The “RiffTrax Live” cinema series has been making audiences laugh out loud with its now legendary treatment of films since 2009. Thanks to a hugely-successful Kickstarter campaign that raised money to license a big Hollywood title, RiffTrax will be returning this summer to select movie theaters nationwide for a hilarious, 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 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. 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 www.FathomEvents.com. 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).
In Oklahoma, the comedy event will show at Tinseltown USA and AMC Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, Spotlight Stadium 14 in Norman, Cinemark Tulsa 17 and Cinemark Broken Arrow.
“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,” in a news release.
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, Dina Meyer and 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, in the release. “Audiences are going to be rolling in the aisles this summer with ‘RiffTrax Live: Starship Troopers.’”