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?
  • Call Back:
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The guy managing the diner is considered a look-alike of Drew Carey and The Family Circus dad.
    • 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?
  • 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:



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