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10 Movies That Need Amusement Park Rides

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Harry Potter has a ride. The Transformers have a ride. Hell, Pirates of the Caribbean was a ride BEFORE it was a movie. Why limit amusement park festivities to just those crazy huge blockbuster franchises? Let’s run down 10 flicks that would make for some interesting rides.

10. Bad Boys 2

Riders would thrill to the experience of invading Cuba in humvees alongside Martin Lawrence and the Fresh Prince!


9. Stir of Echoes

It would certainly be a good creep-out ride, haunted house style, to have Ileana Douglas mass-hypnotizing groups of clueless tourists to “flip their switches.”

Catch Stir of Echoes on Mon, Aug 18 at 8p on IFC.


8. Pineapple Express

Its name already sounds like a ride, and it would be cheap to make – just sit in a room and look at crazy stoner things for five minutes, until the car suddenly whisks you out into a madcap world of cop car chases and explosions, which can really just be a track in a circle. Stoners won’t notice!


7. Yellow Submarine

Actually, if you’re going with a stoner-focused ride, you can’t do better than the Beatles’ surreal animated madhouse. People would stumble off of this one with the munchies.


6. Halloween

The name is general enough to be all-inclusive of random spooky scares, but springing Michael Myers on people would suddenly make things frighteningly specific. Have John Carpenter design it, even!

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

12 Most Beach-Ready Bodies in Movies

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What better way to remind us all how out-of-shape we are than celebs that are in amazing shape? In case you weren’t feeling bad enough about getting into a bathing suit, have a look at 12 of the hottest beach bods on film. We suggest viewing this list while on the treadmill.

12. Rosario Dawson in Sin City

Everyone made a big deal over Nancy, but Gail had the hottest body in Sin City.


11. Rambo

Do you even lift, bro?

Catch Rambo (2008) on Fri, Aug 8 at 8p.


10. Mad Max

Granted, heading to the beach may not be on his list of priorities, but all the post-apocalyptic fighting must have kept him in great shape.

Catch Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior on Sat, July 26 at 10p.


9. Jessica Biel in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Jason would have to agree she looked smokin’.

Catch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) on Sat, July 26 at 8p.


8. Kim Basinger in L.A. Confidential

Old school glam goes a long way.

Catch L.A. Confidential on Sat, Aug 2 at 5p.


7. The Punisher

He can punish us any day. Sorry, that was so bad.

Catch The Punisher tonight at 8p.

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15 Things You May Not Have Known About Lake Dead

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Lake Dead may not be the most familiar name to horror fans, but these facts show it’s worth a closer look.

1. It Had Film Festival Roots

Lake Dead was part of the second incarnation of the “After Dark Horrorfest” (originally called “8 Films to Die For”), a now-defunct mini film festival that showed eight independent horror films in theaters across the country every year. The festival has since transitioned into a film distribution company called After Dark Films.


2. It Made a College Student’s Dream Come True

The genesis of the movie began when co-producer Jason Hice ran an advertisement at colleges calling for screenwriting majors to submit scripts. Dan Coughlin, then a student at Cal State Long Beach, submitted the script for Lake Dead.


3. Frat House = Writers’ Room

Hice’s first script meeting for Lake Dead took place at Coughlin’s frat house on the Cal State Long Beach campus.


4. Lake Dead Was Director George Bessudo’s Debut Feature Film

For his second horror movie, Farm House—about a young couple stranded at a mysterious vineyard—he reunited with Lake Dead’s screenwriter Daniel P. Coughlin.


5. Lake Dead Was a Quick Production

The entire shoot only took 15 days.


6. Who Needs Stunt Men?

All of the fights, falls, and stunts were done by the actors themselves.


7. Improv Was Key

Bessudo originally had the entire movie storyboarded, but because of the quick production turnaround, many of the shots and much of the dialogue were improvised.


8. Bessudo Said He Drew Inspiration for Lake Dead from films like Jaws

Also The Shining, Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and When a Stranger Calls.

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