Friday List: Hilarious horror movies
With Halloween a little more than a week away, we're back with our fourth Halloween-themed Friday List of the month. This time we've put together a rundown of 10 of the funniest horror movies on film -- movies that either intentionally or unintentionally caused as many shrieks of laughter as, well, just plain old shrieks.
We've included some obvious titles below ("Scream") as well as some less conventional picks that hopefully will send you to your Netflix queues in search of some pants-wettingly funny scares.
After the jump, read our picks.
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"Trilogy of Terror" (Unintentional): Yes, we included this in our list of childhood wreckers, too. When viewed at age 8, a murderous Zuni fetish doll is terrifying. After age 15, not so much. The sound effects alone in this 1975 masterpiece are enough to send me into painful, yet satisfying, peals of laughter.
For more fun with living dolls, see: "Chuckie" and "Poltergeist"
"Leprechaun" (Unintentional): That Jennifer Aniston is a laugh riot. Especially in all those great "Friends" episodes in which she fumbles through her feelings for Ross with her cute hairdo and pouty lips. Well, those lips got their unintentionally comic start in 1993's "Leprechaun" where Aniston spent 92 minutes battling a diminutive Irish stereotype.
For more semi-A-list actresses in ridiculous horrific roles, see: Renee Zellweger in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" and Katherine Heigl in "Bride of Chucky."
"Scream" (intentional): The scariest thing to come out of this franchise might have been the marriage of Courteney Cox and David Arquette (coming soon to divorce court), but the first installment remains utterly watchable for it's alternating moments of terror and terribly funny moments. And who can forget that "Scream" mask, which remains a Halloween staple for costume shops?
Interested in more "Scream?" See: the three sequels.
"Bad Ronald" (unintentional): Tagline: "The Wilby place is haunted... by a ghost who isn't dead!" Because in this 1974 made-for-TV shocker, Ronald is a teenager (one in dire need of a shower) who was hidden away in a spare room of a house after accidentally killing a schoolmate. Hilarity ensues when his mother dies and a new family moves in, leaving Ronald no choice but to terrorize them by acting like a creepy teenager. Lucky us, we can watch the entire movie online:
For more made-for-TV horror, see: this list of the top 10 made-for-TV horror movies of all time (which, questionably, doesn't include "Bad Ronald.")
"Baghead" (intentional): What happens when four struggling actors spend a weekend at a remote cabin to make their own indie horror flick? Well, a truly terrifying guy with a bag on his head shows up and suddenly the fright, and the laughs, kick into high gear. Look for Greta Gerwig, the mumblecore crossover, who was last seen opposite Ben Stiller in "Greenberg" and will join Russell Brand in his "Arthur" remake.
For more indie horror hilarity, this time of the retro-unintentional variety, try: "The Legend of Boggy Creek."
"Troll 2" (unintentional): What's the worst movie ever made? The debate currently comes down to two "masterpieces": "The Room" and this 1990 movie, which is called "Troll 2" despite the fact that it's not a sequel to "Troll" and contains no trolls or troll references whatsoever. (They're goblins, people. Goblins.) But why continue describing it when the beloved "Oh My God" moment says it all?
For more "Troll 2" deliciousness, see: The well-reviewed "Best Worst Movie," a documentary about the legacy of "Troll 2."
"Shaun of the Dead" (intentional): The first -- as far as we can recall -- movie to define itself as a zombie romantic comedy, or zom-rom-com, Edgar Wright's pop-culture-riffing tale about a pair of slackers swatting off the undead set a standard for scary comedy that's tough to match.
For more zombie comedy, see: "Zombieland."
"Evil Dead II" (intentional): Sam Raimi is the master of the ridiculous/gory/terrifying movie hat trick, a fact he firmly established with this 1987 cabin-in-the-woods sequel, starring the possessed Bruce Campbell and his chainsaw arm. Groovy.
For more Raimi shenanigans, see: "The Evil Dead," "Army of Darkness" and "Drag Me to Hell."
"Piranha" (some intentional, some not): This 1978 campy riff on "Jaws" is all kinds of ridiculous. It made us laugh. But I am pretty sure it didn't make anyone live in fear of suffering from a piranha attack while visiting a lakeside resort.
For more "Piranha"-fueled bedlam, see: "Piranha 3-D," if you can find a theater still showing it. Otherwise, you may have to wait until it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in January.
"Night of the Comet" (mostly intentional): When two Valley Girls survive a zombie-pocalypse, their next move is obvious: go shopping. Funny at the time, and funnier now for retro nostalgia reasons, "Night of the Comet" would make a nice double-feature with the aforementioned "Shaun of the Dead."
For more teen-girl horror, try: The underrated "Jennifer's Body."
Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly
| October 22, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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