Who says that terror can’t be funny? Horror comedies that simultaneously make you laugh and howl are the finest. We encourage watching these hilarious fright-fests with your loved ones, but you don’t have to hide under the couch to have a good time. There’s something for everyone on this list, from cult favorites from the 1980s to more modern films like Shaun of the Dead.
For example, you’ll note that films like Scream and Cabin in the Woods aren’t on our list. That’s because we felt that they belonged on a list of horror films rather than comedies. However, there are still a plethora of alternative choices. Continue reading to learn more about our recommendations for the scariest and funniest horror comedies ever made.
10. Return of the Living Dead (1985)
In addition to Alien, Dan O’Bannon’s lesser-known works reveal his affinity for comedy. After collaborating with his friend John Carpenter on Dark Star, he finally took the director’s seat for the first time on Return of the Living Dead. Several zombies are set loose after a canister of deadly goo is unintentionally knocked open by two warehouse workers.
With its gory needle drops, graveyard boogies, and barrels stuffed with toxic dead bodies, O’Bannon’s flesh-eating universe is a happening place in the tradition of George Romero’s legendary zombie film. Return is more concerned with its knock-kneed shufflers digging their teeth into as many heads as possible as it is with delicate societal commentary. Not only did this first zombie apocalypse introduce the corpses love of brain consumption, but O’Bannon also had one of these ravenous flesh-eaters seize the radio from a patrol car and request that they “send more cops.” Snacks, you know?
9. Zombieland (2009)
As though Scream had reached the pinnacle of self-reference, Ruben Fleischer’s self-aware comedy picks up the slack and rushes into a related area of horror. After the outbreak of zombies, Zombieland follows a group of charming folks on a fun-filled road trip that includes more blood and humiliating put-downs than Carrie’s locker room shower. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) is a high school student returning to Ohio to visit his parents when he meets up with Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Adam Sandler) in a hilarious series of encounters (Abigail Breslin).
In contrast to other meta-horror films, Zombieland lets Eisenberg’s nebbish protagonist run over the lessons he’s learned during the zombie apocalypse rather than weaving them into the dialogue. Look for a Ghostbustin’ cameo that is sure to bring the laughs in the movie.
8. Braindead / Dead Alive (1992)
Peter Jackson’s first foray into the world of fantasy was a gruesomely brutal horror film that ended with a lawnmower zombie slaughter. There are some things you have to see in order to believe them, and this is one of them. ‘Splattergore’ was coined to characterize the film Braindead, or Dead Alive in the United States.
Lionel and Paquita’s romance is impeded at every turn by his mother in this heartwarming romp based on a true love story. Aside from this cruel Sumatran rat-behavior, monkey’s the rest of this horrific story can be easily understood. Despite the fact that she dies, she eats her ear in custard with Paquita’s dog. Only after she reanimates does Jackson really let his hair down and soar into the carnage-fest of the final act. Things quickly devolve into a farce.
7. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
In homage to George Romero, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s screenplay is written by the duo. It brings together their shared love of the horror genre and their lightning-quick improvisational style.. This movie is both a tribute and parody to the zombie genre, and it makes no effort to hide the fact that it makes light of the fact that we are all just stumbling about in our daily routines.
Comedy gold shines brightest in these situations. On his way into the convenience store, Shaun is barely aware of someone having their face devoured by a swarm of mosquitoes. Similarly, scenes like Shaun and Ed’s first encounter with a zombie in the back garden demonstrate Wright’s ability to depict absolute dread alongside gut-busting laughs.
6. Night of the Comet (1984)
Night of the Comet’s initial title was Teenage Mutant Horror Comet Zombies. This will give you a flavor of the film’s tongue-in-cheek nature. Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelly Maroney as sisters Sam and Reggie, who are the only survivors after a hazardous comet passes near to Earth, are the only ones who take this seriously. Those who are not reduced to ashes by the red dust become zombies, which the sisters take great pleasure in destroying.
