Ten Best Horror Comedies to Haunt You Over the Holidays
The Toxic Avenger (1984)
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz launched the face of Troma Entertainment with the release of The Toxic Avenger. Again, there's not a lot of true chilling horror in this film, but the insane amount of gory F/X makes this film difficult to classify as anything but horror-comedy. Crushed heads abound as The Toxic Avenger romps through Tromaville, trying to (literally) clean up the corrupt city.
Perhaps Hobo With a Shotgun might be the only vigilante film that has approached Toxie's tongue-in-cheek body count. Followed by The Toxic Avenger 2, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, it's easy to see how the Troma Team used laughs and massive bloodshed to build their franchise series.
From Rule #1: Cardio to Double Tap to the Twinkie truck that wasn't, Zombieland took a little different approach to the horror-comedy. This is legitimately scary horror film infused with hilarious dialogue and circumstances. The Bill Murray cameo may be the greatest achievement in the history of horror-comedy.
Woody Harrelson's hard-assed Tallahassee is the perfect complement to Jesse Eisenberg timid Columbus, and the girls prove to be the perfect foils, then partners, for the duo. And if you need any more proof to validate the horror of this film, look no further than the zombie clown. Yikes! Just remember: Always check the back seat, and buckle up.