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What to Watch on IFC in June

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We’re pulling out all the stops this month when it comes to horror, genre, sleaze and shock. June on IFC is not for the faint of heart — check out a grindhouse flick every single night of the week at midnight. The freak fest features films like Dee Snider’s “Strangeland”; pet zombie satire “Fido”; high school horror comedy “Tormented”; campy cannibal classic “Motel Hell”; and “Gothic” (pictured), a seductive and dark twist on the story of Frankenstein from director Ken Russell.

Also check out cult films like teen werewolf dramedy “Ginger Snaps”; ’80s classic “The Gate,” featuring a young Stephen Dorff; and Brazilian sadistic horror with the “Coffin Joe” trilogy. And don’t miss the premiere of Lars Von Trier’s controversial “Antichrist,” and much, much more, all month long.

310x229_priscilla_queen_of_desert.jpgAlso in June, IFC celebrates Pride Month with Out at the Movies. Tune in for a history lesson with the IFC original doc “Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema.” Plus, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp star in the hilarious tale of drag queens trekking across the desert in midnight movie classic “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

And, long before he was making million dollar boat movies, Leonard DiCaprio played young, rebellious 19th century French poet Arthur Rimbaud, who embarks on a destructive romance with fellow writer Paul Verlaine in “Total Eclipse.” Check out these films, as well as Cam Archer’s “Wild Tigers I Have Known,” Dirk Bogarde in “Victim,” the bittersweet “It’s My Party,” Gregg Araki’s “Nowhere” and over-the-top action comedy “D.E.B.S” — Thursday, June 3rd and the following week, June 10th starting at 4:45pm.

And, get ready for an all new season of our sketch comedy series Whitest Kids U’ Know. The troupe returns with more antics and back to back episodes every Friday starting June 11th @ 10pm.

310x229_slowburn2004.jpgPREMIERES THIS MONTH:

    • SLOW BURN A district attorney gets caught up in a tangled web after his mistress claims she was sexually assaulted by a man laying dead in her apartment. With Ray Liotta, Chiwetel Ejiofor and LL Cool J. Premieres Wed 6/02/10 @ 8pm.
    • ANTICHRIST A couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) grieving for their deceased son head out into the woods to try to heal their wounds, only for their relationship to take a shocking turn in this very controversial film from Danish provocateur Lars von Trier. Premieres Wed 6/02/10 @ midnight.
    • THANK YOU FOR SMOKING Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) directs this film about a tobacco lobbyist facing the tough task of promoting cigarette smoking as the risks of it become more apparent. Stars Aaron Eckhart. Premieres Wed 6/09/10 @ 10pm.
    • BENNY & JOON Johnny Depp gives a defining performance as a guy who impersonates Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and ends up falling for the mentally challenged sister of a local resident who takes him in. Premieres Tue 6/15/10 @ 8:15PM.
    • GOTHIC Gothic takes a look at how Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” took shape, as a group of friends share scary stories during one horrifying night. Premieres Sun 6/20/10 @ 12:00AM.

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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.