Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 087: Comedy of Terrors

Horror Comedies Ep 087

It finally happened… A themed episode on Horror Comedies. Welcome to Episode 087 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re a little less Serious About Horror Movies this week… By popular request, we honor our listeners by this three-hour exploration of the Horror Comedy sub-genre spectrum. We also bring you Feature Reviews of Dead Alive (1992) and Slither (2006), as well as our TOP 10 HORROR COMEDIES lists — including a list from the hive-mind of our collective, HMP listenership! A must-listen (even if you don’t love horror comedy)!

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Horror Comedies Ep 087


SHOW NOTES:

I. Introduction
— HMP Horror Comedy / Jay of the Dead trailer by Kagan in Salt Lake City
— JOTD praises Wolfman and Doc’s great work on HMP Ep. 086.
— JOTD thanks the listeners for his Phantasm VHS gift
— HMP finally arrives upon receiving an offer to do some lucrative “quote-whoring”
— Salem TV show


[ 0:14:30 ] II. Sub-genre Analysis: The Horror Comedy Spectrum
Listener comments: David, Mister Watson, Dino, Dark Mark, Sal, RedCap Jack


[ 0:50:01 ] III. Feature Review: DEAD ALIVE (1992) (aka “Braindead”)
Jay of the Dead = 8 ( Must-See / Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 5 ( Low-priority Rental )
Dr. Shock = 8.5 ( Buy it! )

Listener comments: The Dude, Mister Watson


[ 1:16:39 ] IV. Feature Review: SLITHER (2006)
Jay of the Dead = 7.5 ( Strong Rental )
Wolfman Josh = 8 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 8 ( Buy it! )

Listener comments: RedCap Jack, Allison


[ 1:32:05 ] V. Feature Review: THE FINAL GIRLS (2015)
Jay of the Dead = 9.5 ( Must-See / Buy it! )


[ 1:40:27 ] VI. Main Event: HMP’s TOP 10 HORROR COMEDIES

Dr. Shock’s Top 10 Horror Comedies
1. Evil Dead II (1987)
2. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
3. Tremors (1990)
4. Dead Alive (1992)
5. The Ghost Breakers (1940)
6. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
7. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
8. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
9. Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012)
10. Cemetery Man (1994)

Wolfman Josh’s Top 10 Horror Comedies
1. Scream (1996)
2. The Lost Boys (1987)
3. The ‘Burbs (1989)
4. GhostBusters (1984)
5. Tremors (1990)
6. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
7. The Final Girls (2015)
8. Gremlins (1984)
9. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
10. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Jay of the Dead’s Top 10 Horror Comedies
1. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
2. Young Frankenstein (1974)
3. Dead Alive (1992)
4. Scream (1996)
5. Evil Dead II (1987)
6. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
7. Dead Snow (2009)
8. The Final Girls (2015)
9. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
10. Zombieland (2009)

The HMP Listenership’s Top 10 Horror Comedies (The HMP Hive Mind)
1. Dead Alive (1992)
2. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
3. An American Werewolf In London (1981)
4. Slither (2006)
5. Fright Night (1985)
6. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
7. GhostBusters (1984)
8. Tremors (1990)
9. The ‘Burbs (1989)
10. Night of the Creeps (1986)


VII. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending
— Jay of the Dead’s EPIC FAIL(ING) with listener voicemails and other feedback (aka the unreliability of G**gle Voice)
—Allison, Adam from Chicago, Brandon (aka “Furniture in Fairfield”)
— HMP Horror Comedy / JOTD trailer by Kagan in Salt Lake City


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Dr. Shock also appears on this horror podcast: Land of the Creeps

Dr. Walking Dead’s links:
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194 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 087: Comedy of Terrors

  1. Thanks for putting together such an epic ode to horror-comedy. I’m only about halfway through the episode, but it’s strong so far. Long and strong.

    And Kagan, that intro…

    p.s. Scream is not horror-comedy.

  2. Not an essay, but here is my response to JOTD re: Scream

    The two main reasons why I don’t consider Scream to be horror-comedy were mentioned on the show. First and foremost, as Wolfman Josh mentioned, is perception of the film when reflecting back on it. There are five main things that immediately come to mind when I think of Scream:

    1. It’s genuinely scary
    2. The killer, Ghostface, is creepy, scary, real, and iconic
    3. The stakes are high and genuine
    4. It has some decent gore, particularly in that memorable opening scene
    5. It has a real element of mystery to it

    These five thoughts all point to “classic slasher film.” There certainly are funny aspects of the film, but that isn’t what I think of when reflecting back on it. I see those aspects as “real life” humor that brings levity to otherwise heavy situations. Which leads into the second main reason…

    The type of humor in Scream is not slapstick – it’s dry, witty and real. Maybe this is my own failing in identifying horror-comedy, but I feel like the comedy needs to be more slapstick in nature. I don’t mean that in a bad way. What I mean is that the comedy elements need to be part of the point of the film.

    Take one of my favorite horror-comedies, for example: Zombieland. The comedy in that film is part of the point of the movie. That is made clear from the start when Jesse Eisenberg’s character is going over his survival rules and that “Rule 1 Cardio” graphic pops up on the screen as the zombie is chasing the out-of-shape kid across the football field. That’s slapstick humor and has a very different tone from what we get in Scream. For example, contrast that with when Randy goes over the rules of surviving a horror film – it’s funny but something you can see happening at an actual high school party. It’s “real life” humor that occurs organically within the film to bring some levity.

    And that is why I don’t consider Scream to be horror-comedy.

      • Dino, I agree 100%. When horror comedy is mentioned, Scream has never fallen into that category. I saw Scream when I was 15, and it legitimately scared the sh&% out of me. I appreciate Wes Craven throwing a little humor in the lighten the mood, but the horror aspect far outweighs any comedy.

    • Hey Dino,
      So, I can see where you are coming from here, and I actually had some back and forth as to why Scream is or is not a horror comedy. Ultimately, I think it is for me.

      In Scream you have a lot of dry humor, the largely comedic, yet real life, characters of Randy, Stu, and Tatum, but you also have entire sequences that are largely satirical comedy meshed with horror. Think about Sydney’s line “some big breasted girl who can’t act who’s always running up the stairs when she should be running out the front door”, then not 5 minutes later Sydney is running up the stairs instead of out the front door. Same situation here with Tatum in the garage “please don’t kill me mister ghost face… I want to be in the sequel”. I also think of the principal Himbry sequence, a character that is completely silly, and a death scene that borders on slap stick even including Wes Craven dressed up like Freddy Krueger “what’d you call me…”. The ghost face killer in Scream even gives us a little slap stick as he is frequently falling down stairs, getting hit in the face with doors, and getting beer bottles chucked at him. These are all acts of physical humor that evoke the three stooges slap stick for me.

