Is it just me, or is choosing a movie that everyone in your group wants to watch literally impossible? As soon as someone asks, "so what should we stream tonight?" it's a full-fledged debate that lasts so long and becomes so circuitous that eventually everyone just decides to scroll Instagram in peace. Half your crew always lobbies for a rom-com from the early aughts and that one friend insists on a serial killer movie. You, being the most easygoing person on the planet, just want everyone to be happy. Which is why I'm here with this pro-tip: next time, suggest a horror comedy movie.
Yep, a movie that makes you laugh one minute and scream the next is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Films in this genre typically cover a broad range of emotions - from happiness to terror, with plenty of laughs in between. You get some gore, smartly subverted clichés, and, if I'm being honest, sometimes just so-so acting chops. All part of the charm, my friend! So when you're next struggling to decide on a movie, consider one of the best horror comedy movies on this list.
The Final Girls
Imagine if your mum was an 80s scream queen. Then suddenly you find yourself in the world of one of her horror films. Do you have what it takes (ahem, **common sense**) to make it out alive?
A young boy is in love with his hot babysitter (unheard of, I know). But she belongs to a satanic cult and wants to kill him ("blood of the innocent" and all that) so he has to outsmart her crew and escape. Dramatique.
Life After Beth
Zach's girlfriend Beth (played by Aubrey Plaza, so prepare for dead-pan at its finest) comes back from the dead but doesn't realise she's actually a zombie. Zom-rom-coms, ever heard of 'em?
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
This movie is an OG in the comedy horror department. It got an 85% on Rotten Tomatoes which is pretty impressive for any film, let alone a buddy comedy (yeah, this one is def more LOLs than scares) starring two hillbillies.
Ready or Not
Taking the familiar concept of nightmare in-laws to a whole new level, Samara has to outwit her new husband's deranged family as part of their truly evil wedding night tradition.
A high school girl committed to chastity discovers something shocking about her body. Look up the very real vagina dentata myth before you watch.
Happy Death Day
Happy Death Day is a murder-y twist on Bill Murray's classic Groundhog Day: a college girl keeps re-living the day she gets killed by a person wearing a creepy babydoll mask.
A Haunted House
This spoof on the homemade, handheld-recorder Paranormal Activity-esque type of movie is more goofy than spooky but you'll still cry from laughing so hard.
A demonic power takes over a good-for-nothing teen boy's hand and wreaks havoc, killing his friends and stabbing people at random. You know, normal teenage stuff.
This Is the End
Seth Rogen: "Yo Franco, we should make a movie about the apocalypse in Hollywood and have all our famous comedian friends in it." James Franco: "Dope idea, man. Let's get Rihanna too 'cause it's Rihanna." And that's how This Is the End came to be.
Beetlejuice invented funny-scary, and that is not up for debate. Also, young Alec Baldwin is the ghost hottie of all our dreams/nightmares. That is all.
A campy cult classic, this iconic slasher has inspired tons of comedy horror films in the years since its release. It’s packed with so many scary-movie tropes that you could notice something new each time you watch. (Like, did ya catch the Nightmare on Elm Street music in the beginning of the trailer?)
Jennifer (Megan Fox) is a high school cheerleader/hottie who gets possessed by a demon and starts to kill all the boys who never had a chance with her before. I know that doesn’t sound very funny...but it is! Amanda Seyfried co-stars, by the way.
If there were an award for cutest zombie movie, Warm Bodies would win. It’s the hilariously sweet story of a guy who becomes un-undead when he gets the hots for a human girl.
Ugh, don’t you hate when you accidentally summon a demonic force/goat because you weren’t hyped enough for Christmas?
Plot spoiler: Scary Movie is not ACTUALLY a scary movie. It’s a parody of scary movies. (Like Scream.) The spookiest thing about this series is that there are five (5!) of these movies.
If you’re ever in a bad mood, just think about the fact that we live in a world where Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bill Murray appeared in a zombie movie together and the plot's about a guy trying to track down the last Twinkie in America.
Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is the comedy horror film that will make you think twice before saying you feel like “such a zombie” when you need another coffee around 3 p.m.
What We Do in the Shadows
If you feel that The Twilight Saga falsely glamorises vampires, then you should watch What We Do in the Shadows, a (fake) documentary about three blood-sucking roommates who live a surprisingly normal life together.
The Cabin in the Woods
There is actually a lot of debate around what genre to label The Cabin in the Woods. It’s definitely scary...but it’s also pretty funny and considered a deconstruction of the horror genre. Either way, Chris Hemsworth is in it, so it’s worth a watch.
If Mean Girls were a horror movie, you’d get Tragedy Girls, a slasher about two friends who are obsessed with murder and social media clout. Spoiler: They end up killing Josh Hutcherson, who you know you’ve been missing since Hunger Games.
This bloody Netflix film is one part ghost murder spree, two parts vicious satire of the vapid art world, featuring a sometimes naked Jake Gyllenhaal. When a dead madman’s scribblings are stolen from his apartment and sold as high art, his spirit gets revenge on... everyone? Someone gets their arm hacked off by a sculpture, so that’s the kind of movie you’re dealing with.
Gremlins is for sure the cutest pick on this list. You know the story: A teen boy is given an adorable lil alien creature as a gift, as long as he can follow three simple rules - no bright lights, don’t get him wet, and never, ever feed him after midnight. You can guess how well that goes.
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