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50 Best Movie Spoof Moments

Flesh Gordon (1974)

The Moment: “A plague! A pox!”

Emperor Wang The Perverted speaks with his demon god, who purrs, “Oh boy, I just love murder…”

What’s It Spoofing: Flash Gordon , plus any number of Ray Harryhausen-aided fantasy flicks.

Why It’s Great: If nothing else, the stop motion is just lovely.

Carry On Emmannuelle (1978)

The Moment: Emmannuelle Prevert (Suzanne Danielle) attempts to seduce a bodybuilder, but it turns out bedroom aerobatics are off the menu.

Which doesn’t stop the chap lingering outside the apartment door getting the wrong idea.

What’s It Spoofing: Erotic French classic Emmanuelle .

Why It’s Great: If the Carry On films did one thing better than anything else, it was double entendre.

High School High (1996)

The Moment: Richard Clark (Jon Lovitz) and Victoria Chapell (Tia Carrere) fight a masked youth in a library.

What’s It Spoofing: Dangerous Minds, Lean On Me, Stand And Deliver.

Why It’s Great: Like all the best ‘bad’ white knights, Clark manages to beat Chapell up more than he actually helps her.

Mafia! (1998)

The Moment: Tony Cortino (Jay Mohr) attends his father’s funeral, where his scarred appearance upsets everybody else in attendance.

What’s It Spoofing: The Godfather Part II.

Why It’s Great: Alright, it’s not the smartest pastiche on this list, but it’s got an immature charm.

Silent Movie (1976)

The Moment: Liza Minnelli watches on as Mel Funn (Mel Brooks), Marty Eggs (Marty Feldman) and Dom Bell (Dom DeLuise) attempt to sit down for dinner – except they’re all wearing suits of armour, which makes it all rather difficult.

What’s It Spoofing: Silent movies in general, though Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in particular.

Why It’s Great: It’s the best gag in the film, which is otherwise hit and miss.

UHF (1989)

The Moment: George Newman (‘Weird Al’ Yankovic) dons a muscular body suit and a bandana (plus glasses and ‘tach, naturally)…

What’s It Spoofing: Rambo .

Why It’s Great: That transition shot is genuinely brilliant.

As is the old guy’s inability to hit Newman with a single bullet despite only standing inches away from him…

Dont Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (1996)

The Moment: “Hurry up and buy!” demands a shopkeeper as Shawn Wayans peruses the counters.

Meanwhile, an innocent-looking white guy robs the store blind.

What’s It Spoofing: Hood flicks like South Central, Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society.

Why It’s Great: “Hey! You dropped something!” The store owner hands over cash straight from the cash machine. Amazing.

Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (1978)

The Moment: As a radio broadcast plays, people run back in forth in search of a city not invaded by killer tomatoes.

Meanwhile, a guy in a library says “tomato”, effectively clearing the entire building.

What’s It Spoofing: Fifties monster movies.

Why It’s Great: If nothing else, it’s just great for the guy’s pronunciation of “to-may-to”.

Mars Attacks! (1996)

The Moment: Richie (Luke Haas) discovers that the aliens’ heads explode whenever they hear Slim Whitman’s ‘Indian Love Call’…

What’s It Spoofing: Fifties alien invasion flicks.

Why It’s Great : It’s a gem of an idea – and results in some really gooey cranial eruptions.

Lovely.

BASEketball (1998)

The Moment: Coop (Trey Parker) and Remer (Matt Stone) visit poor little Joey (Trevor Einhorn) in hospital, but do more bad than good.

What’s It Spoofing: Uh, movie scenes set in hospitals…

Why It’s Great: “Oh my God, he’s flatlining!”

We do love a good bit of slapstick.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.