      The ambiguity comes in here for me because of how brutal and dark the film can get. I will also concede that the opening sequence with Drew Barrymore, save a couple dry jokes, is pure horror. Nothing funny there.

      My personal favorite horror comedy is Tremors, and I think it also adheres to the points you make about Scream. Genuinely scary, scary iconic killer/monster, stakes are high and genuine, some decent (pg13) gore, and real mystery… sure. I think Redcap Jack’s comments about American Werewolf in London sum up the same points better than I have. What do you think?

    • I feel like a lot of the uncertainty regarding “Scream” comes from the emphasis on sarcasm, irony and exaggerated cynicism endemic in 90’s culture. I think that strange attitude that seemed predominant in pop/youth culture at the time is summed up well in The Simpsons where one generation X’er asks “Are you being sarcastic, dude?” only for another gen X’er to shrug and reply “I don’t even know anymore”. I feel like there’s an undertone of dry, tongue-in-cheek self-awareness that permeates a lot of media from the 90’s and sometimes comes across as a refusal to meet the audience with a gaze of sincerity or seriousness. Those constant winks and nods add comedic elements to a lot of films from back then that weren’t really comedies.

    • I never thought of Scream as comedy until JOTD mentioned it in the Scream review. In the spirit of inclusivity I can see it. But, if someone wanted to watch a horror-comedy, I’d recommend something else.

      Frankly, I never even thought of Tremors as horror. It always seemed like action-comedy to me. That being said, in the spirit of inclusivity, I can see it.

  3. REAL TALK: We spoke in negative tones about “mothers” a few times in this episode. We also degraded our “wives” comedy tastes. And I even referred to giggling “13 year old girls” once, as well. I just wanted to apologize for what sounded like (even to me on re-listen) some vaguely sexist generalizations. I can say, at least for myself, I used those examples because I was thinking of specific people who happened to be female. I wasn’t intending to be a chauvinist. Just sayin’ … apologies to feminists, both female and male, out there. I stand with you. I love womyn, grrrls and mamas.

  4. Best episode yet, guys. I’m sitting here at work, laughing out loud. I finished it and started it again…you’re foing to get me through this Monday!

    So here are some thoughts: I have never seen Dead Alive! Gasp! Somehow it slipped through the cracks and that must be rectified. So glad you guys enjoyed Slither…I’ve probably seen it 30 times. (I may or may not have a crush on Nathan Fillion) It has that raunchy humor that I adore (i.e. nasty jokes, farts, etc.). In reference to the monster: “It looks like something that fell off my d%*k during the war.” I laugh every time.

    I could talk all day long about The ‘Burbs. It’s one of my top ten favorites of all time. My 8 year old daughter and I watch it together at least once a month and she loves it too. I have to agree that this is my favorite Tom Hanks performance.

    Shaun of the Dead is also a top ten favorite. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve seen it, but I laugh out loud every time. I can’t wait for a Zom-Com episode if you’re featuring this and Zombieland.

    Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein is definitely the funniest of their monster films. I have mentioned this before, but I actually find Hold That Ghost to be the funniest of their scary films (and as discussed, comedy is absolutely subjective). No Universal monsters to speak of, but it’s spooky and hilarious. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen it.

    I will leave another voicemail since the one I sent malfunctioned (that absolutely could have been user error here). I’ve gone from creeper, to not a creeper, and back to creeper. Sigh.

    PS…nice Pee Wee reference, Jay. #largemarge-in

  5. Can’t comment too much at this time but wanted to let you guys know that hands down that was one of your finest hours (or three). Just loved the episode. Will have more to comment on later.

    But wanted to say in fairness to Jay’s nostalgic comment in regards to ‘Ghostbusters,’ I’ve often wondered if lovers of the original ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ have nostalgic glasses on as well. So 100% get your point.

    Seriously though, loved, loved, loved the show.

    • Jonathan,

      You’re on point with this comment, and you’ve got me laughing hard! Listen, though… Ghostbusters is my favorite movie of all time, and while Jay’s comment didn’t anger me or anything, I’m SO with Dave and Josh on this. The movie DOES hold up! In fact…

      Soon, I’m about to launch my own podcast, which will review film, literature, music, and will see me attempting to put a psychoanalytic spin to many a dark thing, and guess what? Ghostbusters is the first film I review! The episode is already recorded but won’t come out for a while since I want to have about five episodes down before OFFICIALLY starting the podcast. Podcasting is hard. Anyway, I’m farther into this episode, and wow fellas… such good work!

    • When I was a kid, I watched the Ghostbusters cartoon but I never saw the movie until I was in college (early 2000’s). I can safely say that my love for Ghostbusters has nothing to do with nostalgia. I also really like Ghostbusters 2. Why do so many people hate on that film?

        • Ghostbusters 2 has its moments but for me it just pales in comparison to the original. But I find it very watchable.

          • Oh of course! But you can’t beat a walking Statue of Liberty covered in rage slime.

        • I’m glad to hear it’s still enjoyable to you guys too. I haven’t watched the cartoon since I was a child. I’m worried I’d be popping the nostalgia bubble watching that show today.

          • I loved the cartoon as a child as well. Pretty sure I had a lot of the toy line as well along with a terrible game on either Atari or Nintendo (can’t remember).

            Only thing I remember from the cartoon was an episode where they encountered the boogeyman. I remember that freaking me out as a kid.

          • I grew up watching the live action Filmation’s Ghostbusters. Someone really needs to release those on DVD. I haven’t rewatched Ghostbusters for several years, but I worked at the theater when it was released and saw at least parts of it nearly every night for months on end. Then on its rerelease the following August it was the first movie (and second date) that my future wife and I went to see. We were supposed to go see Teen Wolf with another couple, but they cancelled and she told me that she would rather see Ghostbusters. In 9 more days we will have been married 30 years, so I guess the movie did alright by me.

      • No hate here for Ghostbusters 2! I don’t have much to say right now about the reboot coming up this summer, but I would say that the closest thing to a Ghostbusters 3 is ABSOLUTELY the 2009 “Ghostbusters: The Video Game.” All the original actors reprised their roles for the game, and Harold Ramis & Dan Aykroyd wrote it. It’s pretty great. Hell, they even got Winston working on his PhD!

      • Ghostbusters II is an old favorite of mine, and a lot of that is due to Peter MacNicol. To this day I work “Why am I drippings with goo?” and “You are like the buzzing of flies to him!” in everyday conversation. I didn’t like the “good” painting at the end; even as a kid I complained about that and said that it should have been something like Vigo in chains instead of what we got. That aside, it’s a good fun film, it just pales in comparison to the original. But then, what doesn’t?

