Only TWO days ago, mys­te­ri­ously appeared. Claimed to be authored by Joel Hodg­son, it goes on to say that he is return­ing to the making-fun-of-movies thing, along with Trace, Frank, Mary Jo, and JOSH WEINSTEIN. So I think some healthy skep­ti­cism wouldn’t be UNfounded.

Nev­er­the­less, Slash­dot, Ain’t It Cool News, and doubt­less thou­sands of other blogs are blow­ing up about it, and nobody’s ask­ing any ques­tions. Just fawn­ing, ejac­u­la­tory cheerings-on.

The first thing you notice is how POORLY the page is designed. You even see a <meta name=“author” content=“John Stotler” /> in the source, that the domain is hosted at GoDaddy, and is reg­is­tered through a pri­vacy proxy. Okay, fine, so these peo­ple have hired an ama­teur designer. It’s possible.

But the announce­ment just resem­bles too closely every MST3K fan’s wet dream. They’re an easy tar­get for a prank like this. They’ve been chant­ing Joel’s name con­tin­u­ally for over ten years now, beg­ging for him to come back. Pulling one over on peo­ple demon­strat­ing such obnox­ious behav­ior would be funny. What if it even made it on Slash­dot? Or Wikipedia???

Besides the fact that it would be weird for all five of these peo­ple to be simul­ta­ne­ously inspired to beat that dead horse, Joel left the show because he wanted to dis­tance him­self from it. In a press release from 1993 he said,

It’s time for me to hang up my red jump suit and move behind the cam­era. Besides, there’s an old show busi­ness adage I once heard Adam West say: “Stay in the same cos­tume and before you know it, you end up sign­ing pic­tures at an R.V. show.” Maybe it was Clay­ton Moore, now that I think of it.

I want to become a behind-the-camera guy. I want to get on to the NEXT weird show. I want to be an idea man.

The new site itself is ugly, yes, but more than that, it’s very un-Joel-like through and through. Joel’s a smart, cre­ative, funny guy. Would he really put his name behind such a stale, mean­ing­less name as “Cin­e­matic Titanic”? With this logo?:

Cinematic Titanic

Would he really say, “Our first release is at this time a total secret, how­ever – I’m will­ing to say it makes ‘Manos the Hands of Fate’ look like ‘Santa Claus Con­quers the Mar­tians’ in a car wreck with ‘Eegah!’”? These are the words of a fan, nam­ing his favorite episodes, not the words of a guy who wanted to move on with his life, four­teen years ago.

The site also reads, “I’ve just been inter­viewed by Lucas­film online, in antic­i­pa­tion of Cin­e­matic Titanic’s first live show and world pre­miere in San Fran­cisco in Decem­ber.” Lucas­film online? Why haven’t they been talk­ing about this? Wouldn’t an exclu­sive, rare inter­view with Joel Hodg­son about his new project be some­thing you might want to men­tion? Where in San Fran­cisco is this pre­mier? Why haven’t I got­ten a con­fir­ma­tion email for sign­ing up for the mail­ing list?

You’re PISSED!

yourmom · 1 Nov 2007


Jay · 2 Nov 2007


jessi · 2 Nov 2007

Down­load our first episode now on BitTorrent:

Joel Hodgson · 16 Jan 2008

The spam­mer claim­ing to be Joel above is the only hoax to be uncov­ered here, and well wor­thy of hav­ing their com­ment and access to the inter­net removed.

GersonK · 18 Feb 2008

This is totally fake. There is NO WAY these guys would get together to riff again. Any­one who thinks they would is an idiot. WHY HAVEN’T YOU GOTTEN THAT CONFORMATION EMAIL!!?!?!?! Just a big, stu­pid, fake…wait a minute…Oh hey, a con­for­ma­tion e-mail. Never mind. Carry on.

Byron · 3 Nov 2008

Yeah, if they’re get­ting back together to riff on movies, of course the first pri­or­i­ties will be web site cod­ing and logo design. Those things should be the very first con­sid­er­a­tions, and writ­ing, ahh, when­ever they get to it. Come to think of it, web­site cod­ing and logo design should be the only things they think about. For­get putting time into an actual product.

kbps h@ter · 3 Nov 2008

sucks to be wrong, no?

Robert Evans · 20 Nov 2008

Color me besmirched.

Jay · 20 Nov 2008

Oh, that’s funny. XD

TGWD · 14 Dec 2008

It’s funny when some­body is so com­pletely wrong.

Richard Wicks · 28 Dec 2009

Don’t think I don’t see the humor in it.

Jay · 28 Dec 2009


Chuq · 1 Sep 2010

At first I was get­ting mad say­ing HOW EMBARRASSED ARE YOU? LOLOLOLOLOLOL and why haven’t you taken this off the web?” Then I real­ized after read­ing the com­ments “Oh because you have a sense of humor…MY bad” :) At least you can poke fun at your­self, I love that.

Val · 4 May 2012

No, it’s true! Riff­trax is also a huge hoax. Break­ing Dawn Part 2, my ass! I’ve down­loaded it and all I get is three guys (who sound like drunk frat boys) mak­ing ran­dom “jokes” about the movie. No film. Just a bunch of stu­pid com­ments. I swear, if this passes for com­edy then I’ll go watch paint dry. At least that’s funnier!

Brian of Nazareth · 18 Mar 2013

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