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The Oatmeal: How movie theaters SHOULD be laid out Jun 29

God bless the twisted sense of humor of Matthew Inman and his website, The

This particularly hilarious comic, and argument for an improved movie theater layout, was recently brought to my attention (click image for larger version at

Into the dome...Into the dome!Click image above to visit and see a larger version.

The only thing I disagree with — sitting next to elderly folks. I once sat in front of an old lady who loudly reiterated every single line of dialogue to her deaf husband, for the ENTIRE movie.


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Freaky Friday Videos Jun 15

Because it’s Friday

Here are the videos that have been haunting my dreams this past week.

Burning Love

Have you seen this parody of The Bachelor yet? It’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while. Thanks to Yahoo throwing some money behind it, the production value is exceptional for a web series.

It also stars some pretty big names including Ben Stiller, Malin Ackerman, Kristen Bell, and another famous actress who makes a surprising appearance in episode 2.

Here’s episode 1:

The other episodes can be found here. New episodes air every Monday and Thursday.

Bieber Creeper

So apparently Justin Bieber held a contest where girls were supposed to post a video of themselves singing a “Girlfriend” version of his song: Boyfriend. The result was one of the creepiest, funniest videos that will make you hope Justin Bieber has an army of security guards.

It now has 5 million plus views and shows no sign of slowing down:

Those eyes! [shudder]

Hand Thing

If you think the above video was creepy, you should stay the hell away from the one below. This video, featuring the character of Shaye Saint John, is equal parts brilliant, deranged and hilarious. Whether you love it or hate it, one thing’s for sure — you will never forget it.

Seriously, words can’t prepare you for this video. You’re just going to have to watch it.

Shaye Saint John

“WTF?” incarnate

If you’ve still managed to keep your sanity, you might wish to check out this great Geekosystem article on the madman/genius behind the Shaye Saint John character and many more disturbingly funny videos like Hand Thing. Just make sure all your doors are locked first.

What videos have been haunting your dreams this week?

Home Video Commentary Track [video] Jan 02

Not Where You Saw

Not Where You SawJohn Ramsey  and his brother have created a hilarious commentary track for one of their crappy home movies. They critique the footage in that stilted self-congratulatory, pseudo-intellectual style that we’re so used to hearing.

“Not Where You Saw” tells the riveting tale of one brother’s courageous stand for justice.

Check it out:

(via geekosystem)

Modern Family Horror Movie Goes Viral! Jan 01

Expectations Exceeded

Modern Family HorrorWhen I posted this extended Modern Family horror trailer spoof, I was hoping that, over a year or so, the video would maaaaybe receive 50,000 views.

Much to my surprise and delight, the video exceeded that number in just 3 days, and over the holidays!! BuzzFeed first picked it up, and then it spread from there.

Surreal Moments

There have been some really cool moments over the last few days:

3. The video appears in The Huffington Post
When an article about your video appears in The Huffington Post, you know you’ve touched upon something that has struck a chord outside your own little world.

2. While surfing IMDB, I see a news story about it
Last night, while visiting, I glanced down and noticed the top related news story was an article about the video! Of course, I was on The Bad Seed movie page, so I guess that makes sense… but still — wicked cool!

1. Ariel Winter tweets about the video — twice!
It was hugely rewarding (and relieving) to see that Ariel Winter, the brilliant young actress who plays Alex Dunphy, got a big kick out of the video. Here’s one of her tweets:

Ariel Winter tweets about "Modern Family" horror movie trailer spoof

“WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???!!!!!!” – Phil Dunphy

So why did I make this video? What was the inspiration?

  • I love Modern Family!
  • Genre-bending and re-cut videos are hilarious. I was especially inspired by this video for Sleepless in Seattle.
  • I’ve always enjoyed movies about clever, evil kids (e.g. Macaulay Culkin, The Good Son / Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan).
  • I was surprised Dexter didn’t go in this direction… yet. I mean seriously, look at Astor. That girl has darkness in her.
  • I was impressed by the acting of Ariel Winter. How does she have that much poise and confidence? When I was that age, I couldn’t even look an adult in the eyes.
  • Let’s face it, Alex only needed a strategic nudge or two to make it work.
  • Thought it would be fun to figure out the puzzle and put it together. It was!
  • It gets something entertaining out there right now for people to see. I love screenwriting, but it takes years for the fruits of your labor to pay off.
  • I thought the material was really interesting. We’ve seen evil kids before, and even smart evil kids. But a psychopathic child genius? Never. So I’m currently working on a feature film treatment! I’m excited about it, because I’m tellin’ ya, the the ending of my story gives The Usual Suspects a run for its money.


The overwhelmingly positive responses to the video have been incredibly flattering, humbling and very, very much appreciated. Thank you everyone!!!

Wishing all my Scriptwrecked readers (and my new Modern Family Horror Movie fans) all the best for the New Year! Let’s make sure 2012 is killer!

Stay tuned for my next video project… and of course more great content about screenwriting and movies.


Modern Family as a Horror Movie [Video]

Modern Family as a Horror Movie [Video] Dec 26

Modern Family – Horror Movie Trailer

Alex Dunphy - Evil GeniusHere’s a little something to balance out all that holiday cheer. If you watch ABC’s hilarious Modern Family, you’ll know that Alex Dunphy is just a check box or two away from being an evil genius. So I decided to recut Modern Family as a horror movie.

In this extended trailer, all hell breaks loose at the Dunphy household over the Christmas holidays.

Funny? Horrifying? Both? Let me know what you think.

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