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Horror Comedies – Laughing in the Face of Terror

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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Directors: Frank Capra

Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein

Stars: Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey

Story: A drama critic learns on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are homicidal maniacs, and that insanity runs in his family.

Other Films In Series: None.

Young Frankenstein (1974)

Directors: Mel Brooks

Writers: Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks

Stars: Gene Wilder,  Madeline Kahn,  Marty Feldman 

Story: An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Other Films In Series: None.


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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Directors: Jim Sharman

Writers: Richard O'Brien, Jim Sharman

Stars: Tim Curry,  Susan Sarandon,  Barry Bostwick

Story: A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Other Films In Series: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)

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High Anxiety (1977)

Directors: Mel Brooks

Writers: Mel Brooks, Ron Clark

Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman

Story: Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman

Writers: Lloyd Kaufman (story), Joe Ritter (screenplay)

Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist

Story: Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Other Films In Series: The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989), The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989), Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000), The Toxic Avenger: The Musical (2018)

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Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)

Directors: Rudy De Luca

Writers: Rudy De Luca

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Bologna, Ed Begley Jr.

Story:  Tabloid reporters Jack Harrison and Gil Turner are sent to Transylvania with two choices: find the Frankenstein monster or find new jobs. But before the jumpy journalists can dig up their big story, they must first face the horrors of an extremely clumsy butler, a nymphomaniac vampiress and a semi-mad doctor, as well as assorted mummies, werewolves and more Transylvanian oddballs.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Once Bitten (1985)

Directors: Howard Storm

Writers: Dimitri Villard, David Hines

Stars: Lauren Hutton, Jim Carrey, Karen Kopins

Story: A vampire Countess needs to drink the blood of a virgin in order to keep her eternal beauty. It seems that all is hopeless, until she bumps into Mark Kendall.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Directors: Frank Oz

Writers: Howard Ashman (screenplay), Howard Ashman (based on the musical play "Little Shop of Horrors")

Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia

Story: A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Other Films In Series: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

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Beetlejuice (1988)

Directors: Tim Burton

Writers: Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson

Stars: Alec Baldwin,  Geena Davis,  Michael Keaton

Story: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Burbs (1989)

Directors: Joe Dante

Writers: Dana Olsen

Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher

Story: An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Directors: Fran Rubel Kuzui

Writers: Joss Whedon

Stars: Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, Luke Perry

Story: A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Death Becomes Her (1992)

Directors: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: Martin Donovan, David Koepp

Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

Story: When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Mars Attacks! (1996)

Directors: Tim Burton

Writers: Len Brown, Wally Wood, Woody Gelman & Bob Powell (trading card series), Jonathan Gems (screenplay)

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker

Story: Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Scary Movie (2000)

Directors: Keenen Ivory Wayans

Writers: Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans

Stars: Anna Faris, Jon Abrahams, Marlon Wayans

Story: A year after disposing of the body of a man they accidentally killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer.

Other Films In Series: Scary Movie 2 (2001), Scary Movie 3 (2003), Scary Movie 4 (2006), Scary Movie 5 (2013)

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Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Directors: Don Coscarelli

Writers: Joe R. Lansdale (short story), Don Coscarelli (screenplay)

Stars: Bruce Campbell,  Ossie Davis,  Ella Joyce

Story: Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.

Other Films In Series: None.


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Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Directors: Edgar Wright

Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Stars: Simon Pegg,  Nick Frost,  Kate Ashfield

Story: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Fido (2006)

Directors: Andrew Currie

Writers: Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie

Stars: Kesun Loder, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss

Story: Timmy Robinson's best friend in the whole wide world is a six-foot tall rotting zombie named Fido. But when FIDO eats the next-door neighbor, Mom and Dad hit the roof, and Timmy has to go to the ends of the earth to keep Fido a part of the family. A boy-and-his-dog movie for grown ups, "FIDO" will rip your heart out.

Other Films In Series: None.

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

Directors: Scott Glosserman

Writers: Scott Glosserman, David J. Stieve

Stars: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein, Robert Englund

Story: The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.

Other Films In Series: None.


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Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Directors: Karyn Kusama

Writers: Diablo Cody

Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody

Story: A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Other Films In Series: None.

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Zombieland (2009)

Directors: Ruben Fleischer

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg,  Emma Stone,  Woody Harrelson

Story: A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

Other Films In Series: Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

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Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

Directors: Eli Craig

Writers: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson

Stars: Tyler Labine,  Alan Tudyk,  Katrina Bowden

Story: Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are attacked by a group of preppy college kids.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Paul (2011)

Directors: Greg Mottola

Writers: Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen

Story: Two English comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51.

Other Films In Series: None.

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John Dies at the End (2012)

Directors: Don Coscarelli

Writers: Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by), David Wong (based on the story by)

Stars: Chase Williamson,  Rob Mayes,  Paul Giamatti

Story: A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Other Films In Series: None.

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Warm Bodies (2013)

Directors: Jonathan Levine

Writers: Isaac Marion (novel), Jonathan Levine (screenplay)

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich

Story: After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The World's End (2013)

Directors: Edgar Wright

Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman

Story: Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity's only hope for survival.

Other Films In Series: None.

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All Cheerleaders Die (2013)

Directors: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson

Writers: Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson

Stars: Sidney Allison, Charon R. Arnold, Shay Astar

Story: A rebel girl signs up a group of cheerleaders to help her take down the captain of their high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events thrusts the girls into a different battle.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Cooties (2014)

Directors: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Writers: Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan

Stars: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill

Story: A mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the kids into a feral swarm of mass savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives.

Other Films In Series: None,

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Housebound (2014)

Directors: Gerard Johnstone

Writers: Gerard Johnstone

Stars: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru

Story: A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Wolfcop (2014)

Directors: Lowell Dean

Writers: Lowell Dean

Stars: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind

Story: As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.

Other Films In Series: Another WolfCop (2017)

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What We Do In The Shadows (2015)

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Writers: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer

Story: A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months. The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Babysitter (2017)

Directors: McG

Writers: Brian Duffield

Stars: Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell

Story: The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.

Other Films In Series: The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020

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