Parody movies used to be so popular – where did they go?
I had one of my best film experiences in seventh grade when my mother mistakenly rented us Scary movie while I was on an overnight stay. From the moment the Carmen Electra silicone implant was poked out, I was hooked.
I love a good spoof or parody movie. The best ones deliver lots of laughs, biting social comments, and enough storyline to keep you interested. They were an important part of the comedy genre.
But at some point Hollywood stopped making these films. Now they are relegated to small businesses with tiny budgets and never seem to get mass publication or even critical appeal. To make matters worse, these films have less and less to say.
What happened to these films? Check out this video from Eddache, and let’s talk afterwards.
What happened to spoof and parody films?
When I was a kid, renting a parody or parody movie was always a reliable choice. When you grabbed plane, Kentucky Fried Movie, or even the wonderful one Dr. Strange love‘You were not only into laughter, but also into something clever.
These films captured our society. Monty Python movies like Life of brian Religion challenged. Flaming saddles participated in races in America. Even Caddyshack had something to say about new and old money (and gophers).
These comedies hit the box office, but everything changed sometime in the 1990s. As you saw in the video above, there is no easy answer. I think a lot of this is due to the lack of box office for these films. The Austin Powers Trilogy made so much money in Hollywood that it looked like we were getting a wave of parodies. But while these films had a lot to say about the spy genre, the films that followed didn’t seem to have a point of view.
Even the films are based on social constructs like Hunger games had parodies that never dealt with what was at the center of these stories. And of course, we don’t always need these to bite. Look at the Naked gun Movies. It’s not like they’re taking over the police. but they actually tell us a story full of funny jokes, and the movies we’re getting now in this genre don’t come close.
Miramax and then the Weinstein Company were the main financiers of the Scary movie Franchises and then other spoofs like Superhero moviebut when Weinstein was punished for his crimes these places went under and no one took the cloak of parody and parody.
Part of the reason they didn’t was because those types of films went from esoteric and our greatest comedy minds to scraps of jobs where cheap jokes and gross humor prevailed.
Even if good versions of these films did come out, likeThey came together, they have been ignored by critics and audiences alike.
Anyway, I miss these films. But I really only miss the good ones. I know why the genre fell out with the audience, but it sucks to think we might never get it back. There are so many things in culture that we can talk a lot about and ways to subvert ideas and tropes to make fun of. While we see a lot of this in pastiche films, they don’t really stand up to parody because, after all, they have to take themselves seriously.
Do you miss the parody and parody genre?
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