One day, all your phones, computers, radios, beepers, tvs and microwaves will die... and you'll have to go outside.
-- Statical Planets
was a movie project Mystery Science Theater 3000
creator Joel Hodgson
touted for a while as his next big thing. It was based on one of his quirky inventions called "Static-A-Matic
". It seems to borrow heavily from William Castle
's famous Percepto
electrified theater seats that were installed for his B-movie The Tingler
(1959). But that's okay as Statical Planets
itself was meant to be a huge parody/tribute to '50s B-movie horror/sci fi films. However unlike Castle's electrified theater seats, Static-A-Matic wouldn't actually electrocute
anyone. It would only give the illusion that everyone else in the theater was getting a big electrical shock. How this was to be accomplished is unknown. Hodgson, besides a comedy
writer and a gadget
freak, is also an accomplished stage magician
and I guess he figured out some clever illusion.
never did get made, although Hodgson did release a 15-minute downloadable teaser on his now defunct website gizmonics
.com (which now just goes to some sort of domain ghoul site… curious Hodgson let some net sleezoid
take over his domain especially after he and his lawyers in the mid'90s vigorously threatened the editor of The Gizmocrat
with a trademark violation lawsuit). The 15 minute teaser was created using "virtual sets" using a rear-projection system (which Hodgson referred to as his "Hodgson Backscreen '90" system).
Plot details are highly sketchy. However, it appears the movie is about an alternative reality, on an earth-like world, where animals have evolved at such an alarming rate they've formed political parties. Clown
s are bred on farms and sold like livestock at auctions. Some crazy invention called the Topaz
Brand Electron Scaffolding allows people to shroud their homes in a powerful cloaking field
that gives their domiciles amazing curb appeal
. People abuse the machine so much, using up so much energy with the device that the physics of electricity
itself gets overloaded and broken, causing a static electricity creature called Hodag to emerge from its 1,000 year sleep. The creature is so powerful that the world's defense force, the Frank 3000 Army, can't stop it. It then emerges from the movie screen and zaps audience members. The end.
The Statical Planets teaser featured Frank Conniff
(aka TV's Frank