I’ve been lax in responding to the wonderful and funny comments you all are making on my blog posts, so I got up this morning (yes, it’s before 6 a.m. Again.) in order to catch up; I do, after all, love the give and take of comments and think it’s one of the very best parts of blogging. But then Monty came along and said something that got me all excited to write yet another blog post; he said that watching some of the more modern horror films, he found them to be amusing. Yay! So of course, I have to write up my five favorite funny horror films. Now I know that some of you don’t like horror, so these might actually appeal to you as they are not scary at all. And I know that some of you don’t like bad movies, but I do like bad movies if they’re funny bad and not I take myself too seriously bad. So here goes . . . five of my favorite funny bad horror films.
The first one has to be Sssssss. It’s about this mad scientist (aren’t they great?!) who makes a serum that turns people into snakes; I can’t remember why he does this, what he’s trying to accomplish, but the end result is that because he lives with his adult daughter in the boonies, the only people he can find to experiment on are her boyfriends. All of whom go snakey. She finds her latest at the freak show at the fair, and recognizes him by his pretty blue eyes. It’s so funny! Well, maybe not that part, but the rest of it. I think that the mad scientist is finally taken down by a ferret, who kills the too far gone boyfriend in a suicide by ferret move that has to be seen to be believed.
The various versions of The Fly do this plot n theme combo far better, but they’re not half as funny. And the Jeff Goldblum version is just too sick to watch; he’s so fabulous and adorable, but that fly make up . . . shudder!
Hehe, you can’t have a funny bad movie list without including The Blob (the 1958 version). This one is just hysterical! A slimey pile of goo falls out of the sky in a meteor and then attaches itself to some random farmer’s arm. The goo has some sort of acid in it that makes a nice effect, and you think at first the film will be straight horror, but the blob gets bigger. And bigger. And it’s absolutely hilarious oozing and sliming along the ground smothering things in its path. At one point, it falls off the ceiling onto someone, and that makes you start, but other than that, it’s just so so silly that you can’t help but giggle. Okay, I can’t help but giggle.
They remade this, and the goo was a bright lime green (gosh or was it bright pink? I forget now), but the remake isn’t funny; it’s actually well done and pretty scary, at least in parts.
You seriously can’t have this list and not have Attack of the Killer Tomatoes on it. Scene: people fleeing in exaggerated terror (mouths agape, eyes frantic, hair flying, arms flailing), pan to . . . a bunch of beach ball sized tomatoes rolling along after them. Now, it’s difficult to make a tomato, even a giant tomato, look menacing, so they added some mumbly squeaks to go along with it . . . I couldn’t find that scene on youtube, but here’s another scene that pretty much covers the fun silliness of this film:
When I first saw Motel Hell, I expected from its title that it would be scary, so imagine my surprise when I found myself laughing so hard I almost fell right off the couch. It’s a bizarre and funny tale of a farmer couple who run Motel Hello (but the “o” is burnt out on the sign) as a front for their human jerky business. Buried up to their necks in the backyard are various victims, all with their heads covered by garden buckets, awaiting their fate. This is a good giggle fest, though there are some graphic scenes and the whole cannibalism angle isn’t so funny if you stop and think about it, but you’re not supposed to think about it, so why go there?
One of the early horror spoofs, I think this one is head and shoulders above the more heavy handed Scary Movie chain, though I have to say that parts of those are funny, too.
And last but certainly not least is Lake Placid. This film is well done and very very funny, though be warned, there are some genuine “jump” moments and some gore, too. I think the “jump” moments are mostly due to the fact that you’ve been lulled into a feel good happy place by the silly story line (giant alligator living in the lake, eating all the people) and the often well-written banter amongst the characters. Plus, I have a thing for Bill Pullman since his St. Crispin’s Day speech in Independence Day, so it’s nice to see him looking all cute in this one. Betty White’s character is wonderful in this film as she covers for her “little darling” (who incidentally ate her husband . . . accidentally) and eventually (after the big bad ‘gator is finally blown up) feeds its baby offspring as they nibble at her toes.
This of course belongs to the long long list of genetically mutated creatures that “people” the horror shelves, but it’s far better than Frogs or Anaconda or pretty much all of them, I think.
So there you have it, five of my favorite funny bad horror films. Do you have any?
And no worries, I’m not going to go through every section in Blockbuster listing my faves, I’m done now.
The pic is of a movie poster (or maybe the dvd cover) for The Blob. Don’t you just love it? When you don’t know how to defeat the evil man-eating alien creature . . . poke it with a stick.