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John Landis

John Landis on his new book “Monsters in the Movies” (photo)

John Landis on his new book “Monsters in the Movies”

Anyone who’s followed the career of director John Landis could tell you: the man knows his movies. You can’t make something like “An American Werewolf in London” or Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” if you don’t understand horror films inside and out. Landis’ movies, from “Kentucky Fried Movie” to “The Blues Brothers” to “Three Amigos” are awash […]

The Muppets movie franchise: Our 10 favorite celebrity cameos (photo)

The Muppets movie franchise: Our 10 favorite celebrity cameos

Way back when the Muppets maintained a regular presence on television and movie screens, it seemed like every celebrity was jockeying for a cameo on “The Muppet Show” or one of the characters’ feature films. With “The Muppets” arriving in theaters this week, that tradition continues. Making appearances in the film are everyone from Dave […]

Master makeup artist Rick Baker on “An American Werewolf in London” and “Men in Black III” (photo)

Master makeup artist Rick Baker on “An American Werewolf in London” and “Men in Black III”

It’s hard to believe “An American Werewolf in London” is thirty years old. It looks way too good and scares way too hard to be a three-decade old film. A lot of the credit for the film’s longevity goes to the film’s master makeup artist Rick Baker, who designed its creatures and engineered the movie’s […]

John Landis bashes modern Hollywood (photo)

John Landis bashes modern Hollywood

John Landis gives the best interviews. I guess when you’ve had a thirty-plus year career in the movies, and you’ve made some of the biggest comedies of all time including “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” you can get away with saying pretty much whatever you want. Which is what Landis does, which is why […]

Five horror movies by comedy directors (photo)

Five horror movies by comedy directors

Before this weekend, Kevin Smith was always known as a comedy guy. “Clerks,” “Chasing Amy,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” plus his Smodcast podcast and Q&A-slash-stand-up films like “An Evening With Kevin Smith.” He stretched himself a little into drama, animation, and acting, but until his new film “Red State” — available now on […]

Trailering: “Burke and Hare” (photo)

Trailering: “Burke and Hare”

For anyone who was a fan of Edgar Wright’s delightful sitcom “Spaced,” the thought of Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes (née Stevenson) together on screen again will have you sold on “Burke and Hare” before ever watching the trailer below. Pegg and Andy Serkis play the title characters, who were actual serial killers in Edinburgh […]

Live From New York, They’re SNL Movies (photo)

Live From New York, They’re SNL Movies

This week’s “MacGruber” is one of the best “Saturday Night Live” movies ever made. Of course, given the competition, that’s not saying very much. It’s not easy to take a five minute sketch and turn it into a 90 minute feature and we know it’s not easy because almost every time Lorne Michaels and the […]

The Sketchy History of Sketch Comedy Movies (photo)

The Sketchy History of Sketch Comedy Movies

Monty Python’s 1983 film “The Meaning of Life” effortlessly set the gold standard in sketch comedy movies — which, for clarification, we’ll define here as feature-length anthologies of stand-alone comic bits that don’t serve to push along any overarching storyline. But while the Pythons’ greatest film (gauntlet thrown down!) omitted a plot, their skits were […]

The Five Best Films Based on Comedy Sketches (photo)

The Five Best Films Based on Comedy Sketches

Stretching a brief comedy sketch into an 80-plus minute feature is not a task for the timid, as the process of fleshing out quick, self-contained bits is rife with inherent risks — the two main ones being that such an endeavor usually makes little sense and can spoil the original joke. Yet despite these pitfalls, […]

Putty In Their Hands: Ten Old Movie Makeup Jobs That Hold Up, Part II

We’re getting into the Halloween spirit at IFC.com this week by taking a look back at some famous movie makeup jobs (that are, at minimum, 25 years old) that have maintained their power to scare the bejeezus out of viewers. These kids today with their computer generated imagery and their Blu-rays and their “Saw V”s! […]