Top 15 must-watch horror comedy movies: When laughs and scares unite

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Top 15 must-watch horror comedy movies: When laughs and scares unite

Horror and comedy thrive on opposite ends of the spectrum, yet they come together brilliantly in the genre of horror-comedy. This unique blend capitalizes on the amusement derived from watching others suffer. Whether through slapstick, satire, or the age-old question of whether comedy can exist without someone as the punchline, horror-comedy movies deliver the perfect sleight of hand. It keeps you laughing, only to surprise you with a terrifying moment, or scares you silly and then offers comic relief. From timeless classics to the latest gems, here are the greatest horror-comedies movies of all time, where laughter and fear intertwine flawlessly.



1. Army of Darkness

  • Genre: Horror/Fantasy
  • Star Cast: Bruce Campbell,  Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove
  • Writer: Sam Raimi
  • Run time: 1h 21m
  • Year of release: 1992
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Choose between Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, both iconic and hilarious films from horror legend Sam Raimi. While Evil Dead 2 is a riot, Army of Darkness takes the crown as one of the funniest movies ever. Bruce Campbell returns as Ash, the long-suffering Deadite hunter, embracing the role’s happiness and physicality with an ego that amplifies his buffoonery. This horror-comedy classic is incredibly quotable, overflowing with blood and the franchise’s signature stop-motion spookiness. Army of Darkness sets the bar for horror comedies, even surpassing its own predecessors.


2. Re-Animator

  • Genre: Sci-fi/Horror
  • Star Cast: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott, Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Robert Sampson, Gerry Black, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon, Peter Kent.
  • Director: Stuart Gordon
  • Writer: Stuart Gordon
  • Run time: 1h 26m
  • Year of release: 1985
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Experience the bizarre brilliance of H.P. Lovecraft with a delightful twist. Re-Animator, based on Lovecraft’s “Herbert West-Reanimator,” is a wild and hilarious dark-comedy directed by Stuart Gordon. Prepare for a mad scientist’s electrifying performance by Jeffrey Combs as the death-obsessed doctor. With bubbling beakers and mysterious serums galore, it’s a perfect blend of Frankenstein and Evil Dead. Brace yourself for a zany climax as bodies multiply, revealing why Re-Animator once earned an X-rating. Get ready for a thrilling, laughter-filled ride!



3. Dead Alive

  • Genre: Horror/Comedy
  • Star Cast: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin, Brenda Kendall.
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Writer: Peter Jackson
  • Run time: 1h 25m
  • Year of release: 1992
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 7.5/10

Before his journey to Middle Earth, Peter Jackson crafted some of the wildest and most astonishing genre films ever made. Among them is the 1992 slapstick splatter flick, Dead Alive (also known as Braindead). Starring Timothy Balme as Lionel, a young man trapped by his overbearing mother (Elizabeth Moody), this grotesquely hilarious film takes a turn when Lionel finds love. But just as he seeks freedom, his mother’s wrath unleashes a blood-soaked zombie outbreak, testing Lionel’s newfound independence. With mind-bending stop-motion effects, an absurd amount of on-screen blood, and the unforgettable soup scene, Dead Alive stands as a deranged and uproarious horror comedy of its era. Its crowning glory is the lawnmower versus zombie showdown, cementing its status as a beloved cult classic.


4. They Live

  • Genre: Sci-fi/Action
  • Star Cast: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George ‘Buck’ Flower, Peter Jason
  • Director: John Carpenter
  • Writer: John Carpenter
  • Run time: 1h 37m
  • Year of release: 1988
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 7.2/10

In John Carpenter’s They Live, Roddy Piper plays Nada, a wandering man who stumbles upon special sunglasses revealing a reality controlled by monstrous beings using subliminal messages to promote greed and obedience. The film cleverly combines scathing satire with hilarious moments, like the iconic line, “I’ve come to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum.” Plus, the epic fistfight between Piper and Keith David is an unforgettable showdown. Get ready for a thought-provoking yet entertaining ride through a capitalist critique.


5. Eating Raoul

  • Genre: Dark comedy
  • Star Cast: Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger, Lynn Hobart, Richard Paul, Mark Woods, John Shearin.
  • Director: Paul Bartel
  • Writer: Paul Bartel
  • Run time: 1h 30m
  • Year of release: 1982
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 6.8/10

Eating Raoul, a delightfully wicked horror-comedy, stands out among cannibal films. The drab and disdainful couple, aptly named The Blands (Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov), reach their breaking point with the influx of swingers and degenerates in their apartment complex. When a pushy swinger crosses the line with the wife, a bizarre and unhinged murder spree ensues, leading to a meticulously prepared cannibal feast. With subtle humor and a sardonic charm, Eating Raoul is an absolute must-see, exploring the depths of deviant desires and delivering moments of absurdity (such as Bartel cuddling a wine bottle pillow at night).


