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My Favorite Horror Comedies--Part One

  • Sep 16, 2009
Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
If you haven't see Sam Raimi's iconic flick you can't call yourself a horror fan.
Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon are at the top of their game in this modernization of H.P. Lovecraft.
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I'm one of those people who likes FROM BEYOND every bit as much as RE-ANIMATOR. It's hard to go wrong with Combs and Gordon and a touch of Lovecraft.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
George Romero's old partners Russo and Streiner split off and joined up with Dan O'Bannon to make this great flick. They were also smart enough to reference NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in their own film which was one of the first to have running zombies that also talked.
Night of the Creeps
It's got everything an homage should; a serial killer who becomes infected with an alien parasite and the gets cryogenically frozen, dumb frat boys who come along and thaw him out a couple of decades later, lots of gooey gore, lots of laughs, and lots of characters with names like Savini, Romero, and Carpenter.
Little Shop of Horrors 1960
The original please!
Return of the Living Dead 2
Even goofier than the first one.
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They played the first movie about Duane and his brother Belial (who were separated at birth) fairly straight, but the second film went for laughs as love found Belial.
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By the time Hennenlotter got to the third installment in the series his imagination was running wild and the audience was rolling in the aisles.
Horror writer William Katt holes up in his dead aunt's house trying to write about his experiences in Viet Nam, all the while haunted by memories of his young son who had mysteriously vanished from this same house years before.
Fright Night (1985 film)
A vampire moves in next door to teenaged Charlie--there goes the neighborhood! Fortunately washed up horror actor turned tv movie host Peter Vincent is there to lend a hand.
What do you do when you accidentally run over your girlfriend with a lawnmower? This film's title suggestions one option.
Flesh Gordon
R-rated version of a porno parody of the Flash Gordon serials. Ya gotta love the Penisaurus.
Brain Damage
A brain parasite strikes a deal with a guy; in exchange for use of his body he'll give him heavy doses of joy juice. The trouble is while he's using the body he does terrible things to other people with it.
Troll (1986)
Any film that has a line like "I don't know, but I'm listening to the tree" in it is my kind of movie.
Eating Raoul
Cult classic about the aptly named Blands who dream of opening an establishment dedicated to fine dining but are hampered by lack of funds, until an unforseen accident gives them an idea.
The Raven
Peter Lorre plays a sorceror (turned into a raven by Boris Karloff) who turns to fellow sorceror Vincent Price for help. Jack Nicholson is here too proving once and for all that he should never play period pieces.
The Comedy of Terrors
Peter Lorre and Vincent Price are undertakers trying to drum upa little business.
Curse of the Queerwolf
The tragic tale Of Larry Smallbut who is bitten by a tranny one night and becomes the titular character, "Even a wrist that is strong and firm and holds itself up high, may become limp when the moon is full and it's owner has turned Bi." The exorcism scene is hilarious.
A Polish Vampire in Burbank
A low budget delight about a virgin who has yet to make his own kill and keeps eating leftovers his family supplies.
Benefits enormously from a john Sayles script and Joe Dante's direction.
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Goofy slasher flick.
Street Trash
Crude and maybe a little sick, but I have to admit a little ashamedly that I laughed at this story of some bad liquor found in a store room and sold to bums on skid row, What it does to them ain't pretty.
Brian Yuzna's social commentary on the upper classes feeding off the poor.
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More dumb frat boys, a horror staple to be sure. This time they're looking for strippers in a weird part of town and they wind up at Grace Jones' vampire strip club.
Waxwork 2: Lost in Time
Lots of parodies of other films including Bruce Campbell in THE HAUNTING. "It's only a flesh wound."
Mr. Vampire
Love those hopping Chinese vampires.
An American Werewolf in London
Thakns to MichaelN for pointing out my error in omitting this one.

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November 14, 2012
Amazing list
September 18, 2009
Nice list! Been meaning to ask, what'd you think of Romero's colored "Night of the Living Dead"?
September 18, 2009
It has no raison d'etre. I'd sooner watch NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 3D.
December 13, 2009
ha. finally got a chance to see Killer Klowns and reviewed it....I am working on my unwatched pile. LOL
December 14, 2009
I haven't read the review yet but I saw that you rated it a 3. Even though it's on my list of favorites I admit that it has its flaws. But those wild and crazy moments just make up for the bad--plus there's almost fast forward!
September 16, 2009
As always great list! I would add my all-time favorite horror/comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein as well as An American Werewolf in London
September 16, 2009
Good point on AMERICAN WEREWOLF. It should have been on this list. My other list is primarily films from the 90s on.
September 16, 2009
There. I took care of that. But sometimes it becomes a problem distinguishing between films that have comedic elements such as THE HOWLING, and films that can truly be classified as comedies like AMERICAN WEREWOLF.
September 16, 2009
I feel honored that you gave me credit in your critique of the movie! Thanks.
September 16, 2009
I wouldn't have thought of it if you hadn't reminded me. I was so busy thinking of more obscure films that I missed an obvious one. Thanks again.
September 16, 2009
Well next time I walk past The Slaughtered Lamb, I'll remember you.
September 16, 2009
Keep to the road and stay off the moors.
September 16, 2009
Amen. LOL
September 16, 2009
"I'm sorry I called you a meatloaf, Jack."
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