I love horror comedies. I like em gorey, I like em cheesy and yeah I also like em with some great 80’s production values. That said I wanted to share films that are funny, gorey and abso-friggin-lutely hilarious. Admittedly all tastes differ but if you like b-movies, like gore, and like REASONABLE production values I have the list for you. I am not putting these in any order.
They are all hilarious in their own right and no one movie is of more importance to me then the next. I own them all and have watched them all many times. So without further ado let’s do this, the 15 Must see indie horror comedies;
Evil Aliens: Luke Franklin my fellow blogger and good friend saw this film together at a horror convention which is pretty impressive when you consider an entire country divides us. In Evil Aliens you guessed it, aliens attack, they have evil intentions. The movie is a great mix of blood, gore, stupid laughs and pretty good special effects.
If you like aliens, gore and funny one liners Evil Aliens is for you. Admittedly this film grew on me over time but any way you cut it have a drink and watch this film and you will laugh your ass off and LOVE the creative ways people die.
Freak Out: Freak out is the definition of comedy horror. It is witty, funny, well shot and overall just a kick you in the balls festival of fun. Merv Doody (James Heathcote) is a true horror aficionado. He’s seen it all. That’s when fate delivers an inept psycho killer to his doorstep.
At first, Merv is interested in not getting killed, but then it becomes something more. He must transform this bumbling reject from the local asylum into the ultimate killing machine. Enlisting the aid of his best friend Onkey (Dan Palmer), they set about making the best slasher in the world. The film is hilarious and loads of fun.
Dead and Breakfast: This movie was so funny the first time I saw it I was actually hurting. I laughed so hard I was falling out of my chair and if memory serves me right Goon came to town to see this one with me as well. Dead and Breakfast is about a bed and breakfast that becomes a killing spree when the dead walk.
Unlike most zombie movies though these zombies talk, have witty one liners and even like to dance to Michael Jackson. With lots of stupid one liners, fantastic writing, great fx and one of the funniest PIE eating scenes ever Dead and Breakfast is an absolute classic.
Hide and Creep: Hide and creep is a very low-budget indie horror film that has a lot of merits as well as a few flaws in it. I put it on this list because it has one of the funniest scenes in horror comedy I have seen that puts this film over the top. In the sleepy town of Thorsby, Alabama, no one had a life. Then the dead showed up.
Now instead of just killing time the people of Thorsby are killing each other, taking up arms as the zombies take to the streets, the barbecue joints and the strip bars. Soon spaceships are flying overhead, federal agents are patrolling the grounds and a few fearless people are joining forces to run like hell. I should warn that you have to be wary lads since you will see some wiener in this film and that for me is always highly disturbing.
Dead Heat: Dead Heat is one of my favorite zombie comedies and it stars one of my favorite b-movie actors, Treat Williams. Second only behind the mighty Bruce Campbell. Dead Heat has a bunch of actors in it but the only one that matters is Treat Willams. Its your typical buddy cop flick with action, comedy and awesomeness only this one throws in lots of gore and zombies baby! Lots of zombies!
While investigating some frightening crimes that lead a pharmaceutical company, officers Roger Mortis and his partner Doug Bigelow pay a visit to Dante Laboratories. What they find shocks them and changes the course of their lives — a high-tech “resurrection room” that has churned out a weird band of recycled and indestructible criminals, and which eventually transforms Mortis into the undead! Of course Treat has a run in with the pharam-ceutically-awesome transformation and turns into a Zombie Cop and yes kids he brings the pain. Great flick.. all B-Movie.. all awesome!
Stink of Flesh: This puppy is an indie movie and its wrong in all kinds of different ways. Well written, well-directed and shot on what appears to be a 45cent budget it’s still one of my favorite indie horror comedies. It has a scene in the end of the movie that is so wrong and so funny its worth the price of the dvd alone.
Wandering the zombie wasteland, Matool (Kurly Tlapoyawa) survives by his wits and animal instinct, often employing his trusty hammer and gigantic nails to fend off the hordes of undead. But when he is kidnapped by a mysterious couple, Matool must rely on an entirely different weapon in his arsenal to survive. Written and directed by Scott Phillips (screenwriter of the cult classic ‘Drive’), ‘The Stink Of Flesh’ is a no-holds-barred splatterfest featuring non-stop action, buckets of gore and awesome digital effects by Emmy award-winning artist Steve Fong.
