Friday, May 17, 2013

MMM: My Horror Confessions

Confession time!  When I watch films and TV,  if there are dead things wandering around and gore spurting through the air -- that's great!  But I like a generous helping of comedy in there, too.  Sounds weird, right?  Combining horror with comedy?  But I just adore it!  Here are some of my favorite Black Comedy/Horror TV shows and movies.

Black Comedy-Horror TV shows:

In this past week's MMM posts, I've already mentioned some of my favorites: The Addams Family,  Kolchak,  Buffy,  Angel, and Supernatural.  But there's one more, perhaps a bit more Comedy than Horror:

Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)
Ned (Lee Pace) has the ability to return the dead to life with one touch. If he touches them a second time within one minute, it returns them to death. If he doesn't touch them a second time within one minute, someone else will die in their place. He uses his power to ask the "dead" who killed them, thus solving their murders. 
Interesting Note:  Pushing Daisies won much critical acclaim, garnering a total of 57 award nominations and winning 18, including 7 Emmy wins.


Black Comedy-Horror Films:
(It's a long list, so kick back and enjoy!)

Abbot & Costello met every creepy thing from Frankenstein to the Mummy!  C'mon. How can you go wrong with Abbott & Costello?

The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) This is a campy movie, but it was written and directed by Roman Polanski, who directed such notable films as: "Rosemary’s Baby," "Chinatown," "Tess," and "The Pianist."

Young Frankenstein (1974) Another very campy movie, written by Mel Brooks, starring Gene Wilder. A real Comedy-Horror classic.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Great surrealistic sets and actions in the dream sequences.  And c’mon. Who doesn’t love Freddy?

Ghostbusters (1984) Director: Ivan Reitman; Starring: Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver.  Gooey ectoplasm, a ghost vacuum cleaner, and a giant Pillsbury Doughboy monster.

Gremlins (1984) With Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, and the cutest creature since tribbles, Gizmo.

Fright Night (1985) I think the original beats the remake especially since Roddy MacDowell plays a very funny Creature Feature movie host.

Re-Animator (1985) Written by H.P. Lovecraft. Really gross, bizarre and funny!

The Return of the Living Dead (1985) The zombies in this movie were the first ever to moan, “Braaaaiins” and eat the brains of their victims.

The Lost Boys (1987) Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest and other good actors starred in this one.

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Jack Nicholson as the devil. It doesn’t get better than that.

Beetlejuice (1988) Awesome ghost world-building in this one and great actors. This is my favorite film from Michael Keaton.

I Love You to Death (1990) Not really Horror, but definitely Black Comedy, and I’m a big Kevin Kline fan.

Tremors (1990) This was just a really fun romp!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) The one that started it all.

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Tim Burton’s creepy masterpiece.

Fargo (1996) Won Oscars for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and Best Original Screenplay.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) It’s got George Clooney, Salma Hayek, and a bunch of naked freaky sex-vampire women! How can you go wrong?

Deep Rising (1998) The monster can kill you by coming up through the toilet when you're doing your business.  Tell me that idea doesn't totally freak you out!

Idle Hands (1999) The friend sticks his head back on with duct tape. How great is that?

Lake Placid (1999) Betty White feeds cows to a giant alligator, and Oliver Platt is just funny!

Scary Movie (2000) I can’t begin to list all the funny stuff in here.

Evolution (2001) David Duchovny and his use of Head & Shoulders shampoo is unforgettable.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) Except for Monty Python, British humor eludes me, but I know a lot of people love this film.

Corpse Bride (2005) Another masterpiece by Tim Burton.

Slither (2006) Aliens, zombies, mutant monsters, and Nathan Fillion. You can’t go wrong with this one.

Planet Terror (2007) A little violent for some people, but I loved it!  I'll never forget Bruce Willis as a zombie.

Zombieland (2009) Just awesome!

Tucker & Dave vs. Evil (2010) This one is a comic version of hillbillies who kill people, only they don’t. Really.

Which ones are your favorites?
If you haven’t watched these awesome movies, you really should!

Thanks so much for joining me on my TV and Film  Horror retrospective from the 1950s to the 2000s!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  :-)

Links to my previous blogfest posts:
MMM: Horror Nostalgia 2000s
MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1990s
MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1980s
MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1970s
MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1960s
MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1950s

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