The guys at Rifftrax have tackled some of the worst movies ever made but they’ve never been able to really take on some of the truly worst because, well, Hollywood owns the rights to them and they won’t let them go down without a fight. However, thanks to Kickstarter, Rifftrax may be able to tackle one of the truly worst films ever released by a major motion picture studio.
The show’s stars Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, also known as Mike, Crow and Tom Servo from TV’s Mystery Science Theater 3000, announced they are doing another Kickstarter to raise the money they need to riff on a big budget movie. This time, they want to tackle the disappointing 1998 remake of Godzilla starring Matthew Broderick just in time for the release of the new Godzilla epic starring Bryan Cranston. The truly amazing part is that they only need $100,000 to do it and they’ve already raised well over 75 percent of their goal in less than a day. It’s even more amazing when you realize that people are forking over that much money so they can voluntarily watch the horrid Godzilla remake.
This is just the latest success story for the Rifftrax boys. They’ve been doing a long series of live shows simulcast on theaters nationwide with films that are either part of the public domain or easy to pay the rights to screen and ridicule such as Ed Wood’s Plan Nine from Outer Space, the infamous Manos: The Hands of Fate and the original Night of the Living Dead. They eventually branched out into more mainstream territory by running a very successful Kickstarter campaign to do the same with the first Twilight movie but they ended up going with Starship Troopers because even though they raised more than $260,000 to cover the rights, the studios wouldn’t sell it to them. They were probably worried that it wouldn’t survive the verbal beating that they were dying to give it. Pale vampires bruise easily.