        Two in the box! Ready to go! We be fast, and they be slow!

    • Here’s an opinion that’s sure to be unpopular…

      I find Bill Murray’s character in Ghostbusters to be really funny, a great performances, and ultimately one of the biggest draws of the film…. but his his objectification of women, specifically Sigourney Weaver’s character has always put me at odds with the film just enough to keep me from loving it.

      I understand that these days this retro active politically correctness about sexism and objectification in film has been in vogue, but I’ve felt this way for quite some time. I think the biggest reason why is because it’s Sigourney Weaver – an actress who paved the way as one of the most bad ass female protagonists, only to then play a character who succumbs to the seduction of a guy who simply wants to sleep with her. I find Venkman’s advances to be so obnoxious that it’s disheartening to me when Dana falls for him. It genuinely makes me dislike Bill Murray in this film, an actor who I love in other films.

      Bring on the hate… 😉

      btw, here’s a shameless plug of my string quartet version of the Ghostbuster’s theme

      • I can see how Sigourney Weaver falling for Bill Murray’s advances is a little hard to believe. Ellen Ripley would punch his lights out. I don’t think this movie objectifies women more than the average horror movie. It’s pretty rampant in the genre. Besides, didn’t Bill Murray learn his lesson in Groundhog Day?

  6. As I listen back to Dave and Jay’s lists with inclusion of classic Abbott and Castello movies and Bob Hope movies, I feel like I’m actually remiss in not including one of my all-time favorites–Carey Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace–in my Top 10. It would actually beat out Return of the Living Dead. Especially with the inclusion of the Comedy-Horror I hadn’t considered. I’d also add to the Honorable Mentions, two Don Knotts films–The Private Eyes and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. And now we’re getting into Clue territory, so I might just make a seperate Comedy-Horror list at this point. Oh well, I tried.

    • Man, I adore Arsenic and Old Lace. Quality. It’s a great stage play as well.

      This reminds me, just another show idea to pass to you would be “childhood scars”. Meaning, things that were horrifying as a kid. This reminds me because Vic Mizzy’s organ music in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken is one of the scariest pieces of music ever written for me because of what age I saw it at. Fun comedy horror movie. The back story of the murder suicide in that movie are pretty scary still.

      I’ve probably said it before, but the organ music and the visual of the blood stained organ… if I listen to this it still gives me goosebumps and makes my eyes water… haha

  7. Pretty good episode guys, I loved the discussion on this topic. I’ve always thought that it’s so hard to blend these two genre’s together and make a solid movie that is both scary and funny. Only a few that have really pulled if off for me, I don’t think I could even pick 10, that is how few of them there are for me. My favorite is Evil Dead 2, hands down. That movie got it right. I can mention a few others, Gremlins, Cabin in the Woods and Tucker & Dale, they came the closest to matching Evil Dead 2, but are still miles from it. I can always watch Arachnophobia, Lake Placid and Zombieland. I like Spiders, Alligators (Betty White) and Bill Murray’s part in Zombieland. Overall, this is a pretty weak sub-genre. I feel the same way about Music also. It’s just hard to be able to combine genres and do it with much success. You do always have a few exceptions to the rule, but overall, it’s hard to please the masses time and time again. I will applaud anyone that can do it with success, but good luck!

  8. I’ve been looking forward to this episode and I have to say that you guys have done a truly brilliant job here. I sincerely hope that the awesomeness of this show helps to prove to the likes of Jay that horror comedy is indeed a worthy topic of discussion for a horror podcast.

  9. I like slither but it definitely benefits from the later careers of James Gunn, Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks and Corb Lund. Otherwise I’d think most people would have forgotten it.

      • His biggest role was Firefly which nobody watched. It was still 3 years before Castle. Nerds knew him from Buffy.

          • What synchronicity this all is. I’m listening to the part of this episode talking about James Gunn and Nathan Fillion, when suddenly… only seconds after I’m hearing y’all talk about these two gentlemen… I read an article about how Nathan Fillion is going to be Wonder Man in the next James Gunn film called GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2. It’s trending on Facebook right now. WTF

          • I don’t know if you guys ever heard The Sci Fi Podcast’s coverage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I argued that Fillion should be a Marvel superhero and Station & Mattroid said he was too old and fat now. Glad to hear he got the chance!

          • I’m going to start downloading episodes of The Sci Fi Podcast. Mattroid and Station are wonderful.

      • You said that if you look at the horror section in people’s dvd shelves you can tell if they know what they’re doing. And also, that a lot of times their comedy section will be terrible.

        • Ahhhh … haha, yes. That’s true. Although, I think the point with comedy is that there is really no way to know because it’s so subjective. But, if you want to post your images, I’m happy to reign judgement upon you. I’ll also judge your selfies. Haha

          • I posted some pictures of my main dvd shelf on the hmp facebook. Let me know what you think.

          • Can’t say anything bad about your “shelfies” … nothing that really jumped out at me that I’d have to shake my head at. Well, maybe The Ladie’s Man, but my comedy section is much more agregious. That’s a solid collection of someone who as an obvious film fan. Nice mix of standards, classics and deep cuts. Actually, more obscure picks than the average person. And your horror section is particularly solid. As a punker, I got excited to see the Dwarves, Bad Religion as especially The Bouncing Souls amongst your collection. One of my all-time favorites. You must be … Canadian? I’m guessing because of 1. The proliferation of French (at least I think it was French) on your DVD cases and 2. The obvious Kevin Smith fandom. Hey, I’m there with ya too. My only criticism is to beef up that documentary collection. Other than that, you’d pass my white glove test, generally, and your horror section is probably more diverse than mine. Thanks for sharing! Man, Jay should really let me manage that FB page. He hasn’t posted in almost a year.

          • Canadian I am! And Punk is what I do. I do a punk radio show every Tuesday night on my local campus station that broadcasts throughout Detroit. Most of my documentaries are in the basement as rarely do one of my friends ask to borrow one.

          • Joe McGregor, you are an absolute gangsta for that DVD collection and that punk show you do. Punk’s in my blood as well, my friend. I’m still waiting for a punk-centric horror film that treats its punk material as carefully as Deathgasm did to its metal material, ya know?

            PS: Did you hear that Bad Religion’s drummer, Brooks Wackerman, now drums for Avenged Sevenfold? Old news, yeah, but Brooks is amazing and so is Bad Religion.

          • Joe- That’s so cool. I’d love to hear your radio show. Do you podcast it. I used to fantasize about doing a punk rock pirate radio show and William Rowan Jr (aka Kill Bill Kill) recently reminded me that my very first podcasting attempt was that very thing.

            Mr. Watson- I still think of Brooks as the fill-in drummer for The Vandals when Josh Freese wasn’t available. Those guys both get around.

