Best horror comedy movies of all time: Happy Death Day, Ready or Not, etc

Best horror comedy movies of all time: Happy Death Day, Ready or Not, etc

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Text: Emily Heng

It's ironic how you don't have to go to the movies to get your fair share of frights anymore. As 2020 proves, turning on the news is more than enough to make anyone feel unduly terrified. Bearing this in mind, it stands to reason that that you'd prefer some lighthearted fare in these unprecedented times — yes, even when it comes to the spookiest month of the year. And that's where horror comedy flicks come in. Think of it as a winning amalgamation of scream-fest and side-splitting humour; satire of the cliché-filled horror genre. Oftentimes underscored with sharp dialogue and subverted tropes, you're guaranteed a twisty-good time with these acclaimed picks. Ready? Lay back, get cosy, and stream on.

Happy Death Day

Described as Groundhog Day meets Scream, this black comedy sees a college student relive the day of her death over and over again until she solves her own murder. The feather in its cap proves to be the razor-sharp dialogue and acerbic performance by comedy alum, Jessica Rothe.


Ready or Not

The 95-minute thriller might be released under the Disney banner, but don't let it fool you into a sense of complacency. Ready or Not is packed full of jump scares and carnage where a bride-to-be has to participate in a grisly game of hide-and-seek to earn her acceptance into her spouse's family. Losing results in death. Talk about sky-high stakes, huh?


The Cabin in the Woods

Arguably one of the smartest horror movies of all time, The Cabin in the Woods holds a 92% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes for good reason. It takes tried-and-true tropes and turns them all on their head, with a typical horror movie set-up — teenagers hanging out at a remote cabin! — being the result of scientists manipulating events from an underground facility. Why? Well, that's for us to know and for you to find out.


Jennifer's Body

Megan Fox is a walking nightmare in this cult-classic film that spawned iconic lines in the vein of "Hell is a teenage girl" and "PMS isn't real, Needy." Admittedly, the premise of a virgin-sacrifice-turned-demonic-spawn is a tad trite, but we'd say that the title redeems itself with hilarious one-liners and pitch-perfect performances.


The Final Girls

Fans of the slasher genre are sure to adore this '80s-inspired flick. Horror veteran, Taissa Farmiga, plays a student grieving the loss of her mother, a notable scream queen actress most known for her role in 1986 movie, Camp Bloodbath. While attending a special double-feature showing of Camp Bloodbath, a fire breaks out, causing Max (Farminga) and her friends to get sucked in the movie. Hilarity and horror (naturally) ensue.