Press release: The fans have spoken and RiffTrax.com has listened. Based on overwhelming fan demand, Fathom Events, RiffTrax, and IGN are thrilled to announce multiple RiffTrax events --all at once-- to keep fans laughing throughout the year. “RiffTrax LIVE 2015,” will consist of a series of four “classics” to be lambasted by the men of RiffTrax -- Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”). Kicking off the series will be RiffTrax Live: The Room on May 6 and May 12; followed by RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2: The Second One on July 9 and July 16; RiffTrax Live: Miami Connection comes to cinemas on October 1 and October 6; and the series concludes with a holiday favorite, RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny on December 3 and December 15.
Fans recently contributed through a Kickstarter campaign to help RiffTrax reach their base goal of $75,000 in just eight hours in order to riff four great films live in 2015. Many great rewards are still up for grabs until March 21.
Tickets for “RiffTrax LIVE 2015”are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. The event will be presented in select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
If there were ever a movie tailor-made for the RiffTrax guys, The Room is it! Perhaps the most baffling and hilarious independent film ever produced, The Room has won legions of fans around the world and become a favorite at festivals and midnight screenings! It, kind of, tells the story of a San Francisco bank employee (played by writer/director/auteur Tommy Wiseau) whose fiancée seduces Tommy’s best friend. This tears him apart, causing him to: put on a tuxedo, toss a football with his weird neighbor, have long puzzling rooftop discussions, and eventually, throw a very light TV out his own window.
The first RiffTrax Sharknado: Live event (reviewed by both Mark Buckingham and Chris Morgan) was a smash-success garnering rave reviews. Don’t miss your chance to see Mike, Kevin and Bill in theaters nationwide as they button up their raincoats and go headlong into Sharknado 2: The Second One. This time the titular weather event hits the city of New York, right as all the gruff and busy inhabitants are trying to walk, over here! Internal shark chain-sawer Ian Ziering is back, along with Tara Reid as his ex-wife who kind of likes him now, ever since her douche-y boyfriend got eaten by a shark in their living room. And no famous landmark is safe from the shark’s wrath, including perennially grumpy New Yorker Judd Hirsch.
If you put everything about the '80s in a blender and then ran the results through a translator that only speaks languages from another dimension, what you’d wind up with still wouldn't be half as hilarious, weird and oddly charming as Miami Connection. Plot-wise, this one takes place in 1987 as cocaine- trafficking motorcycle ninjas are making life difficult in Florida. A rock band called Dragon Sound, who all know martial arts, step in to save the day. Led by a 9th degree Taekwondo black belt (played by actual black belt Y.K. Kim, who also co-wrote and co-directed the movie), Dragon Sound all live together in a big house and perform songs with intimidating titles like Friends (seriously, the scene where they perform Friends is not to be missed).
RiffTrax Live: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny -- Thursday, December 3 at 8pm ET/ 7pm CT and tape-delayed to 7pm MT/ 8pm PT/HI/AK and an encore presentation on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30pm (local time):
One of the strangest Christmas movies ever made, Santa and The Ice Cream Bunny defies logic, reason, and several laws of physics. In a warped nutshell: Santa’s sleigh is stuck on the beach, and only one creature can help him: The Ice Cream Bunny! Co-starring a pig, a sweltering man in a gorilla suit, magic beans and soiled Santa costumes, Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is one of the most popular RiffTrax titles of all time and a bona fide holiday classic.
Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said, “The RiffTrax crew has consistently created some of our most beloved events. Thanks to their comedic genius, comedy fans nationwide have an awesome second half of 2015 ahead of them.”