Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl and J. Elvis Weinstein from Mystery Science Theater 3000
and special guest Dave "Gruber" Allen
The Doll Squad (7:00pm) and The Astral Factor (9:30pm)
Cinematic Titanic, the feature-length movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000, returns to the Castro Theatre one last time before retiring from touring to roast two absolutely terrible cinematic duds!
First up is 1973's The Doll Squad, a super low budget Z-movie forced upon the public by director/editor/writer/producer Ted V. Mikels. Anthony "Hawaiian Eye" Eisley "stars" as CIA operative Connolly, who assigns uber-sexy operative Sabrina Kincaid (Francine York, far away from the Jerry Lewis films she often appeared in) to corral a bevy of shapely female assassins to try and stop a madman from destroying the world with a rat-transmitted plague virus. Before there was Charlie's Angels...there was The Doll Squad! And before that, Citizen Kane. But enjoy the cleavage-filled jumpsuits!
Top off the evening with 1976's The Astral Factor, aka The Invisible Strangler, which follows a convicted strangler who learns to turn himself invisible in jail (why not?) and, after escaping, stalks and tries to kill the five women who testified against him at his trial. Hot on his invisible trail is a police lieutenant (Robert Foxworth, gleefully cashing a pay check) who hopes to stop the paranormal sicko before he can complete his mission. Also starring Hart to Hart's Stephanie Powers, who should have had a heart to heart with her agent before signing on to this mess.
Buy tickets in advance for the show at
7pm: The Doll Squad $35:
9:30pm: The Astral Factor $35:
Special DOUBLE FEATURE ticket (both films, discounted price, limited supply!) $60