|103 - The Mad Monster|
|Air Date||2 December, 1989|
|AKA||The Mad Monsters|
|Movie Director||Sam Newfield|
|Cast||Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel, Glenn Strange|
|Short||Radar Men From the Moon - Chapter 2: Molten Terror|
|Short Director||Fred C. Brannon|
|Preceded by||102- The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy|
|Followed by||104 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet|
After escaping Retik’s clutches, Cody and his colleagues devise a plan to enter the villain’s headquarters. Once there, they inject nitrous oxide into the ventilating system, knock out the bad guys, and steal the atomic ray gun. The plan works fine, but as they make their getaway with the gun, Cody and his sidekick Ted are pursued by Moon Men in a souped-up moon tank and trapped in a cave. Aiming a steady atomic ray at the cave entrance, the Moon Men melt the rock walls and cause molten lava to rush towards Cody and Ted.
Former child actor Johnny Downs earns top billing in this low-budget horror film, but the real star is the mad doctor George Zucco. The British-born character actor plays Dr. Lorenzo Cameron, a discredited — and quite mad — medico who has discovered a way to turn his helper, Pietro (Strange), into a wolf man.
The lycanthropic experiments succeed, and although Dr. Cameron spouts plans of turning his discovery into a weapon in defense of the civilized world, he instead unleashes his creation on those fellow scientists who had engineered his ouster from academia.
Before long, the good doctor is unable to control the wolf man, who threatens to kill everything in his path. Only newspaper reporter Tom Gregory (Downs) and Lenora (Nagel), Cameron's innocent daughter, may be able to stop the monster. A perennial cult favorite. 
- The Mad Monster was released on the heels of The Wolf Man (1941) but cost a fraction of Universal's elaborate lycanthropic exercise.
- Glenn Strange, who plays the unfortunate dimwit that gets turned into a werewolf, would later take up the role of Frankenstein's Monster in several of Unversal's features.
- Originally released on May 8th, 1942, The Mad Monster is tied with The Corpse Vanishes (which was released on the same day) as the oldest film used on MST3k.
Segment Two: Tom flirts with Joel's blender.
Segment Three: Joel answers the Bots' questions about the wolf man.
Segment Four: Joel switches Crow's and Servo's heads to near-disasterous consequences.
Ending Segment: The Bots say a good thing and bad thing about the movie for RAM chips.
- Host Segment Two is the source of a notorious outtake in which Tom flubs a line and then announces that he is "gonna go f*ck myself..." It is notable since Josh Weinstein continues to operate Tom's mouth even after the take has been blown.
- Joel: "I got it from Dennis Hopper I think"
Joel is referring to a scene in the movie Blue Velvet where Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) gets high off of a small gas tank. In the movie it's officially amyl nitrate, not nitrous oxide, though.
- Tom "Buddy breathing."
Buddy breathing is a technique where two divers can use one scuba tank, usually in an emergency.
- Tom "Snack Canyon."
Snack Canyon was a theater ad about concession stand food from the 70's.
- Tom "I want you to meet my brother, Fred Gwynne."
Fred Gwynne was a tall acotr famous for playing Herman on the sitcom The Munsters.
- Tom "Did I just see a chuckwagon roll through there?"
Purina Chuck Wagon was a popular brand of dog food. It had commercials featuring dogs chasing a tiny covered wagon through a suburban home or kitchen.
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in February 2009 as part of Volume XIV, a 4-disc set along with Manhunt in Space, Soultaker, and Final Justice.
- The DVD features a limited-edition poster for this episode and the original theatrical trailer for the movie.
|preceded by: Season 0||MST3K Season 1||followed by: Season 2|
|1989 - 1990|
|101||The Crawling Eye||1989-11-28||106||The Crawling Hand||1989-12-26||111||Moon Zero Two||1990-01-30|
|102||The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy||1989-12-05||107||Robot Monster||1990-01-02||112||Untamed Youth||1990-02-06|
|103||The Mad Monster||1989-12-12||108||The Slime People||1990-01-09||113||The Black Scorpion||1990-02-13|
|104||Women of the Prehistoric Planet||1990-02-20||109||Project Moon Base||1990-01-16|
|105||The Corpse Vanishes||1989-12-19||110||Robot Holocaust||1990-01-23|