Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 14 Teen Age Strangler

Films watched: Is This Love? (short) and Teen-Age Strangler

The MST3K presentation of Teen Age Strangler contains examples of these tropes:

  • Ambiguous Syntax: Mike makes it clear when he sees the title card.
    Mike: So is it about a teenage strangler, or someone who strangles teenagers? Answer 
  • Call-Back:
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The guy managing the diner is considered a look-alike of Drew Carey and The Family Circus dad. A rather square-looking little kid with a buzzcut is referred to as "Charlie Whitman, at age 9".
    • Mikey is also compared to Waldo.
  • Clothing Reflects Personality: In one of the host segments, Crow and Servo coax Mike to wear a pair of thick glasses. When he does, he immediately begins talking and acting like Mikey from the film, only to go back to normal after removing the glasses.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: In one scene, Jimmy lays on his bed while lifting his legs in the air. Mike and the bots wonder why he's in the stirrups position, and immediately follow it up with "Push!" comments.
  • Dull Surprise: A girl learns of another murder with an unemotional "Oh, no!":
    Crow: (flat and unemotional) It wasn't me who was murdered, was it?
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Crow's plan to use the special glasses he invented to make Mike act just like Mikey whenever he wears them backfire when Mike puts the glasses on Crow, thinking he would look good wearing them.
  • Large Ham: Hoo boy... Who isn't a large ham in this movie? Even Mike gets caught up in this ham-fest.
  • Notable Original Music: "The Janitor Song."
  • Running Gag: Mike and the bots keep lampshading moments of Ho Yay they detect throughout the movie.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The unerringly wholesome folk performance in the diner has Mike and the Bots calling out for requests from punk favorites such as The Cramps and The Buzzcocks.
    • When a victim enters a shower, Servo snarks, "Oh, let me guess..." then makes staccato violin sounds.
    • The joke about Mikey licking the furniture is likely to be a reference to Pink Flamingos.
  • Whoopee Cushion: The bots make farting noises when two characters sit down on chairs.

The MST3K presentation of Is This Love? contains examples of these tropes:

  • Felony Misdemeanor: Drinking in a dorm? Expulsion. And somehow Liz thought even that was too lenient of a punishment.
    Mike: (Innocently) Drinking in college? I've never heard of that...
    Crow: Never!

    Crow: Giving gifts in a dorm — punishable by expulsion.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lots, but perhaps most notably when Peggy reclines on the bed and stretches her hands above her head.
    Mike: Get the cuffs.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: invoked The riff about Andy's "screams of those who have wronged me" manifesto, several years before Columbine/Virginia Tech.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Crow and Tom talk about how solid and loving the romance between Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love is. Cobain OD'ed six months later. However, their relationship was... stormy even before that.
  • Running Gag: Andy as Liz's henpecked fiance. "Look, would you just lay off for ten seconds!!"
  • Shout-Out: Peggy's very arch mother causes Tom to imitate Margaret Dumont and exclaim "Captain Spaulding!"