Mid-Week Pick Me Up: The Halloween Edition

Halloween is quite possibly the perfect holiday. As a child you get to dress up, go out, collect some candy from your neighbors, and gorge on sugar while watching some scary cartoons. As an adult you get to dress up, go out, collect some drinks from your bartenders, go home to watch some scary movies and proceed to shout at the blonde girl answering the phone that “the call is coming from inside the house!!” Costumes, make-up, special effects, and spooky pranks basically ensures that even the most mature adult can let loose with some All Hallows’ Eve fun. However, for those of you who enjoy the holiday’s festivities but not the terrifying screech of a chainsaw, the creepy mask of an axe murderer or the mind numbing fear of almost any Asian horror film, we have found a happy alternative: The Comedy Horror.

1. Scary Movie (2000)

I believe this film to be the ultimate spoof comedy-horror film. Movie references are the foundation of this film as it makes numerous nods to the teen horror franchise including Scream(1996), I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Buffy the Vampire Slayer(1997-2003), The Blair Witch Project(1999)The Sixth Sense(1999) and more. At its core, the film makes fun of the horror movie genre and its staples such as the pretty blonde girl being stalked by a killer, the pretty blonde girl running upstairs to escape a killer, the group of teenagers getting caught up in a scary situation and the pretty brunette girl surviving it all.

2. Shaun Of The Dead (2004)

Shaun Of The Dead is THE zom-rom-com to see this Halloween. It is basically a love letter to George Romero as well as every other horror director, film, actor, script and one liner. Click here to look at the awe-inspiring detail that Pegg and Wright put into the script in order to include everything from King Kong (1933) to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Clever references, funny one liners and a well thought out script make this the go-to zombie comedy horror.

3. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

A group of young, attractive, preppy teenagers take a trip to a dilapidated mountain top. When they get there, they find that their only neighbors are two bearded hillbillies who are staying alone in a broken down cabin. Soon, things take a turn for the worst . . . but not how you might think. Tucker and Dale vs Evil flips the horror movie genre on its head. Two grown men become terrorized by teenagers who have been far too exposed to the typical horror genre and gruesome comedy horror ensues. 

4. Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

James Cordon and Matthew Horne bring their particular own brand of British comedy to the horror genre with Lesbian Vampire Killers. Once again, two men must travel into an isolated cabin in the woods only to find that their only neighbors are a group of attractive young girls, unfortunately things do not go as planed as one by one the group is picked off by vampires . . lesbian vampires.
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5. This Is The End (2013)

There’s a party at Franco’s house and everyones invited! Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rhianna, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart and the rest of Hollywood’s comedy giants can be found partying in the Hollywood Hills when disaster strikes. The apocalypse is nigh and none of the A-listers have been transported to heaven. This film has a dream team cast, endless cameos, and a ridiculous but hilarious plot. Enjoy. Let us know what your favorite movies to watch at Halloween are by tweeting us @MoviefiedNYC #Halloween
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