Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 17 The Horror Of Party Beach

Film watched: The Horror of Party Beach

The MST3K episode provides examples of:

  • All Men Are Perverts: When the monsters attack the girls' slumber party:
    Mike Nelson: They don't even know what panties are, yet they feel compelled to raid.
    Crow: Every male of any species has the biological urge to panty raid.
  • Angst? What Angst?: invoked Crow provides the page's quote:
    Crow: First, you deny the grief, then PARTY!
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Servo becomes a Ghitu monk and attempts to achieve transcendence through an Ethereal Choir, at least until Mike disconnects the speakers.
  • Brain Bleach: Crow's reaction after the "manly beach dance" host segment, in which Mike's trunks are so small as to be invisible.
    Tom: We'll be right back. (laughs nervously)
    Crow: (shakes his head sadly) Part of me will never be back. Part of me is gone forever.
    Tom: (pityingly) Aw, honey...
  • Brick Joke: The opening segment has the Ghitu monk bit and then it's dropped. Much later, the monsters are being destroyed and the noises they make sound like an Ethereal Choir.
    Crow: Now, they got Ghitu monks.
    Servo: Great! (chants)
    (Mike stares at him)
    Servo: ...Sorry.
  • Call Back: Flavia is named for a character in the previously riffed The Thing That Couldn't Die.
  • Cast Full of Gay. The beach dancers are a little... well, a lot effeminate.
    Crow (as dancer, lisping): I am ssso Twila Tharp!
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: One of the bikers wears a beret, so Crow makes him out to be this.
    "It made sense to surrender. The Germans were very, very mean."
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: As The Del-Aires sing:
    Servo: Never touched a woman / We make the saints cry...
  • Ending Fatigue: invoked The crew, late in the film, screams at the movie to finally end.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: Servo goes newsboy for one host segment, selling incredibly up-to-date papers with headlines like "Mike Buys Another Paper From Servo," and "Mike Getting Fed Up With Newspaper Gag." Also invokes The Tape Knew You Would Say That.
    • During the riffing:
      Tom: The birth of a media empire.
      Mike: "Rusty" Murdoch.
  • Flashback Cut: Brain Guy has one queued up to explain why they're in Rome. Turns out the flashback was to a few seconds ago, and Flavia's still wondering why the guards haven't seized them yet.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Invoked with the two drunks.
    Mike: The French would love these guys.
    Crow: "Genius!"
  • The Immodest Orgasm: The crew doesn't fail to notice that Elaine's grunting as she's stumbling toward the car sounds... like something else. Servo starts grunting himself, to the dismay of Mike.
    Crow: (snicker) Servo! Come on!
    Mike: Yeah, okay...
  • Just Smile and Nod:
    Tom: (as Eulabelle) Just smile at the stupid white people.
  • Lip Lock: Referenced on one of the characters, who apparently had ADR done to their lines:
    Crow: "Why am I dubbed?"
  • Look Behind You: "Look, a huge distracting thing!" Partly subverted since Mike doesn't fall for it, but Servo runs away anyway.
    • Servo tries again later ("Mike, look behind you! It's a giraffe with the head of Larry Hagman!") and succeeds this time. Hilariously, he even ANNOUNCES that he's going to distract Mike and get away as part of his rapid-fire newspaper headline gag.
  • Male Gaze: Once again defied.
    Crow: (as the camera lingers a little too long on a female beachgoer's bikini bottom) Miss, could you clear the shot, please?!
    Mike: (disgusted) Oh, right in my—
  • Mighty Whitey: Hank adopts a rather pronounced Southern voice whenever he talks to Eulabelle. Mike and the Bots naturally take it farther.
    "Any news on the War Of Northern Aggression, Eulabelle?"
  • Monster Misogyny: With at least twenty-four on-screen female deaths and only three male deaths, Mike and the Bots couldn't help but take notice.
    "You think a lot of guys who make movies have issues with women?"
  • Mr. Fanservice: Mike's "Manly Beach Dance" can be this to certain MSTies.
  • Notable Original Music: Sodium!
  • Police Are Useless: During a montage of monster attacks and the ongoing investigation:
    Crow: We offer this shot of a guy leaving a building as proof of how hard they're working.
  • The Roman Empire: Pearl and her cronies are stuck in Italy during the Classical Era as a result of the trip through a wormhole in the Prince of Space episode.
  • Servile Snarker: The SOL crew make Eulabelle out to be this, given that she's the only character in the film with any competence.
  • Shout-Out: When too much time is spent watching two drunks do absolutely nothing that advances the plot, Mike quips, "Vladimir and Estragon: The Sitcom."
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien: Brain Guy's nigh-omnipotence allows him to try to pass himself and Pearl off as gods. "Behold! From nothing, I produce this... spoon." And then "this... bigger spoon." The locals are only sold when they spot "Apearllo" talking to the "Average-Looking Man God, Golden Spider-Duck, and Squat Crimson Pig."
    Servo: (to Mike, chuckling) She called you a crimson pig!... (beat) ...HEY!
    • Mike's more than pleased to be called average-looking, grinning and generally acting like it means he's a Chick Magnet ("She thinks I'm average-looking!") Hilariously enough, Flavia was played by Mike's real-life wife Bridget Jones.
    • Crow, on the other hand, is enraged at being called a "Golden Spider-Duck", even assaulting Cambot and screaming alternative names at Flavia.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: invokedDuring the beach dance. "Hey, why is that girl tople... oh no, that's a... well, is it?"
  • Volleying Insults: Pearl and Flavia get into a nasty match during the final host segment.