44 Very Funny Horror Movies To Watch Right Now

When the original Scream came out in 1996, it was a runaway hit. Yes, it was a pitch-perfect genre film, jumpstarting a mid-90s renaissance for the slasher subgenre of horror movies, but the reason Wes Craven’s film really worked (along with its subsequent sequels and spin-offs) was its unique tone—it wasn’t just scary, but self-referential, and quite funny too. It wasn’t just a slasher film (though it was masterful even at just that), but a deconstruction of the entire idea of slasher films. It represented the duality that all the best spoofs do: it poked fun at certain aspects of a genre, while simultaneously itself being a more-than-worthy entry in that very genre. Scream represented two moods that often go together like the yin and the yang: very funny, and very scary.

The combination of funny and scary didn’t start with Scream, though. Not all horror comedies have to work this way. Sometimes it can just be a memorable bit of comic relief in an otherwise heavy movie. Other times it can be just a general “how did we possibly get here” feeling. Some might be comedy by design, using the backdrop of a horror or a monster movie to make some juxtaposition magic. A lot of movies aren’t necessarily “funny” on purpose, but the camp factor make it impossible to not watch, embrace, and love for the imperfect mess it is. There are a lot of ways to get there, but it’s not uncommon to be gasping with terror and laughing from your belly within the same breath.

S0 we pulled together a list of some of the best movies that have the capability of doing both things—making you scared, and also making you really crack up. Embrace the funny, embrace the horror—it’s fun, we promise.

1

Scream (1996)

As we described in the intro, there might not be a more perfect funny horror movie than Scream. This 1996 movie had it all: thrills, laughs, and a perfect cast of the era. A horror movie that knows all about horror movies? Perfect. Teens who are smarter than they seem? It knows, it really knows! And that opening scene with Drew Barrymore might be one of the most iconic horror openings ever.

We’re only listing the first film, but the entire Scream franchise is genius—and we’re already biding our time until Scream 5 (due out in early 2022, and officially called, yes, Scream).

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2

Freaky (2020)

You may have missed it because it came out in the weird-ass-time-for-a-movie-to-come-out era of late 2020, but Freaky is a super, super fun horror/comedy re-imagining of Freaky Friday. In this version, a serial killer (Vince Vaughn) and a teenage girl (Kathryn Newton) switch bodies. So, yes, we get Vince Vaughn acting like a teenage girl for the vast majority of the movie. It has some great kills, a compelling (and self-aware) story, good acting across the board, and a small role for Succession (and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) star Alan Ruck. Can’t ask for much more!

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3

The Hunt (2020)

The Hunt is a star-studded horror/thriller/comedy that opens on a bunch of people who wake up with amnesia and a big gag in their mouth. Turns out, they’re being hunted for sport. Not ideal! The movie makes some attempts at social satire that don’t really work, but Glow star Betty Gilpin is 100% badass in the lead role, and the supporting cast includes the likes of Glenn Howerton, Hillary Swank, Justin Hartley, Emma Roberts, and Ike Barinholtz. The movie’s over-the-top violence and removed demeanor make it a more-than-worthy entry in this genre.

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4

Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Just to get it out of the way: Sleepaway Camp is not trying to be funny. At least, I don’t think so. But what it is instead is the prototypical extremely dumb and extremely campy ’80s slasher flick that is super chaotic and fun to watch, and perhaps even more fun to talk about and make fun of afterwards. For extra fun, you should listen to the Sleepaway Camp episode of How Did This Get Made? after watching. Great fun.

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5

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

Like Sleepaway Camp, The Slumber Party Massacre is another very outrageous ’80s slasher, except this one is almost kinda funny on purpose? But not really. The title kind of tells you all you need to know about the plot, but it’s worth knowing that the movie was conceived and written as a semi-self aware and humorous take on the genre, but shot completely in earnest. So, uh, it makes it kind of fun!

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6

Child’s Play (1988)

The Child’s Play films get off to a fittingly chaotic start with the first movie in the series, Child’s Play. The movie has since spawned six sequels, a 2019 reboot, and 2021 will see the start of a Chucky series airing on USA and SyFy. That’s a lot of damage for an evil little toy! The movie is a well-made horror that hits just the right camp buttons. Worth your time to watch whichever of these you can get access to.

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7

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

While the original Nightmare on Elm Street is certainly the best movie in the franchise overall, there comes a point in the franchise’s many sequels where Freddy Krueger begins to seemingly be less worried about horrifying people and more worried about getting jokes off. It can get a little stale once we get into 4 and 5, but in Dream Warriors, we actually get a very fun mix of Scary Freddy and Funny Freddy, and for the purposes of this list, that’s the whole point, right? Definitely watch the O.G. Nightmare on Elm Street first, but this is as fun a watch as any if you’ve got the funny slasher itch.

