Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 06 The Creeping Terror
Original work: The Creeping Terror
Stirling Silliphant was also vaguely involved in the creation of another MST3K
classic, "Manos" The Hands of Fate
The MST3K treatment provides examples of:
- Author Appeal: Mike and the bots surmise, from the decided fixation on women's legs as the monster devours them, that the director has a thing for vore.
- Cargo Ship: "Well you see, when a monster and a small car love each other very much..."
- Clothing Damage: See the movie's article for details. Apparently, the picture was too grainy to cut or alter, but the fact that Tom spots it means that they DID know it was there.
- Credits Gag: The crappy stock music from the movie plays over the end credits, and it continues to run through to the end well after the credits themselves have ended.
- Cyanide Pill: Mike was supposedly issued one in case he's ever captured, but Mike refuses to, saying it's too fattening. Servo accuses him of being a British loyalist.
- Dawson Casting:
Mike: Y' know, everyone was forty back then.
- Does Not Like Men/Straw Feminist: The coffeehouse poet persona Gypsy takes on during the pretentiousness experiment overflows with hilariously misandristic jabs.
Gypsy: (singing) You, the white male, are my personal oppressor!
- Hipster: Crow and Tom transform into shallow poseurs. Servo tries to argue that acknowledging their own pretension makes them genuine artists.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
Tom Servo: Well, it is creeping, at least.
- Fetish: Servo speculates that the director had a vore fetish.
- Hidden Depths: Turns out Mike is really into stereo systems. The bots are... not so impressed with his setup.
- Leave the Camera Running: Mike listening to the film's stock music on his stereo system.
- Truth in Television: Audiophiles love listening to any sort of music, just so they can hear the clarity and audio separation. They will also use Sharpies to "clean" discs.
- Mythology Gag: One of the clothes that Frank is handling is Joel's jumpsuit from the KTMA season.
- Paper People: Forrester renders Frank cardboard-thin by running him through a laundry wringer.
- Pregnancy Tropes
Crow (as mom): Oh, did I suddenly have a baby while I was waving goodbye?
- Running Gag: Tom repeatedly jokes that the soldier seen standing right up against the spaceship is forming a weird bond with it.
- Satire: Mike and the bots spend an entire segment sending up Love, American Style. They're a couple of decades late.
- Take That!: Invoked by the SOL crew in their parody of Love, American Style, hoping the producers would have the guts to show it and to have it taken off the air.
- They Killed Kenny Again: TV's Frank gets flattened by a handwringer.
- Too Dumb to Live
Mike: Did anyone in the '50s ever think of running?