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15 Great Recent Horror Comedies You Might Not Have Seen

06 June 2017 | Features, Film Lists | by Ethan Wilson

Horror comedies are often a turn-off for critics and usually fail at the box office, making you wonder about the tastes of modern audiences. If ever a genre had the potential for send-up, it’s the one that spawned the immortal classics Unfriended, Ouija and Annabelle.

Then again, it’s entirely possible that a modern crowd just doesn’t want to see horror being parodied. A decent horror comedy – or, failing that, Scary Movie 5 – will make fun of all the genre conventions and spoof their weaknesses, and the people who’re itching to see another Friday the 13th reboot don’t want that.

Or maybe they watched A Haunted House and Vampires Suck and wrote off the idea that horror can be funny. It can, but you won’t find many laughs in those opportunistic would-be comedies, so let’s not go there.

As is usually the case, that cinematic effluent was given a wide release while a bunch of movies that actually worked were consigned to oblivion. To seek out the best in comedy horror, you have to fearlessly search through all those Netflix and DVD titles you’ve never heard of.

Or you could just check out the following. It’s your dime.

 

15. Zombie Self Defence Force (2006)

Zombie Self Defence Force (2006)

Remember when Peter Jackson made zombie films that were heavy on blood and bad taste gags? Naoyuki Tomamatsu does, so here’s a movie that packs flying saucers, mutant babies, cyborgs and samurai zombies into its 76 minutes.

The plot is best described as “uncomplicated.” When a flying saucer crashes in rural Japan, it brings the dead back to life (“How unscientific,” remarks one character), causing a disparate group that includes a pop star, a soldier and a gangster to seek shelter at a nearby hotel, unaware that the owner has just killed his pregnant mistress. You can probably guess what happens next.

You don’t watch this sort of thing expecting to see finely nuanced characters delivering Shakespearean soliloquies but to see a zombie baby using its umbilical cord as a lasso while a cyborg soldier, the prototype for a proposed invasion of America, shoots up the place. As such movies go, Zombie Self Defence Force is top of the list.

 

14. You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)

You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012)

You Can’t Kill Stephen King is a real surprise: a dirt-cheap horror movie , starring nobody you’ve ever heard of (and shamelessly exploiting King’s name) that’s actually worth watching.

We’re in B-grade slasher movie territory as a group of fans who’ve decided to pay the author a visit start getting knocked off one by one, but this is no mean and senseless Friday The 13th knock-off. YKKSK never takes itself too seriously and just wants to give the viewer a good time, which considering the budget was a smart move.

It helps if you’re a fan of King’s work (the in-jokes come thick and fast), and a fan of comedy slashers in general, and those who are will have fun. Those who aren’t should stay away and stop bleating on social media about how it’s the worst movie ever.

 

13. Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012)

Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012)

If Shaun Of The Dead was a quaint British film that just happened to feature walking cadavers, Cockneys Vs Zombies is its East End cousin, the ruder, cruder and decidedly lewder relative that’s more interested in exploding heads than romantic sub-plots.

When the dead start to rise, Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker) immediately fear for the safety of Ray (Alan Ford), the grandfather that raised them after their hippie parents unwisely took on police marksmen with assault rifles (long story). They decide to set off on a rescue mission, little realizing that Ray’s safely ensconced inside a retirement home with Richard Briers, Honor Blackman and a cache of assault rifles.

This is The Walking Dead scripted by Ricky Gervais, and your enjoyment will depend upon watching British TV veterans portraying octogenarian zombie killers (with walking frames and AK-47s). Gone are Shaun Of The Dead’s cricket bats and polite humour, and in come decapitations, raucous jokes, plus one-time Bionic Woman Michelle Ryan as a leather-clad, samurai sword-wielding locksmith (why not?). It’s not gentle or genteel, but it is loads of fun.

 

12. Infestation (2009)

Infestation (2009)

You’ve probably never heard of this giant bug movie, and thanks to The Asylum et al, you’re probably sick of creature features, but Infestation has several things going for it, including better than average monsters.

A combination of practical and digital effects, these suckers can take over a city in a heartbeat, cocooning the inhabitants and storing them for food. Led by Cooper (Christopher Marquette), a slacker in the Chuck mould, a handful of survivors arm themselves and attempt to destroy the bugs’ nest.

A movie that never takes itself too seriously, Infestation asks such important questions as, “Can you use a Taser against a giant bug?” (Yes, but the bugs tend to explode). Packing more fun into its 92 minutes then you’ve seen in a dozen Syfy films, Infestation is one big bug movie you need to check out.

 

11. Bad Biology (2008)

Bad Biology (2008)

Born with 7 clitorises, Jennifer (Charlee Danielson) needs orgasms the way a junkie needs a fix, and after each one night stand she gives birth to “an unfinished mutant baby” that ends up in a dumpster. She meets her match in Batz (Anthony Sneed), who began injecting steroids into his heart’s delight as a teenager and now has an XXL member that can tap out Morse code when it needs feeding.

After witnessing a hooker experience an “everlasting orgasm” courtesy of Batz’s gift, Jennifer decides she’s found Mr Right and tries to become his latest conquest, which is when his pride and joy detaches from his body and slithers away in pursuit of underwear models.

Financed and co-written by underground rapper R.A. “The Rugged Man” Thorburn and directed by the legendary Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Frankenhooker), Bad Biology was shot at the tail end of Dubya’s presidency, and its remit appears to have been to offend as many Republicans as possible. A film where showering starlets are attacked by a penis monster, Bad Biology is the kind of movie that the characters from Basket Case would’ve paid to see.

 

10. Big Tits Zombie (2010)

Big Tits Zombie (2010)

From the director of the immortal classics Killer Pussy and Sumo Vixens comes Big Tits Zombie, but don’t go expecting a stupid one-note travesty along the lines of Strippers Vs Zombies. In Japan, they know how to do this sort of thing with wit and invention.

