10 Best Comedy Horror Movies
10 best comedy horror movies tend to fall into one of two categories. Either they are deliberately funny movies, that happen to have some ghosts or scary elements, or they are rightly categorized as horror movies, but are made with plenty of humor. This list of the 10 best comedy horror movies includes plenty of both.
"Shaun of the Dead." Without a doubt, the best of the zom-coms, this 2004 British hit features a schlub of a guy trying to get back with his ex-girlfriend, repair his relationship with his mom, and fight off a town full of zombies. Very funny and occasionally creepy all at the same time.
"Scream." Wes Craven took a good-natured jab at the horror/slasher movie genre with this tongue-in-cheek story that plays with all the cliches of the two decades of slasher films that preceded it.
"Scary Movie." This one by the Wayan brothers, and its sequels, take the "Airplane" approach to horror movies by filling the film with pop culture references and silly gags that spoof horror films. The comedy is a little uneven, but it's still a lot of fun to watch.
"Gremlins." One of the first produced scripts by Chris Columbus, who went on to direct the first two "Harry Potter" films, this 1984 movie serves as reminder to follow the instructions carefully when you get a new pet.
"Return of the Living Dead." The original "Night of the Living Dead" was plenty serious and scary as hell. The 1985 "sequel" has a streak of dark humor that runs throughout the entire movie. For example, the zombies use a police radio to call for more paramedics at the shopping mall, because they just devoured the first crew that arrived.
"Tremors." A homage to old 50's monster movies, this guilty pleasure starring Kevin Bacon follows the frightening and occasionally silly action of underground creatures killing off citizens in a little, isolated town in the desert.
"Ghostbusters." Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and Harold Ramis are hilarious as the cynical, earnest and logical (respectively) scientists who go into the ghost-catching business just as one of the all-time big spirits is about to arrive in New York City. One of the funniest movies of the 80s.
"The Frighteners." Directed by Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy) and produced by Robert Zemeckis ("Cast Away, "Back to the Future"), this unusual 1996 movie starring Michael J. Fox has sort of gotten lost in the wake of subsequent movies made by these talented filmmakers. But it's worth another viewing or a first one if you missed it back then.
"Young Frankenstein." Mel Brooks' masterpiece features Gene Wilder and a brilliant supporting cast in a spoof of the old Frankenstein movies. Released in 1974, it's still as funny today. And the scene with Gene Hackman as the blind man offering the monster soup and cigars is priceless.
"Evil Dead 2." This Sam Raimi-Bruce Campbell effort picks right up where "Evil Dead" left off. The action is clever (a severed hand gives a character the finger) and non-stop.