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The 12 most evil movie laughs of all time (with video)

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“Mua-ha-ha-ha-ha!” It’s harder to do than it seems, which makes having a decent Evil Laugh one of the most underrated skills that an actor (or inanimate object, at that) can have. We’re not interested in just “decent,” though — we want the best, and here they are, for your moustache-twirling amusement.

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12. Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) in “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”

If at first you don’t succeed at an evil laugh, try, try again. Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) demonstrates how practice makes perfect, experimenting with a few variations before ultimately deciding on the one evil laugh he can truly call his own. The criminally underrated “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” actually features one of our favorite Jim Carrey performances — Olaf is a delightful ghoul who gleefully conjures a series of macabre methods by which to kill a bunch of orphans and thereby claim their family fortune as his own. Mua-ha-ha indeed! You also get Emily Browning as one of the aforementioned orphans, a few years before she became the pixie cheesecake of Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch.”


11. The Predator (Peter Cullen) in “Predator”

The Predator literally gets the last laugh at the end of his first cinematic hunt. The mighty alien hunter is ultimately bested by the skills (and dumb luck) of his human opponent, Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as a giant tree branch crushes him and effectively ends his killing spree. Dutch moves as if to finish the creature off by smashing in its face with a rock but then pauses to ponder, “What the hell are you?” “What the hell are you?” counters the visitor from outer space, and activates his handy self-destruct mechanism with his bittersweet, triumphant cackle filling the forest. Run, Arnold, run!


10. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in “The Matrix Revolutions”

It was immensely satisfying when Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) finally got to indulge in his own evil laugh — it didn’t happen until the third and final film in the “Matrix” series, but it was worth the wait. What finally got the rogue computer virus that looks great in a suit to finally lighten up a little and go full-on maniacal villain-ish? The absorbing of the Oracle herself, the final step in Smith completely taking over the Matrix. And what does Smith then do to the virtual reality program that imprisons so many human minds? He makes it rain a lot. Well, at least he sets a gloomy mood.


9. Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”

The final installment of the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy got all freak show in the final act, with Anakin getting most of his limbs cut off and burning up in molten lava and Palpatine sporting one of the worst special effects makeup jobs in cinematic history after Sam Jackson zaps him with his own Force lightning. The battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan was cool and all, but the duel we were really looking forward to is the one between the newly disfigured Emperor and the pint-sized, ass-kicking Jedi Master, Yoda. After becoming so ugly and sporting a black cloak and hood, how could Palpatine not indulge in evil laughter? If we looked like him, we’d cackle maniacally all day.


8. The Joker (Mark Hamill) in “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm”

Both Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson had great Joker laughs with their respective turns as Batman’s number-one arch-enemy, but our all-time favorite Joker laugh definitely belongs to Mark Hamill, who played the role on “Batman: The Animated Series” and in various other incarnations (including the recent video game, “Batman: Arkham Asylum”). His is the laugh we heard in our head whenever we read the many variations of “HAHAHAHAHAHA” in the “Batman” comic books. And his last laugh in the animated feature, “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm,” is truly epic.


7. Vincent Price in Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

What’s better than hearing horror icon Vincent Price say, “To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood?” Hearing him laugh his inimitable Vincent Price laugh at the end of the brilliant music video for Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” The King of Pop was scary-smart for bringing on both Price and director John Landis (“An American Werewolf in London”) to help him bring his “Thriller” vision to life; the result is one of the best music videos — and short films, period, at that — of all time. Price’s laugh over the final freeze-frame of Jackson’s beastly eyes is truly unsettling.


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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.

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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.