Best Horror, Thriller, and Suspense Films with a Sense of Humorby bfomara | created - 21 Jan 2012 | updated - 3 days ago | Public
So difficult to rank these. The higher they are on the list the greater re-watch value they have.
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1. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
Votes: 53,717 | Gross: $14.24M
3. The Guest (I) (2014)
R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
Votes: 89,631 | Gross: $0.32M
This one starts off like feeling like a bad lifetime film but ends up being MUCH more
This could also go in my favorite synthesizer list but I feel like it's more appropriate here.
4. Blood Rage (1987)
R | 82 min | Horror
As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.
5. American Psycho (2000)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 478,372 | Gross: $15.07M
6. Night of the Comet (1984)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.
Votes: 18,154 | Gross: $14.42M
These girls are no damsels in distress, they handle their post-apocalyptic world with confidence and good sense of humor. I wish there were more female protagonist films like this.
Another movie could also go in my favorite synthesizer list.
7. The Greasy Strangler (2016)
Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Horror
Ronnie runs a Disco walking tour with his son, Brayden. When a sexy woman takes the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her love. It also signals the arrival of an oily strangler who stalks the streets at night.
Votes: 6,447 | Gross: $0.04M
This is a comedy first and horror second. It feels like Napoleon Dynamite meets Tim & Eric so if you're a fan of one or both you should like this.
10. Father's Day (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
A murderer, a priest, and a delinquent try to bring down a father-killing madman.
Another movie could also go in my favorite synthesizer list.
11. The Editor (2014)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
A film editor gets embroiled in a string of murders.
This feels like "Garth Marenghi's Darkplace" but mostly focuses its style and jokes on the Italian thriller/horror's or "Giallos."
Awesome synth score paying homage to goblin.
12. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.
Votes: 91,359 | Gross: $41.48M
13. Blood Diner (1987)
Unrated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror
Two brothers are entrusted by their uncle to uphold the ritualistic cannibalism of the ancient cult of Sheetar. In order to do so, they have to prepare a feast of sacrifice for the resurrection of their goddess.
Feels like a really good Troma film.
14. Evil Dead II (1987)
R | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
Votes: 145,774 | Gross: $5.92M
15. Body Double (1984)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.
Votes: 28,309 | Gross: $8.80M
This is a very 80's stylized rendition of Hitchcock classics Rear Window and Vertigo. This movie is mostly a thriller although it has one scene that feels like a campy slasher.
I can't think of any laugh-out-loud or chuckle moments but, it does parody Hollywood and the Adult film industry a bit. There is also a very amusing diegetic music scene that features the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood. (This is when the characters in the movie can hear and react to the music being played)
16. TerrorVision (1986)
R | 83 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.
Votes: 6,313 | Gross: $0.32M
17. Army of Darkness (1992)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A sardonic hardware store clerk is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must retrieve the Necronomicon and battle an army of the dead so he can return home.
Votes: 160,743 | Gross: $11.50M
18. Summer of Blood (2014)
Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Erik Sparrow is one of the lucky ones. He's got a good job. He's in a stable relationship. He lives in one of the greatest cities in the world. Does he deserve it? Probably not. He's not ... See full summary »
20. Dead Alive (1992)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 90,473 | Gross: $0.24M
21. Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)
R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Cheung's wife and boss are seeing each other, and decide to dispatch him with a wizard. But the wizard's rival aids and defends Cheung and a magic war rises.
G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
Votes: 123,803 | Gross: $56.11M
23. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
So why couldn't Troma make all their films this good? Loaded with tons of genuine 80's punk style, over-the-top gore, humor, and sex. Also, a great synth pop score.
24. The 'Burbs (1989)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
An overstressed suburbanite and his neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.
Votes: 67,012 | Gross: $36.60M
Holy crap, the comedic chemistry between Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Rick Ducommon is incredible. Lots of great lines and awkward moments. Real underappreciated gem.
25. The Lost Boys (1987)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires.
Votes: 121,904 | Gross: $32.22M
Mostly takes itself seriously although the grandfather's hippy/redneck personality can be amusing. The Corey Haim and the frog brothers sub plot is also cheesy and amusing.
27. The Blob (1988)
R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A deadly entity from space crashes near a small town and starts to consume anyone in its path. Panic ensues, as shady government scientists try to contain the horrific creature.
Votes: 31,340 | Gross: $8.25M
The tone of this film is more on the serious side although there are some very cute jokes throughout that give the film a little more depth.
I especially like how brutal this film is. It has no problem depicting innocent people being tortured during the blob's digestive process. We even see a pre-teen boy get digested!
I also like the range of humor in the film. The humor gets very Heathers-esque dark when we see a teenage girl almost become sexually violated had she not already been dead.
28. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror
When an archaeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a near-by town begin to disappear, leading to further inexplicable occurrences.
Votes: 9,895 | Gross: $1.19M
This is one of the many films that I did not enjoy on VHS or DVD but would eventually fall in love with on the blu ray release. Other films like this include Thief, Suspira, Purple Rain, etc. This says a lot about how much the transfer of the film can set a special look and mood for me if it's done right. These movies aren't very fast paced so the only thing going for them in between scenes is their beautiful video & audio aesthetic.
As far as laughs go, for me it has a few laugh out loud moments but mostly chuckles. I especially love how much like Ken Russell's The Devils, this film combines eroticism and religious absurdity with many of its jokes.
I should add that the film has a decent soundtrack/score which is very important to me. The film's theme is very sythy.
29. The Love Witch (2016)
Unrated | 120 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance
A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.
