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It's the Eighties! Do a lot of coke and vote for Ronald Reagan!
  — Mike


907 - Hobgoblins
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Air Date June 27, 1998
Movie Director Rick Sloane
Year 1988
Preceded by 906 - The Space Children
Followed by 908 - The Touch of Satan


The Movie

Synopsis

Greydon Clark strikes again. A group of Gremlins Hobgoblins arrive in a really tiny flying saucer at a movie studio in the 1950's, but their powers to make fantasies come true have tragic results and force a security guard to lock them in a film vault. Don't worry about any of this freaking you out, because we learn all this through the magic of exposition. Yes, the security guard who locked them up has become quite the expert on these things. Probably because the only people he had to talk to over the last 30 years were exceptionally dim and greasy teenagers.

Well the latest exceptionally dim, greasy teenager is the star of our film! Makes you feel that much better already, doesn't it? Our auteur spends the first half hour of a 90 minute film establishing the following things:

  • Some teenagers really really like to have sex.
  • Some teenagers are socially awkward.
  • You don't get good help if you offer minimum wage and lousy hours.

Because you didn't know this already, right?

The rest of the movie explores what happens when prop comedy goes bad. Oh yeah, there's also a sequence at a thinly populated bar called the "Club Scum". If nothing else convinces you that yes, there is evil in this world, these scenes will. Think, this movie was paid for and foisted on an unsuspecting public--not blown up at the Nevada Test Site.
MST3k security guard from Hobgoblins

The security guard arrives to save the day.

Background

  • Hobgoblins is a film written and directed by Rick Sloane, who personally suggested the movie to Best Brains as a candidate for the MST treatment. The Brains soon came to regret taking Sloane up on his offer; in particular, Michael J. Nelson has been quoted as saying that in his opinion, Hobgoblins is even worse than Manos: The Hands of Fate.
  • The character actor who plays the bouncer in this film, Duane Whitaker, later got the role of the pawn shop owner in the 1994 hit film Pulp Fiction after filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who worked at a videostore at the time, saw Duane in this film and the rest is history for this hidden talent.
  • The band playing at Club Scum are The Fontanelles, a once relatively well known punk rock group in the Los Angeles underground music scene.  The song they are performing is one of their better known releases, Kiss Kicker '99.  The actual studio version can be heard here.
  • During the flashback where Mr. McCreedy describes how he first encountered the hobgoblins, he can be seen holding a promotional flyer for The Visitants, one of Rick Sloane's previous films.
  • In 2007, Sloane announced his plans to destroy all happiness by releasing Hobgoblins 2. And indeed he did in 2009. [1]
MST3k Hobgoblins talking cut-outs

Mike and the Bots place dummy versions of themselves in an ill-conceived attempt to escape both the movie & the SOL.

The Episode

907-2

Mike, Crow, and Servo regret jumping on Pearl's couch.

Host Segments

Prologue: Due to the Robert Palmer version of the song "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", the SOL crew have been exposed to the concept of accidental and involutary turn-ons, with even the slightest gesture being construed as a attempt to turn each other on.

Segment One: The on-turning has reached a stage of increasing malice with intentional turning on. Meanwhile Pearl is remodelling Castle Forrester, and her new couch has turned up early, having Brain Guy send it up to SOL for storage. However, Mike and the Bots jump up and down on it, with all manner of 'stainable liquids.' Pearl threatens swift retribution if they don't stop, but her words fall on deaf ears. So she sends them The Movie.

Segment Two: Due to the questionable stereotypes in the movie, Crow decides to create a film called "Let's Talk Women!", but his limited exposure to women outside of movies causes him to proclaim them to be mythical creatures. Mike reminds him of Pearl, but chokes when Crow demands that Mike name one other woman.

Segment Three: Crow sets up a 'crisis hotline' to help people who have seen the film Hobgoblins, but Bobo abuses Crow's goodwill to discuss another less savory crisis...

Segment Four: Continuing to use cardboard cut-outs, Mike and the Bots unsuccessfully try to flee, with Brain Guy spending fruitless minutes trying to point out to Pearl and Bobo the ruse.
HobgoblinsFilm

Segment Five: Servo is The Terminator, having traveled back in time to "take care of" Rick Sloane. Crow's film research points out he may have had opposite effect however. With a heavy heart, Pearl takes back the couch from the immature SOL crew, but the couch is no more safe from her minions either.

Stinger: The Hobgoblins ride around in a golf cart.

Quotes & References

  • "We on the road to nowhere...come on inside!"
    While Dennis is living his fantasy of being a rockstar, Crow sings the song "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads.
  • "Paige Sullivan..."
    Servo is singing the name to the tune of "Ed Sullivan" from the musical Bye Bye Birdie.
  • "This is a really cheap bio-pic on Jim Morrison..."
    Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the '60s band The Doors.
  • "We paid for this wing with the profits from D.C. Cab!"
    D.C. Cab is a 1983 comedy movie starring Mr. T.
  • "The true story of Neil Peart."
    Neil Peart is the drummer for the Canadian progressive rock band Rush. Note that Crow mispronounces his last name as "Pert", rather than "Peert".
  • "They made love in their Chevy van, and that's NOT all right with me!"
    Crow is paraphrasing the song "Chevy Van" by Sammy Johns. Note that the van featured in this movie is actually a Dodge rather than a Chevrolet.
  • "They've stumbled onto Mel's Rock Pile!"
    "Mel's Rock Pile" was an SCTV sketch.
  • "Take on me...take, me, on!"
    Lyrics from the a-ha song "Take On Me". The video takes place inside of a newspaper comic, which the black and white security cam footage resembles.
  • "Invest in arbitrage and read Jay McInerney!"
    Arbitrage is a term used in stock trading and other forms of high finance. Jay McInerney is best known for his 1984 novel Bright Lights, Big City, which was turned into a movie starring Michael J. Fox.
  • "That's not a woman, that's David Lee Roth"
    David Lee Roth is a heavy metal/hard rock volcalist and known for wearing spandex clothing. Crow refers to David Lee Roth when Fantasia is trying to push the car down the hill, in which her spandex pants are visible.
  • "I don't like Shari Lewis' new show."
    Shari Lewis was the creator and host of the educational TV show Lamb Chop's Play-Along, whose title character was a hand puppet like the hobgoblins, but slightly less creepy.
  • "This guy gets his kicks calling about used Vegas!"
    The Chevrolet Vega was a compact car built during the 1970s.
  • "Wilkommen, bienvenue..."
    A reference to "Wilkommen", a song from the Broadway musical Cabaret.
  • "Wow, this makes me want to take out my extensive Adam Ant collection"
    Adam Ant is the alias of British punk/rock musician Stuart Leslie Goddard. He was lead singer of the band Adam and the Ants during the late 70's and early 80's before going solo.
  • "Fresh Fish!"
    A reference to a Laurel and Hardy sketch in which they sell fish out of a truck.
  • "He found Ben Stein's money!"

Win Ben Stein's Money was a Comedy Central gameshow from the late 90's. The prize money was actually put up by the show's sponsors.

  • "The Koalas are attacking! We hate QANTAS! Grrrrr!"
    The bots point out the Hobgoblins resemblance to Koalas, making reference to the fact that QANTAS is the national airline for Australia, the animal's native country.

Video Release

Hobgoblins director Rick Sloane being interrogated by Tom Servo and the gang.

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