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Amateur Analysis: Twin Peaks and Persona 4 Comparisons

The foxes aren't what they seem either.

The foxes aren’t what they seem either.

This was just a fun thing I did a while back.

Warning: There are massive spoilers for both subjects.

FYI: Twin Peaks has been on Netflix for a long time now. So if you haven’t seen it, watch it already.

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When things are so bad, even MST3K can’t help it

ManosposterMaking fun of bad things is a strange art. There comes a point where something can be so incredibly bad that cracking jokes at its expense isn’t fun. The good folks over at MST3k, comic geniuses though they were, crossed over into that territory on a handful of occasions, and one of the most famous examples was when they ripped on Manos: The Hands of Fate. If there’s an alternate universe where everything bad is good and everything good is bad, Manos would be that world’s Citizen Kane.

How bad is it? The film literally spends almost eight minutes on establishing shots. It’s not just bad. It’s painfully bad. Even one of MST3K’s villains, commented in the show “I know it’s our job to send you really bad movies, but this time, I have to admit, we really went too far.” There are many elements that movies need to keep the audience engaged: Dynamic characters, suitable performances, pacing, a coherent narrative, technical issues such as editing and sound, etc. Even when a movie is bad enough to earn the MST3K treatment, they still can usually achieve at least one or two of these elements, thereby at least making to movie watchable. Manos has none of that.

For those of you who have a morbid curiosity about this astounding low point in movie history, the full MST3K episode is available for free on Youtube. Then, once you’re done, you can treat yourself to many of the cult fan-made projects, like this techno remix of Torgo’s theme. And for you MST3K fans who aren’t sure if they caught this episode… trust me, you haven’t. If you had, you’d definitely remember it.