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14 Disgusting Body Horror Movies To Watch Right Now On Netflix, Prime Video, And More

Horror comes in many forms, from monsters and ghosts to psychotic killers and crazy cults. But there’s nothing quite like body horror to separate the hardcore fright fan from the more casual viewer. The phrase ‘body horror’ was first coined in the British academic journal Screen in 1986, and it loosely describes movies where the terror comes from the human body itself, whether it’s melting, mutating, or perhaps hosting some terrifying parasite.

1986 was also the year that David Cronenberg’s classic The Fly brought the sub-genre to a wide mainstream audience. But while Cronenberg remains the godfather of body horror, there are many other movies that have delighted in disturbing audiences with disgusting flesh-based shocks.

There are plenty of body horror movies available right now on a variety of streaming services, including Netflix, Prime, and Shudder. With so many of us stuck at home right now, there’s never been a better time for horror fans to explore some weird and gory sub-genres–and it doesn’t get weirder or gorier than body horror. So here are some of the gloopiest, goriest, and most gruesome body horror classics you can check out right now…

14. The Perfection (2019)

Streaming: Netflix

This Netflix Original is a wild and over-the-top film that throws a load of different genres into the mix, from psychological drama and cultist thriller to slasher movie and gruesome body horror. The unpredictable plot focuses on Charlotte (Get Out’s Allison Williams), a former child cello prodigy who had to give up her dreams to take care of her ailing mother. A decade later, Charlotte reconnects with her former tutors and meets Lizzie, the latest graduate from their exclusive music school–and things get very weird very quickly.

Most disgusting scene: One character sees dozens of huge cockroaches writhing underneath her skin, which proceed to erupt out of her arm. She then chops her arm off.

13. Antiviral (2012)

Streaming: Hulu

David Cronenberg’s son Brandon has also ventured into filmmaking, making his debut with this seriously weird sci-fi tale of celebrity obsession. In the future, fans can buy “celebrity viruses,” to experience the same medical afflictions of their idols. You want to share the same herpes infection as your favorite pop star? No problem.

Most disgusting scene: The scene most worthy of the Cronenberg name is a dream sequence in which our infected hero imagines he is transforming into a twisted fusion of man and machine.

12. Brain Damage (1988)

Streaming: Shudder

Frank Henenlotter directed the 1982 classic Basket Case, the wonderfully sleazy tale of a young man who keeps his horrifically misshapen brother in a basket. But it was his second movie, Brain Damage, that really delivered the body horror goods. The movie is a drug analogy, in which an evil leech-like brain-eating parasite called Aylmer forces his hosts to bring him victims by getting them hooked on a hallucinogenic drug that he secretes directly into their brains.

Most disgusting scene: The highlight is an amazingly gruesome scene in which our hero Brian hallucinates that he is slowly pulling his entire brain out through his ear.

11. Tusk (2014)

Streaming: Netflix

Kevin Smith’s very weird horror-comedy started life as a Gumtree ad, posted by a man looking for a lodger who would agree to dress up a walrus. While the ad was later revealed to be fake, it was enough for Smith to take the idea to its extreme. A mad old fisherman kidnaps a podcaster, amputates his legs, then sews him into a walrus suit (featuring tusks made from the poor guy’s leg bones).

Most disgusting scene: The moment we see “Mr Tusk,” in all his disturbing–yet darkly funny–glory is not easily forgotten.

10. The Stuff (1985)

Streaming: Prime

While never as well-known as Wes Craven, George Romero, or John Carpenter, Larry Cohen was unquestionably one of the finest genre directors of the ’70s and ’80s. His hugely entertaining and totally unique horror satire The Stuff focuses on an edible and highly addictive substance that is sold as a delicious healthy alternative to ice cream. Unfortunately it’s also a parasitic organism that infects your brain and mutates your body.

Most disgusting scene: One consumer is taken over by the Stuff, which proceeds to stretch his mouth to a truly grotesque degree.

9. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Streaming: Shudder

Japanese director and actor Shinya Tsukamoto recently appeared in Martin Scorsese’s historical drama Silence, giving an acclaimed, dignified performance. But 30 years ago, Tsukamoto was making an impact in a very different way. His directorial debut, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, is an insane black-and-white cyberpunk nightmare, in which a man gets his revenge on the couple who tried to kill him, by transforming himself into a fusion of man and machine.

Most disgusting scene: In the movie’s most shocking sequence, Tetsuo kills his girlfriend by raping her with a spinning drill, which has replaced his… well, you can probably guess.

8. The Incredible Melting Man (1977)

Streaming: Prime

The title of this ‘70s sci-fi horror says it all–there’s a man, and he melts. Incredibly. He’s an astronaut who returns from a mission to Saturn, and not only is space radiation making him slowly dissolve, it’s turned him into an insane cannibal. The film was reedited by producers and is a bit of a tonal mess, but the gruesome effects from make-up pioneer Rick Baker are undeniably impressive.

Most disgusting scene: Our melting hero attacks a woman through a window and get his gloopy arm lopped off by a meat-cleaver in the process.

7. From Beyond (1986)

Streaming: Pluto/Prime Rental

Director Stuart Gordon, who sadly died last month, followed his classic 1985 zombie comedy Re-Animator with the darker, weirder From Beyond. Based once more on a story by HP Lovecraft, it focuses on two rival scientists who are attempting to see beyond our normal reality using a machine known as the Resonator. Of course, the machine does more than that, and it ends up physically changing the doctors, providing plenty of opportunity for gloopy body horror.

Most disgusting scene: The villainous Dr. Pretorius goes through some wonderfully strange transformations, including the one pictured above.

6. The Thing (1982)

Streaming: Starz

John Carpenter’s sci-fi horror favorite might have been a critical and commercial bomb when it was first released in 1982, but it’s now considered one of the finest horror movies ever made. The movie showcased some incredible work from VFX genius Rob Bottin, as the titular creature imitates a group of scientists stationed at an arctic base, making its appearance in the most gruesome ways possible.

Most disgusting scene: The most outrageous transformation sequence is a procession of increasingly gobsmacking moments, which starts with the team’s doctor attempting to resuscitate one of his colleagues after he seemingly suffers a heart attack. It’s probably easier to go and watch it than describe it, but as one of the other scientists exclaims at one point: “You gotta be f***ing kidding me!”

5. Videodrome (1982)

Streaming: Prime Rental

No body horror list would be complete without at least a couple of movies from the master of the sub-genre: David Cronenberg. For many fans, the director’s finest movie is the mind-warping thriller Videodrome, in which a TV signal induces horrific hallucinations, allowing Cronenberg to indulge in a series of increasingly disturbing sequences.

Most disgusting scene: Star James Woods discovers that he has grown a vaginal slit in his belly, into which he plunges a gun. Later on, one of the movie’s villains declares, “I’ve got something I want to play for you!” and pops a pulsating, organic videotape in there. Ok, that’s two scenes, but we’ll make an exception for Mr. Cronenberg.

4. Street Trash (1987)

Streaming: Shudder

This outrageous 1987 horror comedy goes out of its way to offend. From the necrophilia jokes to a game of football played with a ripped-off male member, Street Trash really does have something for everyone. The main plot centres around a batch of ancient whiskey that an unscrupulous liquor store owner sells to the bums of Brooklyn, which has the unfortunate side effect of making them melt.

Most disgusting scene: The first meltdown is also the most spectacularly revolting, as one poor fella sits down on an abandoned toilet, takes a swig, and quickly turns into gloop in gloriously colorful style.

3. The Human Centipede (2009)

Streaming: Prime Rental

Tom Six’s shlock-horror-comedy The Human Centipede has become synonymous with outrageous, disgusting horror; even non-horror fans who would run a mile from watching it know the movie’s name. And they have good reason to run too, as Six fully delivers on the promise of the title.

