|506 - Eegah|
|Air Date||August 28, 1993|
|MST3K Director||Joel Hodgson|
|Running Time||90 min.|
|AKA||Eegah! The Name Written in Blood|
|Movie Director||Arch Hall Sr.|
|Cast|| Richard Kiel|
Arch Hall Jr.
|Preceded by||505 - The Magic Voyage of Sinbad|
|Followed by||507 - I Accuse My Parents|
|“|| (Over yet another disgusting close-up of Arch Hall Jr)
I got it, he looks like the bat from FernGully.
One night after shopping, Roxy Miller (Marilyn Manning) is driving to a party through the California desert when she nearly runs her car into Eegah (Richard Kiel), a giant caveman. She tells her boyfriend Tom Nelson (Arch Hall Jr.) and her father Robert Miller (Arch Hall, Sr.) about the giant. Her father, a writer of adventure books, decides to go into the desert to look for the creature and possibly take a photograph of it. When his helicopter ride fails to show up at his designated pickup time, Tom and Roxy go looking for him.
Roxy is soon kidnapped by Eegah and taken back to his cave while Tom searches for her. In Eegah's cave, Roxy is reunited with her father, who tells her that he has begun to communicate with the caveman and has developed a theory as to the creature's astounding longevity. When a frisky Eegah expresses what seems to be romantic interest in Roxy, her father, fearful that the creature may kill them both if he is rebuffed, suggests she put up with as much of it as she can bear. Eegah never tries anything too explicit, though, and Roxy even ends up giving him a shave before Tom arrives and helps the Millers escape. Crushed, Eegah follows them back to civilization, a final confrontation ensues, and Eegah is killed! 
- Filmed in and around Palm Springs, CA (as evidenced by the pool and party scenes at the Ocotillo Lodge ) and at Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park (Los Angeles). Many of the films used on MST3K shot at Bronson Canyon, including Experiment 107 Robot Monster. Eegah's cave is Ro-Man's headquarters seen from a different angle.
- Mr. Fishman, the character tossed into a pool by Eegah, was played by Arch Hall Jr.'s friend and Mixed-Up Zombies star/director Ray Dennis Steckler.
- Steckler also worked as assistant cameraman for the film.
- This movie was made on a budget of about $15,000 - an astonishingly low budget for a color film, even by 1962 standards. Much of the dialogue was lost during filming; large sections of the film are dubbed. Surprisingly, these disadvantages didn’t hurt profits any. By 1980, the film had grossed more than $1 million.
- In The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, the cast considered the scene in which Eegah lolls his tongue around and laps up shaving cream to be one of the most disgusting things they've seen while working on the show. There was also speculation that some kind of romantic relationship existed between Arch Hall, Sr. and actress Marilyn Manning (who was Hall's secretary at the time of production), due to the non-familial chemistry the pair exhibited.
- In the late-80s, Richard Kiel attempted to get funding to remake this movie as a "Christian" film with a more positive ending in which the caveman finds religion and settles in the city. That project eventually became The Giant of Thunder Mountain (co-starring Jack Elam from The Girl in Lovers Lane) which bears some similarities to Eegah!, but is not a true "remake."
- This was the second movie featured in Turkey Day '15.
- Two future songwriters were notable for their associations with this movie:
- Deke Richards, a member of the band, became notable as a Motown songwriter and producer for the Supremes and the Jackson 5
- Alan O'Day, a former bandmate of Arch Hall Jr., worked as music editor; he later wrote several hit songs in the 1970s, most notably his own 1977 #1 hit "Undercover Angel"
Prologue: Servo tries to bring Crow's temperature down to absolute zero. Joel realizes it will probably kill all of them and tries to rescue Crow, who is so brittle from the cold he falls to pieces when Joel touches him
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Joel patches up Crow, who laments his lack of resale value. For the invention exchange, Joel and the Bots play their rebuilt Pork-orinas which was used to create the incidental music in rural-themed shows like Green Acres. Meanwhile, in Deep 13, Frank is late for his ice-dancing lesson, and drives Dr. F just batty enough to inspire the mad doc to replace Frank's blood with radiator fluid.
