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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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The Brockmire Premiere Is All Truth

Watch The First Episode of Brockmire Right Now for Free

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At long last, the Brockmire pre-premiere has arrived. Which means you can watch it right now—on IFC.com, at Funny Or Die, on IFC’s Apple TV and mobile apps, on Youtube, on Facebook, on the AMC apps, and right here. So grab some headphones and get watching.

No seriously, get headphones.

Because whether he’s giving a play-by-play or ruminating on the world around him, Jim Brockmire calls it like he sees it. And how he sees it is very NSFW. His take on life is actually quite refreshing, even to the point of being profoundly sage. For proof just look at these pearls of unconventional wisdom from the premiere…

Brockmire On The Internet

“If I need porn I just buy a nudie mag, like my father and his father before him.”

Brockmire On Sex-Ed

“Kids, a strap-on is a belt with d— on it that mommies use to f— daddies.”
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Brockmire On The Perfect High

“Somewhere between 10 cups of coffee and very low-grade cocaine.”
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Brockmire On The Tardiness of Spring

“Old man winter’s reaching his hand inside your coat to give that thing one more squeeze.”

Brockmire On Keeping Perspective

“I thought I hit rock bottom in a handicap restroom in Bangkok where a Thai lady-boy snorted crank off my johnson while a sunburnt German watched us on the toilet”
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Brockmire On Humanity

“If you want to look directly into the gaping maw of oblivion, don’t look up to the heavens. Just look in the mirror.”
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See these nuggets and more in the first episode of Brockmire, and see the whole season beginning April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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