Most disgusting scene: There’s no scene sicker than the one in which mad Dr. Heiter wakes up his creation, three kidnapped victims who have been sewn together to form a disturbing mock-centipede. The whole sequence is made even worse by the doc’s wild jubilation that his experiment has worked. As his victims cry in terror, he weeps t

2. Society (1990)

Streaming: Prime

There’s no other horror movie quite like Society. Directed by Re-Animator producer Brian Yuzna, it’s a satire of 1980s class and privilege that plays out like a weird, subversive soap opera. Ex-Baywatch star Billy Warlock discovers that his privileged, status-obsessed friends and parents are in fact shape-shifting, power-mad sex mutants.

Most disgusting scene: The movie ends with the infamous orgy scene in which the movie’s elite merge gloopily into one another while literally consuming their victim. The class metaphor might not be subtle, but the whole sequence is unforgettable.

1. The Fly (1986)

Streaming: Starz

David Cronenberg’s best known and most successful movie also features some of his most outrageous body horror moments, as Jeff Goldblum slowly and painfully changes into–yes–a fly!

Most disgusting scene: There’s almost too many juicy scenes to choose from, but for sheer disgustingness it’s hard to top the final moments of Goldblum’s transformation, as what remains of his human flesh falls away and the insect emerges.

New To Funimation In April 2020: One Piece, Fruits Basket, And More Anime

If you’re in need of some high-quality, epic storytelling, then you may want to dive further into the world of Anime. Funimation may have exactly what you’re looking for in the upcoming month. Check out everything arriving to the streaming service for April below.

Since there is plenty of time to watch whatever you want, why not dive head-first into One Piece? New episodes of the pirate-themed adventure arrive this month, and you only have to get through around 900 episodes to catch up! That’s roughly 360 hours of content, which is 15 full days of adventures!

Funimation recently grabbed exclusive rights to Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Season 2 and The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED, arriving April 11 and April 9 respectively. Kaguya-sama is a romantic comedy series about two peers who try to find a way to go on a date with each other without asking themselves.

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One Piece Cast Has Some COVID-19 Advice For You

The Straw Hat Pirates from One Piece have been on many adventures. Not only have they sailed the savage seas in search of Gol D. Roger’s treasure, but Luffy’s quest to become the pirate king has taken him to the skies, pit him against the world government and all manner of other deadly villains. They know a thing or two about staying safe and beating the odds, which makes them perfect to dish out some advice on how to deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Toei Animation has released a video featuring Luffy, Usopp, Nami, Robin, Chopper, and Franky offering advice on how to stay clean amidst the concerns about the virus spreading, and just healthy overall. Technically, Luffy doesn’t actually have much to say because, as is typical for him, he’s focused on filling his stomach, but the rest of the crew have some solid advice. Except for Zorro, who presumably is lost somewhere.

The gaming industry has made changes to accommodate new working situations, with companies including GTA and Red Dead Redemption studio Rockstar and Xbox platform holder Microsoft switching to remote working. Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has also said he’s supervising the development of new DLC remotely, which has been tricky given how secretive the project is.

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CBS Revives Sunday Night Movies With Indiana Jones & Mission Impossible

With the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic shutting down TV production throughout the entertainment industry, many TV networks are being forced to get creative with their programming schedules. That includes CBS, which is looking to the past to fill some holes in its schedule.

Beginning May 3, the network will begin presenting blockbuster films on Sunday evenings, much like it did for decades under the CBS Sunday Movie banner. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS executive vice president of program planning Noriko Kelley said the event is “a five-week programming event with epic films, iconic stars and brilliant stories that viewers love…and love to watch together.”

You can see the movies that will be presented below.

