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Tax Day Horror: Which of these 10 movie monsters would make the best accountant?

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It’s tax time, which is generally a horror-filled time for everybody. Payments, deductions, write-offs, receipts, finagling, questionable definitions of charitable donations, expenses, expenses, more expenses, not enough deductions – it’s all a huge headache to fund all that damn infrastructure, education and all those handy things taxes cover. You’re gonna need help to do all that math and figure it all out, right? Even your accountants can be horror stories, so why not make horror stories into accountants – and maybe they’ll turn that evil right toward the IRS instead of you? So let’s audition some horror movie icons to see how eligible they are to become CPAs.


1. JASON VOORHEES: The silent, hockey-masked machete-wielder from “Friday The 13th.”
PRO: You could practically dare the IRS to audit you with this guy as your accountant. Those clip-ons think they’re so intimidating with their rules and codes, but debtor’s prison could not intimidate him.
CON: He’s not likely to file any kind of extension for you, nor will he be all that informative about your options. Also, if you don’t pay him promptly, he will punch your head clean off.
CPA RATING: 3


2. FREDDY KRUEGER: The creepy child molester what haunts dreams in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
PRO: He’d be extremely handy when it comes to shredding documents that prove you’re a horrible fraudulent human being.
CON: Come on, he’s a child molester. Seriously, how did The Fat Boys let him rap with them?
CPA RATING: 3


3. PINHEAD: The demonic Cenobite follower of Leviathan from the “Hellraiser” series.
PRO: He’s the personification of pain and he’s really into imaginative forms of torture, so he’d be extremely thorough with your finances. Also, he would never be in need of a hole punch when binding your documents.
CON: As a harvester of human souls, he’s much more likely to work for the IRS than against them.
CPA RATING: 4


4. NORMAN BATES: The man with his mother in his mind from “Psycho.”
PRO: This is a guy who managed to keep a motel afloat despite murdering customers he found attractive. That’s not a good business model, but he kept it going despite a dissociative personality disorder, which means one of the people living in his mind has got to have some kind of financial know-how. Or perhaps Mother is so controlling that she even puts off debt collectors.
CON: It’s possible there’s only one personality capable of processing tax returns, and you never know if you’re going to get that one – he’ll likely have you file a lot of extensions, as he seems to be fond of prolonging things that should have ended long ago. Plus, he’ll ogle you in the shower.
CPA RATING: 4


5. LOUIS DE POINTE DU LAC: The subject in question of the “Interview with the Vampire.”
PRO: One of the few vampires who cling to their morality when granted with immortality and the thirst for the blood of humans, he’d try to give you a fair deal, and is perhaps the most trustworthy horror movie star on the list (okay, horror-ish, in this case, but still), and he’s got super-speed to get you out of there fast. He’s certainly a better choice than that douche Lestat.
CON: He’s such an empty, detached and miserable shell of a man that it would likely be hard to get him to care about something as trivial and fleeting as tax code, and he’d spend the whole appointment whining about that. Plus, he’s probably not really good at math.
CPA RATING: 4

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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.