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10 Horror Comedies You Seriously Need to Watch

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Laughter and terror are both instinctual reactions in the human brain, and when you put the two together you have something truly special. Horror comedies have a long tradition, dating back to 1920’s Haunted Spooks. If you’re looking to laugh in between screams, here are ten must-see flicks.

10. Dead Alive

Peter Jackson made blood-splattered horror comedies before he went Hollywood with The Lord of the Rings movies, and Dead Alive may be his crowning moment. This flick delivers everything you want from a horror comedy in megadoses.


9. Young Frankenstein

Mel Brooks’s brilliant 1974 parody features unforgettable performances from Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman as mad doctor and deformed servant, respectively. Like all Mel Brooks movies, this is eminently quotable and rewards multiple viewings.


8. Little Shop Of Horrors

The 1986 remake of the Roger Corman cheapie took the source material and transformed it into a ridiculous musical about a total nerd who grows a man-eating plant and uses it to win fame, fortune and the heart of the girl he loves.


7. The Ghost Breakers

Bob Hope shines in this 1940 feature as a crime reporter who travels to Havana with a young woman who’s inherited a spooky mansion there. The racial gags are pretty cringeworthy in hindsight, but the performances are strong and the dialogue is sharp as a tack.


6. Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

This quirky Canadian horror film pits a pair of backwoods brothers against a crew of vacationing college students, but as the body count rises due to a litany of ridiculous accidents it just gets funnier. This is the rare horror comedy that has real heart to it.


5. Bubba Ho-Tep

Bruce Campbell made his bones in Evil Dead, but for our money his best horror comedy role is in 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep, where he plays an aged Elvis Presley hiding out in a nursing home. When an Egyptian mummy rises from the grave, the King needs to deliver one last hit to put it away.


4. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

One of the most popular comedy duos of all time started a string of movies where they rubbed shoulders with Universal movie monsters in 1948, and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein is an all-time great. With Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Lon Chaney Jr. as the Wolfman, how could it not be?


3. Ghostbusters

One of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, Ghostbusters pits a quartet of spook-blasting scientists against a New York City full of paranormal activity. Career-making performances by Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd are just the cherry on top of the sundae.


2. Spider Baby

This 1968 cult classic is one of the most gleefully deranged movies of all time, a twisted mixture of Grey Gardens and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Lon Chaney stars as the caretaker of three inbred children who meet their city folk relatives for the first time and all hell breaks loose.


1. Shaun Of The Dead

The first installment in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy took the zombie genre and put a uniquely British spin on it, with a working-class slacker trying to get his life in order amidst a plague of the walking dead. It’s gory, funny and one of a kind.

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Rappers Act Up

Watch the Yo! IFC Acts Movie Marathon Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day weekend: how to celebrate? Nothing quite says “screw spring—let’s do summer” like blockbuster movies starring rappers who ditched lucrative music careers in order to become actors. It happened a lot, remember? Especially in and around the ’90s. Will Smith, Eminem, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Marky Mark Wahlberg, Ludacris…icons with the hubris to try the silver screen instead and have it totally work out.

But what if more rappers had made the leap? That’s a rhetorical question—movies (and life) would’ve been better, obviously. To prove it, here are some movies that would’ve been more memorable with rappers.

The Godfather

Starring Biggie, not Brando.
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Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Only Coolio could improve upon Gene Wilder’s performance.
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Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot, with a dose of Missy Elliott.
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Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Low hanging fruit, Hollywood.
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And of course…

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See NONE of those movies and a whole bunch of real ones this Memorial Day weekend on IFC’s rapper-filled movie marathon.

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Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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