The best horror spoofs and genre subversions
Preview by Jack Foley
LIKE horror, like comedy? Spoof horror films can provide the perfect answer to such predicaments! Or those which cleverly subvert genre expectations while offering dark humour.
To celebrate the DVD release of 30 Nights Of Paranormal Activity With The Devil Inside The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, IndieLondon has a list of 10 such movies to check out…
Night of the Living Bread – Take the dead and replace the bread, what’s not to like with about short film?!
Love At First Bite – A hilarious take on Dracula films this spoof is stylish and has hilarious capers along the way.
Wacko – This escapade tells the story of Cops looking for the “Lawnmower Killer”, not the most likely film to choose but it’s definitely worth a watch
Cannibal: The Musical – The brainchild of the South Park creators with lines such as “I don’t wanna eat butt”.
One of the first movies where the characters were aware of Horror Movie clichés. The characters list off all the rules of how to survive a Horror movie and there were lots of references to fan favorites but still a nice twist at the end of the film.
Pandemonium – This is classic Airplane style spoofing and it is great. Cheerleaders are getting killed at camp and the brave Canadian Mounty must do what he can to stop it.
Repossessed – A hilarious take on The Exorcist starring Leslie Nielsen.
Scary Movie 1-4 – The Wayan brothers wrote and directed the first two films. The first movie is the best of the series followed by number three. The two main recurring actors of the series are Anna Faris and Regina Hall as Cindy Campbell and Brenda Meeks
Cabin In The Woods
More of a satire than a spoof, but it still pokes fun at the clichés of the horror genre that we all love so well. Cabin even tries to offer up a reason why all those clichés in the first place. There hasn’t been a movie that is so self aware of being a Horror film since Scream. Cabin is a really funny and bloody horror movie, most genre love this one!
Student Bodies – The first movie to spoof slasher movies popular during the ’70s and ’80s. It parodies movies like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Prom Night and Maniac. The on-screen body count at the end of the movie is a particular highlight!