Generally speaking, when you go see a horror movie, you’re there because you want to be scared. You want a film that’ll make you feel uncomfortable. You want the movie to shake you to your very core.
But sometimes, a horror movie subverts your expectations and actually makes you laugh hysterically. Occasionally, the goal of the creators is to make you laugh, and sometimes, it happens accidentally.
1. Happy Death Day 2U
Happy Death Day 2U isn’t meant to be a funny movie—it’s a slasher film where the protagonists are murdered over and over again until they figure out who is killing them. But the creators managed to tuck quite a few hilarious jokes throughout the movie.
On top of the actual jokes, the plot of the movie is actually quite funny just because of how ridiculous it is. Anytime a movie tackles some form of time travel, you can expect things to get weird, and Happy Death Day 2U most certainly does just that. It just manages to do it in a way that’s hilarious.
Zombieland makes no attempt to hide what it is—it’s clearly a horror and action movie mixed with a comedy. Every detail from the nicknames of the main characters to the quest for Twinkies is sprinkled with comedic undertones.
While it seems like the primary goal of the movie is actually to make you laugh, there’s plenty of horror in there as well. There’s no shortage of tension as our beloved characters attempt to survive in a post-apocalyptic world filled with flesh-eating zombies. Plus, there’s an amazing scene with Bill Murrey that makes it worth seeing.
3. Shaun of the Dead
Like Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead isn’t one of those horror movies that feature a bit of comedy. Instead, it’s almost equal parts of horror and humor, which makes it a great movie for someone who doesn’t like true scary movies. If you have a friend or significant other you want to introduce to the horror genre, this is the perfect movie for it.
And if you love horror, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of death and destruction to keep you entertained. It is a zombie movie, after all!
4. The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods is a fantastic horror movie that is a complete homage to the slasher films of yore. The movie is written by Joss Whedon and David Goddard, who worked together on Buffy, which is quite the pedigree.
Unlike some of the other movies on the list, the bulk of The Cabin in the Woods is about horror, while the humor is more of an undertone than a primary plot device. If you’re looking to use this as a way to introduce a friend or loved one to the horror genre, you might want to look at some of the other movies on the list, as much of humor in Cabin is based on an understanding of the horror genre.
Everything about Sharknado is ridiculous and hilarious. It’s a pure camp-fest featuring a tornado that picks up a seemingly unlimited supply of sharks and flings them onto unsuspecting victims. It’s bloody, it’s hilarious, and it’s downright insane.
You can’t go into Sharknado looking for any kind of serious horror movie or a plot that even makes a lot of sense, but what you can expect to get is entertainment. I don’t want to give too much about the movie away, as it’s one of those films that are best experienced for yourself. Just know that you’re in for a wild ride.
Funny or Scared: Why Not Both?
These movies will make you feel a serious mix of emotions. They’ll shock you with gore, scare you with tension, and make you laugh with comedy. And, other than Sharknado, they’re all great movies (Sharknado is entertaining, but calling it great is a stretch).