The Top 25 Horror Comedy Movies

Even those who tend to shy away from horror movies can usually appreciate the ones with a sense of humor. From classics like "Young Frankenstein" to modern hits like "Shaun of the Dead," horror comedies combine chills and tension with perfectly timed laughs, making them highly entertaining. The films below will all have you screaming with laughter.

A wry British sense of humor colors every aspect of this superbly scripted and acted zombie movie, making it the funniest horror movie of all time. "Shaun" paved the way for a rash of horror-comedies in the early 21st century looking to cash in on its success, but none could touch the film's sheer brilliance.

"Ghostbusters" is the biggest horror-comedy hit of all time, and rightly so, with its iconic characters, timeless storyline, and stellar cast of comedic actors in their prime.

A pitch-perfect parody of 1930s Universal horror classics melded seamlessly with Mel Brooks' brand of vaudeville-esque comedy, pushed over the top by Marty Feldman's hilarious portrayal of hunchbacked servant Igor.

More lighthearted than the first "Evil Dead" film and less slapstick than the third, "Evil Dead 2" strikes the perfect balance between campy humor and blood-soaked scares. The film is buoyed by Bruce Campbell's star-making performance and Sam Raimi's wildly kinetic camerawork.

It might not be laugh-out-loud funny, but it's at least perpetual-smirk humorous, with ludicrous scenes of evil alien clowns wiping out humans with giant mallets, balloon animals, and killer shadow puppets.

This tongue-in-cheek homage to '50s monster movies will make you giggle in between squeals as you attempt to mask how creeped out you are by the thought of a giant mutant spider invasion.

In this campy sequel to the 1978 cult hit "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," mad scientist Dr. Gangreen has found a way to transform veggies into people. That "Return of the Killer Tomatoes" is the best of the series isn't saying much, but amidst its rapid-fire, corny-and-proud-of-it jokes, quite a few actually work—including the breakdown of the fourth wall when the film runs out of money and has to resort to product placement. Plus, there's George Clooney.

Like a road trip to hell, "Dead End"'s witty dialogue captures the painfully funny dynamics of a family driving through the night on a never-ending haunted highway.

TV show "Project Greenlight"'s attempt at a genre flick, "Feast" didn't fare much better at the box office than previous winners, but it succeeded in its goal of creating a wild, wacky horror comedy that plays with the conventions of the genre.

Sure, it's a bit of a "Gremlins" knock-off (with a bit of "Terminator" to boot), but "Critters" is still an entertaining diversion. The film follows a group of porcupine-like alien fugitives as they wreak havoc on Earth, along with the bounty hunters who come to retrieve them.

In this goofy film, Santa is the muscular son of Satan who has lost a bet with an angel and must deliver presents to kids as part of his 1000-year sentence. Once the 1000 years is over, though, he's free to go back to being his old homicidal self, driving a sleigh pulled by a demonic buffalo and killing anyone who looks at him wrong.

Sort of like "Pleasantville of the Living Dead," this smartly written satire of the conservative values and conformity of 1950s suburbia is set amidst the backdrop of a world in which zombies have been domesticated. What could possibly go wrong?

A haunted house movie with a real fun streak, "House" features grotesque, cartoonish monsters and slapstick action, including flying lawn tools and a pesky disembodied hand—plus great comedic performances from William Katt and George Wendt.

An unapologetically juvenile yet frequently laugh-out-loud slasher spoof in the mold of "Airplane!," "Scary Movie" manages to overcome the dubious writing talents of its screenwriters to become a riotous send-up.

This spot-on mockumentary plunders well-worn slasher movie clichés—from the "final girl" to the archenemy (or "Ahab")—for big laughs.

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Satan's Little Helper (2004)

Satan's Little Helper
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This low-budget slasher is built on a foundation of dark, dark humor, as a naive little boy eagerly helps a serial killer dressed as Satan, thinking he's a character from his favorite video game.

The concept—bumbling kidnappers who end up in a remote cottage inhabited by a deformed killer—doesn't sound terribly funny, but in the hands of the wacky Brits, "The Cottage" becomes a witty take on "backwoods horror" films like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Hills Have Eyes."

Producer Steven Spielberg lent his magic touch to this modern classic about mischievous little beasts who, if not taken care of properly, turn loveably evil—like Muppets with a hormone imbalance.

Hilarious caricatures—from alpha male security guard Boris to hyper-violent mobster Peter—combine with the ridiculous premise of a serial killer living in a booby-trapped Russian office building to create one very funny movie.

One of the first modern "zom coms" (zombie comedies), "The Return of the Living Dead" took the extreme gore of George Romero's universe and placed it into a goofy setting with scaredy-cat characters and talking zombies who use an ambulance CB radio to tell the hospital to "send ... more ... paramedics" after they've dispatched the first bunch.

Alien slugs invade Earth in this outrageous and wildly imaginative combination monster movie, zombie movie, alien invasion movie, comedy and gross-out-fest with an ever-present zany sense of humor.

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Night of the Creeps (1986)

Night of the Creeps
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The forerunner to "Slither," "Night of the Creeps" also finds slug-like aliens controlling human bodies—dead ones, that is—combined with an '80s teen comedy vibe and anchored by a great performance by Tom Atkins.

This slasher about a deformed killer roaming the Louisiana swamps touted itself as "old school American horror," but it stands out just as much for its sharp comedic dialogue and over-the-top gore.

This breezy popcorn flick is a welcome throwback to '50s monster movies, with great creature design and funny banter.

This early zombie romp from New Zealand director Peter Jackson features a zombie baby, a kung-fu priest, a Sumatran rat-monkey, and a lawnmower bloodbath.