Although my hatred of horror-comedies is almost legendary, there are actually some horror-comedies which I like.
1. A Serbian Film (2010)
"An aging porn star agrees to participate in an 'art film' in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film."
Absolutely hilarious from start to finish.
My favourite scene other than when Vukmir majestically reveals his "Newborrrrrrn Porrrrrrn!" is when the brothers high-five each other.
2. Grotesque (2009)
"An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life together and forces them into a game of torment that slowly extinguishes their hopes for survival."
Full of so many lulz, it's hard to find a bit which isn't side-splitting. This is easily the greatest Japanese horror-comedy ever made! Torture has never been so much fun!
3. The Human Centipede (2009)
"A mad scientist kidnaps and mutilates a trio of tourists in order to reassemble them into a new 'pet' - a human centipede, created by stitching their mouths to each others' rectums."
An ass-to-mouth gag gleefully carried to its extremes.
Love it, love it, love it!
4. The Human Centipede 2 (2011)
"Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy."
Brilliant in its un-politically correct humour.
I almost wet myself laughing at this sequel. The baby-squishing moment is the best!
5. Mum & Dad (2008)
"Mum and Dad, and their 'adopted' children, Birdie & Elbie, work at the airport. The family live off whatever they scavenge from cargo holds, offices and hotels - including a steady stream of transient workers who populate the airport's soulless hub."
It would have scored higher if it wasn't so much like a documentary about everyday life in Britain, but it's worthy of Mike Leigh in places.
Olga Fedori is hot in it too!
6. I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
"An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge."
One of the most frolicsome movies of the 1970s.
Rape has never been so funny unless you're being raped by a clown, and there's even one of those in the form of retarded Matthew. Merriment ensues.
7. Teeth (2007)
"Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence."
Vagina Dentata!!! How could that fail to be comical in any way?
Even funnier is that fact that Wal-mart banned "Teeth" from their shelves once they found out what the movie was about! Prudes!
8. Girly (1970)
"A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered."
Everything about this movie makes me happy.
The late, great Freddie Francis directed it, and the also late Vanessa Howard is gorgeous throughout.
9. Roman (2006)
"A lonely young man's obsession with his neighbor gets the best of him, resulting in a murder, a cover-up... and a potential new romance?"
It's kind of like "Very Bad Things" but with actual comedy... and some tragedy.
Easily the best Angela Bettis and Lucky McKee collaboration to date.
10. Gremlins (1984)
"A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town."
More of guilty pleasure movie than a real horror-comedy, but I do like the gremlins themselves.
It's such a pity that it's meant for little kids.