            My connection to punk is that I was in a local punk band for about 6 years. We recorded two terrible, unlistenable CDs. I also played the bass and sang in a different band that recorded … A CASSETTE TAPE!

            I was just a staunch punk rocker for over a decade and wouldn’t listen to anything else. Juan, here on the boards, had mentioned he was a Rage Against the Machine fan. I remember thinking that Rage were corporate sellouts. We were busy listening to Propagandhi at the time. I like all types of music now and I’m a little less
            militant, but I’m still punk at my roots.

            One of my good friends is the current drummer of Rancid and he was a founding member of the post-hardcore band, The Used. So, I try to inhale a little of his punk mojo whenever I can.

            I’m assuming you guys heard my review of The Green Room a few episodes back. Green room has actually been broadcasting an AWESOME punk radio show / podcast as part of the promotion for the film. I listened to several episodes. Anyway, Green Room is closer to thriller than horror, in my opinion, but it is HARD CORE and gets the world of punks and skins just right. It opens “everywhere” on Friday, so I hope you guys get to see it. It is #1 in my Top 10 of 2016, at the moment.

          • What’s the name of the band you were in? I’ve been doing a show since 2000 so I may have played you at some point.

          • Wolfman,

            You’re friends with Branden Steineckert?! He’s still the drummer for Rancid after Brett Reed left, right?

            Wolfman, thanks for talking about your punk days with us. I’ve always wanted to ask. I used to be in punk bands and such and only listened to punk and classic rock all throughout my teens and early 20s. Fast forward to now… I have a dark, ambient hip-hop project where I do vocals, guitar, and keys. I’m still punk, though! And GREEN ROOM was awesome! Just saw it today. Loved it.

            PS: Brooks Wackerman also was Travis Barker’s replacement when Blink 182 would fly places. Barker has some PTSD, I guess, after his plane accident.

          • Yeah, Branden is a good friend. Mattroid was in a band with him for several years and quit the band that would become The Used to join my band. Sucker.

            Branden’s the drummer for Rancid for their last two studio albums and almost 10 years. Rancid was his favorite band in high school and he grew up to be in the band. Pretty cool.

            Makes sense about Barker. Another of the best drummers playing punk around. I met him back when he was in The Aquabats. As for Blink, I was really into Cheshire Cat as a youngin’ and I still think Dude Ranch is one of the best pop punk albums of the ’90s, but I think Blink has been diminishing returns since then. I’m kind of bummed out that Matt Skiba is in the band now. I’m a pretty big Alkaline Trio fan and I think being in Blink cheapens ALK3 a bit, but you gotta make a living!

            Joe, I would never let this community hear my bands. They were terrible. My highschool band was a mix between Screeching Weasel and Lagwagon (or a general Lookout Records pop punk meets the Fat Records melodic punk sound). My college band was more like Jimmy Eat World meets Thursday with some darker elements and getting into a little Refused, At the Drive In and still some Strung Out style melodic punk. Having said that, it was never as good as any of those bands at any time.

  10. I’m so bummed out you guys didn’t include any of my favorite horror comedies of all time. You guys!

    1. Cujo
    2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    😉

  11. I will shamelessly admit that when I saw Final Girls, I was sitting up in the balcony by myself in the Tower theatre here in SLC. During the final moments in the mother daughter story, I actually started getting choked up. The theatre was getting a bit dusty as they say. The characters in this film a quite strong, and I have to say I also loved it!

    Great flick. For me, my only reservations is that it would have done more justice to us horror fans if it had more gore. I wanted it to be reminiscent of a slasher and would’ve preferred an R rated cut. 8.5/10

    • I loved the Final Girls but after my first watch, I wanted more horror and less touching mother/daughter story. Everyone else in the room loved the touching moments, though.

      Great job on the intro/trailer Kagan!

        • I’ll have to watch it again. It was October and I was in the party mood, not the touching story mood. What other horror movies have made people weepy? Sometimes when I watch Frankenstein I get a little choked up, but that’s because I love it so much. That poor monster…

        • I’m with you Josh. It was actually incredibly refreshing to see a horror film with heart.

          ooh ooh. speaking of which on a similar yet side note… The magic number for The Babadook is 3. I watched it 2 times before and didn’t really fall for it. I had serious issues with the sound design specifically, but by viewing number 3 today… I was: 1) scared, 2) blown away by the acting, and 3) genuinely touched. Great horror movie with lots of heart! it got a little dusty :’)

    • Hello everyone! I watched the Final Girls for the very first time last night and I love that you all love it so much. I didn’t get into it and it couldn’t hold my interest for more than 20-ish minutes at a time so I watched it in segments and forced myself to watch the last segment all the way too the end. Objectively, tFG is an above average effort and there are a lot of interesting aspects that I found myself focusing on rather than the story and alleged “horror” elements. I just found it neither horrific nor comedic, and I recognize that’s my subjective view.

  12. I’ve never considered Lost Boys or Scream horror comedies but will admit they do have comedic elements.

    I, however, just do not see Fright Night as a horror comedy at all. This is one of my all time favorites; I’ve seen it countless times. Not offended by any means; just not sure what I’m missing.

    I find the concept is taken pretty seriously and played straight. I find Jerry Dandridge to be one of the better and more terrifying big screen vampires. I’ve always felt that if Hammer was still around in the 80s this would have been their anwser to modern horror.

    • Hmmm …

      The Lost Boys is actually part of what I think of as the “Adventure Comedy” era with films like the Indiana Jones films, the Back to the Future films, Romancing the Stone and The Goonies, etc. Compare it to Near Dark from the same year. That’s horrific. Or Monster Squad on the other side of the coin. The Lost Boys is right in between them.

      I’m not as qualified as you to judge Fright Night, but I definitely see it as a Horror-Comedy. 1985 is maybe THE YEAR of horror comedy (or one of them, anyway) with films like Re-Animator, Return of the Living Dead, Ghoulies, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, etc. I think it’s right in that sweet spot. Compare it to Lifeforce that same year that was much more serious. And compare it to Transylvania 6-500 or Once Bitten from that year were more Comedy-Horror.

      I can see why Fright Night might not feel comedic compared to Comedy-Horror vampire movies from that era like My Best Friend’s a Vampire or Vampire’s Kiss, but compare them to the “dead serious” vampire films of that era like Salem’s Lot or The Hunger and I see a lot of comedic fun to be had.

      “Death by Stereo”

      “Kill me, Charley … before I turn into a vampire and give you a hickey!”

  13. One last comment from me tonight, but I want to re-emphasize Tremors as my number one choice in this sub-genre. I will fully admit that the nostalgia goggles are on big time here.

    Nearly every weekend of my childhood in the 90s, I would stay the night at my best friend’s house who lived across the street. We would usually go to our local owned video store where we’d pick up the Super Nintendo game Double Dragon as well as Critters and Tremors on VHS. You’d have thought that we would have eventually just bought them, but we just kept renting them over and over.

    For me, Tremors was the ultimate sleepover movie, and I have watched it I don’t know how many times. I still watch it every couple years or so, and I love it to death. It’s my favorite Kevin Bacon movie, my favorite horror comedy, and a film that means an awful damn lot to me still!

  14. First off- I want to take a moment to apologize. I am not certain if this was my fault, the fault of the community on the whole, the fault of Wolfman Josh, or even if this may have actually been a result of Jay’s time with the Movie Podcast Crew and their bears which refuse to simply stop. I do not claim credit, I do not cast blame, I simply acknowledge that an apology must be in order- because he has either been irreparably broken or replaced by an evil doppelganger. Positive reviews on horror comedies? Acknowledgement of their validity in the genre? A top ten list along WITH honorable mentions? I hope that we get the real Jay back some day- but until then, you have my condolences.

    Otherwise, what an amazing podcast and what an in depth examination of horror comedies! I loved the nearly three hours of sitting at work and listening to you guys riff back and forth on at least three in depth thoughts and your top ten lists… a lot of surprises, especially from Dr. Shock and his inclusion of The Ghost Breakers and Cockneys vs. Zombies. I haven’t seen one and I also found the other to be incredibly entertaining.

    And, Wolfman, apology accepted for getting the definitions a little wrong. Heh… but the only one that was sort of off point was the term “Screwball”, which sounds like it would be a crazy sort of comedy by the name but is really just a term to describe a mismatched romance comedy- it borders on farcical, but manages to barely avoid it. The two are often confused for the other.

    Now, let me also add something regarding Shakespeare because I’m a dork and I actually have an explanation for Jay’s thoughts on the masks and the role of comedy/tragedy. To be specific, the term “comedy” had little to do with humor during Shakespeare’s time and the early years of recorded theater. Comedy and tragedy only refers to how the play is supposed to end- believe it or not, it’s basically a huge spoiler. A “comedy” will always have a happy ending while a “Tragedy” will always have a disastrous and unhappy ending. When we look at Shakespeares’ comedies, we are looking at shows that could be played with a serious tone or a humorous tone but the end is always that the lovers are married, the hero lives, and everyone lives happily ever after. A tragedy insures death, madness, and sorrow for our players. Both types of plays featured humorous characters- IE: The Porter in “Macbeth” or Dogberry in “Much Ado About Nothing”. Humor was used to lighten the atmosphere and provide a release for audience members. Hope that provides a bit of an explanation?

    So now, let me get to the meat and potatoes- when Wolfman initially sent out his call, he mentioned a few guidelines for recommendations- IE, not so much a top ten list as a suggestion list for films that should be covered. It was also mentioned that this would be separate from a Zom-Com list which would be covered in a later episode. With that thought in mind, I gave a few recommendations that were not necessarily in my “top ten”, and I avoided a few films for various reasons- IE: Tremors had been spoken of fairly recently and well covered, most Zom-Coms were thrown off the list (“Dead Alive” was kept on because I don’t actually think the Sumatran Monkey Rat aspect of the creature was necessarily creating “zombies” per se), and I focused much more on films that were obviously “Horror” first and “Comedy” second.

    So here’s my actual “Top Ten”:

    10: Return of the Living Dead II

    9: Shaun of the Dead

    8: Severence

    7: Poultry-geist

    6: Piranha

    5: Tremors

    4: Re-Animator

    3: An American Werewolf in London: For all the reasons I described in the previous post (which was read on the podcast, so thank you for that! Another notch of pride for me.) I also think this film does the best job in using the humor as a catalyst for yanking the rug out from underneath the audience. It’s the equivalent of having a good friend hand you piece of gum only to discover it’s flavored with hot-sauce and chili pepper.

    2: Dead Alive – Wolfman is free to dislike the film. I know a bunch of people who don’t really find Monty Python all that funny, some people hate Mel Brooks, and so on so forth. I, personally, hate “Scream”- I think it’s post-modern “irony” is a little too dismissive and filled with too many unsubtle winks and nudges about genre tropes. But I think it’s a fantastic example of story and slapstick. I love slapstick when it’s done well (IE: Marx Brothers and Stooges), and I think Peter Jackson understands the build up and timing for every gag in his film. But I will also say I agree with Jay on the poster… I actually don’t like the face splitting. It was a little too “on point” for me when I first saw the film back in the mid-90’s and almost prevented me from renting it.

    1: Evil Dead 2: I think everything that needs to be said about this film can be captured in one single word: “Groovy”.

    • Redcapjack,

      I am about ten seconds from pretty much making this very same post. I submitted films that weren’t necessarily in my top 10 as well and am about to post that. That said, I like your list quite a bit. Mine won’t go over too well, I don’t think, but I do have 4 of your 10 on my list. Good one!

  15. A few of my favs that I don’t think I heard mentioned: ‘American Psycho’ & ‘Housebound’. Two others that were not mentioned which are not good movies, but are very entertaining comedic horror films nonetheless: ‘John Carpenter’s Vampires’ & ‘Pep Squad’. Several of the ‘Prophecy’ movies had enough comic relief that I would be tempted to add them in here. I would also be tempted to include ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and ‘Feast’.

    • Feast got a mention.

      I can’t believe that I forgot to mention Housebound. There were several like that which didn’t make my list and didn’t get any listener mentions, so they slipped through the cracks. Housebound is one of those. American Psycho is a good call. From Dusk ‘Til Dawn is a good call too and another one that Jay loves.

      We needed your feedback, AletheianAlex!

      I happen to LOVE John Carpenter’s Vampires, but it doesn’t register as comedy for me.

      Never seen Pep Squad and hadn’t considered the Prophecy films.

      Thanks for the comments. Hope to hear more from you!

  16. Glad it was mentioned but surprised “House” (1986) did not make any of your top 10 lists.
    I figured you guys would love that one, as it had great 80’s elements in it: weird costumed monster, zombie Vietnam vet soldier (who looked so much like unmasked Jason Voorhees), terrible haircuts, hilarious effects, great theme song (“You’re No Good”).
    “House” is also a great story about survivor guilt in addition to being a wacky horror comedy. It’s the perfect example of a movie that was terrifying to see as a kid, but then very funny to view as an adult – the hallmark of horror comedy for me.

    It’s definitely worth re-visiting!

    • House was an early love of mine, but it’s just a little too kitchen sink for me, generally. I need to revisit it, like you say. I even remember enjoying “The Second Story” although my memory is that it wasn’t well-received.

