Horror and comedy have always been the perfect combination of genres that have come together to create some truly funny and scary cinematic amalgamations. Horror often walks that fine line of sinister chills and tongue-in-cheek terror and has always been a genre to champion the fact that it sometimes tries to not take itself too seriously. And it has therefore left itself open to loveable parody and hilarious comedic movie moments over the years. We take a look at just some of the best.
DEAD ALIVE (AKA BRAINDEAD)
Zombie-related movies are one of the most commonly used sub-genres of horror that welcome a mix of fear and funny. Long before he was dealing with Hobbits and dragons director Peter Jackson was dabbling in low-budget horror efforts in his native New Zealand, one of which was 1992’s ‘Dead Alive’ (better known as ‘Braindead’ in the UK). It’s one of the goriest films ever made and a brilliantly conceived horror-fare that is filled with twisted humour and sickening sequences.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
The expansion of a very short zombie sequence featured in their comedy series ‘Spaced’ was the catalyst for writer/actor Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright’s comedy-horror creation Shaun of the Dead. Loveable loser Shaun’s life can’t possibly get any worse until an unlikely zombie apocalypse gives him a shot at redemption with his one true love. It’s one of the most solid, finest and funniest horror comedies of all time filled with nods and references for horror fans to enjoy again and again.
It’s one of the most iconic movies of all time and this 80’s cult classic comedy horror has quite literally become a template for how popular movies in this genre should be executed. With comic talent such as Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray at the height of their popularity and on top form it was a project that had obvious cache from the outset but no-one could have possibly predicted just what a film phenomenon it would have become.
EVIL DEAD II
Following the success of Sam Raimi’s low-budget horror offering ‘The Evil Dead’ he was given the green light to follow it up in 1987 with ‘Evil Dead II’. The loveable Bruce Campbell returns as our hero Ash, the lone survivor holding up inside a creepy cabin in the woods as he fends of possessive spirits. Considered by many to be even better than the original the movie is more of a semi-reboot than a sequel with the opening scenes acting as a recreation and a retelling of the story more so than following things up. Even pratfalls, over-the-top gore, and obvious ‘Three Stooges’ slapstick don’t get in the way of the brilliant direction and the unforgettable horror scenes.
Our next entry often features in many family friendly horror movie lists and is great fun for the whole family to enjoy. Bette Midler and ‘Sex and the City‘s Sarah Jessica Parker star as witches who find themselves resurrected in Salem on Halloween night. It’s a typically ‘Disney’-esque project that uses light horror themes to thrill young viewers whilst still appealing to the older generation.
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