Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, the masterminds behind RIFFTRAX (and veterans of the late MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000) launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday. The goal? To raise $55,000 in 30 days to stage a live lampoon of TWILIGHT. Within a few hours, the group had raised $70,000 toward that goal, and have already collected $117,000 by this morning ... and there's 29 days left to go. It's safe to say this Kickstarter effort has been a success.
The Rifftrax gang has had a lot success with previous "live" events, which are broadcast to select theaters around the country. I've had the pleasure to see them roast THE HOUSE OF HAUNTED HILL, BIRDEMIC and MANOS HANDS OF FATE and they were tons of fun. But I'm going to take a little extra pleasure in seeing them dismember TWILIGHT.
A few years back, an ex dragged me to see the first TWILIGHT film in the theaters. She felt I was obliged to see the movie out of some kind of misguided retribution for taking her to see the first BLADE movie, proving that her understanding of the word "retribution" wasn't terribly sound. By that point, word about the book had spread, so I knew what I was in for: A story crafted BY a self-hating woman FOR self-hating women. When that relationship ended, it meant I didn't have to suffer through the sequels.
So, when Rifftrax launches their live event, I'm going to be there. It will be a cinematic exorcism for me ... and, most likely, a lot of other people.
(Note: You don't have to wait for the live event to see Rifftrax mock the Twilight movies. They've got a number of commentary tracks for sale at their website.)