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RiffTrax slices up ‘Samurai Cop’ in live stream at Dickson City and Stroudsburg theaters April 13-18

RiffTrax slices up ‘Samurai Cop’ in live stream at Dickson City and Stroudsburg theaters April 13-18
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From a press release:

The RiffTrax crew – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” fame – return to movie theaters across the country this spring to slice and dice “Samurai Cop,” the beloved Z-grade action film of the early ‘90s. “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” will have cinema audiences laughing out loud as Nelson, Murphy, and Corbett unleash brand new, hilarious (and cutting) commentary on the titular Samurai Cop and his partner as they journey from a faraway land called “San Diego” to bust up a gang whose stated goal is putting someone’s head on their piano.

From Fathom Events and RiffTrax, “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” will be broadcast live to movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, April 13 at 8 p.m., with a second showing on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for “RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” can be purchased online by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 700 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network, including Regal Dickson City Stadium 14 & IMAX (3909 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City) and Cinemark Stroud Mall (160 Stroud Mall, Stroudsburg).

“It’s hard to say exactly what makes ‘Samurai Cop’ a favorite to us and our audience: maybe the fact that the title character is not a samurai – not even a little. It could also be the terrible black wig he wears for half the scenes in the movie and tries to pass off as real hair. Whatever the reason, it must be seen to be believed,” Nelson said.

The film follows a cop named Samurai (with amazing hair) who’s here to kick butt and chew bubblegum. Samurai and his partner, whose main task is to shamelessly mug to the camera, run up against “MST3K” fan-favorite Robert Z’Dar for some insanely awful and hilarious fight scenes. Decapitations, explosions, poorly subbed-in stunt doubles, mangled dialogue, prominent lion heads, and unfortunate banana hammocks abound in a movie made in the ‘90s, but stuck in the ‘80s.

“’Samurai Cop’ is a great way for RiffTrax to kick off a 2017 cinema season,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “Movie audiences know that, year after year, laughs at ‘RiffTrax Live’ events are guaranteed.”

“RiffTrax Live: Samurai Cop” is the 24th RiffTrax title for Fathom Events since the start of the companies’ partnership in 2009. Some of the most popular titles in the RiffTrax Live lineup include the “MST3K Reunion Show,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Night of the Living Dead.”

RiffTrax is an entertainment company featuring the stars of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning show “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) bring their funny running “MST3K”-type commentary to movies of all kind. From riffs on the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to the worst B-movies, RiffTrax has a library of over 500 titles available at and on digital platforms everywhere. RiffTrax has also produced five primetime television specials for the National Geographic Channel.

RiffTrax releases a newly riffed movie, short film, or TV program each week and performs the RiffTrax Live comedy series four times a year, where a movie is riffed live and simulcast into over 700 theaters across North America. The brand new RiffTrax app on iOS and Android magically syncs riffs to the biggest blockbuster movies like “Star Wars,” “Twilight,” and “Harry Potter.” RiffTrax was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top designated market areas and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events, such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera; dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live; sporting events like Copa America Centenario; concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush, and Mötley Crüe; the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series; and inspirational events.

Fathom Events also takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras, including audience Q&As, backstage footage, and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs.