It was short-lived, however, and was an idea that sat on the shelf - until now.
Through the collaboration of Plattsburgh Public Library staff members Kelly Sexton, Caleb Moshier and David Fuller with MacDougall, ISMST3K has been resurrected. The next generation of the group chose what MacDougall considered a fitting film to view - a 1980 B movie that was one of ISMST3K's first films viewed on the college campus in the early '90s.
"That movie is almost self-quipping, self-riffing. It's just so incredibly bad it almost needs no comments added to it," said MacDougall. "But, we shoehorn them in whenever the film isn't making fun of itself."
\\Just as every movie ISMST3K views is bad in its own way, said MacDougall, so is the brand of humor each group member brings to the table. MacDougall's humor is one in which he injects "not so in-your-face" political satire, much like MST3K did in its heyday. Sexton, who was an earlier member of the group, returns with her take on just "making fun of a bad movie."
"It's a way to be involved with the movie instead of being just passively sitting there," said Sexton. "Everybody kind of gets into trying to outdo one another to see who's going to say something funnier. It's just silly."
"We each have our own perspectives on it, but ultimately it's about having fun," said MacDougall.
The group will meet in the auditorium of the Oak Street library Friday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. The viewing is open to those 18 and older due to the potential nature of humor used during the event.
"We just want people to have a good time," said MacDougall. "We would like this to be a permanent thing now even if it's only monthly."
If interested in learning more about ISMST3K, contact MacDougall via e-mail at email@example.com or call the library at 563-0921.