BY WILL WILLCOXSON
With recent releases such as “Scary Movie V” and “The Hungover Games,” the spoof genre has traveled far from the classic age of comedy gold. Here are my top choices for best parody movies.
10. “Monty Python and the Meaning of Life” (1983)
Perhaps known for its raunchy clips and jumbled-up sketch storyline, the film is divided into the stages of life, such as “the miracle of birth,” “growing and learning”, “fighting each other” and “death.” Some memorable scenes include a morbidly obese man eating until he literally explodes, a World War I platoon celebrating a soldier’s birthday on the frontline and a musical number entitled “Every Sperm is Sacred.”
9. “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982)
This film featuring Steve Martin parodies the dark film noir era of the film industry. The clever aspect is the “Collage film” segments of the film, which contain compilations of real movie scenes spliced together with the Martin scenes.
8. “Galaxy Quest” (1999)
This film is a parody on science fiction, primarily “Star Trek.” The movie stars Tim Allen as the leader, Sigourney Weaver as the communications officer and unofficial sex symbol and Alan Rickman as a catchphrase-spewing alien sidekick. The extra twist is that the characters are actually actors who are part of a space show, but they are forced to embrace their characters and defeat the forces of evil.
7. “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)
This film parodies the zombie film genre. It stars ordinary characters oblivious that the world around them is slowly converting into a zombie-plagued wasteland. The characters and the story are so ridiculous it is hilarious.
6. “History of the World: Part 1” (1981)
The film is a parody on history. It goes through the Stone Age all the way through the French Revolution. Along the way, the film openly makes fun of the characters and really makes you enjoy the history lesson.
5. “Spaceballs” (1987)
The film is also a science fiction parody; this time the target is “Star Wars.” With memorable characters and a hilarious script, the film will give you a ludicrous approach to an already preposterous story.
4. “Monty Python and the life of Brian” (1979)
This Monty Python film parodies the followers of religion, and has some very hilarious jokes that at times come out of nowhere. Like a space ship saving the main character from a fall while running from the Roman Empire.
3. “The Great Dictator” (1940)
This movie is Charlie Chaplin’s greatest masterpiece. This film was released during the peak of World War II, and parodies fascism; particularly Hitler. At the end of the flick, the main character gives one of the best movie speeches of all time.
2. “Airplane!” (1980)
One of the best known parody films, it is perhaps the silliest of them all. It stars Leslie Nelson as a pilot as a plane is at risk of crashing. The crew goes through hilarious measures to save the day in the most sophomoric ways possible.
1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
This film parodies King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail, and features one of the most recognizable scripts ever written. Ask anyone who has seen this film to give you a quote and they will have at least ten.
Some staffers can’t believe “This is Spinal Tap” is not on the list. What movies would you add? Comment at aztecpressonline.com.