A good dark comedy can make anything funny, which is why you’ll find serial killers, zombie hordes, and social justice issues strewn throughout this streaming guide.
A post-apocalyptic world invaded by the living dead? Yeah, we can laugh about it. A couple of high school girls killing their friends for more likes on Twitter? Of course, it sounds humorous. A karate-filled movie about toxic masculinity? Hey, we don’t make the rules about what constitutes a joke.
These films can be dark and murderous melodramas, but they also serve as masterclasses in comedy filmmaking.
sorry to disturb you (2018)
Running time: 111 min | IMDb: 7/10
Boots Riley has recruited an incredibly talented cast to bring his vision of dark and absurd comedy to life, but even without names like Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield, this directorial debut is a masterclass on how to weave social justice issues. like the wealth gap and the pitfalls of capitalism with surreal humor. Stanfield plays Cassius Green, a telemarketer living in Oakland who finds a way to use his “white voice” to make sales. As he rises through the ranks, selling while hiding his identity, he is drawn into a plot that forces him to choose between cashing in at the expense of humanity or joining his friends in a rebellion against the system.
The art of self-defense (2019)
Running time: 104 minutes | IMDb: 6.7 / 10
Jesse Eisenberg makes more than one appearance on this list but it’s this lesser-known quirky comedy that really makes him shine. Eisenberg plays Casey, a shy accountant who begins taking karate lessons after being assaulted by a biker gang. With the help of his mysterious Sensei, Casey begins to grow more masculine, more confident and more aggressive, which leads to all kinds of problems in his personal and professional life. The movie takes a few twists and turns that we won’t spoil here, but it’s a wonderfully dark, comedic take on the dangers of toxic masculinity, and Eisenberg feels like the perfect guide in such a bizarre world.
A simple favor (2018)
Running time: 117 min | IMDb: 6.8 / 10
The dark and comedic murder mystery of Paul Feig is a lesson in style, in more ways than one. The film, which stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, follows the unlikely friendship between a vlogging mom struggling to live out her life as a single parent after her husband’s death, and a fashionista with a son of her own and a dangerous secret who ‘she would have to kill to keep. Literally. Along with Lively’s envious wardrobe and the couple’s undeniable chemistry, this movie is filled with dry wit, dry martinis and, what else, murder.
Brothers sisters (2018)
Running time: 122 min | IMDb: 7/10
You probably haven’t heard of this black comedy starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaalâ¦ and that’s a shame. The film follows the story of two notorious assassins, the Sisters Brothers, who are tasked with hunting down a threat to their wealthy employer during the time of the California Gold Rush. Weird happenings and hilarious hilarious ones ensue, but the story has a real heart, especially when it comes to the bond between these two men. Reilly is incredibly adept at straddling the line between humor and drama, and her chemistry with Phoenix’s rude brother makes all the jokes no matter how dark they are.
Daughters of tragedy (2017)
Running time: 98 minutes | IMDb: 6/10
How far would you go to get more social media followers? Would you like to start brutally murdering your friends and neighbors to convince your small town that a serial killer was on the run, so they could listen to your podcast? No? Good, because that’s what the teenage girls in this movie do and they’re certified psychopaths, but the fun and watchable kind of guy. It’s Heathers for the digital age. Try not to like it too much.
me Tonya (2017)
Running time: 120 min | IMDb: 7.5 / 10
Margot Robbie has found an ingenious way to tell an infamous story we all know in I Tonya. Part biopic, part gloriously mock-documentary drama, this tale of Tanya Harding’s rise in the world of figure skating is filled with violence and boisterous comedy – and that’s before I even get to the whole piece of Nancy Kerrigan. Robbie’s Harding is a rude, smoky rebel who turned the privileged, unbreakable sports world upside down in the ’80s and although she’s not the hero of this story, she’s too fun to watch to rank as her main one. scoundrel.
heather (nineteen eighty one)
Running time: 103 minutes | IMDb: 7.3 / 10
One for strangers, heather is the darkest teenage comedy from the ’80s. While your “bulls * t” may not have counted bodies, anyone can understand the constant pressure to be popular that plagues the halls of high school. Winona Ryder is revealed to be the ultimate cool girl as Veronica, who takes matters into her own hands in order to destroy a toxic clique. Cynical and more than a little cruel, heather changed the game for teen movies forever and it even spawned more black comedy photos on this list.
