Check out the BEST horror comedies of the 21st century
Horror comedies usually conquer the public by mocking several outstanding titles, making the elements that make them convey fear hilarious.
In recent years, films like ‘Panic’, ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Friday the 13th’ and even ‘The Exorcist’ have become the butt of jokes by filmmakers who like to subvert the mood of suspense and terror.
With that in mind, Indie Wire released a list of 25 of the best horror comedies, involving various themes, such as serial killers, witchcraft, ghosts and exorcisms.
See if you find your favorite:
‘Come with Daddy’ (2019)
The feature that marks the directorial debut of the producer Anti Timpson follows the story of a young man lived by Elijah Woodwho tries to reconnect with his absent father (Stephen McHattie). However, he quickly discovers that his father is not only despicable, but hiding a dark past.
‘The Voices’ (2014)
In the plot, Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a young schizophrenic who talks to his pets, the dog Bosco and the cat Mr. Whiskers. His quiet life as a warehouse worker is turned upside down when he falls in love with Fiona (Anna Kendrick), who works in accounting, leading him to unexpected and perplexing situations.
Directed by rookie Mimi Cave, ‘Fresh‘ begins with an atmosphere worthy of a romantic comedy when Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) meets the charming Steve (sebastian stan) after numerous heartbreaks. However, when she accepts his invitation to a weekend in the countryside, she ends up discovering that she has fallen into the traps of love once again.
Before ‘The Walking Dead‘ boost the zombie apocalypse subgenre in 2010, ‘zombieland‘ had already kicked off a year earlier in the plot written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (‘Deadpool 2’).
Directed by Ruben Fleischerthe feature was quite successful in bringing together a university student (Jesse Eisenberg), a snack-obsessed cowboy (Woody Harrelson), a rebel who loves eyeliner (Emma Stone) and her younger sister (Abigail Breslin) trying to survive the end of the world amid their personal dilemmas.
‘Freaky – In the Body of a Killer’ (2020)
Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) is a 17-year-old girl who is just trying to survive high school. But when she becomes the newest target of a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), school becomes the least of their problems. When the killer’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to switch bodies, she discovers she has only 24 hours to recover her true body before she becomes trapped in the middle-aged killer’s body forever.
‘It’s the End’ (2013)
The directors and screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring together a bunch of Hollywood stars for a bash that ends up turning into hell on earth when the Last Judgment begins to take place.
Together with Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and James Franco, Rogen and his friends need to repent of their sins so they can get an invitation to heaven while encountering a variety of personalities, including Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson and even Rihanna.
The sequel to the acclaimed slasher franchise takes place twenty-five years after a series of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, when a new assassin seizes the Ghostface mask and begins stalking a group of teenagers to uncover secrets from the mortal past. of the city, causing Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) return to unravel the mystery.
The new movie starts with Jenna Ortega shining in a scene that references the moment when Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) is attacked in the original film, but without looking like a copy. Furthermore, Melissa Barrera does equally well as a protagonist, and the audience is still treated to the return of Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette.
‘Horror Behind the Scenes’ (2015)
in the long of Todd Strauss-Schulsonthe young Max (Taissa Farmiga) mourns the death of her mother Amanda (Malin Akerman), who was a horror movie actress in her youth. When Max and his friends go to see an Amanda movie, they are pulled into the plot after the theater starts to burn.
What do you do when you’re under house arrest in a haunted house? The screenwriter and director Gerard Johnstone answers that question when reckless Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) tries to rob an ATM and is sentenced to live with her mother for eight months (Rhyme Te Wiata). This tense dynamic gets even more complicated when Kylie begins to witness supernatural phenomena linked to a grisly murder.
‘Toothed Vagina’ (2007)
The screenwriter and director Mitchell Lichtenstein delivers one of the most eccentric and outlandish films of the genre as it tells the story of Dawn O’Keefe (Jess Weixler), a God-fearing leader in a Christian abstinence group who discovers she has a strange condition called ‘toothed vagina’, which makes her life somewhat out of the ordinary.
‘Death Death Death’ (2022)
The director’s lauded horror slasher Halina Reijn conquered 97% approval from critics when it shows a group of young people who plan a party during a hurricane in a remote island mansion, but the celebration turns deadly when an assassin begins to eliminate them, one by one.
‘Behind the Mask – Leslie’s Emergence (2006)
Directed by Scott Glossermanthe documentary is a satire of the slasher genre that shows a journalist and her team who are documenting the trajectory of an aspiring serial killer, who builds his fame based on elements of murder films.