  17. Thanks for reading my voicemail guys, even tho it’s Brennan, not Brandon. It’s funny, growing up nobody ever got my name right, now that a high tech system such as Google can’t even do it, I won’t hold it against them so much LOL. And “furniture” whatever the rest of my screen name was, I was literally laughing at that because I knew it was my voicemail. Best way to tell people my name is either ask if they’ve heard of Walter Brennan, and if that doesn’t work just mention the movie Step Brothers lol people always end up going “OH YEAH! Brennan has a man-gina Brennan had a man-gina, so special thanks to those guys for that lol. I would rant and rave about Jays comments about Ghostbusters and the upcoming remake, but I think my two voicemails I ended up leaving will suffice lol

  18. Finished the episode a few hours ago at work, and you fellas KILLED IT on this one. I loved all three of your lists, too. While I was listening, I compiled my own list of 10 horror-comedies that get me laughing as well as some honorable mentions. Some of these are beloved, some aren’t, but ALL of them hit me hard in the humor bone. For the sake of argument, I’m NOT including GHOSTBUSTERS. It’s my favorite movie and would make any and every list. I’ll let some other films have a chance for once.

    And so… my Top 10 Horror Comedies would look a little something like:

    DETENTION (2011) – This script couldn’t be any slicker or weirder. Post-modern as hell. A time-traveling bear? Don’t mind if I do!

    SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER (2004) – Watched this on my first date with my lady. She laughed at the cat-killing scene, so she’s a keeper.

    DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (2014) – I don’t think I’ve seen a horror-comedy that had more WTF moments than this one. Seriously. It takes the cake. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is forever ruined now.

    RAPTURE-PALOOZA (2013) – It might have the least amount of horror on this list, but it’s got cussing crows and a zombie who mows his lawn with an imaginary lawn-mower. Rob Corddry is phenomenal.

    EVIL DEAD 2 (1987) – One word: Bruce Effing Campbell!

    MURDER PARTY (2007) – “Take off your vampire pants.” What a movie!

    JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012) – Don Coscarelli, thank you for this.

    GUTTERBALLS (2008) – Jay of the Dead, thank you for this. Of note, this film contains the second most F-words ever in a film.

    THE FRIGHTENERS (1996) – My favorite Michael J. Fox role. Sorry, McFly and Teen Wolf.

    THE EDITOR (2015) – I don’t think I stopped laughing through this whole film. “I would cry cry cry cry cry!”

    Honorable Mentions:

    THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967) – Whatever happened to Sharon Tate, anyway? (Sorry.)

    SEXY KILLER: YOU’LL DIE FOR HER (2008) – It’s better than the title suggests!

    EXCISION (2012) – The darkest horror-comedy on this whole list by far.

    TERRORVISION (1986) – Pure 80s goodness.

    I SELL THE DEAD (2008) – Bizarre period piece, plus, I LOVE Charlie from Lost.

    DEAD ALIVE (1992) – Duh.

    LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1986) – “Feed me, Seymore! Feed me ALL NIGHT LONG!”

    NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (1986) – Any movie that shows the words STRYPER RULES written in a bathroom stall wins the day for sure.

    POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD (2006) – Troma, what have you done? Why am I laughing so hard?

  19. Jay, Jay, Jay. Now why does it not surprise me to learn that you majored in psychology? One thing I’ve learned as a psychologist, is that psych majors are right up there with theater people for being a festival of personality oddities. If you ever want to do a Psychology of Horror Movies episode, I’d love to guest (is “guest” a verb? Well if not, it’s a verb now. If “host” can be a verb then “guest” can be a verb) and spout off about terror management theory (which was the subject of my dissertation back in the day) and the research that has been done looking at what kind of weirdos love horror.

    Top notch episode, guys; one of your best! I love (almost) all of the picks that made everyone’s list, and I am inspired now to revisit a few old favorites. Good to see that Black Sheep at least made the honorable mention list; it’s an outstanding horror-comedy werewolf-but-not-werewolf movie. If I had been more on the ball, I would have weighed in and sent a little love to WolfCop, filmed right here in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan (their sheriff station is half a block from my church). I just attended the Regina Fan Expo, and got to be there for a WolfCop II panel. Mark your calendars, lycanthrophiles, WolfCop II hits theatres on Halloween 2016!!!

    For a while now I’ve been thinking about how best to ease my kids (aged 2, 4, and 6) into horror while not inflicting age-inappropriate gore, nudity, vulgarity, etc, on their little brains. I had thought about the Universal classics (Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, and Creature from the Black Lagoon all have places on honor on my DVD shelf), but my concern is that they might be a bit slow-paced for their attention spans. Y’all just gave me the perfect option. It is definitely going to be Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein! Thank you for helping me to do my duty as a father and properly raise my trio of beastly freaks!

  20. I need to chime in on Ghostbusters, also.

    Let me get to the point- I am the Reverse Jay in my reaction to Ghostbusters. The truth is that I always felt the film was over-hype and not nearly good as many people remembered it. And so I didn’t watch the film for many many years- was it funny? Eh…. kind of? I would flip past it when it came on cable or network television and just sort of dismiss the film out of hand. Then something happened about five years ago- My wife put the film on for my son when I was at work and I came home to a boy who absolutely LOVED Peter Venkman. And he insisted we had to watch it… heck, I survived Barney, I chewed up Little Einsteins, certainly could sit back and watch Ghostbusters, right?

    Last time I saw the film MAY have been in the early 90’s at the time.

    So I turned it on and sat back to endure- and I found out that the film I had so casually dismissed was far far FAR better than I remembered. And it wasn’t just funny, either- it was genuinely kind of scary. And I watch lots of horror movies so I’m used to most of this stuff. This was the first time I’m noticing that they’re examining ancient tomes, prophecies, utilizing actual parapsychology techniques in their investigations, and the movie hit another level for me.

    And it’s not the “nostalgia” lens, either- this is a situation where I am seeing the film for the first time after nearly two decades and really seeing it as an adult. The kid I was liked “Ghostbusters” but didn’t catch on with the craze of the time- I just thought it was “okay”… but this time? It was placed in steady rotation throughout the past five years with my son going between that, the Potter series, Doctor Who, and Star Wars. And my son wasn’t alive in the 80’s… so I doubt very much he was watching the film through a nostalgic lens.

    So, in closing… let me say this about Jay of the dead: “Yes, your honor, it’s true. This man hates the cinema.”

    • I miss having polls on the site. I think a poll needs to be made to stop Jay’s go-to excuse to dismiss great cinema: the nostalgia goggles argument. If we gather enough votes for Jay to stop using this lame and unfounded excuse, then he will no longer be able to say it on the podcast. Josh, this is all you, bro.