Cabin in the woods (2011)
Running time: 95 min | IMDb: 7/10
Joss Whedon is a master of the art of mixing horror tropes with very comedic dialogue and he doesn’t disappoint with this Drew Goddard helm film that will put you away from “relaxing mountain retreats” for life. The film stars Chris Hemsworth as part of a group of five friends heading into the woods for a bit of R&R. The secluded cabin they stay in quickly becomes a hellish prison they have a hard time escaping from and while there is a lot of jumping and thrills, nothing is ever so bad that it can’t be laughed at. .
the land of zombies (2009)
Running time: 88 minutes | IMDb: 7.6 / 10
Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Jesse Eisenberg star in this zom-com about a group of survivors traveling the country together during the zombie apocalypse. Eisenberg plays Columbus, a nerdy kid who believes that if he sticks to his rules, he’ll make it alive. Harrelson plays Tallahassee, a man on a strange mission, and Stone plays Wichita, a con artist and con artist with his own reasons for joining the couple. It’s a bloody riot that knows how to laugh at itself.
The men watching the goats (2009)
Running time: 94 min | IMDb: 6.2 / 10
The eerie banality of military life isn’t explored too often in comedic form, but this film did a decent job of focusing on the humorous realities of war if those realities included goats and LSD and a night out of war. listen to Barney & Friends 24 hours a day. Ewan McGregor plays Bob Wilton, a journalist who travels overseas to investigate a US Army unit that trains “psychic spies.” These deceived Jedi warriors are led by Django (Jeff Bridges), a lieutenant colonel who has spent years studying ancient techniques to pass them on to his students, peace lover Lyn (George Clooney) and expert in Hooper weapons (Kevin Spacey). It’s roughly Star wars dressed up in desert camouflage and it’s all kinds of weird.
The day will come (2019)
Running time: 87 minutes | IMDb: 5.8 / 10
This grim satire from director Chris Morris proves that it’s hard to catch a real terrorist, but it’s surprisingly easy to fabricate your own. This is what FBI agent Kendra Glack (Anna Kendrick) does when her boss pressures her to win a victory for her department. Kendra finds online sermons from Moses Al Shabazz (Marchant Davis), a poor preacher in charge of a small religious town in Miami. She decides to put Moses in place, having undercover agents sell her guns, military-grade uranium, and other terrorist merchandise, but her plans get out of hand thanks to unpredictable characters and Moses’ bizarre revolutionary ideas.
Running time: 96 minutes | IMDb: 6.7 / 10
Office Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page are the favorite stars of this absurd comedy that offers a new twist to the masked vigilante genre. Wilson plays Frank, an ordinary guy who dons pantyhose and an alter ego to fight crime when his wife falls prey to a drug dealer. The only problem with his crusade for justice is that he’s not particularly adept at taking down the bad guys. Imagine if Dwight Schrute had put on a costume and tried to hunt down the Scranton Strangler, and you’re almost there with this movie.
Most likely to be murdered (2018)
Running time: 90 min | IMDb: 5.1 / 10
What do you get when you combine Hallmark vacation vibes with a murder mystery plot? This black comedy with Adam Pally and Crazy ex-girlfriend Rachel Bloom. Pally plays Billy, a guy who peaked in high school and returns to his hometown to find life has moved on without him. To get back with his ex Kara (Bloom), Billy concocts a plan to prove that Kara’s new boyfriend – a former social outcast at their school – killed her mother. It only gets stranger from there.
Assassination Nation (2018)
Running time: 108 minutes | IMDb: 5.9 / 10
Suki Waterhouse and Odessa Young star in this angsty tale of teenage revenge. The film follows four high school girls who go on a rampage in their quiet little town after a data breach uncovers damning information about the townspeople. The girls confront ex-boyfriends, former abusers, potential rapists and other misogynistic assholes with nail guns and katanas and all kinds of armed weapons. It’s black comedy paired with high octane action.
Little monsters (2019)
Running time: 93 min | IMDb: 6.3 / 10
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o stars in this dark and comedic zombie flick, as a brave teacher tasked with protecting her classroom in the midst of a surprise zombie outbreak. Josh Gad joins her as Teddy, a obnoxious TV personality who animates the class during the school trip gone awry and, with the help of a stranded musician, the three attempt to fight the living dead – and not to kill each other in the process. It’s a nice change of pace to see Nyong’o flex his comedy muscles, and there’s enough gore and thrill to keep horror fans on the edge of their seats.