|“||Mother Tesersa called. She hates you.||”|
|515 - The Wild Wild World of Batwoman|
|Air Date||November 13, 1993|
|AKA|| She Was a Hippy Vampire;|
The Wild World of Batwoman
|Movie Director||Jerry Warren|
|Cast||Katherine Victor, George Mitchell, Steve Brodie, Richard Banks|
|Preceded by||514 - Teen-Age Strangler|
|Followed by||516 - Alien from L.A.|
A young boy learns an important leason: when cheating your way to the top, make sure that you're not caught.
- 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.
Yet another in a farrago of period vampire-superhero-crimefighter-beach-movie farces.
The 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 Feds order 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 self-contained crimefighting psychic organist and fashion fever dream with a swell beachhouse and a legion of stripper “vampires” who assist her in combating evil according to an elaborate set of rules and procedures. And they have wrist-radios, too. The Ayjax corporation contracts with Batwoman et al. to safeguard the hearing aid.
Ratfink is a masked and caped, Fedora-bearing 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 Ocatavius' creation, a psychoactive “happy pill” (clearly not LSD), the ingestion of 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 resulting in a "reveal" as to the identity of Ratfink, as well as an atomic explosion.
(Home study: I think Katherine Victor (Batwoman) really does (as the Brains comment) "bring a quiet dignity to this film." Listen carefully to her lines. I suspect she wrote them herself. What do you think?
- 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 wained, 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. The Mole People featured Alan Napier, who played Alfred on TV’s Batman show. Coincidence?
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,' when he relates word-for-word Gypsy's essay ('Cheating is bad. Richard Basehart, is good.'). 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.
- "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 transsexual serial killer in The Silence of the Lambs.
- "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 .'
- "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.
- "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 parlimentary procedure first published in 1876. (Given the formality and structure of Batwoman's meetings, it's a fair comparison.)
- "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 line from the movie The Princess Bride, spoken by Vezzini during his duel of wits with Westley.
- "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. (Personally, the riff doesn't really work: the only similarities between the extra and Ms. Chilsolm are the glasses and hair, sorta. The extra is, um, rather melatonin-deficient compared to the late Congresswoman.)
- "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. A one hit wonder, but it is still used as a "Conga Line Song" in the UK.
- (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."
- 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.
|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|