The RiffTrax guys have done it again. Just a few months after tackling “Starship Troopers,” they returned to theaters on Oct. 24 for another fantastic riff. This time, in honor of Halloween being around the corner, they took on the George Romero classic, “Night of the Living Dead.”
But before Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett tackled the black-and-white horror film, they presented the return of Norman – a character who has become quite popular amongst the RiffTrax crowd. The guys took on another Norman short called “Norman Gives a Speech,” in which – you guessed it – our hero has to make a speech. But the worst of the worst happens to him. Several of the slides he was supposed to create are accidentally sucked into a vacuum, and his speech gets dropped in the toilet. Murphy took advantage of that scene and joked: “That’s where Michael Bay found the script for ‘Transformers 3.’”
And, of course, there was the popular, disgruntled Norman catchphrase, “Uuugggghhhh!!!”
When it came to the presentation of “Night of the Living Dead,” it was amazing how some of the audience members at Cinemark 14 made it known that they had not seen Romero’s film prior to this event. There were times where something shocking would happen, and one person shouted, “Wait, what?!”
Like their previous events, the RiffTrax guys delivered some clean jokes that were mainly references to pop culture. When Ben (Duane Jones), the lone African American in the film, makes his first appearance, one of the guys joked: “Young President Obama! Thank God you’re here.” And when one character gets killed by a spade, Corbett made a borderline racist joke that had Nelson and Murphy tell him to leave the stage. He returned a few seconds later to continue the show.
With every RiffTrax event, people are advised to arrive early, and it’s not to just get a good seat. The guys create a hilarious pre-show of movie haikus and other things. Since Halloween is near, several of the slides were titled “Last Minute Costume Ideas,” which had one suggestion of going as a person watching one of the “Paranormal Activity” films (i.e. someone taking a nap), and another suggestion was a Native American dressed as Johnny Depp. There was also a collection of faux movie mistakes, which showed one slide listing off all of the “Saw” films.
If you missed this great event, don’t worry; the RiffTrax guys will be returning to the big screen in December for “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Tickets are already on sale.