Movie scene parodies, if done correctly (i.e NOT like Epic Movie), can be the perfect way to get a rise out of an audience. Not only do they get a laugh, but they can give the viewer a sense of pride over their own cinematic knowledge – like Captain America from Avengers Assemble, they just want to jump up and shout; ‘I get that! I get that reference!’ Ideally, a scene parody should strike a balance between subtlety and irreverence – you want to pay your respects, but you also want to poke fun at the same time. One more thing; Jon Favreau movie Swingers contains a hilarious butchering of the Goodfellas steadicam shot, visible camera man and all, but as no video could be found online, it’s gonna have to be left out. That is all, read on.
5. Tropic Thunder (2008)/ Platoon (1986)
Sgt. Elias is mown down in heartrending fashion to the sorrowful tune of Adagio for strings. Tugg Speedman upstages his death using bodily gyration techniques and several litres of blood-packs.
4. This is the End (2013)/Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Rosemary (Mia Farrow) is knocked unconscious by an ice cream (‘I guess you could say she was…out cold!’) and her cultist neighbours waste no time in summoning Satan for a sneaky session of demonic insemination. In This is the End, Jonah Hill ends up as the unfortunate target of Mephistopheles’ member, and he doesn’t like it. He doesn’t like it at all.
3. Hot Shots Part Deux! (1993)/ Apocalypse Now (1979)
Martin Sheen gives his career best in Coppoala’s Vietnam-set Heart of Darkness interpretation, but he’s not above a cheap piss-take; a Willard-cum-Rambo Charlie Sheen finds himself in the same boat as his father fourteen years before, when who should pass by but the old man himself! Family gatherings at the Sheen household must be pure antics. There are probably prostitutes and cocaine too.
2. Sunset Blvd. (1950) / Nosferatu (1922)/ Basically every classic gothic horror film ever
Sunset Blvd. is noir at its very best. Germanic folklore and Havisham-esque parallels abound in this sizzling crime drama, which depicts the damage that the heartless Hollywood machine left in its wake as it shed its silent film origins.
1. Hot Rod (2007)/Footloose (1984)
Kevin Bacon’s a sell-out. Did you know most of the dancing in Footloose was done by a double? And now he’s endorsing wi-fi services. They should call him Kevin can’t bring home the Bacon! HA! Andy Samberg on the other hand… now that man can dance!