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The 25 Best Horror-Comedy Movies


Even those who tend to shy away from horror movies can usually take the ones with a good sense of humor. Horror-comedies unite man and woman, young and old, fanged and clawed with their potent dose of laughs to release the tension built up by the scares. Some of these 25 are more horror than comedy, while others are more comedy than horror, but all of these films will keep you screaming...with laughter.

25. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

It might not be laugh-out-loud funny, but it's at least perpetual-smirk humorous, with ludicrous scenes of evil alien clowns wiping out humans with giant mallets, balloon animals and killer shadow puppets.
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24. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

Eight Legged Freaks
© Warner Bros.
This tongue-in-cheek homage to '50s monster movies will make you giggle in between squeals as you attempt to mask how creeped out you are by the thought of a giant mutant spider invasion.
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23. Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

Return of the Killer Tomatoes
© Anchor Bay
In this campy sequel to the 1978 cult hit Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, mad scientist Dr. Gangreen has found a way around the tomato ban by transforming the veggies into people! That Return of the Killer Tomatoes is the best of the series isn't saying much, but amidst its rapid-fire, corny-and-proud-of-it jokes, quite a few actually work -- including the breaking down of the "fourth wall" when the film runs out of money and has to resort to product placement. Plus, there's George Clooney.
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22. Dead End (2003)

Dead End
© Lions Gate
Like a road trip into hell, Dead End's witty dialogue captures the painfully funny and accurate dynamics of a family (headed by Ray Wise of Jeepers Creepers II and Reaper fame) driving through the night on a never-ending haunted highway. Are we there yet?
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21. Feast (2006)

© The Weinstein Co.
TV show Project Greenlight's attempt at a genre flick (i.e., one that might actually turn a profit), Feast didn't fare much better at the box office than previous winners, but it succeeded in its goal of creating a wild, wacky horror comedy that plays with the conventions of the genre.
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20. Critters (1985)

© New Line
Sure, it's a bit of a Gremlins knock-off (with a bit of Terminator to boot), but Critters established itself in its own right as a freewheeling diversion about porcupine-like alien fugitives wreaking havoc on Earth and the equally destructive alien bounty hunters who arrive to retrieve them. Feel free to ignore the sequels.
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19. Santa's Slay (2005)

Santa's Slay
© Lions Gate
Apparently, Santa (wrestler Bill Goldberg) is really the muscle-bound son of Satan who lost a bet with an angel and has had to deliver presents to kids as part of his thousand-year sentence. Now that the thousand years is over, however, he's free to be his natural homicidal self, driving a sleigh pulled by a demonic buffalo and killing anyone who looks at him cross-eyed. Wantonly irreverent, Santa's Slay features deaths by candy cane, eggnog, menorah, Christmas tree star and turkey leg, not to mention the pivotal caroler massacre scene.
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18. Fido (2006)

© Lions Gate
Sort of like Pleasantville of the Living Dead, this smartly written satire of the conservative values and conformity of 1950s suburbia is set amidst the backdrop of a world in which zombies have been domesticated. What could possibly go wrong?
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17. House (1986)

© Anchor Bay
A haunted house movie with a real fun streak, House features cartoonishly grotesque monsters and slapstick action, including flying lawn tools and a pesky disembodied hand -- plus great comedic performances from William Katt and George Wendt.
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16. Scary Movie (2000)

Scary Movie
© Dimension
An unapologetically juvenile yet frequently laugh-out-loud slasher spoof in the mold of Airplane!, Scary Movie manages to overcome the dubious writing talents of both the Wayans Brothers and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans) to become a riotous send-up.
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