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Zombies are meant to be terrifying. The very idea that hordes of reanimated dead people are coming to eat you should be more than enough to get the fear going inside you.
But just because something is inherently scary doesn’t mean it also can’t be a bit funny. Sure, flesh-eating zombies are a terrifying concept, but if you add in the right characters and a little bit of goofiness, you can turn the horrifying idea into something hilarious.
As it turns out, there have been quite a few good zombie movies that were not made to strike fear into your heart, but rather to fill you with laughter and joy. If you think zombies are only meant to scare, you need to check out these films, because they’ll have you laughing uproariously!
5. Zombieland: Double Tap
The long-awaited sequel to Zombieland is finally here, and it’s titled around one of Columbus’ many rules: Double Tap. And while Double Tap is not nearly as good as the original, it still offers a funny zombie-killing ride that fans of the genre will most certainly enjoy.
The biggest reason that this isn’t higher on the list is that it’s just not as funny as some of the others on the list. In terms of film quality, it’s right up there, but it didn’t make laugh nearly as much as the first one. So while it might be just as good as a zombie flick, it’s weaker as a comedy.
4. Life After Beth
Life After Beth is anything but your typical zombie movie. Rather than having characters slaying hordes of zombies in ridiculous ways, this movie shifts its focus to one particular zombie.
The titular Beth, played by Aubrey Plaza, dies tragically, leaving her boyfriend, played by Dane DeHaan, depressed and lonely, But she’s not gone long, as she miraculously comes back. However, she’s a bit different. That premise alone should be enough to make you want to see this film. If that’s not enough, the movie features hilarious actors like John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, and plenty of others that are sure to make you laugh.
What would happen if, rather than fighting the zombies for survival, the living managed to domesticate them? That’s exactly what happens in Fido. Families have their own zombies that they use as pets and workers, and one particular family gets a zombie, which they name Fido. Fido’s control collar stops working and he kills the next-door neighbor.
The film manages to hit on a wide range of emotions. Obviously, it’ll make you laugh, but it also makes you feel for Timmy (the main character) and even Fido. Who would have thought that a zombie comedy could actually make you feel some emotional attachment to the living dead?
2. Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead is an absolute classic when it comes to zombie comedies. You could even argue that this is the movie that put the genre on the map in the first place. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg drew up one of the funniest zombie scripts you’ll ever see. Once it gets going, the jokes never let up, and your sides will legitimately hurt by the end of the movie.
This is what really made us realize that Simon Pegg is a comedic genius, and he followed Shaun up with gems like Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Seriously, if you’ve never seen this movie, you owe it to yourself to check it out, even if you’re not a fan of horror, as it really is that funny.
For me, there was no consideration when choosing between the original Zombieland and everything else out there. The movie will literally have you laughing out loud throughout. Plus, it features some of the most ridiculously over-the-top zombie kills you’ll find in any movie.
What really makes Zombieland stand out is the incredible cast. The four main characters are played by Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin. They all have incredible on-screen chemistry, which makes a lot of comedy hit. Add in cameos from comedians like Bill Murray, and you have a movie that’ll keep you entertained the whole way.
The Dead Are Walking… Hilariously
If you’re sick of the same old zombie movies, and you want something a little different, give any of these zombie comedies a shot. Not only do they feature the blood and gore we know and love from zombie horror movies, but they’re also a hilariously good time.