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What to Watch on IFC in April

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April showers have nothing on IFC’s April Splatters. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite scream-inducing films for one serious fright night. There’s “It’s Alive,” featuring a mutated baby lizard monster on a rampage of evil; “Monkey Shines,” about a helper monkey on, er, a rampage of evil; “Pumpkinhead,” directed by special effects wiz Stan Winston; and “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer,” based on the true story of the mass murderer who videotaped his brutal acts. It all starts pouring down at 8PM on Thursday, April 9th.

On Thursday, April 23rd, kicking off at 8PM, we’ve got a night of indie (or at least indie in spirit) action, starts off with the one, the only “Robocop,” from schlock auteur Paul Verhoeven, about a police officer turned cyborg on a mission of revenge. Next, Bruce Willis takes on the Irish and Italian mobs during the Prohibition era in the gangster-meets-western “Last Man Standing.” Finally, adding some Oscar-winning hustle to the pack, Ang Lee’s masterpiece of martial arts cinema “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” rounds out the night with its tale of lovers and warriors defying gravity to battle for a stolen sword.

Plus, if you were unable to attend this year’s festivities in Austin, don’t fret. IFC has your backstage pass to the best of music, film and all things interactive from the 2009 SXSW Festival. “South by Southwest, Behind the Badge” airs all this month.

PREMIERES TO LOOK FOR:

  • DRUGSTORE COWBOY One of Gus Van Sant’s earliest features, this film stars Matt Dillon as an addict traveling the open road to rob drugstores. Kelly Lynch and Heather Graham also appear. Premieres Wednesday, April 1st @ 8PM.
  • CHASING AMY Kevin Smith directs this cult indie about a male comic book artist (Ben Affleck) who falls in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams). Premieres Thursday, April 2nd @ 8PM.
  • LOVELY & AMAZING A mother deals with three daughters who are bundles of insecurities, relationship problems and desires for plastic surgery. Premieres Monday, April 6th @ 8PM.
  • FAST FOOD NATION An exceptional ensemble group of actors, including Greg Kinnear, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Wilmer Valderrama, star in this drama examining the effects fast food has on society. Premieres Friday, April 10th @ 7:15PM.
  • KILL THE POOR This dark comedy revolves around a man (David Krumholtz) who moves his pregnant wife into the Lower East Side neighborhood in which his grandparents grew up, only to realize many things have since changed. Premieres Monday, April 13th @ 1AM.
  • BEFORE SUNRISE Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy stir up serious chemistry as two young travelers who cross paths in Europe and end up spending one intimate night together. Premieres Monday, April 13th @ 8PM.
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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.