I love all sub-genres of horror, but for whatever reason, I find horror comedies to be irresistible. Maybe it’s because for me, the best horror is the kind of stuff you can watch as a communal experience. And if you’re going to get a group of friends together to watch a movie, you don’t want to pick something too dark or heavy to sour the mood. You’d more than likely go with a horror/comedy, because they tend to be crowd pleasers and just a whole lot of fun!
So with that said, Netflix Instant offers a handful of good ones. But we’re here to suggest 5 of the very best!
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this one in the last year or so, and it’s for good reason! Written and directed by Gerald Johnstone, this New Zealand import is about Kylie Bucknell, a girl whom after getting arrested for trying to rip off an ATM is forced into home detention at the home she grew up in, ankle bracelet and all. This means she’ll once again have to live with her mother Miriam, who is convinced their house is haunted. There’s definitely a lot of strange things happening around the house, but could it have something to do with their conveniently creepy neighbor? Or are their darker forces at work here? The thing I love about this movie is that even as a seasoned horror watcher, it had me guessing every step of the way. Every time you think you know exactly what kind of horror movie it is, it twists into something else! Overall, it’s clever, thoroughly entertaining and really funny.
Clowns are creepy to some people. Not me. And in any case, even if you suffer from Coulrophobia, I can promise you this is unlike any clown you’ve ever seen in a horror movie! What if a group of obnoxious little kids tortured their party clown so badly, that they ended up killing him in a freak accident? Years later, those kids, now grown up are having a party that’s about to get crashed by the resurrected clown. And he’s pissed! This 2012 Irish film doesn’t take itself too, too seriously and the thing that sets it apart from most “slasher” fare is the comical, yet over-the-top gory kills! They’re mostly clown-centric in execution, hence making the punishment fit the crime. This’ll deliver a few laughs and some fun gore, hence making it a worthwhile watch!
TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL
I love this movie! Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are Tucker and Dale, two sweet, simple minded & genuinely nice red-necks that are beyond excited to go fishing at Tucker’s new vacation cottage. But along the way, they bump into a group of preppy and extremely attractive young teens that are headed to the neighboring cabin. These cabins are in the same spot where the Memorial Day Massacre took place 20 years earlier, so the kids immediately assume that Tucker & Dale are two crazy hillbillies that want to murder them. The irony being, it’s the furthest thing from the truth and in the grandest sense of miscommunication, these kids end up stupidly killing themselves in the funniest of ways. You will laugh out loud at their misfortunes and have a blast with TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL!
Do you like poop humor? Of course you do. Well, in BAD MILO, Duncan (Ken Marino) is a stressed out guy that’s not very happy with a lot of things in his life. Well what if that stress and all those negative feelings were the cause of his stomach ailment? And what if I told you they manifested themselves into a cute, adorable little creature that comes out of his butthole and seeks out revenge against the people Duncan feels have wronged him? And then it goes right back up his poop hole? Just by the sheer absurdity of this premise and the moments in which Milo makes himself appear and disappear, I laughed hard and a lot! Plus, look at how cute he is! This one’s in poor taste. And by poor taste, I mean awesome taste!
JOHN DIES AT THE END
Here’s the most recent feature film from director Don Coscarelli, the genius behind the PHANTASM franchise, BEASTMASTER and the cult favorite BUBBA HO-TEP! Based upon the novel by David Wong, JOHN DIES IN THE END is one of the wackiest, most bizarre and unique movies you’ll ever see. The quirky fast paced humor and tone would make you think it’s the debut of a new, young filmmaker, but it just proves how vibrant, sharp and original Coscarelli’s voice still is. Dave is recounting the story to reporter Arnie Blondestone of how he and John discovered a street drug (actually Soy Sauce) that allows them to cross time and dimensions, often to fight otherworldly monsters and beasts. The best way I can sum this up to you is to describe it as BILL & TED meets THE NAKED LUNCH. Plus it has a creature made primarily of meat in it. (See above image.) This one comes highly recommended. Watching it under the influence of something will probably make it more enjoyable, but you didn’t hear that from us! Have fun crossing dimensions!