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‘SNL': Watch Wes Anderson’s Halloween Horror Movie, and ’12 Days Not a Slave’ (Video)

Ed Norton plays Owen Wilson in ”The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders“

Sometimes “Saturday Night Live” just nails it: the show imagined a Wes Anderson horror film Saturday, bringing us “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.”

All of the Anderson touchstones were there: carefully worded letters, a smoking Gwyneth Paltrow, and Owen Wilson being endearing. (He was played by “SNL” host Edward Norton, star of Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” and the upcoming “Grand Midnight Hotel.”) There were also the requisite overhead shots showing the contents of desks, an adorable stop-motion creature, and, of course, some of the most delightful words in the dictionary coming out to play.See also: Alec Baldwin, Miley Cyrus Tell Edward Norton How to Host (Video)

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Less successful was the show’s “12 Days a Slave” reimagining, “12 Days Not a Slave,” which found Jay Pharoah playing a former slave who can’t understand why the white people around him aren’t as happy about his new freedom as he is. There was one good joke: Aidy Bryant played a white woman who considered the days since slavery’s end the 12 best days of her life. But otherwise it fell pretty flat.

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