The horror-comedy. Perhaps the most difficult sub-genre of film to perfect. Most attempts at horror-comedy don’t come off well. Either they’re too scary without enough comedy or (more frequently) mostly humor with not enough horror. A lot of times they just come across as trying too hard and cheesy. But every once in a while a movie gets it just right. And when that happens, audiences embrace and celebrate the brilliant and elusive successful horror-comedy.
That being said, in celebration of the upcoming release of Trent Haaga’s Chop, we did our best to put together a list of 10 horror-comedies (in no particular order) that we feel are the most impressive efforts in the field. Wocka, wocka, wocka!
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2011)
We’ve seen quite a few attempts at horror-comedy over the past few years, but recently none has been better than Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. Starring Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as the title characters, these two hillbillies orchestrate some of the funniest, goriest misunderstandings you’ll ever see.
From the chainsaw bees’ nest incident to the infamous wood-chipper scene, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil is simply non-stop with the laughs and bloodletting. No, it’s not going to keep you awake at night (unless you’re tossing and turning with visions of Katrina Bowden dancing through your head), but Tucker and Dale bring so much in the gore department, it more than earns its horror wings. First time director Eli Craig nailed it. A perfect blending of genres.