Segment Two: Joel & the Bots talk about the full-service gas station from the film and their disapperance in recent years. This leads them into a discussion of the many subtle forms hell has taken in the last few decades.
Segment Three: The Bots play doctor and alter Joel's face to look like Arch Hall Jr. with their sinister device. But Joel doesn't want to look like Arch Hall Jr...thank goodness for anasthetic.
Segment Five: The Bots feel dirty after watching the movie, so they take a hot refreshing show while Joel reads a letter. Dr. Forrester and Frank get into a fight over Frank's blood.
Stinger: "Fake it." "That's what I've BEEN doing. Now I'm getting sick!"
- “Glen was 50 feet tall!” (War of the Colossal Beast)
- “The Torgo school of fondling,” (Manos: The Hands of Fate)
- “To Live Like the Hu-Man” (Robot Monster)
- “Durn smoochers!” (Attack of the the Eye Creatures)
- “He tampered in God’s domain” (Bride of the Monster).
- Music featured in this episode include:
- "Holiday for Strings" (performed as "Holiday for Pigs") is performed by Joel, Crow, and Servo in the invention exchange.
- Portions of the following songs are performed during the film:
- Love Is All Around Written by Sonny Curtis Portion
- Suicide Is Painless Written by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman
- Sugar Mountain Written by Neil Young
- We've Got a Groovey Thing Goin' Written by Paul Simon Portion
- On the Street Where You Live Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
- Red Roses for a Blue Lady Written by Roy C. Bennett and Sid Tepper
- Hooked on a Feeling Written by Francis Zambon (as Mark James)
- Good Morning Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
- Jailhouse Rock Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
- Rag Doll Written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Jim Vallance, and Holly Knight
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
- The Pink Panther Theme Written by Henry Mancini
- Torn Between Two Lovers Written by Peter Yarrow and Phillip Jarrel
- Together Forever Written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, and Pete Waterman
- The Girl Is Mine Written by Michael Jackson
- How Do You Do Written by Hans van Hemert, Harry van Hoof
- The riff line "Watch out for snakes!" originates from this movie; it refers to a bizarre disembodied voice (presumably Arch Hall Sr., the director) stating this off-camera when several characters are about to enter the desert in search for proof of Eegah.
- The Invention Exchange mentions that the "Pork-orina" was developed in preparation for the "Beverly Hillbillies" movie. This episode of MST3K originally aired in August, 1993; the movie was released in October of the same year.
- Ranked 13th in the Top 100 Episodes as chosen by backers of the Bring Back MST3K Kickstarter.
- "It seems to be exhibiting a sort of ineluctable defenestration..."
Servo is mimicking the lexical and vocal habits of the late William F. Buckley, Jr.
- "Excuse me, which way Bly seminar?"
Robert Bly was the author of the book Iron John, and a leading figure in the "Men's movement", which held that men should return to their more primitive roots. Some observers questioned the validity of Bly's philosophy, dismissing it as a crass money-making scheme.
- "Welcome to the Crypt, we've dug something up for you. Why not stick around and watch Dream On? It's the 'breast' show on TV. Heh heh Kill me!"
Crow is imitating The Crypt Keeper, the host of Tales from the Crypt, an HBO show. He also references Dream On, another HBO show that featured nudity. In 1991, MST3K lost the Cable ACE award for Best Comedy Series to Dream On.
- "(Ding!) Sex appeal!"
A reference to 70's commercials by Ultra Brite toothpaste.
- "I'm Charles Kuralt, and we're going to leave you with this shot of a flower..."
- "Hey, it's Scattergories!"
Scattergories is a party game where people must think of things in a particular subject and beginning with a particular letter.
- "She's chasing down Emmett Kelly!"
Famed clown Emmett Kelly (seen eating a sandwich in Here Comes The Circus) was best known for an act in which he attempted to sweep up a spotlight.
