October is here. It’s the most wonderful time of year for horrorphiles. Freaks and fanatics though we may be, our love of horror movies is all in good fun. We just want to spread a little holiday cheer. So, to start my Halloween celebration with a dose of the lighter side of fear, I’ve made a list of 31 of my favorite horror comedies and I’ll be counting down all week.
31. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)
Who better to start with than the Mistress of the Dark herself? Elvira is the First Lady of Horror, the ultimate maven of the macabre, and in her eponymous movie, she puts her love of horror… and other assets… to good use. Casserole monsters, evil warlocks, punk-rock poodles, an homage to Flashdance, Edie McClurg, a good old-fashioned witch burning, and so much more… I love this movie.
30. Zombie Strippers (2008)
There’s a lot more going on here than you might think. Sure, porn superstar Jenna Jameson plays a zombie stripper, but it’s also an existential political satire examining the constant struggle between individualism and collectivism. What better way to get you to sit through Philosophy 101 than throw in some zombie strippers? Apart from the first and last five minutes, which are a bit tedious, I was pleasantly surprised by Zombie Strippers. Casting Robert Englund as the sleazy strip club owner helps a lot.
29. Dead & Breakfast (2004)
Being billed as “the U.S. answer to Shaun of the Dead” sets the bar pretty high, and Dead & Breakfast doesn’t quite get there, but it’s still pretty hilarious. There’s a singing good ol’ boy narrator and dancing pseudo-zombies. It’s campy. It’s fun. It’s a little rough around the edges, but that adds to its Evil Dead-like charm. Dead & Breakfast isn’t as polished as Shaun of the Dead, but it’s well worth your time.
28. Waxwork (1988)
An enchanted wax museum where haunted horror exhibits come to life when you cross the velvet rope… a bunch of entitled twentysomething yuppies… a demented waxwork owner, desperate to feed souls to his creations… if only this waxwork were around today, I can think of a bevy of reality TV show personalities I’d be more than happy to offer up.
27. Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)
Once the secret of the waxwork is uncovered, two survivors take a trip through time in this even more amazingly ridiculous sequel. Waxwork II is really nothing more than an excuse to pay homage to horror favorites including: Alien, Frankenstein, Dawn of the Dead, and The Haunting. If you love horror movies, you can’t help but appreciate the filmmaker’s obvious love of the genre. It’s just great fun.
26. Zombieland (2009)
Honestly, besides Bryan, who doesn’t love this movie? The credit sequence alone is amazing. I know it’s not the best horror comedy, but I still thoroughly enjoy Zombieland.
Check back tomorrow for six more funny fright fests, and stay tuned all week to see all 31 of my favorite horror comedies.