Some horror movies wriggle in your mind and make you seriously question turning off the lights. But when you just don’t wanna invite something like Hereditary in your nightmares there are also horror movies that aim to make you howl with laughter and fright, often with additional help from gore.
With well-established films like the evil Dead series, Shaun of the Dead, and Undead already sitting at the top of the horror comedy pile, we wanted to dig a little deeper and highlight some of the genre’s cult classics. Share your own favorite offbeat horror comedies in the comments!
As we mentioned, this list does not contain most of the most important titles in the horror comedy genre., but a slightly less known “Dead” is here to represent, if only because his genius is fresh in our minds after our annual review on July 4th. It’s the holiday behind this 1985 zombie classic, about a pair of medical supply warehouse workers accidentally resuscitating one of the corpses in the real incident that inspired Night of the Living Dead, and the equally clumsy characters who find themselves caught up in the chaos that ensues – including an extremely eccentric mortician, a cheerful punk rockers gang, and several chatty ghouls. Do you want paaaarty?
The legendary comedy duo kicked off a successful monster caper series with this 1948 goofballery exercise; the title doesn’t begin to contain the list of stars that Florida baggage clerks Wilbur (Lou Costello) and Chick (Bud Abbott) encounter when they mingle with a few crates destined for the local wax museum. Count Dracula (Béla Lugosi) is the main villain, although the insightful wax museum owner (Frank Ferguson) and a pair of accomplice ladies (Lenore Aubert and Jane Randolph), both of whom claim to be in love with Wilbur for different reasons, don’t. are not. t far behind.
Meanwhile, Frankenstein’s monster (Glenn Strange) somehow wanders waving his arms at people, the nervous wolf (Lon Chaney Jr.) becomes the hero, and the invisible Man (expressed by Vincent Price) passes for a gag at the right time. Obviously, there isn’t a drop of blood in this particular entry; the great fun is seeing all those classic monsters interacting on such a light level, but Costello’s over-the-top scared cat routine is never a delight.
Horror Veteran Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2 and Part III, Halloween H20) directs this flashback to 1999 When Nature Attacks written by David E. Kelley (Big little lies, Mr. Mercedes) and featuring an airtight ensemble cast that includes Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Platt and a deliciously delicate Betty White, as well as a huge butt crocodile who has nothing to do in a Maine lake. otherwise quiet. When the massive beast begins to grab humans, a motley group of law enforcement and reptile experts try to capture it, with lots of screams, horrific fangs of flesh (the fang also manages to wipe out a helicopter at one point) and cornball jokes along the way.
One year after 1985 Re-animator, director Stuart Gordon reunited with the stars Jeffrey Combs and Barbara crampton, with a new addition Ken foree (Dawn of the Dead), for another H.P. Tale inspired by Lovecraft. Like that previous film, it’s a strange scholarly tale of science, crossed by a conscious jolt of very dark humor. Combs plays Dr. Crawford Tillinghast, assistant scientist / bondage enthusiast, Dr. Edward Pretorius (Ted Sorel), whose Bride of Frankenstein the homage of a name drops a huge allusion to his, uh, adventurous spirit in the lab.
In the opening scene, we witness his invention, the “resonator”, a machine that improves psychic consciousness and the pleasure receptors forbidden to all within reach; As the film progresses, it proves its ability to trigger gruesome results, most dramatically a version of Dr. Pretorious who emerges “from beyond” as a horribly distorted, squishy monster with an insatiable appetite. for the human brain.
Not the 1996 comedy starring Chris Farley and David Spade – this Black sheep is the 2006 New Zealand zombie parade featuring an outrageously vicious flock of sheep, the genetic engineering result went very badly (and then accidentally unleashed itself in the countryside, where the monstrous mutation soon spreads to humans). At the heart of the film is a decades-long conflict between two brothers – one is afraid of sheep, the other loves them a little. as well a lot – but despite its benevolent cast of New Zealand actors, Black sheepThe real stars of it are its tone, which perfectly balances quick wit humor and wacky terror, and its macabre, woolly and flatulent special effects, created by a just post-the Lord of the Rings Weta Workshop.
Make it a dual New Zealand feature with the 2014 Taika Waititi-Jemaine Clement mockumentary who spawned the hit TV series FX, in a rare example of source material and derivative series being equal works of comic genius. Wherever the vampires go, there is sure to be a lot of bloody carnage in their wake; What we do in the shadows Also has fun exploring what it might be like to be a centuries-old creature of the night trying to get along with roommates whose supernatural similarities don’t mean they’re easy to get along with. Not to mention meeting the challenges of integration in an extremely modern world. Also, the movie has a lot more werewolves than the series, as well as a pair of ignorant cops so funny that they have become their own series in New Zealand.
The 1974 original is still a nerve-racking and stomach-wracking tutorial on why you should never, ever get off the main freeway and go snooping around a house full of body parts, mostly in Texas. But the rest, who director Tobe Hooper waited until 1986 to unleash the world, is arguably the most magnificently macabre-themed barbecue and cannibalism comedy ever staged.
Dennis Hopper directly plays him as a lawyer seeking revenge, while almost everyone (especially Jim Siedow and Bill Mosely as the more talkative members of the Sawyer family) plays him a lot. Perhaps most remarkably, Leatherface (played here by Bill Johnson) transcends his monster-slasher locker to become the sad clown character of the film – if a clown can wear a mask of human skin, that is.
Smart sending of Eli Craig in 2010 slasher movies imagine that good old boy besties Tucker (Alan tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) just bought the dilapidated cabin of their dreams – to have their first vacation complicated by a bunch of college kids partying, watching them and assuming they’re about to fall victim in a Backwoods horror film. The Big Misunderstanding is storytelling stuff, but it’s really funny enough to propel the entire movie, as the kids – and possibly the annoying local sheriff – continue to die in a series of extremely bloody crashes (seriously, why would you go near this chipper?), and a secondary plot on a real the homicidal maniac lurking in the forest begins to emerge. Plus, there’s a surprisingly cute romance as an added feel-good bonus.
Have you heard the one on the tire named Robert who comes alive in the wilderness and start blowing people up? And when we say ‘the one’, we really mean it – there isn’t another movie as bizarre as Quentin Dupieux’s in 2010. Rubber, which envelops this singular premise in equal parts of dry wit and enthusiastic violence.
Just to prove that horror comedies are still alive and well, here is an entry from last year–Ready not ready directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, together known as Radio Silence (they will conduct Scream 5 following). Samara Weaving, soon to appear in Bill and Ted face the music, plays Grace, an orphan who marries the ridiculously wealthy Le Domas family to discover – on her wedding night, while wearing her wedding gown no less – some sort of bizarre hazing ritual awaits her, in the form of a deadly game of hide and seek. A few maids are initially slaughtered by accident, then Grace begins to retaliate with as much brutality as she can muster. And then … just when you think the battered bride is over for … Ready not readyDemonic flair kicks in and we have it splat-tastic action. KA-BLAM!
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