Tuesday, October 24, 2017

31 Days of Horror Lists by the Losman- Bloody Horror Movie Comedies

For the month of October I will put out a list of Top 10’s on a number of subjects each day, this should be fun as I would enjoy feedback and discussion on my list and will welcome feedback on how to improve the list as I plan on featuring them on my website.

Top Horror Movie Comedies 

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun is a happy go lucky bloke with few worries and not much responsibility. Along with his best pal Ed, the two live in a flat outside of London and don’t concern themselves too much with life outside of video games and beer. Shaun’s girlfriend wants Shaun to show more ambition, and the opportunity arises as their town is overrun by zombies. With the crisis at had, Shaun takes charges and heads out to defend his friends and family at the local pub. Shaun of the Dead was well received for its balance of terror and satire, making it one of the best zombie movies in recent years.

Evil Dead II (1987)

This ridiculous remake boasts even better gore effects and many downright funny scenes. More of a parody than a horror film, "Evil Dead II" is that rare sequel that is way better than its source film. A must see for those who like Zombie movies. Followed by an even more campy sequel, "Army of Darkness."

Cabin in the Woods (2011)

A group of college students set out for a getaway adventure in a cabin in the remote woods and find themselves about to face terror at the hand of some scary backwoods redneck zombies. While the party tries to figure out the situation, they may not realize that these terrible events may be the work of some corporate puppet masters with an agenda? This meta-horror movie gained not only critical praise but was well received by movie fans who were surprised at the original concept and the unexpected twists that seemed to reinvent the slasher movie as well as inject some witty commentary on the very nature of horror films.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Two simple redneck buddies find their weekend cabin trip interrupted by a pack of seemingly suicidal college students who are having the worst weekend ever. Despite their attempts to offer friendly help, the two buddies find the students are not at all interested in their support until they rescue a young blonde girl who then finds her new friends are being targeted instead of welcomed. As crazy as it sounds Tucker and Dale is a scary movie yet it is one that is turned upside down with the two supposed villains being decent guys who are mistaken for murderous killers by a series of unfortunate circumstances. A well-made film that plays off the clich├ęs of some many horror movies and still delivers a compelling splatstick film that is clever in its concept and very original.

Zombieland (2009)

Columbus is a young man trying to survive a zombie apocalypse as he details his rules for making it through and thriving when faced by an army of the walking dead. Along the way, he teams up with a group of survivors who have to work together as they try to find a rumored safe zone. The excellent ensemble cast and buddy comedy theme set this film apart from other zombie movies while still retaining some terrifying zombie moments.

Dead Snow (2009)

A group of students on holiday encounter an army of Nazi zombies in the mountains of Norway and fight to escape. Combine zombies and Nazi’s may not be original, but this film mixes bloody terror with a fair amount of campy humor to deliver an exciting and unique play on the zombie theme. Followed by a sequel that would amp up the camp along with the gore.

Braindead (1992)

Peter Jackson has outdone himself with this tasty number. The man who brought us "Bad Taste" and "Meet the Feebles" has turned out his best effort of the three. Imagine the standard boy meets girl story, throw in a rabid rat monkey, a bitch mother, and a whole slew of crazed zombies. The Braindead is all that and more! Peter Jackson had delivered what has to be the best all-out splatter film in horror. One of the best splatter movies ever made, The Braindead is the very example of what a good zombie movie should be. With literally a million of gallons of blood at hand, Peter Jackson delivers a real gore delight.

Slither (2006)

After a meteorite lands near a small town, an extraterrestrial parasite gets to work infecting a local businessperson and using him to breed a series of slithering leech-like creatures that can take control of people and are at the mercy of the host. Despite being a box office bomb, Slither would become a huge cult hit that was an homage to B movies of the 70’s and 80’s. The film does have a plot similar to the 1986 film Night of the Creeps yet the director claims he was inspired by the work of David Cronenberg’s films of the 1970’s Shivers and The Brood. Slither has an excellent cast, and Director James Gunn would employ a number of these actors for his action sci-fi film "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Re-Animator (1985)

"Re-Animator" is a weird film, no question it was an instant cult classic when released. The movie boasts some of the goriest and funny scenes put on film, yet remains an intense and shocking horror film. The scenes involving the disembodied doctor are worth the price of admission and the dialogue is priceless. "What are they going to do, Embalm us!" I must warn you to avoid the R-rated version as it is cut and slashed worse than any corpse in this movie.

Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This horror comedy features a group of warehouse employee teaming up with some punk rockers after a horde of brain-eating zombies are accidentally released from some government storage drums. With a zombie invasion imminent the group fights as many as they can as they try to contact the military to help deal with this crisis. While not a sequel to the Dead trilogy, "Return of the Living Dead" is an effective and well-made film that takes the Romero classic and reinvents itself as a splatstick style horror film that is not only gory but offers humor while paying respect Romero's classic films. The movie was well received by critics and did well enough to spawn a series of sequels while introducing the concept of brain-eating zombies. The film has excellent special effects and a great soundtrack of punk and rock music.

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