There is no shortage of one-liners in Night of the Comet, which deftly rips apart conventions in both science fiction and horror. The picture, and Sam in particular, is cited as an inspiration for Buffy by Joss Whedon, and it’s easy to notice the similarities. This duo is intelligent, amusing and truly concerned about each other’s well-being. In fact, like Buffy, they don’t even break a sweat when they realize that the end of the world has arrived, preferring instead to relax with a couple of semi-automatic guns at the mall instead.
5. Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010)
A group of teens and a couple of overall-clad rednecks come across each other on their way to a party. In a horror film, that concept is usually a recipe for doom for the young people in question. As it turns out, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil isn’t your ordinary scream-inducing horror film. Similar to Cabin in the Woods and The Final Girls, it reimagines the horror genre.
When students run into residents, it’s a sure sign they won’t make it to college. A gang of high school students mistakenly believes that Tucker and Dale are the real-life inspirations for Wrong Turn because of their actions. The entire show is flawless. Director Eli Craig adds a lovely touch by having Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine play clueless oafs who wouldn’t say boo to a goose.
4. Teeth (2007)
A pitch-black comedic horror film that takes on a few heavy subjects before delivering its cutting – ahem – surprise. As a young woman sucked into the Christian abstinence movement, Jess Weixler takes on the role of the “no nookie” speaker for the greater good. Those aren’t the most horrifying of sounds, are they? Weixler’s teen gets seduced by a Christian boy in her class, which leads to a shocking turn in the plot that you won’t want to miss.
Aside from being disgustingly selfish, his actions are less admirable as he makes an attempt to seduce the female. With her ladygarden gnashers, she tries to take back control. The girl had vagina dentata, a mythical occurrence in which women acquire teeth in their genitals. It’s a crazy notion that turns into an examination of sexuality.
3. Bride of Chucky (1998)
Opening scenes of the new Child’s Play film feature a corrupt police officer searching through evidence in an evidence locker. This is just the beginning; there’s a lot more to come. “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” Blood and quips abound in the fourth installment of the series, which bursts out of the gate like no other in the series’ history. A long-term love of Chucky’s life Tiffany tries to resurrect him from the grave, but she ends up taking on the form of her own plastic doll and marrying Chucky. The couple sets up a young couple (Katherine Heigl and Nick Stabile) to take the fall for their murderous actions.
In order to keep up with Chucky’s ever-present need for carnage, director Ronny Yu constantly ups the creativeness of the murderous couple’s deaths as well as their one-liners. As a result of Chucky’s meticulously planned attack, a cop’s face is pierced by a nail-gun blast. Following an incomparable chuckle from Brad Dourif, a small terror says, “Now why does that appear so familiar?”. He obviously resembles Cenobite Pinhead from the Hellraiser films. Chucky is the epitome of satire, in more ways than one.
2. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
What We Do In The Shadows, written by Taiki Waititi and Jermaine Clement, must have been excruciatingly difficult. Many horror comedies tend to cling to a single sort of comedy or to a single mythological storyline or setting.. A mockumentary that deconstructs our preconceived notions about those twinkly-skinned bloodsuckers reveals them to be surprisingly relatable people who face the same struggles we do.
In Wellington, New Zealand, a documentary team follows a gang of vampires as they welcome their newest sire into the fold. Petyr, who is 8000 years old and behaves like a very nasty Nosferatu, is the oldest member of the gang, therefore it can be tough to ‘fit in’ with the others. Despite all the jokes, there is a lot of true terror to be found in this rag-tag group of immortals, especially when they get hungry.
1. Ghostbusters (1984)
An 80’s comedy classic that doesn’t rely to the usual gags or jump scares to be hilarious and scary? Why not give it a try? SNL cast members, a fast-paced script, and some scary moments make Ghostbusters a great movie to watch at any time of year.
The film follows a group of scientists who were just laid off from their jobs at a prestigious university in order to start a legitimate ghoul-hunting enterprise – ahem, the Ghostbusters. With their trademark wit and occasional clumsiness, they begin to take on New York City’s enormous supernatural problem. A doorway to another world opens up, threatening to unleash evil on Manhattan. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson feature in the film. The best horror comedy ever made and a masterpiece of filmmaking.
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