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8

The Frighteners (1996)

This comedy/horror from Peter Jackson (yes, that Peter Jackson) has a bit of exorcism, a bit of serial killing, and Michael J. Fox. What more do you need?

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9

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

Trick ‘r Treat has become a cult favorite in recent years, telling a story of four intertwining horror tales that all take place on a fateful Halloween. Probably for the best to not give too much away, but we will say this: there’s a lot of killing, a lot of horror, and some very fun and campy twists and turns. And the cast includes a number of familiar faces, such as Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, and Brian Cox.

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10

Tucker & Dale vs Evil (2010)

Tucker & Dale vs Evil is one of those movies that’s basically of a spoof of the genre by design—a bunch of teens believe that two dim-witted friends, the titular Tucker and Dale, are the kind of serial killers teens in these movies would usually find in the woods. But surprise surprise: they’re just goofballs. But, as you can expect, crazy things do happen.

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11

Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

These movies aren’t all necessarily funny on purpose. Friday The 13th Part III is by no means a good movie. But it might be the most fun to watch of any movie on this list. Watch this cheaply-made junk with a few friends, some beer, maybe some pizza, and it’s a guaranteed fun time. Don’t even feel ashamed talking over the movie. That’s what this is here for. Bonus? It’s the first movie that saw the murderer Jason Voorhees actually sport his iconic hockey mask.

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12

Get Out (2017)

The only movie on this list to win an Academy Award (Jordan Peele took home the trophy for Best Original Screenplay), Get Out is one of the very best movies of the 2010s. Not only is it a brilliantly crafted horror/thriller film that examines important real world themes and issues (Peele himself calls it a “social thriller”), but it’s got a lot of moments that will make you really laugh too. What can you expect from the man who started on MadTV and brought you half a decade of Key & Peele?

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13

Us (2019)

Yup! Jordan Peele’s second movie is every bit as good (and utterly engrossing) as his first, and with an absolutely amazing Lupita Nyong’o lead performance for good measure. Like Get Out, Us also has a number of moments that will really crack you up (a few of which come from the always funny Tim Heidecker, always a welcomed presence in weird movies/shows).

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14

Shiva Baby (2021)

One of 2021’s best movies is Shiva Baby, which isn’t a horror movie in the traditional sense of zombies, monsters, and serial killers; instead, it finds the terror, fear, and anxiety in…regular life. The story follows a girl (Rachel Sennott) who attends a function with her family (a Shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual) only to find that her personal life has followed her there in far more ways than she could have possibly expected. At only 1 hour and 17 minutes, the movie moves at a brisk pace, but will have you anxious and on the edge of your seat for the whole damn thing.

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15

Scare Me (2020)

Josh Ruben directs and co-stars with The Boys and You’re The Worst’s excellent Aya Cash in Scare Me, which finds two people secluded in a cabin, telling scary stories when the power goes out. Basic enough concept, right? Things get a little wilder than that as the story goes along though, but this movie is a perfect example that you don’t need a giant, Army of the Dead-style scale or budget to make a super successful horror story—and in this case, it can be funny too. Fun bonus of SNL star Chris Redd as a random pizza delivery guy.

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16

Werewolves Within (2021)

Ruben’s second horror comedy in as many years, Werewolves Within gives him the chance on a slightly bigger scale than the minimalist Scare Me. This one, instead, focuses on a ranger (Veep‘s Sam Richardson), who finds himself in an odd small town where someone might just be a werewolf, and might just be killing people off one by one. A great cast of funny people make this horror comedy mystery totally worth your time.

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17

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Not the funniest movie on the list, but New Nightmare let Wes Craven flex his horror creativity muscle just a little bit, making one of the most meta and unique horror movies you’ll see. Craven and Heather Langencamp (who plays Nancy in the Elm Street films) are among those playing themselves in this movie that posits what could happen if some of the horrors that Craven dreams up managed to escape to the real worlds. The meta-elements of the movie make for a bit of self-referential fun satire, and also cleared the way for Craven eventually creating the Scream series.

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18

Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon (2006)

OK. So. Imagine, like, a Christopher Guest movie (you know: This Is Spinal Tap or Best in Show or whatever), but about a Jason Voorhees-type serial killer. That’s the deal with Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which takes a mockumentary approach to its (of course) fictional murderous subject. The movie has a pitch-black sense of humor but is quite funny, and worth your time if only because of how truly unique it is.

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19

Willy’s Wonderland (2021)

OK, folks. We’re going to give you all you need to know about this one right at the top: Nicolas Cage versus evil animatronic Chuck E. Cheese style robots. Do you need any more? Seriously?

