Scary Movies That Will Have You Laughing This Halloween
Sick of the same old plot twists in every single horror movie since ever? Well, this Halloween you can switch it up with these classic horror comedies instead!
We know that Halloween is the time to watch the scariest films. However, what do you do if you absolutely hate horror flicks? Well, good news: we decided here at CairoScene to compile a list of Halloween movies that will get you in the spirit without keeping you awake for days. In an effort to have you laugh instead of scream here is the ultimate guide to some side-splitting Halloween films.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
This classic Mel Brooks comedy is often overshadowed by the truly magnificent Blazing Saddles and The Producers. It’s one of the funniest and most spot-on spoofs you'll ever see, which is no surprise when you team up Mel Brooks with Gene Wilder and a very funny and young Frankenstein.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Planned as a straight-to-TV project titled Disney's Haunted House, Hocus Pocus defied the odds and found itself in cinema, becoming a massively successful film combining horror and comedy for the whole family to enjoy. This cult classic centres on three witches who are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night. Their mission: to steal as many kids as possible. A spooktacular movie for all the family that won't have you looking underneath your bed in fear of the Boogeyman.
Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)
The fifth installment in the Ernest Franchise received extremely mixed reviews. By no stretch is this the best Ernest film, however it is set on Halloween and will likely give you a laugh before it gives you a scare.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Written by the hilarious comedy duo of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, this amazing zombie classic was the first attempt of turning a zombie film into a comedy with great results. Although this film doesn’t take place on Halloween, there is nothing that screams out Halloween quite like zombies, and if you haven’t seen it, it's a sure bet for a good laugh with none of the nightmares.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Yes we get that Christmas is in the title and not Halloween, however we insist that no Halloween movie list will be complete without the Tim Burton classic. The story revolves around Jack Skellington, a being from “Halloween Town” who opens a portal to “Christmas Town” where he decides to celebrate the foreign holiday. This absurd tale is both funny and musical and is guaranteed to be a good watch on either holiday.
Troll 2 (1990)
This cult classic film directed by Claudio Fragasso is hilarious for all the wrong reasons. Attempting to film a scary movie, this director has the honour of being credited for the worst film in history. It's so bad that it will have you laughing as you follow the story of vegan goblins (yes at no point of time is anything called a troll) who make humans eat food that turns them into plants before being consumed. We also feel we should mention that there was no Troll 1 to begin with, giving insight on this hilarious train wreck.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
This dark American comedy has a star-studded cast featuring Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, and Isabella Rossellini. This film is not set on Halloween, but definitely involves the undead as two childhood rivals drink a magical potion promising eternal youth. Spoiler alert: the potion doesn’t work with hilarious and, at times, scary results.
Scary Movie (2000)
Too frightened to watch classic horror films? Then perhaps you should just watch this comedy, which spoofs as many horror classics as one can fit into one film without any of the gore. Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, it was a box office smash that it spurred 4 more sequels. If you like the first one, then perhaps doing the Scary Movie marathon is your best bet this Halloween.
Once again not set on Halloween, yet nonetheless filled with brain hungry zombies in a post apocalyptic comedy that will surely have you laughing. Starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, this comedic zombie tale is essentially a survival guide everyone should commit to memory in case of zombie outbreak. With a cameo of Bill Murray pretending to be a zombie, you can guarantee a good laugh and potentially a hilarious nightmare.