Trends (2009): Parodies

In celebration of Adult Empire’s 20th anniversary, we look at some of the porn trends and genres that shaped the company’s history. In this edition: PARODIES.

Saturday Night Live, Mad Magazine, National Lampoon, and many more have made their names by spoofing popular movies and television shows. Ever a cultural microcosm, porn has also drawn inspiration from pop entertainment for parodies, resulting in some of the most famous adult films of all time.

The heyday of the porn parody came in 2009, when it seemed that virtually every recognizable franchise was getting the spoof treatment. The popularity of Pirates (2006) and Not the Bradys XXX (2007) helped proved the viability of the genre, and porn spoofs became one of the few categories to withstand the porn downturn that occurred in the wake of the 2008 recession. According to AVN, Hustler’s Star Trek spoof remains the top-selling video in the company’s history, no small feat for a studio that is home to some of the most durable series in porn. The pun-heavy titles of movies from the parody genre are the stuff of porn legend (and have inspired many Ranker and BuzzFeed lists): Buffy the Vampire Layer, Womb Raider, The Porn Identity, Shaving Ryan’s Privates, 12 Inches a Slave, and many more.

Like most porn trends, the parody boom eventually began to ebb. Blockbuster efforts like Axel Braun’s continuing series of comic book movies still resonate, but the days of wall-to-wall spoofs on AE’s new release lists are gone. Certain off-the-wall parodies from companies like Wood Rocket catch Empire customers’ eyes, though: an article spotlighting the trailer for Ten Inch Mutant Ninja Turtles became the most popular AE blog post in 2016.

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Adult Empire 20 Years

Feature (1997) | Shaved (1998) | Interactive DVD (1999) | Contract Girl Era (2000) | Compilations (2001) | Anal Obsession (2002) | Reality Porn (2003) | Gonzo (2004) | Cuckolding (2005) | Oiled (2006) | Celeb Sex Tapes (2007) | MILF (2008) | Parodies (2009) | Firsts/ Doubles (2010) | Rise of the All-Natural Girl (2011) | Family Roleplay (2012) | Threesomes (2013) | Interracial (2014) | BDSM (2015) | Star Showcase (2016) | High-End Erotica (2017)