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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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Comedy From The Closet

Janice and Jeffrey Available Now On IFC's Comedy Crib

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She’s been referred to as “the love child of Amy Sedaris and Tracy Ullman,” and he’s a self-described “Italian who knows how to cook a great spaghetti alla carbonara.” They’re Mollie Merkel and Matteo Lane, prolific indie comedians who blended their robust creative juices to bring us the new Comedy Crib series Janice and Jeffrey. Mollie and Matteo took time to answer our probing questions about their series and themselves. Here’s a taste.

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IFC: How would you describe Janice and Jeffrey to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Mollie & Matteo: Janice and Jeffrey is about a married couple experiencing intimacy issues but who don’t have a clue it’s because they are gay. Their oblivion makes them even more endearing.  Their total lack of awareness provides for a buffet of comedy.

IFC: What’s your origin story? How did you two people meet and how long have you been working together?

Mollie: We met at a dive bar in Wrigley Field Chicago. It was a show called Entertaining Julie… It was a cool variety scene with lots of talented people. I was doing Janice one night and Matteo was doing an impression of Liza Minnelli. We sort of just fell in love with each other’s… ACT! Matteo made the first move and told me how much he loved Janice and I drove home feeling like I just met someone really special.

IFC: How would Janice describe Jeffrey?

Mollie: “He can paint, cook homemade Bolognese, and sing Opera. Not to mention he has a great body. He makes me feel empowered and free. He doesn’t suffocate me with attention so our love has room to breath.”

IFC: How would Jeffrey describe Janice?

Matteo: “Like a Ford. Built to last.”

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Mollie & Matteo: Our current political world is mirroring and reflecting this belief that homosexuality is wrong. So what better time for satire. Everyone is so pro gay and equal rights, which is of course what we want, too. But no one is looking at middle America and people actually in the closet. No one is saying, hey this is really painful and tragic, and sitting with that. Having compassion but providing the desperate relief of laughter…This seemed like the healthiest, best way to “fight” the gay rights “fight”.

IFC: Hummus is hilarious. Why is it so funny?

Mollie: It just seems like something people take really seriously, which is funny to me. I started to see it in a lot of lesbians’ refrigerators at a time. It’s like observing a lesbian in a comfortable shoe. It’s a language we speak. Pass the Hummus. Turn on the Indigo Girls would ya?

See the whole season of Janice and Jeffrey right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Inspiration For Die Hard Dads

Die Hard is on IFC all Father's Day Long

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Yippee ki-yay, everybody! It’s time to celebrate the those most literal of mother-effers: dads!

And just in case the title of this post left anything to the imagination, IFC is giving dads balls-to-the-wall ’80s treatment with a glorious marathon of action trailblazer Die Hard.

There are so many things we could say about Die Hard. We could talk about how it was comedian Bruce Willis’s first foray into action flicks, or Alan Rickman’s big screen debut. But dads don’t give a sh!t about that stuff.

No, dads just want to fantasize that they could be deathproof quip factory John McClane in their own mundane lives. So while you celebrate the fathers in your life, consider how John McClane would respond to these traditional “dad” moments…

Wedding Toasts

Dads always struggle to find the right words of welcome to extend to new family. John McClane, on the other hand, is the master of inclusivity.
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Using Public Restrooms

While nine out of ten dads would rather die than use a disgusting public bathroom, McClane isn’t bothered one bit. So long as he can fit a bloody foot in the sink, he’s G2G.
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Awkward Dancing

Because every dad needs a signature move.
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Writing Thank You Notes

It can be hard for dads to express gratitude. Not only can McClane articulate his thanks, he makes it feel personal.
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Valentine’s Day

How would John McClane say “I heart you” in a way that ain’t cliche? The image speaks for itself.
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Shopping

The only thing most dads hate more than shopping is fielding eleventh-hour phone calls with additional items for the list. But does McClane throw a typical man-tantrum? Nope. He finds the words to express his feelings like a goddam adult.
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Last Minute Errands

John McClane knows when a fight isn’t worth fighting.
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Sneaking Out Of The Office Early

What is this, high school? Make a real exit, dads.
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Think you or your dad could stand to be more like Bruce? Role model fodder abounds in the Die Hard marathon all Father’s Day long on IFC.

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Founding Farters

Know Your Nerd History

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC.

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That we live in the heyday of nerds is no hot secret. Scientists are celebrities, musicians are robots and late night hosts can recite every word of the Silmarillion. It’s too easy to think that it’s always been this way. But the truth is we owe much to our nerd forebearers who toiled through the jock-filled ’80s so that we might take over the world.

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Our humble beginnings are perhaps best captured in iconic ’80s romp Revenge of the Nerds. Like the founding fathers of our Country, the titular nerds rose above their circumstances to culturally pave the way for every Colbert and deGrasse Tyson that we know and love today.

To make sure you’re in the know about our very important cultural roots, here’s a quick download of the vengeful nerds without whom our shameful stereotypes might never have evolved.

Lewis Skolnick

The George Washington of nerds whose unflappable optimism – even in the face of humiliating self-awareness – basically gave birth to the Geek Pride movement.

Gilbert Lowe

OK, this guy is wet blanket, but an important wet blanket. Think Aaron Burr to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. His glass-mostly-empty attitude is a galvanizing force for Lewis. Who knows if Lewis could have kept up his optimism without Lowe’s Debbie-Downer outlook?

Arnold Poindexter

A music nerd who, after a soft start (inside joke, you’ll get it later), came out of his shell and let his passion lead instead of his anxiety. If you played an instrument (specifically, electric violin), and you were a nerd, this was your patron saint.

Booger

A sex-loving, blunt-smoking, nose-picking guitar hero. If you don’t think he sounds like a classic nerd, you’re absolutely right. And that’s the whole point. Along with Lamar, he simultaneously expanded the definition of nerd and gave pre-existing nerds a twisted sort of cred by association.

Lamar Latrell

Black, gay, and a crazy good breakdancer. In other words, a total groundbreaker. He proved to the world that nerds don’t have a single mold, but are simply outcasts waiting for their moment.

Ogre

Exceedingly stupid, this dumbass was monumental because he (in a sequel) leaves the jocks to become a nerd. Totally unheard of back then. Now all jocks are basically nerds.

Well, there they are. Never forget that we stand on their shoulders.

Revenge of the Nerds is on IFC all month long.

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