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The Best and Worst Spoof Movies Ever Made

Updated on July 11, 2014
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Introduction

Spoof movies that gotten a bad rep lately, mostly due to the recent spoof movies like Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, and Disaster movies. This article will look at the best and the worst of Spoof movies. The way it while be judged is by looking at scores on rotten tomato and IMDB score..

Due to using two different scoring systems, I went ahead and put a average score in to get a more overall score.

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Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

IMDB: 8.4/10 or 84%

Total Score: 90.2%

Monty Python is a movie about king Author who finds knights suitable for his round table and together they try to find Camelot but God comes to them and demands that they find the Holy grail instead. This movie pretty much makes fun of the time period as well as satire events like the black-plaque, witch trials, and a black knight who refuse to give up even through he is all cut up. In the end they end up facing their worst enemy-a cute little bunny who turns out to be anything but cute.

Funniest part of the movie probably has to be that instead of horses they skip and use coconuts to make it sound like horses and the bunny scene is probably one of the best scenes other than of course the famous black night.

Why it works: it is witty, bizarre, and very slap-stick.

Main Movies parodied: Generally it parodied the King Author and roundtables

Rewards: It was rated second best film ever made in ABC's Best Films Ever Made

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Airplane! (1980)

Rotten Tomatoes score: 98%

IMDB Score: 7.8/10:78%

Average Score 88%

Probably one of the more successful spoof movies, Airplane! is a movie that pretty much makes fun of air disasters movies as well as other films that are popular. The movie follows Ted Striker, a ex-pilot who only swear he will never fly again and then finds himself on a plane to try and win back the heart of his girlfriend Elaine. During the flight, the pilot gets dangerously ill leaving Ted to get over his fear of flying and land the plane and save the lives of everybody on board. The movie has many quirky scene that involves jokes about real life, romantic movies, war movies, airport rules, and even reference movies like Jaw.

Why it works: The comedy is timeless and uses slap-stick comedy using verbal and visible gags.

Main Movies parodied; ground Zero (1957) and Airport (1975)

Rewards: Empire magazine in 2008 voted Airplane! in the top 500 funniest movies and 2008 the number one funniest movies Ever polled

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Shaun Of The Dead 2004)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

IMDB Score: 8/10 or 80%

Average Score: 85.5%

This is a famous zombie spoof movie that follows Shaun and his lazy roommate Ed around as they try to outrun zombies and save Shaun's girlfriend Liz and her friends. They all decide to go to the Winchester Pub because Shaun has the crazy idea that it will be safe there. This leads to a comical story about the group trying to get to the pub and running into people and zombies. Not everybody will survive the outbreak.

Once inside the Pub they realize that they are trapped and have to learn how to fight leading to a awesome scene involving a musical track from Queen while fighting zombies.

Probably the scene that stands out the most is when Shaun is walking to the corner store after the zombies attack and he doesn't notice anything weird even when he slips on blood.

Why this movie works: It is quirky, it plays well off of zombie classic that they are parodying, and it is really smooth running and quick on jokes that you can expect on a spoof movie.

Main Movies Parodied: Day of the Dead (1968), Dawn Of The Dead (1978)

Rewards: Nominated for a BAFTA Reward

A special note: The main song on the Shaun of The dead's soundtrack is the same song that was the main song on The Dawn Of The Dead (1978)


What Are The Three Worst Movies?

There is a huge theme in going on when it comes to the worst spoof movies and that is that they were written and directed by the same people; Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg.

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Vampires Suck (2010)

Rotten Tomatoes Score:5%

IMDb Score: 3.5 or 35%

Average: 22.5%

Vampire Sucks stars an emotionless human (Becca Cane) for the mysterious hot vampire (Edward Sullen). At the same time mysterious deaths have been appearing which were caused by vampires. Somehow the Black-Eyed Keys get confused for being vampires and Becca ends up befriending a werewolf who hangs out with a gay werewolf gang. Edward and Becca get into a relationship but Edward refuses to sleep with Becca regardless of how much Becca wants him to. Then he invites her to his family who drools when she gets a paper cut.

Then the middle part happens, something about Edward leaving and Becca getting attacked by vampires but is saved by Jacob (werewolf kind of) while Edward dates lady Gaga, After his sister tells him of her dream of Becca killing herself he decides to show off his true form at a school function.

In the end he has to battle against a rebel vampire gang and he has to turn Becca in order to save himself from a painful fate. She agrees and then they get married.

Why it doesn't work: People who liked Twilight might have been a little more receptive to this movie. It felt like it lasted forever and the jokes felt like it was more made for juveniles. It wasn't in the slightest funny expect for the gay werewolf scene.

Movies it Parodied: twilight

Rewards; None

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Date Movie (2006)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

IMDB Score: 2.7/10 or 27%

Average Score: 17%

This movie follows Julia Jones as she struggles to find true love. Basically she is a heavy girl who gets 'pimped out like a car' to get skinny and go on a reality show where she meets Grant Fockyedoder. Their relationship streams up at the point and within a day or a weekend they decide to get married. This is where the trouble arrives. Julia's father disproves of Grant and his parents and want her to marry Nicky, a guy that is a Black, Indian, Japanese, Jew like just her heritage (one of the greater jokes in the movie BTW). It gets even more troublesome when Grant's bestman gets into the picture who ends up being a beautiful movie who wants him back. Just like all romance movies, Grant and Julia break up only to end up together at the end of the movie.

The best part of the movie has to be at the reception party where everybody breaks out into songs.

Why it didn't work: Just bad delivery of jokes, painful gross scenes to look at, dry humor, and just a boring movie.

Movies that it parodies: Bridget Jone's Diary, My Big fat Greek Wedding, Meet The parents and Meet the Fockers (bad movies by themselves), and Kill Bill just to name a few

Rewards: None to be found

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Epic movie (2007)

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 2%

IMDB Score: 2.3/10 or 23%

Average Score:12.5%

Epic movie follows four adults who gets thrown into Narnia after hiding from Willie Wolka after winning golden tickets. Basically this is about their journey through Narnia including running into the white Bitch, Jack Swallows, Old Harry Potter and gang, The Great Lion, and other weird creatures. The group soon learned that they are brothers and sisters and eventually learn how to get along in order to finally defeat the White bitch and her army. There are some musical numbers that basically is the best part of the movie.

Why it doesn't work: The characters felt flat and the humor and the way they parodied was too in your face and also very sexual based to the point of being gross.

Main Movies parodied: Narnia, Johnny's Depp"s version of Willie Wonka, Harry Potter, Snakes On The Plane, Pirates of the Caribbean just to name a few.

Rewards: It made 87 Million Dollars at the box office.

Conclusion

In conclusion, these are some of the best and worst of this genre of movies. There are some great spoofs that are less well known like Repossession that makes fun of Exorcist movies and Supernatural Activity that makes fun of Paranormal Activity and television shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. Both have bad ratings but are still funny and entertaining.

So do you agree with my list? Think a movie on the list is either under-hyped or over-hyped? What was the best spoof movie and worst movie that you have seen?

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    • belleart profile image

      belleart 2 years ago from Ireland

      I loved Monty Python and the holy Grail, thought it was brilliant, still can't get over the skipping and coconuts but even some of the dialogue is amazing: "Your mother was a hamster an your father smelt of elderberries!". Just soo funny. Loved Shaun of the dead, very clever.

      I have to agree with your worst list too, they were totally unwatchable. I mean, Why bother?!

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