Nothing beats an evening watching funny horror movies that don't scare viewers so much as make them smile at the onscreen chaos. Whether someone wants to see a horror-comedy or a film that is funny despite how seriously it takes itself, it is hard to beat the films on this list for a little Hollywood fun.

“The Frighteners”

Before he went on to “Lord of the Rings” fame, Peter Jackson brought us this fun horror-comedy starring Michael J. Fox. After a near-death experience, Fox develops the ability to see ghosts, a talent he uses to separate the living from their cash until the malevolent spirit of a mass murderer arrives on the scene.


Perhaps the best example of Hollywood's funny “horror” movies that don't scare audiences, “Ghostbusters” is the story of how three disgraced occult researchers decide to go into business ridding New York City of its paranormal pests. With the considerable talents of Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis, this movie remains every bit as fun today as it was during its 1984 theatrical release.

“The Gate”

This funny horror movie combines all the terror of releasing an ancient horde of demons bent on world domination with the classic Hollywood trope of kids left alone to defend the homefront while mom and dad are away for the weekend. Tibor Takacs directed this campy tale of terror before going on to, of all things, “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”

“Black Sheep”

Sometimes, filmmakers can entertain us as well as teach us valuable lessons. In this funny horror movie, director Jonathan King helps viewers to understand that, left to their own devices, New Zealand's scientists would have no qualms about turning sheep into brutal killing machines. This movie gets an extra dose of camp by including a character who was once treated clinically for “sheep phobia.”

“Shaun of the Dead”

Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright co-wrote this hilarious horror movie that centers upon a loser whose plans to finally improve his life are thoroughly disrupted by the onset of a zombism outbreak across Great Britain. While the film only grossed $13.5 million at the US box office, it thrives as a cult classic on DVD.

“American Werewolf in London”

John Landis directed this classic horror comedy centered upon two American men attacked by a werewolf while foolishly walking in the English moors by the light of a full moon. Interestingly, Frank Oz makes a cameo appearance in the film.

“House II: The Second Story”

The first “House” movie was a fairly standard horror movie with few comedic elements. “House II” concentrates less on scaring the audience and more on achieving some great laughs. One unforgettable moment features John Ratzenberger as a home repairman who casually confirms that the house has some sort of “alternative universe” problem.


The only thing creepier than a deadly spider is an innumerable horde of deadly spiders, which is exactly what Jeff Daniels must face in this mock-horror movie directed by Frank Marshall. John Goodman delivers a great performance as an exterminator who takes the war on arachnids rather personally.

- Matthew Ross