Recently we had a discussion of doing a Top 10 list of our favorite horror movies amongst the writers. However, trying to narrow down the huge volume of films out there to a top 10 was deemed nigh-impossible. So instead of trying to whittle it down as a general category of horror, I chose to do a Top 10 of my personal favorite sub-genre. Horror Comedies!
Some films set out to be funny, others are funny by accident. You do not ever want to accidentally be funny. That’s when we get a Troll 2 level of filmmaking. Just so bad it’s funny, then it’s quickly sad, then back to funny again. I am also coining a (possibly) new term today to give the horror-comedies an extra punch! Humor+Horror = #Humorror !It’s terribly cheesy, but I like it. Now on to the list of the Top 10 humorror films!!
#10. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
You know a Gremlins movie had to be on here. As far as going for the laughs though, the second one really went for it. The whole idea of DNA splicing them with all kinds of crazy animals sold me. The appearance of The Hulkster was just a bonus!
#9. House (1986)
What happens when you mix The Greatest American Hero, Cheers and Night Court? Apparently it’s a creepy house with extradimensional portals! This was such a ridiculously fun and weird movie. The sequel was good too, but the original had one of the most iconic VHS covers of all time!
#8. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
What can be said about the Dead Snow series? It’s imaginative, original and the sequel has some of the best uses of an intestine I’ve ever seen! There’s a much larger body count than the first one, and seriously creative kills.
#7. Bad Taste (1987)
Filmed over weekends for four years, this movie marks Peter Jackson’s debut. Gory, silly, grotesque at times, Bad Taste is a fun film with crazier stories behind the scenes. Well, not crazier than flesh eating aliens farming humans, but still entertaining none the less.
#6. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
The hardest part in making a list like this is how to rank them. Tucker & Dale is simply brilliant. I’ve watched it more times than I care to admit. A series of unfortunate events is easily the best way to describe it. Really it’s Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as Tucker and Dale that sell this thing. Their chemistry is priceless.
#5. Army of Darkness (1992)
The Evil Dead series is the yardstick with which to measure all other humorror movies. Sam Raimi did an amazing job taking the series in all kinds of crazy directions, and we the audience are better for it. Travelling back in time Ash finds himself fighting the Deadites once again!
#4. Dead Alive (1992)
The second Peter Jackson movie on this list! Zombies, crazy ass uncles and a lawnmower that just won’t quit! I still occasionally throw out, “Zingaya! He has the bite!” So remember kids, you too can make “low” budget horror flicks, then go on years later to make billion dollar franchises.
#3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
What can be said about this movie that hasn’t been said before a thousand different ways. It’s smart, funny, great story great actors. Just some mates trying to survive the zombie apocalypse in their little slice of the world. The beatdown scene set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” is a scene I could watch over and over again!
#2. What We Do In The Shadows (2014)
Done in a mockumentary style, it follows the (un?)life of four vampires sharing a flat in New Zealand. It has nods to a ton of previous vampire movies. Some subtle, some overt. This movie bears several viewings just to catch all the little details the filmmakers put into it!
#1. Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Another mockumentary, but one that touches on what it takes to be a slasher icon! The movie goes into the training and preparations that make up the legend of a killer. The whole scene talking about having to do cardio to look like you’re walking when you’re trying to catch kids? Absolutely genius.
So there you go! My list of the Top 10 best Humorror movies. Honorable mentions to Beetlejuice, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Arachnophobia.
How about you all? What are some of your favorites?
Thanks for reading.
Ray Nichols, Editor in Chief SQ Horror Magazine