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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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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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