Zombie Movies being one of my favorite sub-genres, only slightly bumped by werewolves, this is a topic I love to ramble on about.
I also love comedies so I figured why not list my favorite films that capture both worlds? I had to do some major narrowing down here. Feel free to see what they are then tell me what your favorites are:
I’m not even going to kid myself by trying to say that this film is good. Oh, it’s not well made at all. The makeup is laughable and for some reasons all the zombies seem to have been doused with talcum powder, but it is very funny. And the funny is even intentional. This is basically a nod to Dawn of the Dead. When I first started it I was thinking “what have I gotten myself into?” but then I realized that it was supposed to be comical. Now I love it. Plus it has a surprisingly dark ending that makes for a pretty decent payoff.
My Boyfriend’s Back
I know so many do not like this film. I have never understood why it gets no love. I think it is a charming satirical look at those cheesy eighties romantic comedies we all know and love. Boy wants girl. Boy dies. Boy comes back to get girl. Boy eats flesh. How sweet.
Now this movie is just great. I loved this film before I realized what was really going on. For years I classified it as strictly a comedy. Then it hit me…wait….these guys are DEAD. Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo are a couple of cops who are chasing down some bad guys…but they seem rather indestructible. It’s because the bigwig has found a way to bring the dead to life and use them for bad stuff. When Williams’ character (Roger Mortis – come on that’s great) bites the big one in the line of duty, he comes back as well and has to solve his own murder before his time runs out. This is a classic buddy cop film with a sprinkle of horror.
The Evil Dead 2
I know a bunch of you are now screaming at me for having this film so far down the list. Allow me to explain. I simply don’t enjoy it as much as I do either The Evil Dead, because it is outright scary, or Army of Darkness which will be named later. While I do think it is very funny and I recognize why so many people love it, I have always been turned off just a little by the fact that it seems to ignore the terrifying aspects of the original altogether.
If this film had come out first and The Evil Dead had never existed, I would love it to no end. But that is not the case so here it sits. Also I do have problems categorizing this as a zombie film considering the whole demon aspect so there is that as well.
Dead and Breakfast
Who wouldn’t love a movie with a Thriller-inspired zombie dance routine? This movie has a terrific cast and some very slap-sticky moments. It also sports one of the funniest and most original soundtracks I have ever heard. I will admit that when I watch this film, I always watch the dance number at least 3 times. It is my favorite part.
Army of Darkness
Now this is where Sam Raimi stole my heart once more. While it is still connected to the other films, it is so far removed from the first one that I can easily forget about that part. Bruce Campbell is at his ass-kickingest best with some of the most quotable lines from cinema history. Every fan of this film keeps a few at the ready just in case the situation arises. And he is so cute wielding that boomstick.
Return of the Living Dead Part 2
As much as I love the first film in this series, and I mean I REALLY love it, I have always been a fan of this much funnier sequel. By the time this baby rolled around, seriousness had flown out the window. And while others may not appreciate this film for that reason (aha, now see how I feel about Evil Dead?) I find it very enjoyable. This was one of those movies I would rent just about every weekend back then. And it always cracked me up that several cast members returned from the first one simply ignoring the fact that they were killed off (and different people). “Get the damn screwdriver out of my head!”
This splatterfest is often regarded as the goriest film ever made. I will NOT argue with that. And while some of the other films on this list are smarter, satirical comedies, this one is like the “Three Stooges of zombie films” (to quote Survivalist). There are many memorable scenes of bodily fluids flying all over and Peter Jackson never even attempted to make this one serious. You know almost immediately what you are in for and it is a fun ride.
Remember when I talked about smart comedies? Yeah this is one of them. It’s not zany or slapstick. It’s a brilliant, well made satire for the ages. Billy Connelly is a zombie and he is working for a family as a butler of sorts. Basically he is a slave. Since the zombie war, the living dead have been used in this capacity and it’s all the rage. Everyone who’s anyone has one. It’s just not cool to be without your own residential revenant. But…it can be tricky too. This movie is heartwarming, funny and a little gory to boot. I really cannot express just how impressed I was. I watched it twice, back to back, the first time I saw it.
Shaun of the Dead
Okay, who didn’t see this one coming? This film is practically perfect in every way. An homage to numerous horror films, though mostly the Romero zombies, it effortlessly plays on your funny bone while simultaneously working your nerves. There are some truly scary moments here. For the most part, though, it is laugh-out-loud funny with an incredible cast of actors working on a script that is nothing short of brilliant. I could not begin to tell you how many times I have seen this movie and I will never tire of it. It’s one of those that I will watch from any point if it happens to be on television.
These two HM’s are films that I love but didn’t quite make the cut because while they are zombies they are technically not the living dead as we are familiar with them, but infested with slugs from outer space. Plus they are practically the same film in many ways. One contains my favorite leading man of recent, Nathan Fillion, and has Tom Freakin’ Atkins (yes I will call him that from now on). If you haven’t already guessed, they are:
- Night of the Creeps