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12 Horror Comedy Movies To Watch This Halloween, From “Freaky” To “Get Out”


It’s the season to watch horror movies, but sometimes being scared isn’t enough, you know? For the full movie experience some of us want to be scared and laugh our buttocks. So, step into one of the best movie genres Hollywood has to offer: horror comedy.

Let’s face it, as fun as horror movies can be, they can also be pretty silly. When a horror movie takes demonic possession or zombie attacks very, very seriously, it can seem a bit misleading. So why not laugh at the tropes of horror movies instead? Why not make jokes about smashing zombie skulls, like the 2009 classic the land of zombies? And why not satirize white liberalism while setting up a cabin scenario in the woods, à la Jordan Peele? Get out?

These are my kind of Halloween movies, personally. Laughter makes everything more fun! If you’re okay with that then you’re in luck, as Decider has compiled a list of 12 horror comedy movies that you can stream this Halloween 2021 season. Scroll down below and, if you still have craving more spooky moments, feel free to check out the additional Halloween content that Decider has to offer.


1

“The cabin in the woods” (2012)

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Have you ever watched a horror movie and walked away feeling like it was written by two lazy, sadistic white dudes? Well, director Drew Goddard gave these white dudes a face in his brilliant horror comedy, The cabin in the woods. Without saying too much, we’ll just say that American students Dana (Kristen Connolly), Holden (Jesse Williams), Marty (Fran Kranz), Jules (Anna Hutchison), and Curt (Chris Hemsworth) become unwitting participants in a movie situation. of horror, in a movie that will have you laughing and screaming at all the horror tropes you know and love.

Broadcast on: Peacock (free)

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“Ready or not” (2019)

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Starring Samara Weaving – not Margot Robbie, let’s put that aside right now – as a newlywed, this horror comedy takes awkward ‘meet the in-laws’ dinner to a whole new level. Grace (Weaving) just married the man of her dreams, Alex (Mark O’Brien). Grace loves Alex for who he is as a person, and it turns out that who he is as a person is bloody rich. Grace is happy to follow her husband’s family tradition of subjecting newcomers to a friendly game on their wedding night… until the game turns out to be a deadly version of Hide and Seek.

Broadcast on: Rent or buy from iTunes, Microsoft, etc.

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“Happy Day of the Dead” (2017)

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Blumhouse Productions has become known for their fun, low-budget slashers, and no Blumhouse movie has made it more successful in this wheelhouse than Happy day of the dead. Jessica Rothe plays the role of a student who is murdered on her birthday, to wake up and start her birthday all over again. Happy day of the dead uses the concept of time loop of groundhog day and dumps grizzly slasher elements into it, making it a clever and funny dark comedy. And be sure to check out the sequel, Happy Day of the Dead 2U, too.

Broadcast on: Buy or rent on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, etc.

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“Scream” (1996)

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Do you like to laugh at horror movies? Because Scream laughed at them – while indulging in the tropes – before it was cool. Director Wes Craven deconstructs the horror genre by satirizing the clichés he himself has used seriously, in this dark comedy about a cheap Halloween costume serial killer who terrorizes a bunch of high school kids. Starring an iconic ’90s cast including David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich and Drew Barrymore, this is a horror comedy for the ages.

Broadcast on: Pluto TV, AMC

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“Game night” (2018)

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This genuinely hilarious comedy – which Decider named Best Picture of 2018 – is built on tropes of slasher horror films. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams take on the role of a couple whose weekly competitive game night turns into a true mysterious and murderous thriller where they fight for life when their friends are kidnapped. It’s high stakes, fun and fun. Plus, it stars Jesse Plemmons as the Strange Neighbor – arguably his best role to date.

Broadcast on: Buy or rent on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu, etc.

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‘Fairy’ (2020)

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Weird adopts a slasher comedy tone similar to that Happy death Day (probably at least in part because they share a director). Kathryn Newton stars as an introverted high school student named Millie, and Vince Vaugh stars as the town serial killer she accidentally swaps bodies with. It’s exactly the kind of fun but suspenseful horror comedy that Blumhouse Productions are known for making, and with a concept like that, it’s a guaranteed good time.

Broadcast on: HBO Max

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“Werewolves Inside” (2021)

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2021 has been a great year for comedian Sam Richardson, and perhaps his best work this year has been horror comedy. Werewolves inside. Richardson takes on the role of a ranger named Finn who takes on a new assignment in the remote town of Beaverfield. Things seem to be going well until a mysterious creature begins to terrorize the city. It’s a film that revels in absurdity and affability, like Richardson uttering “Heavens to Betsy” when he discovers terrifying claw marks.

Broadcast on: Rent or buy on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu and more

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“Get out” (2017)

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Writer / director Jordan Peele has proven himself to be the master of socio-political horror comedy with his first feature film, Get out, an instant classic in the genre. From Bradley Whitford saying he would have voted for Obama twice to comedian Lil Rel Howery shouting “TS-MOTHERF *** ING-A!” this movie will make you howl with laughter and genuine terror.

Broadcast on: Rent or buy on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu and more

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9

‘Zombieland’ (2009)

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Woody Harrelson as a hyper-masculine southerner who likes to creatively kill zombies? Hilarious. Jesse Eisenberg as his anxious and much less masculine foil? To like. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as tough con artists? Inspired. Bill Murray makes an appearance as himself? The Tallahassee Twinkie addiction? Lots and lots of cock jokes? The comedy of 2009 was no better than this one. the land of zombies is a horror comedy for our generation.

Broadcast on: Rent or buy on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu and more

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“Love and Monsters” (2020)

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If you like the vibrations of the land of zombies, you will definitely get started Love and monsters, a surprisingly warm and heartfelt post-apocalyptic horror comedy that features lots of good old fashioned monsters. Dylan O’Brien stars as a 24-year-old who has lived most of his life underground in the wake of the Apocalypse of the Monsters, but dares to venture out in the name of true love. Additionally, this movie features O’Brien playing with a cute dog – need we say more?

Broadcast on: Hulu, Epix and Paramount +

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“Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein” (1948)

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If you think horror comedy is a new genre, think again. At the time, Universal was producing monster movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, the wolf man, and more. And that means all of those monsters were ripe for a parody for comedy duo Abbott and Costello. In Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein, the comedians have run-ins with all of the above monsters, including an appearance by Béla Lugosi himself as Count Dracula. It’s the kind of silly, slapstick humor that transcends generations and is sure to put a smile on your face.

Broadcast on: Rent or buy on Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu or more

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12

“Little Monsters” (2019)

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Zombies, zombies and more zombies! The zombie apocalypse may be overkill, but Little monsters brings something new to the genre: Lupita Nyong’o playing the ukulele. Nyong’o plays the role of a kindergarten teacher tasked with ensuring the safety of a handful of six-year-olds on a school excursion, even when that excursion is overrun by zombies.

Broadcast on: Hulu

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