|515 - The Wild Wild World of Batwoman|
|Air Date||November 13, 1993|
|MST3K Director||Jim Mallon|
|AKA|| She Was a Hippy Vampire;|
The Wild World of Batwoman
|Movie Director||Jerry Warren|
|Cast|| Katherine Victor|
|Short Director||Herk Harvey|
|Preceded by||514 - Teen-Age Strangler|
|Followed by||516 - Alien from L.A.|
|— Servo (Losing patience with this film.)|
A young boy learns an important lesson about cheating.
- Edited by Chuck Lacey, the Coach from Why Study Industrial Arts? (Experiment #609).
- This short was included on Shorts Vol 1, released by Rhino Entertainment on VHS in July 1998, and on DVD in February 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 2, a 4-DVD set with Cave Dwellers, Pod People and Angels Revenge.
SynopsisThe Ayjax Corporation has a new invention, an atomic-powered hearing aid capable of eavesdropping on conversations taking place anywhere. When they attempt to secure a patent for it, the Federal government orders them to destroy the invention within fifteen days. That period has elapsed and they have not done so, placing themselves in legal jeopardy.
Batwoman is a crimefighter with a legion of assistants who aid her in combating evil. They have wrist-radios. The Ayjax corporation contracts with Batwoman et al. to safeguard the hearing aid.
Ratfink is a criminal mastermind and Batwoman's longtime nemesis. He and his ambitious, toadying scientist Professor Octavius Neon have learned of the device and are determined to acquire it as it will bring them "unheard of power and riches". With the assistance of Octavius' psychoactive “happy pill” (which causes involuntary dancing), they pursue their sinister designs and manage to acquire the hearing aid.
Batwoman must retrieve the device, as well as one of her kidnapped batgirls. In the film’s climax, there is a confrontation between the two forces which results in the identity of Ratfink being revealed, as well as an atomic explosion.
- D.C. Comics, which owned the rights to the characters Batman and Batgirl, sued the production company, Associated Distributors Productions, for copyright infringement. Contrary to popular belief, the production company won the lawsuit. After the popularity of the Batman TV series waned, the film was re-released as She Was a Hippy Vampire.
- Most of the girls were cast when the strip club where they were working was raided by the police one night and closed down. The casting director showed up in front of the club as it was being closed and offered them all work in the film.
- Katherine Victor created the Batwoman costume herself, since Jerry Warren would not hire a costume designer. She made the bat insignia with a cardboard cutout, outlined it on her chest with a drawing pencil, and filled it in with black eyeliner.
- Late in the movie, some of the underground scenes were 'borrowed' from The Mole People, a film which co-starred Alan Napier (who later played Alfred on the 1960s Batman TVshow) and was featured in an episode of MST3k.
- Katherine Victor would later star in another Jerry Warren film - Frankenstein Island - where she played the "granddaughter" of Dr. Frankenstein. That movie later became a Rifftrax presentation.
- Steve Brodie, who plays the detective, went on to play Dr. Vance in The Giant Spider Invasion.
Prologue: The game is Blackjack, Mike serving as the dealer. The Bots however are very weak on the rules.
Invention Exchange (Segment One): Frank has come up with the Atomic Hair Dryer but sends mixed messages to Dr. F about the safety of the device and associated hair style, while Mike and the Bots prepare to banish back hair forever with the Razorback.
Segment Two: Mike is enthralled with the 'Cheating' short they've watched, and decides that they should all prepare essays regarding the questions the narrator asked at the end of the short.
Segment Three: The Bots give their essays about the 'Cheating' short. However, it soon becomes apparent that Crow has cheated. He repeats Gypsy's essay ('Cheating is bad. Richard Basehart, is good.') word-for-word. Tom is incensed, and calls for Crow to be immolated.
Segment Four: Tom, Mike, and Gypsy hold a meeting to decide what to do about Crow's cheating. A war of shunning breaks out.
Closing (Segment Five): Mike, Gypsy and Tom decide to give Crow the chance to plead his case. However, it takes some prompting before Crow offers any form of apology. Mike reads a letter from a guy who is about to graduate from law school and wants to represent him in a suit against the Mads. Then we return to Deep 13 to see Frank flee from a woozy, irradiated Dr. F who is happy with his new hair style.
Stinger: A batgirl bites one of her kidnappers.
- Crow's wearing of military medals in Segment Five (as well as his self-serving non-apology) is apparently inspired by U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, who testified in uniform before Congress regarding his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal during the late 1980s.
- This episode was originally released by Rhino as a DVD single; and the original packaging had a goof: On the back was a photo of Joel instead of Mike.
- "I just thought you were Baphomet there for a minute!"
Baphomet is a demonic-looking idol of disputed origins.
- "Jeez, this kid could freak out Jame Gumb!"
Jame Gumb, a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was a serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs who wore his victims' skin.
- "Is this Ingmar Bergman’s first American movie?"
Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's movies are often moody and existential.
- (Servo singing) "What's the story, morning glory, what's the word, hummingbird? Have you heard about Hugo and Kim?"
A couple of lines from the song 'Telephone Hour,' in the musical 'Bye Bye Birdie .'
- "Dear Joe McGinniss...I'm a big admirer of...uh oh.."
Joe McGinniss was an American novelist who found success with his novel The Selling of the President, which followed the stage-managed politics of Richard Nixon's campaign. The fact Bill is head of the student council is probably why he's being depicted as such an admirer of McGinniss's work.
- "You talkin' to me? Hey!"
- "Margaret Chase Smith!"
