Scary Movie

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If I were to say the words “parody movie” out loud, and you were somehow within earshot, you’d probably be upset with me (or at least a little bit peeved). Because parody movies are not hip right now. They’re not even close to being so, not when the biggest names in parody today are Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (lovingly referred to as “a plague on our cinematic landscape, a national shame, a danger to our culture,” by the Austin Chronicle). And not when the newest parody film to hit theaters is A Haunted House 2, something that can almost assuredly be described as not very good. But parody is more than whatever’s churned out today. Parody is meant to cause great laughter, and to lampoon the overused and over-successful in film (preferably at the same time). And unlike some other flavors, horror movie spoofs are rooted in philosophy and intelligent thought. Might I point you towards Lord Shaftesbury (yes, that Lord Shaftesbury), who in his 1709 hit, “An Essay on the Freedom of Wit and Humor,” provided this gem:

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You know their resume by now: Date Movie, Epic Movie, Vampires Suck; writing and directing duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are in the spoof business, and they’re famous for it because of how bad they are. Or, at least, they’re famous here on the Internet because of how bad they are. Out there in the real world their movies seem to be pretty well-liked, because each unfunny failure they churn out ends up raking in enough money at the box office to give them the chance to make more. The real world is a scary place. The cycle of abuse continues. Apparently enough teenagers used the release of Vampires Suck as an excuse to make out in the dark for it to be profitable, because Friedberg and Seltzer are getting yet another chance to regale us with their insightful take on the state of modern films. This time they’re going to be taking on The Hunger Games by releasing a parody film called The Starving Games.

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The 3rd Swing, the Accounting Assistant and the Lead Greensman couldn’t be happier for the resurgence of the after credits stinger. Finally, rightful dues can be paid! Thanks in part to the continuing expansion of the Marvel Movie Universe, tagging on one more scene after the final spate of legalese climbs up the screen is becoming common practice. There are few better ways to rouse a crowd then zing ‘em with one more late-game joke or build early anticipation for a possible sequel with a teaser scene. Plus, you make them sit through all the “Thank Yous.” Everyone wins! The post-credit is a relatively new invention – most films weren’t obligated to list the crew members’ names until the ’70s – but in a short amount of time, filmmakers have already proved that the creative possibilities of a last-minute tag are endless. Check out a few of the best post-credit scenes from the past thirty years. All the clips are fast-forwarded to the good parts:

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From the producer of Scary Movie comes another bad idea…

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Just in case you didn’t think that this weekend’s release The Comebacks was bad enough, here is another bad idea to keep your Netflix queue full of crappy flicks. Writer/Director Jason Friedberg (one of the 6 writers of each of the Scary Movie installments as well as the guy who helmed Epic Movie) is directing Meet the Spartans

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