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What to Watch on IFC in October

What to Watch on IFC in October (photo)

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Monty Python fans are going to love this month on IFC. And if you’re not a Python fan, get the hell out! Just kidding — now is a good time to introduce yourself to the troupe that defined comedy. Beginning October 18th, tune in for a six-day Python-a-thon, including the premiere of the IFC original doc “Monty Python: Almost the Truth, The Lawyer’s Cut,” a series highlighting the rise of the famed comedy team, and features interviews with all the surviving Pythons as well as SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon, Russell Brand and many more. And all week long, catch an original Python film including “The Life of Brian,” “Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” and the classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Also in the mix is the sketch comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” which airs all week, as well as Mondays at 7:30pm and Fridays at 11pm.

10052009_arresteddevelopment.jpgKicking off October 25th, “Arrested Development” will be making IFC its new home. The comedy series focuses on the dysfunctional Bluth family household after the patriarch is sent to prison for engaging in dirty financial practices. Catch it every Sunday at 10pm with back-to-back episodes.

Also this month, in honor of the season, IFC presents Indie Screams, two weeks of indie horror beginning October 18th and leading right up to Halloween. Just a few films being served up: Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects,” the equally freakish “Strangeland,” the teen-wolf frightfest “Ginger Snaps” as well as classics like Tobe Hooper’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and his follow-up “Eaten Alive.” And because some vacations aren’t always a day at the beach, we’ve got “Motel Hell,” “Turistas” and “Cabin Fever.” There’s more, so be sure to check out the full schedule for all the horrifying films airing in October.


    • ANNIE HALL Winner of numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Director, Woody Allen created a romantic-comedy masterpiece about a neurotic New Yorker who falls in love with the dynamic Annie Hall. Premieres Thursday, October 8th @ 10pm.
    • MOTEL HELL Unsuspecting travelers fall victim to a sadistic farmer. Premieres Friday, October 9th @ midnight.
    • TURISTAS A group of travelers come across an evil secret after getting stranded in a small village on a paradise island. Premieres Monday, October 19th @ 7:25pm.
    • SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE Willem Dafoe gives a memorable and Oscar-nominated performance in this film about the strange occurrences which took place during the making of Nosferatu. Premieres Saturday, October 24th @ 8pm.
    • 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. Premieres Friday, October 30th @ 7:15pm.


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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.