6. This Is the End

  • Genre: Comedy/Fantasy
  • Star Cast: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson.
  • Director: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
  • Run time: 1h 47m
  • Year of release: 2013
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 6.6/10

Get ready for a hilarious roller coaster ride brought to you by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in This Is the End. As the world faces its demise, Rogen, Franco, Hill, Baruchel, McBride, and Robinson play exaggerated versions of themselves, battling both the apocalypse and their own egos. With a star-studded cast including Michael Cera, Rihanna, Aziz Ansari, and Kevin Hart, this horror-comedy will have you in stitches. Picture this: creatures from hell join the chaos, forcing the gang to seek refuge in Franco’s house. From there, it’s a wild ride filled with laughs, mayhem, and unexpected surprises. Witness the epic blend of post-apocalyptic terror and side-splitting jokes that define This Is The End.


7. Gremlins

  • Genre: Horror/Fantasy
  • Star Cast: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, John Louie,  Keye Luke
  • Director: Joe Dante
  • Writer: Joe Dante
  • Run time: 1h 46m
  • Year of release: 1984
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
  • IMDb rating: 7.3/10

This hilariously entertaining creature feature is a must-watch during Christmas or anytime. Gremlins, directed by Joe Dante, is a wild and unforgettable tale of mischievous Mogwai wreaking havoc. Well-intentioned father Randall Petzer (played by Hoyt Axton) brings home the adorable Gizmo, an iconic character, for his son. But breaking the three golden rules—no water, no bright light, and no feeding after midnight—leads to chaos. Gremlins takes a delightfully wacky turn, brought to life by mesmerizing puppetry that infuses the mischievous monsters with unique personalities. Brace yourself for the dark and unforgettable “chimney story” that will stay with you for a long time.


8. The Final Girls

  • Genre: Horror/Comedy
  • Star Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, Adam Devine, Angela Trimbur.
  • Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
  • Writer: Todd Strauss-Schulson
  • Run time: 1h 31m
  • Year of release: 2015
  • OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
  • IMDb rating: 6.5/10

“The Final Girls” is a heartwarming and hilarious horror-comedy gem directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Taissa Farmiga stars as Max Cartwright, a young woman mourning her mother (played by Malin Ackerman), an 80s slasher film scream queen. Max and her friends find themselves transported into her mother’s iconic horror movie. With a fantastic ensemble cast including Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, Nina Dobrev, Adam Devine, and Angela Trimbur, the film cleverly blends laughs and scares while exploring the mother-daughter bond. It takes us on a nostalgic journey through 80s slasher films, delivering brutal kills, abundant laughs, and heartwarming moments. “The Final Girls” is a must-watch and an underrated home run.


9. What We Do in the Shadows

  • Genre: Mockumentary
  • Star Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillén
  • Director: Jemaine Clement
  • Writer: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Stefani Robinson, more
  • Run time: 5 seasons
  • Year of release: 2019
  • OTT Platform: Hotstar
  • IMDb rating: 8.6/10

“What We Do in the Shadows” is a New Zealand mockumentary, co-written and directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. It follows the lives of three vampires, Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), as they live together, argue over chores, and hunt for new victims. The film focuses on the everyday aspects of being a vampire, rather than sensationalizing their powers. It explores themes of eternal life, lost love, and adapting to modern trends. While it has its share of horror and gore, it cleverly defies vampire stereotypes, making it a must-watch.



10. Night of the Creeps

  • Genre: Horror/Comedy
  • Star Cast: Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins, Wally Taylor, Bruce Solomon, Vic Polizos, Allan Kayser.
  • Director: Fred Dekker
  • Writer: Fred Dekker
  • Run time: 1h 30m
  • Year of release: 1986
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 6.7/10

“Thrill me.” These two words capture the essence of Night of the Creeps. Writer/director Fred Dekker unleashed this wild genre mash-up a year before Monster Squad, and it left the world unprepared. Extraterrestrial experiments, brain-controlling slugs, and reanimated corpses blend in this earnest homage to cheesy drive-in B-movies. It’s a glorious blood-soaked package that combines zombie apocalypses, alien invasions, and 1950s creature features. Oh, and there’s an axe-wielding maniac too. A cult classic, Night of the Creeps offers the ultimate fun—a head-rolling laugh fest.


