A team of archaeologists unearth a skeleton at a dig in an Arizona quarry. The Native Americans on the dig instantly recognize it as the remains of a werewolf, so the team leaders immediately take it to their lab. Yuri siezes on greater ambitions when one of the dig assistants, who injured himself on the remains, becomes infected and turns into a werewolf in full view of hospital personnel. Yuri then conducts an experiment to infect other people in town to see if they turn into werewolves as well. When Paul arrives at the lab to assist in analyzing the remains, Yuri infects him, too. After Paul's transformation, Natalie tries to save him.
This is the most recent movie to be spoofed by MST3K.
Obscure References * "An American Werewolf in traffic!" * "...a film called 'Operation Dumbo Drop'. Let's talk about that!"
Operation Dumbo Drop was a 1995 movie starring Danny Glover and Ray Liotta. * "...Harold Robbins' 'The Lonely Lady'..."
The Lonely Lady was a 1983 movie based on a novel by Harold Robbins, starring Pia Zadora. * ""Louis Leakey in 'Every Which Way But Loose'!"
Louis Leakey is a renowned paleontologist. Every Which Way But Loose was a 1978 movie starring Clint Eastwood. * "It might just be the Bumpasses' dogs, we're not sure."
The Bumpasses were the family of "hillbilly neighbors" in A Christmas Story. * "E-O eleven..."
From the theme song to the original version of Ocean's Eleven. * "A silver bullet." "Is Coors Light in your gun?"
Coors Light beer is referred to as "The Silver Bullet" in a long-running ad campaign. * "If it's Martin, shoot to kill. Then *I* can be in Spawn!"
In 1997, Martin Sheen appeared in the movie adaptation of the comic book Spawn. (Probably a double-joke because of Spawn 's reputation of being a terrible film.) * "Travis Bickle moved out to the suburbs!"
Travis Bickle was the title character in the 1976 film Taxi Driver. * "Flagstaff. I can't believe I'm still in Flagstaff!"
A parody of the opening line from Apocalypse Now. * "Can't you see what I'm trying to tell you - I love you!
Groucho Marx said this line in the film Duck Soup * "PBR me ASAP!"
Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer used this phrase in an advertising campaign for their beer. * I was playing Miss Haversham in the school play when I got attacked by a werewolf!
Miss Haversham is a character in Charles Dickens's novel Great Expectations * I'll take a walk! Over to Kirk Douglas's house!
Reference to the actor Kirk Douglas and his often angry/intense line delivery, whom Yuri seems to imitate. * This is like the time I hit that reporter with Piltdown Man's thighbone.
Piltdown Man was a famous archaeological hoax of the 1920s, where the skull of a supposed "missing link" between man and ape was found. It was proven to be a hoax decades later. * The death of Oliver Sachs.
Oliver Sachs is a prominent British neurologist and author of the book Awakenings. * Frederic Remington's Guernica."
Frederic Remington was an American artist famous for his depictions of American history, particularly the Old West. Guernica was a famous painting by Pablo Picasso depicting the Fascist bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.
A list of songs sung during the closing credits: * Pow Wow the Indian Boy: theme song from a cartoon featured on the Captain Kangaroo show. * We Will Rock You: by Queen * Tusk: by Fleetwood Mac * The Battle of New Orleans: by Johnnie Horton * Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves: by Cher * The Lonely Goatherd: from The Sound of Music * Here Comes Santa Claus: by Gene Autry * Give It Away: by Red Hot Chili Peppers * Brand New Key: by Melanie * Admiral Halsey/Uncle Albert: by Paul and Linda McCartney * Cat's in the Cradle: by Harry Chapin * Easter Parade: by Irving Berlin * One Night in Bangkok: from Chess * Surrey With a Fringe on Top: from Oklahoma! * The Freshmen: by Verve Pipe * Oh! Susanna: by Stephen Foster
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An interesting thing to notice is that Tom Servo, who normally required the assistance of Mike or Joel to enter the theater, is shown entering the movie theater all by himself in the beginning of the movie, as Mike was not on the SOL when the movie started. Since MST3K is a show that encourages viewers to "just relax", this was never explained.