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The 10 Funniest Monster Movie Spoofs

What is the Noodle Monster? Tune in to the Portlandia season finale on March 24th at 10P to find out.

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The best horror comedies poke fun at the tropes that make movies about vampires, zombies and other things that go bump in the night so scary. With the Noodle Monster headed to the Portlandia season finale on Thursday, March 24th at 10P, we’re hiding under the covers with the funniest spoofs of monster movies. Check them out below.

10. What We Do In The Shadows

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As Twilight has proven, the current vampire craze is ripe for satire. The New Zealand comedy What We Do In The Shadows remembers that people get very stupid when they’re hungry. Also when they’re horny, and far too immortal to realize they’re out of touch.


9. Repossessed

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The Exorcist is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Leslie Nielsen is one of the funniest humans ever born. And anyone who thinks the combination wouldn’t work underestimates the pure power of comedy. He’s hilarious here as the priest drafted to decamp a demented demon in this masterwork of painful puns and prop gags.


8. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

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It’s a cavalcade of classics as Abbott and Costello meet Universal ghouls Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolf Man. If you’re looking to dip into the Abbott and Costello library, this is the place to start.


7. Zombieland

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This star-studded spoof of undead action is the best of both worlds: a parody of ridiculous zombie movies, and also an extremely good zombie movie. And the attack of the Zombie-Clown means it officially features the world’s most terrifying monster.


6. Gremlins

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Far too many of us were suckered by sweet little Gizmo as children. “This looks like a fun movie!,” we thought, flipping through the channels. “AUAUAUGH!,” we yelled when the adorable Mogwai turned into vicuous, Snow White-loving Gremlins. And a generation of jokes about not feeding things after midnight was born.


5. Army of Darkness

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Bruce Campbell is king of the horror comedy thanks to the Evil Dead franchise. While the first two Dead films leaned heavily on the scares, Army of Darkness plays up the one-liners and the boomstick-blasting as Ash takes on hordes of the undead.


4. The Monster Squad

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A gang of horror-loving kids take on everyone from Dracula to the Creature from the Black Lagoon in this ’80s classic. It’s the movie that proves that the best way to take out a Wolf Man is a swift kick in the “nards.”


3. Cabin in the Woods

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This masterful mockery deconstructs every idiotic decision you’ve ever been annoyed by in horror movies. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s screenplay is a sharp critique of the torture porn horror genre and a reminder that horror movies can actually be fun.


2. Shaun of the Dead

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With films like Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and cowriter/director Edgar Wright have proven they are masters of the affectionate parody. And it all started with Shaun of the Dead, the horror comedy that managed to add some satirical bite to the zombie genre.


1. Young Frankenstein

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A high point for comedic geniuses Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein adoringly poked at creaky monster movie tropes, going as far as filming in black and white and using props from the original Frankenstein.

What is the Noodle Monster? Find out in the trailer below. Click here to find out how you can win a lifetime supply of Ramen noodles.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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