Spooky season is here and the build-up to Halloween is well and truly underway. With such an extensive range of great horror available, choosing what to watch this time of year can cause its own headaches. Whatever your particular tastes are, there’s so much to pick from.
The horror genre offers a wide range of sub-genres that vary from absolutely terrifying to delightfully entertaining and hilarious – with so much more in between. In this list, we’re going to take a look at some of the best movies that will have you crying with laughter whilst reaching for the pillow.
Here are our five horror-comedy movies to watch this spooky season!
1. Ready or Not
Before bringing Ghostface back to the big screen earlier this year, Radio Silence’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett splashed onto the main stage with the release of Ready or Not – a film which saw Samara Weaving (more to come later) explode onto the big screen with a career-making performance. Ready or Not tells the story of Grace, who marries the man of her dreams at his family’s luxury estate. However, their first newlywed night together doesn’t exactly go to plan when Grace is introduced to a family tradition that comes with deadly consequences. The film gives us a wildly entertaining ride filled with violent kills and hilarious dark comedy and proves Weaving is a force to be reckoned with in the genre.
In a year filled with great horror, Fresh has proven to be one of 2022’s most unexpected delights. Both gripping and unsettling, the film finds a way to take a deeply uncomfortable story and add moments of genuine hilarity throughout. Fresh stars Sebastian Stan (Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Pam and Tommy) alongside Daisy Edgar-Jones and follows the story of Noa (Jones) who meets the alluring Steve (Stan) at a grocery store and – given her frustration with dating apps – takes a chance by giving him her number. After their first date, Noa is smitten and accepts Steve’s invitation to a romantic weekend getaway. Only to find that her new paramour has been hiding some unusual appetites. The film delivers a twisted, provocative serving that takes a stab at the world of modern-day dating.
3. Happy Death Day
Happy Death Day blends the slasher genre with sci-fi in hilarious fashion. Taking the concept of Groundhog Day to a whole new level, the film follows a college student called Tree who wakes up on her birthday morning to begin a new day. As the morning progresses, Tree gets an eerie feeling that she has experienced the events of this day before. When a masked killer suddenly takes her life in a brutal attack, she awakens once again, safe and sound in the same bed. Confused and frightened, Tree must now relive the same day over and over again until she finds out the killer’s identity. A selection of brutal kills combined with sharp comedy and a fresh mystery provides a highly entertaining viewing experience. The film has since released the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, should you want more from this world.
4. Werewolves Within
Werewolves Within takes the idea of a creature feature and combines it with a classic whodunnit in hilarious fashion. Based on the online game of the same name, the film follows the small community of Beaverfield who are divided by the proposed building of an oil pipeline in their town. When a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, a newly arrived forest ranger Finn (Sam Richardson) teams up with local postal worker Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) to try and keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community.
5. The Babysitter
We promised you more Samara Weaving and here she is! The Babysitter follows the story of Cole, who, after staying up past his bedtime, discovers that his hot babysitter (Weaving) belongs to a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. While the film doesn’t offer anything ground-breaking, it delivers a darkly funny entry that delivers on the laughs, gore, and sex appeal. Its solid direction and killer cast make for some enjoyable escapism and a slick return to the 80s style of slasher films. The film went on to release the sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen, should you want a double viewing.
What are your favorite horror-comedies? Let us know in the comments section.