Tag: Horror Comedy

2013, Movies

Hell Baby (2013, Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon)

This is a really dumb spin on The Exorcist crossed with The Amityville Horror – or some kind of possessed house movie, I haven’t seen that one in a while – but which manages to be pretty funny, all the while being fairly obvious. If you’ve seen Reno 911, it’s basically the same kind of comedy – it’s made …

1988, Movies

High Spirits (1988, Neil Jordan)

This is a very, very silly but endearing film, shot in just an incredible-looking castle and half the fun is just ogling the castle. But Peter O’Toole is great and there are some memorable turns by other members of the cast. This is one of those 80s films with rough edges (the script could have …

2006, Movies

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006, Scott Glosserman)

MILD SPOILERS This film begins as the horror movie equivalent to the classic 1992 Belgian black comedy Man Bites Dog. It’s literally the same concept: a documentary team follows a serial killer around. However, the additional conceit here is that the audience sees what the horror movie would look like, were one being made. Does …

2015, Movies

TIFF 2015: Demon (2015, Marcin Wrona)

This is the most unique horror comedy I’ve seen in some time. Whereas most horror comedies are ready to notify their intention to get you to laugh early on (and usually to laugh instead of scream or to laugh and only occasionally scream) this movie’s humour is rooted in the absurd dramedy of a cast …

2013, Movies

Warm Bodies (2013, Jonathan Levine)

From the very beginning, this movie – and presumably its source, the novel – violates many if not most genre conventions. So maybe it shouldn’t judged on the terms of those conventions. Because if it is judged on the conventions of the genre, it is bad. But I guess if it willfully violates the genre’s …

2013, Movies

This is the End (2013, directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen)

I knew nothing about this movie going in, save for that it was starring some famous comedic actors as themselves and that it was about the end of the world. I saw it because the ex-girlfriend wanted to. I had never seen – or really heard of – the short and I think I may …

1985, Movies

Transylvania 6-5000 (1985, Rudy de Luca)

Here we have a film inspired by the old popular song “Pennsylvania 6-5000” (supposedly the oldest continuously operating phone number in NYC, according to Wikipedia), a top 5 hit for Glenn Miller in 1940. The song inspired a 1963 Bugs Bunny cartoon and somehow that Warner Brothers cartoon became this movie. The title is a …

2009, Movies

Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009, Phil Claydon)

It was instructive watching Cabin in the Woods – the greatest horror comedy of all-time – the night before I watched this. One movie showed you how to properly make a genre comedy, the other showed you how not to make a genre comedy. First off, this movie has virtually no laughs in it at …

2006, Movies

The Tripper (2006, David Arquette)

This isn’t scary – and I’m not sure its really supposed to be – but the problem is that it isn’t funny either. I laughed maybe twice. The political commentary is obvious and heavy handed and not in any way insightful. The best part about it is the spot-the-famous-people aspect, and that’s not all that …