Hollywood Riffed

For the unfamiliar, Rifftrax is an MP3 loaded with seemingly off-the-cuff comedic commentary. You play it in-synch with a designated film. A scenario to get you really acquainted: A sweet girl brings over Twilight. You take out your Rifftrax. Enter the voice-over crude remarks. Enter your hysterical laughs, her squeals: You just took all the romance out of Twilight.

That idea comes to the big screen tonight for a showing of Rifftrax Live: Plan 9 from Outer Space. Seven South Florida theaters – adding to the total of 430 nationwide – will show it at 8. It includes live riffing from Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett - the men behind the TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. They’ll add commentary to a film notorious for being the worst film ever made (think cheesy side effects, bad acting, and awkward script).

The premise is ready for the riffing: Plan 9 From Outer Space is a science fiction/horror movie made in 1959 about extraterrestrials who try to stop humans from creating a weapon that could wipe out the universe. The aliens’ “Plan 9” involves resurrecting the Earth’s dead, because zombies will surely stop us from destroying the universe. This adaptation plays at Cypress Creek Station 16, located at 6415 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale and Magnolia Place 16, located at 9645 Westview Dr. in Coral Springs. Tickets cost $12.50. Visit Rifftrax.com.
Thu., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., 2009

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