11. Scream

  • Genre: Horror/Slasher
  • Star Cast: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich, Drew Barrymore
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Writer: Wes Craven
  • Run time: 1h 51m
  • Year of release: 1996
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 7.4/10

Wes Craven, the master of horror, showcased his expertise in Scream, a film that operates on two levels. With his background in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Craven effortlessly captures the essence of slasher films while cleverly satirizing the genre in a self-aware manner. Scream’s sharp wit and Matthew Lillard’s comedic delivery demonstrate its understanding of its own joke. However, beyond its meta approach, the movie remains terrifying, skillfully blending humor and fear. The unforgettable opening scene featuring Drew Barrymore’s chilling encounter and the subsequent escalating tension make Scream a true horror classic.


12. Young Frankenstein

  • Genre: Horror/Comedy
  • Director: Mel Brooks
  • Writer: Brooks and Gene Wilder
  • Run time: 1h 46m
  • Year of release: 1974
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 8/10

Mel Brooks’ 1974 horror-comedy masterpiece, Young Frankenstein, is an extraordinary blend of incredible actors at their peak, including Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Teri Garr, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Cloris Leachman, and the scene-stealing Gene Hackman. Brooks and Wilder’s hilarious, Oscar-nominated script flawlessly satirizes James Whale’s original Frankenstein. Brooks’ direction pays homage to the classic monster movies, seamlessly fitting alongside Dracula and The Wolfman. Unlike some of Brooks’ other works, Young Frankenstein remains timeless and never feels outdated, making it his greatest and funniest film. This cinematic gem walks the delicate line between reverence and parody, captivating audiences with every rewatch.


13. The Love Witch

  • Genre: Horror/Comedy
  • Star Cast: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys, Jared Sanford
  • Director: Anna Biller
  • Writer: Anna Biller
  • Run time: 2 hours
  • Year of release: 2016
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 6.2/10

Director Anna Biller’s The Love Witch is a unique horror-comedy that embraces a dreamy, late ’60s aesthetic reminiscent of Dario Argento. The film’s captivating technicolor world casts an immediate spell, balancing light and dark elements effortlessly. Samantha Robinson shines as the film’s star, delivering delightful, wry one-liners. The Love Witch follows Elaine, a beautiful and confident young witch in search of love. However, her spells and potions may be causing unintended harm. In her pursuit of the perfect man, Elaine takes an unconventional approach, ultimately questioning the morality of her actions.


14. Bubba Ho-Tep

  • Genre: Horror/Comedy
  • Star Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ossie Davis, Bob Ivy, Ella Joyce, Heidi Marnhout
  • Director: Don Coscarelli
  • Writer: Don Coscarelli
  • Run time: 1h 32m
  • Year of release: 2002
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 6.9/10

“Bubba Ho-Tep” is a horror-comedy film featuring an elderly Elvis Presley and a possibly still alive John F. Kennedy teaming up to defeat a soul-stealing Egyptian mummy. With Bruce Campbell as Elvis and Ossie Davis as JFK, this unlikely duo sets out to explain the deaths of their friends to the staff and other patients, but no one believes them. Determined to save their friends, Elvis and JFK devise a plan to take down the ancient terror and release their souls. The film offers a mix of humor, scares, and unexpected emotional moments, making it a must-watch horror-comedy experience.


15. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

  • Genre: Horror/Thriller
  • Star Cast: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Robert Englund, Scott Wilson, Zelda Rubinstein, Bridgett Newton, Kate Miner, Ben Pace.
  • Director: Scott Glosserman
  • Writer: Scott Glosserman
  • Run time: 1h 32m
  • Year of release: 2006
  • OTT Platform: NA
  • IMDb rating: 6.7/10

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is a meta-horror comedy that takes a mockumentary approach to a slasher killer’s journey. Led by reporter Taylor Gentry, the documentary crew follows Leslie Vernon’s preparation, both physically and psychologically, to become a horror legend. The film seamlessly transitions from found footage to an intense slasher, where everyone is a potential victim. Nathan Baesel delivers a captivating and unsettling performance as the title killer, with great chemistry among the cast. Featuring cameos from genre icons, the film pays homage to classic slashers while standing out as an original horror movie. Despite a smaller audience, it has become a cult classic with a comic book sequel, a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and merchandise.

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