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Go ahead, it’s OK to laugh at ‘Space Mutiny’

No kind of movie is funnier than one that's intentionally bad. But then there is a special place in the comedy pantheon for movies that are unintentionally bad.

"Space Mutiny" is one of the latter. Which is what makes it the perfect foil for the RiffTrax guys. An offshoot of the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" series, "RiffTrax Live" uses the same movie-viewing format: A trio watches a bad movie and makes snarky remarks throughout the screening.

Which is what will happen at 8 p.m. Thursday (and again at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday) at Regal Cinemas theaters at Northtown Mall and Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone Stadium. "RiffTrax Live: Space Mutiny" will feature the 1988 sci-fi flick "Space Mutiny," a little-known film that even devotees of bad movies dislike.

One fan reviewer had this to say: "The worst elements of 1980s style, effects, and cheesiness are present. The things that some people ironically celebrate about the decade. I could not stomach it. I had to skip through most of this garbage."

But that was the movie. And the RiffTrax guys — Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett — specialize in gag-a-moment commentary that lighten the mood … well, if not completely then at least enough.