We are now in the month of October… the month where everyone is carving pumpkins, stocking up candy and picking out the perfect costumes for Halloween night, but in my opinion, I think we underrate the most important thing about Halloween… THE MOVIES! I’ve spent the last few weeks watching movies and building a list of the top ten comedy scary movies. Why comedy/scary because sometimes we have loved ones that want to see something scary but get chicken out when it comes to films like The Shining, IT and Annabelle Please remember this is my personal list of the top ten funniest horror movies to watch during Halloween.
#10 Cooties (2014). This movie was not on my radar when I started this list and it was recommended to me by a friend. The movie is about Elementary-school teachers (Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson) who come under attack from children who have been turned into vicious monsters by contaminated chicken nuggets. This movie is extremely cheesy but if you’re a fan of the office or even enjoy Lord of the Rings with Elijah Wood then you’ll enjoy this gory zombie movie with a few laughs along the way.
#9 Scary Movie (2000). What is there not to like about Scary Movie it has some of the funniest scenes for a horror movie including jokes on ghostface from the movie scream. This movie is about six friends – Cindy Campbell, Bobby Prinze, Buffy Gilmore, Greg Phillipe, Ray Wilkins, and Brenda Meeks – are being stalked by a serial killer. A serial killer that is after them because of an accident they caused last Halloween. A serial killer that seems to have come out of every other scary movie. The body count has already started with Drew Decker, the local town slut, and it’s starting to build up. The friends are going to have to escape from both the killer’s clutches and annoying news reporter Gail Hailstorm if they plan on living to the sequel. If you are in the mood for tons of laughs and just a little bit of horror this movie is for you and even though they are a total of four movies in the franchise this is definitely the one to watch.
#8 Tucker and Dale Vs Evil (2011). Tucker and Dale Vs Evil is one of the best spoof movies that I have ever seen, especially when it comes to the cast. Tucker, who is played by Alan Tudyk, you’ve seen him in tv shows like Firefly and movies like Serenity. The movie is about two hillbillies that are working on a vacation home when a group of clueless college kids mistake them as killers. The movie is extremely well done by showing how simple accidents out at the farm could manifest into college kids thinking that Tucker and Dale really are killers. There’s a lot of laughs and some funny death scenes but be warned! The scene where Tucker and Dale show the Sheriff that the girl is ok will make you laugh pretty hard!
#7 Beetlejuice (1988). Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. Say Beetlejuice three times and watch Beetlejuice, played by Micheal Keation, come to life! Beetlejuice is about the story of Adam and Barbara who live in a beautiful house in New England. One day while driving home they are involved in a terrible auto accident. They manage to walk home only to discover later they have died and now haunt their house. When their house is purchased by an out of state family, they feel their home is threatened by the over-the-top artist wife and real-estate idea-man husband. Their only relief is the gothic daughter of the family. Their attempts at scaring the family out of the house are ignored or laughed at. Finally, they fall to the temptation to use the people-exorciser Beetlejuice. When they find his tactics too dangerous, they attempt to contain him and save the family they were trying to boot. This is without a doubt a classic movie for Halloween. If you haven’t seen this movie you must make it apart of your Halloween list for 2019.
#6 Zombieland (2009). The best movie in my list when it comes to family, zombies and a love story all wrapped up into one funny movie with a bunch of strict rules to stay alive made by Columbis played by Jesse Eisenberg. This pretty rad movie is about After, a virus turns most people into zombies. The world’s surviving humans remain locked in an ongoing battle against the hungry undead. Four survivors — Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and his cohorts Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) — abide by a list of survival rules and zombie-killing strategies as they make their way toward a rumored safe haven in Los Angeles. This movie is my all-time favorite Woody Harrelson movie of all time, and let’s not forget the long-awaited sequel Zombieland 2 hits theatres October 18, 2019. Make sure to keep an eye out for my review on the movie in our November issue.
#5 Shaun of the Dead (2004). Directed by the legendary Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead is about Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence. When he’s not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton). Shaun of the Dead is without a doubt a cult classic and a great date night movie to watch. The movie is full of laughs and a few jumps to keep things interesting.
#4 Young Frankenstein (1974). This Mel Brooks film is the perfect movie to watch while carving pumpkins and eating pizza. Young Frankenstein is about respected medical lecturer Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) learns he has inherited his infamous grandfather’s estate in Transylvania. Arriving at the castle, Dr. Frankenstein soon begins to recreate his grandfather’s experiments with the help of servants Igor (Marty Feldman), Inga (Teri Garr) and the fearsome Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman). After he creates his own monster (Peter Boyle), new complications ensue with the arrival of the doctor’s fiancée, Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn). Heads up when you see this movie it’s in black and white and Gene Wilder’s name is Frokensteen not Frankenstein!
#3 Ghostbusters (1984). “We came we saw we kicked its ass” Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murry). This movie stands out from the crowd because it’s the only movie in my top ten list that involves ghosts and a bunch of amazing one liner by Bill Murry. This Ghostbusting movie is about the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) who lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City. They decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. This movie will make you laugh from the beginning scenes with the ghost in the library to the final fight against the Giant marshmallow man. It also teaches us the number one rule about ghostbusting NEVER cross the streams.
#2 A Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015). This movie came out of nowhere for me. I saw one trailer and laughed so hard, I had to watch the movie. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is about what could possibly go wrong when three buddies (Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan) decide to join the Boy Scouts? When bloodthirsty, undead ghouls invade their once-peaceful town, it’s up to kindhearted Ben, quick-witted Carter and class clown Augie to save the day. With help from Denise (Sarah Dumont), a beautiful but tough cocktail waitress, the boys must put their scouting skills to the ultimate test to save mankind and earn their zombie-killing badges. The final fight scene with the zombies is without a doubt the most intense scene in a zombie movie with Rock You Like A Hurricane playing in the background. If you watch this movie, turn the volume up when you hear that song and enjoy the fight scene and remember scouts’ rule!
#1 Army of Darkness (1992). The sequel to the Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2, Army of darkness is about Ash Williams who is transported back to medieval days, where he is captured by the dreaded Lord Arthur. Aided by the deadly chainsaw that has become his only friend, Ash is sent on a perilous mission to recover the Book of the Dead, a powerful tome that gives its owner the power to summon an army of ghouls and to find a way to get himself home. This movie is ranked number one in my list due to the fact that the story is original with so much to offer from incredible action scenes to a funny fight scene with his evil self. Bruce Campbell who plays Ash gives the ultimate performance balancing this funny clueless guy and this warrior with a chainsaw arm and sawed-off shotgun battling evil and saying lines like “Groovy” and “Hail to the king baby”
I hope you enjoy my picks for Halloween movies to watch and enjoy the scary jumps and the laughs keep me posted if there are any movies I missed or should watch, shoot me a message on my twitter @ParzivalWyo