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Spoofs In The First Decade Of The New Millennium… What Went Wrong?

by  |  July 23rd, 2013  |  Blog

Bill Murray as (Carl Spackler) in, ‘Caddyshack’ (1980) a truly classic American comedy film, and one of the best of the 1980s!

First off let me say that I am a huge fan of comedy movies, and the actors and actresses in them! A couple of the greats of course being, John Candy (Uncle Buck), John Belushi (Animal House), Sarah Silverman (School Of Rock) and even John Cho (Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle)… And that is just to name a few!

Heck even the sub genres that comedies have been associated with, a lot of those are pretty amazing, such as Horror/Comedy movies, such as, Dracula: Dead And Loving It (1995), Sci-Fi/Comedies such as, Spaceballs (1987), and even Action/Comedies such as, The Other Guys (2010)… But in the early part of the new millennium with the movies that came out then, I have to ask… What went wrong?

You may or may not exactly agree with  me when I say this, but there seemed like there was something really wrong with the studios and the horrible comedies that they churned out… I mean they took the whole concept of the, ‘raunchy comedy spoof’ way to far!

A scene from Epic Movie (2007)… One of the more disgusting of the, ‘raunchy comedies’ to come out in the new millennium!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of raunchy comedies, and being a huge horror fan, and have seen some pretty strange stuff come out of that genre, I can honestly say that it takes a lot to gross me out, but a lot of these comedies that came out in the first decade of the new millennium truly did! And here is a couple of examples of this:

1. The disgusting scene in, Meet The Spartans (2008) with the Oracles, and how they tell Leonidas that he has to go to war.

2. The fact that in Epic Movie (2007) a Beaver and a weird looking goat human thing are lovers!

3. As well as Doofy in, Scary Movie (2000) and the fact that what he has sex with the family vacuum cleaner!

Now this is just a few examples of the bizarre spoofs out there that just have slowly begun to kill the Spoof sub-genres of comedies! Of  course this wasn’t always like this though, you see there was some truly great spoofs out there  that were just truly hilarious, and not just movies that were totally disgusting! A couple of examples of these are:

1. Spaceballs (1987), a spoof of the classic, ‘Star Wars’ movie series!

2.  Another one of course is, The Silence Of The Hams (1994), a movie that spoofed, The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) and Psycho (1960):

3. And yet another is, Young Frankenstein (1974) a movie that could be said to be a spoof of the classic, ‘Frankenstein’ story!

In the end I can’t honestly say what happened to Spoofs and how they went from being funny, to mostly a disgusting mess so I can’t answer this question, but as I have demonstrated above, spoofs don’t  generally have to be just disgusting messes, and could be funny again.  But sadly it doesn’t look like this trend of just revolting spoofs is going to end at anytime soon…

The trailer for: Spaceballs (1987), a spoof that is just plain awesome!

The trailer for: Scary Movie (2000), a spoof that is just plain not!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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