Remakes in Film – The Spoof

In class, Mr. Hancock mentioned the idea of the game Myst, originally released in 1993, remediating itself through various remakes. Remakes are commonly done through film— particularly, in the spoof or parody film. This type of movie puts a satirical spin on one or more preceding movies.

The success of the spoof draws from the immediacy of the film experience. It provides a different sensory experience from written parodies. Additionally, hypermediacy is prevalent in the spoof because, largely, it is a group of separated scenes, each drawing from a different film, all placed into one movie. The viewer is dissociated from the movie because they are required participate by understanding what the movie is drawing upon. From this, one can also draw the conclusion that the spoof is a database due to the fact it takes bits and pieces of implied, subjective information rather than something causal and/or sequential. What this means is that each person has a different viewing experience based on their knowledge of movies in the past.

Attached, you will find a scene from the spoof film Disaster Movie. This will give you an idea of how a spoof works. I did find the clean version, but please note that some concepts may be inappropriate.


1 Comment

  1. Good argument. The spoof, on its own, is something of a grey area in remediation–in one sense, it’s not really presenting itself as a different medium than the film it’s spoofing. But the elements you’ve drawn out–its immediacy in comparison to the book spoof, and its hypermediate combination of outside elements–present a good counterpoint to that argument.

    Another good example of a remediating spoof is Steve Martin’s “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” which reused actual footage from previous from movies made with much older technology.

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