It is very hard to make a decent horror movie and harder still to combine the genres of comedy and horror into a decent spectacle. Some of the classic horror movies of the bygone era are Frankenstein and Ghostbusters. The Scary Movie series tried to do some work in the horror comedy genre but were less than successful in coming up with something worth remembering. If you can’t decide whether to watch a comedy or a horror, how about both in a single movie. Below is a list of the best horror comedies that have been made to date.
10. Scream (1996)
This movie got a lot of mainstream media coverage at the time of its release and quite a few sequels were released. All the main characters in the movie are quite young and attractive.
9. Re-Animator (1985)
This is a new age take on the traditional horror. A young student is working on experiments that rejuvenate dead human tissue. This movie has everything you could ask for in a slasher movie: blood, gore, boobs, and even cunnilingus with severed heads.
8. The Monster Squad (1987)
The dialogs in The Monster Squad are witty and funny. The conversations are the main reason this movie appeared on this list. The movie is scary only when one of the villains is in action. Otherwise, it is a comedy.
7. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
You might have realized by now that the 1980s was a golden age for horror comedy movies. This was when the best of these movies were released. The Return of the Living Dead is another example of an 80s horror comedy movie.
6. Fright Night (1985)
You might have heard about the recent remake of Fright Night. Ever wonder why it was given a thumbs down by critics despite being so good? It was because it was not nearly as good as the original Fright Night of 1985.
5. Evil Dead 2 (1987)
This is the sequel to the 1981 Evil Dead. Few sequels turn out to be watchable, let alone decent. This is an example of an excellent sequel.
4. Dead Alive (1992)
Dead Alive would be the clear winner if it is compared with any of the Rings movies. Dead Alive is a zombie horror comedy that should not be missed if you are into the genre.
3. Gremlins (1984)
If your idea of hilarity is cute and tiny creatures snowboarding across the neighborhood and robbing sporting goods stores, then this is a movie you simply cannot miss. It is a watchable movie for the whole family.
2. Idle Hands (1999)
Anton, whose right hand is possessed by the devil, is a lazy teen slacker who watches TV and smokes weed all day. Things turn nasty when he finds out that he has killed both of his parents.
1. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Directed by a comedy specialist John Landis, you would expect this movie to be less horror and more comedy. However, the balance is just right and the overall spectacle turns out to be more than just watchable.