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General discussion about what's out for the couch.

Horror-comedy suggestions?
Topic by: rmarkd
Posted: January 3, 2004 - 8:40 PM PST
Last Reply: August 9, 2004 - 11:51 AM PDT

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author topic: Horror-comedy suggestions?
post #1  on January 3, 2004 - 8:40 PM PST  
I'm looking for horror comedies, movies such as
Day of the Beast
Evil Dead 2
An American Werewolf in London

I'm looking for horror movies with a comedic tinge to it, rather than comedies with a horror tinge (if that makes sense). Any suggestions?
post #2  on January 4, 2004 - 9:19 AM PST  
On what side of the fence does Dead Alive fall? I guess it depends on what you consider funny and what you consider scary.

I'd consider it a decidedly horrific slapstick, but it undeniably belongs on the same list as Evil Dead 2 as BrodiesGirl suggests in her review.
post #3  on January 4, 2004 - 11:17 AM PST  
Dog Soldiers has a good sense of humor, and so does The Howling.
post #4  on January 4, 2004 - 11:25 AM PST  
Oh, I forgot to mention Return of the Living Dead.
post #5  on January 4, 2004 - 1:08 PM PST  
I like Dead Alive quite a bit (I wish that the slightly longer version called "Braindead" was availible in Region 1, is there an R2 or R3 Braindead disc?), but I think of it as more of a comedy that just happens to have gore and zombies rather than a horror-comedy. I look at the first Evil Dead and An American Werewolf in London the opposite way, as horror movies that just happen to have funny parts, you could look at the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre that way too. Stuart Gordon's The Re-Animator is a good horror-comedy, The Howling is another good one, I liked Dog Soldiers but wouldn't rank it as highly as any of the other movies I mentioned.

The Japanese film Wild Zero is another pretty good film in the "comedy that just happens to have gore and zombies" category.
post #6  on January 4, 2004 - 1:21 PM PST  
I forgot to put
Re-animator on my list.

post #7  on January 4, 2004 - 3:58 PM PST  
The evil dead series is wonderful but how could you forget to include Army of Darkness? I'm also a fan of They Live
post #8  on January 4, 2004 - 5:58 PM PST  
Haven't seen Army of Darkness. I liked Evil Dead 2, but never got around to seeing A of D.

> On January 4, 2004 - 3:58 PM PST kicza wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The evil dead series is wonderful but how could you forget to include Army of Darkness? I'm also a fan of They Live
> ---------------------------------

post #9  on January 4, 2004 - 8:13 PM PST  
Bio Zombie

Also, if you can find it, the Thai horror comedy Body Jumper isn't bad - sexy Thai college girl is possessed by a liver-eating ghost who does a pretty good job of reducing the college's horny male population. The VCD is only $5.50 on
post #10  on January 4, 2004 - 9:00 PM PST  
I thought Versus was hilarious. Don't know if its a TRUE horror flick but it has zombies.
post #11  on January 4, 2004 - 10:06 PM PST  
I don't remember much about Versus but I thought it was more of a gore flick with some humor than a horror flick. I suppose it's subjective.

> On January 4, 2004 - 9:00 PM PST Tuna wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I thought Versus was hilarious. Don't know if its a TRUE horror flick but it has zombies.
> ---------------------------------

post #12  on January 4, 2004 - 10:33 PM PST  
a few more suggestions..

The Frighteners
The Lost Boys
Idle Hands
Bride of Chucky
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Demon Knight
Fright Night
post #13  on January 5, 2004 - 5:29 AM PST  
I've always been amused by Phantasm.
post #14  on January 5, 2004 - 8:20 AM PST  
Another thought...

Depending on your criteria, you may or may not be interested in almost anything directed by William Castle.

Watched the Castle movies with my kids during the past year and had a blast. We especially liked The Tingler, Mr. Sardonicus, I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are!, and Homicidal.
post #15  on January 5, 2004 - 8:41 AM PST  
I immediately thought of Killer Klowns From Outer Space but then I decided not to mention it because is is on of the FUNNIEST horror movies ever made really does not met the criteria - so much more funnier than horrible, especially shared with a few well lubricated friends - just don't drive while you are watching it! And don't drink anything you don't want to blow out your nose as you are losing it. Eight Legged Freaks is the same way, but nothing is as funny as those Killer Klowns!

But then maybe the Scream trilogy fits the criteria: 1, 2, and 3.
post #16  on January 5, 2004 - 10:18 AM PST  
I agree with many of these suggestions. Might I also add:

Piranha -- script by John Sayles(!), directed by Joe Dante, it's both sickly very funny and scary. Highly recommend it.

(Too bad Alligator -- script also co-written by Sayles, directed by Lewis Teague -- isn't available on DVD. Love that one, too.)

Another vote here for Army of Darkness. And don't forget Dawn of the Dead, sick, scary, but often screamingly funny.

Now if only Night of the Comet would come out on DVD.

post #17  on January 5, 2004 - 11:24 AM PST  
Uzumaki - great film, not so much funny ha ha as funny VERY bizarre (but still quite creepy)

A Polish Vampire in Burbank

Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Fright Night

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Incidentally, the aforementioned (by me) Bio Zombie is a Hong Kong horror flick and NOT Japanese per the GC description. Japanese horror films in general tend to be quite creepy whereas many Hong Kong horror films have their comedic elements.

post #18  on January 5, 2004 - 2:47 PM PST  
I just rented a single DVD with two movies that should be of interest: "Motel Hell" and "Deranged"...
post #19  on January 5, 2004 - 3:15 PM PST  
In the same vein as Dead Alive what with the zombies and the gore, but maybe sillier and lesser known (although I love it!) was Cemetary Man, which is not available in Region 1 right now... and may never be. It's the only movie I've seen that stars Rupert Everett that I've enjoyed.

Also, there's House. I don't think it's on DVD either.

But again, these are both more comedy than horror.
post #20  on January 5, 2004 - 6:00 PM PST  
Speaking of Stuart Gordon et al, a frequently overlooked picture with some way-out laffs is Brian Yuzna's Society.
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