  21. One hour, thirty minutes in; JOTD suggests anyone who hasn’t seen “Final Girls” should see it. I haven’t watched it because it isn’t interesting to me. On Jay’s advice, I’m going to watch it tonight (2016-04-28).

    I’m going to put off listening to the rest of the podcast until afterwards so I can go in with clean eyes.

  22. First of all : Kudos to Kagan for the intro ! This was one of the best shows you guys did so far. I just love those epic themed episodes

    Shame I forgot to send in my own list since horror-comedy probably my favorite subgenre … my numbers 10 to 2 were all mentioned (Braindead, Shaun of the Dead, What We Do in the Shadows, Dellamorte Dellamore, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Cabin in the Woods, Army of Darkness, Dead Snow 2, Scream), but my number 1 horror comedy (which is also one of my favorite movies ever) is Alex de la Iglesia’s The Day of the Beast (El dia de la bestia – 1995). I’d call it (pitch black) comedy first, (violent) action second, (supernatural) horror third, even though the premise could as well been that of a full bred horror movie :
    “A Basque priest finds by means of a cabalistic study of the Bible that the Antichrist is going to be born on Christmas Day in Madrid. Assisted by a heavy-metal fan and the host of a TV show on the occult, he will try to summon the Devil to find out the place of birth and kill the baby.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2FjEOyl9I

    The cast is excellent, the dialogue super funny and it also manages to shoehorn some creepy scenes in as well. A must see, definite 10 out of 10 for me.

  23. I’ve been loving the show for quite some time, but have always found the message board a little daunting. So many replies. So many regulars. I always feel like the odd man out in an environment like that. I finally took the dive in to the board to comment on your horror comedy episode. First off I loved it. Very enjoyable. Made the first 4 hours of my 12 hour shift fly by.

    I had to comment though because of a couple of horror comedies that I love and failed to hear any mention of on the show or even in the comments I scrolled through to get here. First is the direct to video classic Psychos In Love from Gorman Brechard. I found this on the shelf at the video store back in the 80s. It was from Wizard Video which had released several horror films I had enjoyed, so I took a chance. It is a love story about two people that both just happen to be psycho killers. It is over the top fun with memorable dialogue and a fourth wall break that was completely unexpected. I actually have a signed and numbered copy of this film in my DVD collection.

    The other film that I have to show some love to is Nether Beast Incorporated. It is about, well I hate to say much about it because it spoils the surprises. The short film on which the movie was based is available on the IMDB, so I suggest watching that if you want a taste. The short film is also for the most part the first 5 minutes of the movie with different actors in the roles. It has a great cast with Darrell Hammond, Judd Nelson, and the guy from Blues Clues headlining. I also have this one in my DVD collection. I found it at Rite Aid one day and just took a chance on it.

    BTW, I would love to share some pictures of my DVD collection as well, but it’s more than a shelf. I have a whole room for them and even at that I’m running out of space. Last check I was sitting somewhere around 9000. I tell people my collection has everything from Disney to Deep Throat.

    Thanks for a great and informative podcast. I’ve given your show a shout out on my own podcast a couple of times.

    • Glad you finally took the dive into the comments, Garvis. We’re all friends here, so no reason to feel like the odd man out.

      I’d never heard of Netherbeast Incorporated, but I looked it up after you mentioned it… I love the premise, so I’ll be checking this one out soon. Thanks!

      • Thanks for the welcome Dino. I was actually starting to worry when it had been almost a week and my comments hadn’t passed through the moderation process.

        Netherbeast Incorporated is a really fun film. I love the beginning with a passion, finding some big laughs in there.

    • GARVIS! You see, this is why we need comments from you. I’ve never seen Psychos In Love or Nether Beast Incorporated.

      In fact, these are so far out of the box for me, I’m going to include one in our next “At Your Mercy” listener picks episode. Psychos In Love is the exact type of film we should have been discussing in the upcoming episode as well. Wish I’d seen this comment in time to read it on the show.

      So glad you’re enjoying the podcast. Thanks for kludge ing and hope to see you contributing more here in the future!

  24. I know I am super, SUPER late to the message boards, but I do want to chime in;

    (in no particular order what so ever, just as I think of them)

    All time favorite horror comedy is Tremors and is very re-watchable for me.

    Cabin in the Woods is a very visual and textural movie for me and I watch it often.

    I saw 2006 Slither in the movie theater and it’s one of the few DVDs I own.

    The 2006 movie Fido to be cute and re-watchable.

    2014’s Housebound is a movie I think about often, but am not drawn to revisit.

    I know I said Tremors is my favorite all time favorite, but the Fearless Vampire
    Killers is ALSO my all time favorite, but for nostalgic reasons because the first time I saw it was in 1982 hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark on her Saturday night TV show when I was… jeez Louise! 13 years old!

    My husband and I watch Arsenic and Old Lace whenever we catch it and have seen a few stage productions. It’s one of the few “horror” movies we can watch together. He’s not a horror fan.

    Again, this is just my completely subjective viewpoint but I greatly enjoy all of y’all’s (I’m Southern) enthusiasm and discussions for your favorite movies!!

      • a lot of people in the audience of a local production didn’t understand Uncle Teddy’s character and few of the younger people even knew about the Panama Canal. How would you address those hot 1930s topics?

        • Same way I would address those deep concerns regarding Burnham Wood… you hope the acting and the spectacle covers for an audiences lack of knowledge. No one should assume an audience is stupid- if they get the reference, great. If they’re laughing at the general antics, just as good. And the story has enough to carry it without understanding who Teddy things he is or what the Panama Canal is. If they can’t read that he’s delusional after the first time he blows his horn than the director and actors have failed the audience.

  25. Just got to thinking about the first horror comedy I ever saw and I think it was probably Godzilla’s Revenge. This was the one with the little kid dreaming that he can travel to Monster Island. It’s not a laugh a minute film and it’s definitely not all that horrifying, but still a nice gateway.

    • Actually I just remembered another early horror comedy I saw, possibly predating Godzilla’s Revenge, and that is John Landis’ first film, Schlock. I remember seeing stills of it in Famous Monsters magazine and then talking my mom into taking me to the theater to see it. She was not a fan. She felt it was a little too mature for her 9 year old son. Something about a kewpie doll, some upskirt shots showing a girl’s panties when the monster throws her over his shoulder, and the torn off limbs in the playground scene.

      • Yeah, sounds like I’m a little younger than you but definitely had those types of childhood experiences. Begged my mom to take me to the theater to see Gremlins bc I thought it was somehow Muppets-related due to the trailer and ended up crying and asking to leave before the end. Somehow, I still remained a fan, saw it on video, and wore a Gizmo muscle shirt for much of Kindergarten and 1st grade.

