‘Tis the season to watch scary movies, but sometimes being scared just isn’t enough, you know? For a complete movie experience, some of us want to be cringing in fear and laughing our butts off. Thus, enter one of the better genres of movies that Hollywood has to offer: the horror-comedy.
Let’s face it—as fun as horror movies can be, they can also be fairly ridiculous. When a horror movie is taking demonic possession or zombie attacks very, very seriously, it can feel a tad disingenuous. So why not laugh at the horror movie tropes instead? Why not crack jokes while cracking zombie skulls, like the 2009 classic Zombieland? And why not satirize white liberalism while setting up a cabin in the woods scenario, á la Jordan Peele’s Get Out?
Those are my kind of Halloween movies, personally. Laughter just makes everything more fun! If you agree, then you’re in luck, because Decider has compiled a list of 12 horror-comedy movies that you can stream this Halloween 2021 season. Scroll through the list below, and, if you’re still craving more spooky times, feel free to check what more Halloween content Decider has to offer.
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ (2012)
Have you ever watched a horror movie and come away with the distinct impression it was written by two lazy and sadistic white dudes? Well, director Drew Goddard gave those white dudes a face in his brilliant horror-comedy, The Cabin in the Woods. Without giving away too much, we’ll just say that American college students Dana (Kristen Connolly), Holden (Jesse Williams), Marty (Fran Kranz), Jules (Anna Hutchison), and Curt (Chris Hemsworth) becoming unwitting participants in a horror movie situation, in a movie that will have you both laughing and screaming at all the horror tropes you know and love.
Streaming on: Peacock (free)
Where to watch The Cabin in the Woods
‘Ready or Not’ (2019)
Starring Samara Weaving—and not Margot Robbie, let’s get that out of the way right now—as a recent bride, this horror-comedy takes the awkward “meet the in-laws” dinner to a whole other level. Grace (Weaving) has just married her dream guy, Alex (Mark O’Brien). Grace loves Alex for who he is as a person, and it just so happens that who he is as a person is filthy rich. Grace is happy to go along with her groom’s family tradition of subjecting newcomers to a friendly game on their wedding night… until the game turns out to be a deadly version of Hide And Seek.
Where to watch Ready or Not
‘Happy Death Day’ (2017)
Blumhouse Productions has become known for fun, low-budget slashers, and no Blumhouse movie has succeeded more in that wheelhouse than Happy Death Day. Jessica Rothe stars as a college student who is murdered on her birthday—only to wake up and start her birthday all over again. Happy Death Day takes the time-loop concept of Groundhog Day and pours some grizzly slasher elements all over it, making for a smart, funny black comedy. And be sure to check out the sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, also.
Where to watch Happy Death Day
Do you like to laugh at scary movies? Because Scream was making fun of them—while still indulging in the tropes—before it was cool. Director Wes Craven deconstructs the horror genre by satirizing clichés he himself used in earnest, in this dark comedy about a serial killer in a cheap Halloween costume who terrorizes a group of high school students. Featuring an iconic ’90s cast—including David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore—this is a horror-comedy for the ages.
Where to watch Scream
‘Game Night’ (2018)
This genuinely hilarious comedy—which Decider named the best movie of 2018—is built on slasher horror movie tropes. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star as a couple whose weekly competitive game night becomes a real, fight-for-your-life murder mystery thriller when of their friends gets kidnapped. It’s high stakes, fun, and laugh-out-loud funny. Plus, it stars Jesse Plemmons as the weird neighbor— arguably his best role yet.
Where to watch Game Night
Freaky embraces a similar slasher comedy tone as Happy Death Day (probably at least in part because they share a director). Kathryn Newton stars as an introverted high school student named Millie, and Vince Vaugh stars as the town serial killer with whom she accidentally swaps bodies. It’s exactly the kind of fun-but-suspenseful horror-comedy that Blumhouse Productions is known for making, and with a concept like that, it’s a guaranteed good time.
Streaming on: HBO Max
Where to watch Freaky
‘Werewolves Within’ (2021)
2021 has been a great year for comedian Sam Richardson, and perhaps his best work this year was the horror-comedy Werewolves Within. Richardson stars as a forest ranger named Finn who takes on a new assignment in the remote city of Beaverfield. Things seem to be going well until a mysterious creature starts terrorizing the town. It’s a movie that revels in absurdity and affability—like Richardson uttering “Heavens to Betsy” when he discovers terrifying claw marks.
Where to watch Werewolves Within
‘Get Out’ (2017)
Writer/director Jordan Peele proved he’s the master of the socio-political horror comedy with his feature debut, Get Out, an instant classic in the genre. From Bradley Whitford saying he would have voted for Obama twice to comedian Lil Rel Howery screaming “TS-MOTHERF***ING-A!” this movie will have you howling with laughter, and with genuine terror.
Where to watch Get Out
Woody Harrelson as a hyper-masculine Southern man who loves killing zombies in creative ways? Hilarious. Jesse Eisenberg as his anxious, far-less-masculine foil? Love it. Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as tough-as-nails con artists? Inspired. Bill Murray cameo-ing as himself? Tallahassee’s Twinkie addiction? Many, many dick jokes? 2009 comedy didn’t get any better than this. Zombieland is a horror comedy movie for our generation.
Where to watch Zombieland
‘Love and Monsters’ (2020)
If you love the vibes of Zombieland, you’ll definitely get into Love and Monsters, a surprisingly warm and heartfelt post-apocalyptic horror-comedy that includes plenty of good ol’ fashioned monster-bashing. Dylan O’Brien stars as a 24-year-old who has lived most of his life underground following the monster apocalypse but dares to venture out in the name of true love. Also, this movie features O’Brien playing with a cute dog—need we say more?
Where to watch Love And Monsters
‘Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’ (1948)
If you think horror-comedy is a new genre, think again. Back in the day, Universal was cranking out monster movies like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and more. And that means all of those monsters were ripe for parody for the comedy duo Abbott and Costello. In Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, the comedians have run-ins with all of the above monsters, including an appearance by Béla Lugosi himself as Count Dracula. It’s the kind of silly, slapstick humor that transcends generations, and is sure to put a smile on your face.
Where to watch Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
‘Little Monsters’ (2019)
Zombies, zombies, and more zombies! The zombie apocalypse thing may be overdone, but Little Monsters brings something new to the genre: Lupita Nyong’o playing the ukulele. Nyong’o stars as a kindergarten teacher tasked with keeping a handful of six-year-olds safe on a field trip—even when that field trip is overrun by zombies.
Streaming on: Hulu