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All the Horror You Can Eat

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for Indie Screams in October, when we here at IFC offer you our finest selection of indie horror films in honor of Halloween.

This year we’ve got classics like the original “Texas Chain Saw Massacre” alongside awesome films from horror’s new guard, including “Ginger Snaps” and “The Devil’s Rejects.”

And the scares aren’t only on our air. Check out our new web series “Dead & Lonely,” from “House of the Devil” director Ti West, kicking off Monday the 26th.

    • CABIN FEVER Five college students go away to the woods and have a run-in with a flesh-eating virus in director Eli Roth’s debut.
      Airs Wednesday, October 21st @ 7:25pm.
    • GINGER SNAPS “Jennifer’s Body” has nothing on this Canadian horror comedy about a pair of outcast teenage sisters dealing with high school, puberty and the fact that one of them has been bitten by a werewolf.
      Airs Thursday, October 22nd@ 7:10pm and Saturday, October 31st at 8pm.
    • PUMPKINHEAD Oscar-winning special effects wizard Stan Winston made his directorial debut with this revenge tale about a bereaved farmer who summons a demon to avenge the son he lost in a car accident.
      Airs Friday, October 23rd @ 7:30pm.
    • 310x229_shadowofthevampire.jpgSHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE Giving the filming of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic “Nosferatu” a behind-the-scenes horror twist, this movie stars Willem Dafoe in an Oscar-nominated performance as actor Max Schreck, whose performance as a vampire is assisted by the fact that he might actually be a bloodsucker off-screen as well.
      Airs Saturday, October 24th @ 8pm.
    • STRANGELAND Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider wrote, produced and stars in this slasher about Captain Howdy, a serial killer who finds his victims online.
      Airs Sunday, October 25th @ 8:30pm.
    • IT’S ALIVE B-movie schlockmeister king Larry Buchanan directs this story of a loony farmer who kidnaps people to feed the prehistoric monster he finds hidden in a cave on his land.
      Airs Monday, October 26th @ 8pm.
    • TURISTAS A group of travelers uncovers an organ theft ring after getting stranded in a small village while backpacking through Brazil.
      Airs Tuesday, October 27th @ 7:25pm.
    • THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE Hugely influential, not to mention still one of the scariest movies ever made, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 film follows Sally and her friends as they encounter some unfriendly locals when visiting the family homestead.
      Airs Wednesday, October 28th @ 8pm.
    • 310x229_eatenalive23.jpgEATEN ALIVE Tobe Hooper takes on Louisiana in this 1977 follow-up to “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” about an inn-owner who feeds anyone who offends him to his pet gator.
      Airs Wednesday, October 28th @ 9:30pm.
    • THE DEVIL’S REJECTS Rob Zombie’s sequel of sorts to 2003’s “House of 1000 Corpses” tracks the psychotic Firefly family as they take to the road, with an equally deranged sheriff on their trail.
      Airs Wednesday, October 28th @ midnight.
    • JEEPERS CREEPERS Justin Long and Gina Philips play a brother and sister whose road trip home is enlivened by a run-in with an ancient demon on a once-every-23-years feeding frenzy.
      Airs Thursday, October 29th @ 8:25pm.
    • JEEPERS CREEPERS 2 The Creeper is back, and he’s brought his appetite with him in director Victor Salva’s sequel to his popular 2001 sleeper that finds the creature snacking on a bus of high school basketball players and cheerleaders.
      Airs Friday, October 30th @ 7:15pm.

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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.