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What to Watch on IFC in October 2008

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If Friday at midnight Grindhouse flicks aren’t enough to scare the crap out of you, we’re paying homage to Halloween with a month of even more indie fright. Every Thursday in October beginning at 9PM Eastern, we’ve got three back-to-back horror films, including freaky faves like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Return of the Living Dead.” And of course, what would Halloween be without, well, “Halloween,” John Carpenter’s often imitated but never duplicated slasher that yielded some of cinema’s most iconic music, as well as a classic costume.

Don’t forget to also check out “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” directed by the original master of horror, Wes Craven. While Craven passed on directing the rest of the “Nightmare” series except for one, he did have a hand in writing “A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Warriors,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child,” and “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare”(does that give away too much of the plot?), all airing on IFC this month.

310x229_theburning.jpgThen, we have films that single-handedly terrified most of the population into avoiding going away to camp, like “The Burning” and “Madman.” If those aren’t enough to send shivers down your spine, even scarier than regular ol’ blood and gore are terrifying true stories. Don’t miss “Ed Gein,” a film about the serial killer who, among other things, created furniture and belts from human remains and served as the inspiration for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Also being served up: the incredibly warped “Strangeland,” for which Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider must have taken his band’s name to heart when writing; David Cronenberg’s “Scanners”; “Eaten Alive,” Tobe Hooper’s follow up to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”; Philippe Mora’s utterly disturbing “The Beast Within”; and Christopher Walken as a vengeful angel in “The Prophecy.”

And, for the faint of heart, don’t fret. Comedy prevails in October as “Z Rock” keeps rollin’ with new episodes. Plus, the Automat, our new night of programming, chugs away every Tuesday with exclusive series, including British import “The IT Crowd,” anime and, of course, films.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR

  • THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE Enough can’t be said on the talent of Daniel Day Lewis. In this coming of age film, he plays an aging activist who’s protected his daughter (Camilla Belle) from “corrupting” influences all her life by raising her on a remote island, only to realize she’ll have to live in the outside world once he dies. Premieres Saturday, October 4th @ 7PM Eastern.
  • TSOTSI This touching South African film won an Academy Award for foreign language film in 2006. It follows a violent teenage thug who ends up caring for an infant after a botched carjacking. Premieres Saturday, October 5th @ 1:45PM Eastern.
  • DUST TO GLORY “Step Into Liquid” director Dana Brown headed inland for this incredibly shot documentary about the Baja 1000, the world’s longest non-stop point-to-point and mostly off-road race. Premieres Monday, October 6th @ 10:30PM Eastern.
  • MANDERLAY In his follow-up to “Dogville,” Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier directs this tale of an idealistic 1930s woman (Bryce Dallas Howard) who stumbles on a plantation that still practices slavery. Her attempts to abolish the practice go horribly wrong. Premieres Sunday, October 12th @ 3:30PM Eastern.
  • JEEPERS CREEPERS Victor Salva’s tale of teen siblings (Gina Philips and Justin Long) being menaced by a flesh-eating monster is one of the smartest, freakiest horror flicks to hit theaters in years. Premieres Sunday, October 12th @ 9:30PM Eastern.
  • CHICAGO Back when the Weinsteins were still the forces behind Miramax, the brothers brought back to life a genre that had gone untouched for years — the Broadway musical. The gamble paid off, and the film pulled in six Oscars, including Best Picture. Premieres Saturday, October 18th @ 9PM Eastern.

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.