Sara is a horror movie fanatic, and Halloween is her favorite holiday. She also has a compulsion for making lists.
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If you enjoyed "The Best Comedy Horror Films for Halloween", you're sure to be amused by this second comprehensive list of cinematic masterpieces. That's a grand total of 62 selections (65 if you count the bonus picks) to choose from for maximum viewing pleasure.
Not everyone will agree with each selection being comedic or groan-inducing, and that's okay; I chose these movies because each one made me laugh or roll my eyes rather than scaring me. Some of these films were meant to have that effect . . . others not so much. Thanks for the reader suggestions on my previous article, and as always, feel free to share your favorites in the comments section below.
31 Comedic Horror Movies to Last You Through October
- Black Sheep
- Night of the Comet
- Drag Me to Hell
- Killer klowns from Outer Space
- Night of the Creeps
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
- The Evil Dead
- An American Werewolf in Paris
- Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead
- Jaws 3-D
- Friday the 13th Part III
- Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
- Deep Blue Sea
- Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
- The Blob
- Eight Legged Freaks
- Child's Play
- Deep Rising
- Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
1. Black Sheep (2006)
A scientific experiment gone wrong, killer sheep, a family rift, a budding romance, and, of course, the quest to restore order - that about sums it up. It wouldn't make any top ten list of mine, but it's actually pretty funny.
2. Night of the Comet (1984)
Is this a gratuitous bad 80s movie? Like, totally. I recommend having a couple of cocktails prior to viewing it. If you grew up in the 80s, you might recognize a couple of the actors (Catherine Mary Stewart from Weekend at Bernie's for instance). However, the story is flimsy, and the protagonists are just plain goofy.
Starring: Catherine Mary Stewart
3. Housebound (2014)
Every once in a while, I watch a comedy-horror film and am thrilled to discover that it exceeds my expectations. This is one of those rare treasures. If you're a fan of the genre, don't miss this New Zealand gem. It's clever, playful, original, well-acted, and the characters are endearing.
4. Krampus (2015)
Krampus is basically the opposite of Santa Claus; you do not want him coming down your chimney. Even though this movie pulls a few punches, it's not bad. It's amusing, the acting is good, and it even has a few laugh-out-loud moments.
Starring: Toni Collette, Adam Scott, David Koechner, and Conchata Ferrell
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5. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
6. Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
The title truly tells you everything you need to know. It's so awful, I couldn't stop watching. I don't like clowns either, but the writers must have gone to the circus on LSD or something. Look for a few familiar faces, including John Vernon and comedian Christopher Titus.
7. Creepshow (1982)
Five fantastical stories acted out by an all-star cast (including King himself, Ted Danson, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, and Leslie Nielsen) will take you on a wild, fun-filled ride. I hadn't seen this in years, but I watched it again while writing this article. I was glad I did.
Writer: Stephen King
Director: George A. Romero
8. Zombeavers (2014)
Zombified beavers terrorize a group of college students trying to enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway. Yes, this film is as ridiculous as the title implies, but it's certainly not the worst on this list. It kept me giggling, and I can't say I regret having watched it.
Featuring: Rex Linn, Bill Burr, and John Mayer
9. Night of the Creeps (1986)
Aliens, a serial killer, and zombies; what more could you want in one film? The characters are likable, and there are some memorable one-liners. For me, it's not one of the most unforgettable films, but I enjoyed it.
Starring: Tom Atkins, Wally Taylor, and Jason Lively
10. Piranha (1978)
Ravenous fish with razor-sharp teeth feast on vacationers attempting to enjoy some time on the water. Try and watch the trailer without giggling. If older films turn you off, check out the 2010 version; it's even better, and it has a great cast.
Director: Joe Dante
11. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)
A wraparound story segues into three separate tales: "Cat from Hell" written by Stephen King with screenplay by George A. Romero, "Lot 249" by Arthur Conan Doyle with screenplay by Michael McDowell. and "Lover's Vow" written by Michael McDowell. The fantastic stories and less-than-stellar visual effects add just the right amount of cheese.
Starring: Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater, Julianne Moore, James Remar, and Rae Dawn Chong
12. The Evil Dead (1981)
Written and directed by Sam Raimi, this is the first part of the low-budget, cult classic trilogy. Things go terribly wrong for Ash and a group of his friends when they arrive at a secluded cabin for some downtime. In my opinion, each of these films is better than the previous one, so it's the opposite of most horror movies which tend to get worse with each sequel.
