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More Horror Comedies

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  • May 22, 2009
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My previous list of horror comedies concerned itself with directors whose films became extremely popular and even gained a couple of them a significant career in the film industry. This time out I'm showcasing films that are every bit as funny, creative, wacky, and beloved (for the most part) but haven't garnered as much fame for their makers as those on the other list. So, in no particular order, here goes nothing:

1. TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS: DEMON KNIGHT-- A highly original flick starring Billy Zane as the demonic Collector who is after the last of seven ancient keys held by a drifter known as Brayker who comes into town on a dark and possibly stormy night. Not only are the residents of of the seedy hotel in which he takes refuge in danger, so is all of humanity! What could be a better set up? Zane is hilarious. The blood flows freely. This one is an absolute winner.

2. KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE--Its not a perfect film but it'll do until the real thing comes along. They come from outer space in a tent shaped space ship planning to annihilate mankind by turning people into cotton candy. Need I say more?

3. THE TOXIC AVENGER--From the good people at Troma comes the first Super Hero from New Jersey the legendary Toxic Avenger, better known as Toxie to his friends. Toxie was "born" when  mild mannered  98lb. weakling Melvin takes an unscheduled dip in some nuclear waste. In no time at all he's righting wrongs, getting revenge on those who abused him, and winning the love of a beautiful blind girl. Violence and laughs abound.

4. THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE--Written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky this little cutie came out several years before SCREAM and also featured a character who was well aware of the fact that he was in a horror film. In fact at one point he even glances away from a friend and into the camera, at another he uses a microphone boom to escape from an alien creature when he finds himself cornered. How's that for breaking down the 4th wall?

5. FRANKENHOOKER--Frank Hennenlotter, God of the low budget weirdo horror comedy, turned this one out in 1990 at a time when all America yearned to know the answer to that eternal question, What do you do when you accidentally run over your girl friend with a lawnmower? Not to be missed.

6. ARACHNIA--Now you might not find this the funniest movie on earth but when you put it together with Brett Piper's trademark stop-motion animated spiders and Rob Monkiewicz's trabemark heart-stopping body, this one makes my list! Oh, its also got an itsy bitsy girl on girl for you guys too. See my review for more details.

7. BUBBA-HO-TEP--Don Coscarelli's ode to Elvis, JFK, mummys, and penile cancer is good for a those evenings when you need a giggle. Add Bruce Campbell to the mix and You're left counting the days until the promised BUBBA-NOSFERATU makes its appearance. See my review for more details.

8. THE HAZING--Rolfe Kanefsky makes the list again with this 2004 release. On the surface it would seem to be just another throwback to an 80s style slasher flick where the college kids have to spend the night in the local haunted house as part of their hazing ritual, but this one offers some pleasant twists on the tired formula. The cast helps out a lot. For the guys there's Tiffany Shepis and Heather rose with a brief cameo by Brooke Burke, for me there's Parry Shen, and there's a sizeable cameo by Brad Dourif as the villain. Funnier and sharper than this type of film has the right to be. See my review for more info.

9. VAMP--Oh boy, another fraternity hazing flick! This one's from the 1980's and involves 2 kids who have to procure strippers for the frat party. They get lost and wander into a VERY strange part of town. Starts out cute, turns kinky, and then gets cute again. I'm glad I toughed out the kinky part because its really got some good things going for it. It really earned that R rating though.

10. BITE ME!--While we're talking about earning their R rating let's talk about Brett Piper's flick about strippers and a bio-engineered crate of marijuana that winds up at their club. Some of Piper's cute little spiders get into the grass and before you can say, "Dave's not home man," over-sized insects are chowing down on anybody they can get their mandibles on. For the guys (and some girls) we have Misty Mundae and Julian Wells doing their thing, and for me we have Rob Monkiewicz as a goofy mustachioed exterminator who's got his hands full. See my review for more.

11. BASKET CASE 2 & 3-- Hennenlotter continues the adventures of  formerly conjoined twins Duane and Belial in a way no one could have foreseen in the original. In part 2 Belial finds a happy home, when he's not busy getting revenge for Duane, and in Part 3 his true love gives birth to a litter. But no synopsis could do justice to the brilliant weird insanity of these 2 films.

