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506 - Eegah
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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.
Year 1962
Cast Richard Kiel
Arch Hall Jr.
Marilyn Manning
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.

  — Joel


The Movie

Synopsis

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! [1]

Information

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Tom Nelson (Arch Hall Jr.)

  • 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.
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    Richard Kiel as Eegah

  • 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"

The Episode

Host Segments

Joelfixescrow

Joel patches up Crow

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.

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Pork-orinas

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 Four: While making Jiffy Pop, Joel and the Bots ponder why most 1960's sitcom families were run by single dads. Crow points out the SOL crew isn't much better off.

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The Bots try to make Joel look like Arch Hall Jr

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!"

Callbacks

Trivia

  • 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 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.

Obscure References

  • "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.

  • "(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..."

Charles Kuralt was the host of CBS News Sunday Morning, a morning news show that would end with a tranquil scene of nature.

  • "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...!"

​A reference to Col. Glen Manning, the Amazing Colossal Man . The quote is an observation made by his sister in the sequel.

  • "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?"

A slightly misquoted line from the Frank Zappa song "Camarillo Brillo".

  • "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..."

Servo is quoting the song "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

  • "It's under a big W..."

The last words of the character played by Jimmy Durante in the 1963 comedy film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, indicating where a treasure could be found.

  • "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!"

A reference to the Sid and Marty Krofft TV show Wonderbug, in which a living jalopy named Schlepcar could magically become the dune buggy of the title.

  • "Roxie!" "Music!" "Roxie!" "And Elsewhere!"

A reference to the band Roxy Music, and "Roxy & Elsewhere", a live album by Frank Zappa.

  • "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."

From the song "Coconut" by Harry Nilsson (the recipe in the song is for a hangover remedy).

  • "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"

Wilfrid Hyde-White was a noted British character actor. He is perhaps best-known for playing Colonel Pickering in the film of My Fair Lady.

  • "Help me! Spock!"

In the Star Trek episode entitled The Savage Curtain, a recreation of Surak (the father of modern Vulcan civilization) calls out for aid in a similar, melodramatic fashion as in this episode.

  • "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.

Video Release

Eegah

MST3K DVD Cover

  • 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.

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