|MST3K: Samson vs. The Vampire Women (1995)|
|Starring:||Mike Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, and Frank Conniff|
|The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Mike Nelson is a regular worker at the Gizmonic Institute until being abducted by his boss and shot into outer space. His boss, Dr. Forrester, then sends the very worst movies that he can find in order to document Mike’s reactions. Mike teams up with the two robots on board, Crow and Tom Servo, and they do their best to improve this bad situation by having a good time riffing on the movies. In this episode, Mike and the bots watch the El Santo-starring vehicle Samsons vs. The Vampire Women. In this title, Santo must do battle with a harem of evil vampire women who torture an aristocratic family. This harem wants to take the beautiful daughter of this family and make her one of them, but not if El Santo has anything to say about that!|
Overall, the plot in Samson seems perfectly tailored for an episode of Mystery Science Theater. While the movie is visually well made, the plot is a mix of wrestling action with the most generic vampire tale that audiences could possibly expect. Indeed, it is almost a retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in many regards. The relationship between Dracula and Mina, a fixture of Stoker’s classic tale, is essentially revisited here in Samson. We have a woman that our lead vampire wants, and we follow along as this vampire has an army of female vamps desperately try to get close and capture her as his dark queen. You can probably guess where all of this is going as the movie plods along, but combined with the MST3K treatment we get a first rate episode and a potentially-solid little movie by itself.