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20

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

From director Drew Goddard (Netflix’s Daredevil, Bad Times at the El Royale) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) comes The Cabin in the Woods, one of the most fun horror movies for fans of the genre. I would tell you more about this one, but trust me when I say that it’s absolutely imperative to know as little as possible when you start your first watch. The cast features a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, and some very fun turns from character actor favorites Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford (who also kills it in Get Out).

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21

Slice (2018)

We’re going to keep it very basic with this one. Chance the Rapper, in his feature film debut, as some sort of pizza delivery guy werewolf. Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2) and Stranger Things legend Joe Keery also star. Do not overthink this.

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22

Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar is simultaneously one of the creepiest movies and one of the very funniest on the list, though we must warn you—this is a very different type of humor than some other entries. Most of your laughs with Midsommar will come through awkward on-screen microaggression, or when thinking to yourself “what the fuck is happening right now?” Up front, we’ll just let you know its about a group of young people going to a festival in Sweden that they don’t know very much about. And, well, they end up learning quite a bit about that festival.

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23

Zombieland (2009)

Zombieland isn’t scary, but the zombie genre and the horror genre very much go hand-in-hand, so we’re including it on this list. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are all extremely fun to watch. A sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap also came out last year with the original foursome all returning. That also works.

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24

Broken Lizard’s Club Dread (2004)

You love these guys in Super Troopers and Beerfest. Here, the same gang takes on the slasher genre in the very underrated spoof Club Dread. Turn your brain off for this one and have a blast.

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25

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead might just be the best movie of the pure horror/comedy genre we’ve got going here. It’s not scary scary, but it’s an early entry from Edgar Wright, who’s since become one of the industry’s most exciting directors (behind movies like Baby Driver and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). It’s a zombie movie that will legitimately have you on the edge of your seat, but never takes itself all that seriously. This is his first in the “Three Flavours Cornettowith Wright and starring Simon Pegg, also including Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

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26

Happy Death Day (2017)

Imagine Groundhog Day, but with a sorority girl who keeps dying over and over again, and needs to solve her own murder to make it stop. From Blumhouse (who makes quite a few movies that fit this horror/comedy mix), this is one of the best on the list. Also, don’t sleep on its 2019 sequel Happy Death Day 2 U. Fingers crossed that some day it becomes a trilogy!

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27

What We Do In The Shadows (2014)

What We Do In The Shadows, which takes the ‘Mockumentary’ format (think The Office, or, more accurately, Best In Show or Spinal Tap), and follows vampires acclimating to mundane human life. The movie—which both co-stars and was co-directed by Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement and Academy Award winner Taika Waititi—was such a success that it’s since inspired an FX series that’s critically acclaimed in its own right.

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28

Ready or Not (2019)

As a commentary on the upper/wealthy class, Ready or Not is the perfect companion piece to one of 2019’s most beloved movies, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. Where that one is a whodunit, Ready or Not is more of a straight-up escape-the-mansion horror/thriller. Except it’s always got you on the edge of your seat, and is also very funny. Samara Weaving (Hollywood) owns the movie, but Adam Brody (The O.C.) also has a great turn as a douchebag brother-in-law.

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29

Army of Darkness (1993)

Army of Darkness is the third of horror legend Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead movies, and granted that it finds its protagonist, Ash, (played by Bruce Campbell) catapulted back in time and with a CHAINSAW where his arm should be, well, it’s pretty funny too. No one balances scares and laughs better than Mr. Raimi.

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30

Drag Me To Hell (2009)

16 years and 3 Spider-Man movies later, and Sam Raimi returned to his horror roots with Drag Me To Hell, a movie that so perfectly fits on this list. As scary and chilling as any other horror movie you’ll see, it’s also got that Raimi charm of keeping you on your toes with surrealist humor that simply can’t be resisted.

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31

The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy series that started in the ’90s—with this movie, but also The Mummy Returns—was an absolute blast. Maybe not funny, funny, but 1999 Brendan Fraser (who’s in the midst of a great comeback, between Doom Patrol, No Sudden Move, and the upcoming The Whale) now had the kind of likable, witty, leading man charisma that a Ryan Reynolds has today. The Mummy is scary—its titular creatures literally suck the life out of people. But the cast of Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and John Hannah help to keep things light, and very fun.

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32

Slither (2006)

Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy might be surprised to learn that before getting involved in the Marvel world (and soon DC too), James Gunn directed some very out there genre movies. One of those was Slither, a campy, transformation horror that saw an infestation of giant slugs that make people transform into grotesque creatures. With a cast led by Nathan Fillion and Elizabeth Banks, this movie is just fun.

