Cheap laughs this week: MST3K, Re-Animator, and Little Shop of Horrors

Joseph Kleinschmidt

This week’s an especially great time to see cult movies, B-movies, and everything weird in between around the Twin Cities. From Puma-inspired crime fighters to a medical student’s encounter with re-animating dead tissue, local screenings of films containing questionable plots thrive. Whether it’s pure anger or a debilitating laughter that drives your penchant to mock others’ filmed gold, A&E’s got you covered:

EDIT: Gizmonic Institute’s screening of The Pumaman tomorrow has been canceled.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Pumaman

Bryant Lake Bowl

810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis

Tomorrow at 9:00 p.m.


Join Mike Nelson and his band of robots aboard the Satellite of Love as they’re force to endure this Italian-produced English language superhero flick. Apparently, director Alberto De Martino discovered traits Pumas have no one’s ever noticed. “Pumaman” can fly, see in the dark, sense imminent danger, and teleport. He’ll even feign his own death if need be.


Turf Club

1601 University Ave. W, Saint Paul

Tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.


This 1985 telling of an H.P. Lovecraft story came out of left field with a science fiction horror movie that trades off between horror and comedy. The film has since garnered a cult audience over the years similar to the Evil Dead franchise so expect less mocking and more enjoyment out of this one.

The Little Shop of Horrors

Loring Theater

1407 Nicollet Ave. S, Minneapolis

Sunday at 2:00 p.m.


The grandfather of B-movies, Roger Corman, made The Little Shop of Horrors on $30,000 and the 1960 movie has since spawned a Broadway musical and a 1986 adaptation starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, and Steve Martin. Corman’s 1960 version shot in two days includes a young Jack Nicholson. The black comedy about a plant that feeds on humans should elicit classic laughs.