Deep Rising: Deep Rising is a movie I picked up for about 3 dollars in the discount bin many years ago. The box was beaten and battered and I only bought it because the cover looked cool. It is the movie that has defined my love for Treat Williams and one film I am begging for a sequel to. Its funny, its gory beyond all belief and it touts great production values and some of the funniest characters ever put on film. Throw into that a no-nonsense team of mercenaries and a monster that is set on having everyone for lunch and well you have a hit.
On the maiden voyage of the luxury liner Argonautica, pickpocket Trillian (Famke Janssen) is caught stealing jewels and locked up. After the ship’s communication system is infected with a virus, the ship collides with a massive underwater object. When John Finnegan (Treat Williams) and others board the Argonautica, they are surrounded by death. Survivors Trillian, builder Simon Canton (Anthony Heald), and others talk of sea monsters, but Hanover (Wes Studi) doesn’t believe them — until the fanged, squid-like creature (designed by Rob Bottin) extends its huge tentacles and makes its presence known to all.
Man with the Screaming Brain: Last but certainly not least comes a Bruce Campbell movie that is a gem. Man with the Screaming Brain is a SciFi special. Its budget is cheap, but not as cheap as Stink of Flesh. The acting is hacky, the story is about as awol as it gets and it stars Bruce Campbell. What does this all mean? It means it’s a frigging awesome movie. Its campy, its gory, its ridiculous and yes its funny. No fan of Bruce should have missed on seeing this movie.
“Man with the Screaming Brain” is a story of greed, betrayal and revenge in the former Eastern European block. William Cole, wealthy industrialist, goes looking for a tax shelter in the wrong part of the world and winds up the guinea pig for a mad scientist, having his brain merged with that of Yegor, a former KGD operative. The two couldn’t be more different, but they share one thing – both were killed by the same woman. William and Yegor form an unlikely partnership to track down their common nemesis.
Alien Apocalypse: This movie redefines the word cheese-fest. Its stupid, its campy, the FX are about as bad as it gets and its a must buy for fans of Bruce Cambell and the madness that is low-budget scifi-horror. This is Planet of the Apes on a 15cent budget. Its got some of the best sayings ever including the classic homophobic comments you just normally cant get away with. It also features some of the cheesiest ‘epic’ battle sequences ever put on film. ( was it shot on film? ).
Dr. Ivan Hood (Bruce Campbell) and his team of astronauts return from their latest mission, only to find that Earth has been conquered and enslaved by aliens. Now Hood and fellow-scientist Kelly (RenÃ©e O’Connor) must free humanity from its alien masters. Written and directed by Bruce Campbell’s friend Josh Becker (“Running Time”), “Alien Apocalypse” is the story of a manned probe that returns to Earth to discover the planet has been invaded and the people enslaved by awful extraterrestrial termites, feeding off our dwindling forests. Together with fellow Xena-alum Renee O’Connor, Bruce rallies humanity and rebels against the lumber-munching masters. “Think Spartacus with aliens.”
They Live: This movie stars Roddy Roddy Piper and yes kids its a cheese fest from start to finish. This puppy has higher production values then Alien Apocalypse but unfortunately it doesn’t have Bruce Campbell. But we do have Roddy Piper. This movie features some of the funniest lines ever written.. all be it they are not meant to be funny and a final sequence that involves flipping the bird that is pure genius.. again for all the wrong reasons. The big claim to fame for They Live is one of the longest and most unneccessary fight sequences ever. This movie is a bucket full of cheese-fest-laughs and the fight scene alone is worth the price of the dvd.
John Carpenter wrote/directed this film about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifted who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy about aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies. When Nada looks through special Ray-Bans developed by the resistance leaders, the aliens lose their clean-cut “Dan Quayle” looks and resemble crusty-looking reptiles. Nada joins the underground, teaming up with rebel-leader Frank (Keith David) to eradicate the lizard-like aliens from the body politic.
Return of the Killer Tomatoes: How do I describe this one. It’s about killer tomatoes. This puppy features George Clooney and is absolutely friggin hilarious. The movie doesn’t take itself serious and throughout the entire film it has all kinds of low brow out of context commentary and product placements that will make you laugh and shake your head. The production values are low, but the movie is packed full of laughs and the cheese level is high making this one an absolute keeper as well.
