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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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