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July 29 2010

Our favorite vampire slayer spoofed in "Vampires Suck". Check out "Buffy" amongst other parodied characters on the poster for the upcoming "Twilight"-heavy parody "Vampires Suck."

Now I know to avoid this. Not that I planned on watching it.
At the very least it's nice/interesting to see they're going with the Jo Chen Buffy look. Granted that's partially since she's the only one to have "Buffy" conveniently written on her chest. (Are general audiences supposed to be able to figure out the three presumable vamps to her right though? I get that for whatever reason on the Buffy's left there's Lady Gaga and I guess Alice in Wonderland.)

Oooh, and also what's with the purse dog? Or is it a Taco Bell chihuahua gag? I mean those are even beyond dated jokes.
There is a full trailer at www.vampiressuckmovie.com.

ETA: Ooh, it's from the guys who brought us Date Movie and Meet the Spartans. Can't wait.

[ edited by bovik on 2010-07-29 08:31 ]
When I saw the preview for this in theaters, I honestly thought there'd be no Buffy because she's been forgotten by the masses (if they ever even knew about the show). Makes me so glad to see her included!
Masses may not have watched Buffy, but everyone knows about the show. I stopped counting how many times I've heard "Dude, I tried watching that show 'cause Sarah Michelle Gellar is hot."

This whole series of parodies should have stopped after Scary Movie...
I miss the days of the Airplane movies.
ugh those guys are the worst, a least the first few Wayans Brothers written "Scary Movies" were ok, but the ones these guys write are just painful. Who gives them money to do this anyway, is this really the best way to spend millions of dollars?
Ooh, it's from the guys who brought us Date Movie and Meet the Spartans. Can't wait.

Can't say I share the sentiment, but reviews for Seltzer / Friedberg movies are always entertaining to read. I doubt this one will be an exception.

[ edited by Effulgent on 2010-07-29 09:38 ]
Who gives them money to do this anyway, is this really the best way to spend millions of dollars?

The reason studios finance their films is simple - they're cheap and make money ('Date Movie' grossed 4 times its $20 million production budget for instance). They may be terrible films but they're great teenage date fodder.

(in fairness i've only seen parts of these guys previous movies, usually while channel hopping, but those parts were ... unimpressive. I fully expect the Buffy character to be parodied based on a very slight, shallow viewing of the show)

I miss the days of the Airplane movies.

Back when 'parody' also meant funny you mean Simon ? Halcyon days.
Oh how I'll love to avoid this. Really, there wasn't a single funny joke in the trailer, so I suspect I'd be bored out of my skull by the full version.
I would've watched it if it was just a parody of nothing but vampire movies. But all those other references to pop culture and random stuff is just annoying.

Date Movie was pretty crappy. I do love all the Scary Movies, though.
Masses may not have watched Buffy, but everyone knows about the show.

Fitting, since these guys often don't even watch the movies they claim to parody.
Is that Bunnicula?
Well a lot of the time they're often preemptively parodying films which haven't had the time to come out by the time they're churning out the parody version, and they're often making fun based off what little they can glean from a trailer. (At the very least I'll give them some credit for that.)

Has there ever even been a Buffy nod in the Scary Movie parodies proper? I'll admit I thought there were pretty decent gags in some of the earlier ones even if there are now presumably wildly out of date references, like the only bit of the second film I remember. (The Charlie's Angels remake nod.)

On the other hand, I still think Not Another Teen Movie was pretty great, and told the story of "She's All That" even better than the original's silent SMG cameo or presence of an Oscar winner.

I've been vaguely curious though, have they caught onto the fact that now "[Adjective/Genre] Movie" isn't exactly a mark of quality, or is it a different production company putting out titles like Meet the Spartans, Stan Helsing, and this new Vamp one?
Looks better than Twilight.
These guys made Spy Hard. I'll at least give 'em that one.
Well, atleast I did enjoy the Twilight fans beating each other with shovels.
orangewaxlion, same dudes. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. I think they just wanted to put a bit of creativity into their films. The only bit of creativity in their films. Date Movie was one of the worst and most cringe-inducing films I've ever seen. According to RT they have only gotten worse, so I'll happily avoid this.

Kaan, Spy Hard was written with another guy, I think.

Also, oh wow - Lady Gaga on the poster. :/
Just more garbage.
Seltzer and Friedberg really suck. No pun, they just honestly suck. I'm surprised by this - their last POS, Disaster Movie, apparently did badly at the box office. Audiences seemed to finally wise up. BTW, orangewaxlion - I agree that Not Another Teen Movie was great, likely due to the fact that it wasn't written by Seltzer and Friedberg. Two of the involved writers did help with Scary Movie, though.
Trying to think of a fairly recent comedy I've really liked is actually pretty hard. I'd probably have to go back to Shaun of the Dead. It's been a while since I watched it, but Airplane remains my all-time favourite.
That trailer was truly the worst genre thing I've watched in years, and I've seen Demons.

