Mystery Science Theater 3000: Episode 706: Laserblast (1978) Review

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Looks like Trent Reznor ran out of gas

Laserblast (1978): 2 out of 10: Anytime a film calls attention to its fourth wall by negatively reflecting on its competition, that film usually sucks. It was true when President Morgan Freeman referenced Armageddon in that turkey Deep Impact. It is true in Laserblast.

In Laserblast, our protagonist blows away a Star Wars billboard. Apparently, the filmmakers felt that Star Wars was competition. Honestly, Laserblast is so out of Star Wars league it never even occurred to me that films were even in the same genre, let alone competition.

Laserblast is about two claymation aliens that leave behind a weapon set which comprises an over-sized tube that goes on one’s arm and a cheesy necklace that turns one Emo.

Our “hero” is a man with troubles. His mother leaves for vacation in Puerto Vallarta, abandoning him. (Cause there is nothing a teenager hates more than when the Parental Units leave town for a week.) He also has a hot blond girlfriend (the late great Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith) and a (relatively) bitchin van. So why is our hero angry? Is it because he appears in this movie? Nope. It turns out our “hero” is tormented by bullies. There are the local pot smoking cops that hassle him with speeding tickets (because they are jealous of his bitchin van natch) and there is Eddie Deezen.

Now there have been plenty of famous Hollywood bullies from Nelons Muntz of The Simpsons to Biff Tannen of Back to the Future. You remember Eddie Deezen from Grease, where he played geek Eugene Felsnic. You may find him a strange choice to torment our “hero”. He is.

Look, if Eddie Deezen is picking on you, clearly you have problems even an arm laser tube thingy will not solve.

In the film’s defense things blow up occasionally, Roddy McDowell shows up for a minute and the claymation alien turtles have a certain charm. Overall, however, this is one terrible film.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Review

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Episode 706: 8 out of 10: This was the last Comedy Central episode, and they pulled out all stops for the segments. Mike Nelson in drag as Voyager’s Captain Janeway is a particular highlight. The riffing is decent if slightly disappointing considering the sheer volume of stupid on the screen. The writers also assumed that “are you ready for some football gag” (one of Laserblast’s characters resembled Hank Williams Jr.) Would never get old… those writers were sadly mistaken.

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