Horror movies are meant to scare you whereas comedy movies are meant to make you laugh. But some movies can scare you as well as make you laugh. Yes, we are talking about the horror-comedy genre. Horror-comedy movies have gained popularity ever since the early 1920s and let’s have a look at top ten horror-comedy movies.
1) Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetlejuice is directed by Tim Burton and was released in the year 1988. The star cast of the movie includes Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis, and Catherine O’Hara. Michael Keaton’s performance in the movie is considered as one of his best performances ever. This horror comedy classic offers you hilarious moments and jumps scares and these elements were perfectly handled by Tim Burton.
2) An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in London is directed by John Landis and was released in the year 1981. The star cast of the movie includes David Naughton, Griffin Dunne, Jenny Agutter, John Woodvine, and Brian Glover. The film may look like a serious horror film from its posters and trailer, but the scenario is different. Even though there are many scary moments, the movie has also got really funny moments and witty one-liners that will definitely make you laugh.
3) Army of Darkness (1992)
Army of Darkness is directed by Sam Raimi and was released in the year 1992. The star cast of the movie includes Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Bridget Fonda, and Ted Raimi. The movie is the third installment in the Evil Dead franchise. The movie has a nice blend of comedy and horror, unlike the previous installments which concentrated more on the horror aspect. The visual effects used in the movie were also widely praised at that time.
4) Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Shaun of the Dead is directed by Edgar Wright and was released in the year 2004. The film stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, and Dylan Moran. The unparalleled chemistry between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is the main highlight of the movie. The movie is actually a spoof of all the zombie movies that were released at that time. The movie is neatly written and cleverly directed with the right mixture of fun and scares.
5) Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters is directed by Ivan Reitman and was released in the year 1984. The star cast of the movie includes Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Harold Ramis. The movie showcased the hilarious story of four parapsychologists and the funny supernatural aspects they had to face. The funny chemistry between the four lead actors worked out like anything. A reboot of the film was released recently. Ghostbusters undoubtedly has all the essential elements to be in the number one spot of horror-comedy movies.
6) Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn (1987)
While the first part was more on the adventure side, but the sequel, Evil Dead 2, was the perfect blend of both horror and comedy. Although the special effects may look old to the young audience, it’s still one of the greatest horror-comedy movie ever made.
7) Scream (1996)
It’s not one of the greatest… it’s the greatest horror-comedy movie ever made. it took over the idea of slasher movies and found an amazing way to make it cool. The movie came in 1996 when the idea wasn’t very popular and the risky attempt of Sam Raimi paid off and the movie became an instant hit.
8) Zombieland (2009)
The amalgamation of horror with comedy isn’t an easy task as both the genres are totally opposite. Horror movies include scenes that would make you cry sometimes. But Zombieland was a perfect blend of both the genres and was really a fun to watch. The movie also has many celebrity-cameos which are considered as one of the best till date.
9) What We Do In the Shadows (2014)
The movie is about a group of Vampires that live in Wellington. The movie is directed by comedic genius Taika Waititi who gave another great comedy movie but this time with a mix of horror as well.
10) Rubber (2010)
Rubber is an R-Rated horror-comedy movie. It’s about a tire that comes to life and kills people with its demonic powers. It’s one of the most memorable horror-comedies ever made.
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