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What to Watch on IFC in April

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This month on IFC, we’re serving up brand spankin’ new episodes of “Dinner With The Band” and “Food Party” featuring indie music and funky recipes to satisfy any appetite. It all kicks off Tuesday, April 27th at 10pm. There’ll be back to back episodes of the psychadelic series “Food Party,” with host Thu Tran creating interesting dishes while also dealing with surreal circumstances. Then at 10:30pm, watch executive chef Sam Mason cook up deliciousness on “Dinner With The Band” while hosting an array of music artists, including Rufus Wainwright, Vega, Andrew WK and more.

And, to make you a little more hungry this month, tune in for IFC’s Food Fight Thursday, April 8th at 6pm for a recipe that involves a pinch of action, a hint of gore and some sweet-sounding titles. First up, “Blood and Wine,” a jewel heist thriller starring Jack Nicholson and Jennifer Lopez. Then catch teen werewolf cult favorite “Ginger Snaps,” Bond man Daniel Craig as a drug dealer in “Layer Cake” and a pre-“Juno” Ellen Page as a teen on a vengeful mission in “Hard Candy.”

310x229_cursed2.jpgAlso this month, horror reigns on Thursday April 23rd starting at 7:45pm. Tune in for the classic, never-gets-old fright flick “Halloween,” teens being stalked by a crazed psycho killer in “Madman,” and Christina Ricci fighting her way out of werewolfdom in “Cursed,” directed by horror master Wes Craven. Plus, the night gets stranger and gorier with Dee Snider’s “Strangeland,” about a deranged convict who returns to his old ways of luring unsuspecting victims into his home to torture them.

Plus, Friday, April 9th at 8:30pm, catch our SXSW wrap-up special, featuring highlights of all the most awesome moments from the two-week festival. If you miss it, check out the schedule for airings throughout the month.

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    • LORDS OF DOGTOWN Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”) directs this biographical film about a group of young surfers and skateboarders who shape the trends in Venice, CA during the 1970s. Cast includes Heath Ledger, Nikki Reed, Johnny Knoxville and Emile Hirsch. Premieres Wednesday, April 7th @ 8pm.
    • THE SQUID AND THE WHALE Based on the life of the film’s director Noah Baumbach (“Greenberg”), this dramedy is the story of two young brothers coping with their parents’ divorce and the new relationships they form. Stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney. Premieres Sat., April 10th @ 8pm.
    • TIGERLAND Colin Farrell stars in this war drama about a group of recruits facing their own troubles in a Louisiana training ground for soldiers headed to Vietnam. Directed by Joel Schumacher (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys”). Premieres Sunday, April 18th @ 8:15pm.
    • CURSED Famed horror director Wes Craven (“Nightmare on Elm Street” and the “Scream” series) gets behind the camera for another thrilling tale about teens, who, bit by a werewolf, must find their attacker before permanently transforming into vicious monsters themselves. With Christina Ricci and Portia de Rossi. Premieres Thursday, April 22nd @ 9:15pm.

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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.