Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 09 I Was A Teenage Werewolf

Film watched: I Was a Teenage Werewolf

The MST3K presentation provides examples of:

  • Aesop Amnesia: Joked about by Mike — during the party scene, the kids blunder into three separate and consecutive pranks (all with exactly the same obvious kind of set-up), even right after laughing at the previous one.
    Mike: ...So no one has any accumulated memory or experience?
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Tom attempts to go up one of these to fight an alien. He gets stuck in there and his enthusiastic bravado fades out in an instant.
    • Mind you, Crow saw this coming and made a bet with Mike on how long before Tom cries. (It takes at least 30 seconds for poor Servo to break.)
  • Call-Back: When Tony comes home and sees his rather familiar-looking father:
    Crow: Hey, it's depressing dad!
    Servo: I haven't killed myself yet!
  • Dawson Casting: Mentioned in universe, one of the "teenagers" looks like he's well into his 30's.
    Servo: This is a job for Old Teen!
  • Designated Victim: The S.O.L. crew lampshade this constantly, especially with a male teen who takes the... ahem "scenic" way home.
    Boy: I'll take that shortcut through the woods.
    (shortly later)
    Crow: (as boy) I'm probably pretty tasty and well-marbled. Not something I've often thought of.
    Servo: I Was a Teenage Werewolf Snack.
    Mike: A textbook example of "the weak one of the herd."... Bet you anything when he gets chased, his heel breaks, his skirt is too short to run in...
  • Godzilla Threshold: This is how Mike and the Bots view Mike's transformation into Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, when all other attempts at repelling the alien queen have failed.
  • I Call It "Vera": Tom has a neutron machine pistol called "Lucille". He also has a tiny problem with trigger discipline.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Observer seems to be playing a very slow rendition of Amazing Grace on his harmonica in the background of the first camping scene.
  • Running Gag:
    • Tony's dairy-throwing antics.
      Crow: (as Tony) I gotta throw ricotta at a stockboy.
    • Various riffs about Tony being a werewolf/dog, before the transformation.
    • Not a running gag in the episode itself, but Servo makes the quip: 'You get a lot of dirt with werewolf, you get a lot of clean with Tide.' It would later be used in Season 9 in the next werewolf movie... namely, uh, Werewolf.
    • Constant references to Landon's later roles on Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and Highway to Heaven.
    • Incorporating lines from the song "Werewolves of London."
    Servo: You are not drinking a pina colada at Trader Vicís, young man, youíre just not old enough!
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: "Rello? Reenage Rererolf."
  • Take That!: In order to get rid of the Alien Queen, Mike becomes the most repulsive person he can think of: Adam Duritz.
  • Waxing Lyrical: "That was the needle. The damage is done."
  • Whole Plot Reference: The host segments all parody the movie Alien.
  • X Days Since: Ten days since last teen pregnancy.