        • There were two films I remember Mom refusing to take me to. The first was Destroy All Monsters. My aunt convinced her that I would be too scared of it because a werewolf on Dark Shadows had frightened me. The other film was Dirty Mary Crazy Larry. My sister (who is 28 years older than me) told her that there was a topless scene in it and that I didn’t have any business seeing it. Fortunately my mom stopped listening to anyone else about what movies to let me see a few years later. She took me to see Dawn of the Dead on it’s original theatrical release and she and my aunt and her granddaughter even took me to the drive in to catch the triple bill of Flesh Gordon, 2069: A Sex Odyssey, and The Girl From Starship Venus.

    • I feel like I’ve seen Schlock, but I don’t remember anything about. Don’t remember Godzilla’s Revenge. I remember laughing pretty hard at that Godzilla vs Bambi short, though. Haha

      • Schlock was about a missing link creature that gets set loose when some miners? construction workers? (can’t remember) break through to the creature’s underground lair. It goes on a rampage, killing people, going to a movie, and falling in love with a blind teenage girl. It was an early Landis film with Rick Baker doing the make up. It also featured three See You Next Wednesday mentions.

        I saw Bambi Meets Godzilla when I was young and loved it as well. Then someone told me about Bambi’s Revenge and I spent years trying to track that one down.

        As for age… I’m two months away from turning 52. I grew up reading FM, Castle of Frankenstein, and the Monster Times. I had a dresser covered in Aurora monster models as well as the Gigantics kits, Planet of the Apes kits and figures, and all sorts of monster/SF/Fantasy ephemera.

  26. Am I on solitary island by saying I do not believe that An American Werewolf in London is a horror comedy?

    I first saw it in 1982 at five years old. It frightened me as a child but has since become possibly my favorite horror film of all time.

    Probably alone on that opinion.

    Just watched Tremors for the first time in 20 years or so. The film does not hold up to me. Try not throw any killer tomatoes at that statement. I enjoyed parts, but as a whole, wouldn’t even make my honorable mentions. To be fair, I also watched Death Becomes Her tonight. Loved it much more in 1992.

    I hope everyone is doing their movie going duty this weekend by seeing Green Room. I give it an easy 8/10 & so far the best film of the year. It has taken over Midnight Special, Miles Ahead, & Everybody Want’s Some as the best film through the first third of the year.

    I love everyone’s picks above for the best horror comedies. Hopefully I can put together one of my own.

    • Jason Dragon,

      First off, I just now got back from seeing GREEN ROOM and absolutely loved it. It will make my top 10 list of 2016 for certain. I freaked out when they played that Dead Kennedys cover, “Nazi Punks F**k Off.” I miss being in a punk band.

      Anyway, Jason Dragon, I’m with you on the AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON thing. I haven’t seen it in maybe 15 years when I was a teenager, but I don’t remember the comedy as much. So, when it’s been mentioned, I’ve been kinda scratching my head. But only because I don’t remember the film well. Was it funny? Should I rewatch?

      • I remember seeing American Werewolf in the theater back when I was in high school. It both scared me (especially during the nightmare within a nightmare segment) as well as made me laugh (Griffin Dunne was hysterical). I think the fact that it was directed by John Landis who is primarily a comedy director means there are going to be some comedic moments, and I seem to recall several. I haven’t watched this for several years however, so I’m mostly going on memory here.

        Being a huge fan of Landis, I was especially tickled by the See You Next Wednesday gag and the after credits title card with the call back to his previous big comedy, Animal House.

    • It seems that nobody wants to believe their favorite scary movies are also comedies. It’s pretty interesting, actually.

      I’m legitimately shocked that you think Tremors is so bad. Now I really want to see your list.

      • I dont have a problem admiitting my favorite horror films have comedic elements in them (almost all films have both dramatic and comedic elements) nor do I have an issue with horror comedies. I might just have a different definition of what a horror comedy is.

        So for me movies like Scream, Fright Night, Lost Boys, and American Werewolf in London are not horror comedies but they do have comedic moments and satirical undertones. But you guys said you were tackling a wide spectrum so with that they fall perfectly in place.

        Ah, the fun of genre discussion.

  27. Ah, horror comedies are a bit hit and miss for me. I really have to be in the mood for them, with the exception of Shaun of The Dead.

    The last one I was surprised by was 2014’s Stage Fright. A horror comedy musical, with Meatloaf as a character. Massive guilty pleasure.

    Oh, and put me on team Scream not a comedy. It is referential, but hints of comedy don’t make a movie a comedy.

    • Marked you down. Haha. This is a great dividing-line!

      I don’t think anyone is saying Scream is a comedy first, it’s a horror film first, but it has more than a hint of comedy. Again, the difference between Horror-Comedy and Comedy-Horror. Initially, I wasn’t even going to cover Comedy-Horror at all, so most of my picks would have been films that are horror first.

      Stage Fright is an interesting choice. Not too many good horror musicals out there.

  28. I just want to say again, how freakin’ happy i found this podcast. I’m 39. I’ve been loving horror since 12 years old, and my go to horror films in the early 90s were Tremors and Lost Boys, both of which were regularly watched (albeit TV versions that were recorded on VHS). I was also regularly mocked at school for my love for both of these films and horror in general.

    It was so nice to finally get some solidarity and vindication, even if it is 25 years later.

    The shining moment was when JOTD mentioned “the floor is lava” game in reference to Tremors. We too, and I have lived my life assuming we were the only ones to ever do this, played “The Floor Has Graboids” where we would cross four pieces of furniture in our living room (my parents were clearly not home) and whomever fell or made the most noise was eaten by the Graboids.

    The other variation of the game is somebody was the Graboid and was blindfolded with a tie, and the rest of us would be standing on the various furniture and the “Graboid” would slither on the floor and use their hand to find the rest of us. Last one caught won the round.

    It’s so nice knowing there are people out there like me after all. Thanks for all you do and keep up with all the good work.

    P.S. I also love that this podcast is full of surprises and head-scratchers too. I would never expect this much coverage of an Owen Wilson action film on a horror podcast, but I love it that I got it. You better believe I watched No Escape first chance I got.

    • Would it be a buzz-kill if I brought in a shark advocate to review The Shallows with us? He recently saved his friend’s life (but not his friend’s leg) by diving into bloody water with a Tiger Shark. Still stands up for sharks.

      Having been as close as I want to be to the belly of a bear, I’m already in a “kill ’em all” mindset.

      I suppose, if I had to chose, I’d pick shark over the others. It would probably go the quickest and there wouldn’t be awful remains for your loved ones to deal with.

    • No way! Loved this short. Had heard they were making a feature, but didn’t realize it wa ms so far along. Can’t wait to watch this. Tomorrow. In the daylight. Haha

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