Spoofs of Horror Movies
Light of the Dark Side
people watching their favorite horror
movies can be heard shrieking with laughter...
1940's: Abbot & Costello first popularized
the horror movie parody with Abbot &
attraction of horror movies?
love a good scare, but a belly laugh during Halloween can be just
as fun. This is evident in the parodies or spoofs of horror flicks,
said Wes Gehring, a film professor at Ball State University.
people only see a movie one way, such as just being a horror or
comedy movie," he said. "But, movie
genres together can work on multiple levels."
popular parody of horror movies occurred shortly after World War
II when Universal Studios combined two of its best-loved franchises
of the 1930s and '40s - monsters and Abbott and Costello - to
create 1948's Abbott
and Costello Meet Frankenstein.
In the 1950's,
horror films served mainly as nuclear-age parable, as "alien"
radiation infected humans (and insects), wreaking unexpected havoc.
course, they're considered some of the funniest films ever made.
Mel Brooks reinvented the genre in the 1970's
with Young Frankenstein, maybe one of the
film comedies of all time.
horror movies are continuously changing to meet the demands of
the audience or to find new ones. In the 1970s, films such as
were about grossing out the audience.
At the time, it was famous funnyman and director Mel Brooks who answered the call with Young Frankenstein, (1974) still considered the pinnacle of send-ups of 1940's horror flicks. and maybe one of the funniest comedies of all time.
Since then, parodies have taken center stage as serious and lucrative horror flicks just seemed to be begging to be declawed.
that horror is the genre of choice for the younger generation,"
he says. "As
a genre gets old and worn out, parodies come to center stage,"
he said. "Each
time the horror movie genre changes, the parodies change."
with the dawn of a new century the release of Scary
Movie in 2000 spun together practically every horror film
parody up to that time, and became a wildly popular pop hit that
enjoys a cult following to this day.
Four years later, Shaun of the Dead sent up the zombie movie genre as audiences followed the antihero's quest to get to the local pub -- but not before doing battle with a rampaging mob of the undead.
So bad, it's good: Sharknado
So what lies ahead in horror movie parodies?
The Syfy Channel has recently taken up the cause with a so-bad-it's-good approach with the "Mockbuster" -- reinventing the genre with such campy productions as Megapiranha (2010) followed by giant pythons battling mutant gators in the Florida Everglades in Megapython vs. Gatoroid (2011).
More recently, Sharknado (2013) featured the same bad production values and terrible (human) acting set amid a swirling mass of killer sharks descending on Los Angeles after a freak tornado!
As usual, laughter ensues.
Top Ten Horror Spoofs
1. Scary Movie, 2000
2. Young Frankenstein, 1974
3. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948
4. Love at First Bite, 1979
5. Shaun of the Dead, 2004
6. Pandemonium, 1982
7. Repossessed, 1990
8. An American Werewolf in London, 1981
9. Beetlejuice, 1988
10. Tremors, 1991