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Tom King’s 12 Comics to Read While You’re Sheltered in Place

A note from IGN Senior Editor Joshua Yehl: If you’ve suddenly found yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands that you don’t know what to do with, then worry not, because IGN is teaming up with some of our favorite comic book creators to help you out with a list of recommended reads. Today’s special guest is Tom King, an ex-CIA officer and Eisner-award winning comic writer you may know from his Marvel Comics smash, The Vision, or his DC Comics titles, including a years-long run on Batman, the Mister Miracle limited series, and his current project Strange Adventures with artists Mitch Gerads and Doc Shaner. Tom’s work often looks at superhero theatrics through a human lens in order to showcase the emotion, tragedy, humor, and beauty underneath. But I’ll stop eating up the word count on Tom’s piece and let you get to his list. Enjoy!

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So, oddly, this is not my first time doing this nowhere-to-go-for-some-time thing. A while back, in my government days, while looking for bad guys overseas, I had to do a year in a city where if I left the house in the wrong way I would’ve, I don’t know, probably been shot. It was sitting around with a small group of people for days on end waiting for the call to do what we did.

It soon became clear that part of the challenge of the deployment was enduring that wait, not going crazy as the hours passed, not driving each other crazy as the hours passed ever more slowly. On top of that, there were limited food options, a lot of bureaucratic BS, not a lot of toilet paper… looking back, it all feels familiar again.

And in that moment, stuck in that house, I started reading comics again. My wife and my mother would send them to me in care packages that’d arrive sporadically in a small plane. This was the mid 2000s when the industry was booming after the ‘90s crash, a little renaissance in the mainstream medium by people like Bendis, Millar, Cheung, Vaughan, McNiven, Brubaker, Cassidy, Simone, Meltzer, Hitch, and dozens of others. All that work reminded me of why I loved these books and these heroes and I started going back, googling the best comics of all time and just going down the lists, reading and rereading the classics from 1900 to today.

It kept me sane. Just every day looking at those stories, trying to understand this medium that had so thrilled my childhood, sped up the time just enough to get me through the year. And when it was done, I had given myself an education that still serves me now. To this day, to this moment, I try to write to the heights of those authors that were nice enough to grant me that respite.

So, having gone through this once and now going through it again, let me say two things: One, it’ll pass, and when it does the end will be glorious, full of grocery stores full of all sorts of paper products. Two, comics help; they transport you and challenge you and inspire you.

Here are a few of my picks to get you started. Plenty of places to go from there.

You can check out the list by flipping through the slideshow gallery below or keep scrolling to read the article.

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Suicide Squad

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By John Ostrander, Kim Yale, Luke McDonnell, Geoff Isherwood and others

My personal favorite ongoing superhero comic of all time. The best premise ever: a bunch of loser villains try to be amazing heroes to get out of jail. Full of death, mystery, suspense, humor, obscure and mainstream comic characters, and a dozen other related insanities. Over 60 issues of action and fun. Just pure mainstream comic joy.

Elfquest

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By Wendy and Richard Pini

Loved this as a kid, and I just finished reading it out loud to my kids. Nearly 40 years after it was published, it holds up perfectly; they and I were enthralled. The story of a small tribe of elves forced from their homes into a hostile world of humans, trolls, and magic, Elfquest sets the standard for fantasy comics. The elves adventure through a complete and remarkable world built around the emotional pain of a people who have lost their familiar, men and women struggling to find out who they are when their traditions have to either fade or evolve. Like the best epics, it’s full of war and love and tears; it’s so good.

Pluto

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By Nakoi Urasawa

A warning for this one. Manga is transcendent, but it’s not my nerd; I don’t know it like I do American comics. But, if it’s not your nerd either and you’re looking for a place to dig in, this masterpiece is one I tried and loved. A modern, insane twist on Astro Boy that turns a child’s story into a hunt for a (robot?) serial killer. Stunning story and visuals that’ll haunt you after you put it down.

Sleeper

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By Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Oddly, I used to be a case officer in the CIA. When people ask me what my favorite spy story is, I say “Sleeper.” An undercover super-villain spies for the cops on an evil super-terrorist organization… or maybe he’s actually working for the terrorists and betraying… you know how these things go. Bottom line, you pick it up and you’re stuck in it until the end, watching each twist go by with your jaw on your floor. Trippy, dirty, awesome superhero noir.

