Scared Silly: Top 31 Horror Comedies – Part 5

We made it! Now we have the final 7 of my top 31 favorite horror comedies. Six of these movies were a big part of developing my love of horror, planting the seed of interest in the supernatural and fostering it with humor. The seventh movie is a newer, but equally important, addition.

7. Dead Alive aka Braindead (1992)

It’s the goriest movie ever made… but it’s hilariously gory, so ridiculously over the top, you can’t help but laugh. The dichotomy between the sensational gore and the wholesome setting (1950s New Zealand) magnifies the humor. I wish Peter Jackson would make more movies like this and stay out of the Shire. I’ll take Kung fu-fighting priests, rat monkeys, zombie babies, and the bloodiest zombie massacre over a fellowship to Mount Doom any day.

6. Tremors (1990)

When I was growing up, Tremors seemed to be on USA every other day. It was ubiquitous… much like its star, Kevin Bacon, seemed at the time. And whenever I found Tremors playing on TV, I watched it; regardless of how far into the movie it was… cause it didn’t matter. I knew it that well.

5. Beetlejuice (1988)

I think this might be my favorite Tim Burton movie. Between Burton’s style and Michael Keaton’s acting alone, it’s just so pitch perfect. Burton goes all out on creating this world of the dead and Keaton is hilarious, brilliantly manic. Then, on top of that, you’ve got the rest of the amazing cast: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones, Catherine O’Hara, and Glenn Shadix. They’re all great.

4. Evil Dead II (1987)

For some reason, I saw Evil Dead 2 before I ever saw The Evil Dead… not sure why. But, I do know that I loved it. To me, Evil Dead 2 is the best of the trilogy. It’s funnier and a bit more polished than Evil Dead, but still pretty dark. It’s more of an equal blend of comedy and horror, while Army of Darkness is even more of screwball comedy a la the 3 Stooges in a Harryhausen creature feature. I love them all, but Evil Dead 2 is my favorite.

3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

This movie is brilliant and exactly to my taste. Clearly, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright grew up watching and loving the same things I did. I love Shaun of the Dead, read more about how it was one of My Favorite Films of the Last Decade.

2. Young Frankenstein (1974)

So, this is definitely much more of a comedy than a horror film, but Gene Wilder’s reverence for the source material overcomes the lack of any actual horror. And the Frankenstein movies were always my favorite of the original Universal monster movies. It’s the more classical horror comedy. Do I really need to defend Young Frankenstein? It’s Mel Brooks directing a script he co-wrote with Gene Wilder, featuring a cast including Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Kenneth Mars, Gene Hackman, and Marty Feldman…

1. Ghostbusters (1984)

I don’t care what anyone says, Ghostbusters deals with horror elements. As much as I loved it for the comedy when I was a kid, there were still things that scared the shit outta me. The music alone gave me the creeps, especially Elmer Bernstein’s score. Because of Bernstein’s score, I was scared of the Tri-Star Pictures Pegasus for the longest time and of that lion statue outside New York Public Library in the first shot. The song “Magic” that plays after the containment unit blows up, also creepy as hell. And when Zuul takes Dana, with the claws pressing through the door and the hands coming out of the chair… that was terrifying to a 5-year-old. So, yeah… it’s a horror comedy.

Well, that’s it. What say you? What are some of your favorite horror comedies? Check back next week as the Halloween celebration continues with a list of family friendly Halloween movies.

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48 responses to “Scared Silly: Top 31 Horror Comedies – Part 5

  1. OK, you redeemed yourself, the final 7 is definitely the stuff.

  2. Think you’d enjoy Mad Cow:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1619034/

    Look for it on demand!

  3. So my question to you – have you seen TrollHunter? My husband and I recently caught a viewing and we were giggling through the majority of it.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740707/

  4. Ghostbusters… Ghostbusters… ugh, Ghostbusters… why, oh, why does this mess of a flick STILL seem so damn popular? UGH.

