Saturday, 2 January 2016

Psycho Spoof Beast #2

Happy New Year!

After a lengthy defrag, I'm booting stuff off with Graham 'Father Ted' Linehan's fantastic The IT Crowd.

In order to appreciate a host of goodies, you must cycle through numerous DVD menus.

Maybe before shit didn't make sense?

Either way, it will now.

Version 1.0

Remember running that simple '10 Print' program on your home computer back in the 80's?

They did...


Head over Heels*

*Could also be based on something from isometric masters Ultimate.

Jet Set Willy

Posters of two Spectrum classics can be seen in opening episode Yesterday's Jam.

Underwurlde (left) and Alien 8 (right).
You want one more?


50-50 features a physical poster of Elite.

Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, there's a 50/50 chance you've watched said 2011 comedy drama.

Version 2.0



Mortal Kombat

Zero Wing (Mega Drive port)

Pure fucking genius.

Version 3.0

Grow Cube

Version 4.0


Feature length special The Internet is Coming makes a cheeky nod to modern day classic V for Vendetta.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is among the most famous album cover of all time.

Naturally, others reenacted Peter Blake's iconic design.

Def Leppard - Songs From the Sparkle Lounge
Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - We're Only In It For The Money
As a side note, remove 'We're and 'Only' to be magically left with a Supergrass album.

Bart After Dark couch gag
Sgt. Mellie's Pissed As Farts Club Band
Family Guy doesn't deliver the goods like it used to, but when Quahog's good - it's very good.

The beginning of Tales of a Third Grade Nothing had Peter visit Executive Bathroom Island, a parody of Jurassic Park.

Ted 2 went further, as weed field replaced Brachiosaur entrance.

Here's more.

American Beauty

A-ha's Take On Me music video 

E. Honda's stage (Street Fighter II)

Peter once conquered the Dragon's Lair.

North by Northwest

Back to the Future*

*The Juice Is Loose also contains a reference and more specifically, exploitation flick 'Black to the Future' appears in If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'.

Rocky III

Stewie smashes his way through Doom and The Shining as title sequence of PTV becomes Police Squad.

Treehouse of Horror V horror short The Shinning represents Mr Burns' mansion as the Overlook.

No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy
Stanley Kubrick hired a secretary crazy enough to famously type All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy repeatedly until around 500 pages were filled.
Today, the lazy bastards would undoubtedly cheat with digital effects.

'Give me the bat' is amusingly recreated.

The parody wouldn't be complete without...


As for Bart's blackboard.

The Last Temptation of Homer
Treehouse of Horror XXIV
For the benefit of those who don't know, Stephen King did write a sequel in 2013 called Doctor Sleep.

It follows a middle aged Danny (now Dan) eventually working at a nursing home who along with the assistance of a cat, uses his 'shining' abilities to help the terminally ill find peace in death.

He bonds with young girl Abra Stone, but members of a group called The True Knot want her for themselves, as they feed on 'steam' peeps like her produce.

Best described as a supernatural thriller, it's okay, but just don't expect horror.

Will this or prequel happen on the big screen?

Hopefully not.

Here's Dirty Harry and Mad Max of Garbage Pail Kids fame, (twins of Rob Slob and Brainy Brian respectively).

In name at least, could aliases be referencing Clint Eastwood's no-nonsense San Francisco detective and Mel Gibson's road warrior?

Possibly maybe?

After 1923 silent effort, Victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre-Damme was next adapted for the screen in 1939, with screen legend Charles Laughton ringing a bell as Quazimodo.

Way before the 1996 Disney film, 1983 Century Electronics arcade Hunchback inspired a number of home computer sequels.

Others getting the hump include:

Bent Ben/Odd Todd
Before CJ packed his trunk and headed for the USA, graphically impressive 2P platformer Elephant Antics was originally a 1991 C64 exclusive.
I guess French bell ringer boss bears significance...
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels was adapted several times.

1939 animated feature.
Mixing live action and animation, Richard Harris played Lilliputian adventurer in Peter R. Hunt's 1977 film.
Can't stand it myself, but I suppose somebody might like the 2010 Jack Black version?
Oh yeah...

Before breaking loose, Ash is menaced by wicked miniatures of himself in Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3.
Gullivered Travis/Vermin Herman
June Moon/Haley Comet and A Trip to the Moon

Ultra Violet/Tanya Hide and Coppertone advert

Fritz Spritz/Ella P. Record and His Master's Voice (HMV)

Rick Moranis and bloodthirsty plant Audrey II made 1986 musical comedy horror Little Shop of Horrors an unlikely classic.

Here's a few of distinct likeness.

Juicy Jessica/Green Dean
Metal Slug 3 (Neo Geo)
Tumblepop (Arcade)
Mars Attacks was a controversial Topps trading card series that began in the 60s.

Loaded with satire and dark humour, an interstellar cast became toast in Tim Burton's brilliant 1996 B-movie tribute of the same name.
Outerspace Chase/Alien Ian
Shrouded in fog and snowfall, PS1 classic Silent Hill closes proceedings.

After achieving a Good+ ending and giving psychological nightmare another spin, the channeling stone can be found in the convenience store.

When used 'correctly', a sighting will occur.

"That light!"
Five specific locations later...

Harry's search for Cheryl will come to an abrupt end as the UFO joke ending is triggered.

During which, a direct reference is made to 1984 trading card #19 Burning Flesh.

Until next time.

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