Trying to think of a fairly recent comedy I've really liked is actually pretty hard.


Anchorman for me.
I barely laughed at the first Scary Movie movie and didn't at all at the second despite David Cross. I've gotten sick of even hearing about these movies, and there's so many of them.
NotaViking if you haven't seen it, watch Kickass. That was a really good comedy that was recently made.
@Simon - I love the Airplane movies. They just don't do parody movies like they used to. :(
Speaking of parodies... (This is the parody thread, isn't it?) ...I've always been partial to "Top Secret," another Abrams/Zucker movie. Skeet Surfing, a singing/dancing Val Kilmer in his first film doing Elvis movie impersonations, send-ups of endless WWII films and "The Blue Lagoon", Omar Sharif, the Swedish bookshop, the fireplace, the cow...
mysteryshadesman: Yes, I saw Kick-Ass and I thought it was great too (though the trailer spoiled a few too many of the best bits). There is some hilarious stuff in it, but it's filed in my head under "superhero movie" rather than "comedy". I guess it's got a similar amount of comedy as Shaun of the Dead though. If it counts then Ghostbusters is another of my absolute favourites.

Of the Will Ferrell/Ben Stiller type comedies, I found Zoolander the best, but I'm not sure if I've seen Anchorman or not. They all slightly blend together. The trouble I have with them in general, is they don't go all out for comedy like Airplane, as they actually have proper plots*, but the plots are basically a waste of time - you don't care about them (unlike, say Groundhog Day). So while they're amusing, I'm always left a bit disappointed.

As for the new spoof movies, the first Scary Movie was ok-ish, but I gave up soon after that. I watched Date Movie when it was on TV because of Alyson Hannigan, but I really recommend for everyone's sake that you don't bother.

(* Airplane does have a plot, but what I mean is that it's completely secondary to the jokes.)

[ edited by NotaViking on 2010-07-29 15:23 ]
I bought _Date Movie_ solely because I'm shooting for a full collection of "Movies Featuring the Babes of Buffdom Except Slasher Movies Where They (Except Mercedes) Get Killed & Euro-Trip." Soemday I want to just cut Aly's scenes out of it and re-assemble them into a semi-watchable film. And I wish she'd get a movie which isn't a teen comedy, like a Susan Hayward bio-pic or an adaptation of Stirling's Conquistador or a 4th film of The Maltese Falcon.

Parodies like this usually seem to use the Kitchen-Sink Approach so I'd be surprised if Buffy weren't in it.


BreathesStory I didn't actually *like* Top Secret but it had plenty of moments. Like when the leads relaize what's ahppening to them seems like bad movie plot and they turn and look at the audience. (I plan to rip that off in a fic; Willow makes a comemnt to Angel about spin-offs, he tells her ther'es no reason why he'd find her remark funny, and they both stop to look over th3ier shoulders before continuing

[ edited by DaddyCatALSO on 2010-07-29 15:25 ]
I thought Euro Trip was masterpiece of comedy and narrative compared to Date Movie! (Still rubbish though, obviously ;).
By the way. Did anyone notice that in the trailer for "Vampire's Suck", some of the jokes really closely resembled the ones in the "Movies in Minutes" youtube parodies (Jacob's transformation, Bella's Birthday). If that's where they got their idea, they did a horrible job recreating it.

By the way whoever hasn't seen the "Movies in Minutes" video, watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dx0MwgIZos

If you think Twilight is lame, you will love it :)
I don't usually watch these parody movies, but I think this is hilarious. The genre was ripe for parody and there was no way Buffy was going to be overlooked. This fandom can laugh at itself. Right?
ETA: Oh please, not the whole "If you don't find it funny you can't laugh at yourself" implication TamaraC. You know that just doesn't follow. The genre really is ripe for parodying (i'd say ALL genres with well-established tropes are) but this just doesn't look like a good parody.[/ETA]

Recent (last 5 or 6 years) comedies I really enjoyed, hmm.

'Shaun of the Dead'
'Hot Fuzz'
'Borat'
'Superbad'
'40 Year Old Virgin'
'Tropic Thunder'
'Team America'
'Anchorman'
'Dodgeball'

Then various others that I kind of enjoyed but don't consider, like, classics or anything (e.g. 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', 'Pineapple Express' etc.). And then added to that various films that had humour but I don't consider comedies ('Kick-ass' fits there or I saw 'Greenberg' recently and thought it was pretty good, just not a pure comedy).

