Today I am going to be sharing my five favourite horror comedies. This blend of genres works really well if done right. You want to laugh and feel unsettled at the same time. I believe the list below meets that criteria perfectly. Without further ado, let’s get into it!
1.) Happy Death Day
Happy Death Day is the horror version of Groundhog Day, which is one of my favourite movies. It follows Tree Gelbman, a blissfully self-centered collegian, who wakes up on her birthday in the bed of a student named Carter. As the morning goes on, Tree gets the eerie feeling that she’s experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she once again, magically wakes up in Carter’s dorm room unharmed. Now, the frightened young woman must relive the same day over and over until she figures out who murdered her. This is such a fun film to watch during a sleepover. It’s a hilarious slasher with lots of twists, turns and laugh-out-loud dialogue. The reveal was a touch predictable but I enjoyed the journey nevertheless. It also has some great character development, as we watch Tree soften into a much kinder, more compassionate human by the end. I have not seen the sequel but I heard it’s more sci-fi than horror and reminiscent of Back to the Future. I really need to check it out!
2.) Jennifer’s Body
Jennifer’s Body is in my top 20 favourite horror movies list. I’ve seen it an obscene amount and never get tired of it. I also drew inspiration for my latest novella: The Devil Within Me, from this story. When a demon takes possession of her, high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox), turns a hungry eye on the guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school’s male population, her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), vows to put an end to the carnage. This film loves to poke fun at itself and yet, it’s seductively horrific. Jennifer as a succubus (a female sex demon) is both captivating and disturbing at the same time. Furthermore, I love that it was written by Diablo Cody, an incredible woman that received critical acclaim for Juno. Watch this one with your girlfriends.
Ugh Fresh. If you only watch one option on this list, let it be this masterpiece. It’s definitely a favourite for 2022. Released this year on Disney+ and Hulu, this horror film examines the trials of modern online dating with a disturbing twist. The story follows Noa, a woman tired of not getting anywhere romantically. One evening, she meets the charming Steve in a grocery store and their love affair begins. Things seem too good to be true and as expected, they are. Noa soon learns that her new boyfriend has an insatiable appetite…for her. The artistic direction of this movie was insane. We don’t get the opening credits until a quarter of the way in, which was purely intentional. It also presents warm tones and mood lighting a lot of the way through. Plus the acting was superb. I was such a fan of Daisy Edgar Jones and Sebastian Stan in their roles. It was shocking at times and definitely not for the faint of heart but I loved every second. The ending made me laugh out loud. Perfection!
4.) Shaun Of The Dead
I think Shaun of the Dead would be on most people’s lists. It’s a hilarious/horrifying classic and a parody of George Romero’s, Dawn of the Dead. Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull existence. When he’s not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed, in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz, who wishes desperately for him to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother. I love dry British humour and this film has it in spades. There are some truly scary scenes in this movie but just as many funny moments to balance it out. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you doing?!
5.) Young Frankenstein
I’m not joking when I tell you I can quote this entire movie from beginning to end. It’s in my top 30 favourite horror movies list and I’ve seen it at least 20+ plus times. I had to include it. Young Frankenstein is directed by the incredible Mel Brooks and stars the iconic late Gene Wilder. Respected medical lecturer, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, learns that he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor, Inga and the fearsome Frau Blücher (*horse whinnies* – if you know you know). After he creates his own monster, new complications arise with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth. This is such a quotable film. It is hilarious. HILARIOUS. The horror elements clearly lie in the birth of the creature but even he will make you chuckle. I know it’s older and shot in black and white but it still holds up today. Check it out.
Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. What are some of your favourite horror comedies?
Peace & Love xoxo