The best horror comedies poke fun at the tropes that make movies about vampires, zombies and other things that go bump in the night so scary. With the Noodle Monster headed to the Portlandia season finale on Thursday, March 24th at 10P, we’re hiding under the covers with the funniest spoofs of monster movies. Check them out below.
10. What We Do In The Shadows
As Twilight has proven, the current vampire craze is ripe for satire. The New Zealand comedy What We Do In The Shadows remembers that people get very stupid when they’re hungry. Also when they’re horny, and far too immortal to realize they’re out of touch.
The Exorcist is one of the greatest horror movies ever made. Leslie Nielsen is one of the funniest humans ever born. And anyone who thinks the combination wouldn’t work underestimates the pure power of comedy. He’s hilarious here as the priest drafted to decamp a demented demon in this masterwork of painful puns and prop gags.
8. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
It’s a cavalcade of classics as Abbott and Costello meet Universal ghouls Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolf Man. If you’re looking to dip into the Abbott and Costello library, this is the place to start.
This star-studded spoof of undead action is the best of both worlds: a parody of ridiculous zombie movies, and also an extremely good zombie movie. And the attack of the Zombie-Clown means it officially features the world’s most terrifying monster.
Far too many of us were suckered by sweet little Gizmo as children. “This looks like a fun movie!,” we thought, flipping through the channels. “AUAUAUGH!,” we yelled when the adorable Mogwai turned into vicuous, Snow White-loving Gremlins. And a generation of jokes about not feeding things after midnight was born.
5. Army of Darkness
Bruce Campbell is king of the horror comedy thanks to the Evil Dead franchise. While the first two Dead films leaned heavily on the scares, Army of Darkness plays up the one-liners and the boomstick-blasting as Ash takes on hordes of the undead.
4. The Monster Squad
A gang of horror-loving kids take on everyone from Dracula to the Creature from the Black Lagoon in this ’80s classic. It’s the movie that proves that the best way to take out a Wolf Man is a swift kick in the “nards.”
3. Cabin in the Woods
This masterful mockery deconstructs every idiotic decision you’ve ever been annoyed by in horror movies. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s screenplay is a sharp critique of the torture porn horror genre and a reminder that horror movies can actually be fun.
2. Shaun of the Dead
With films like Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and cowriter/director Edgar Wright have proven they are masters of the affectionate parody. And it all started with Shaun of the Dead, the horror comedy that managed to add some satirical bite to the zombie genre.
1. Young Frankenstein
A high point for comedic geniuses Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, Young Frankenstein adoringly poked at creaky monster movie tropes, going as far as filming in black and white and using props from the original Frankenstein.
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