The funny—well, funny odd—thing about the last “live” Rifftrax Godzilla was that, despite being packed wall-to-wall with laughs, the movie itself was so bad, it sort of brought me down. That was a big-budget flick, and it was supposed to be good, or at least not as disastrously bad as it was. It was supposed to be exciting or campy or, you know, something.
Now, Anaconda? Unless you’re prone to believing Siskel & Ebert (two thumbs up! 3 ½ stars!), there’s virtually no chance of being disappointed by this film. As a result, while there are probably fewer laughs in the RiffTrax version of this versus Godzilla, I actually enjoyed it more overall.
What? It’s not that weird. Look at Manos: The Hands of Fate on MST3K: Most people agree that’s a hard, hard film to watch, even depressing. Takes a lot of laughs to counterbalance that.
Jon Voight is probably the savior of this film. (Siskel and Ebert thought—not making this up—he should get an Oscar.) He’s so ridiculously over the top, with his inexplicable accent and this combination of being outright evil with saving everyone’s life is weirdly compelling.
There are a few lulls in the Rifftrax here, but mostly it builds to fast-and-furious end.
Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy and Mike Nelson definitely built up a good rapport on the last years of MST3K and on The Film Crew, which gives the proceedings a smooth feel. Even though the jokes are pre-scripted, there’s a comfort level and camaraderie that adds another layer of fun.
Also, you can’t buy this one either.
If you like movie riffing, or if you’ve never tried it, it’s definitely a cool experience to get together with a couple hundred strangers and laugh your butt of. Check it out!