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5 Scary Stephen King Dads

Catch The Shining Sunday, June 19th at 8P during IFC's Father of Horror Marathon.

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Stephen King has a plethora of scary fathers in his catalog. As you’re enjoying the Stephen King Father’s Day marathon on IFC, consider yourself lucky that you weren’t raised by these exceptionally scary dads.

5. Dick Morrison, Cat’s Eye

Dick Morrison (James Woods) goes to Quitters Inc. to quit smoking. Instead of trying hypnotism or strengthening the will, Quitters Inc. tells Dick that if he picks up a cigarette again, they will torture his wife and child. Instead of say “F— this” and running away forever, Dick tries the program and succumbs and smokes a cigarette! Also, his daughter has Down’s Syndrome and is played by Drew Barrymore. Any father that would risk the life of Drew Barrymore at her cutest is a monster of the highest degree.


4. Joe St. George, Dolores Claiborne

Joe is one of many abusive dads in the King-verse. If only Kathy Bates could be in every Stephen King movie to dispense her unique brand of justice.


3. Big Jim, Under the Dome

Played on the Under the Dome TV series by Breaking Bad‘s Dean Norris, Big Jim is a shady dude who uses the titular dome to assert power over the town of Chester’s Mill. Even worse, he makes his psychotic son a deputy. Too bad Hank wasn’t stuck under the dome. Things would’ve ended a whole lot sooner.


2. Nathan Grantham, Creepshow

As star of the first story in Creepshow, Nathan is a horribly abusive father who’s killed by his daughter on Father’s Day. Even worse, his maggot-infested corpse comes back from the grave to kill all his children. But the most horrifying part is his demand for a Father’s Day cake. It’s bad enough that he terrorized his family in life. But to also demand a specific Father’s Day dessert? That’s just rude.


1. Jack Torrance, The Shining

Of course, few movie dads are creepier than ol’ Jack. All work and no play makes dad a stabby boy.

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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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