The 10 Weirdest Genetic Experiments in Movies


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Orphan Black is returning for its third season on Saturday, April 18 at 9p on BBC America, and we’re pumped. How pumped? Instead of just talking about how excited we are, we’ll be airing at 21-hour marathon of the show starting at midnight on Friday, April 17.

But that’s not all: AMC Networks is cloning the season 3 premiere of Orphan Black and airing it across all of it U.S. Networks – IFC, AMC, WE tv, SundanceTV and BBC America.

Now that we’ve all got cloning on the brain, let’s take a look at some other weird genetic experiments in the sci-fi universe.

10. The Island

Growing clones to harvest their organs is something that could happen in the real world, but we doubt they’ll look like Scarly Jo.

9. Jack Frost

A canister of “genetic material,” a serial killer and a snowbank combine to create this ludicrous movie monster.

8. Mimic

Why the hell would you try to create a giant predatory hybrid insect, even if it is to get rid of an awful disease? Bad science in this one.

7. Black Sheep

Transforming cuddly little herbivores into rapacious flesh-eating mutants is something that just shouldn’t be messed with.

6. Sharktopus

Dear scientists: please do not combine the ferocity and deadly jaws of the shark with the intelligence and grasping arms of the octopus. Don’t do that.

5. Jurassic Park

Sure, let’s bring back the most terrifying predators the world has ever seen by cloning their genetic material, what’s the worst that could happen?

4. The Unborn

Why use a test tube to gestate your weird mutant genetically engineered movie when you can just use a childless woman? That’s the concept of this 1991 Roger Corman freaker.

3. The Boys From Brazil

Of all the people in the world to create an army of clones of, and you choose Hitler? C’mon, buddy.

2. The Island of Dr. Moreau

Human-animal hybrids are never going to be a good idea, no matter how much the lobbyists at Big Furry pay you. Especially not with a bloated Brando at the helm.

1. Splice

The end result of the experiments in this creepy 2009 thriller is a bizarre hermaphroditic hybrid with a taste for murder.

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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