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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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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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