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5 Things We Learned About Stan Against Evil at New York Comic Con

Stan Against Evil premieres November 2nd with back-to-back episodes at 10P on IFC.

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With Stan Against Evil set to make IFC a whole lot spookier starting November 2nd at 10P, creator Dana Gould and cast members John C. McGinley and Janet Varney descended on New York Comic Con to meet fans and chat about their new horror comedy series.

After screening the first episode for a packed house, Dana, John and Janet talked about the origins of the show, how they approach their characters, favorite horror movies (Janet recommends Housebound and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and much more. John even made a fan’s dreams come true by insulting him as his Scrubs character Dr. Perry Cox.

Check out a few things we learned from Dana, John and Janet about the upcoming season of Stan Against Evil.

1. Dana Based Stan on His Dad

Stan Against Evil Book
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While star Janet Varney was the inspiration for Evie, Stan’s curmudgeonly attitude came from Dana’s own father. In fact, a colorful phrase Stan uses in the first episode to describe a witch’s face came straight from Papa Gould’s mouth. “‘A barrel of assholes’ is something my dad said about a Red Sox pitcher,” Dana said.

2. We May Learn More About Stan’s Wife

Stan Against Evil Graveyard
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When asked if we would see Claire, Stan’s late wife who protected her husband from the terrors of Willard’s Mill, Dana confirmed that she might appear in flashbacks. “She’s also played by Louie Anderson,” he joked, nodding to the Emmy-winning star of FX’s Baskets.

3. Shaun of the Dead Is a “Cousin” of Stan

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Dana credits films like Shaun of the Dead and An American Werewolf in London, along with creepy TV movies from the 1970s, for inspiring Stan. He said the team aimed for a tone where “the horror is played completely straight and the comedy comes from people just behaving normally.”

4. Stan and Stranger Things Are Connected

Stranger Things Sheriff

Dana revealed that the sheriff station in Stan is the same one used in Stranger Things. He and Janet are big fans of the show, and had no idea they were sharing a set with the ’80s-set Netflix series. Dana added: “I’ve never watched a show that I love as much as Stranger Things, and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve totally pooped in that room.'”

5. There’s a Bit of Comedy Bang! Bang! in Stan

CBB Rocky Horror

Janet revealed that Stan’s chilling music is supplied by Eban Schletter, a composer known for his work on everything from Comedy Bang! Bang! to Spongebob. Is it too much to hope for a crossover episode?

Tune in November 2nd at 10P for the premiere of Stan Against Evil. 

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

Tina Weymouth Keyboard
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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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