There is an art in balancing the gory, gruesome horror with the bursting humor that goes into a supernatural comedy.
The best movies make it feel like it’s easy, offering ghost hunting getaways and trips across the country filled with zombies that shiver and terrify and leave us in tears – the right kind. They are able to find the funny in the scary, which means that even if you are not a fan of horror movies, you can still enjoy them. And if you are, you might find yourself like a few laughs with your screamfest.
Either way, the supernatural comedies on this list are masterclasses that mix dark topics with crisp returns and outrageous tracks. Have fun watching them all.
ghost hunters (1984)
Running time: 105 minutes | IMDb: 7.8 / 10
Did supernatural comedy even exist before this’ 80s action flick smashed the glass ceiling limiting the genre of Hollywood? We are not sure. We know that even 36 years after this horrific riot premiered, it’s still one of the best horror comedies around. Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis play the original trio of paranormal scientists turned goofy ghost hunters. Their search leads them on a mission to rescue the city that involves cult leaders and evil deities and a possessed Sigourney Weaver.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Running time: 99 min | IMDb: 7.9 / 10
Edgar Wright’s early horror films did as much if not more than most of the films on this list when it comes to defining what a “supernatural comedy” really is. Simon Pegg – who co-wrote the story – and Nick Frost play a couple of directionless brothers named Shaun and Ed who face their lackluster lives spilling pints in their local pub. When a zombie plague threatens their town, they seek refuge in the said pub, but they must first pass through hordes of the living dead to get there.
the land of zombies (2008)
Running time: 88 minutes | IMDb: 7.6 / 10
Risk taking. Fat. A pioneer. Jesse Eisenberg’s character in this adventurous zom-com isn’t one of those things, but this apocalyptic 2009 journey is. Eisenberg plays Columbus, a tense doomsday preparer who follows a strict set of rules to survive the zombie plague that has ravaged the world. When he meets Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee, an armed maniac and Twinkie fanatic, he’s forced to bend those rules a bit. And when her world collides with the pair of sisters Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, Wichita and Little Rock, the rules are basically thrown out the window – just like Bill Murray’s corpse.
Running time: 109 min | IMDb: 6.2 / 10
A decidedly unusual take on the giant monster movie, Nacho Vigolando’s Colossal follows Gloria (Anne Hathaway), an unemployed writer who returns to her hometown after her boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens) breaks up with her. After moving into her childhood home, Gloria’s binge drinking begins to take its toll on her before she begins to realize that she might have an important connection to a towering monster that spontaneously appears in the room. above Seoul, South Korea.
Army of Darkness (1992)
Running time: 81 minutes | IMDb: 7.5 / 10
Here at UPROXX, there are very strong opinions on which installment in the evil Dead frankness reigns supreme. Of course, we invite you to pick your own favorite, but when it comes to supernatural comedies, this one clearly feels like a “best of” title holder. Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams is transported back to the Middle Ages this time around where he’s forced to battle a legion of Deadites and scheming royal aristocrats, only to return to the present.
beetle juice (1988)
Running time: 92 minutes | IMDb: 7.5 / 10
Say the title of this bloody ’80s comedy three times and you might conjure up a deranged-looking Michael Keaton spitting out the kind of green nonsense you’d expect from a freelance bio-exorcist ghost. Keaton takes on the role of the titular bad boy, an eviction notice delivery boy for the living dead. He is accused by a recently deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) of giving the boot to a newly moved and definitely alive human family (Catherine O’Hara, Winona Ryder and Jeffrey Jones), but things move quickly aside. and the group is forced to work together to prevent Beetlejuice from causing utter chaos in their small town.
Death becomes her (1992)
Running time: 104 minutes | IMDb: 6.6 / 10
We don’t know what’s more far-fetched: the plot of this movie or the fact that somehow the producers convinced you, Meryl Streep, to sign. Still, when it comes to supernatural comedies, that’s one of the highlights, mostly thanks to her female lead roles. Streep plays Madeline, an aging actress who seeks to regain her youth. Goldie Hawn plays her nemesis Helen, a struggling writer who wants to lose weight and win back her boyfriend (Bruce Willis). The two drink the same potion of immortality, accidentally die and try to cover up the fact that they are now walking corpses. It’s a real riot.