Starring: Bruce Campbell
13. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
Featuring Julie Bowen and Vince Vieluf, this film is based on characters originally created by John Landis. It's a continuation of An American Werewolf in London; of course, there's more action and special effects. Our original American werewolf fathered a daughter with the nurse he fell in love with. Their daughter is a werewolf in Paris who becomes the love interest of our new American protagonist.
Starring: Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy
14. Wrong Turn 3: Left For Dead (2009)
Ever start watching a cannibal movie and find yourself hoping that there are no survivors at the end? These characters are about as appealing as trout-flavored ice cream, which makes watching their creative, grizzly deaths a little less unpleasant. Still, I wish I hadn't wasted an hour and a half of my time taking it in. If you're all about the gore, this one's for you, but don't expect anything else from it.
15. Jaws 3-D (1983)
Lea Thompson landed her first movie role in this under-rated 80s sequel filmed in Orlando, Florida. A combination of Sea World, a ridiculous giant shark, and ineffective 3-D make for a fun time. The carnage begins when two great whites manage to get inside the theme park. When the first shark is captured, a marine biologist realizes it's the shark's mother they need to deal with. That's right; the shark's mama is on a rampage.
Starring: Louis Gossett Jr., Dennis Quaid, and Bess Armstrong
16. Arachnophobia (1990)
Directed by Frank Marshall, this engaging and rather light-hearted movie also features John Goodman, Julian Sands, and other familiar faces. It probably goes without saying that anyone terrified of spiders should skip this one. I've seen this more than once. After the first viewing, I was imagining spiders everywhere for about a week.
Starring: Jeff Daniels and Harley Jane Kozak
17. Sssssss (1973)
An evil scientist named Dr. Stoner develops a serum to turn humans into king cobras. Because, that's far more worthwhile than finding a cure for cancer or some such frivolous nonsense. If you watched The A-Team in the 80s, you'll recognize Dirk Benedict as the young lab assistant. I saw this once when I was a kid, and after watching the trailer, I'm not sure I can put myself through it a second time. This might be a good one to watch with a group of friends, so that everyone can comment and laugh throughout.
Starring: Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict
18. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
The third Camp Crystal Lake slash-fest starts to move away from scary and lean more toward trashy. The premise is pretty much the same as in the first two films, only our group of young adults has incurred the wrath of some bikers. Of course, that means extra work for our relentless slasher.
19. Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No! (2015)
Frankie Muniz and Bo Derek have supporting roles, and there are too many celebrity cameos to mention. While not without a few belly-laughs (and a lot of groans), this Syfy original is too much. It's as if the film-makers tried to cram every absurdity they could think of into each scene.
Starring: Ian Ziering and Tara Reid
20. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
The rest of the cast includes Michael Rapaport, Stellan Skarsgard, and LL Cool J. Well-written and engaging, this film about the dangers of scientists messing around with nature is worth watching more than once. We're talking genetically enhanced, highly intelligent sharks on the loose in an underwater lab.
Starring: Thomas Jane and Samuel L. Jackson
21. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
Easily the campiest flick on the list, this story of mutated, murderous tomatoes barely qualifies as a horror movie. It's hilarious, and it reminds me of comedies like Airplane. My only complaint is that there are scenes where the dialogue becomes a song. Ugh.
22. Anaconda (1997)
Other cast members include John Voight, Ice Cube, and Danny Trejo. Maybe it's just the thought of a giant snake that can swallow a person whole, but this one actually creeped me out a little. It's still laughable though.
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, and Jennifer Lopez
23. The Blob (1988)
Also with Jeffrey DeMunn, Donovan Leitch Jr., Candy Clark, and other recognizable faces. I've never seen the original 1958 classic starring Steve McQueen, but the 1988 remake is watchable. A flesh-eating blob from outer-space terrorizes a small town.
Starring: Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith
24. Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Other recognizable faces include Leon Rippy, Scarlett Johansson, and Doug. E. Doug. This tale of giant, mutated spiders is gross, funny, action-packed, and outrageous. I couldn't believe I had never seen it prior to writing this article.
