If you've felt an absence of snarky comments about terrible movies in the 10 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 went off the air, you'll be happy to know Studio 35 is ready to fill the void.

If you've felt an absence of snarky comments about terrible movies in the 10 years since Mystery Science Theater 3000 went off the air, you'll be happy to know Studio 35 is ready to fill the void.

Down in Front, a new program from the Clintonville theater, combines screenings of truly terrible movies with a trio of comedians who plan to rip them to shreds. The inaugural flick is Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark, a horror picture starring Christian Slater and Tara Reid based on the video game of the same name. It'll screen at 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cory Baxter, one of the three who will mock the movie, said Studio 35 co-owner Eric Brembeck left the choice of movies in the comics' hands.

"[Brembeck] gave us creative control over the show, so we kicked around a few different ideas," he said. "We thought about doing '80s TV shows and Lifetime movies and such, but then this movie came up and we realized there wasn't a better choice for our first show."

Joining Baxter will be Mark Lucas and Ben Garshelis, all friends who have worked together before. Because they already know each other and have so much experience performing stand-up, Lucas said, they aren't planning too much of the show before they hit the stage.

"We have written down a little bit," he explained, "but it wouldn't be the same without a little improv, too. We're all used to that."

Baxter added that they want to be flexible enough to change up their style when the film calls for it and also to allow viewers to keep up with major plot points.

"We want to keep people paying attention during the important parts, so we might tone it down a little bit," he said. "We'll still tear it up pretty bad, though."

Unlike MST3K, the Down in Front show isn't designed to feel like a screening room. The trio will sit on a couch watching TV in a living room set at the front of the theater, while the audience watches the same movie from behind them.

Lucas, who hosts comedy shows with Baxter at Bernie's and Ugly Tuna Saloona, said it's always a plus when people come out to support local entertainment. He added that those who give this show a shot won't be disappointed.

"It's easy to see a thousand movies, but this is something different," he said. "It's a monkey wrench in the system, so it should be a good time for everyone."