Press release: The RiffTrax guys (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett) are back and, in the spirit of the holiday season, are gifting fans two funny features for the price of one. “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” includes Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a beloved classic from the days of Mystery Science Theater 3000 - completely reworked by RiffTrax for the 2013 broadcast. In the second feature, “Rifftrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza,” the guys take you all the way back to 2009, when they were joined by multiple Grammy Award-winning comedy legend “Weird Al” Yankovic for a night of Christmas shorts. Plus, a special gift to fans, audiences will see the most-requested bonus short, Parade of Aquatic Champions, and Michael, Kevin and Bill riffing on hilarious fan-submitted holiday family photos. Presented by Fathom Events and RiffTrax, this event will play in movie theaters across the country on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Coming to movie theaters before the holiday special, “RiffTrax Live: Carnival of Souls,” will run an encore showing on Monday, October 31 7:30 p.m. local time.
Tickets for “RiffTrax Holiday Special Double Feature” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
"Come on, we know you don't like roasted chestnuts -- nobody does, they're gross -- so why not make our RiffTrax Holiday Double Feature your new Christmas tradition? Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and a Christmas Shorts-stravaganza, plus all new riffing on yours and our Christmas photos is just what the Santa ordered," Michael J. Nelson of RiffTrax said.
Originally broadcast in 2013, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, riffed by the RiffTrax crew, helps ring in the Christmas season. The (only slightly fictional) story follows an evil Martian who comes to earth to capture Santa Claus and take him back to Mars. “RiffTrax Live: Christmas Shorts-straveganza” originally broadcast in 2009, wraps up this holiday’s double feature with tales that range from the bizarre to the sublime, and features the bonus commentary of Weird Al. For those still in a summer mood, there’s the special bonus short Parade of Aquatic Champions - the most popular and requested RiffTrax short ever.
“The RiffTrax crew always delivers literal laugh-out-loud content that has audiences coming back event after event, and their Holiday Special Double Feature is certain to make this the funniest time of year,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said.
“RiffTrax: Holiday Special Double Feature” is the 23rd RiffTrax title for Fathom Events since the 2009 start of the companies’ partnership. Some of the most popular titles in the RiffTrax Live lineup include Anaconda, Starship Troopers, Night of the Living Dead, and the “MST3K Reunion Show.”