Turkey Day Tournament Day 7: The Painted Hills vs. Horrors of Spider Island


We are a week into our 2020 Turkey Day Tournament and the fur is really flying! Yesterday we saw The Rebel Set go up against The Sinister Urge, and while voting is open for a couple of days yet, it’s hard to beat Ed Wood, and The Sinister Urge holds the lead. Voting on all of the first-round contenders will close this weekend, so if you’re not caught up, now’s the time!

Today’s battle features two movies in which location is a character all on its own. Horrors of Spider Island is a much beloved adventure into a tropical utopia with a minor infestation problem, but I also have a soft spot for The Painted Hills, MST3K’s only Lassie film, and which includes the short Body Care and Grooming. I never said these choices would be easy!

Tomorrow I will reveal the final pair-up of round 1. Round 2 will match the round 1 winners against the eight yet-to-be-revealed possible contenders, so the field is still wide open! See you then.


Turkey Day Tournament Day 6: The Rebel Set vs. The Sinister Urge


Hello again, Turkey Day superfans, and welcome to day six of the Turkey Day Tournament! We are only a couple days out from the end of round 1, at which point I’ll be announcing the winners and pairing them up for the next series of battles.

Yesterday we pitted Pod People up against Parts: The Clonus Horror, and a lot of you opined on the difficulty of this choice — I’m right there with you, as it was a difficult one for me as well. Perhaps unsurprisingly though, longtime fan favorite Pod People maintains the lead at this time.

Today’s competition is a pairing of two experiments that get a little less attention than some: the fourth-season bank heist tale The Rebel Set (with short Johnny at the Fair), against the sixth-season Ed Wood-helmed celebration of criminal deviants, The Sinister Urge (with short Keeping Clean and Neat). The shorts alone on these two options are *chef’s kiss*, but only one experiment can advance. Your votes decide!


Turkey Day Tournament Day 5: Pod People vs Parts: The Clonus Horror


Saluations and welcome to day five of the Turkey Day 2020 Tournament! Yesterday we paired off the iconic Joel episode The Day the Earth Froze with the Comedy-Central-era-closer Laserblast. The Day the Earth Froze has a narrow lead as of this writing, but this could easily change in the final days of voting.

Today’s battle is between the beloved season three experiment Pod People and the lesser known but brilliantly funny season eight offering Parts: The Clonus Horror, which is notable in part for its makers having reached a settlement for copyright infringement with DreamWorks when the latter borrowed its plot for the 2005 dud The Island. (If it’s good enough for DreamWorks to — allegedly — steal from, it’s good enough for the folks on the SOL!)

Regardless, both experiments feature unsympathetic characters facing otherworldly horrors while making it difficult to root for any of them to survive. One has Peter Graves, the other has Trumpy. Both feature a lot of commentary about noses. The choice is yours.

Chief? McCloud!


Turkey Day Tournament Day 4: The Day the Earth Froze vs. Laserblast


Hey pals, it’s a new week, and thus we face a bunch more Turkey Day match-ups whose fate rests in YOUR HANDS. Look at your hands! Feel the weight of this responsibility!

Over the weekend, Tormented went up against The Touch of Satan, and at this time Satan maintains a comfortable lead — but since voting stays open until Friday night, there’s still time for that to change!

In today’s battle, the planet Earth placidly suffers the quibbling petty concerns of humans in over their heads. One has a sampo, the other has an arm-mounted laser, but both are equally terrible movies. It’s The Day the Earth Froze versus Laserblast!


Turkey Day Tournament Day 3: Tormented vs. The Touch of Satan


Welcome to day three of the Turkey Day Tournament, where YOU get to choose your Turkey Day episodes — with help (or hindrance) from a few thousand other MSTies. So far we’ve done Eegah versus Boggy Creek, and Swamp Diamonds versus Devil Fish. If you need to catch up, worry not, voting will remain open until the first round of the tournament is finished.

Today’s pairing is, on its surface, a battle of really cool fonts, and also an alliterative nightmare (see headline above). But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that both of these films feature doomed love affairs. Never let anyone in! They will only show you where the fish lives or throw you off a lighthouse.

Presenting today’s episode battle: Tormented versus The Touch of Satan.


Turkey Day Tournament Day 2: Swamp Diamonds vs. Devil Fish


Welcome back, intrepid friends. Well! That was quite the kickoff yesterday. Voting in our first Turkey Day SquareOff — Eegah versus Boggy Creek — continues with fervor. Did I mention that this is a full-on tournament bracket and voting will continue for the next few weeks? Voting will stay open until the round is complete, so if you miss a day or two, you can probably still catch up.

Once the initial round of voting is complete, I’ll reveal the first round bracket and results here on MST3K.org. Until then, you get to be surprised!

Today’s battle is between two watery episodes with big dull-witted oafish men in the lead film roles: it’s Swamp Diamonds versus Devil Fish.


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Turkey Day Returns for 2020, and This Year YOU Pick the Episodes!


Hello friends! Today we have an announcement that we think you’ll find very exciting: Turkey Day will be returning on Thanksgiving 2020, and for this year’s marathon, we are letting YOU vote on the episodes we include. 


We’ve narrowed down our available streaming episodes to 24 possibilities with both Mike and Joel across the original series’ run. We’ll be using a tool called SquareOffs to match up two episodes for riffing combat every day — the first pair is below — and the whole thing will be operating on a single-elimination bracket system, with the six most popular episodes making the final Turkey Day cut. 

For Round 1, we are pairing off a series of Joel vs Mike episodes, so y’all can battle for your faves to your heart’s content. After that, though, your winners will decide the next round, and so on. Will we get an even number of Joel episodes and Mike episodes, as we have traditionally done in Turkey Days past? Who can say. We’re throwing that responsibility on YOUR shoulders this year! 

Voting starts today, so be sure to hit up mst3k.org regularly for the next few weeks to pick your favorite episode each day (don’t worry, we’ll be reminding you on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too). The first SquareOff is below, and definitely feel free to use the comments to fight (lovingly, kindly, in the fashion of our people) for your champion. 

And now, presenting the first Turkey Day showdown! Thanks for pitching in, MSTies! We look forward to showcasing your winners on Turkey Day.