‘Halloween Tales’ (2007)
Written and directed by Michael Doughertythe horror anthology chronicles how the residents of a town are affected by Halloween, including the mysterious deaths of those who do not respect the holiday’s traditions.
‘Sequel to the Dead’ (2017)
budgeted m only US$ 25,000the feature film written and directed by the Japanese Shin’ichiro Ueda drew a lot of attention when accompanying a team of actors and filmmakers tasked with shooting a live zombie movie in a single take, which leads to a series of hilarious and dubious ad-libs.
‘Everybody Nearly Dead’ (2004)
In the plot, Shaun (Simon Pegg) works as a salesman and shares a house with Ed (Nick Frost), his best friend, and Pete (Peter Serafinowicz). He often goes to the local pub, but Liz (Kate Ashfield), his girlfriend, is tired of it. Also, she always complains that he won’t break up with Ed, despite his silly jokes and his disinterest in doing anything useful. To resolve the issue, Shaun agrees to meet Liz at another restaurant, but forgets to make a reservation. Annoyed, she decides to end the relationship. Devastated, Shaun gets drunk at his favorite pub next to Ed, not noticing that the people around him are turning into zombies, due to a strange phenomenon.
‘Death Gives You Congratulations’ (2017)
University student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) mistreats people and doesn’t seem to be very willing to take her father’s calls on his birthday. At the end of the same day, she ends up being brutally murdered by a masked man. It turns out that she survives, or rather, wakes up on the same fateful day, in a kind of macabre loop that always ends with her death. Reliving this day gives Tree a chance to investigate who her killer is.
‘Bloody Wedding’ (2019)
From the same directors of ‘Panic’ (Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin), the plot follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) while she meets her husband’s wealthy and eccentric family (Mark O’Brien) in a lore that soon turns into a deadly game with everyone struggling to survive.
Mixing suspense and sci-fi, the feature marks the first collaboration between a director James Gunn and the stars Michael Rooker and Elizabeth Banks when the city of Weelsy is hit by a meteor and soon the animals begin to die. That’s where Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) begins an investigation that will lead him to a terrifying discovery: alien parasites are infiltrating the minds of the townspeople.
‘The Cabin’s Secret’ (2012)
In Drew Goddard’s directorial debut, young Jules (Anna Hutchison) decides to take his friends Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Dana (Kristen Connolly), Holden (Jesse Williams) and Ronald (Tom Lenk) for a different trip in the mountains, in a cabin located in the middle of the forest, isolated from everything. But what was supposed to be just a moment of great enjoyment among the gang, ends up turning into something their minds would never imagine.
‘Everybody in Panic’ (2000)
Probably the most famous of the genre, the film that started the successful franchise brought names such as Anna Faris and the brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans in a comedy that follows a group of disoriented teenagers who end up falling victim to a murderer who is among them. Heroine Cindy Campbell and her gang try to protect themselves from danger, while trying to deal with annoying reporter Gail Hailstorm (Cheri Oteri).
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, ‘Everybody Panic’‘ was marked by the parodies a ‘Scream’, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.
‘Tucker and Dale Against Evil‘ (2010)
tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are vacationing in their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of students who mistake them for serial killers. What should have been just a vacation with barbecue, beer, fishing and good times, turns into a bloody and crazy chase.
Despite the drama and suspense loaded in the plot, the director Jordan Peele himself said that the film does not have a defined genre and that he inserted subtle comic elements so as not to turn the film into a mere horror.
In the plot, we meet Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black photographer who is about to meet the parents of his white girlfriend named Rose (Allison Williams), but he is concerned that they do not know his ethnicity. Over time, he comes to realize that her family is hiding something very disturbing.
‘Girl from Hell’ (2009)
Directed by Karyn Kusamathe long one brought Megan Fox as a young woman possessed by a demon after being sacrificed in ritual. With a vengeance, she satisfies her appetite with the human flesh of the boys at school, until her friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) finds out what’s going on and vows to put an end to the carnage.
‘american psychopath‘ (2000)
In 1987 New York, handsome young executive Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) has a second life as a dangerous serial killer overnight. The long directed by Mary Harron is set as a dark humor thriller that examines the elements that turn a man into a monster.
‘What We Do in the Shadows’ (2014)
In this hilarious comedy Taika Waititi, a group of filmmakers protected with crucifixes capture the intimacy of four immortal beings who share a home in a New Zealand suburb. While they deal with the natural conflicts of coexistence, such as who washes the dishes or being careful not to spoil the furniture with the blood of the victims, they try to keep up to date with modern life without losing the style of past centuries.
So, which movie would you add to this list?
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