10 Horror Comedies Everyone Should See!

10 Horror Comedies Everyone Should See!

10 Horror Comedies Everyone Should See…

I didn’t think that I was a fan of horror comedies until I decided to write this article. I like monsters, ghosts, zombies, aliens and the occasionally psycho killer. I like practical special effects over CGI. And, I like my scares with a side of creepy and gore. And, with the occasional nudity whether it’s needed or not. Nowhere in that list of things I liked in my horror movies was comedy. Then I started to think back at all the good horror comedies I have seen. I thought a top 5 list would be good. Surely I could come up with 5 horror comedies that I not only liked but thought that everyone should see. I was surprised that after listing 5 horror comedies I realized that it wasn’t enough because in that list of 5 I hadn’t even gotten to my truly favorite horror comedies. I had to make it a list of 10 horror comedies that everyone should see.

Here’s the thing about some of the films I choose to put on the list. I found myself coming up with a lot of horror comedies that I really liked. So many that it made me realize I am a fan of the horror comedy. However, a lot of the horror comedies I liked involved a lot of pop culture references and as fun as those movies are. They don’t really stand the test of time because not everyone has a good sense of pop culture. In 5 or 10 years when younger people see the movies, they aren’t going to get all the references that make the film so funny. Since this is list of 10 horror comedies that everyone should see. I chose horror comedies that rely more on actual comedy than mocking pop culture. I also chose movies that have been out for at least a few years. Time changes everything and the best test of a movie is how it stands up to it.

So here we have it. The Top 10 Horror Comedies Everyone Should See in no particular order.

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The Burbs 1989The ‘Burbs (1989)

The movie is about what appears to your everyday, normal suburban cul-de-sac in America. However, when a new family moves in, strange noises and rumors start to take hold. Is the new family on the block made up of creepy psychos or are they just misunderstood?

This film has a calm insanity that I just love. Some of Tom Hanks reactions in this movie are priceless and everyone in it gives an amazingly fun performance.

 

Shaun Of The Dead 2004Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Two slackers at first are completely oblivious to the zombie apocalypse that is happening around them. But, soon they catch on and do their best to survive while trying to rescues family and friends.

The characters are idiots with heart. From fun dialog to action and blood, it will have you jumping in your seat but mostly just laughing out loud at the stupid fun things that happen.
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Tucker And Dale Vs Evil 2010Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

This is a beautiful take on the horror slasher genre. It turns the focus around on us and how we perceive things. It’s about a group of college students that can’t see past what every horror movie has taught them about crazy rednecks in the woods. It turns out that sometimes the mountain rednecks aren’t the good guys.

This movie is so outrageous and yet can we totally believe it could really happen. Getting to see so many of the encounters between Tucker and Dale with the college kids from both sides is hilarious. It’s a new classic for sure.
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Army Of Darkness 1992Army of Darkness (1992)

Watch Evil Dead and Evil II then sit back and enjoy a really crazy adventure in horror comedy. One of the things that I personally enjoy about this movie is that is that it’s an actual adventure movie but it’s also a horror movie that is so unreal that it’s a comedy as well. But, when you compare this film to where it started in the Evil Dead. What a strange and wonderfully bizarre tangent the story made.
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Slither 2006Slither (2006)

It’s so crazy, it’s so fun. Here’s all you need to know, Nathan Fillion is in it. It’s a fun sci-fi, horror comedy and the dialog is awesome. Any movie with this kinda dialog is a must see, “Looks like something that fell off my dick during the war.”
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The Return Of The Living Dead 1985The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Long before Shaun of the Dead there was The Return of the Dead. It wasn’t as funny as “Shaun” but it wasn’t supposed to be. The comedy came from the situations of how we might react to an actual zombie apocalypse. The assumptions we might make, like destroying the brain. Great, great zombie movie.
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Night Of The Comet 1984Night of the Comet (1984)

This movie is another zombie apocalypse movie but it’s not so much about the zombies as it is the two sisters. The younger sister is a witty cheerleader and the older sister is a street-smart take charge young women. They wind up at the mall and for a while the brutal reality of the outside world fades away, girls do just wanna have fun. That is until some uninvited guests show up as well as some possible government funded scientists and snap them back into reality.

The last time I played a video game at an arcade was about a year ago when I was visiting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I made the top ten list in Asteroids and I signed my initials as DMK. When you see the movie, you’ll understand. My point is that more than 20 years later and the movie has stayed with me.
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Bubba Ho Tep 2002Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Elvis and JFK are possibly still alive living in a retirement home and now must fight an ancient evil. Seriously, what more do you need. Oh and it’s got the legendary Bruce Campbell in it and the late great Ossie Davis.
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Little Shop Of Horrors 1986Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

This was a remake from 1960, great movie but this one I personally felt was so much better, so much fun and you can’t help but love the music. It’s a comedy, it’s musical and it’s a horror story.
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The Lost Boys 1987

The Lost Boys (1987)

Seriously, if you haven’t seen this, what in the hell is wrong with you?! There’s no vampires that sparkle in this flick. They are cool, but violent, bloody.

