The Best Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episodes to Watch for Halloween!
Since Mystery Science Theater 3000’s inception, bad old horror movies have been an integral part of the show. What is it about the horror and sci-fi genres that leave themselves so ripe for riffing? Anyway, while they’ve covered TONS of cheesy horror movies over the years, here’s a list of MST3K episodes that I think are best suited to help anyone celebrate the Halloween season!
You’ll notice that this list skews towards the show’s Sci-Fi years, and for good reason, as they show seemed to embrace more “modern” horror movies during that time period, forsaking a lot of the cheesy horror from the ’50s and ’60s that earlier seasons had riffed.
Revenge of the Creature (1955)
MST3K Debut: 1997 – Season 8
Hey, why not start with an actual movie from the Universal Monsters line?
The movie itself isn’t too bad (see my thoughts on the Black Lagoon movies here), but anytime the MST3K gang riffs a legit horror icon, it’s noteworthy.
Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)
MST3K Debut: 1993 – Season 4
Of course, you can never go wrong with spending time with Torgo by watching what is probably the most-loved MST3K episode of all time.
Zombie Nightmare (1986)
MST3K Debut: 1994 – Season 6
Canada, zombies, Jon Mikl Thor, Adam West, Tia Carrere and an ’80s heavy metal soundtrack featuring Motorhead, Girlschool, Fist, Death Mask & Virgin Steele. What is there not to love?
MST3K Debut: 1998 – Season 9
A man is scratched by a werewolf skeleton and becomes cursed! This was a fairly new movie at the time it was riffed on MST3K (the movie was released in 1996). And it features Joe Estevez!