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The 25 Best Horror-Comedy Movies


15. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2007)

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
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This spot-on mockumentary with an "ad-libby" tone plunders well-worn slasher movie clichés -- from the "final girl" to the archenemy (or "Ahab") -- for big laughs.
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14. Satan's Little Helper (2004)

Satan's Little Helper
© Universal
This low-budget slasher is built on a foundation of dark, dark humor, as a naive little boy eagerly helps a serial killer dressed as Satan, thinking he's a character from his favorite video game.
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13. The Cottage (2008)

The Cottage dvd
© Sony
The concept -- bumbling kidnappers who end up in a remote cottage inhabited by a deformed killer -- doesn't sound terribly funny, but in the hands of those wacky Brits, The Cottage becomes a witty take on "backwoods horror" films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.
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12. Gremlins (1984)

© Warner Bros.
Serving as producer, Steven Spielberg lent his magic touch to this modern classic about mischievous little beasts who, if not taken care of properly, turn loveably evil -- like Muppets with a hormone imbalance.
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11. Botched (2008)

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Hilarious caricatures -- from alpha male security guard Boris to hyper-violent mobster Peter to religious zealot Sonya to the overly dramatic killer -- combine with the ridiculous premise of a serial killer living in a booby-trapped Russian office building to create one heck of a good time.
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10. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

The Return of the Living Dead
One of the first modern "zom coms" (zombie comedies), The Return of the Living Dead took the extreme gore of George Romero's universe and placed it into a goofy setting with scaredy-cat characters and talking zombies who use an ambulance CB radio to tell the hospital to "send...more...paramedics" after they've dispatched the first bunch.
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9. Slither (2006)

© Universal
Alien slugs invade Earth in this outrageous and wildly imaginative combination monster movie, zombie movie, alien invasion movie, comedy and gross-out-fest with an ever-present zany sense of humor.
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8. Night of the Creeps (1986)

Night of the Creeps
© HBO Video
The forerunner to Slither, Night of the Creeps also finds slug-like aliens controlling human bodies -- dead ones, that is -- combined with an '80s teen comedy vibe and anchored by a great performance by Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween III) as walking burnt-out cop cliché Ray Cameron.

7. Hatchet (2007)

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This slasher about a deformed killer roaming the Louisiana swamps touted itself as "old school American horror," but it stands out just as much for its sharp comedic dialogue and cartoonishly over-the-top gore.
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6. Tremors (1990)

© Universal
This breezy popcorn flick is a welcome throwback to '50s monster movies, with great creature design to boost the thrills and lighthearted character interaction to pump up the funny. Plus, it can come in handy when playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
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