Check out the BEST horror comedies of the 21st century



Horror comedies usually win over audiences by poking fun at several standout titles, making the elements that make them convey fear hilarious.

In recent years, movies like ‘Scream’, ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Friday the 13th’ and even ‘The Exorcist’ have become the butt of jokes from filmmakers who love to upend the atmosphere of suspense and horror.

With that in mind, Indie Wire has released a list of 25 of the best horror comedies, involving various themes, such as serial killers, witchcraft, ghosts, and exorcisms.

See if you find your favorite:

“Come With Daddy” (2019)

The feature-length directorial debut from producer Ant Timpson follows the story of a young man played by Elijah Wood, who tries to reconnect with his absent father (Stephen McHattie). However, he quickly discovers that his father is not only despicable, but has a dark past behind him.

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‘The Voices’ (2014)

In the plot, Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is a young schizophrenic who talks to his pets, the dog Bosco and the cat Mr. Whiskers. His quiet life as a warehouse worker is turned upside down when he falls in love with Fiona (Anna Kendrick), who works in accounting, which leads him into unexpected and confusing situations.

‘Fresh’ (2022)

Directed by newcomer Mimi Cave, “Fresh” opens with a rom-com atmosphere when Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) meets the charming Steve (Sebastian Stan) after many heartbreaks. However, when she accepts his invitation to a weekend in the countryside, she ends up discovering that she has once again fallen into the traps of love.

Zombie Land (2009)

Before “The Walking Dead” boosted the zombie apocalypse subgenre in 2010, “Zombieland” had already kicked off a year earlier in the plot written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (“Deadpool 2”).

Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film was a big hit as it brought together a college student (Jesse Eisenberg), a snack-obsessed cowboy (Woody Harrelson), an eyeliner-loving rebel (Emma Stone) and her younger sister (Abigail Breslin) trying to survive the end of the world amid her personal dilemmas.

“Freaky – Inside a Killer’s Body” (2020)

Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) is a 17-year-old girl just trying to survive high school. But when she becomes the new target of a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), school becomes the least of her problems. When the killer’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to switch bodies, she finds she has only 24 hours to reclaim her true body before finding herself trapped in the age killer’s body forever. medium.

“This is the end” (2013)

Directors and screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg gather a group of Hollywood stars for a party that ends up turning into hell on earth when Judgment Day begins to take place.

Along with Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and James Franco, Rogen and his friends must repent of their sins in order to earn an invitation to heaven as they meet various personalities including Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson and even Rihanna.

‘Panic’ (2022)

The sequel to the acclaimed slasher franchise is set twenty-five years after a series of brutal murders shocked the peaceful town of Woodsboro, when a new assassin appropriates the Ghostface mask and begins hunting down a group of teenagers. to uncover secrets of the city’s deadly past. , causing Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) to return to unravel the mystery.

The new film already begins with Jenna Ortega shining in a scene that references when Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) is attacked in the original film, but without looking like a copycat. Plus, Melissa Barrera does just as well as the lead role, and audiences are still treated to the return of Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette.

“Horror behind the scenes” (2015)

In Todd Strauss-Schulson’s feature film, young Max (Taissa Farmiga) mourns the death of her mother, Amanda (Malin Akerman), who was a horror movie actress in her youth. When Max and his friends go to see an Amanda movie, they are drawn into the plot after the theater begins to burn.

“Bedroom” (2014)

What do you do when you’re under house arrest in a haunted house? Writer-director Gerard Johnstone answers that question when reckless Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) tries to rob an ATM and is sentenced to live with her mother (Rima Te Wiata) for eight months. This tense dynamic is further complicated when Kylie begins to witness supernatural phenomena related to a grisly murder.

‘Toothed Vagina’ (2007)

Writer-director Mitchell Lichtenstein delivers one of the genre’s most eccentric and outlandish films, telling the story of Dawn O’Keefe (Jess Weixler), a God-fearing leader of a Christian abstinence group who discovers that she suffers from a strange disease called “dentate”. vagina’, which makes her life somewhat out of the ordinary.

‘Death Dead Dead’ (2022)

The lauded horror slasher from director Halina Reijn garnered a 97% approval rating from critics for showing a group of young people planning a hurricane party at a remote island mansion, but the celebration becomes deadly when an assassin starts taking them out one by one.

‘Behind the Mask – The Rise of Leslie’ (2006)

Directed by Scott Glosserman, the documentary is a satire of the slasher genre that shows a journalist and her team documenting the trajectory of an aspiring serial killer, who builds his fame based on elements from murder films.

