5 Parodies That Stopped Working When Real Movies Got Dumber

Today, Seth Rogen is allowed to stimulate feature-length dick jokes and Joss Whedon’s reign of audience-winking continues unabated. It might seem like modern movies are starting to become charades of themselves, but that’s absolutely no truth to the rumors at all. They’ve always been charades of themselves. As long as cinema has existed, it’s always been ready, willing, and able to completely embarrass itself for cash. For example …


The Rocky Franchise Unfolded Exactly As Weird Al Jokingly Predicted It Would

In 1984, Weird Al skewered Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger, ” the theme song from the latest Rocky movie. Al’s version, “Rye Or The Kaiser”( the ‘8 0s were a simpler day) tells of a remote Rocky sequel in which an aged Stallone, transgressed and washed up, is forced to make ends meet by running his own eatery. This was, of course, intended to be a ridiculous premise. He’s not called “Accurate Prophecy Al.”

In 1990 ‘s Rocky V , we find that Rocky has unknowingly signed over control of his fortune to a shady accountant, who promptly lost it, forcing Rocky to return to menial tasks, and ultimately the ring. Perhaps it was meant as cutting commentary on the fleeting nature of celebrity, or our society’s therapy of aging athletes. Perhaps it was a convenient plot device to get Rocky back in the ring. Or perhaps — and this is obviously our preferred theory — Weird Al and Sylvester Stallone are in fact the same person. Think about it .

Not too hard, or it doesn’t hold up. Only think about it a little bit . Maybe while high.


The Simpsons Made Fun Of Schwarzenegger’s One-Liners; Batman And Robin Indicated Them Up

By 1991, the Terminator franchise had constructed Arnold Schwarzenegger a literal quip machine. That’s also the year The Simpsons debuted its Schwarzenegger parody character Rainier Wolfcastle, most known for playing action hero McBain, whose increasingly dumb puns could be prosecuted as war crimes. Of particular note is the 1993 episode “Last Exit To Springfield, ” which opens with McBain crashing an evil senator’s party by emerging from an ice statue and killing everyone at the table. Plainly, he first slurs ” Ice to see you.” Obviously .

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Meanwhile, every action movie producer of the last 24 years has been bitter that this idea was already taken . Director/ famed nipple enthusiast Joel Schumacher must have seen that episode and taken it as a challenge. In 1997, he intentionally filmed Batman and Robin , starring Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. Let’s check in on any random second of his screen period 😛 TAGEND

Terrible, butt-puckering puns were Freeze’s first and only speech. The Simpsons thought they were poking fun at Arnold’s one-liners, then a real movie that expense real human dollars came out, and it beat that dead horse into the grime. Then it cryogenically froze that pony until a remedy for horse-beating was developed, brought the pony back to life, and beat it to demise again.

Seriously, if you compile every ice pun into one big supercut, it lasts four freaking minutes.

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Minus 20 seconds of gratuitous at-bat crotch right off the top .

This Reddit thread come to life cost $ 125 million to attain. Divided by running day, a total of four million of those dollars were spent on puns alone. And that’s back in the ‘9 0s, when the dollar still bought you something besides a stripper’s derision.


In Funny People , Adam Sandler Mocked His Own Stupid, Offensive Movie … Then Made Even Stupider And More Offensive Ones

In the Judd Apatow film Funny People , Adam Sandler plays George Simmons, a beloved 40 -something comedian and actor reevaluating his life in light of a serious illness. An ongoing joke throughout the movie is organized around little snippets of the fake slapsticks Simmons has starred in throughout his career, which induced him very rich at the expense of his dignity 😛 TAGEND

It’s a fun little self-aware wink to the audience. Sandler attains some goofy movies, then makes fun at himself for doing it, and everyone’s happy. Two years after Funny People taunted such lazy, phoned-in slapstick notions as MerMan , the real-life Sandler went on to write and star in Jack And Jill , wherein he plays both “Jack” and his ugly overweight sister.

That cover would be right at home in Funny People ‘s joke montage. Hell, it would be the punchline. Then came The Ridiculous Six , which wasn’t merely critically panned, but so offensive that its Native American extras staged a walkoff on the decide. The movie featured such bitingly clever characters as Beaver’s Breath, No Bra, and of course, Sits-On-Face 😛 TAGEND

The core premise in Funny People was that the Sandler-esque character expended his whole career starring in dumb, hackneyed, offensively stupid movies strictly for the money, and ultimately found that it wasn’t worth it. Maybe the studios added another zero, though, because Sandler himself clearly came up with some very different accounting.


Mel Brooks Wrote A Running Gag About Blood Fountains; True Blood Made It A Plot Point

In Dracula: Dead And Loving It , Mel Brooks comically exaggerated Hollywood’s increasingly bloody vampire movies. In one scene, Van Helsing and his associate Harker must stake a sleeping vampiress. Van Helsing ducks for cover because he knows what’s coming, but poor, oblivious Harker has no clue. He pounds the stake in while standing right over the vampire, and get front-row tickets to a Gallagher show.

Successive stakings unleash increasingly over-the-top waves of blood, and that’s how Brooks singlehandedly maintained the corn syrup industry afloat for another decade. At the time, this was considered absurd. Then in 2008, HBO premiered a little prove called True Blood , a prestigious drama/ horror series created by Alan Ball, who penned the Best-Picture-winning American Beauty . Here’s one scene from a show that got 16 Emmy Nominations 😛 TAGEND

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When this vampire gets staked, he vomits blood right onto that girl for about 15 full seconds before collapsing into gory mush, prompting another woman to also vomit all over the floor. And that’s from season one . They had six more seasons to up the stakes, so to speak.

The explosion blood geyser seemed as though a good gag when Brooks first filmed it. Fast-forward a couple of decades, and nobody even winkings. Not even when they get six gallons of blood straight-out in the eye.


Rambo IV Has A Higher Body Count Than Parodies Of Hyper-Violent Action Movies

Rambo started off as yet another soldier with PTSD, trying to evade capture in the hills of Washington. The character was virtually unrecognizable from the Rambo we know and sort of tolerate today. John Rambo merely kills person or persons in his first movie. There are episodes of Dora The Explorer with a higher body count. Of course, he made up for it in the sequels, with corroborated kill countings of 69( nice) in Part II and 132 in III .

As the franchise get progressively bloodthirsty, it was parodied numerous hours, including in Weird Al’s 1989 cinema UHF , and again in 1993 ‘s Hot Shots! Part Deux . In the latter, a “Kill Count” graphic pops up during the course of its big action scene, complete with video game sound effects while phases are racked up. Ultimately, the tally passes the death counts of both RoboCop and Total Recall to achieve the distinction of “Bloodiest Movie Ever” 😛 TAGEND

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The counter tops out at 289, but there are only about 100 kills actually shown in the movie. Even a charade of violent films can’t fit in much more than that — there’s merely so much screen time.

Instead of having a long think about the direction of a franchise that began with a message about the horrors of war, Stallone quadrupled down. In 2008 ‘s Rambo , Stallone mans an M2 Browning and achieves a respectable massacre rate of about 100 people … per minute . In addition to wiping out pretty much everyone in the country, Rambo blows up two trucks, a barge full of soldiers, and probably a partridge in a pear tree. [ youtube https :// www.youtube.com/ watch? v= 0S5lIhsh2Rc& w= 420& h= 236]
Because that’s entirely how machine guns work .

The final onscreen kill counting for Hot Shots! Part Deux — you know, the absurd, over-the-top parody of action movies that jokingly proclaimed itself the bloodiest movie ever? 114 people.

Final kill count for Rambo IV: Rambo ? 236 people. And one title.

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