RIP Tom Servo

War of the Insects is a 1968 Japanese sci-fi thriller, seldom seen in the U.S., because it sucks. Really: It's about killer bees created by a mad scientist attacking a plane carrying an atomic bomb — wait, that sounds awesome. Why have we never heard of this War of the Insects!? Tonight, the movie gets completely adored stateside by getting completely shredded, scene by scene, nearly line by line, by the first group that realized such things could be profitable and not just morally necessary. No, not our SF Weekly film reviewers. This is Cinematic Titanic, formed by the creator and featuring the original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. We don't know why Joel Hodgson reformed his crew to do the same thing — bust on films — under a different guise, but it might have something to do with the hazards of shoving J. Elvis Weinstein into a robot costume with a gumball-machine head for the live shows.
Tue., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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