Starring: David Arquette and Kari Wuhrer
25. Child's Play (1988)
A serial killer's consciousness inhabits a little boy's life-size doll; murder and mayhem of the cheesiest kind ensue. All I can say is that I've seen worse. Also, I'm not usually a fan of reimagined films, but the 2019 version was much better than the critics gave it credit for.
Starring: Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks
26. Frankenhooker (1990)
You won't find any A-list celebs in this Frankenstein-like tale. If you're looking for a good time, however, you've found the right movie.
27. Ghoulies (1984)
Here's what happens when you decide to conjure demons at your housewarming party instead of just playing drinking games. This is so bad it's good.
Starring: Jack Nance and Mariska Hargitay
28. Deep Rising (1998)
Other cast members of note include Wes Studi, Djimon Hounsou, and Anthony Heald. No list of campy horror films would be complete without at least one colossal-tentacled-sea-creature movie, and this one is charming. I've seen it a few times, and I highly recommend it.
Starring: Treat Williams and Famke Janssen
29. Re-Animator (1985)
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this one is both disturbing and funny. As the title suggests, it has sort of a Frankenstein thing going on.
Starring: Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton
30. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009)
Starring Rider Strong and Michael Bowen. Once again, there's something in the water, but part two is much different from the original. It's delightfully disgusting and isn't meant to be taken seriously at all. Did I mention it's disgusting?
Director: Ti West
31. Shocker (1989)
Recognizable faces include John Tesh, Ted Raimi, and Heather Langenkamp. Written and directed by Wes Craven, this is the tale of a vicious killer who dies in the electric chair and then comes back (through electricity, of course) for revenge.
Starring: Mitch Pileggi and Peter Berg
Can't Get Enough?
In case you missed it, check out my first list, The Best Comedy Horror Films to Binge This Halloween. It's got even more of the best (and worst) comedic horror movies for your viewing pleasure.
Questions & Answers
Question: I've been looking for a movie for years and years. I think it's from late 70's or the early 80's. All I can remember is that towards the end, this guy seems to be finally escaping this dark, creepy village only to get into this car and be taken back to the village. I can't remember any actors names, but I remember being on the edge of my seat. I think it's probably very obscure. Do you have any idea of what it may be?
Answer: The only thing that comes to mind is an old Twilight Zone episode. Have you tried posting your question on Reddit? The users can be very helpful when asked about topics that they're passionate about. If anyone else reading this has any idea at all what it might be, feel free to chime in.
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Sara Krentz (author) from USA on July 11, 2017:
I'm sure they'd forgive you; it wouldn't be the first time someone mixed up a couple of actors. I've seen some brilliantly done campy movies; camp doesn't always equal "bad". Admittedly, there are some real stinkers out there though. Thanks for informing me that there's a sequel. I can't wait!
Movie Whisperer from Moreton Bay, Queensland on July 11, 2017:
LOL dangit - then I go and confuse Samuel L Jackson with Morgan Freeman and I'm sure they would also have something to say about that. I wasn't quite awake nor had finished my coffee when I wrote that. Dulls my point a bit - I have found it is included as cheesy on the internet a little, but I am unsure why. Perhaps I equate Cheese and Camp with Bad. I just thought it was good and different for it's time and am on the edge of my seat that a sequel is about to be released.
Sara Krentz (author) from USA on July 11, 2017:
Thank you for pointing out my mistake; it's a cringe-worthy one, and I will fix it immediately. May I point out that Morgan Freeman is not in Deep Blue Sea? I did enjoy that film immensely, it's just the idea of genius sharks seems a bit cheesy to me. Thank you so much for reading and taking time to comment. : )
Movie Whisperer from Moreton Bay, Queensland on July 11, 2017:
Ive hardly seen any of these because I dont like Sharknado, Ash or cheese but Ive seen the Chucky's, Arachnaphobia, Housebound and a few others. May I say, Housebound is Not Australian... its New Zealand which is like saying Hawaii is the USA. I disagree with Deep Blue Sea being at all cheesy, its a great classic horror movie - anything with Morgan Feeman shouldn't be in any sentences with the word cheese. There are plenty of poopy shark movies you could have listed instead of that. Other than those two points - great list.
Ryan from Louisiana, USA on July 10, 2017:
A few good ones on this list. Many of these I have not seen.