Margaret Chase Smith was a long-serving U.S. Senator from Maine.
- "Give us Barabbas! Barabbas!!"
In the New Testament, Barabbas is the prisoner (in John he is described as a bandit; the books of Mark and Luke state he was a rioter) released by Pilate on the Passover feast day, instead of Jesus.
- "Tonight, on 'The Red Shoe Diaries'!
- "It's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!"
- "Vampirism: It does a body good!"
A play on the advertising slogan "Milk: It does a body good!"
- "I'm as mad as hell..."
A partial quote from the 1976 film Network.
- "Goodbye porkpie hat."
Reference to the Charles Mingus-written jazz tune "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"
- "Hi, I'm Johnny Two Times! Johnny Two Times!"
"Johnny Two Times" was a minor character in Goodfellas, so nicknamed because he had a tendency to repeat himself.
- "Oh Donald!"
That Girl was a 1960s sitcom starring Marlo Thomas in which she frequently addressed her boyfriend by exclaiming "Oh Donald!".
- "Simpson eh?"
Referring to and spoken in the manner of 'The Simpsons' owner of the nuclear power plant, Mr. Burns.
- "Beakman's World!"
Beakman's World was an educational TV show about science during the 1990s.
- "Pons and Fleischmann, still at it!"
In 1989, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann claimed to have discovered a method of creating cold fusion ; their results were unable to be reproduced and eventually rejected as possibly fraudulent.
- "Robert's Rules of WOW!"
A reference to Robert's Rules of Order, a still-used guide to proper parliamentary procedure first published in 1876.
- "It’s like a Warhol movie, only kinda weird."
Artist Andy Warhol made many movies, including one in 1964 called Batman Dracula - if not an inspiration, then a precursor to, The Wild Wild World Of Batwoman.
- "I think the iocaine powder is in this one!"
A reference to the movie The Princess Bride in which a battle wits takes place over two wine glasses, one of which (though actually both) has been poisoned with iocaine powder.
- "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends...!"
- "Stanley Owsley is smiling somewhere."
A. Owsley Stanley III was one of the earliest and most prolific producers of LSD-25, making 1.25 million hits (270 mikes each, or enough to get anyone cartooned for at least eight hours) between 1965 and 1967.
- "Check out Shirley Chisolm in the background..."
Shirley Chisolm was a seven-term member of Congress, from 1969 to 1983. Chisolm was the first black woman elected to Congress, serving New York's 12th congressional district. (The extra is rather melatonin-deficient compared to the late Congresswoman.)
- "Is this the Ajax Development Corporation?" "Is Perseus in right now?"
Greek Mythology references featuring two different Greek heroes from two different stories.
Ajax was a mighty warrior who fought during the Trojan War in The Iliad. Having been bested by Odysseus; he kills himself by falling on his sword. The two meet again in the Underworld during The Odyssey.
Perseus was the half-God son of Zeus who is best known for slaying the Gorgon Medusa. He apparently never knew or met Ajax.
- "Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheeel..."
Lyrics from 'Roadhouse Blues' by The Doors.
- "Jane Goodall works her magic!"
Primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall is best known for her long-term study of chimpanzee social interaction in Tanzania.
- "And I would walk 500 miles!"
From the song 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.
- "Never mind the monsters..." "...here's the Sex Pistols!"
- (singing) "I know you were out there somewhere havin' fun..."
A line from the Bob Marley song 'Misty Morning' (click here for the song).
- "I like to stalk Rue McClanahan."
The late Rue McClanahan is best known for her role as Blanche on the sitcom The Golden Girls.
- "It's that one Kid In The Hall!"
A reference to Scott Thompson's 'Buddy Cole ' character from the Canadian sketch comedy series "The Kids In The Hall."
- "Hey, maybe it's Rope!"
Rope was a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. He wanted it to be done as one extended scene, but the cameras of the time could only hold about 10 minutes of film, so he disguised the cuts by having the backs of the actors cover up the camera for a split second.
- "I'll shoot myself if we ever meet again/Doesn't matter where, doesn't matter when..."
A reference to the ending of the film Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, in which the song "We'll Meet Again" is played over shots of nuclear explosions.
- [John talking on the phone.]
- John: Yes I know why you're calling.....They did?...Oh...They did....
- Crow [As John]: They found "the body" huh?
- [The narrator reiterates the doubts John's teacher has on his test grade.]
- Narrator: Was there a shadow of doubt in Ms. Gramby's face as she looked at you?
- Crow: Or was it lust?
- [John envisioning his teacher's floating head hovering over his bed.]
- Servo [As John]: Oh, hi Ms. Gramby...Ah...AAAHHHHHHH!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!! GET IT AWAY!!
The Wild Wild World of Batwoman (Movie)
- [Scene directly lifted from The Mole People]
- Servo: What the...Hey! Mole people!! These movies have crashed!
- Mike: Hey you got your Mole People on my Batwoman.
- Crow: You got your Batwoman on my Mole People!!
- [After the end dancing scene; Servo finally has had enough of this movie.]
- Servo: Eeeennnddd!!! Eeeeennnnddd!!!
- Mike: Heh heh heh....What a "Wild World" of Batwoman.
- Crow: Please do not use heavy machinery and avoid using sharp instruments after viewing this movie.
- Commercially released on VHS by Rhino Entertainment in March 1999.
- Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in January 2001. The single-sided DVD also includes the uncut/unMSTed version of the original movie.
- On March 20, 2012 Shout Factory re-released the episode as a DVD single.
|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|