[ edited by Saje on 2010-07-29 16:17 ]
I'm not saying it is going to be funny, Saje. I haven't seen it and I don't usually find any of these parody movies that entertaining. I can't even stomach the Airplane or Police Academy movies. Just reacting to the stuffiness of the thread.The movie is intended as silly fun for teenagers, not for everyone of course.
I think the tag line is pretty funny.
Just reacting to the stuffiness of the thread.The movie is intended as silly fun for teenagers, not for everyone of course.

And i'm saying there's a difference between "stuffiness" (and an inability to laugh at ourselves as a fandom) and pointing out that something just doesn't look funny. The accusation's easy, dismissive and impossible to respond to (since any response can be written off as humourlessness).

(and I love 'Airplane' BTW, that and 'This is Spinal Tap' are probably the paragons of parody for me)
With all of these parody movies, I think you can tell when they're really trying and when they're just phoning it in.


They've been making shows with awful jokes, just hoping no one knows that they've been going through the motions....
Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead are my favorite comedies. I love Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but it didn't exactly make me laugh. I just liked it as it is.
I liked Spinal Tap, but my favorite "Christopher Guest" movie is probably Best in Show. At least, right now. At this very minute. Until I remember some scenes and lines from his other films, anyways.
Anyone looking for a good recent comedy should see Zombieland. It was a tragedy that it didn't do well at the box office, cause it's pretty brilliant.
Yeah, quite liked 'Zombieland', kind of a more light-hearted 'Scream' for zombie movies in a way (also features one of the best cameos in years). Not one for the ages IMO but i've spent way worse 90-ish minutes.

I liked Spinal Tap, but my favorite "Christopher Guest" movie is probably Best in Show.

'Best in Show' is also brilliant but I just identify more with Spinal Tap I think.

I love Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but it didn't exactly make me laugh. I just liked it as it is.

It hovers on the edge of comedy and "humorous but not actually a comedy" for me but "A Taste for Love" (the puppet Dracula rock opera) is hilarious (i'd pay to see it in a heartbeat). In fact i'd lay money that even those few minutes contain more wit, inventiveness and genuine parodying of tropes and ideas than this entire film-which-I-am-horribly-prejudging will.

(Russell Brand's funny too and though she's largely playing the straight-"man" Kristen Bell has great comedy chops)
Okay, I missed hearing about Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I will have to go and check it out. After a little googling of it and "A Taste For Love" I found this video of puppet Dracula singing "Dracula's Lament" which while not a parody, or even a comedy, it does come from a maybe? funny movie. So it's not completely off topic... Except, that vampire really doesn't suck. He's absolutely wonderful. I understand that he sings the song a little more upbeat than in the movie, but it sure made me want to see the musical become a full fledged thing.
Forgetting Sarah Marshall probably one of my favourite comedies, I liked Get Him To The Greek but it pales in comparison to FSM. I'd also throw Pineapple Express up there. They are fantastic very funny films. Kick Ass is great but I always feel it's more of a drama than a comedy, like tv shows Freaks and Geeks and Misfits. Zombieland is God-Tier in my head, but I can understand people not liking it.

Also, Toy Story! The third one was ridiculously funny.

BreathesStory, yeah, that's apart of FSM. I love it.
I'm a big fan of making fun of the Vampire Uprising currently invading our entertainment world, even if (or maybe even especially if) that includes making fun of Our Buffy, but the other movies made by these folks don't encourage me in particularly big hopes for this one... if it shows up on OnDemand, I will probably watch it for its Spoofy Sparkle Plenty. (Some of you may even be old enough to get that reference. ; > )

Saje: It hovers on the edge of comedy and "humorous but not actually a comedy" for me but "A Taste for Love" (the puppet Dracula rock opera) is hilarious (i'd pay to see it in a heartbeat).

Yeah, Forgetting Sarah Marshall hovered on the edge of working for me all the way through, esp. since most of the acting was very good - but I made my partner watch the whole damn thing with me just so I could share those bits of "A Taste for Love" with him. (Thanks for that link to the full version of "Dracula's Lament", BreathesStory.)

It reminded me (cheesy segue) of "Red, White and Blaine" from Waiting For Guffman (my tie-for-lead favorite favorite Guest et al. film with Spinal Tap). It's one of those productions within a production that leave me wanting more (though on the Guffman DVD at least you can see excised bits of the musical.)

Someone really needs to produce a fully-staged version of "A Taste For Love".
Lady Gaga is a vampire? That explains a lot.
The real problem with that poster is Kristen Stewart doesn't emote anywhere near that much in the Twilight movies.
Lady Gaga is a vampire? That explains a lot.


Explains why she's awesome, I hope you mean. :-)

Agree with QG about Waiting For Guffman. I can identify with bad am-dram far more closely than bad big hair metal or little dressed up doggies. But all Guest's stuff is fun, of course.

