Mock the Movie: Moral Panic Edition

Blame Pokémon Go.

There we were, bullshitting on Twitter about the inevitable backlash deriving from a simple video game being virally popular. I made a crack about Mock the Movie being ready for the moral panic movie whenever it came out, and someone asked whether we’d ever mocked Mazes and Monsters. Weirdly enough, the answer was “No.” So it’s time to fix that. This is the movie that would be known as Tom Hanks’ lead film debut if it weren’t instead known for being overwhelmingly paranoid about a game.

This was a television movie, so we don’t have a trailer to share with you. Instead, have this lovely little clip as a teaser.

This one is available on YouTube.

“This sounds awful!” I hear you cry. Yes. Yes, it does. “This must be mocked mercilessly”, you say. Well, then you’re in the right company. The instructions for playing along:

  1. Start following @MockTM on Twitter.
  2. Start watching the movie on the appropriate Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
  3. Once you’ve got the movie going, tweet your snarky comments to @MockTM. Directing our tweets to @MockTM will keep our followers from being overwhelmed with our snark!
  4. Set up a search for @MockTM on Twitter for the duration so you can follow along with everyone else sharing your pain.

If you have suggestions for other movies that can and should be mocked, send them to @MockTM. Preference will be given to movies that are free or stream on the major media delivery services. Watch the feed, and we’ll set up the calendar for more terrible, mockable movies.

If you’ve missed a mocking, you can catch transcripts and even subtitle files for later watching on the Mock the Movie archive.

Mock the Movie: Moral Panic Edition