I’m a man that likes to mix it up, so sometimes I want a little humor in my horror movies. These are my top ten favorites that combine chuckles and charnel (yeah, that’s a stretch). These movies make genuine attempts to be funny. I’m not including hilariously schlocky, fantastic films like The Gate — that’s a different list.
This homage to 50’s B movie horror flicks has better special effects than you would think, a funny script, just enough gore, and excellent performances from Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, and, surprisingly, Reba McEntire.
More comedy than horror, but I’ll always remember a few scenes that freaked me out when I was a kid. I love the Harry Belafonte bit at the end. Okay, I believe you!
This was actually the first movie I thought about when creating the list, but it got bumped down to 7 after all the other choices I came up with. It’s still great, though.
6) Dead Alive
I saw Dead Alive before anybody knew who Peter Jackson was. Full of extreme, gratuitous gore, it’s even better to watch after his huge success with Lord of the Rings. He made that monkey-rat-thing really come alive.
4) Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn
Sam Raimi definitely got some notice after The Evil Dead, but his real cult following came after he added more campy humor to the sequel. Bruce Campbell was the perfect person to pull off the slapsticky, over-the-top action of the second film.
3) Army of Darkness
Most Evil Dead fans would probably pick Evil Dead 2 above Army of Darkness, but I love this movie. It has even more slapstick, tongue-in-cheek humor than ED2, and way more quotable lines. This, is my BOOMSTICK.
One of my favorite movies growing up, and it has held up so well that I watch it at least a couple of times a year. While Bill Murray is (naturally) the best part, all of the characters are funny. I hope they actually go through with making a third movie.
1) Shaun of the Dead
It was hard to pick a number one, but Shaun of the Dead perfectly captures the British sense of humor and stiff-upper-lip attitude. And since zombies are the coolest of movie monsters (which I covered here), the relative newcomer gets the nod.