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33

Planet Terror (2007)

Originally a part of one double-feature film called Grindhouse when it was released in theaters, Planet Terror was Robert Rodriguez’ contribution to the fun. This campy-on-purpose horror/thriller features Rose McGowan as a woman who’s LEG gets replaced with a very large MACHINE GUN. This is some special stuff.

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34

Death Proof (2007)

And then there’s the other half of the Grindhouse double-feature, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Death Proof marked Tarantino’s first collaboration with Kurt Russell, and it’s one that proved to be a great working relationship—the pair have since worked together on Hateful 8 and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Russell plays Death Proof’s villain here, a psychopath who tortures groups of women with his indestructible Dodge Challenger. Like Planet Terror, it’s not aiming for any big statement—just leaning into its inherent pulp. And it’s a blast.

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35

Young Frankenstein (1974)

This Mel Brooks classic may not have literally invented the genre, but it’s one of the earliest and most perfect horror-comedies out there. 1974! Frankenstein’s monster and Gene Wilder, on screen together, making people bend over laughing. One of the most perfect movies on this list. If you somehow haven’t seen it, it’s time to change that.

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36

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

OK, so this movie might not be funny as much as it’s just stupid. But it’s worth watch for one of Samuel L. Jackson’s most iconic lines ever. Or you can just watch the clip of it on YouTube. Either works. Want another fun fact? This movie also inspired a very classic mid-2000s pop-punk anthem from Cobra Starship.

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37

Tremors (1990)

The first Tremors movie is such a fun classic that it eventually spawned many, many sequels, and even a few straight-to-video films and TV series attempts. Kevin Bacon leads with a real movie star gusto here. Giant worms in the ground. The franchise doesn’t introduce the monsters called “ass blasters” until Tremors 3, but there’s plenty more fun on the way there.

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38

It Follows (2014)

It Follows is a truly brilliant movie, and might still stand the test of time as one of the best of the ‘Art House Horror’ subgenre. But on top of this movie by David Robert Mitchell being beautifully-shot and perfectly-acted, it’s also got some very funny moments as the heroes take on a villain that never really has a physical form.

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39

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice has kind of a Silence of the Lambs Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter thing going on. I realized in a relatively recent watch of the movie that the titular Beetlejuice character actually isn’t even in the movie all that much. But his scenes are so funny, and so damn memorable, that it’s whats elevated this movie to classic status. Michael Keaton is that good. It helps, too, that Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder are three more legitimate movie stars to anchor the rest of the movie. Nonetheless, this movie has already proven a timeless classic for both creepy and comedy reasons. Constantly rewatchable.

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40

Ghostbusters (1984)

Yeah, you know this one. The 2016 remake wasn’t half bad, and if it wasn’t for COVID-19 we’d be getting ready for a new Ghostbusters movie with Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things and Paul Rudd. But nothing beats the classic. Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Dan Aykroyd are untouchable. Plus, Horror fans are rewarded with the familiar sight of Alien icon Sigourney Weaver. Just remember: don’t cross the streams.

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41

Evolution (2001)

Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman tried to recreate his sci-fi/horror comedy luck with 2001’s Evolution, and….it totally worked! This movie never became a big hit or franchise like Ghostbusters did (though it did briefly inspire an animated series), but it’s a super funny comedy adventure about weird aliens invading from outer space. The cast is great, and also very, very 2001: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, and Orlando Jones. Love it.

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42

The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

This slow-paced Zombie comedy from Indie director Jim Jarmusch has one of the greatest casts you’ll ever see for a movie like this: Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Selena Gomez, The RZA, and Tom Waits are among the many involved in this Zombie movie that’s a little different from most others on the list due to the sensibilities of its uniquely artistic director.

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43

Attack The Block (2011)

This movie starring pre-Star Wars John Boyega is pure fun. Using his real English accent, Boyega leads a team that protects his London housing project from aliens that rain down from the skies above. In fact, J.J. Abrams once supposedly told Boyega (before casting him in The Force Awakens) “I loved you in ‘Attack the Block,’ I’m going to find you something.” So here’s your chance to check out how that all started.

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44

Horns (2013)

Horns isn’t necessarily going to make you laugh aloud a whole lot, but this story of a nice guy who one day woke up with inexplicable demonic horns on his forehead is fun and shows a good bit of horror along with its nice tone. It never quite matches the book of the same name written by Joe Hill, but it’s a fun, quick entry in the horror-comedy canon with a great leading performance from Daniel Radcliffe nonetheless.

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Evan is an associate editor for Men’s Health, with bylines in The New York Times, MTV News, Brooklyn Magazine, and VICE.

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