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[Remember This?] When Horror Movies Were Fun!

“Remember This?” is a new feature that highlights cool anecdotes from the horror genre’s storied past. It’ll pop up from time to time, giving your brain a spark of an insane memory before you move on with your day.

A few weeks back I was feeling a little soul sick. Not in a hugely existential way, but the movies I was watching were getting me down. I had watched a bunch of screeners and, while I loved many of them on a critical level, an emotional level and even a visceral level, they just weren’t much fun. I’m not complaining, I know I’m immensely lucky and I wouldn’t trade a “bad” week of watching screeners for a “good” week anywhere else. But after watching a seemingly endless parade of movies that were either incredibly serious, post apocalyptic, or just brutally depressing – I needed a palate cleanser. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for bleak horror, but there are so many other colors to our gruesome tapestry that have increasingly gone unused.

I’m not sure what it is but I sometimes feel like a lot of modern horror filmmakers are trying to “out hardcore” each other in terms of sheer dourness. That’s an odd competition to me. I’d rather see more writers and directors try to top each other in inventiveness, scares, characters, plotting and good old fashioned splatter.

That Friday night, I happened upon Chuck Russell’s 1988 The Blob remake. Written by Frank Darabont (it’s Russell and Darabont’s followup to their success with A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and starring Shawnee Smith and Kevin Dillon – it was just what I needed. An amazingly fun 1st act, a 2nd act that flew by and a 3rd act that went absolutely apesh*t (with added conspiracy theory)! Lots of gore, interesting characters, a good sense of humor and near perfect pacing. It was such a breath of fresh air.

What about you? There’s all kinds of room for more serious fair, but what are some horror movies you think are truly fun? And are there enough of them?



  • djblack1313

    there ARE still horror/action/thriller/sci fi movies that are just fun, popcorn/roller coaster type movies. i know some people here hate them but the RES EVIL movies are just that for me. they are fun. i love that pic of Shawnee Smith from THE BLOB! i love that movie! CABIN IN THE WOODS was another recent one that was fun. they are out there.

    • divisionbell

      The first Resident Evil is a huge guilty pleasure movie. It’s a ton of fun every time.

    • Miikesmama

      I totally agree. EVERYONE and THEIR MOTHERS have to see CABIN IN THE WOODS! It’S not only the best “Meta-Horror” I’ve seen in ages, it’S the best HORROR full stop. It’s funny, bloody, smart and kicks ass! Also so much fun to spot all the references in the last act. Go check it out!!!!!!

  • Aaron Emery

    As far as recent entries, I would say All About Evil and Chop, I thought both were great and lots of fun. My favorite “fun” horror movie would be Deep Blue Sea, it’s ridiculous, has decent pacing, good effects and cheesy humor, oh and sharks. I am a sucker for shark flicks, hell I even dig Shark Night to an extent.

  • Ryan Daley


  • How about Feast? Army of Darkness? Shaun of the Dead????!!!

    • divisionbell

      Absolutely! Kinda hard to beat Army of Darkness.

    • Fuck yeah!!!!!

    • zog71

      Wife and I watch Army of Darkness from time to time, because we love it, and recite it damn near word for word. We have even introduced out two boys to it, who are 15 and 13. They love it to, if thats not too weird.

  • Aaron Emery

    I aso forgot to mention Gremlins, one of those movies that never fails to put me in a good mood.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    aside from the obvious horror comedies a few come to mind. Tremors, From Dusk Till Dawn, Slither, and Cherry Falls

    • divisionbell

      Cherry falls cracks me up every time!

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    ‘Fright Night’ and ‘Elvira: Mistress of the Dark’ are always fun movies to revisit. I also love well made old movies that did a great job at capturing its time, films like ‘Rosemary’s baby’ ‘The Shining’, ‘Carrie’ and the original ‘Dawn of the Dead’…. Some people may not consider some of these “fun popcorn” movies, but they always warm my soul in a twisted macabre way 🙂

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      Elvira is awesome. the second one was possibly even funnier.

    • divisionbell

      Elvira is just wonderful


    If you want to watch a really fun movie that gets straight to the point watch ‘Murder Party’ it’s pretty hard to find but if you ever get a chance to see it you should because it’s an amazingly good time.

    • zog71

      Have to admit. That was pretty funny.

  • russellg79

    The original Frightnight was a great example of this. Zombieland is a newer movie which fits the bill too. Probably my favorite of the “popcorn” horror flicks is Blood Diner.

  • Decapitated_Dave

    Tremors. I agree with dj about Cabin. I thought the Woman had some feel good aspects, too.

  • I’d recently watched The Re-animator, and I thought it was pretty fun.

