10 Movies Within a Movie we are Dying to See!
Nothing is better than a movie, apart from two movies. And that’s the idea behind the classic film trope of a film within a film, where a movie presents us with a second fictional film, inside the one we are watching. By creating a fictional movie, your building a world that feels more real. But some filmmakers out-do themselves, by creating previews or clips of a fictional film that us, the movie fans, desperately want to watch. Here are bunch of fictional films that we frantically want to be real. Here is 10 Movies Within a Movie we are Dying to See!
Home Alone – Angels with Filthy Souls (1990)
Angels with Dirty Faces is a film from 1938 starring James Cagney & Humphrey Bogart, and it was this feature that become the basis for the spoof movie within a movie for Home Alone. Angels with Filthy Souls is a fictional gangster film that Kevin watches whilst home alone. He uses for comedic effect to order a pizza and scare aware the bungling criminals trying burgle his house. Actor Ralph Foody stepped into the shoes of Gangster Johnny for both the first Home Alone and it’s sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in Newyork. The sequels movie within a movie is Angels with Even Filthier Souls and was Foody very last acting role. Despite it’s brief air time, the spoof films legacy truly lies in it’s catchphrases ‘Keep the change ya filthy animal ‘.
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back – Good Will Hunting 2 : Hunting season (2001)
Kevin Smith is well know for his disdain of Hollywood practices, and many of his films include commentaries on film making. None could be more clearly than Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, that literally take you into the film making process. The troublesome twosome find themselves trying to derail a film based on their very own comic book and accidently end up on the set of Good Will Hunting 2 : Hunting season. This fictional sequel to Gus Van Sant’s heart-felt drama, turns into an action packed gun fest which many of us would pay good money to see. “Apple sauce bitch!”
Bowfinger – Chubby Rain (1999)
Bowfinger is a hilarious comedy film directed by Frank Oz, about a B movie film producer trying to make a sci-fi movie with a top listed actor. The only trouble is that star Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) doesn’t realise he is even in the film, called Chubby Rain. The production crew go to long lengths to covertly film the actor and get the scenes they need for their film. The final product is something real audiences were dying to see after the credits rolled. “Got you suckers”
Scream 2 – Stab (1997)
Wes Craven had already mixed horror cliches with humor and satire in Scream, but his sequel went a step further and with a meta commentary aimed at the film industry. Stab appears as a movie within a movie, that is a retelling of that movie. Confused? Simply put, Stab is a fantasy re-make directed by Robert Rodriquez, starring Tori Spelling, David Schwimmer and Luke Wilson, which follows all the same beats. To sprinkle even more satire on this tasty dish, Scream 3 introduces the filming of Stab 2, based on events of Scream 2. Do we want to see these fantasy re-makes? Hell yes!
American Werewolf in London – See you Next Wednesday
John Landis had a film idea back before his career took off, but it was a film he could never really grasp hold off. So, instead of turning it into a feature film, it became a personal running gag for his future films. See you Next Wednesday features in many of Landis’ films, with each movie within a movie becoming a different film. It’s a dinosaur extravaganza, a romantic drama, a monster movie, an interactive thriller and even an exciting space adventure. But the one that we all would love to see in full is the cheap British porno spoof that pops up in An American Werewolf in London. This hilarious comedy features an amorous couple that keep being interrupted, with the film’s climax sadly missed thanks to an a blood werewolf attack.
Goldmember – Austinpussy (2002)
The opening of the third film in Mike Myers epic spy spoof, Austin Powers in Goldmember, turns out to be a film premier for a movie within a movie based on Austin Powers’ adventures called Austinpussy. The film stars Tom Cruise as Austin Powers, Gwyneth Paltrow as Dixie Normous, Kevin Spacey as Dr. Evil and Danny DeVito as Mini-Me. Lets face it, we’d rather be watching this than a fourth Austin powers film. “Groovy Baby!”
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Terrance & Phillip Asses Of Fire (1999)
Trey Parker and Matt Stone really hit a home run when the released a feature length version of their popular TV show South Park. The film revolves around the four South Park boys getting caught watching an R-rated Canadian movie, starring Terrance and Phillip. This causes a massive chain reaction which starts a war between the US and Canada and heralds the rise of Satan. The film that cause all the trouble is the musical Terrance & Phillip Asses Of Fire, which we get a short blast of at the start of the film. This movie within a movie looks hilarious and it’s still surprising that they have not turned it into a full length film.
Demons – Unnamed Film (1985)
Directed by Lamberto Bava and produced and Dario Argento, this 1985 graphic horror features patrons of a movie theater finding themselves trapped inside, as the demon infestation that plays out on screen, suddenly spills out into the theater. This movie within a movie never revealed the features name, but fans of the 80’s horror all wanted to know exactly how the film in a film played out.
Tropic Thunder – Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown (2008)
In Tropic Thunder A film crew shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. The various actors on the production all have fictional films in which they have starred, but none are more in interesting than Tug Speedman’s (Ben Stiller) action film Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown. Lets face it, we would happily settle for any of the five previous Scorcher films, but Global Meltdown sure looks cool. “Who left the fridge on!”
Scrooged – The Night The Reindeer Died (1988)
In the tradition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooged is a modern day retelling of this famous story. A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve. Whilst producing his own version of A Christmas Carol, we get to see a line up of other features to be aired on Christmas. One that opens the film is called The Night The Reindeer Died, which sees Lee Majors team up with Santa and his gun toting elves to take down a militia army intent on storming Santa’s workshop. Who wouldn’t want to watch that?
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