Growing up as the son of a Mel Brooks die-hard, I’ve always had a weakness for spoofs.
No matter how lame they end up being, to me there is something inherently watchable about a parody in almost any context.
The broad appeal of the spoof has long been known to filmmakers, which is why these movies have a long, rich history, going all the way back to Abbott and Costello’s many run-ins with Frankenstein and Nikita Kruschev, or whoever.
This series is a cross-pollination effort from all of the spoof creators listed above, except for Mel Brooks.
It was started by Wayanses, taken over by a Zucker brother, and it introduced the world to the particular talents of Aaron Seltzer and Jason Friedberg.
At the peak of his powers, Mel Brooks made a fistful of genre-aping classics like , whose best innovation was having hammy actors Robert Stack and Leslie Nielsen deliver their lines completely straight, trusting that audiences would get the joke.
By the 1990s, though, the restraint used in franchise.
If you’re reading this, then you are probably familiar with the reputation of the two .A lot of vile, venomous stuff has been said about them already, but perhaps not enough has been said because they’re still allowed to make motion pictures.