You’ve got to love a 3D zombie movie that opens with real-life porn star Sola Aoi playing a chainsaw-wielding stripper fighting a seemingly unwinnable battle against the undead, but the best is yet to come. Flashbacks reveal that a fellow stripper found a copy The Book Of The Dead, and you know what that means.

One of the side effects of being transformed into a walking ghoul in this film is being able to spider walk with flames shooting out of your nether regions, something not even Peter Jackson dared put on film in Braindead. There’s also a zombie with a detachable head, a female sumo contest and all the samurai dismemberment you’d expect in a film like this, so what are you waiting for?

 

9. Fido (2006)

fido-2006

Billy Connolly and Carrie-Anne Moss star in this horror comedy that gives the boy-and-his-dog formula an amusing twist. Instead of an animal, a lonely young boy befriends a domesticated zombie.

You see, the Zombie Wars have been and gone and the remaining living dead have been pacified with “containment collars” that curtail their hunger and allow them to be used for menial tasks. Depending on your needs, they can mow lawns, deliver milk or, if they’re young and fresh enough, be used as concubines.

Set in a Norman Rockwell America, and best described as Leave It To Beaver meets Shaun Of The Dead, Fido is the zombie comedy to end all zombie comedies. Mixed in with the laughs and the expected blood and guts is a satire of 50s attitudes, and don’t miss Tim Blake Nelson’s performance as the creepy neighbour who keeps a zombie for a girlfriend.

 

 

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  • Andrey Koshmar

    Merry list. All films are interesting, especially Bad Milo. Today I’ll look it up.

  • Sanil Sunder

    Revenant (2009) is missing in this list….

    • bluesborn

      great film and a very witty one!

  • Il Verme Conquistatore

    stung !

    • Tigran Nox Potikyan

      nice movie but it did not have any comedy to be honest )

  • bluesborn

    One of my all time favorite horror comedies is The Return of the Living Dead.
    I almost forgot the Korean film The Host. Great monster and a very funny film.

    • SupernaturalCat

      “I almost forgot the Korean film The Host. Great monster and a very funny film.”

      The over-the-top mourning scene where the kid’s family members all fall to the floor, flailing and wailing in grief!!! ha

      Back in ’85 when Return of the Living Dead came out, my friends and I, while dosed on blotter acid, were attempting to get out to this carnival, and instead got sidetracked into a theater upon seeing the film’s title on the theater marquee. We ended up sitting through it twice back to back! …you could do that back those days, meaning, ushers/managers wouldn’t make you leave, or likely figured it wasn’t worth attempting to oust a group of obviously doped long-haired freaks. AMAZING movie! And yeah, we did eventually make it to the carnival later that night.

      • bluesborn

        ha! great story! First yeah the mourning scene is absolutely hysterical to me and reminded me of a book I read by Ferdinand Celine (can’t recall whether it was “Death on the Installment Plan” or “Journey To The End Of The Night”) but there was a passage that featured the same kind of over the top black humor. You mentioned tripping while watching “Return of the Living Dead” which made me chuckle and I probably would have watched again with you guys. Anyway I can at least match you on that because I saw “Alien” when it first came out in the theater on acid! A friend and I saw it and although the bursting chest scene freaked us out what really blew my mind was the amazing look of the Giger sets which looked sooo other worldly especially on acid! Plus the storm raging when they first landed was a real rush under those mind expanded conditions. I remember feeling like I was floating about a foot off my seat for most of the movie! lol

        • SupernaturalCat

          The Ferdinand Celine book, wonder if that’s the source inspiration for The Doors’ End of the Night? …I know I read a book about them/Morrison aeons ago, and it said what it was…it was either that one, or something from William Blake.

          Anyway..Alien, another genre classic. Saw that five yrs earlier than ROTLD, and was still a young lad at that point, so no mind altering substances first time I saw it–my dad took me and my friends/cousins. Scared the be-jesus outta me. I remember my knees shook throughout that entire scene where ol Harry Dean wanders off to his doom.

          The really cool thing about seeing ROTLD on the fly was that none of us were even aware of it, or that it was out. Granted, this was many yrs ago, and I was impaired, but my recollection of that afternoon was we saw the showing times–theaters used to list those under the movie’s title–and so we swung in and caught it. My guess is we must’ve missed the beginning the first round, and that’s why we stayed for a second viewing before heading out to the carnival.

          Typically we tripped every time we went to the drive-in, so I did see many of that era’s horror classics while dosed. I remember going snowmobiling at dusk after my then bro-in-law and I saw Evil Dead…I kept thinking some thing would surely jump out of the trees at me! ha. Good times. I had a blast growing up …makes me feel sorry for our teenager as it’s a different world now, unfortunately. Kids these days don’t seem to know how to drum up their own fun like we did back then.

          • bluesborn

            Yes it’s a very different world now than back then and I do sometimes feel sorry for kids missing out on some of the more simple stuff that made life fun back then. With computers the world changed dramatically and it will be many more years before we can assess what exactly that has meant for the world. One thing that honestly worries me about computers (other than issues of privacy)is the sinking feeling that we are going to wind up with a nation beset by chronic masturbation! It sounds silly but if you look at the big picture I’d hate to think that all the creative energy that has produced great leaders and scientists and artists etc is being expended on porn in front of a computer screen! How depressing.
            Of course that’s only looking at it from one angle so who knows…
            As for the Celine/Doors connection I don’t know but it’s an interesting theory! Jim was a bright guy so it’s certainly not hard to imagine.
            I love all the old Doors stuff.

  • Dhrubajyoti Sheet

    what do we do in the shadows