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The 10 Weirdest Genetic Experiments in Movies


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Orphan Black is returning for its third season on Saturday, April 18 at 9p on BBC America, and we’re pumped. How pumped? Instead of just talking about how excited we are, we’ll be airing at 21-hour marathon of the show starting at midnight on Friday, April 17.

But that’s not all: AMC Networks is cloning the season 3 premiere of Orphan Black and airing it across all of it U.S. Networks – IFC, AMC, WE tv, SundanceTV and BBC America.

Now that we’ve all got cloning on the brain, let’s take a look at some other weird genetic experiments in the sci-fi universe.

10. The Island

Growing clones to harvest their organs is something that could happen in the real world, but we doubt they’ll look like Scarly Jo.

9. Jack Frost

A canister of “genetic material,” a serial killer and a snowbank combine to create this ludicrous movie monster.

8. Mimic

Why the hell would you try to create a giant predatory hybrid insect, even if it is to get rid of an awful disease? Bad science in this one.

7. Black Sheep

Transforming cuddly little herbivores into rapacious flesh-eating mutants is something that just shouldn’t be messed with.

6. Sharktopus

Dear scientists: please do not combine the ferocity and deadly jaws of the shark with the intelligence and grasping arms of the octopus. Don’t do that.

5. Jurassic Park

Sure, let’s bring back the most terrifying predators the world has ever seen by cloning their genetic material, what’s the worst that could happen?

4. The Unborn

Why use a test tube to gestate your weird mutant genetically engineered movie when you can just use a childless woman? That’s the concept of this 1991 Roger Corman freaker.

3. The Boys From Brazil

Of all the people in the world to create an army of clones of, and you choose Hitler? C’mon, buddy.

2. The Island of Dr. Moreau

Human-animal hybrids are never going to be a good idea, no matter how much the lobbyists at Big Furry pay you. Especially not with a bloated Brando at the helm.

1. Splice

The end result of the experiments in this creepy 2009 thriller is a bizarre hermaphroditic hybrid with a taste for murder.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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