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Top 10 Tuesday: Horror Comedies

This week’s Top 10 takes a look at the films that manage to perfectly blend humor with horror.

I thought this would be an easy one but the order was more difficult than I expected. I’m pretty sure I left some great ones out of the final 10.

Honorable Mention, Idle Hands (1999)

“Why would we go to hell? We’re not bad, we’re not exactly good or anything, but at least we don’t go around killing people!”

This underrated late 90’s gem includes scene-stealing comedy from Seth Green.

10. The Lost Boys (1987)

“My own brother a God damned shit sucking vampire! You wait ’til mom finds out buddy!”

I wouldn’t say The Lost Boys is really a comedy at all, but it includes some very hilarious moments thanks to Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.

9. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

“Oh hidy ho officer, we’ve had a doozy of a day. There we were minding our own business, just doing chores around the house, when kids started killing themselves all over my property.”

Likable leads with great chemistry that leads to blood soaked laughs. How does Dale & Tucker not have a sequel yet???

8. Night of the Creeps (1986)

“Zombies, exploding heads, creepy-crawlies… and a date for the formal. This is classic, Spanky.”

Tom Atkins nails burnt out cop character of Ray Cameron perfectly while delivering some of the best one-liners in the entire movie.

7. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

“All right everybody, drop your tacos or I’ll blow your brains out.”

Lloyd Kaufman’s unintentional classic b-movie perfectly spoofs both monster and superhero movies. It’s vulgar, it’s trashy, it’s hilarious.

6. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

“Leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet!”

Who would have thought the funniest horror mockumentary of all-time would come from New Zealand? Well a lot of people considering it’s from the duo behind HBO’s Flight of the Conchords.

5. Dead Alive (1992)

“I see you’ve come across your uncle’s old stag films. Is this the one with the donkey and the chambermaid?”

Long before the Lord of the Rings, director Peter Jackson was making us laugh at zombie babies and cringe at lawnmower zombie kills.

4. Evil Dead 2 (1987)

“I don’t think so. We just cut up our girlfriend with a chainsaw. Does that sound “fine”?”

One of the biggest differences between Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 is the extra humor. And boy does it deliver in that department with the Three Stooges-esque physical slapstick comedy from Bruce Campbell.

3. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

“What? What the hell are you doing with a bunch of rabid weasels?”

One of my all-time favorite movies, the punk rock fueled unofficial sequel to Night of the Living Dead is zombie horror splattered in hilarious quotes and one-liners.

2. Young Frankenstein (1974)

“Honey, did you see I put another hamper in the bathroom? This one’s for your shirts, the other’s just for socks and poo-poo undies.”

Mel Brooks take on the Universal Monsters version of Frankenstein, of course it’s hilarious. Marty Feldman’s Igor steals this one though while breaking through the fourth wall multiple times.

1. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

“Just look at the face: it’s vacant, with a hint of sadness. Like a drunk who’s lost a bet.”

It may be more of a comedy with a horror setting but who cares. The first of many films for duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead is one of the (if not the) funniest of all the horror comedies.

What’s YOUR favorite Horror Comedy?
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Top 10 Tuesday: Horror Weapons

For this week’s Top 10 I took another look at some of the various instruments of death used in Horror movies.

 

Honorable Mention, Corn on the Cob
Sleepwalkers (1992)

One of the funniest and weirdest weapons in horror, is well, uh, corn on the cob. Used to stab someone in the back in Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. Like they say, “No vegetables, no dessert.”

 

10. Piano Wire
Audition (1999)

Asami used piano wire with surgeon-like prowess to remove a foot while giggling the entire time. It’s pretty hard to run without feet.

9. Glass Unicorn
Black Christmas (1974)

Definitely one of the most unique weapons in horror history… the glass unicorn statue from Bob Clark’s Black Christmas.

8. Shotgun
Evil Dead Series

Ash William’s ranged weapon in the Evil Dead Series and used in countless other horror movies is the classic shotgun.

7. Machete

While Jason Voorhees has used a wide-variety of weapons in the Friday the 13th Series, it’s the machete that was always the go-to weapon of choice for hacking up campers.

6. Sentinel Sphere
Phantasm Series

The flying silver spheres from Phantasm are not only the key weapon of the Tall Man but are also unique in the fact that each contains the shrunken brain of his victims. Each sphere’s arsenal includes blades & lasers then finally a drill to drain a body completely of it’s blood.

5. Lawnmower
Braindead/Dead Alive (1992)

My personal favorite horror weapon and kill scene is Lionel’s use of the lawnmower in Braindead. He manages to chop up a ridiculous amount of zombies and the scene required the use of over 300 liters of “blood”. Other notable lawnmower kills include the Lawnmower Man series and Sinister. “Party’s Over!”

4. Freddy Krueger’s Glove
A Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise

Unique to Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies is Freddy’s trademarked gardening glove upgraded with sharpened blades.

3. Axe
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), Friday the 13th Part III & VII, The Shining (1980), American Psycho (2000), Madman (1982), My Bloody Valentine (1981)

The axe in it’s many forms (hatchet, tomawhawk, pick, etc.) is a classic go-to-weapon. It’s most iconic use is by Jack Nicholson in The Shining to chop down the door but my favorite use is Billy Chapman in Silent Night, Deadly Night.

2. Chainsaw
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Franchise, The Evil Dead Series, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Motel Hell (1980), American Psycho (2000), etc.

Between Ash’s replaced hand in Evil Dead and the entire Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise the chainsaw is another of my personal favorite horror weapons. I’m not sure what it is exactly that makes it great but the noise makes it that much scarier. Also notably featured in Motel Hell and American Psycho.

1. Knife
Halloween Franchise, Psycho (1960), Sleepaway Camp (1983), Scream (1996)

While the knife may be one of the simplest weapons used in horror it’s also the most iconic and memorable. From the Psycho shower scene to the Halloween franchise to it’s renewed use in Wes Craven’s Scream it’s hard not to enjoy seeing a good horror movie stabbing.

With all the great weapons used in horror over the years, this was an extremely difficult list to put together. I look forward to seeing new and different ones used for kills in future horror films.!

What’s YOUR favorite horror weapon?
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