRIPT FROM THE SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: the actual script used by Kevin during the Live Show, autographed to you personally!

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    GET BILL CORBETT'S SCRIPT FROM THE SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: the actual script used by Bill during the Live Show, autographed to you personally!

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    1 backer All gone!

    NEW!

    GET MIKE NELSON'S SCRIPT FROM THE ANACONDA SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: the actual script used by Mike during our ANACONDA Live Show, autographed to you personally!

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    NEW!

    GET KEVIN MURPHY'S SCRIPT FROM THE ANACONDA SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: the actual script used by Kevin during the ANACONDA Live Show, autographed to you personally!

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    NEW!

    GET BILL CORBETT'S SCRIPT FROM THE ANACONDA SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: the actual script used by Bill during the ANACONDA Live Show, autographed to you personally!

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    PERSONALIZED SONG! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: Mr. Kevin Murphy will write / produce / deliver a personalized one-minute+ song, commissioned by you! You can check out the ones he did for our last Kickstarter on iTunes. (Search "Starship Troopers Kickstarter" in the iTunes store to listen.)

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    WRITE A RIFF FOR THE GODZILLA LIVE SHOW! Everything in the $250 rewards package PLUS you will get to write a riff for the GODZILLA Live Show. We'll give you the scene and space for the joke, and you get to write your own comedy gold which will be performed by Mike, Kevin or Bill during the Live Show. You will even get a "Kickstarter Guest Writer" credit in the end credits of the show, and you will be mentored by the RiffTrax writers to make sure all goes smoothly. (Riff must be approved by RiffTrax.)

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    NEW!

    WRITE A RIFF FOR ANACONDA! Everything in the $250 rewards package PLUS you will get to write a riff for the ANACONDA Live Show. We'll give you the scene and space for the joke, and you get to write your own comedy gold which will be performed by Mike, Kevin or Bill during the October ANACONDA Live Show. You will even get a "Kickstarter Guest Writer" credit in the end credits of the show, and you will be mentored by the RiffTrax writers to make sure all goes smoothly. (Riff must be approved by RiffTrax.)

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    3 backers Limited (12 left of 15)

    SON OF VIP GUEST OF HONOR! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: attend the GODZILLA Live Show as guest of RiffTrax. VIP section seats in rows 2-5 for you and one guest. Attend a meet-and-greet reception with Mike, Kevin and Bill, limited to 30 people. Plus a Special RiffTrax Goodie Bag. [NOTE: must provide your own travel to and lodging in Nashville for an August 14th show.]

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    3 backers Limited (6 left of 9)

    SHARKNADO VIP GUEST OF HONOR! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: attend the July 10th SHARKNADO Live Show in Minneapolis as guest of RiffTrax. Front Row tickets for you and a guest at the Historic State Theater in Minneapolis. You will be onscreen and thanked personally during the SHARKNADO show. Attend the rehearsal the day of the show, and get lunch with Mike, Kevin and Bill the day before the show. Plus a Special RiffTrax Goodie Bag. [NOTE: must provide your own travel to and lodging in Minneapolis for a July 9th lunch and the July 10th show.] This is for the July SHARKNADO show, not the August GODZILLA show (in case that wasn't already clear).

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    4 backers All gone!

    VIP GUEST OF HONOR! Everything in the $250 rewards package plus: attend the GODZILLA Live Show as guest of RiffTrax! Front Row tickets for you and a guest at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville. You will be onscreen and thanked personally during the show. Attend the rehearsal the day of the show, and get lunch with Mike, Kevin and Bill the day before. Plus a Special RiffTrax Goodie Bag. [NOTE: must provide your own travel to and lodging in Nashville for an August 14th show.]

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    WE RIFF YOUR 5 MINUTE VIDEO! Everything in the $250 rewards level plus: Mike, Kevin and Bill will write, perform and record a RiffTrax to ANY video you want -- Your wedding video, student film, skateboarding incident, you name it! We also ask that the content of your video be PG13 or nicer, with no graphic scenes of violence or strong sexual content. The riff will be yours to post online and to share with whomever you'd like. Rifftrax will keep the copyright under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License. The English Version of what this means can be found here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

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    This is a big reward level, so please email us with any serious question you may have about it, at "support at rifftrax dot com."

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