‘Tales of Halloween’ (2007)

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty, the horror anthology chronicles how a town’s residents are affected by Halloween, including the mysterious deaths of those who disregard the traditions of the holiday.

“The Suite of the Dead” (2017)

With a budget of just $25,000, the feature film written and directed by Japanese director Shin’ichiro Ueda made headlines when he accompanied a team of actors and filmmakers tasked with shooting a live-action zombie film in one taken, resulting in a series of hilarious and dodgy improvisations.

“Everybody’s Almost Dead” (2004)

In the plot, Shaun (Simon Pegg) works as a salesman and shares a house with Ed (Nick Frost), his best friend, and Pete (Peter Serafinowicz). He often goes to the local pub, but his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) has had enough. Also, she still complains that he won’t break up with Ed, despite his silly jokes and disinterest in doing anything useful. To solve the problem, Shaun agrees to meet Liz at another restaurant, but forgets to make a reservation. Annoyed, she decides to end the relationship. Devastated, Shaun gets drunk in his favorite pub next to Ed, not noticing that the people around him are turning into zombies, due to a strange phenomenon.

“Death Congratulates You” (2017)

Student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) mistreats people and seems unwilling to answer her father’s calls on her birthday. At the end of the same day, she ends up being brutally murdered by a masked man. It turns out that she survives, or rather, wakes up on the same fateful day, in a sort of macabre loop that always ends in her death. Reliving that day gives Tree a chance to investigate who her killer is.

‘Bloody Wedding’ (2019)

From the directors of ‘Scream’ (Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin), the plot follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she meets her husband’s (Mark O’Brien) wealthy and eccentric family in a tradition that soon turns into a deadly game with everyone fighting to survive.

‘Slip’ (2006)

Blending suspense and sci-fi, the feature marks director James Gunn’s first collaboration with stars Michael Rooker and Elizabeth Banks when the town of Weelsy is hit by a meteor and soon the animals begin to die. That’s when Sheriff Bill Pardy (Nathan Fillion) launches an investigation that will lead him to a terrifying discovery: extraterrestrial parasites are infiltrating the minds of the townspeople.

“The Secret of the Shack” (2012)

In Drew Goddard’s first film, young Jules (Anna Hutchison) decides to take his friends Curt (Chris Hemsworth), Dana (Kristen Connolly), Holden (Jesse Williams) and Ronald (Tom Lenk) on another trip to the mountain, in a hut located in the middle of the forest, isolated from everything. But what was supposed to be just a moment of great fun within the gang ends up turning into something their minds never imagined.

‘Everybody in Panic’ (2000)

Possibly the most famous of its kind, the film that launched the hit franchise brought Anna Faris and brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans into a comedy that follows a group of disoriented teenagers who end up falling victim to a murderer who is among them. . Heroine Cindy Campbell and her gang try to protect themselves from danger, while trying to deal with irritating reporter Gail Hailstorm (Cheri Oteri).

Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, ‘Screaming Out’ was marked by parodies of ‘Scream’, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.

‘Tucker and Dale vs. Evil’ (2010)

Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine) are vacationing in their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of college students who mistake them for serial killers. What should have been just a vacation of barbecue, beer, fishing and good times turns into a bloody and mad pursuit.

‘To run!’ (2017)

Despite the plot-laden drama and suspense, director Jordan Peele himself said the film had no defined genre and inserted subtle comedic elements so as not to turn the film into a mere horror.

In the plot, we meet Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black photographer who is about to meet the parents of his white girlfriend, named Rose (Allison Williams), but he fears that they do not know her belonging. ethnic. Over time, he realizes that his family is hiding something very disturbing.

‘Daughter from Hell’ (2009)

Directed by Karyn Kusama, the feature film starred Megan Fox as a young woman possessed by a demon after being sacrificed in a ritual. With a vengeance, she satisfies her appetite with the human flesh of the school boys, until her friend Needy (Amanda Seyfried) finds out what’s going on and swears to end the carnage.

‘American Psycho’ (2000)

In 1987 in New York, the handsome young executive Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) lives overnight a second life as a dangerous serial killer. The film directed by Mary Harron is defined as a dark humor thriller that examines the elements that turn a man into a monster.

“What We Do in the Shadows” (2014)

In this hilarious comedy from Taika Waititi, a group of filmmakers shielded by crucifixes capture the intimacy of four immortal beings who share a home in a New Zealand suburb. As they deal with the natural conflicts of coexistence, like who does the dishes or being careful not to mess up the furniture with the blood of the victims, they try to keep abreast of modern life without losing the style of centuries past. .

So which film would you add to this list?

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