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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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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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