Thor: The Mighty Avenger

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By Roger Landridge and Chris Samnee

To me, this is the Watchmen of all-ages comics: the one that broke the mold and set the standard. It’s a story of Thor falling to earth and falling in love. You can read this when you’re eight or 80 and still awe at the razor sharp character work and the gorgeous, drool-over art. Taking some time with this one just warms your soul a bit, let’s you think it’s going to be okay, which maybe it is.

Love and Rockets: The Death of Speedy

Death of Speedy

By Jaime Hernandez

Los Bros Hernandez have made the best comics in comics for quite a few decades now, exploring and defining the emotional depth of the medium. As all the work is connected, it’s hard to know where to start, but I think this is my favorite, and it reads pretty well on its own (but if you want to get addicted and go back and read as much of Love and Rockets as you can, who am I to stop you?). This one though is a slice of life about a breakup that affects a community in a thousand huge and tiny ways, and it scratches at the heart of what it is to be human.

DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore

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By Alan Moore, Kurt Swan, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons and others

Alan Moore is the master of modern comics and this is my favorite work of his. It collects the one-shots and short stories he did for DC in the ‘80s, including his work on Superman, which in my opinion are the best superhero comics of all time. Writers and artists have been mining these few comics for inspiration for decades and will continue to do so for decades more. Many of the secrets of modern comics are found in these pages. Please don’t tell.

Power Pack

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By Louise Simonson and June Brigman

Just a pure escape you can read with your kids or read on your own. Four awesome kids get superpowers from an alien and have to learn how to live in the Marvel Universe. A family drama featuring original kick-ass action as well as quiet heartbreaking moments. It’s all fantastic and it all feels all so real. My favorite comic when I was a kid. Revisiting it now, I’m even more impressed.

Celebrating Peanuts: 65 Years

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By Charles Shultz

Peanuts is simply the best comic—in any genre or medium or country or whatever—that was ever made. In terms of putting words with pictures, this is as good as it gets. It’s a light comedic kids’ series full of laugh out loud gags that still land half a century after they were made; it’s an epic religious and philosophical dissection of how we deal (and don’t deal) with pain and growth, love and loss, God and family; it’s one quiet midwestern man’s 50 year nervous breakdown that he decided to document in the form of four daily panels about big headed children and a dog. It’s all of those things; occasionally it’s none of them. It’s sentimental and modern and stupid and mind blowing. It’s wonderful.

DC: The New Frontier

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By Darwyn Cooke

The superhero masterpiece of the 2000s. This is the story of the DC comics heroes living in the age in which many of them were created (the late 50s and early 60s). The easy pitch today would be Mad Men with capes: the optimism of the American age undermined by the reality of the monsters within. Written and drawn by the late master cartoonist Darwyn Cooke, the craft on this book is second to none, perfectly capturing the essence of dozens of characters in a few panels. One of the rare stories that tells the tale of an entire superhero universe with a beginning, middle and end. Just thrilling, perfect comics.

A Treasury of Victorian Murder

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By Rick Geary

I’ve read a lot of horror comics, and, in all honesty, comics don’t scare me like movies do. It’s the lack of music or that I can control the page turns or my inability to be shocked by a drawn image. They’re very good; they just don’t give me that spine tingle I’m looking for… with one exception: the true crime comics of Rick Geary. These comics are super simple: famous murders outlined in excruciating detail through the comic medium, told with deadpan seriousness: who, what, when, where, why, and whole lot of how. But they’re so exact, so transporting, so perfectly executed, that when I put them down I feel like the murderer is still in the room with me; my spine indeed tingles as I look about and listen to the quiet—which is really one of the best reading experiences you can have.

