Mystery Science Theater 3000

Season 6 Episode 12

The Sinister Urge

Aired Unknown Nov 05, 1994 on Comedy Central
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The Sinister Urge
Frank tries to blow up the SOL and Deep 13 as the crew watch an Ed Wood film about smut.

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  • Meanwhile on yet ANOTHER movie.


    The 47th worst film of all time is The Sinister Urge. Another horribly acted, slow moving flick from the haunted mind of Ed Wood! This 1960 gem is also responsible for using footage from Wood's unfinished film, Rock and Roll Hell, or Hellborn as it's called today.

    Our short is called Keeping Clean and Neat, where two kids learns how to make their bodies clean and how to dress properly. Course we know personal hygiene now so this short is just fluff.

    I'll tell you right off the bat that I'm not an Ed Wood fanboy. Although I know why he has a cult following (goofy props and sets i.e.), it's just that Wood's films have ridiculous plots, and the dialogue sometimes makes no sense. As our third and final Wood film (I wish the Brains did Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 from Outer Space), this is the funniest one of them all. Lots of greats riffs, including the quips during the pizza shop fight and car crash scenes made me laugh so hard, and the cranky women jokes were funny too ("Let's watch Ghost Dad again!"). The short is also a winner as Mike and the 'Bots pokes fun at the narrator and the hygiene riffs take the cake. Sadly, the host segments with Frank's bomb scheme are week with some giggles here and there. But, the riffing on our features is fantastic, another winner for season 6. A+moreless
  • Great stuff, both in and out of the theater.

    "The Sinister Urge" is a laughable king-sized cop show from the 1950s, with its dogged detectives pursuing a deadly pornography rings, led by the husky-voiced Gloria (cha-cha-cha!) In the end, it's a goofy, melodramatic bit of claptrap from Ed Wood, and the Bots and Mike have a field day. I love the running gag about the uniformed cop who enters the room, then leaves, heralded by hoots and applause from Mike and the Bots.

    But the other reason to love this episode is TV's Frank getting influenced by violent movies and turning into a mad bomber threatening to blow up Deep 13. The back-and-forth, combined with the reveal that potato cakes will lure Frank away from the, Dr. F. goes out to get cakes. (He wasn't tied up very well.)moreless

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