The Film Crew is a movie-riffing project featuring MST3K alums Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy that was intended for straight-to-DVD release through Rhino Home Video, but was eventually released by Shout! Factory.
Mike, Kevin and Bill play three men hired by Mr. Honcho from Shout! to give commentary tracks to movies that don't have them. Unlike Mystery Science Theater 3000, The Film Crew does not have any silhouettes over the movie and roles from MST3K are not reprised.
As the concept seemed all-too-similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000, Jim Mallon (via Best Brains, Inc., the rights holder for MST3K), threatened to stop licensing episodes of the original show to Rhino if they decided to back The Film Crew. Rhino opted to discontinue the project, but not before a total of 4 episodes were made.
Although technically Mike, Bill, and Kevin are free to attempt the project again with new distributors, their project RiffTrax seems to be their primary focus since due to its nature of not having any inherent storyline or characters, it nicely avoids any rights issues or similarities with MST3K.
List of episodes
|#||Ep.||Movie||Original Release Date||Cover|
|1||FC001||Hollywood After Dark||July 7, 2007|
|Rue McLanahan plays a young woman trying to make it in Hollywood who discovers the city's seamy underbelly first-hand.|
|2||FC002||Killers from Space||August 7, 2007|
|Peter Graves is a scientist who must single-handedly stop an alien plot to conquer the Earth.|
|3||FC003||The Wild Women of Wongo||September 11, 2007|
|A race of jungle-dwelling women are surprised to find that all men are not ape-like beasts.|
|4||FC004||The Giant of Marathon||October 9, 2007|
|Steve Reeves stars as Phillipides in this film depicting a battle between Greeks and Persians that isn't 300.|