I am not worthy to explain the long and delightful history behind Mystery Science Theatre 2000 (MST2K) and from there the different but interlinked Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (MST3K) and RiffTrax. Mike Nelson was my first MSTK2K host and so I must say that the progression from there to RiffTrax was always going to be a natural one for me. A bit the same as Tom Baker always being my Doctor Who, I suppose. Anyway, you’ve got the internet, or how the hell are you reading this? So you can look it up if you want to.
In the meantime: Reptilicus.
Some copper miners are drilling for, well, copper! Duh! Except they find some chopped liver. I mean, leathery skin. Eventually (off screen) they manage to dig up a tail section of an ancient fossilised creature that is frozen. And a fossil. And frozen. Right? Right.
Except there is an amusing mishap and the tail specimen is defrosted, and starts to grow. So they feed it. Of course. And it grows a Reptilicus! Who gets out! And begins to feed! And destroy! Stupid science bringing this upon humanity! Woe! And bombs! And more science!
(Oh, and as a side note? The Reptilicus movie poster that’s the featured image for this post? 98% lies.)