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.
  • 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.
  • 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: