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.
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.
22. Dead End (2003)
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?
21. Feast (2006)
20. Critters (1985)
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.
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.
18. Fido (2006)
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?
17. House (1986)
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.