12. BRAIN DAMAGE--More Hennenlotter! Aylmer is a brain-sucking parasite who convinces his  host to allow his grey matter to be siphoned by juicing him up with a blue substance that produces a euphoric high, it also paves the way for a lot of bloody mayhem. Only Hennenlotter could make this funny.

13. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS--Most definitely NOT the musical remake, but the original 60's version with Jonathan Haze. If you haven't seen it, well Joe-Bob Briggs will come and pluck out your eyeballs some day because you don't deserve to have them.

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May 26, 2009
Wow, I'm impressed. You've actually named a number of films on here that I've never even heard of... I've been humbled. :(
May 26, 2009
Which ones would those be? The Brett Piper flix?
May 26, 2009
4-6 and then 9 and 10. :( So embarrassed. Believe it or not, I'm turning red right now.
May 26, 2009
Shame on you! I reviewed ARACHNIA which #6 and Maxmias reviewed VAMP not long before he dropped out of Amazon. As I suspected though one of the others was a Brett Piper film. The other is understandable because it hasn't exactly been easy to find a copy of THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE for a long time.
May 26, 2009
Plus, my local video store sucks. LOL!
May 26, 2009
And that's why I finally broke down and joined NetFlix even though I abhor the concept because it takes away jobs.
May 26, 2009
My problem with them is that half of them time the discs are all scratched up and don't play and you ask for a replacement and they send you another messed up disc. In this country we're moving further away from customer service and human relations, and when you actually do get the opportunity to talk with someone either in person or over the phone it's some irritating snot who doesn't give a damn what you have to say. You just can't win.
May 26, 2009
So far it hasn't been too bad between NetFlix and myself, but I do agree with you. And its all the fault of the computer. They'll never have to see you face to face.  Its just that thanks to the computer everything and everyone is so removed from responsibility that why the hell should they care--there is absolutely nothing they could do about it anyhow. I went through this for decades with my job at the Postal Service--trying everyday to explain why things weren't working to my bosses and what we needed to do in order to fix them. And all I ever got was a big yawn from them and the same answer, everything was working just fine.
May 26, 2009
Yeah, it didn't come out quite right, did it?
May 26, 2009
I should have omitted it but what the hell, everyone thinks it. But my rant is really against the computer so I should take it out. Done.
 
May 23, 2009
Another list- yay! The only one I won't be able to bring myself to, due to a childhood fear of the host, is Tales From The Crypt....Thanks again!
May 23, 2009
You could fast forward...
May 24, 2009
LOL...this is true! Is he a major part of the movie?
May 24, 2009
No. He just introduces it.
 
May 23, 2009
Great list!
May 23, 2009
Thanks! I'd love to see a list of your favorite anythings after having read that review of BEST OF THE BEST#2.
 
May 22, 2009
Ok, you have certainly outdone me with this one. I really love your descriptions here. *Bows* It's going to be Hell for me to even attempt a comeback now on the Comedy Horror list so I might as well gracefully bow out. Excellent job!! ;-)~
May 22, 2009
Its my favorite subgenre, I'm afraid I could go on for days. Are you familiar with any/all of these?
May 23, 2009
I've seen a great deal of them but not familiar with a few. Yeah, I guess this subgenre could go for days when you think about it. I would love to check out There's Nothing Out There. Didn't care too much for Killer Klownz. Vamp was pretty cool. It's kind of like a pre-cursor to From Dusk To Dawn.
May 23, 2009
I thought everybody liked KLOWNS. Surely you got a kick out of the scene where the Klown is making shadow images on the wall at a bus stop each more elaborate then the next stuff like Washington crossing the Delaware, and people are applauding, then he makes a T-rex that eats them.
May 26, 2009
Surprised that there's no spot for Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers: Or, Pardon Me But You're Teeth Are in My Neck". I love that film. And where's "Fright Night"?
May 26, 2009
I seriously considered FRIGHT NIGHT and HOUSE but they're more entry level horror films as far as I'm concerned--almost kids' films. FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS never worked for me.
 
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