I love horror films. Why else would I be writing for iHorror? But I also love comedies. So what’s better than a film that fuses the two? Nothing!
Halloween is over. I know, I’m sad too, but hopefully we can all ease our heartache by watching something funny, while also quenching our bloodlust.
These are my 8 favorite Horror Comedies ever made… but only so far. I need to stress that last part because recently there have been so many good ones that I am sure I’ll have to update this list in about a year or so. We’ve got new films on this list, old films on this list, and even some that are new, but sort of old! Or old, but kind of new! Read on! I’m so corny and I hate myself!
The Comedy of Terrors (1964)
Here is one that you probably don’t see very often. It’s a forgotten gem of Vincent Price concerning a funeral home that isn’t doing very well. They can’t find much business, and therefore have to kill people off so they can get paid to do their funerals. Vincent Price always has some great comedic lines in his movies, but it is an absolute treat to see him do something completely comedic for once. There is no gore, and it is completely tame unlike the other films on this list. However, it is really funny; classic, well-acted humor. Also, Boris Karloff has a role in this movie. It’s two horror icons for the price of one!
Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
This is a film that covers so much ground, and is so great, that it pops up in numerous lists of mine. It’s found footage done well. It’s got more horror actors than you can shake a stick at. It’s also really, really funny. It’s a movie about the career of being a masked maniac. Leslie Vernon wants to be up there in the ranks with Myers and Krueger, so he creates a fiendish backstory and goes on a killing spree. It’s refreshing to see a movie so original, despite the fact that it’s not exactly a new movie any more. It’s very meta, and if you enjoy things like that, you will be as obsessed with Behind the Mask as I am.
This is a newer one, but HOLY SHIT is it good. It is so over the top and hilarious. In Deathgasm they took Evil Dead, add some awesome black, doom and death metal, while simultaneously kicking the gore up a notch and adding a death by dildo scene. Yes. Death by dildo. The movie had me cracking up the entire time…most of the humor just comes from the film being so unbelievably over the top that you can’t help but laugh. It’s sort of like if Tenacious D’s The Pick of Destiny was done as a brutal horror movie. This is not one to be missed. Trust me. This movie came out of New Zealand. Keep that in mind for later.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
What’s the best way to win an ex-girlfriend back? Flowers? No. Apologies? Maybe. Fighting an entire town full of zombies? Man, if that doesn’t work, she’s not worth your time. If you like Simon Pegg’s excellent brand of British comedy, and you also enjoy George Romero’s Dead franchise, then this is the movie for you! I really don’t know what else to say about this movie that hasn’t already been said. It’s hilarious. It’s awesome. Watch it. Laugh. Now!
Dead Alive (1992)
Like Deathgasm above, the humor in this movie usually comes from just being so over the top that you honestly cannot believe what you are seeing. You’ve got Priests that do Kung Fu. You’ve got a zombie sex scene. And on top of that, you have the most amount of blood ever used in a horror movie…until the Evil Dead remake. Supposedly, Dead Alive used around 5,000 gallons of fake blood, with around 1,000 for the “lawnmower scene.” I won’t tell you exactly what the “lawnmower scene” entails, but I’m sure you can figure it out for yourself. If you want blood…you’ve definitely got it. Oh, and this movie also comes from New Zealand.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
What the hell!? New Zealand again!? What’s their secret? This is the third and final film that comes from there, and seriously, I’ve got to know how they do it. The idea behind this movie is genius. It’s The Real World but with Vampires. The way that they reference Twilight in this film cracks me up. They actually think those Vampires are cool! What weirdos! The comedy definitely overshadows the blood here, but there were at least two scenes where I jumped. My favorite part is Peter. He looks like a crossbreed of Nosferatu and Barlow from Salem’s Lot, but his name is just regular ol’ Peter. A modern classic.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
This is probably the best spoof of all time. Where most movies seem to be simply making fun of the movies that they’re spoofing on, this one seems to be paying homage to it. It’s a goofy joke version of Frankenstein, and is hands down one of the best comedies of all time. I’ve never met a person who didn’t like this movie, and I really don’t want to. Gene Wilder stars in this masterpiece by Mel Brooks, and Wilder has stated that this was his favorite movie that he had ever made. In fact, everyone involved was having so much fun that they wrote extra scenes into the movie, just so they could extend filming it. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.
Evil Dead 2 (1987)
Bruce Campbell is God. He has a chainsaw for a hand in this movie. What more do you need me to say? It’s got insane special effects and a unique brand of “splatstick” comedy that is often imitated, but never replicated. It has just the right amount of gore and humor to be the perfect horror comedy. It’s over the top and insane, but it never feels forced. KNB Special Effects Group does a great job on this film, and as I stated before, Bruce Campbell is just the best. He has so many great one liners, and damn! Look at that chin! This is my favorite fuckin’ movie! I’m sorry for cursing, but I’m just so excited while writing this that I can’t help it! GROOVY!
Like I said before, there are so many good horror comedies coming out lately that it’s really hard to count. These are what I feel are my favorites, but there are so many more that I could have added. So, here’s a list of honorable mentions:
Tucker and Dale Versus Evil
Army of Darkness
Return of the Living Dead
Zombeavers (guilty pleasure, sue me.)
and if I don’t stop there, I never will.
Stay spooky…and maybe just a little bit silly.