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  9. somebody needs to watch Black Sheep (not the Chris Farley/David Spade crap-fest)

    • I started it once upon a time, but never finished it… it just made me want to watch Dead Alive. I’ll have to give it another go, because it does seem like a movie I’d really enjoy.

  10. I cannot believe Big Trouble in Little China is not on the list. By far the funniest. Kurt Russell in his comedic prime. Would’ve been a great list. Very very disappointing.

  11. Great list! Tons of great horror-comedies on here. I was a little disappointed not to see Troll 2 or Birdemic: Shock and Terror on here, but those are more unintentional horror-comedies, I guess.

  12. I don’t consider Big Trouble horror. It should be on a Best Comedy list, but not this one…even if you stretch the definition, like you have in some cases, I don’t think it goes here.

  13. No Gremlins? Or Scream?

    My favorite is Final Destination 2. Terrifyingly hilarious.

  14. Unless you grew up in the early 80’s you wouldnt remember these 3 gems of horror, comedy, and an added bonus: SEX ROMP genre as well. They are: Pandemonium (1982), Student Bodies (1981), and Saturday the 14th (1981). Spent many a weekend and late nights glued to the early cable tv laughing with a kid’s limited knowledge of the subject matter, and just appreciating that I could see boobs for free on tv!

    • I don’t remember those…but they sound like films I’ve most likely tuned into and watched most of (for the boobs you speak of) without knowing what they were. Like, if I watched them now they would seem eerily familiar.

  15. have you seen freaked

  16. Is Big Trouble by a “traditional” horror film? No. But it pushes so many boundaries. It’s an A list movie made to look like a B list movie. It’s not vampires and goblins, but Chinese Black Magic. It’s funny and scarry (at least when I was a kid when I saw it) where most movies are one or the other. For years I would’ve killed for a sequel. It is a true original and a John Carpenter classic. It is a great performance by Russell and IMHO a much overlooked film. I just wanted to point out the author I would’ve loved his list had this one been in hist top 5 (still a mighty fine list).

    • Some fair points. And I love the movie and agree with what you say about it. And yeah some stuff did scare me as a kid.

      I’m just anal when it comes to these things. For his part Adam did say he would have included it. Me, not on this list…but then again he’s the horror expert around these parts.

  17. Recently my husband and I caught Tucker and Dale vs Evil-have to say we thought that was some pretty funny $hit….

  18. Blood and Donuts omitted? Nothing about Bloodbath at the House of Death? Hmph!

  19. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein?

  20. What about Brian DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise?

  21. Arsenic and Old Lace?

  22. Can’t believe you left out Dead Snow, it’s a foreign film so maybe that’s the reason. But come on, not so bright college students get attacked by Nazi zombies? The premise alone is enough to make you laugh. It’s one of the few films that was able to balance the line between horror and comedy!

  23. What about the Tales from the Crypt movies or show. most of the time they had a great mix between horror and comedy

  24. I, for one, am happy to see no mention of Cream. It’s not a very good series, and only the first film is even remotely good. Behind the Mask is so much better, and I’m glad its on here.

  25. Great list, but one that I watch every year for nostalgia is Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein. By the time it was made, the Universal Monsters were not so horrific…by today’s standards they certainly are more quaint. But classic monsters by the people who made them great (Glen Strange as The Monster is my favorite version after Karloff) and the two top comedians at the box office at the time makes it a horror-comedy worthy of mention. For much the same reasons, Monster Squad should be included.

    • I like Abbot & Costello. I like the classic Universal monsters. But, it took me a while to get around to watching Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein and it isn’t a personal favorite. I do like it though. And I saved The Monster Squad for my Family Fright Fest list cause it’s a bit more family-friendly than I was going for here.

  26. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein should have been in the top three, no question. And Arsenic is a Halloween staple in my house. I would also argue that Psycho is the blackest black comedy ever made. So many very funny, twisted lines in that film. Not to mention spending so much time setting up the theft and then just discarding it. The car that wouldn’t sink in the pond. Dark comedy but good stuff.

  27. the burbs?

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