|818 - Devil Doll|
|Air Date||October 4, 1997|
|Movie Director||Lindsay Shonteff|
|Cast|| Bryant Haliday|
|Preceded by||817 - The Horror of Party Beach|
|Followed by||819 - Invasion of the Neptune Men|
Ventriloquist/hypnotist The Great Vorelli has an amazing dummy named Hugo. Vorelli's act with the dummy is intense, complete with harsh insults and threats. Hugo is scary enough just sitting there, but when he walks and talks on his own and threatens the audience with a knife, yikes! And yet people applaud! People applaud when Vorelli convinces a guy he's about to be shot too!
After Vorelli meets beautiful heiress Marianne Horne, he hypnotizes her, causing her to suffer from a severe fever that spirals into a baffling coma. Marianne’s boyfriend Mark, a newspaper reporter (2001's Heywood Floyd, Riding with Death's Leonard Driscoll, Gorgo's Sam Slade), is suspicious and starts investigating Vorelli’s past. He discovers that a man named Hugo was killed several years earlier during one of Vorelli’s shows in Berlin. Apparently Vorelli stole Hugo’s human soul and transferred it into the body of the dummy.
Marianne awakens from her coma, and announces she will marry Vorelli. The triumphant hypnotist brags to Hugo about his plans for Marianne and his plot to transfer her soul into a female dummy. A violent confrontation between Hugo and Vorelli results in a chilling climactic switcheroo.
Host Segments Edit
Prologue: It's Friday at the dorm! Mike and the bots have an open window frathouse party. Just a window. No music or booze.
Segment 1: Mike wants Tom to send the window back to the store, but a delusionally drunken Crow smashes it, shouting “Debbie!”
Meanwhile, in Rome, Apearlo and Brainguyus liven up a dull Roman party with - pants!
Segment 2: Crow expresses interest in Pitch’s line of devil dolls. Mike disapproves.
Segment 3: The bots have set up a British pub, with an impossibly stout ale on tap.
Segment 4: Pitch helps Crow transfer Tom’s soul. Mike disapproves.
Segment 5: Tom's soul has been transferred into a giant toaster strudel with great gams. Crow has dressed Mike up as Hugo and built a cage around him. Mike disapproves.
Meanwhile, at the Lesser God Day celebration at the Coliseum, Apearlo and Brainguyus suddenly see a familiar face - Bobo!
Stinger: Argh! Look out, Vorelli! Hugo's kicking your ass!
Quotes & ReferencesEdit
- "George Stephanopoulos has really sunk low."
George Stephanopoulos was both Bill Clinton's Senior Advisor and Communications Director. He currently works as political correspondent and news anchor for ABC News.
- "Am I a mod or a rocker?"
Question posed to Beatles guitarist George Harrison (with appropriate syntax adjustment) during a press conference in the film "A Hard Day's Night". "I'm a mocker", was his Solomonic reply.
- Let's all go to the lobby, let's all go to the lobby..."
Referencing a famous short film shown in theaters during intermissions to boost concession sales.
- "Kubrick saw this scene and said: "We found our Heywood Floyd!"
As mentioned earlier, William Sylvester was the actor who played Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But this riff also references the film's director Stanley Kubrick. (Though Tom mispronounces his name as "Q-Brick.")
- "Meanwhile, on the set of 'Dark Shadows'...."
Refferring to the mid-60's gothic soap opera about a vampire named Barnabas Collins living in the present day. A movie adaptation was made featuring Johnny Depp as Barnabas.
- "Hey hey! A Julie Kavner doll!"
|preceded by: Season 7||MST3K Season 8||followed by: Season 9|
|801||Revenge of the Creature||1997-02-01||809||I Was a Teenage Werewolf||1997-04-19||817||The Horror of Party Beach||1997-08-16|
|802||The Leech Woman||1997-02-08||810||The Giant Spider Invasion||1997-05-31||818||Devil Doll||1997-10-04|
|803||The Mole People||1997-02-15||811||Parts: The Clonus Horror||1997-06-07||819||Invasion of the Neptune Men||1997-10-11|
|804||The Deadly Mantis||1997-02-22||812||The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies||1997-06-14||820||Space Mutiny||1997-11-07|
|805||The Thing That Couldn't Die||1997-03-01||813||Jack Frost||1997-07-12||821||Time Chasers||1997-11-22|
|806||The Undead||1997-03-08||814||Riding with Death||1997-07-19||822||Overdrawn at the Memory Bank||1997-12-06|
|807||Terror from the Year 5000||1997-03-15||815||Agent for H.A.R.M.||1997-08-02|
|808||The She-Creature||1997-04-05||816||Prince of Space||1997-08-16|