‘SNL’: Bill Hader spoofs ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent,’ ‘Maze Runner’

Oct. 13, 2014 | 4:05 p.m.

“Saturday Night Live” put its own spin on the dystopian young-adult mega-franchise in a fake movie trailer poking fun at the likes of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.”

The trailer for “The Group Hopper” begins with Pete Davidson’s protagonist Thehero (spoiler — he’s The Hero) entering a walled-off community via underground elevator.

“What is this place?” he says. “It looks post-apocalyptic or something.”

“The meadowfields,” responds Beck Bennett’s character. “This is where the samies stay until the groupers pass them along to the sorters for sorting.”

What follows is an elaborate parody of the box-office dominating, though oft-maligned, young adult franchise, with even more made-up lore, including death-fires, lurkies and zoomerangs.

The trailer also features the talents of “SNL” alumnus Bill Hader as a horned sendup of Elizabeth Banks’ ostentatious “Hunger Games” character Effie Trinket.

“You are all the same,” says Hader, wearing magenta blush and a pair of Maleficent-like horns. “There is nothing unique or special about any of you. And now, you will be put into groups.”

The groups, of course, are the Emotionals, the Foodies, the Hasidics and Gryffindor.

“You will be given even dirtier clothes, arranged in lines, and you must obey me,” Hader says, “because I am  your king. Or queen. You’ll figure it out.”

Would you see “The Group Hopper”? Check it out in the video above.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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