I noticed he talks as if they riffed a lot of his movies, even though they only riffed one of them. (Two if you count Eegah! where he had a brief cameo and did some cinematography work.) It's possible he could have been mad about them making fun of fellow B-movie director Coleman Francis too, since they were apparently friends. "Great" minds think alike I suppose. Not only is he greatly offended to the point where he sounds like he's talking about a different show, both he and the interviewer seem to be incredibly out of touch considering the show's continuing popularity through DVD releases. I'm a little surprised at how much the interviewer sucks up to him though, because I assume a) he's seen at least some of this guy's movies, and b) he's got an internet connection so about 5 minutes of research can tell him that just because the show got cancelled doesn't mean their efforts toward "horribly insulting" movies was a passing fad. Far from it. I wonder if it would make them feel worse that movies are continuing to be riffed, or better since most of the films on Rifftrax show how they have no respect for what a filmmaker goes through with lots
of money. Based on his earlier argument, his hate should now be directed towards Cinematic Titanic, since they're still making fun of his type of films.
I like this great bit of sucking up. According to interviewer Ed Tucker, Mr. Steckler "is highly opinionated about his profession but shares these opinions with such an air of honesty and a lack of pretension that it is hard not to get caught in his jet stream of consciousness." (Almost sounds like something out of a romance novel.) I'd have a lack of pretension too if my most famous works included "The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies" and "The Thrill Killers." I'd also be thankful if a cable show was giving my films exposure 30 years after the fact.
You guys should check out his homepage: http://www.raydennissteckler.com/
He looks so thrilled to have his picture taken. Maybe he's the real unibomber. But he's 70 years old now, so I almost feel bad about making fun of him....almost.
Another page you guys might want to look at is an IMDB post where they were also discussing the interview. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057181/board/thread/59627960?d=59627960&p=1#59627960
Some of my favorite comments were by Creeping-Death and Doc_Gibbons84. I also think that Umberto_Scalli's reply is amusing, but for other reasons. He tries to convince people that this movie had a "good reputation" before MST3K packaged it as a bad movie. I'm just surprised - although I shouldn't be - that there's someone who actually thinks that nobody thought the movie was bad until MST3K made it "seem" that way. That just shows a lack of research combined with an incredible amount of denial and/or mind altering substances. "There are hateful comments toward the movie directed by those under MST3K influence..." (I'm sorry officer, I've apparently been under MST3K influence. I shouldn't be driving in my condition.
) Honestly, I think Steckler was taking about all his critics and kind of lumping them together in that MST3K comment. Incredibly Strange Creatures was considered one of the worst films ever made long before Mike and the Bots said anything about it, despite Umberto_Scalli's statements to the contrary, and I'm guessing other people were nastier in their comments.
In a side note, I'm not sure what it is about run down amusement parks that attracts the attention of B-movie makers, Incredibly Strange Creatures features the Nu-Pike Amusement Zone in Long Beach, California during it's decline, Carnival of Souls features an abandoned Morman amusement park, and Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny was shot in a Florida theme park that closed not long after that. It's almost like B-movie directors could be compared to Batman villians, taking shelter in abandoned amusement parks to fulfill their plans.