I just realized, the story I told above about being in Santa Cruz at the Boardwalk. It was because I took my daughter, who is in college, up to Northern California to visit two places. The Winchester Mystery House and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is where they filmed most of The Lost Boys. I had made my daughter sit down and watch this movie when she was in high school. The movie was already more than 20 years old by that time and she loved it. Even though it had been several years since she had seen this movie, she was excited to see the Boardwalk. This film is great and will always be great and it is more than just a must, it’s a necessity.
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Well, there you have it. Love it or hate, these are my recommendations. My must sees in the horror comedy genre.
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Alien Abduction 2014

Alien Abduction 2014

Alien Abduction…

Alien Abduction 2014Welcome to my first review!  Let me start by saying this review is going to be actually short and sweet. I watched this movie a while ago and while reading a post on moviepilot.com the other day I came across the movie poster for Alien Abduction and was reminded of it and how just one scene can take a movie from being not too bad, to a bad just like that.  In fact this movie is the reason why I made this website.

Please keep in mind it was a while ago that I saw this movie.  In the future I will review movies when they’re more fresh in my head.  However, I do like to let a movie sit with me for a short while.  Too many times I see something and think it was great or it was horrible only later to change my mind one way or another.  Sometimes I will see it again and that changes everything!  For example when I was young teen and I first say Ghostbusters.  Everyone I knew said it was the funniest movie they had ever seen.  I go and see it, and I don’t think I laughed more than once or twice.  I was so disappointed in the film.  Then I see it again when it comes out on video.  I could not stop laughing.  It was fun, it was silly but not to the point of insulting.  Simply a comedy great.

How could have been so wrong?  A lot of things I guess.  The movie was so hyped by friends, it could never live up the expectations.  Time, when I saw it for the second time my expectations were much lower because enough time had passed I could finally see the film with much more of an open mind even though I still had expectations they weren’t to monumental levels.  So when I saw it for the second time it was much more of an open experience.

So what made this movie so special.  Well, after seeing the poster for it again, I decide I would get back to writing comments and reviews on moviepilot.com again.  It’s been a while since I published an article there.  And, this movie reminded me of how, as I said earlier that just one scene can make or break a film.

Alien Abduction is a perfect example of that in my mind.  The movie is about your average family out going camping for a few days.  Nothing stands out about the family.  However, strange things happen the next morning and the actions takes off.  I will say right up front, overall the movie isn’t too bad.  I was into it at first.  It was original, it wasn’t great but the acting good, Jillian Clare plays the daughter and she’s beautiful.  No one is doing anything too stupid, so far it’s a good movie.

Of course there’s that one scene.  It’s when people do things, so stupid that it makes stop rooting for them.  Now I don’t want to give away plot lines or spoilers so I will keep the details around the mass of stupidity vague.  I will just give you the basic scene.  It’s night, the aliens are here and theirs no longer any doubt about that.  Their intentions are clear.  They are to be avoided at all costs.  So one of the characters who knows for a fact the aliens are bad and violent and very near to her decides to run through the forest screaming for someone in her family.

It was at that point I started rooting for the aliens.  They couldn’t kill her fast enough and by this point in the film you’re pretty sure she’s going to be one of the survivors and yet, I still was hoping they would kill her because I have no respect stupid people in horror movies.  When stupid people in horror movie don’t die this means that natural selection has failed.  When natural selections fails the end of the world is near.

Horror movies have been around decades now.  Horror novels have been around for centuries.  We have all seen and read them.  There is no excuse for blatant stupidity in a horror movie unless it’s used as moral rationalization for killing the character.  I want my protagonist to be smart or at the very least, not too terribly stupid.  I can accept a stupid, being chased by aliens screaming for a family member they are trying to find for a second or two.  But, if they don’t suddenly realize what they are doing is stupid and stop then I want them to die as a direct result of their stupidity.  I want them to know and understand that the reason they are about to die is because they were being stupid.  If a film doesn’t abide by this rule, it looses major points in my eyes.

So my final thoughts on this film.  It has some creepy parts, the acting as I recall was good.  If you can tolerate people who should know better, doing stupid things, then you will probably enjoy this movie.  It’s really not all that bad.  But as for actually recommending it, I am on the bubble.  It could have been so much better but instead someone ruined it by making trying to add suspense via out of character stupidity.

Cast of Characters:

Katherine Sigismund as Katie Morris
Corey Eid as Corey Morris
Riley Polanski as Riley Morris
Jillian Clare as Jillian Morris
Jeff Bowser as Sean<
Peter Holden as Peter Morris
Jordan Turchin as Officer James
Kelley Hinman as Park Ranger