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Conjuring 2 director James Wan explains his love for crazy British TV show 'The Goodies'

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Matt Kennedy

In between jumping out of their seats at the film’s supernatural shenanigans, viewers of The Conjuring 2 may find themselves pondering this question: What the hell is that crazy-looking show which keeps turning up on the television in the haunted house of director James Wan’s London-set terror tale? The answer is The Goodies. Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie, this extremely strange ’70s-era U.K. series show — part sitcom, part collection of surreal sketches — was hugely popular in both Britain and in Australia, where Wan was raised.

“Oh my god, I love it,” says Wan of The Goodies. “Pretty much no Americans will have any f—ing clue what it is. But I’m hoping that all my friends over in England will crack up, knowing how big a fan I am of the Goodies. It was between the Goodies and The Young Ones. But theYoung Ones wasn’t period correct, so I had to go with the Goodies. Which is great because I love the Goodies. The Goodies and the Young Ones. How amazing were they?”

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You can see the trailer for The Conjuring 2 and watch the Goodies perform their #4 U.K. hit “The Funky Gibbon,” below.

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