MAD’s Greatest Artists: Sergio Aragones: Five Decades of His Finest Works

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By Sergio Aragones

Sergio Aragones is, if not the greatest living cartoonist, certainly on the short list. Generations of children read Aragones work in Mad while their parents and teachers tut tutted away, not knowing these kids were learning from a craftsman of true genius and subtlety, unlike whatever forgettable cliché book they were supposed to be doing their reports on. Aragones can turn anything into the absurd, and in that way he’s almost a living, vitally needed jester for the 20th and now 21st century, a man who finds the foibles in our fables, lets us see the myths we tell ourselves and how silly those myths are. Besides all that, his stuff just makes you laugh, and right now, a laugh is worth a ton.

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Looking for more comics to binge? Check out Brian Michael Bendis’ list of comics to read while stuck at home:

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Microsoft Conferences to Go Digital-Only, Possibly Until July 2021

Microsoft’s forthcoming conferences could be digital-only until July 2021 – but Xbox PR says that it’s going to experiment with digital formats for the remainder of 2020. It’s led to questions about potential attendance at Gamescom, a future E3 event, and the likes of an Xbox Series X launch event.

The news began with a tweet from Ginny Caughey, which includes a portion of an email to attendees of the Microsoft MVP Summit:

“In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, Microsoft has been closely monitoring the developing global situation and re-assessing the overall company-wide in-person strategy,” the statement reads. “As a company, Microsoft has made the decision to transition all external and internal events to a digital-first experience through July 2021. We will continue to evaluate the situation and look forward to connecting in person when the situation allows.”

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IGN reached out to Xbox PR for official comment and received the following from a Microsoft spokesperson:

“In light of challenges presented by Covid-19, we are adjusting our event calendar and strategy. For the remainder of 2020 we are embracing the opportunity to experiment with new platforms to provide our partners, customers and developers the highest quality, digital-first experiences.”

That response made clear to point out this strategy is scheduled for the rest of this year, but not necessarily beyond. Of course, as pointed out in the first statement, the situation is still under evaluation so things could change depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to play out.

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That timescale seems to rule out any in-person events surrounding the launch of Xbox Series X. It would also seem to rule out attendance at Gamescom 2020, or the ‘reimagined’ E3 2021 – however, a report from Eurogamer says it understands this policy applies only to Microsoft-organised events, and trade show attendance would be taken on a case-by-case basis.

Microsoft had already announced that it was moving forward with a digital-only format for its usual E3 conference in light of this year’s E3 being cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Microsoft isn’t the only company moving to a digital format in light of COVID-19 cancellations. Ubisoft announced that it will hold a digital conference in light of this year’s E3 being cancelled. IGN itself will also hold Summer of Gaming, a digital showcase for new announcements this June.

Here are some ways to help others and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

Modern Warfare Season 3 Update Teased In New Image — “Worlds Collide”

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s new Season 3 update is launching very soon, on April 8, and now a new piece of marketing material has offered a slight tease about what to expect.

CharlieIntel reports that a marketing email for Season 3 has been sent to some people ahead of schedule, and the message teases that “worlds collide” in the new update.

“Operators return, New gear arrives, and worlds collide,” a line in the material says. An image included in the email shows a new character skin for Alex, the soldier who many were surprised to see in the initial teaser for Season 3 due to the events of the Modern Warfare campaign. Check out the image above.

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Amy Poehler’s Animated Comedy Duncanville Is Getting A Second Season

Partway through its first season, Fox’s animated series Duncanville has earned an early pickup for a second season, THR reports. The renewal is a part of Fox’s increased investment in animation, as it looks towards filling out a roster dominated by classic shows Family Guy and the Simpsons.

Duncanville follows an average 15-year-old boy named Duncan and his offbeat family. The series is created by Amy Poehler and married couple Mike and Julie Scully, both Simpsons alumni.

The voice cast features Poehler as both Duncan and his wannabe-cop mother, Ty Burrell as Duncan’s dad, and Riki Lindholme as the angsty tweenager sister. Wiz Khalifa and Rashida Jones also feature in recurring guest roles.

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