10 Spoof Comedies That Redefined the Comic Genre

A spoof comedy by definition is a film that parodies other films or genres, they are works that are created by imitation of the style of many different films reassembled together.

Below are some of the most memorable and brilliant ones that also gave comedy a visual and hilarious style.

1. Airplane! (1980)

airplane-1980-cockpitHailed as one of the greatest comedies ever made, this entertaining filled movie features an outrageous plot and memorable catchphrases, it is certainly one of the more smarter and outlandish films, full of laughs & great comic performances, in my opinion the benchmark standard for comedy spoofs.

2. The Naked Gun (1988)

Naked-GunThis was originally a TV series that later became a feature film trilogy , Leslie Nielsen gives a landmark performance as Lieutenant Frank Drebin, One of the first comedies I watched growing up and I laughed as hard back then as I do today, a classic.

3. The Naked Gun II (1991)

Naked Gun 2___The Smell of FearFrank Drebin does it again with the help of the iconic spoof team of David Zucker & Jim Abrahams, a worthy sequel that features great laughs yet again, sadly the third did not make it, but still a worthy mention.

4. Top Secret! (1984)

movie titleOne of Val Kilmer’s first films, he plays an American rock and roll singer who becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany, the same team consisting of Zucker and Abrahams provide us a with a parody of WWII movies with memorable scenes and laugh out loud scenarios, highly recommended if you haven’t seen it, comic brilliance.

5. Blazing Saddles (1977)

bzAn outstanding Western parody,  Blazing Saddles is a film that takes us back to a more innocent era, An era where PC was just a couple of letters stuck together. The film provides an endless stream of laughter, and if you watched you would understand the hilarity and parody of it, and you could forget about a remake, not in this day and age.

 

6. Spaceballs (1987)

spaceballs_blu-ray_hdrAfter the first Star Wars Trilogy Episode IV-VI,  and before the Family guy remakes, Spaceballs was the first film of its kind to rip into Star Wars, featuring a great cast of John Candy, Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks and others, it manages to be quite an entertaining parody of the sci-fi films. As with Mel Brooks the jokes come quick and in the case of all spoof films always keep an eye on the background, highly recommended if you fancy a sci-fi parody.

7. Scary Movie (2000)

1The modern slasher horror movies were coming thick and fast, imitation after imitation some audiences still kept going, that was until in 2000 when The Wayans family stepped up and released an outrageous and brilliant parody of horror films and similar blockbusters around that time, a brilliant satire that spawned a mixed spoof horror series, with number six over the horizon, what was once a fun satire comic series has become an abysmal array of pointless gags and failed jokes.

An honourable mention to Scary Movie 3, what I believe to be the best in the series, but the first one really paved the way of this horror spoof franchise.

 

8. Hot Shots (1991)

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Jim Abrahams was on hand once again to bring a Top Gun filled spoof, Charlie Sheen does very well as the “serious” actor in this hilarity filled film, as with any spoof film, the jokes are smart and hysterical, the sequel itself doesn’t come close to the first but a great effort, for those who haven’t seen Hot Shots, I recommend watching Top Gun first with Hot Shots straight after, Overall comically decent.

9. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

shaun-of-the-deadAt the time of Scary Movie, and zombie flicks came an absolute brilliant parody of the horror genre, it really feels like a romantic comedy set amongst the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse, brilliant chemistry from the cast makes this an entertaining film with great comedy and drama aswell, the balance of those too is shown greatly. Edgar Wright’s best film, one of the best horror zombie spoofs made.

10. Young Frankenstein (1974)

yfBefore the time of Abrahams and Zucker, there was Mel Brooks who I believe started the modern movement of the Spoof comedy, his tribute of the Frankenstein films of the 40’s is done with such detail and comic accuracy this has become one of the first spoof classics and back then had audiences in pieces, a highly recommended comedy, the first comedy spoof of its kind, outstanding.

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5 Underrated Films You Must Watch

Below is a list of films you may or may not have watched that some people including myself have deemed them to be underrated but are equally watchable and brilliant.

1. Interstate 60 (2002)

600A majestic film that has to do with existence and our purpose in the world, you may recognize certain stars in this film including Gary Oldman playing the “genie” guidance role, A fascinating and thought provoking film that is recommended for repeat viewing, the music throughout accompanies the movie perfectly and the flow is also brilliant as well as inspiring, highly recommended.

2. The Party (1968)

the20partyOne of the funniest films ever made, hilarity ensues when Peter Sellers playing a famous Indian actor gets invited by accident to a lavish Hollywood party, the pace of the film is terrific and you cannot help but laugh at the limited but outstanding scenarios in one space, make the comedies of nowadays seem small in comparison to this film, and if there was a remake it wouldn’t come close, an extraordinarily funny feature.

3. Equilibrium (2002)

equilibrium-2Christian Bale stars in what is perhaps one of the most action filled and carefully planned films of all time. Kurt Wimmer’s film set in the distant future where all forms of feeling are illegal, Christian Bale who is a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system in absolutely spectacular fashion. The gunfight scenes are some of the greatest since “The Matrix”, one to see purely for the combat and “1984” style plot.

4. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

Basic CMYKAn ultra-cool mystery crime caper starring Val Kilmer & Robert Downey Jr in what I believe is the movie that helped relaunch his career, fantastically written by Shane Black who also directed and wrote the new Iron Man film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a modern noir which brings mutually together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief imitating an actor. Smart as well as funny, it is an entertaining film purely to watch for the chemistry of Kilmer and Downey Jr as well as for the performances, slick, clever & well-acted.

5. What Dreams May Come (1998)

what-dreams-may-comeA deeply engrossing and vision of a film it tells the story of Robin Williams who dies in a car accident (shown in trailer) link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmZ-FuBThuQ

Not aware that he is dead his vision of the afterlife is that of his wife paintings, the film shows the undying bond between a man and his wife and how an individual envisions the afterlife. Extremely visionary to say the least, Robin Williams gives a great performance and the scenery depicted in the film is certainly not too bad either, a must watch.

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