The month of January (as we’ve mentioned before) does not tend to give us the most high-quality new movie releases, and this year doesn’t look any more promising than usual. This week, for example, will bring to your local multiplex A Haunted House, a parody of — wait for it — haunted house movies (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, etc.) from co-writer/star Marlon Wayans, one of the originators of the Scary Movie franchise (which will itself take on Paranormal and whatever the hell else was moderately popular recently in this fall’s Scary Movie 5). Between that series, the unwatchable works of the Wayans family, and the Friedberg/Seltzer oeuvre, these are grim days indeed for the “spoof film,” the formerly distinguished comedy subgenre targeting cinematic styles and trends with goofy humor, slapstick spirit, and a willingness to do just about anything for a laugh. In light of what they have become, it’s easy to forget how many great spoof movies there were; as a reminder, we picked our ten favorites (and ranked them even!), so check them out and let us know if you agree after the jump.
10. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
BRAINCHILD OF: Director Jake Kasdan and his co-writer/co-producer, Judd Apatow
TARGET: Musical biopics (particularly Walk the Line and Ray), particularly their on-the-nose expositional dialogue (“Goddamnit, this is a dark fucking period!”)
BEST GAG: The cheerfully clueless foreshadowing of Dewey’s doomed little brother. “Today’s gonna be the best day ever!” Little Nate announces, on his way to getting cut in half. “Ain’t nothing horrible gonna happen today!”
SEE ALSO: Walk Hard is the only post-1991 movie on our list, so yes, it hasn’t exactly been a golden age of parody flicks. But there are some laughs to be found in Not Another Teen Movie, High School High, and, yes, the original (but only the original!) Scary Movie.