For me, there've been relatively few recent comedies that have been both hilarious and *cohesive* from start to finish. Will Ferrell's movies always have brilliant bits, but I almost always walk out thinking I'd just watched an extended sketch, that extended an hour too far. Likewise, Ben Stiller with Dodgeball or Zoolander. Apatow's aren't quite pure comedies for me, though I thought Knocked Up was incredibly funny in places. And, I found Tropic Thunder quite disappointing, RDJ's craziness apart (the best part, for me, was the parody movie trailers right at the beginning, in fact).

As for the subject in hand: I've never seen a Date Movie or the like, and I never plan to. I like some story and character with my laughs, ta very much.

Of course, Pegg, Wright, & Frost can do little wrong.
I forgot about In The Loop.
It's not that I exactly relate to dogs or dog shows... (I haven't had a dog since I was a kid.) It was just: the two left feet, Catherine O'Hara's Ex's, Michael Hitchcock and Parker Posey and their neurotic "dog," etc...

But my favorite "Christopher Guest" movie line comes from A Mighty Wind:

"I've come to understand as an adult, with the help of Laurie, my beautiful wife, that there had been abuse in my family... but it was mostly musical in nature."

No one should make their child listen to Helen Reddy or The Limelighters against their will. Just sayin'.

And I still get a little kick out of the fact that The Folksmen group (from A Mighty Wind fame) opened for Spinal Tap during a concert tour and were booed by the (uninformed) audience--even though it was the same three guys preforming. (Well, it was bad, cheesy folk music apparently.)

Side note, if you are enjoying yourself some Glee and like Jane Lynch, check her out in some of Christopher Guest's films. What a difference!
I don't usually watch these parody movies, but I think this is hilarious.

Neither do I and I totally agree.

The genre was ripe for parody and there was no way Buffy was going to be overlooked. This fandom can laugh at itself. Right?

I'd say Buffy certainly could - the real question is how she would react to seeing something like this in a movie theater...
Simon wrote:

That trailer was truly the worst genre thing I've watched in years, and I've seen Demons.


Wow. That's such a damning indictment it almost makes me want to dare myself to see the trailer. Almost.
I forgot about In The Loop.

Oops, so did I. 'Nother good 'un.
Kon4MItY said:
Anyone looking for a good recent comedy should see Zombieland. It was a tragedy that it didn't do well at the box office, cause it's pretty brilliant.

I loved Zombieland. But why do you think it did badly at the BO? It made back 5x's its budget and they are making a sequel.

Comedy has be pretty weak for a while now. Some that made me chuckle were:

-Zack and Miri Make a Porno
-Step Brothers
-Wedding Crashers
-Napoleon Dynamite

Also something to look out for, if it ever gets made, is BKV's Roundtable. I read the script that's floating around out there on the interwebs, and it's great.
Zack and Miri, really? The best part of that was the Star Wars porno idea. It became incredibly cringe-inducing after that. If you want laughs lately, TV is the way to go.
That was a completely erroneous statement on my part, and I do apologize. I'm not sure where I got the idea that Zombieland did bad at the box office, but it should definitely teach me to check my facts before posting them next time. O.o And good news on Zland 2, I hope they don't ruin it.

Weddings Crasher and The Hangover were two that were worth seeing once for a good chuckle, and then pretty much never seeing again.
I can't really mount a defence for Zack and Miri. I don't think of it as an all-time great or even just a 'great' movie or anything. It's just one of those films that makes me laugh whenever I watch it. And yeah the third act kinda blows(no pun), but nearly all comedy film endings do these days.

I find TV a barren wasteland of good laughs. I miss the 90's with Seinfeld and Frasier and classic Simpsons. My friend recently returned from the UK with a recent(?) series called Benidorm. I thought that was some pretty good, stupid fun. And I loved Extras of course.
I'm enjoying Hot In Cleveland, but it could be a middle-aged girl thing.

Or love of Betty White.
Wow, is that a bad trailer.

Sad that Ken Jeong is wasting his time in this garbage. He's so great in Community. And he was good in The Hangover and Knocked Up, among other things.
Cute idea, but it won't be spoofed right (given the directors' track record). It'll probably be a throwaway gag and nothing else.

And speaking of Alyson, why she did "Date Movie" is beyond me. Did she need to pay bills before she landed her HIMYM gig? She was the best thing about that wretched film. She deserved better.
Mcjw_serenity Aly once said Her Joss Years had given her, in her words, "funds for life." But she's an actor and presumably wanted to keep the credits rolling before the publ;ic. And she'd already done a trilogy of teen comedies so maybe she figured, "What's one more?" and she really couldn't know in advance how it'd turn out. I plan on living long enough to read her autobiography (I'm only about 19 years older than she is) so I figure I'll find out then.
Friedberg...Seltzer. Who keeps greenlighting these guys? They can't write a decent joke to save their lives.

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