TV Club: John C. McGinley animates the undead knockoff Stan Against Evil

IFC is premiering its new supernatural horror comedy series Stan Against Evil tonight before moving it to its normal Wednesday slot. As far as Halloween treats go, it’s a smart move, a bite-sized introduction for those likely to appreciate its low-rent but enjoyable mix of gloopy horrors, drollery, and John C. McGinley’s signature, hyper-verbal assholery.

Created by noted comic and former Simpsons writer Dana Gould, Stan Vs. Evil is unabashedly derivative, with horror-comedy fan Gould tossing out references all over the place to the likes of the Evil Dead movies, Drag Me To Hell, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Simpsons‘ “Treehouse Of Horror” episodes, An American Werewolf In London, and more. Nowhere is the Sam Raimi influence more apparent (not to say shameless) than in its protagonist, McGinley’s disgraced former Sheriff Stanley Miller. Sporting a perpetual five-day growth around his cop mustache, a hoarse growl, and a …

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