- "Glen was fifty feet tall...!"
- "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?"
- "I'm dead. Don't smoke."
A reference to an anti-smoking PSA that actor Yul Brynner filmed shortly before his death from lung cancer and had aired posthumously, in which he said "I'm dead now. Don't smoke."
- "Shakin' the bush, boss!"
A well-known quote from the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, about how members of the chain gang would step behind a bush to relieve themselves but shake it so the police escort would know they weren't trying to run off.
- "Is she really going out with him?"
A reference to the Joe Jackson song "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"
- "Shouldn't there be a Ramcharger up there?"
The Dodge Ramcharger was an SUV made until the early 1990s. Ads often depicted it at the top of a hill or mountain.
- "They took the whole Cherokee nation..."
- "It's under a big W..."
- "Brian Jones!"
Brian Jones was the original guitarist for the Rolling Stones, who drowned in a swimming pool in 1969.
- "He looks like the bat from 'FernGully'!"
A reference to the 1992 animated movie FernGully: The Last Rainforest. The bat character was spindly and bug-eyed with a wild mop of hair.
- "Hey, it's Schlepcar!"
- "Roxie!" "Music!" "Roxie!" "And Elsewhere!"
- "I am William Burroughs." "I am William Burroughs." "I am William Burroughs."
An allusion to the game show To Tell The Truth; the late William S. Burroughs was a beat-era author (best known for The Naked Lunch ) who, due to years of heroin use, had a decidedly wraith-like appearance.
- "Put lime in coconut, drink it all up."
- "Econo Lodge?! But why?!"
Econo Lodge is a chain of motels.
- "Richard Speck is there!"
Richard Speck murdered eight student nurses in a killing spree in Chicago in 1966.
- "Please turn into Sweeney Todd!"
Reference to the Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Todd would murder people by cutting their throats with a straight razor as he shaved them.
- "He's Lawrence of Pasadena."
A reference to T.E. Lawrence, the British military officer whose life inspired the film Lawrence of Arabia.
- "It's Wilfrid Hyde-White"
- "Help me! Spock!"
- "When Edward Albee dabbles in beach movies..."
The work of playwright Edward Albee, whose best known work is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, often featured bickering couples.
- "Roxy!" "...Music" "Roxy!" "...and Elsewhere!"
Roxy Music was an English band, led by Bryan Ferry, active in the 70s and 80s. "Roxy and Elsewhere" is a 1974 live album by Frank Zappa and the Mothers.
- "This band has more personnel changes than Menudo."
The Puerto Rican boy band Menudo replaced members when they turned 16.
- Commercially released on VHS by Rhino Entertainment in August 1997.
- Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in April 2000, the DVD also includes the original version of the movie. A feature of the DVD is a special mode where at certain part of the MST3K episode a icon of Crow's head will appear allowing the viewer to switch to the original movie to see what was cut out.
|preceded by: Season 4||MST3K Season 5||followed by: Season 6|
|1993 - 1994|
|501||Warrior of the Lost World||1993-07-24||509||The Girl in Lovers Lane||1993-09-18||517||Beginning of the End||1993-11-25|
|502||Hercules||1993-07-17||510||The Painted Hills||1993-09-26||518||The Atomic Brain||1993-12-04|
|504||Secret Agent Super Dragon||1993-08-07||512||Mitchell||1993-10-23||520||Radar Secret Service||1993-12-18|
|505||The Magic Voyage of Sinbad||1993-08-14||513||The Brain That Wouldn't Die||1993-10-30||521||Santa Claus||1993-12-24|
|506||Eegah||1993-08-28||514||Teen-Age Strangler||1993-11-07||522||Teen-Age Crime Wave||1994-01-15|
|507||I Accuse My Parents||1993-09-04||515||The Wild Wild World of Batwoman||1993-11-13||523||Village of the Giants||1994-01-22|
|508||Operation Double 007||1993-09-11||516||Alien from L.A.||1993-11-20||524||12 to the Moon||1994-02-05|