Sunday, October 7, 2018

11 Horror Comedies That Are A Scary Good Time

We love watching horror movies year-round. Some movie watchers, on the other hand, don't like to be disturbed beyond reason but still want to get in the Halloween spirit. Today, we wanted to share a list of our favorite horror comedies that will make you laugh and get you in the Halloween spirit at the same time!


*Some Lighter Fare*

-"Little Shop of Horrors" (1986): It's hard for us to watch "Little Shop of Horrors" and not sing along with its great music. It's probably the funniest, most entertaining movie you'll ever see about a man-eating plant. With a fantastic cast including the likes of Rick Moranis, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, John Candy, and Jim Belushi, how can you go wrong?
-"Young Frankenstein" (1974): Few things are better than Mel Brooks' spoof on "Frankenstein." With a quotable script, some very memorable scenes, and a ton of great performances, we look forward to watching this film every year because it puts us in the perfect mood for Halloween.

*Middle-Of-The-Road Scary*

-"Army of Darkness" (1992): You can't get more groovy than b-movie great Bruce Campbell battling it out with the undead in a medieval times setting. This final entry in the "Evil Dead" series is by far the most comedic and has the tone of an action adventure film, though there are still plenty of demons, skeletons, and gushing fountains of blood to put you in a Halloween-y mood.
-"The Cabin in the Woods" (2012): This is the ultimate dark comedy spoof for avid horror fans. It offers dozens of homages of many wonderful horror franchises, while at the same time playing with their expected genre tropes. It also offers a narrative that tries to explain why those cliches exist and how the deaths of these characters are always for a greater good in a perfectly twisted way.
-"Shaun of the Dead" (2004): Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" plays with expected horror movie tropes and stereotypes to create a witty, riotous, entertaining zombie flick that doesn't shy away from blood, guts, and peril. We love this movie!
-"What We Do in the Shadows" (2015): We can remember taking a chance on this film at our local theater having no clue who Taika Waititi was several years ago. "What We Do in the Shadows" is a positively hilarious breath of fresh air in an over-saturated, stale genre. It provides a wonderful, satirical take on the vampire lore full of blood, jokes, and deadpan humor.

*Full-Fledged Dark Horror Comedies*

-"Black Sheep" (2006): When you think of "scary" animals, sheep are probably close to the bottom of the list with their mild demeanor and puffy white coats. As such, mutant flesh-eating sheep are the perfect unexpected horror movie antagonist. This movie has a concept so wild, it'll make you chuckle at the mere thought of it.
-"Dead Alive" (1993): Before Peter Jackson made a name for himself with the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, he was directing splatterhouse horror comedies like "Dead Alive." This movie offers tons of quippy, sometimes cheesy dialogue, some low-brow humor, a lot of grotesque body horror, and a lawn mower used as a weapon in one of the bloodiest scenes of all time. Those with weak stomachs may want to avoid this one.
-"Evil Dead 2" (1987): "Evil Dead 2" is more of a remake than a sequel. It has grown in popularity over the years, making it one of the most beloved cult films of all time. It is even more loved than its more horror-focused predecessor. It blends over-the-top gore with slapstick humor, combined with the charming, witty line delivery of Bruce Campbell into one fun package full of demons out to swallow your soul.
-"Return of the Living Dead" (1985): This flick is full of violence, blood, and brain-eating zombies. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Zombies can't even be killed with a headshot, it's crazy! It might not sound like a comedy, but we assure you it is. Using a group of potential victims who aren't the brightest bunch offers up a recipe for laughs that only those with the darkest sense of humor will appreciate. Trust us, it's worth it!
-"Zombieland" (2009): Jesse Eisenberg's self-deprecating humor meets Woody Harrelson's brash bravado as he scours a post-apocalyptic world for a Twinkie. We can't help but laugh at this fun action adventure horror every single time we watch it. It also teaches us the most valuable lesson of surviving the zombie apocalypse...cardio is key. Bonus: Bill Murray gives one of the greatest cameos of all time.

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