The “RiffTrax Live” cinema series is one of the best shows you can watch, the classic comedians are a personal favorite of mine, since the early MST3K days, and their online offerings on new titles are always hilarious.
If you’ve never been to an event, it really is something unique, and a new touring will give you the chance. The trio hav been at the new stage of their career since 2009. It was thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that the group could license the Hollywood title, and RiffTrax will be returning this summer to select movie theaters nationwide for “never-before-seen take” on the king of modern sci-fi epics: “Starship Troopers.”
So strap in for a trip to Klendathu, as NCM® Fathom Events, RiffTrax and IGN present “RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers” for one night on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT (tape delayed). Offering their patented wisecracking to this bug-splattered space saga are the stars of RiffTrax: Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000”).
Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers” are available at participating theater box offices and online at The event will be broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
“It is all thanks to our fans generously backing our Kickstarter that we get to face down what is truly a dream title for us. This will be a real RiffTrax-palooza,” said Michael J. Nelson, RiffTrax creator and former host of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”
This 1997 giant-alien-bug war flick is an adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s classic 1950’s novel of the same name, but with bigger, juicier bugs. The film is known for its groundbreaking visual effects, including large-scale CG battle scenes with menacing alien bug warriors.
“Starship Troopers” is the tale of young trooper Johnny Rico, played by the impossibly handsome Casper Van Dien. He’s joined by the impossibly darling Denise Richards, who plays plucky pilot Lieutenant Carmen Ibanez. Together, they go pretty much straight from their high school prom into the galaxy-wide gooey mess that is the Bug-pocalypse. They’re joined by the impossibly nice guy Neil Patrick Harris, an intelligence officer with psychic abilities that help him read the minds of the “bugs.” Throw in Jake Busey, Michael Ironside — with his “Come on, you apes! You wanna live forever?” catchphrase — plus a galactic love triangle and gallons of insect guts, and you’ve got the great, sprawling high-energy madness that is “Starship Troopers.”
“The RiffTrax guys keep surprising and delighting us with their comedic genius and wacky antics,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Audiences are going to be rolling in the aisles this summer with ‘RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers.’”
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