Aug 22, 2013

13 Must See Comedy-Horror Films

Article By: Chiller

Sometimes horror movies are funny. And some of those are meant to be funny. To celebrate the release of the sure-to-be-hilarious The World's End - the third collaboration from Shaun of the Dead writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright - we're looking at some horror movies that purposefully and knowingly serve up laughs. 

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Simon Pegg -he of The World's End – headlines this zombie comedy starring some of Britain's finest comics. Pegg stars as Shaun, a salesman with girlfriend problems whose humdrum life is going nowhere until a zombie outbreak forces him to (kinda sorta) be a hero. The movie has its origins in a zombie themed episode of a 1999-2001 TV show called Spaced, which Pegg and co-star Nick Frost appeared in. It's entertaining and hilarious and all around awesome. Here's a random fun fact: Shaun of the Dead is referred to as the first of the "Three Flavours (sp) Cornetto Trilogy," with the other two being Pegg/Frost vehicles Hot Fuzz and TheWorld's End. The idea is that each film is thematically tied to a flavor of British ice cream Cornetto; Shaun of the Dead to Strawberry (because of all the blood and guts); Hot Fuzz to blue Cornetto (because of the police element) and World's End to green mint chocolate chip because of the alien connection (Green…get it?). It's all very artistic and like the geek version of the Three Colors trilogy or Candyland playing cards, depending on your POV.





2. The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

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There really is no other movie like this and to go into too many plot details would ruin some of the great surprises (translation: run, don't walk, and watch it if you haven't). We'll just sum this up by saying this is one of the funniest, smartest, most creative horror movies around. 


3. Evil Dead II (1987)

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Roger Ebert called this "fairly sophisticated satire," but we're going to go one further and call it "VERY sophisticated satire." This movie is just straight up hilarious. Naked zombie ladies doing weird dances (you can see that here)! Bruce Campbell doing possessed hand acting! It's just straight up bonkers, hilarious and amazing.



4. Dead Alive (1992)

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The scene with this zombie baby tells you everything you need to know. Also, this comes from Peter Jackson (yes, of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings).


5. Drag Me To Hell (2009)

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Elderly woman asks banker for loan. Banker refuses. Elderly woman puts curse on banker (after a completely insane fight scene involving a parked car, a stapler and dentures) , resulting in banker having three days to break a curse that will send her straight to hell. This comes from Sam Raimi – he of Evil Dead 2 from earlier on this list – so it incorporates his trademark style of scares, a roller coaster plot and laughs subtle and bold (seriously, sometimes the humor is so over the top you question whether you are supposed to be laughing).


6. Severance (2006)

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A group of co-workers attend an offsite in the Hungarian mountains, where they're chased and offed one-by-one by psychopaths. Severance is quirky, weird and very enjoyable for some of its elements of randomness, such as the below scene where one of the trapped decides to fight back against the attackers WITH A ROCKET LAUNCHER. 


7. Slither (2006)

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Set in South Carolina, a character named Grant Grant is infected by evil parasites that fell to Earth on a meteor. He ends up impregnating his wife with baby alien slugs and soon the whole town is infested. This movie is silly, disgusting and is absolutely perfect.




8. Rubber (2010)

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This is a tale of a tire (listed as "Robert" in the credits) that comes to life and starts killing people. It even showers! A one joke premise like this could get old, but Rubber is creative enough that the larger commentary on human cruelty is interesting. If this all sounds very deep and slightly weird, just know this movie is French.


9. Seed of Chucky (2004)

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Psycho dolls Chucky and his plastic bride Tiffany have a baby named Glen, who later becomes Glenda (marking the first time gender identity struggles amongst the inanimate have been tackled). Lots of murder and Jennifer Tilly trying to win the part of the Virgin Mary ensue. Any movie that John Waters accepts a part in is automatically in any best of list.


10. Army of Darkness (1992)

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Yes, this is the third Sam Raimi film on the list and the sequel to Evil Dead II, but the guy delivers so its no wonder his work is making another appearance. In AOD, Bruce Campbell's Ash is sucked back to 1300 A.D. where he battles Deadites in search of the Necronomicon (basically a big, magical book). Here's a sampling of some of the best liners:


11. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil (2010)

This indie horror gem is a really smart, extended Three's Company episode, except the plot of misunderstandings and false assumptions takes place in Appalachia and has more gore. Tucker and Dale are two well meaning, but physically imposing, West Virginia natives who a visiting group of snooty college kids believe are violet and dangerous hillbillies. Events cause the snobs to think Tucker and Dale are trying to kill them, and their efforts to evade and protect themselves get them killed one by one. It's really clever. Here are some best bits (spoilers ahoy):


12. Tremors (1990)

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A remote Nevada town is plagued by giant sand worm type creatures, forcing the residents to flee to rooftops in order to not be eaten. It's light, fun fare and the characters are lovably hilarious, most notably a gun freak couple played by Reba McIntire and the dad from Family Ties.



13. House (1986)

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The tagline for this is "Ding Dong. You're Dead." So, thumbs up. Plot wise, William Katt stars as a down-on-his-luck author who decides to take control of his life by moving into his dead aunt's house. Except its haunted! By zombie looking soldiers and a witch that looks Jabba the Hut in drag! Also there's a portal to the underworld accessible via the medicine cabinet, so this is sort of like The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for the bathroom set. Bonus perk: Norm from Cheers is in this.

The list of honorable mentions could fill a tome, but special shout out to ZombielandPiranha 3D and Cannibal Women in the Avacado Jungle of Death (look it up).

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