Lost boys (1987)
Running time: 97 minutes | IMDb: 7.3 / 10
May be Lost boys isn’t strictly a comedy – its roots lean more towards horror and mystery than anything else – but the film only became more campy with age and this is due in large part to the iconic turn of Kiefer Sutherland as the leader of a rowdy group of young vampires. Well, that and the overkill gore-porn of this movie. When two brothers arrive at a seaside oasis in California, they stumble upon a vampire nest. One is transformed, but only partially, and to regain his human status, he must kill the vampire leader of the clan. Did you know that a tub filled with garlic and holy water causes the undead to disintegrate? Because we didn’t.
Little monsters (2019)
Running time: 93 min | IMDb: 6.3 / 10
Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o stars in this dark and comedic zombie flick, in which she plays 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.
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Running time: 105 minutes | IMDb: 7.5 / 10
We can’t talk about original supernatural offerings without mentioning director Tim Burton, who arguably did the most to make this genre mainstream. Some of his best work remains this delightfully weird dark comedy starring Johnny Depp as an unfinished artificial man named Edward with Blades for his hands. When Edward ventures into town and falls in love with the girl next door (Winona Ryder), he is faced with the difficult and adventurous task of fitting in.
Life after Beth (2014)
Running time: 89 min | IMDb: 5.6 / 10
Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan star in this horror comedy about a guy named Zach mourning the loss of his girlfriend, only to find out that she has come back to life. Plaza plays Beth, the resurrected dead girl, who begins to exhibit odd behavior, eventually going into full-blown zombie mode as her devoted boyfriend Zach (DeHaan) tries to deal with her mood swings and pesky urge for human flesh. . John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon play Beth’s parents, who hilariously attempt to cover up their daughter’s current state of undead, and though things go off the rails in the final third, watch Plaza play a brooding walking corpse. and anguished is one hell of a good time.
Addams Family (1991)
Running time: 99 min | IMDb: 6.9 / 10
There’s more to this supernatural family-friendly comedy than its iconic opening theme song, and while the film’s sequel is a bit more alive – thanks to Joan Cusack’s serial killer seductress – the original is a staple, don’t if only to cement your undying love for this weirdo clan. There is the mysterious and elegant Anjelica Huston as Morticia, the matriarch of the family. There is Raul Julia in the role of Gomez, all a suave mustached masculinity. There’s Christopher Lloyd as a good-humored younger brother whose disappearance fuels much of the plot. And then there’s Wednesday (a deliciously dark Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman), with their ghoulish shenanigans that help unearth a plot to swindle family fortune. Oh, and furry cousins and sensitive hands and two-headed parents.
Night of dread (2011)
Running time: 106 minutes | IMDb: 6.3 / 10
Sure, it’s a remake that might not be as good as the original, but it has one thing that no other supernatural comedy on this list has: Colin Farrell… as a vampire. Anton Yelchin plays Charley, a suburban kid who finds out that his next door neighbor Jerry (Farrell) is actually a bloodsucker. With the help of his mother (Toni Collette), his girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and a magician (David Tennant), Charley sets out to destroy Jerry before he can turn anyone else away from his. block.
Running time: 88 minutes | IMDb: 5.7 / 10
Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson star in this absurd black comedy that manages to elevate the zombie horror genre. How? ‘Or’ What? By giving us a virus that only turns tweens into crazy flesh-eaters. Wood, Wilson, and Alison Pill act as teachers at an elementary school in Fort Chicken, Illinois. When a student eats a contaminated chicken nugget containing a mutant strain of a virus that turns it into a stupid cannibal, teachers are forced to make their way through bite-sized bite strips to survive . It’s ridiculous and humorous, and yet there is something deeply unsettling about zombie children.
Running time: 106 minutes | IMDb: 7.3 / 10
This 80s horror comedy by Joe Dante follows the story of a child named Billy who is given a magical creature named mogwai as a pet. When the boy breaks the rules while taking care of the animal, he inadvertently causes the creature to spawn the intention of smaller, evil monsters to destroy the world. It’s an ’80s classic that’s a bit graphic considering that the main villains are live Furbies and, let’s face it, there’s nothing scarier than kids with weird pets ** .