31 More Campy, Cheesy Horror Films for Halloween
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If you enjoyed 31 Campy, Cheesy 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 each one based on it making 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 suggestions from commenters on my previous article, and as always, feel free to sound off in the comments section below.
31 Comedic Horror Movies to Lead 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) - Starring Catherine Mary Stewart
Is this a gratuitous bad 80s movie? Like, totally. I recommend having a couple of cocktails prior to viewing it. You might recognize a couple of the actors, but the story is flimsy, and the protagonists are just plain goofy.
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) - Starring Toni Collette, Adam Scott, David Koechner, and Conchata Ferrell
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.
5. Drag Me to Hell (2009) - Starring Justin Long and Alison Lohman
Written (with Ivan Raimi) and directed by Sam Raimi, this film has all of the classic elements fans love. It'll gross you out, make you laugh, and keep you thoroughly entertained. See if you can catch the allusions to the Evil Dead trilogy.
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) - Written by Stephen King & Directed by George A. Romero
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.
8. Zombeavers (2014) - Featuring Rex Linn, Bill Burr, and John Mayer
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 of the 31. It kept me giggling, and I can't say I regret having watched it.
9. Night of the Creeps (1986) - Starring Tom Atkins, Wally Taylor, and Jason Lively
Aliens, a serial killer, and zombies; what more could you want in one film? The characters are likeable, and there are some memorable one-liners. For me it's not one of the most unforgettable films, but I enjoyed it.
10. Piranha (1978) - Directed by Joe Dante
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.
11. Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990) - Starring Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater, Julianne Moore, James Remar and Rae Dawn Chong
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.
12. The Evil Dead (1981) Starring Bruce Campbell
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.
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13. An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) Starring Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy
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.
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 likeable as a Catholic priest at a satanic ritual, 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) - Starring Louis Gossett Jr., Dennis Quaid, and Bess Armstrong
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. The shark's mother.
16. Arachnophobia (1990) - Starring Jeff Daniels and Harley Jane Kozak
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.
17. Sssssss (1973) - Starring Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict
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.
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) - Starring Ian Ziering and Tara Reid
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.
20. Deep Blue Sea (1999) - Starring Thomas Jane and Samuel L. Jackson
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.
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) - Starring Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, and Jennifer Lopez
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.
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23. The Blob (1988) - Starring Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith
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.
24. Eight Legged Freaks (2002) Starring David Arquette and Kari Wuhrer
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.
25. Child's Play (1988) Starring Chris Sarandon and Catherine Hicks
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.
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) with Jack Nance and Mariska Hargitay
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.
28. Deep Rising (1998) Starring Treat Williams and Famke Janssen
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.
29. Re-Animator (1985) Starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton
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.
30. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever (2009) Directed by Ti West
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?
31. Shocker (1989) Starring Mitch Pileggi and Peter Berg
Other 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.
Can't Get Enough?
In case you missed it, check out my first list, 31 Campy, Cheesy Horror Films for Halloween. It's got even more of the best (and worst) comedic horror movies for your viewing pleasure.
Questions & Answers
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?
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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