Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rifftrax to Mock Manos Live at The Belcourt on Aug. 16?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 8:00 AM

While perusing the Rifftrax website last night, looking for literally anything to make Green Lantern a more palatable experience (alas, it was not to be), I happened across an exciting announcement: the sixth Rifftrax Live event will be happening on Aug. 16 — and if there's any justice in the world, it may happen at The Belcourt.

The Rifftrax crew, composed of former Mystery Science Theater 3000 cast members, have set their sights on Manos: The Hands of Fate, the famously awful garbage pile masquerading as a motion picture which they made famous in a 1993 episode of MST3K. Manos, for the uninitiated, is about a vacationing family who happen across a cult led by a man known only as “The Master,” along with his deformed man-servant Torgo. Also, there's a bunch of irrelevant scenes with teenagers making out in a car. And nobody in this movie really know how to make a movie.

Is it possible that The Belcourt will host this seminar in how not to make a movie? Here's what we know:

Two weeks ago, Michael J. Nelson announced via Twitter that Manos would get the Rifftrax treatment on Aug. 16. Like previous Rifftrax Live events, the riffing will be done live from an as-yet-undetermined venue and beamed via satellite to hundreds of movie theaters around the country through Fathom Events.

Three of the past five simulcast Rifftrax Live events (which is to say, the ones presented in conjunction with NCM Fathom) were filmed in Nashville at The Belcourt. Here's what Nelson had to say about the show's repeat visits to Music City when I interviewed him last year for the Scene:

Well, we had a production company that is in the area and knew of the Belcourt and thought it would be a good venue. So, we did the first one there and we loved it and we wanted to keep coming back. We’ve done a couple here in San Diego and there’s a great theater here too, but one of the problems is that in order to get everything to time up, we’re doing a very early show and it’s just more fun to go to a cool town you’re not familiar with and do a show there. So, we’ve come back to Nashville.

Obviously, anything can happen between now and August. But, assuming that Nelson and his crew haven't found another theater in our time zone, it seems like a safe bet that the Belcourt will host Rifftrax Live for the fourth year in a row. Whether or not Alton Brown will be on board, however, is entirely up in the air.

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