Votes: 12,197 | Gross: $0.23M
All the jokes are very subtle, but they are there and they're very good.
This movie qualified as a Horror because of the supernatural and murder aspects of it. Aside from one bloody stabbing the movie is not gory or scary at all.
Visually, this movie is stunning! The score isn't bad at all either.
30. Matador (1986)
NC-17 | 110 min | Drama, Thriller
A matador is wounded by a bull and can no longer kill in the arena. It just a one flaw besides many others from several characters whom unsuspected collide.
Votes: 10,570 | Gross: $0.21M
31. Fright Night (1985)
R | 106 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A teenager discovers that the newcomer in his neighborhood is a vampire, so he turns to an actor in a television horror show for help dealing with the undead.
Votes: 59,481 | Gross: $24.92M
So Roddy McDowall is practically the film's sole source of humor and his jokes are so few and far between that I'm hesitant to add this to the list. However, because the film's tone is on par with Lost Boys, I feel like it could sit well at least at the bottom of this list for now.
32. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
R | 92 min | Action, Fantasy, Thriller
An evil ninja attempts to avenge his death from beyond the grave, by possessing an innocent woman's body.
Votes: 3,886 | Gross: $7.61M
This film loosely fits the horror classification as it's mostly a ninja- comedy with some possession from beyond the grave. Just as in "Ninja II" aka "Revenge of the Ninja," director Sam Firstenberg creates a hilarious B-movie world where characters aren't self aware of the bizarre and stupid things that they do. Unlike your typical bad b-movie humor though, it feels like the there might be conscious decision on behalf of the director for the characters to be awkward, and stupid which is a nice layer to add considering the fact that you would expect the movie to be funny by accidental awkwardness and stupidity.
Here's a questionnaire that I'm experimenting with to help identify the type of campy humor we're dealing with:
Q: Is the film overtly satirizing something? A: No Q:Is the film blurring the line between being consciously and unconsciously bad? A: Yes Q: Does the film combine good/decent acting with bad acting? A: Yes Q: Is the pacing slow, steady, or fast? A: Steady/Fast
33. The House on Sorority Row (1982)
R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.
Votes: 7,197 | Gross: $1.29M
Light on the humor, but it's there (mostly in the first half of the film). One hell of a slasher/horror film though and has a nice dark ending. The plot is clearly influenced by the original Friday the 13th but overall it's a much better film in my opinion.
34. The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In this tongue-in-cheek sequel, the benevolent bog creature falls for the vegetarian, plant-loving daughter of the evil scientist who created him.
Votes: 4,229 | Gross: $0.19M
Another movie that I watched so many times as a child that I had to wait 21 years before I could watch it again. I have to believe that the intentional campy humor and synth score in this movie helps establish my taste in film while growing up. The acting isn't the best but it suits the film very well. It's an early example of a superhero film done right as it blends surrealism, romance, action, humor, sci-fi, horror all in one movie. As an added bonus, the movie features Monique Gabrielle in a small but very sexy roll.
35. Freaked (1993)
PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.
Votes: 6,311 | Gross: $0.03M
I watched this over and over again on HBO when I was a child. This is definitely one of the films that help shape my sense of humor and taste in comedies at a young age. The first 30 minutes is hit or miss, afterwards it's non-stop laughs.
36. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
NC-17 | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.
Votes: 24,157 | Gross: $4.09M
38. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 477,806 | Gross: $176.04M
As a white man who interacts with black individuals in Baltimore on a regular basis, I really enjoyed how uncomfortable this movie made me feel. Most of the jokes stem from white racism or racial discomfort and despite the fact that I did laugh a lot, I would have appreciated a greater range in styles of humor. This film can only be seen with a racially diverse audience, otherwise you're not going to feel the full effect.
The only other problems I have with the film are it's predictability and deer metaphor that it tries to beat you over the head with.
39. The Last Horror Film (1982)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Horror
A New York taxi driver stalks a beautiful actress attending the Cannes Film Festival, which coincides with a series of violent killings of the lady's friends.
40. Fido (2006)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
Space radiation turns the dead into Zombies. Zomcon fights zombies and finds ways to pacify and use them. On pre-teen Timmy's (Kesun Loder's) 1950s suburban street, they all have a zombie doing menial chores. Timmy's zombie becomes his pet and friend, and is named Fido (Sir Billy Connolly).
Votes: 27,949 | Gross: $0.30M
41. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 152,800 | Gross: $3.33M
42. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Votes: 186,024 | Gross: $42.10M
43. Ghosthouse (1988)
Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Visions of a deceased girl and her doll bring doom to the visitors of a deserted house.
This isn't a true horror comedy but anybody who's seen it should agree that the tone of this movie isn't entirely serious either. The film's blend between poor acting and legitimate creepiness is something I've only seen in 1983's The House on Sorority Row. This seeming unbalanced talent between the Director/crew and actors gives the film a unique feeling that's strangely refreshing.
Even though there is an obvious sense of campiness from some characters such as Valkos and Pepe, you're never sure if the others are simply untalented or they're intentionally trying to act campy. On the other hand, there are a few actors who appear to be genuinely trying such as the character Susan played by Mary Sellers. In this sense, the movie comes off as an entertaining game of "do we know what we're doing or don't we?."
44. This Is the End (2013)
R | 107 min | Comedy
Six Los Angeles celebrities are stuck in James Franco's house after a series of devastating events just destroyed the city. Inside, the group not only have to face the apocalypse, but themselves.
Votes: 379,741 | Gross: $101.47M
45. Prom Night III: The Last Kiss (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller