The guys of Rifftrax—Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett—announced on February 25 at noon that they intended for the hit vampire romance film and often voted worst movie of all time “Twilight” of the Twilight Saga to be their next Rifftrax Live project come August this year. After grand successes of packed theaters like in San Francisco during Rifftrax Live’s classic “worst movie of all time” titles like “Manos: The Hands of Fate” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” it feels fitting that a more contemporary “worst movie of all time” blockbuster like “Twilight” be a more ambitious project for these talented comedians who write and provide uproariously funny commentary to help make bad films more watchable. Their “Twilight” riff that is available for purchase as well as the rest of the Twilight Saga has made many guys put up with the first of too many of those sparkly vampire films.
But unlike older public domain films, Rifftrax requires a lot of money to negotiate the screening rights with Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate. And to that Rifftrax turned to their fans and Kickstarter to raise the funds ideally needed to produce this Rifftrax Live event.
The project goal was $55,000 in less than 30 days. But in less than four hours, fans pledged over $80,000, which ideally will be more than enough to secure the rights, get better production values for the August riff, and perhaps a guest riffer or two.
While the initial goal is already complete, Rifftrax still offers many levels and rewards to pledge through Kickstarter. A mere $2 pledge gets your name on the thank you page on Rifftrax.com while $5 gets you a choice of three digital shorts of their riffing work—and $10 gets all three shorts. Starting at $20 and above, you get a copy of the August Rifftrax Live show after it airs as well as few more goodies depending on how much you donate. Pledges over $100 get the above rewards and your name onscreen during the RIfftrax Live show. And all the premium rewards for pledges over $200 are already gone thanks to gung-ho Rifftrax fans and perhaps a few people who simply didn't like the Twilight Saga.
If negotiations fail and “Twilight” is not available for riffing, the Rifftrax crew will simply riff the next film on their “worst movie of all time” list: “Batman and Robin.” Wait as August gets closer to see the status of the next Rifftrax Live event.