  • Michael_M

    Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer was the most fun I’ve had with a horror movie in recent memory. Wish they had stuck with that movie and created a series rather than going all serious with The Shrine.

  • piggers

    I’ve always been partial to the cheesy horror films of the 80’s with Mary Woronov in them – Chopping Mall, Terrorvision, Night of the Comet, Warlock, Eating Raoul!

    • m-m-m-MONSTER_KILL

      CHOPPING MALL!I love that movie! It also has one of my favorite exploding head scenes EVER.

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  • Danny-E

    There are plenty of new fun horror movies out there. Evan needs to watch more.

    1. Dale and Tucker VS Evil
    2. DeadHeads
    3. Dead Snow
    4. Cabin In The Woods
    5. Dance Of The Dead
    6. Wrong Turn 2
    7. Hatchet
    8. Chillerama
    9. The Roost
    10. Attack The Block

    • djblack1313

      Danny-E, i like many of your choices! great choices!

    • kevnk

      good list! of them all i would say hatchet is my favorite of the bunch.just the right mix of horror and comedy, i never get tired of that one.

    • zog71

      Dance of the Dead. Actually more fun than I thought it would be. Best line about being a douche by association.

  • koldead

    This brings to mind the first time I saw Return of the living dead. It’s one of those flicks where you don’t really have to be in the mood to sit down and watch. In the end I think a film like ROTLD still manages to provoke a lot of questions about the seriousness of the subject matter without taking itself too serious. A lot of the paradoxes of these newer breed of horror flicks just end up coming off as pretentious a bit and you lose the sense of attachment when you don’t throw in a bit of laughs during the film.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    The ‘Burbs. great movie. especially if you grew up in the suburbs.

    • Seal_Clubber

      Love this movie !!!

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  • Beezle2112

    The Lost Boys, for me, is a wonderfully paced horror film that also had great comedic timing. Grandpa alone made that movie fun to watch, and adding the Frog Brothers to the mix made it hilarious when needed to both counteract and emphasize the bloody nature of being a vampire and a vampire hunter.

  • Snoogans

    Some of my favorite ‘fun’ horror films are: Evil Dead 2, Drag Me to Hell, Return of the Living Dead, Scream (series), Trick ‘r Treat, Cabin in the Woods, Cabin Fever, Re-Animator, Slither, Night of the Creeps, Feast, Hatchet, Behind the Mask, Fright Night, Final Destination (series), Creepshow, Dead-Alive, Dawn of the Dead (2004), Arachnophobia, and of course the 1988 version of The Blob.

  • divisionbell

    The Blob remake, Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight, Fright Night, Maniac Cop 2, The Relic, Intruder, and The Fog.

  • CountOrlok

    Because too many horror movies use cgi nowadays and bland pretty actors. They don’t have the spooky atmosphere that they used to. Also, you have the cheesiness of older movies (especially 80’s) which adds to the fun.

  • DeathSeeker180

    Ahem… [REC] 3 , even though the ending was sort of depressing.

  • Dementia

    Well, Dead and breakfast was always a fun watch.

  • Darkness69

    My feel-good horror movie is In The Mouth Of Madness – man, I can never get tired of it! Also, Re-Animator, Cabin in the Woods, Elvira, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness come to mind.

  • Love love love The Blob and the Re-Animator films, Bubba Ho-Tep and the first three Return Of The Living Dead films. Oh! And Monster Squad!

  • roguefx

    First movie I ever worked on! I still have one of the miniature guys in the hazmat suits.

  • Invisible Zombie

    “The Blob” almost does seem to be one of the last “fun” horror movies produced, I’ve always loved it. But yes, i agree with and own just about every movie everyone mentioned above, and I want to check out some others.

    One recent surprise to me was “Dahmer vs. Gacy”. I didn’t expect much but I was surprised to see something that reminded me of the over-the-top comedy/horror/camp of “Desperate Living”, “Eating Raoul” or “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”.

  • VanceMelbourne

    The Blob 1988 is close to perfect. Great call on ‘Night Of The Comet’, and I put forth another ‘night of’ film: that being ‘Night Of The Creeps’. I always loved ‘The Stuff’ too, in the spirit of The Bolb.

  • CoreyJ

    Can I get any love for Slither?

  • CoreyJ

    And if you’ve never seen Rocktober Blood, track it down. Cheesy movie. AWESOME soundtrack.

  • DoktorH

    I agree with all of the above. Fun horror is still out there. it has never gone away, and new fun horror comes out every year. my personal favorite is the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake with Crispin Glover as Montag. Other fun-horror favorites from my movie collection include: Dead Snow, Zombieland, the entire Leprechaun franchise, Rare Exports, and Troll Hunter. I don’t think we’re gonna run out of Fun Horror anytime ever.

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