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The horror-comedy film is an increasingly popular sub-genre of horror, providing a genuinely scary horror narrative and slipping in some truly hilarious comedy alongside. Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is attributed as “the first great comedy-horror story” as it both scared and amused readers in equal measure.
Horror is such a popular genre amongst film lovers as it allows them the thrill and adrenaline release of a dangerous situation in complete safety; horror-comedy therefore allows audience members to laugh at their fears and refuse to confront demons, phobias and death with whimsy.
The first horror-comedy was Haunted Spooks, released in 1920, though it was in the late 90s and early 00s wherein the genre really found its market. Here are five of the best if you like your laughs as much as your scares!
Shaun of the Dead 2004
Highly praised and considered one of the best horror-comedies of all time, Shaun of the Dead is the small British indie flick which turned its stars into international icons.
With some seriously gory special effects and a great comedy cast including Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran and Bill Nighy, alongside cameos from popular comedy actors including Jessica Stevenson, Martin Freeman Reece Shearsmith and Tamsin Greig, the film was a visual love letter to the genre.
Using comedy in an entirely different way to Shaun.., Scream successfully uses satire to highlight the conventions used during a period of time wherein horror was considered a ‘cheap’ form of entertainment.
Attributed to reviving the genre and proving big name actors should consider such roles, the humour in Scream balances the intense nature of an otherwise classic slasher flick. Given the lesser acclaimed sequels it’s easy to dismiss Scream but now is the time to revisit the film and appreciate the smart writing and excellent acting.
The Cabin in the Woods 2012
Another horror-comedy which uses satire for the comedic effects, Joss Whedon created this horror film which references essentially every horror trope in modern cinema. Playing on a typical ‘teenagers holidaying in a remote wood’ storyline, the narrative is twisted for black comedy effect.
One of the few horror-comedies to be successfully truly frightening, this is a perfect addition to any Halloween horror fest. With gore, jumps and a lot of laughs, Whedon wrote one of the best horror films of the 21st Century whilst criticising the modern genre at the same time.
This stop-motion animation is perfect for the entire family as it provides plenty of gentle scares whilst using humour and morality to balance the horror elements.
Dealing with the topic of death in a family film is never easy, but directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler have managed to create a lesson for children and adults alike which boldly dares to approach topics no other family film has successfully dealt with before.
One of the most successful horror-comedies at the international box office of all time, Zombieland is a hilarious comedy that chooses to approach the horror aspect with a tongue-in-cheek style using gross make up and elaborate use of weapons to keep the tension up.
The Bill Murray cameo is perhaps one of the funniest cameos of all time, with Murray showing complete and utter willing to parody himself and the perception society may have of him as an actor.
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