It may not seem like it at first glance, but horror and comedy go together like chicken over rice. When the two genres meet, and the execution is done right, the comedy exudes the absurdity of the typical horror trope. A good writer and director can completely sabotage your expectations with a horror-comedy in interesting ways. With this in mind, these are 10 Best Horror Comedy Movies That Will Make You Laugh To Death.
10. Army of Darkness
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The Evil Dead has always had a comical streak, intentionally or otherwise, but it is in Army of Darkness where the two genres are presented in equal parts. Sam Raimi continues the story of Ash Williams by sending her into the medieval past; Naturally, Ash is an unwelcome guest to the primitive screwheads, but soon gains their trust through the end of his “boomstick” and his ability to defeat the Deadites.
Army of Darkness which is one of the best horror-comedy is by Bruce Campbell. His knack for delivering hammy lines in a way that isn’t ridiculous, but cutie can only be rivaled by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, the excellent direction, writing, and practical effects shouldn’t be overlooked. You won’t see the Evil Dead in this kind of light until Ash vs. Evil Dead.
9. They Live
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John Carpenter blends horror, comedy, and criticism on capitalism in a single film: They Live. Most people nod once you start rioting against the machine, but they live sensibly, and comically tackle the issues of capitalist society. This is where the real horror of the film lies.
The film introduces us to Nada (Roddy Piper), a drifter and representation of the working class, and her struggle to find employment. When he is in a pair of sunglasses and wears them, he soon learns of subliminal messages baked into advertisements by the ruling class, urging citizens to obey, submit, conform, consume, marry. and called upon to breed. The most terrifying thing is that despite being released in 1988, Way Live is now more relevant than ever.
8. What we do in the shade
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What do vampires do in their spare time? What We Do in the Shadows aims to answer that question by spinning them together while exploring the lives of three vampires: Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav (Taikai Waititi, Jonathan Brugge, and Jemaine Clement, respectively). You won’t find vampires hosting extravagant royal balls here, but there are plenty of hilarious twists on the vampire trope.
As it turns out, vampires are subject to the same tedious aspects of being alive, especially in modern times, in addition to the consequences of immortality. They also argue over recipes, lock horns for friends and lovers, and squabble over personal boundaries to make life more fulfilling. If you loved the movie at the end, that same humor extends to the television series of the same name.
7. Shaun of the Dead
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When you’re working an unfinished, dead-end job, are you really that different from a zombie? Despite being a traditional zombie film, Shaun of the Dead tackles the tropes with so much sense and Edgar Wright’s signature style. It’s as comfortable creating scenes full of gore and zombies as it is creating relatable characters you really want to root for.
The film introduces you to Sean (Simon Pegg), a salesman without ambition. When a zombie outbreak ravages England, he becomes the unlikely leader for five other men, one of whom is Ed (Nick Frost). They hack their way through hordes of undead to reach safety, and stop at a pub for a pint.
6. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
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Dive into a throwback list of horror movies and you’ll spot one of the genre’s usual tropes: the hillbilly killer. Usually a group of young, well-behaved “town people” end up in a town in a distant country. Because of their status as outsiders they are almost always harassed by the opposing population, which escalates to murders.
Tucker & Dale Vs Evil completely destroys that stereotype from start to finish. Tucker and Dale are simply looking for peace and quiet while repairing their cabin; Instead, they are harassed by a swarm of furious yuppies. The beginning of the film is nothing more than a misunderstanding that leads to a surprising amount of blood, blood and heart.
5. Young Frankenstein
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There’s no way this list would be complete without something from Mel Brooks, and what could be a better movie than Young Frankenstein? Dr. Frederick Frankenstein is the great-grandson of Victor Frankenstein—yes, the mad scientist who allegedly resurrected a corpse. Despite having nothing to do with his great-grandfather’s inheritance, he inherited Victor’s estate in Transylvania.
What is highlighted in Young Frankenstein is a complete dismantling of the Frankenstein mythos in an amusing and funny way while maintaining respect for the source material. It’s incredibly fun to watch the character of Gene Wilder go from a repressed man to this peppy and animated mad scientist.
4. Beetle Juice
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Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, respectively) are recently dead and more importantly, trapped in their old home as ghosts. Their situation gets worse when a new family arrives and they need the help of a “bio-exorcist” to rid their lives of them, and his name is Beetlejuice – just don’t say it three times in a row.
Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice is certainly the highlight of the film, bringing a charismatic and off-putting flair to his character. It’s refreshing to see a film turn typical ghost tales upside down, while also weaving in a surprisingly rich worldbuilding that is rarely seen these days.
3. Cabin in the Woods
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The less you know about The Cabin in the Woods, the better. By revealing too much, it could potentially spoil the film, including its plot twists. It plays off the typical horror trope: a group of young college students shaking in a cabin in the middle of the woods. What they believe is a harmless weekend of adult fun happens exactly what you’d expect, but soon turns 180 in satire.
2. American Psycho
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Meet Patrick Bateman, an intelligent and wealthy investment banker with expensive tastes—at least, that’s what he is during the day. Under cover of darkness (no, it’s not Batman), Patrick indulges in heinous acts against other people, including murder by Huey Lewis and the News to the tune of Hip to Be Square.
Christian Bale’s performance as Patrick Bateman is equally hilarious, disturbing, and ultra-violent. This is a man whose life is steeped in pretense, even going so far as to seduce someone else’s business card. American Psycho is a wild ride, but if you enjoy it, don’t forget that there is a novel of the same name, written by Bret Easton Ellis.
1. Willie Wonderland
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To best describe what Willie Wonderland is, it’s Chuck E. Cheese meets horror and gore. At its center is Nicolas Cage, who clearly enjoys the role of The Janitor. After witnessing the horrors he endures, you might think twice before stepping into another restaurant featuring animatronics.
The janitor is driving around in his beautiful car, only to break down outside Hayesville, Nevada. Shortly after being troubled by a hefty bill, he is given an opportunity: clean up Willy’s Wonderland, an abandoned restaurant in town, and the owner will pay for the repairs. Trapped inside, Nicolas Cage does his job, including brutally killing eighty deadly animatronics.
With that, we’ve covered the last 10 Best Horror Comedy Movies That Will Make You Laugh To Death. It goes without saying that you should definitely enjoy them with some friends to enhance the experience. When you’ve had your fill of horror, consider watching The Lord of the Rings in order or continue your terrifying journey with the 10 Best Horror Foreign Movies.