It has been years since the original Killer Tomato attack was squashed, and pizza-makers Matt (George Clooney) and Chad (Anthony Starke) are living a life ripe with good times and non-tomato based sauces. Meanwhile, mad genetic scientist Professor Gangreen (John Astin) is plotting to take over the world by creating a race of mighty tomato warriors and one wanton tomato woman (Karen Mistal). But when Chad falls in love with the bodacious tomato babe, he and Matt must face a deadly rampage of ninjas, newsmen, toxic waste and product placement. Can these two heroes defeat the most fiendish red menace of all or will the girl of their dreams turn out to be a complete vegetable?
The Ginger Dead Man: Oh this one is so low brow, but oh so good. You know it’s a b-movie cheese fest when it stars Gary Busey. The premise as the title implies.. it’s about a Killer Gingerbread Man. I mean how is that not genius? A gingerbread man that is all of 6″ tall and goes around hacking up people and killing the. Gary Busey delivers an oscar performance in this bloody cheese fest that is full of chuckles for all the wrong reasons and is a sheer delight.
Evil yet adorable Gingerbread men come to life with the souls of three convicted killers – these real life cookie monsters wreak havoc on the girl who sent the killers to the electric chair.
Army of Darkness: Directed by Sam Raimi and Starring Bruce Campbell it is pure genius. A smart ass clerk from SMart thrown back in time with a car, a shotgun and a chainsaw. A boom stick against a Sword.. who you thinks gonna win?
Through a magic spell, Ash, a modern-day discount-store employee, finds himself back in the middle ages. Given the key to return home by an alchemist, he bungled the incantation and, instead, releases the forces of darkness. Now Ash has one job to do before transporting to the future: defeat the army of the evil dead… if they don’t defeat him first.This movie is an absolute MUST buy. Its funny its somewhat gory and its packed full of cheesy one liners and ass kicking. Think of it like BraveHeart only with Bruce Campbell and a Shotgun thrown in for good measure.
Jack Frost: Only thing better than a killer Gingerbread man is a killer snow man. Dont confuse this flick with the family friendly version starring Michael Keaton. Although the cover is complete crap and the movies premise sounds unbelievably lame the movie is absolutely cheesy good. Most of its funny without intention but that does not matter.. its still gold.
This movie is a cast of no names but its a pretty good cast and the highlight is Shannon Elizabeth from American Pie fame who meets her doom in a very creepy bathroom scene involving a bath, a snowman and a carrot. I will leave it at that.
The Synposis; He’s got ice in his veins and he’s giving cold-blooded a whole new meaning? his name is Jack Frost. After five years of terror and 38 bodies in five states, serial killer Jack is on his way to execution. But a freak accident with a truckload of genetic material in the middle of a snowstorm mutates Jack into a killer snowman. Now only an army can stop the slayride of terror from this frosty monster with icicle fangs.
Bubba Ho Tep: This film is kinda like Man with the Screaming Brain and Alien Apocalypse. You either love it or you hate it. Me since I like all movies Bruce Campbell is in… I love it. It’s an artsy horror flick with witty writing, abstract characters and not too much action…. but it does have a Mummy and it has Bruce Campbell kicking said mummy’s ass. So what more could we want?
Based on the Bram Stoker Award nominee short story by acclaimed author Joe R. Lansdale, Bubba Ho-tep tells the “true” story of what really did become of Elvis Presley. We find Elvis (Bruce Campbell) as an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home, who switched identities with an Elvis impersonator years before his “death”, then missed his chance to switch back.
Elvis teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks that he is actually President John F. Kennedy, and the two valiant old codgers sally forth to battle an evil Egyptian entity who has chosen their long-term care facility as his happy hunting grounds.
Jack Frost 2: Last and certainly not least… ok maybe least since I like the above 3 movies a lot more than this one… I give you Jack Frost 2. Jack, the chiller killer is back and he’s mad as hell. An accidental lab experiment resurrected the evil snowman, but this time, the crystal killer can’t be stopped by fire, bullets or even his worst enemy, chemical anti-freeze.
With revenge on his mind, Jack sets out to finish off his nemesis, Sheriff Sam, who is vacationing on a Caribbean island. Sam’s balmy paradise turns into a Winter Terrorland when Jack freezes the island and quickly ices everyone around him. No one can stop the chilling killing spree when Jack can travel as lethal liquid or fatal, frosty flakes.
Just when you thawed it was safe to go back in the fridge… Now admittedly the production values in this one are far less than the first one but you know I still liked it. Its funny, its corny, its got some of the cheesy crap you can imagine and it’s what I like in my b-horror movies.