Don’t let My Top 5 Horror-Comedy Movies lull you into a false sense of security. Yes, they are funny at times and yes, most of them feature well-known comedians. But when the horror creeps up on you and the director cranks up the fear factor, you will run to mama.
5. Fright Night Getting the right mixture of humour and horror is a delicate balancing act. Too much comedy will dilute the scares, while too many frights will render gags pointless to relieve any tension. This one gets it just right. The director and cast manage to build up a sense of dread while keeping it light-hearted and fun. Until the end that is. That’s when the monsters come out. And there are real monsters…really.
4. Shaun of the Dead Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright = comedy. Zombie apocalypse = horror. So which is it? To my recollection, it’s mostly comedy. I don’t remember there being any real scares, just some elements of horror. But then, I’m Canadian and I must admit that I don’t always understand English humour. Having said all that, I know what I like when I see it, and this horror-comedy is a winner.
3. The Frighteners Boy did this movie throw me for a loop. It stars Michael J. Fox, one of my all-time favorite comedians, so I would expect it to be funny. And while it has humorous moments, it’s almost as if Peter Jackson didn’t know what genre he was going for. His film starts out as a melodrama, then changes into a comedy, only to transform into a full-fledged horror flick towards the end. Weird, but in a good way.
2. An American Werewolf in London The title says it all. Two Americans are in London and they encounter a werewolf. I won’t say any more about this brilliant horror-comedy classic. Seek it out and watch it.
1. The Evil Dead While you might expect Army of Darkness to hold the #1 position on my top 5 list, I find that the third entry into The Evil Dead franchise is all comedy, thus disqualifying it for the top spot. Instead, I went with the first installment of the series. But I have a confession to make : I’ve only seen this movie once when it came out in theatres in 1981, so my recollection is quite fuzzy. I remember it to be both funny and scary, so I apologize if this is not the case.