10 Scary Movies With A Funny Bone

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The horror genre  brings in a steady fan base.  It’s difficult to do a cross genre: Action\Comedy, Drama\Comedy and Horror\Comedy.  Horror\Comedy is the hardest because you have to be careful of what material you choose.  Here are some examples that pulled it off quite well:

1) Army of Darkness 1992
The third entry of the ‘Evil Dead’ series definitely made me chuckle more than a few times.  Slapstick, sight gags and of course the infamous Good Ash vs. Bad Ash scene really pulled this movie together.  If you’re ever in the mood for a laugh, by all means, give it a shot.  Or watch it again just for fun.

2) Shaun of the Dead 2004
One of my favorite zombie movies that made me laugh over and over.  Simon Pegg was great as Shaun, a mild mannered guy whose plans to get a better job and get his girlfriend back are thwarted by a zombie outbreak.  This movie had gore to please horror fans, but lots of laughs to please comedy fans.  Sure these group of zombie killers weren’t as effective as Daryl Dixon.  But admit it, they made you laugh.

3) Dead Alive 1992
Peter Jackson is widely credited with bringing to life the Lord of the Ring saga.  What people may not know, he also directed one of the greatest gore and laugh fests ever.  This entry gave us the sad tale of a man who must face the fact his mom is now a zombie.  And she has no problem attacking the neighbors.  This movie is gory so be warned.  It could also make you laugh if it helps.

4) Fido 2006
This entry tells the endearing story of a boy and his pet zombie.  This entry gives us a comedic look at life after the zombie apocalypse.  A company, ZomCom, takes zombies and makes them into domestic servants.  You can guess what happens next.  For those who are scared of zombies movies, consider this your ‘training film.’  It’s more funny than scary.  Come on, these zombies won’t bite you…..hopefully.

5) Zombieland 2009
Yes, I realize I’ve mentioned three zombies movies.  But I can’t forget about this awesome movie.  This entry had everything: gore, laughs, zombie kills galore and Woody Harrelson in one his best performances.  This movie poked fun at the zombie apocalypse.  The rules were so funny, and yet if you think about it, would come in handy.

6) Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil 2010
Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are two likeable rednecks who become the target of teenagers who mistake them for psychopaths.  Dale and Tucker must try to live long enough to clear their names.  Some of the kills are gory, yet hilarious considering most of them happen by accident.  This entry is one you need to watch as soon as possible.  You can thank me later.

7) Little Shop of Horrors 1986
How harmless can a plant be?  Lonely shop keeper Seymour Kelborn (Rick Moranis) is about to find an unlikely ally and enemy in a giant venus fly trap, Audrey II.  Audrey promises to help Seymour with all of his life problems if Seymour feeds him people.  Yes, this is a musical but it’s still a great movie.

8) The Frighteners 1996
If you’re being terrorized by a ghost, you could call the Ghostbusters.  But ghost expert Frank Bannister (Michael J. Fox) would be cheaper.  Bannister can actually communicate with the dead.  He does however, have his ghostly friends con people out of money.  Things go from funny to serious when a deadly specter beings to target the living and the dead.  Can Bannister save the day?  Peter Jackson delivers another great movie that chills and provides laughs.

9) Tremors 1990
You can run all you want.  The true terror is under the ground.  Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward team up to battle giant, man eating worms, Graboids.  Family Ties patriarch Michael Gross is hilarious as the well armed survivalist, Burt Gummer.  This is one of the classic cheesy 90s movies you hear so much about.  Enjoy the combination of jump scares and laughs.

10) Critters 1986
These evil aliens have come to eat as many humans as they can.  Two intergalactic bounty hunters have arrived to save the day.  This will forever be one of my favorite 80s-90s movies.  It’s creepy, funny and campy.  Sit back, enjoy and watch out for the Crites.

What are some of your favorite Horror\Comedies?  Leave a comment below with some suggestions.  Thanks for reading.

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  • Evan Baker
    20 November 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    “Yes, this is a musical but it’s still a great movie.”

    You seem to imply some contradiction between these two statements, despite the fact that, y’know, musicals are pretty great. 🙂

    And with all the zombie comedies you were able to fit in, no room for Return of the Living Dead (1985)? Gasp!

    The horror comedy is such a rich sub-genre, I don’t know if I could list all of my favorites, but a few other good-to-greats that leap to mind would include: The Old Dark House (1932), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963), A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970), Young Frankenstein (1974), House (1977), Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Howling (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Gremlins (1984), Ghostbusters (1984), Re-Animator (1985), House (1986), Evil Dead II (1987 – prefer it over Army of Darkness, in fact), Bad Taste (1987), Bride of Re-Animator (1989), Gremlins 2 (1990), Cannibal! The Musical (1993), Scream (1996), Mars Attacks (1996), Idle Hands (1999), and American Psycho (2000).

    And I know a couple of minutes after I post this I’ll be kicking myself over some titles I forgot.

    • Evan Baker
      20 November 2014 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      In fact, I just realized I forgot both Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) and Jason X (2001)! The hockey mask in the featured image reminded me!

      • Evan Baker
        20 November 2014 at 1:02 pm - Reply

        AND I forgot The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), even though I’m talking about it in an article I have going up tomorrow!

        • Evan Baker
          20 November 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

          Okay, one more I am shocked I forgot about: My Soul is Slashed (1991).

          I’ll stop now, even if I do think of more. 😉