Nothing releases the tension of a scary scene like a good laugh, and with the arrival this week of the romantic zombie comedy — or “zomcom” — Warm Bodies, our appetite for horror comedies (if not for cold brains) flared up something awful, so we’ve prepared a smorgasbord of them for you to feast on. All of these movies are a click away with the Blockbuster On Demand app — enjoy!
A dreamy teenage zombie falls in love with the daughter of the Army General tasked with killing all the zombies. Can their love create a new understanding between the living and the undead? It’s like a comedic Romeo and Juliet, with zombies!
When the zombie apocalypse begins, what better place to hole up and bar the doors than the local pub? Simon Pegg plays a twentysomething loser grappling with a lost girlfriend and a dead end job when he and his pot-dealing best friend find themselves fending off the undead.
Hot off the cult success of Super Troopers, Broken Lizard followed up with a slasher film set at a Costa Rican resort. Someone is paying a sick tribute to the lyrics of one of singer/songwriter/hotelier Coconut Pete’s (Bill Paxton) songs by murdering the guests.
Bruce Campbell rose to cult stardom toplining Sam Raimi’s second Evil Dead movie, reprising the role of Ash, a man forced to dismember his girlfriend, amputate his own hand, and fend off a demon invoked by a magic book. (It’s a lot funnier than it sounds.)
Picking up where Evil Dead 2 left off, Ash and his chainsaw arm, his Oldsmobile and his shotgun find themselves in the year 1300 A.D., leading a battalion of human knights into battle with the undead — or the Medieval Dead.
The conventions of horror movies are both satirized and put into practice in Wes Craven’s 1996 smash, about a very horror film-literate killer terrorizing the students of Woodsboro high school. The movie is funny but also legitimately scary as well, and stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Rose McGowan, and Drew Barrymore.
The Chucky movies were never exactly known for restraint or subtlety, but Bride of Chucky takes the franchise into straight-up self-parody, having the doll inhabited by the spirit of a serial killer reunited with his girlfriend. Things really get zany when Chucky arranges for her spirit to transfer into another (naturally female) doll, for some XXX doll-on-doll action, with a little wanton murdering on the side.
Peter Jackson — later the brains behind the Lord of the Rings movies — wrote and directed this 1992 cult classic about a widower (Michael J. Fox) who uses his psychic powers to attract ghosts to people’s homes so he can then get rid of them, for a large fee. Things get complicated when a mass murderer’s ghost comes along and starts killing both the living and other ghosts. It starts out funny and ends up scary, and pulls off the tonal shift surprisingly well.