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The 15 Funniest, Sweatiest Summer Camp Movies

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Ah, summer camp. There’s something about being away from Mom and Dad and under the supervision of a bunch of college kids who really couldn’t care less that sets the mischief and the hormones raging.

With Wet Hot American Summer airing this month on IFC, let’s take a look at the ten summer camp movies that capture the hilariously awkward moments we all remember from long summer days of swimming, hiking, and raiding the girls’ bunks.

1. Meatballs

A young Bill Murray anchors this classic ’80s summer camp flick where he spends the season in pursuit of a lovely co­counselor. There’s remarkably no actual nudity in this puppy (the many sequels more than made up for that), but lots of babes in bikinis and some very frank discussion about the birds and bees (and we’re not talking about the ones on nature walks).


2. Wet Hot American Summer

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David Wain and Michael Showalter’s cult comedy perfectly spoofed the amped up hormonal campers and counselors from ’80s summer camp movies. Whether it’s Victor trying to get his swerve on with Abby or Gene’s dick cream issues, this one is dripping with sexual and comedic tension. (Click here to see all airings of Wet Hot American Summer on IFC.)


3. But I’m a Cheerleader

This underrated comedy stars Orange Is the New Black inmate Natasha Lyonne as a lesbian cheerleader sent by her parents to conversion therapy camp. The result is a fun and uplifting story about finding your true self with Cathy Moriarty in a hilarious turn as the insane camp leader.


4. Addams Family Values 

This sequel to the ’90s favorite sends the Addams kids to rich kid summer retreat Camp Chippewa with darkly humorous results. You’ll never look at aquatic life saving lessons the same way again.


5. Moonrise Kingdom

Is this the best movie about Boy Scout Camp? Probably. It also captures the awkwardly hilarious pangs of your first summer love.


6. Heavyweights

Judd Apatow cowrote this raccous ’90s comedy about a fat camp that features a memorable turn from Ben Stiller as a fitness guru who takes weight loss to the extreme. He’s basically Derek Zoolander’s evil twin brother.


7. American Pie Presents: Band Camp

Yes, they’ve stretched this franchise well past the breaking point (this one stars Stifler’s little brother, for God’s sake), but we all know what happens at band camp: sexy shenanigans. This one features a scheme to make a Girls Gone Wild­-esque video series of music geeks getting their swerve on.


8. Camp

The generically­ titled Camp aimed to bring the ’80s summer camp comedy into the 21st century with same-­sex relationships and a performing arts angle. There’s a whole ton of sexual tension and laughs in this film, and it all boils over at a benefit concert for Stephen Sondheim.


9. Little Darlings

In hindsight, this 1980 flick seems more than a little creepy. Tatum O’Neal and Kristy MacNichol play a pair of 15 year old girls who battle to be the first to pop their cherries at summer camp. But honestly, if it were dudes it would seem completely normal, so loosen up.


10. Party Camp

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When slacker Jerry spots the girl of his dreams working for a summer camp, he takes a counselor’s job to get close to her and sexy hijinks ensue. All of the soft­porn tropes are here: hidden cameras in the girls’ locker room, aphrodisiac herbs and more. If you’re a fan of ’80s Skinemax movies, this is the flick for you.


11. Fired Up!

A pair of high school football players skip out on the off-season to spend the summer at a cheerleading camp. Of course, the duo end up developing actual respect for the art of the cheer and all that feel­-good horsecrap, but until then there’s plenty of short skirts to go around.


12. Ernest Goes to Camp

The movie that launched the Ernest franchise is still his best big screen outing. Which isn’t saying all that much, but we enjoyed it when we were in first grade.


13. Camp Nowhere

’90s kids probably remember this wacky comedy where some students bribe their teacher (Christopher Lloyd) to help them start a camp where anything goes. Except time travel. That’s a different Christopher Lloyd movie.


14. Gorp

Distributor American International Pictures was a mainstay of the exploitation era, so it’s somehow fitting that their last flick was this 1980 sex comedy set at an all ­Jewish summer camp. The main characters are cooks who are all looking for love while contending with the stuck­up camp director.


15. Oddballs

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This Canuck take on the sexy summer camp flick hits all of the bases — a hot nurse with lots of cleavage, a pact to lose your virginity, and an evil businessman who wants to bulldoze the camp and turn it into a shopping mall. Oddballs is a unique flick that’s so choked with lousy jokes it becomes a surreal experience.

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Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

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

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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