Best horror Comedies
written by Souranath Banerjee
When two completely different genres intermingle and their individual flavours get infused into one – something very special happens and the Cinema-lovers rejoice!
Quality Horror Comedies actually work both ways – they not only make fun of the typical horror genres being the perfect spoofs (be it the vampires, zombies or the werewolves) but they also have a few scenes that has the potential to scare you for real.
So it’s Horror + Comedy – let the list begin!
10. Army of Darkness (1992)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vvJCg2JsIc
This is one frightfully hilarious horror-comedy that has also brilliantly clubbed the themes of time-travel and fantasy!
A unique case of accidental back in time transportation of Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his battle with an entire army of zombies in order to return back to the present!
Directed by Sam Raimi, you shouldn’t miss this one.
9. Dead Alive (1992)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8LIug1cP04
Have you ever heard of a Sumatran rat-monkey and what happens if it bites you? Does it make you sick or kill you and then make you alive – again?
Well, to know more on this topic please watch this brilliant horror-comedy by the acclaimed director Peter Jackson.
How exactly can you kill somebody who is already dead – huh?
8. Warm Bodies (2013)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07s-cNFffDM
A cute perfect zombie love story! What?
This is probably one of the very few love stories based on the relationship between a human (girl) and a zombie (boy) – and how they together are determined to save the world.
Directed by Jonathan Levine, one of the most innovative horror comedy ever!
7. Young Frankenstein (1974)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL9Q_0JtMNA
Directed by acclaimed director Mel Brooks, this film is about a mad scientist who managed to bring back the dead!
A spoof so funny and witty that it becomes one of the greatest horror comedies ever!
6. Zombieland (2009)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1-jFLlHLPw
‘This is now the United States of Zombieland.’
Oh yes, and to survive you have to be real good in killing those zombies before they get to you!
5. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uw6QPThCqE
This film as exactly the name suggests is about an American guy who gets attacked by a werewolf and then he becomes one – and all this on a walking trip in the ever peaceful London!
Directed by John Landis, one of the best horror comedies of our times – the film that not only often hit’s your funny bone but also creates enough drama to engage you and even scare you at times.
4. Beetlejuice (1988)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hovKm9oFiM
Tim Burton probably has made more horror comedies than any other director in the world but this one is special!
A dead couple haunted by the alive, hires another dead (a bio-exorcist) to get rid of the alive – well, something very similar to this.
3. Ghostbusters (1984)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vntAEVjPBzQ
This film has achieved a cult status because of it’s huge fan following and popularity.
Directed by Ivan Reitman, it’s the story of a professional team of three former parapsychology professors all dedicated to investigate and eradicate any kind of supernatural activities!
2. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAZEWtyhpes
The routine vampire movies have become monotonous and vampire comedies are so rare to find.
But then I saw this film and was bowled over by it’s unique concept and brilliantly funny characters, dialogues and the overall treatment.
- Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMitSKT-u_k
When someone talks about Horror comedies the first film (and undoubtedly the most popular film) that comes to you mind is this one!
Directed by Edgar Wright, a brilliant comic take on the zombie apocalypse and the several tips and tricks on how to survive through it.
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most innovative one. A must watch)
+1. Bhooter Bhabishyat (2012)
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg7OYuc7a5I
A group of very entertaining and well behaved ghosts are currently in threat of being kicked out from their mansion by some unscrupulous builders!
A brilliant variety of characters and intelligent witty dialogues – writer/director Anik Dutta gives us probably the most popular Bengali film of recent times, and also a superbly crafted horror comedy indeed!
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