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5 Seriously Scary Horror Movie Remakes

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When it comes to remakes, the horror genre tends to enjoy a higher-than-normal batting average. To prove that point, here are five killer examples.

5. My Bloody Valentine

The original My Bloody Valentine had nine minutes of gore cut before release. The remake doesn’t have that problem. It also features the talents of Tom Atkins. No further comment necessary.


4. Friday the 13th

All we want is a movie where Jason Voorhees kills a bunch of people in a variety of ways. That’s exactly what this remake gives us. Jason might be a little smarter than we remember him, but the cool traps he sets up make this an easily acceptable trade.


3. Dawn of the Dead

Zack Snyder’s update on George A. Romero’s classic succeeds by throwing most of George A. Romero’s classic out the window and doing its own thing.


2. The Fly

Of course David Cronenberg’s take on a man slowly turning into a fly was going to be more thematically rich and visually horrific than the 1958 original. Back in those days, it was considered uncouth to film a fly monster dissolving a guy’s hand with puke. That stuff was fair game in the ’80s.


1. The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing isn’t just a better movie than Howard Hawks’ The Thing from Another World; it’s one of the best horror films ever made, period.

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader as Blue Jean Committee

Sowing Their Oates

Watch Blue Jean Committee Talk About Their Old Pals Hall and Oates

Fred Armisen and Bill Hader made a smooth video for Hall & Oates.

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Kings of the “Yacht Rock” genre Daryl Hall and John Oates are kicking off a slew of tour dates this summer in an effort to raise the nation’s median concertgoer age by at least 30 years. And to announce their soon-to-be onslaught of blue-eyed soul jams, Hall & Oates have enlisted fellow “Mavens of Mellow” the Blue Jean Committee from IFC’s Documentary Now!. Reprising their laid back musical personas, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen reflected on the history between the two groups in a new video announcing the tour.

“What do you think of when you think of the Seventies? When you think of beautiful harmonies, you think of a duo who sing together to make hit songs. You think of the Blue Jean Committee and that’s who we are,” Armisen remarks. Hader continues, “Who you think of fifth, or maybe eighth, is Daryl Hall and John Oates. You know who used to open for us? Who we used to kick around? Daryl Hall and John Oates!” Strong words. Strong, smooth words.

Be sure to catch Hall & Oates on tour and check back for updates on Documentary Now! season two coming later this year.  For more Bill and Fred, check out the complete Documentary Now! archive, listen to music from the show, and watch full episodes right now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

10 Horror Movie Endings That’ll Totally Shock You

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All we really want from a horror film is some decent scares and clever death scenes. But some give more. Every once in a while, a horror film comes out with a surprise ending that leaves you speechless, sometimes in shock, and sometimes in outright anger. Here are some of our favorite horror showstoppers, literally.

WARNING: SPOILERS, NSFW CONTENT

10. Carrie

Who cares if Carrie’s hand grab from the grave ends up being just a dream? It still made you jump out of your skin and gave people something big to remember long after the credits roll.


9. Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is a fine slasher entry, but without this shocker ending we would have lost all those sequels and the surprisingly great Platinum Dunes remake.


8. April Fool’s Day

It turns out this tame and largely bloodless slasher film was not a slasher film at all but an elaborate prank between pals, which means the joke was really on us.

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Weird Al in Milo Murphy’s Law

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“Weird Al” Yankovic to Get Animated In New Disney XD Series

"Weird Al" debuts as Comedy Bang! Bang!'s new bandleader this spring on IFC.

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It’s hard to imagine Comedy Bang! Bang!’s newest bandleader any more animated than he already is, but “Weird Al” Yankovic will soon loosen the shackles of the physical world and become a cartoon. The parody singer has been cast to voice the lead character in Disney XD’s upcoming animated series Milo Murphy’s Law, the new show from the creators of Phineas and Ferb. 

As Milo, “Weird Al” plays an accident-prone jinx who suffers from “Extreme Hereditary Murphy’s Law Condition.” True to the age-old saying, everything that can go wrong for poor Milo does in hilarious fashion. And Al’s dulcet tones won’t be sacrificed either: Milo will occasionally bust out a tune throughout the show and Yankovic will also compose the intro’s theme song.

Of course, “Weird Al” is no stranger to the animated realm. Check out his 3D-rendered ’80s form in UHF’s parody of Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing.” And check back for more updates about Al’s debut as Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new bandleader and musical cohost.

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