Yoinked from wikipedia and kiddiematinee.com ...
"Sampo (Russian: Сампо) is a Russian-language 1959 joint Finnish and Soviet production based loosely on the events depicted in the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Roger Corman's Filmgroup licensed the film for distribution through American International Pictures, who decided to re-title the film THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE, and market it as a science-fiction film. This version was later featured in the American series Mystery Science Theater 3000. The original Russian version has not been released on video or DVD.
Although the film did play some Kiddie Matinee dates, one wonders why the film wasn't marketed directly as a children's fantasy, during a period when this would have proved quite successful; indeed, similar Russian fantasies of the period, such as THE MAGIC WEAVER and JACK FROST, did quite well in the tots-only market.
Sadly, THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE ended up buried at the bottom of a few lackluster AIP drive-in double bills before slinking off to TV, where it languished for years in dupey black and white prints which sabotaged the film's unique visual bounty.
Episode 422 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, produced in the 1992-93 season, featured The Day the Earth Froze. Though the movie does explain what a Sampo is, the MST3K characters are talking during the explanation, and miss it, and are therefore none the wiser. After a Sampo is made, however, one of the jokes indicates that the characters finally understand.
In Episode 506, Eegah, they receive a letter from a fan which includes a photograph of a portable television set with the brand name Sampo. The Sampo was thus thrust into modern-day Internet folklore as a terribly important and useful artifact which nobody understands the importance or use of."
... AND NOW, I am once again PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week absolutely FREE!
But first lets go over a few theater rules. Absolutely no talking is allowed. Any and all talkers will be castrated and spit upon with extreme prejudice. No cell phones or African-American berries going off in the theater. And NO TEXTING!
And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).
Enjoy the show, y'all!
NOTE: this is the MST3K version of the film. The non-MST version is currently available on Netflix On Demand. FYI.
Wind Clan out!