Historically the term "peanut gallery" denoted the cheap seats in a theater occupied by rowdy, peanut-throwing hecklers. And though butter-soaked popcorn and Raisinets don't have quite the heft of peanuts, the snarky peanut-gallery commentary still exists. Case in point: the silhouetted, sarcastic figures at the bottom of every Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode.
To honor the talking shit about crappy movies tradition, NCM Fathom and RiffTrax are presenting the boys of MST3K in a special live-streamed event. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett will offer commentary on another underappreciated classic: Jack the Giant Killer.
The film is a 1962 middle-budget gem of epically cheesy proportions, in which Jack, a handsome and heroic farm stud, tirelessly defends Princess Elaine from a barrage of monsters and giants conjured by the evil sorcerer Pendragon--who turns into a two-headed stop-animation giant, mutant-pterodactyl-thing. There's also a leprechaun trapped inside a glass bottle, a character sure to prove essential to the integrity of the plot.
The show will be broadcast live from Nashville, Tenn., to 500 theaters around the country.[ Video is no longer available. ]