When individuals think of the Oscars, most of them do not consider a funny movie to be at the top of the charts. It is sometimes difficult to make others laugh but for some reason, comedic writers do not get taken as seriously as the dramatic film writers. The reason for that is unknown, except for maybe the fact that comedy and drama are complete opposites. Most comedy writers do not care about being taken seriously, and just want to go in for the laughs when writing. Some creative folks came up with unique parodies to movies that they thought were, perhaps, too serious in the first place.
10) A Haunted House
Marlon Wayans plays the character, Malcom, who lives alone and has his girlfriend, Kisha move in with him into a beautiful house in the suburbs. They soon realize that the house is haunted and turn to several people for assistance in removing the entity. Hilarity ensues as the couple randomly gets pulled from their bed from a ghost and items turning up in the wrong places. A Haunted House is not for children, but adults will find the humor if they have previously watched Paranormal Activity, where the similarities are uncanny.
In 1970, George Seaton directed a movie called Airport; a movie about an airplane that is threatened of being blown up. It casted many stars that currently are not as well-known as they once were, but won many awards (including Best Picture) and created a whirlwind of disaster movies during the entire decade of the 1970s. After the original Airport movie, many more were created; including Airport ‘75, Airport ‘77 and Concord…Airport ‘79.
Following the disco era, people were tired of watching disaster movie after disaster movie, and were looking for more of a comic relief when it came to the theater. That’s when Leslie Nielsen appeared on screen as a corny doctor in the movie, Airplane! This movie had many great one-liners, such as “don’t call me Shirley!” and “Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking.” Leslie Nielsen went on to many more great comedies after the making of this film, so chances are, Airplane! probably caused Nielsen’s claim to fame.
8) The Naked Gun
Many movies and television shows in the early 1980s were based on real-life police scenarios and a comedy was just begging to be made because of them. So in 1982, Leslie Nielsen (once again) starred in a parody of these ideas, in a show called Police Squad!, but was shortly lived; with only six episodes getting aired. Since the television show did not do well, the writers decided that a movie needed to be made instead. That’s when The Naked Gun was born. Then there was The Naked Gun 2 ½ (the second film in the trilogy) and then Naked Gun 33 1/3. Although the second and third movie of the trilogy did not do so well, the first movie of the series captured the sense of humor of movie-goers everywhere in the early 1990s.
7) The Brady Bunch Movie
Although The Brady Bunch Movie was never an original movie, it was based off of The Brady Bunch series that was a television show. The television show was a comedy, but not quite as off-the-wall as the movie had portrayed. The initial series had the Brady’s placed in the 1970s, where they fit in well with society and were very straight-laced, and every show had some sort of problem that got worked out before the end of every episode. The movie, on the other hand, had the family in the 1990s era, but they were still wearing the same clothes and using the same language that was used two decades prior. People thought the family was a little strange when they used phrases such as “that’s just peachy,” or words like, “groovy” and “square.” It was even more anomalous when one of them had used a derogatory term that they had no clue what it meant, for the Bradys were completely naive when it came to 1990s terminology, making it even more facetious.
6) Hot Shots!
There was no doubt that Top Gun was one of the top action movies of the late 80s, and Hot Shots! was the parody that followed. Charlie Sheen and Cary Elwes were two of the greatest satire actors of the decade, and made Hot Shots! the brilliant parody that it was. Hot Shots! was so amazing that it even inspired a second movie, Hot Shots Part Deux. Jim Abrahams should be known as the “king of parodies,” since he directed the Hot Shots! franchise, along with other movies on this list: Airplane! and The Naked Gun. He also was a big fan of using the exclamation mark in movie titles.
5) Not Another Teen Movie
It is no big surprise that there are a surplus of teen movies out in the world, and for a while, people were growing tired of seeing them. That is when Not Another Teen Movie surfaced, bringing a big sigh of relief to movie-goers everywhere. It makes fun of pretty much all of the teen movies that were made over twenty years, and whether you’ve seen the movie to which it is referring in the film or not, it continues to be amazingly funny during almost the entire time.
4) Blazing Saddles
Another one known for his marvelously funny movies is Mel Brooks, who directed several parodies during the 1970s and 1980s. Blazing Saddles is one of those movies, deriving from a time where westerns were the common genre. It pokes fun of the John Wayne – type films, and was appointed the R rating due to its profanity and fight scenes.
3) Austin Powers
With all of the James Bond movies that have been produced over the last sixty years, it would be very difficult to not have a satire directed towards the tetralogy. This is where the Austin Powers group of films stepped in to fill that void. While Mike Myers was known for his comical acts in Saturday Night Live and even making us laugh with his Wayne’s World films, nothing was more true to his character than the multiple roles he played as Austin Powers, the International Man of Mystery in the series. The Canadian actor showed us his talents by portraying not only the main character, Austin Powers, but also many different roles; such as Dr. Evil in the second film of the trilogy, The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember, in the third film with the same name. This was one of the only films in history that actually made more money (and more laughs) on the second film of the trilogy than the other two.
When the original Star Wars was released back in the 1970s, it was considered to be way ahead of its time. It had creatures from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, including Yoda, Chewbacca and the adorable Ewoks from Return of the Jedi. It was nothing like anything that had previously been released on film, and in the 1980s, Mel Brooks came out with the perfect parody to almost outshine the blockbuster. Spaceballs was loosely based on Star Wars, featuring Lord Dark Helmet, the alter-ego of Darth Vader and Lone Starr, who was apparently the only man in the universe who could help save the spoiled Princess Vespa and her home planet of Druidia. The late John Candy portrayed Barf, the creature eerily similar to Chewbacca, and there were many more actors who helped this film get noticed.
1) Monty Python And The Holy Grail
While many may not remember Monty Python or where it came from, everyone must realize that the creators of this exceptional work are responsible for a term that is most commonly used today when it comes to email. Monty Python’s Flying Circus was a television show on the BBC over thirty years ago, and was televised throughout the world for five years. It may have only been on the air for a short time, but the comedy sketch team would be remembered for many more years to come. One of the skits from the show was about spam, which ironically, is exactly where we get the term from when it comes to junk mail in our inbox (not the nasty food in a can, as some may believe). After a few short years on television, the British team decided to create a few movies to help extend the life of Monty Python, including The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life and Monty Python and the Holy Grail, just to name a few.
Although Monty Python and the Holy Grail does not necessarily parody any particular film, it does make fun of King Arthur and the Dark Ages. In 2005, Eric Idle (one of the Monty Python members) wrote Spamalot, loosely based off of the original Holy Grail franchise, even though it really had nothing to do with the first movie. Monty Python and the Holy Grail is filled with an abundance of amusing short skits, including the Evil Rabbit of Death and Doom and the Knights Who Say Ni. This is almost like several movies within a movie.
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